What To Look For When Buying A Condo Unit

When buying a place to call your home, you don’t only look into the interior of the property itself but also amenities that will be available and accessible for you inside the building where your property belongs. However, this differs and depends from building to building or one developer to another.

Based on your needs and your lifestyle, your preferences may also differ. But there are amenities that are really necessary whatever your choices may be and these are the most common and can also be the most useful for you regardless of your age, gender, religion or status in life. Here is a list to help you out what are the things you should be looking out for first aside from your preferred style and design.

Some touch of green

Urbanized living doesn’t mean you have to be entirely far away from nature because even high-rise properties also offer amenities including gardens and man-made natural landscapes that give a natural and cool vibes because sometimes, it is also healthy and beneficial to have a breath of fresh air by living near plants and trees which can give you extra supply of oxygen. It also gives shade and reduces the air pollutants that cause diseases from highly urbanized and congested areas.

Pools to splash on

Aside from a fresh sight of greenery, having an area where you can splash and spend some time while dipped on fresh water is also something worth considering when looking for a property to buy. It provides refreshment and relaxation as a break from hot days which also reduces stress in one’s life.

Fitness and Wellness Center and Spa

Health and well-being is one of the major priorities in one’s life. Having a place where you can improve and maintain it is good. So for those who want to stay fit and healthy, the gym and spa are some of the places that you should be looking for first. Good thing, it is one of the common and usual amenities offered by most condominium buildings.

Lobby, Function Halls, and Other Common Areas

A wide, spacious lobby with a proper concierge and tight security are benchmarks of a great condo. It is also considered as an extension of your living space. So, combined with comfy couches, plush armchairs, warm lighting, and cozy décor, it can serve as something which can make you and your guests feel at home. Even thought your unit only has limited space to cater guests, function halls and other common areas can be an alternative to accommodate any event from small meetings to grand birthday celebrations.

Children’s area

Of course, it is important especially to those who are living with their families including their kids who also needs to spend time doing recreational activities with each other to aid in their physical, mental and emotional stability. It is also a practice of their socialization as well as a form of bonding between siblings and parent to child.

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Smart Home For A Smarter Condo Living

Condo living has just been made even better today with the help of technology and smart ideas by developers and architects. This is what shaped the conventional way of living which can now have a huge difference from the traditional one. Let us all welcome home automation. Through this innovation, residents are now allowed to control their home appliances, lights, curtains, and even the thermostat can be switched on or off with the press of a button on their smart-phone or tablet.

Now, opening doors and windows can now become like never before. Security measures are also maximized to protect the family living within the premises 24/7. Voice-control can also be used to control, enable and disable appliances. It can also be used for commands which can make daily tasks faster and more efficiently.

In other countries, residents are allowed to individually control their household’s A/C, lights, locks, cameras, home audio, garage door, window shades, and anything with a plug. It is as if making your home a big version of your gadget which you can access through your device.

Meanwhile, wireless home automation has been attempted for decades with minimal success. There are records suggesting that there’s already success with the use of Bluetooth but still, there’s a need for more thorough study and testing to make it more efficient and used commercially.

Anti-theft and saving of space are the primary benefits of automating your home. Due to the continuous supply of inventions and discoveries, mechanisms are being improved to be better on serving its purpose. 

Investing on a smart home seems to be costly this is why many people are not considering it. But, in reality, it is necessary as a preparation for the future. It doesn’t have to be instantly. In fact, you can do it one development at a time especially if you don’t have enough funds. You can outsource first and identify those that are more necessary then, you can add the other features later on.

In case of minor or disabled members of the household or even pets, automation can also be beneficial in terms of caring and assistance. There are features that help monitor and assist a person or an animal in terms of feeding, walking around for exercise, and reminder about taking medication or even taking a bath. Most importantly, you can find ways to install a system in your condo that will be helpful in terms of emergency situation that can save you or your love ones.

Having a smart home is the new trend today and on the following years. Just like our mobile phones and other gadgets, more improvements are about to come and more developments may be discovered. It is up to us to determine what among these suits us and what we should integrate based on our needs and our lifestyle because not everything that surfaces and becomes available should be used for some can be irrelevant and unnecessary. Whatever it may be, we must ensure that we also make smart decisions in modifying our condo properties.

