Renovation Ideas for a Small Condo

August 21st, 2013

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Some people prefer to live in a small home for various reasons. They feel a smaller abode is easy to maintain and very affordable as well. Unless one plans to have a big family, living in an apartment or condo with enough space for a few people is an ideal option these days.

A big advantage when residing in a small home is being able to save on repair and renovation costs. Since a limited space is involved, one doesn’t have to spend much to beautify certain parts of the condominium.

If you’re planning to renovate your current condo unit but have limited budget, here are some ideas that can help you.

Create a Display Area

To display your precious decors whether vintage or new, you can opt to install some floating shelves. Stagger them and use different lengths to create a unique appeal. Read the rest of this entry »

Condo Living Must-Have

July 11th, 2013

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A condo may be small but that should not refrain you from enjoying your mini-home. If you are used to having a big house, a smaller area would definitely be a shock to you. So here are few helpful tips on how to help you be used to the condo living. Insure your home. There is always a possible harm in everything, this is why purchasing a insurance is the best investment you need to prioritized. There is a place for everything including garbage, list down what you really need and what you don’t. If you have not used the item/s for a year, then it is time to hit the bin or donate them to your favorite charity. Consider corner cabinets or storage. You may also want to consider floating cabinets as this will help you maximize the mini space. This is modern and at the same time advantageous.

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Must Haves for your Condo

May 30th, 2013

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Condos can be a home, especially if you have all the furniture and all the necessary things, one of which is the entertainment set. Technology has proved its capacity and with the constant update it is difficult to choose the right gadget that will suite your taste and your personality. This is the same situation when choosing the right speakers for your condo’s entertainment set. The following are options that may be suitable for your condo and personality.

The 7.1 surround speakers for PC will be best should you opt to have them set up in your computer. The pioneer brand Logitech makes affordable, quality 7.1 speakers for PCs.

Another option to consider if you dislike the messy wires (who doesn’t?) is to opt for wireless 7.1 surround sound speakers. Do not expect a totally wireless set-up though because there’s no such thing yet. Nevertheless, for a partial clutter-free experience, these wireless 7.1 speakers are a definite must-have.

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It should work for you

April 10th, 2013

 

It’s not just how the condo unit looks, but everything else must definitely work for you too. A lot of buyers and renters get tempted by how nice a condo unit looks since majority of the units being sold and rented out are now fully furnished. However, more than just the interior of a unit, there are also more factors to be considered.

Security – Is the area/location of the condominium safe? Is it okay to walk around at night without feeling like you’ll get mugged in the street? Do you have 24 hours security service in the building? Does the place have CCTV and security codes to get in and out of the building? You want to be sure that you and your family feel safe at all times.

Amenities – Are you getting what you are paying for? Do you have communal areas that are catering to your needs? For example, most condominiums offer swimming pool, gym, play area for kids etc.

Association – Do you get along well with the people from the association? Do you feel comfortable dealing with them? Do they make you feel comfortable and welcome you well?

 

Moroccan Inspired Condo

February 20th, 2013

If you are lucky enough to have been to Morocco, then you would have possibly been taken by the beautiful interior of the homes, hotels and restaurants around. There is a certain rich and sensual appeal to Moroccan decors. If you want the same in your own home, it is possible. Do not worry, it is easy. Here are the instructions on how to transform a regular unit to a Moroccan inspired room!

1. Paint the walls in Jewel tones. This will make a big contrast to the rich colors that will fill your room.

2. Shop for colorful saris. This is easily done either online or thrifts stores of the closest India town in your area.

3. Make use of these saris as curtains, pillow covers or seat covers. Don’t be afraid to go crazy on colors. Moroccan rooms are all about that! Use a lot of pillows! They love big stuffy pillows. It can also be used as a seat.

4. Morocco is a warm country, therefore, try to give off a vibe of warmth by playing with your lights. Make use of  low wattage sconces and lanterns rather than harsh overhead lighting.

5. To finish, add a beautiful chandelier in the middle of the room.

HOA Dues

January 10th, 2013

 

There are perks that come along with living in a condominium. While it is true that you will have less privacy sharing the building with other people, having the neighbors closer would make you feel more safe. Condominiums also have a 24 hour security (system or guard) which is always helpful. Some high-end condominiums also get to have extra amenities that a regular house might not have such as swimming pool, gym or tennis court, concierge, valet etc.

Homeowner’s Association dues are funds that are collected to be able to obtain the money needed to pay for master insurance and maintenance of common areas in the condominium. It is paid monthly. The charges vary from each association and depending on the needs to be taken care of.  These includes payment for cleaning of common areas, landscaping, security, water sewer, garbage disposal etc. The cost can be from $30- 500. Certainly a small price to pay for the hassle you wouldn’t be having while living in a condominium.

 

Small Space Interior

December 14th, 2012

 

Most condos in the city can be small. These spaces are normally designed for single working people in the city. Now if you happen to be living in a small space, designing it can be a bit daunting. You probably do not know where to begin. In this article, you will learn some useful tips on how to make your space livable. For starters, to make the room seem big, always use small pieces. Instead of getting a four seater couch, opt for two. Keep the space clean at all times and any clutter should be rid off. Tall pieces are ideal, like shelves that are vertical more than horizontal. Use strong and bright colors to divide spaces, like a rug that would occupy the living room. Invest on a multipurpose furniture like a sofa-bed or a bed that can also be used as a storage. and the best and final tip is a large mirror that you can hang on the wall. Mirrors always give the illusion of more space.

 

Condo Documents

December 3rd, 2012

There are several documents involved in condominium ownership that you may want to review before purchase. These papers should be available from the condo’s board of directors or their representative. They include: Master deed, Bylaws, House rules, Covenants, conditions and restrictions: Private restrictions on the use of project property; usually created by the developer

Small Space Solutions

November 14th, 2012

 

Condo owners/ renters tend to have the same problem. Not enough space. Condominiums aren’t really made so big because the rooms in the building are divided to accommodate a lot of tenants. So making a small space comfortable is the main challenge. If you’re lucky, you will land a unit that has already been furnished for you. If not, you would have to know how to design and maximize your own space. Choosing the right furniture is the trick. Stay away from large and bulky sofas that will take over the entire room. Instead of putting cabinets, install shelved on the wall to store your things. This way, you get more floor space. If you decide to add an entertainment system, also consider having your TV attached to the wall. Use light colors on the walls to help bounce light around the room to create an airy aesthetic. Keep the place tidy at all times too.

The Disadvantages

October 27th, 2012

 

Many people are considering buying a condominium. This comes as no surprise since high rise buildings are practically everywhere and condo is relatively cheaper than buying a house. People in the city prefer condo living since it is the current “trend” and it is less the hassle of yard maintenance and the financial responsibilities that owning a single home owners usually face. But before you sign that contract with the condominium purchase, you should also probably know the possible hassles and disadvantages of owning a condo. First, You share common walls. This means, less privacy for everyone. You are merely steps away from your neighbors. There are people living above you, beside you and below you. If you are lucky, your neighbors are considerate. If not, they will annoy you many times. You will also have to pay association dues monthly. If you are living in a fancier condo, it means more assoc dues to pay.