Read the Contract

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It’s a good business habit to read everything before signing a document. This makes you more familiar with what’s expected from you and what you expect fro the condo corporation.

Although to some, reading it may be a chore, especially if you’re uber excited in owning the unit. For example, if you see “no pets” or “no one under the age of 18”, but you have a pet Python and a month-old child, then the condo unit is just not for you.

If the document has a lot of legal stuff in it, please consult your lawyer, or (better still) a condominium consultant. He or she knows a lot of how these bylaws can be translated to layman English.

Parking in Condos

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Parking will be a big issue for those who have vehicles. So if you have one and you’re looking for a condo unit, you need to be acquainted with the three types of parking in a condo setting.

There are three types of parking in a condominium:

  • Tilted Parking Space: It’s a space with the owner’s name on it. The owner can do what ever they want with it as long as its in within the boundaries of the Condo rules.
  • Leased Parking Stalls: These are spaces leased to you for a period. It usually comes with documents stating that you have exclusive use to the space as long as you’re in the unit.
  • Assigned Parking Space: It offers condo residents no say on how long the stall is theirs. It’s in discretion of the board of the condos.
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    Chic Furniture

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    Making your condo chic looking can actually be easy and cheap. All you have to do is pick the right furniture to have in your apartment. You can have a small or large space and it won’t make a difference. Shabby chic is a style that exudes class and elegance. Think rustic decorative style that is oh so French! (Refer to photo above)

    This style has the vintage vibe and is normally in a light color (white, pastels) You can create this look easily if you are patient. “Make do and Mend!” If you can not afford antique furniture you can still make it look like one! First step is to choose a classic style furniture. Apply two coats* of Chalk Paint – painting with a big brush in all directions. Then wax and use sand paper to take off paint to reveal old color. Then apply another coat of paint (preferably of the same color but thicker coating now)  Then sand with fine or medium sandpaper. This will now look like it’s rustic and vintage. Voila – you’ve now created Chic!

    Choosing A Landlord

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    Spring is the busy moving period for a lot of renters. If you are one of the countless renters who are considering on moving in the coming months, you may want to look for more than just a nice, quiet, and relaxed place to live. You also need to find a highly regarded landlord who takes care of the assets and its people. Every time you move to a new apartment building, it’s significant to create a good relationship with your new landowner or property-owner from the start. That means you are conscious of what you are permitted to obtain from the landholder as well as what they will be expecting from you.

    Chic but Professional Condo Look

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    So you just moved in the new condo but would like to have a more adult feel kind of condo? Then you may want to consider a chic and professional condo look for your place. A lot of condos are normally small and knowing what to place in the area to make it look big is only possible if you know the right measurement of the condo. Have a list of what you want to have for your place, mirrors, racks, etc. Make sure that items you choose will go well with the theme of your condo. You may also want to browse the internet for inspiration before hiring a professional to do the job. Also have time to ask around or browse the net for estimates on the materials. These things will help you save your precious time, effort and money, most especially if you are on a tight budget.

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    Yes to Condo Home Theater

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    It is always the best time to make a change for your chic condo by placing gadgets that will help elevate the scene of your area. One of the most popular ways to improve your space is with surround speakers. The following are few of the most well liked products in the market today.

    For the home theater systems, Onkyo HT-S6300 7.1 – channel also comes highly recommended. At $999, it can be slightly expensive but truly delivers and also comes with a good looking package. It is designed to work with Blu-Ray players and has four of the latest 1.4a HDMI inputs. Delivering 1200W of total power with 7 speakers, each delivering 130W, and one subwoofer with 290W, the Onkyo HT-S6300 gets all the applause. It also has the ability to automatically up-convert all video inputs to 1080P and output through HDMI. But the best feature though has to be its Audyssey Audio Correction Technology, which automatically tailors the system for your home theater, thus correcting frequency response, i.e. volume, etc., for a smoother and clearer performance. Setting up the speakers is also a breeze with the mic setup, and the compact design ensures that the system will blend in, not stand out in your home theater.

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    Chic Condo Decor

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    Furnishing a new condo is really difficult specially if you have no experience to begin with. Most people worry that because they do not know what to do or where to start, they will end up spending a lot of money. It might be a smart idea to hire an interior designer but if you have limited budget then you can do it yourself too.

    First thing to do is to sit down and visualize what you want in your place. What colors would you like to use? What furniture will you want in the room? What is your taste in decors? List these things all down before you get started.

    If you’re already satisfied with the color on your walls, then no need to worry about having it painted or putting up wall papers. Now it’s time for business. Go online and look for furniture on different websites that offer classified ads. There are also yard or garage sales that have a lot of wonderful pieces.

    Remember to get not just beautiful pieces but also functional ones. It’s important to make use of space well. Overloading on furniture can make a room look small and cluttered.

    Condo Issue: Noise

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    There are so many benefits of living in a condo but along with the pros there are also some cons. Possibly the number one problem of living in a building that is shared with other people is the noise. When people live in close proximity with each other, this is inevitable. What does one do to deal with this issue? First, every condo should have rules regarding the noise level you are allowed to make. Most times it would be from 10pm to 6am when majority of the residents are trying to get some rest. Anything that interferes residents’ from their unit should be eliminated. It is the management’s duty, to make certain that undue noise caused by residents, their guests or pets, is stopped. A call should be made to the management about the issue. Remember to take note of the time the call was made. Describe the noise you hear, how long it lasted and how frequent. The management will then inspect and give a warning to the people who are at fault. Sometimes these things can not be avoided. There would be days or nights when your neighbors will be inviting guests over and that is fine since it happens to everyone but if it occurs regularly then it is an issue to be dealt with immediately.

    Buying A Condo

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    A lot of people believe that owning a condo instead of a house is cheaper and a whole lot easier. This may be true in a lot of ways but there are still things you need to know before you make that big investment. What you need to remember is that when you live in a condo, you will be sharing the space with other people. Though you will have your own unit, there are still areas that are communal like elevator, lobby, building exterior etc. It is not necessary to socialize with the neighbors but it would be good if you do not mind having short encounters with them daily. You also need to know all the Homeowner’s  Association fees. These are expenses you need to pay to cover the maintenance for common areas, insurance etc. All of these details should be discussed so that you don’t feel like you have been duped into buying the property. ALL CONDOS would charge you for this.

    Dealing With Strangers

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    When answering your door, first and foremost look all the way through the window or peephole to see who is there. If you are not familiar with the person, talk to them without opening the door. If you have any worries or doubts about the person, do not open the door. Get in touch with the landlord or police for assistance, if necessary. Do not ever permit  to enter your home an unfamiliar person to use the phone. Suggest to make the call for them as an alternative. Also, when dealing with othersask to see their identification. Even you are comfortable talking with the person, do not ever let them in.  

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