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Things You Might Not Know About Condominiums

Living in a condominium is preferred by many young adults nowadays. Though, there are still a lot of people who are used to renting landed houses and are not aware about owning high-rise properties because of this, they often find it hard to decide and to know that there are better choices of living that’s why they settle for less even though urban lifestyle is what’s really best for them. Here are some of the basic things that you need to know about owning a condominium for you to know if it’s for you:

Condo living is about convenience when it comes to security, maintenance and amenities

If you are a busy person who prefers to spend your free-days at rest, then condo is a greater deal for you. Also, if you are thinking about making sure of your security, maintenance and amenities without having to exert too much effort from yourself, then, indeed, a condominium is more preferable. Nothing’s safer than a condominium with all the security cameras and guards on the lobby 24/7, unless you can afford that all by yourself for a home. But, more often, it is considered as the advantage of having a condominium. It’s also less likely for a thief to have an access to your unit given all the security measures that a condo building has.  Maintaining a home requires a lot of work. But, when you’re living in a condo, you have someone who will work it out for you. You just have to pay all the association fees. Plus, you can have an access to a swimming pool, a gym, a garden and other basic amenities depending on the building administrators.

Like a landed houses, condos can be personalized

Contrary to what other people thinks, condos are very customizable. As long as you are cautious and careful not to hit any cable wires or pipelines which can affect the entire building, then you’re free to design it. It is advisable to choose a unit that has your most preferred fixed interior designs so that you only have to do minor changes. Painting jobs on the other hand, will be subjected to building policies and to your contract. It’s also best to consult the building authorities first before doing something like that.

In a condo, every space matters

Unlike a landed house, there’s lesser space available in a condominium. So, as much as possible, you must choose only the things that you really needed and set aside everything that is unnecessary for this kind of living, so that you won’t make it look too congested.

Urbanized living has really made it to the top of the trends which changed the perception of a lot of people when it comes to their lifestyle. But nothing can help them to make the wisest decisions more than being knowledgeable about what they really want and what they have to expect in case they decide to try living in a condominium. 

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Living In A Condo

If you have lived for years in a condo, you might already know these things. But, if you are someone who has just moved in or someone who wants to know first whether condo living is right for them, then, this might help you.

 Here we will discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of living in a condominium. Looking at the property itself is just one part of the whole process. Living beneath it is another. But experiencing it is the most important because this will really determine if it fits your lifestyle. But, you of course, even before buying, you have to know already if it will work so you won’t waste your time and resources for something which you will regret in the end.

Now, one of the disadvantages of living in a condominium is the limited space compared to landed houses. This is why when living in a condo, you really have to know how to manage and organize things properly. Focus on the most important things and belongings and start putting out those that are irrelevant and unnecessary.

Next thing you have to think about is the positioning of your unit. You have to know what amount of light and how hot or cold it feels like inside it on different times of the day especially with the large windows which usually composes 30-40% of the unit. Not all condo units are positioned well and there’s a chance that your room would be placed directly face to face with the burning sun.

Packages and letters aren’t usually delivered directly at your front door. Most condo buildings receive and store delivered packages on the front desk and you just have to pick it up same with letters which are put into a mailbox attached to a wall.  In a way, it’s good because you have someone to safe keep your packages or mails especially when you’re out. The only disadvantage is that you won’t get them directly by yourself or if you plan to receive the items privately without anyone noticing.

While, when it comes to your own security, worry not because most condo buildings have installed security cameras on almost all common areas so rest assured that you are being guarded, security personnel is/are also present at the lobby at all hours every day. So, you don’t have to worry about intruders or thieves entering your property because the building has many security measures which can protect you. This is on top of all the other technologies such as sprinklers, smoke detectors and fire alarms which are also vital for your safety.

It’s given that there is no perfect life. Everything has its own advantage and disadvantage. Living in a condo is one example. But it does not mean you cannot the home that’s best for you. All you have to do is to know all the possibilities that there is when looking for a better home.

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