Check that the property is connected to the water mains. In
The Gambia water metres are usually located just inside the
compound near the front fence. If the building does not have
a water metre then look to see that your immediate neighbours
have supplies. If they do then you would be able to apply after
you have acquired the property.
• Sewage & Plumbing:-
Check all the taps to confirm that they all produce running
water. Get a fully qualified plumber to check for signs of leaks,
incompatible joints, damp on walls, the manholes, etc.
Look at the outside of the house's wall near the ground for
any signs of termite tunnels or leads rising from the ground.
If you do see signs then this is a possible indicator that the
foundations did not receive proper treatment with Dursban TC
or other kind of anti-termite infestation treatments. Should
you see these signs then it is advisable to reject the property.
Also look for termite leads inside the home at the bottom of
door frames, walls and other areas.
• Swimming Pools:-
This will require the inspection of a pools engineer. There
are a number of companies that sell supplies and construct swimming
pools and may provide you with inspection services for a fee.
If this is not possible then get a good plumber to check over
the performance of the pump in the pool house, and that water
is actually being emptied into the pool. If possible ask to
see it when it's empty of water to check the condition of the
tiles. If it has lights then these should also be checked.
• Structural Survey:-
And finally before deciding to purchase a home in Gambia you
are advised to seek out the services of a fully qualified building
to check over the property for any defects and to give you an
idea of the cost of rectifying any problems. This will give
you more leverage over negotiating for a lower price from the
owner and possible big savings for you.
If destructive probing is necessary then this should be with
the seller's written approval and under the advice of your lawyer,
with a clear written agreement as to which party will carry
out proper and full repairs after such an inspection.
A survey is intended to reduce the risk for the buyer, but does
not eliminate it.
As with any property you are bound to find some defects. If
you like a property then this should not necessarily discourage
you from buying as it all depends on the final repair cost which
you are most probably going to have to bear. Just remember that
by totalling these repair costs could give you more leverage
to reduce the asking price when negotiating on the price of
• Before Moving In:-
After purchasing your Gambian home you should consider installing
(if your new home does not have one) a 1,000 or 2,000 litre
reserve water tank, a generator, a solar hot water heater, and
a borehole. If it has a large garden the borehole will almost
certainly save you money on future water bills. Note that the
tariff goes up in bands the more water you consume.