Looking for an apartment to buy or rent can be a very tedious job. Most people actually don’t like the sound of that at all especially when you are living in a densely populated city. It could be stressful. In order to get the best out of your new apartment, it is easier to know what you want ahead of time and be ready to commit to getting the best for yourself or your family.
We have put together five (5) main features recommended by top apartment dealers and platforms such as miqasa based on people’s desire for those apartments and their characteristics to help you know what to look out for and why they are important.
1. Location of Apartment
You can never underestimate the location of your desired apartment. For some people, it could be the one major ingredient of their search, the only deciding factor. It is very important to look at the proximity of the apartment to your work, school, church, or other frequently visited places. The location determines how soon you will get to work, avoiding some traffic intense streets, etc. In Ghana, the location of your apartment alone tells a story of your financial status. For instance, living in East Legon, Villagio, Trasacco, and many similar places gives a hint of your financial independence because of the cost of living there.
2. Serenity around the apartment
People will do anything possible, trade everything to have their peace of mind at a place, and this peace of mind mostly come from the serenity of the place. The question to ask yourself is, is the noise level in this environment something I can cope with? Because of noise pollution, people who can afford apartments in gated communities won’t give it a second thought of getting on board. If you are renting from an ordinary suburb in the city, there is also the need to measure the noise level from the various options you have.
3. Safety of the place
By standard, all apartments should have safety measures built into it, something you have to take note of. It’s the landlord’s responsibility to ensure safety around the apartment. However, you might overlook this aspect and regret it in the future. Check whether the apartment has a fire escape, carbon monoxide alarms, and smoke detectors. Also, inquire whether the building has ever been tested for mold in the past ten years. Ensure that the landlord has an insurance cover for vandalism, theft, water damage, smoke, and fire tragedies. A good apartment should be insured, such that you are compensated in the event of a tragedy.
4. Availability of Storage Space
How is the space like, is it good enough for you? A good apartment should have storage space big enough to contain other very essential items of yours. You might overlook the amount of storage in an apartment when viewing, but it’s an important factor that affects the quality of life when living in the house. Find out whether there is room for outdoor equipment such as grills or bicycles, room for kitchen appliances, linens, and clothes before you settle for that apartment. Ensure that the apartment has enough room, such that you can live comfortably.
5. Utility Provision
Believe it or not, people forget to check the stability of electricity and water flow in an area before moving in. Some places are noted for frequent power outages and disruption in water flow. This must be checked thoroughly. The best way to do this is by asking people who are living in the area. The landlord or building owner will surely lie to you. Imagine you spend more hours at home than outside of the home, this will be a very big disappointment since most indoor folks depend on their electrical gadgets more. Another thing to do is to check the wiring of the place and make sure there is no dangerous wiring that will cause a major problem later.