September 17th, 2014
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?
September 10th, 2014
Ok, so you live in a house and you plan to relocate to a condominium. No problem, you can relocate anytime.
But what if you have a dog? Oh no. That’s going to be a big problem. Most condominiums don’t let you bring one. You have to sign a memorandum that you can’t bring any pet inside your unit for noise control purposes. The units in a condo are only separated by a think wall, but that doesn’t mean the other person next to you can’t hear the dog’s bark. The truth is, they can. And considering the fact that most hallways are empty, the bark of the dog tends to echo—and the person living at the corner can and will hear it.
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September 3rd, 2014
One of the most effective ways to make your condo unit become more homey and livable is to do away with clutter. Even Feng Shui experts say that clutter disrupts the flow of chi, or energy in your home. Having a neat home make it easier for one to live in it and work in it. Simply develop habits that prevent you from leaving clutter, like returning magazines or books to the shelf after they’re read, or washing the dishes at once so that the dirty dishes don’t accumulate in your sink. Untidy habits also invite all sorts of pests like cockroaches and rats and ants, all of which thrive in a dirty and untidy environment. Having less clutter also keeps you away from accidents, like accidentally stepping on a glass you left on the floor while you were watching a movie.
August 27th, 2014
They say condo living is very much convenient. True! There are some things in your old house that you won’t do anymore when you get to relocate to your new condo unit. One is that of lawn mowing.
Are you tired of mowing your lawn and pestered by the fact that they grow too fast (faster than your flowering plants!)? Or maybe, come the season of fall, are you tired of sweeping your front yard everyday just to get rid of those leaves falling endlessly from the trees? If you plan to eradicate all these time consuming activities, better move in to a condo.
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August 20th, 2014
Selling a condo is a tad bit harder than selling a single unit home for there is not much external aesthetics that can be your selling point. So improvements on the inside can help a lot with increasing your chances of getting a buyer quick without costing an arm and a leg.
One of the cheapest ways to improve a condo for selling or just for a change is through a change of color. Yep, good old paint and the good thing is that you could do it on your own cheaply. Get hold of material that would help a lot such as magazines that show current trends and colors that would give your unit a much needed sprucing up. You’d be amazed at how much a change in character a condo unit can get after a re-paint. And who knows, the first buyer you may get in that door maybe your last, selling your condo before you know it.
August 21st, 2013
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 »
July 11th, 2013
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.
May 30th, 2013
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.
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.
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.