home rent

Searching for a home to rent in Ghana can be quite exhausting due to a number of factors. This is why Jumia House is here to enable you the home-seeker find a home without much stress. It is very easy to make mistakes you’d have to live with for the entire duration of your home rent. This especially applies if you are desperately looking for a house. When looking for a home, you do not rush the process else you would make some easily avoidable mistakes.

  1. Tenancy agreement: Go through every detail of your tenancy agreement as every word counts. The tenancy agreement is legally binding once you sign it, so make sure that you protect your interests in the document before you sign it.
  2. Viewing the house: Thoroughly inspect the house you want to rent before signing any agreement or putting down cash. This way you get to discover things that online pictures can’t show you such as the neighborhood or actual size of your storage for example.
  3. Property ownership: Before committing any form of finance to the house you want to rent, check that you are dealing with the genuine owner or caretaker of the property.
  4. Damages: When renting a place, take pictures of the state of the house to account for any damages before you move in. This is necessary to you avoid paying for damages you didn’t incur.
  5. Verbal agreements: Verbal agreements cannot be proved, therefore they are very unreliable. If you reach an agreement with your landlord, ensure that it reflects in your tenancy agreement.

While renting may seem scary, don’t panic as we have you covered on the choice rentals in Ghana. Just remember to check your house in person, read your tenancy agreement thoroughly and ask questions on areas you don’t understand before committing your money to it.

meqasa

By now you may have heard the Jumia House has merged with meQasa. Working with you our cherished clients has been a pleasure these past few years and we are happy with the successes we have achieved together through that period.

Together, Jumia House and meQasa become the most powerful real estate marketplace in Ghana. We’re sure your first question is how will this work and how will it affect your account? For now, not much will change. While your account and properties continue to run on Jumia House for the contracted period, you will be given a complimentary plan on meQasa.com‘s platform.

Here are a few concerns that we will like to address now:

  1. What happens to your account, listings, and leads from Jumia House? Your previous Jumia House account will be converted to a meQasa.com account. In this transition, you will not lose any data
  2. How long with the migration take? Migration of your account will be done progressively once the merger is through. Your listings are smoothly transferred along with all relevant stats from your previous Jumia House account. Depending on the bulk of your listings/data, it will be transferred in batches till the migration is complete. Likely within a week, everything should have been migrated.
  3. What changes to price are there? Pricing remains the same, the only difference is that now with our combined power you enjoy double the value of what you used to enjoy on Jumia House alone.
  4. What is the value we speak of? Your properties stand a chance of reaching over 140,000 people a month. This will give you the ultimate online marketing boost you need. Afterall, together Jumia House and meQasa can now deliver the best experience and service.

We can’t wait to introduce you to the meQasa.com family. Your account manager will be reaching out to you in the next few days to arrange an appointment to introduce you to the meQasa.com team and finalize your transition. You can give customer care a call on 054 451 0009 if you have more questions.

On behalf of the meQasa and Jumia House Teams, welcome to the new meQasa.com

big bathroom

If your dream home includes a really large bathroom with space enough for a queen-sized bed and maybe a small boat; well good luck with that. Most real estate agents may skip the part about a big bathroom and if you really like the house, you may have to skip that dream of yours. Here are four ways to make your small bathroom appear bigger.

Mirrors: Setup a large mirror in your bathroom to give it that spacious feel. To get the optimum effect, place the mirror opposite a window and your bathroom will appear to have two windows. A big mirror that reaches the ceiling also helps to add that grand look to your bathroom. So go big on mirrors.

Lighting: Light up your bathroom with as much natural light as you can. Natural light makes the bathroom more desirable. If natural light is inadequate, you can put additional light fixtures to increase the brightness of your bathroom. Also painting the walls with the same color as the ceiling makes it feel spacious. White paint reflects light, so having an all-white wall and all white ceiling will definitely make your bathroom appear bigger.

Clear glass panel: Using tinted glass creates some sort of visual barrier. Use a clear glass in place of tinted ones to allow more light to filter through and help create the illusion of a bigger space.

Storage: Keep only the bare necessities in the bathroom. If you don’t need it there, it shouldn’t be there. Keep your storage cabinet as level with the walls as possible because anything that sticks out will appear to close up space. You can use recessed shelves in place of cabinets.

It takes just a few changes in your bathroom to give it that big open feel. This can also be applied in other rooms where you need more space.

division

As part of the public sector reforms program and the Ghana Land Administration Projects, the Lands Commission was remodeled to now comprises of four divisions.  The reason behind the remodeling is to increase efficiency and effectiveness.

