Tips and Tricks to Finding the Perfect Condo
Keeping certain things in mind will help anyone find the perfect location that will match the new owner’s lifestyle and other expectations with condos for sale. Here are some main things to keep in mind.
• Commute distance
• Nearby commodities such as shopping, hospital, banks and pharmacies
• Recreation availability
• School locations
Choosing the Right Building
Once one has narrowed it down to a general desirable location, it’s time to start the search for the best condos for sale in the area. Be sure to stick to the set budget and remember the above desires to fit into the resident’s lifestyle when checking out various buildings.
Consider the following questions for the building owner when narrowing down the search:
• Where is parking located? Is parking included in the pricing structure?
• What amenities are available with the building?
• Are there any regulations for common space?
• Who are the other residents?
• Is there commercial space within the building?
• How much are association dues if there are any?
• Is the building a hotel-condo project?
Finding the Best Condos for Sale
Once a prime location is found and the building matches the potential resident’s lifestyle, it’s time to look at how to obtain or find the best unit within the building. Most will have many different floorplans that are offered on different floors of the building. In most cases one can choose a floorplan they like, then choose which floor they prefer.
There’s still much more to be considered when deciding on a condo for sale within a building. This is especially true for those who are investing before the building is even constructed.
Consider the View
Where the building will be located and what direction the potential unit will be facing means a lot. Will future buildings block a view? Remember, location and view mean a lot when reselling; even if one plans to not move again there’s no telling where life may lead. It’s best to consider the condo an investment and find out about view. Possibly, get it in writing that it won’t be blocked.
If looking at a unit in a building that has many floors, it makes sense to not get one too high up if the inhabitant is afraid of heights or elevators. Further, if they will have steps only make sure the potential resident is willing to make the climb, whatever it may be. Also, consider what sounds may affect the floor being considered, such as common areas, a pool, generators or even outside noises from surrounding businesses or buildings.
Learn about what neighbors will be nearby, and ensure their lifestyle matches. A small family with younger children won’t want to be woken up by partying college students, similarly those who have an active nightlife may find conflict living by older people or families.
By simply knocking on the neighbor’s doors and doing a quick meet and greet one can check if the lifestyles will be compatible or not. Avoid future confrontations in this manner.
What finishes will the condo have, or does it have? This plays into the overall value and one’s enjoyment. If upgrade will be necessary be sure to negotiate that in with the final price. A little bit of research will save the condo buyer a ton of money.