What are the top factors to keep in mind when searching for a place to live in your city?
The main factor will be your budget: accommodation in Ghana is fairly priced and of a high standard. Other determining factors are distance from the workplace, schools, shops and the airport.
What are the most popular neighborhoods in your city for expats?
Golden Gates – Has beautiful stand-alone houses in a secure compound. It is close to the industrial area, off Spintex Road. Schools and shops are in close proximity and there are many subdivisions in this area but all are secure. There is a sports club within the compound with tennis courts, swimming pools and many other recreational facilities for both adults and children. There is also a park with kids' rides.
Labone – This area has many newly built houses in gated complexes. Most of the countries’ embassies are situated here and it is close to the airport, shopping malls and international schools. You'll find furnished and non-furnished houses and apartments.
Airport Residential Area – Homes in this area are very expensive to live in. If you can stand the noise of the planes taking off and landing, then this is the best place to be in. It is extremely close to the airport, the main shopping mall is located here and there are many new developments being built as well. It is the most central place that you can stay.
Do expats tend to buy or rent their homes?
Most expats rent their accommodations because houses are very expensive to buy and banks do not finance houses like they do in other countries.
Typically, will I be required to pay additional money up front (such as a deposit) before moving into leased housing? If so, how much is common?
Rent is payable in full, in advance, and normally for one or two years in advance. Very seldom will you find a house where you can pay for a shorter period at a time. A one-month deposit is also payable as security.
Are utilities generally included in the price of rent, or are they extra?
Electricity, water, gardening services, telephones and satellite TV are all additional costs and have to be paid in addition to the rent.
Are there special security concerns I should be aware of in regards to my home or choice of neighborhood?
Home burglaries are very rare, but it is advisable that you get a security system for your home.
I’m not sure if I should bring my appliances. What is the electric current, Hz and plug shape in your city?
The plugs are a three-pin design and are based on the UK style, 220 volts. Unfurnished properties will not have appliances. You will need to purchase your own appliances, some of which can be very expensive.
Do you have any other accommodation information that might help me?
Crown Ghana will provide accommodation information and will assist you in finding the best property suitable for your needs and requirements.
Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.