Four Divisions of the Lands Commission

  1. Survey and Mapping
  2. Land Registration
  3. Land Valuation
  4. Public and Vested Land Management

Functions of the Survey and Mapping Division

  1. Supervise, regulate and control the survey and demarcation of land for the purposes of land use and registration;
  2. Take custody of and preserve records that relate to the survey of any parcel of land
  3. Direct and supervise the conduct of trigonometric, hydrographic, topographic and engineering surveys;
  4. Coordinate the preparation of plans from data derived from survey and amendment of the plans;
  5. Coordinate the production of photogrammetric surveys including aerial photography, orthophoto mapping, and remote sensing
  6. Survey, map and maintain the national territorial boundaries including maritime boundaries
  7. Supervise and regulate operations that relate to survey of any parcel of land
  8. Develop and maintain the national geodetic
    1. Supervise, regulate, control and certify the production of maps
  9. Other functions determined by the commission

Functions of the Land Registration Division

  1. Publication of notices of registration upon receipt of an application for registration
  2. Registration of title to land and other interests
  3. Registration of deeds and other instruments affecting land in areas outside compulsory title registration districts
  4. Maintaining land registers that contain records and other land interests
  5. Other functions determined by the commission

Functions of the Land Valuation Division

  1. Assessing the compensation payable upon acquisition of land by Government;
  2. Assessment of stamp duty
  3. Determining the values of properties rented, purchased, sold or leased by or to Government
  4. Preparation and maintenance of valuation list for rating purposes
  5. Valuation of interests in land or land related interests for the general public at a fee
  6. Valuation of interests in land for the administration of estate duty
  7. Other functions determined by the Commission

Functions of the Public and Vested Lands Management Division

  1. Facilitating the acquisition of land for Government
  2. Managing state acquired and vested lands in conformity with approved land use plans
  3. Other functions determined by the Commission

 

cockroaches

It is said that in the event of a nuclear bomb, cockroaches will survive. While that may true, they are not the best insects to share your house with it. These tiny terrorists pick up germs and deposit them on uncovered food leading to food poisoning.  They like to feed on leftovers, hide in warm, dark places and can survive a week without their head. Pretty tough! But no worries as we bring you natural ways of getting rid of cockroaches in your home:

  1. Bay leaves:  To you, bay leaves smell great but to cockroaches, they are quite pungent which makes them great for repelling cockroaches. Place a bunch of bay leaves behind couches and appliances, near crevices and sinkholes or in cupboards to ward off cockroaches.
  2. Listerine: Your popular mouthwash can also serve as a cockroach repellent. Add water to a cup of Listerine and use it as a spray on nests or areas where you suspect they might be hiding.
  3. Garlic: Cockroaches cannot stand the smell of garlic mixed with pepper and onions.  A mixture of crushed garlic and onions, with dry pepper added to water, will force cockroaches out of your home. You can add liquid soap solution to this mixture and spray it the kitchen, bathroom and dark areas where they can be.
  4. Baking soda: Add some sugar to baking soda to lure the cockroaches. Sprinkle the mixture in infested areas. Once they eat the mixture, they will die as baking soda builds up gas in them and kills them slowly.
  5. Lemon: The smell of lemon is an irritant to these pesky insects. Simply add lemon juice to water used for cleaning your floors, kitchen tops, and bathroom cabinets. You can also mix water and lemon essential oil and use it as a spray on infested areas.

 

lands commission

Under Article 258 of the 1992 Constitution and the Lands Commission Act 767 of 2008, the lands commission was established as a corporate body. The commission was established to make sure that acquiring and using land is properly regulated. This is to limit problems associated with land ownership and use.

Functions of the Lands Commission

  1. On behalf of the government; manage public lands and any other levels vested in the President by the Constitution or by any other law and any lands vested in the Commission;
  2. Advise the Government, local authorities and traditional authorities on the policy framework for the development of particular areas of the country to ensure that the development of individual pieces of land is coordinated;
  3. Formulate and submit to Government recommendations on national policy with respect to land use suitability and capability;
  4. Advise on, and assist in the execution of, a comprehensive programme for the registration of title to land throughout the country;
  5. Register deeds and instrument that affect land throughout the country;
  6. Facilitate the acquisition of land on behalf of Government;
  7. Establish standards for and regulate survey and mapping of the country;
  8. Provide surveying and mapping services where necessary;
  9. License practitioners of cadastral survey;
  10. Provide land and land-related valuation services;
  11. Ensure that through sound, sustainable land use planning, socio-economic activities are consistent with the long-term national development goals;
  12. In collaboration with other bodies instill order and discipline into the land market through curbing the incidence of land encroachments, unapproved development schemes, multiple or illegal land sales, land speculation and other forms of land racketeering;
  13. In collaboration with other bodies minimize or eliminate, where possible, the sources of proacted land boundary disputes, conflicts, and litigations in order to bring their associated economic costs and socio-political upheavals under control;
  14. Promote community participation and public awareness at all levels in sustainable land management and development practices to ensure the highest and best use of land;
  15. Promote research into all aspects of land ownership, tenure and the operations of the land market and the land development process;
  16. Impose and collect levies, fees, charges for services rendered;
  17. Establish and maintain a comprehensive land information system;
  18. Perform other functions the Minister may assign to it.
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