Moving to a condo: what to know about



1. Fees. Here you need to know the amount and what they will cover. Moreover, a very good tactics is asking as many questions as you simply can. By asking the questions you can avoid spending your own money on hidden fees and other expenses of your new purchase.

2. Neighbors. Check who your future neighbors are, if they have any pets and children. Find out their age and preferences (loud music, shisha outside the house, coming home late, etс.). All information that you would collect before moving in will make you the world of good after the actual relocation. Who knows, maybe you'll need an advice from the lady next door about buying the best cook wear set, and what if there are no women at all?

3. Reserve money. Before moving in make sure that the Association of your condo has enough money to cover any emergency repairs. You need to be aware of that fact in case of any hurricanes or other natural disasters.

4. Association. Check who is the head and do not try to dictate your rules. You are moving in and becoming a new member in the Condo Association, so simply follow the applicable rules and learn as much information as you can to be both active and passive at the condo meetings. Always come but do not try to be super active - no one likes upstart newcomers.

5. Pets. If you have a pet this would probably be first issue for you to think of. But if you have little children you need to know whether your new neighbors have any big dogs or snakes, for example, or any other pets which may be harmful.

6. Security. Learn about the front doors: if they are usually open or closed, whether you will have a doorman and all the things like this.

7. Maintenance. It is very important and expensive if you decide to do it yourself. Remember that you live in a condominium and it is Condo Association who has to take care about the bulbs change in common areas, flowers watering or carpets cleaning. It is not you problem to care about it, but some condos have the rules where the neighbors should take care about the common area. So when you move in just check the rules to be aware of what you need to expect.

Charlie Burton - a condo member shares his experience in living at such conditions. And he advises: if you need to choose the best cookware set don’t hesitate and ask you neighbors for help, it will always make you closer!

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