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10 factors to consider before buying land in Ibadan

Ibadan is almost becoming a bustling city like Lagos but is also known as one of the most notorious places to buy land in.

In 2001, Mr Ade bought a plot of land in a place in Ibadan called Aduloju village. The first problem he encountered was some people coming to claim ownership of the property after some time.

He soon got to know that the person he did business with was not supposed to sell the property and some of the documents he received were fake.

He had to pay twice as much to the people that approached him just to retain the land. As if that was not enough, a few weeks after construction started, soldiers from a barracks close to the area laid claim to the land.

Instead of having a peaceful conversation, they resorted to dehumanizing any site worker found by beating the daylight out of them. This got people scared of coming to the place. Eventually, after three years of back and forth, which also involved more money, the matter was resolved.

Ibadan is almost becoming a bustling city like Lagos. People have migrated tremendously to the city over the past three years and it’s beginning to wear out a good shape of its economy.

The city is also known as one of the most notorious places to buy land in. But you can still get a trouble-free land if you follow some steps.

These steps might be stressful, nonetheless, better than the stress that comes with a controversial landed property.

4. Be sure it’s not owned by soldiers

Some land close to the army barracks are always claimed by the army. Yes, you may see people build on them but sooner or later, it becomes a problem. Some houses in this category have been demolished over the years.

One of the important things to do is to make enquiries if the army barracks is not close to such an area. If it is, there is every possibility that you also have Mr Ade’s experience.

3. Pay attention to topography

Pay attention to the topography so you don’t buy land where it becomes a pain in the neck during the rainy season. Some areas are swampy and flood-prone. You may not find out if you are buying the land when there is no rainfall yet

If you are buying the land to build on it, find out how it is when it rains. Land with this kind of issue are being sold to unsuspected buyers in Ibadan which becomes a problem as time goes on.

2. Ask for the family involved

This shouldn’t be ignored if you are buying land in Ibadan. There is every possibility that the land you are about to buy does not belong to the people you want to buy it from. The only way to know this is when you are being attacked for building on the land just the way they did to Mr Ade.

This is common in Ibadan and many have fallen for it and could continue if some steps are ignored in the process of buying a land.

1. Family dispute in the past

Investigate if there has never been a family dispute in the past concerning the land.

It is no news that land disputes exist in two of five families. In the heat of this fracas, some unscrupulous people may want to seize the opportunity to sell the land.

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