Relocating To Nigeria : Frequently Asked Questions

frequently asked questions about relocating to nigeria

Questions When Relocating to Nigeria

Moving to a new location creates inevitable uncertainty and raises questions about what life will be like in a new location and the logistics of the move.

Our experienced consultants will personally guide you through each step of the process. However, the following information may help to answer some initial questions surrounding relocating to Nigeria.

 

Questions

  1. Am I responsible for insuring the property?
  2. Would I be able to drive in the Nigeria under a driving licence that has been issued in my home country?
  3. Will I have to set up a phone line and Broadband connection for my property?
  4. Do I have to take responsibility for the transfer of the utility service (Gas, electric, water, sewerage and rates) accounts?
  5. Should I think about signing a lease before my work permit is available?
  6. Once I have made an offer, how long will it be before I can move in?
  7. What will a typical “furnished” property contain?
  8. What will a typical “unfurnished” property contain?
  9. Will I be able to fit my furniture into the property if I bring it to Nigeria – what shall I do if I cannot fit it in?
  10. Will my electrical goods be compliant with Nigeria voltage (220V)?
  11. Will I be allowed to bring my pets to live in the property?
  12. Should schooling requirements influence my housing decisions?
  13. If I find properties I like on the internet, can I ask to visit these with the Property Search Consultant the following week?
  14. How far in advance of my arrival to Nigeria should I commence the Property Search programme?

Answers

1. Am I responsible for insuring the property?

In Nigeria, the landlord is responsible for insuring the building, along with any furniture included in your lease. However as tenant, you are responsible for insuring all of your personal belongings and any furniture you may hire or buy.

2. Would I be able to drive in Nigeria under a driving licence that has been issued in my home country?

Nigeria operates a right hand drive system, under a Federal Highway code. To drive in Nigeria, you need to obtain a driver’s license.

Expats are allowed to, and do, drive; however, both foreigners and locals prefer to employ professionals to take on the Nigerian traffic jams.

International driver’s licenses are not recognised in Nigeria. Foreigners are required to have a Nigerian driver’s licence, and most employers will make the necessary arrangements for this.

3. Will I have to set up a phone line and Broadband connection for my property?

Nigeria does not have the capability of a wired Broadband connection i.e. BT.

4. Do I have to take responsibility for the transfer of the utility service (Gas, electric, water, sewerage and council tax) accounts?

No, we will arrange to contact the relevant companies, and notify them regarding the change of account. Rates is the main form of local taxation in Nigeria. It is paid by residents to the local authority, the base for the tax being residential property. The tax pays for the cost of local services e.g. Police and Fire Authorities, refuse collection, community services.

5. Should I think about signing a lease before my work permit is available?

No, we advise strongly against this as it may adversely affect your visa and work permit application.

6. Once I have made an offer, how long will it be before I can move in?

In our experience the average time to negotiate a lease is circa 7-10 working days. This is dependent upon the co-operation of the landlord, and it can take longer if the landlord is not readily available.

7. What will a typical “furnished” property contain?

In our experience a ‘furnished’ property contains standard furniture (e.g. beds, wardrobes, sofa, coffee table) and standard kitchen appliances (cooker, washing-machine and fridge-freezer). The property may or may not contain kitchen wares (e.g. cutlery; crockery; saucepans), linen and electrical entertainment equipment (e.g. TV). Please liaise with your Property Search consultant to clarify details, and if in doubt, also specify any specific requests on your “wish list”.

8. What will a typical “unfurnished” property contain?

Typically the following are included in an unfurnished property: Carpets and curtains, cooker, washing-machine, fridge-freezer, dishwasher (white goods), although these may vary between properties. Please liaise with Your Property Search Consultant prior to making an offer to clarify details.

9. Will I be able to fit my furniture into the property if I bring it to Nigeria – what shall I do if I cannot fit it in?

Please be aware that the average UK house size is smaller than the average house size in Europe or USA; particularly in cities such as London. Nevertheless there are a great number of storage facilities throughout Nigeria If you have any doubt or concern about your furniture size, please ask your Home Search consultant.

10. Will my electrical goods be compliant with Nigeria voltage (220V)?

Whilst it is possible to use certain items set up for other countries electricity supply (such as laptops, chargers etc) and from the USA a step-own transformer can be used, it is recommended for extended use that Nigeria appliances are utilised. Nevertheless adaptors are widely sold; so can be used for short periods.

11. Will I be allowed to bring my pets to live in the property?

Yes, although you will need to specify this request in advance of the Property Search visit, as not all landlords will allow pets. Please be aware that this will also reduce the number of suitable properties available to you.

12. Should schooling requirements influence my housing decisions?

We recommend that you locate a suitable school before you identify a conveniently located property, albeit many state school applications will require you to have signed a lease first for a property. Getting the right school for your child(ren) is very important, and we believe that this element should be of great significance while making decisions. We provide as part of our relocation service a Education & School Search Service

13. If I find properties I like on the internet, can I ask to visit these with the Property Search Consultant the following week?

In our experience, the data on the internet is not always up to date. The itinerary will be researched by the Property Search Consultant on the day prior to your visit, and the itinerary will often change on the day of the visit due to properties being removed from availability. Please do not pin hopes on properties found on the internet.

14. How far in advance of my arrival to Nigeria can I begin the Home Search programme?

We would recommend that you commence the Property Search programme no earlier than 3-4 weeks in advance of your arrival. As stated earlier, most landlords would expect a tenant to take up occupation within 2-3 weeks.