Follow These 5 Steps To Prepare For Condo Living
Condominiums are popular among individuals that seek homeownership without all the responsibilities of maintaining the exterior of their home. Condos are also gaining popularity among millennials who are seeking independence as they move out from their parent’s homes or from living with roommates.
If you’ve ever wondered why condo living is great, consider how it would feel to live somewhere that includes amenities like outdoor social spaces or even a pool, but not have to be responsible for maintaining those features. These are just a few potential perks that come with condo living.
However, living in a condo is significantly different than owning a home that is not part of an association. It is recommended that new community members familiarize themselves with the community to better understand expectations upon moving in.
5 Steps to Take Prior to Move In
Here are five ways to make the most of orientation and make condo living a great experience.
Read the Governing Documents.
What rules do I need to follow? What maintenance is my responsibility? Moving into a condo often means moving into a deed-restricted community. It is recommended that new owners familiarize themselves with the governing documents including the master deed that lays out owner vs. association responsibilities and rules that residents must follow.
Request a Welcome Packet.
What types of security measures are in place for owners? What day is the trash collected each week? Are the amenities locked at certain times of the day? Be sure to request a welcome packet that should contain pertinent information for new homeowners.
Ask for Moving Day expectations.
Are there certain times of the day that I’m allowed to move in? Are there pads for the elevators? Where should I park? These are all questions that can be answered by management that can help create a smooth move in day experience and prevent frustrations from other community members during the move thus helping to build good relationships.
Still have questions? Once you close on your new home, don’t be afraid to inquire about topics that might not have been covered in your welcome packet.
Be in the know about upcoming events.
Finally, explore the community website if they have one, check out flyers posted in the community or simply ask your prospective neighbors about upcoming events or activities. This a great way to learn more about events including board meetings and social gatherings.
For more condo living tips or guidelines, contact AR Management Company. We help condo associations build relationships with members while managing property and financial tasks.