UNDERSTANDING LAND SIZES AND MEASUREMENTS IN NIGERIAN REAL ESTATE MARKET:

UNDERSTANDING LAND SIZES AND
MEASUREMENTS IN NIGERIAN REAL ESTATE
MARKET:
In Nigeria, land is measured in Hectares, Acres,
Meters and Feet. These measurements are
affected by economic and development factors,
human and environmental factors which could
lead to mass migration and artificial scarcity of
lands suitable for development. This article will
enlighten you about the common terms like
square meters (sqm), plots, acres and hectares.
SQUARE METRE (sqm)
A land measured by square metre ranges from
1sqm upward. Some real estate developers can
measure 600sqm as a plot of land while others
measure 648sqm. See the breakdown;
600sqm/648sqm = 1 plot.
450sqm = half & quarter plot or residential 1 plot
and 300sqm = Half plot.
Measuring lands using square metres is the new
trend in the sector in most places in this present
day Nigeria.
PLOT:
A plot of land is a marked out piece of land.
According to Nigeria’s land divisions, the
appropriate plot for a house construction is 100 x
50ft. The size of a plot of land can vary for
different reasons but according to Nigeria’s land
divisions, the appropriate plot for a house
construction is 100 x 50ft which can
accommodate a standard house with a small
compound. In some places within Nigeria, a plot
is measured as 120 x 60ft. Hence we have;
100 x 50ft = 1 plot.
120 x 60ft = 1 plot.
600sqm or 648sqm
667sqm = 1 plot.
ACRE:
The acre is the second most commonly used
unit of land measurement in Nigeria (after the
plot). It is a rectangular shaped 6 plots of land.
The breakdown below will make sense to you;
6 plots of land = 1 acre
100 x 50ft in 6 places = 1 acre
600sqm x 6 = 3600sqm (1 acre)
HECTARE:
Of the common units of land measurement, the
hectare is the least commonly used in Nigeria.
In fact, it’s the unit most real estate investors
and developers struggle with the most. Hectare
of land measures 328 x 328 ft (100m x 100m),
which is equivalent to about 2.5 acres. Every
layman will understand this below;
100m x 100m = 1 Hectare.
328ft x 328ft = 1 Hectare.
2 acres and half = 1 Hectare.
15 plots = 1 Hectare.
600sqm x 15 = 9000sqm (1 hectare).
When you understand these measurements, it
will guide you anytime you plan to invest in real
estate in order to set the right budget on the
particular portion you are buying, easily identify a
full plot and make a perfect plan of the structure
you intend building on it. If you still have
challenges understanding these basics, get a
Surveyor when buying to confirm the
measurement for you, it won’t cost you much.
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