There are many advantages to living in a condo. It is a more affordable way for first-time buyers to get into the real estate market. For the empty nester who has been living in a large home, you finally get to leave the lawn maintenance and snow removal to someone else!
When you are moving to a high-rise condo, you need to be aware of a few things. Make sure you carefully read all the condo documentation, so you do not break any rules.
Some people are not aware that they cannot renovate their condo unit without permission from the condo board. Another common rule relates to window coverings; most condo buildings dictate the color and, in some cases, the type of window coverings that are to be installed.
Utilities and Cable/Internet
If you are moving to a condo for the first time, you may not realize that your monthly maintenance fee does not cover all your utilities. Almost all condos include your water with your fee, but only 30-50% include heating costs or hydro.
Book the installation of your cable TV, internet, and telephone in advance. The condo building may have a preferred company for cable and internet.
Here are some other things to remember when moving into a condo:
- Book your move-in with the condo manager well before your preferred date. Make sure you do this before you book a mover
- Ask the condo manager if you are required to arrange for the reading of any meters and how to set up your account for utilities you are responsible for. The condo may do this for you.
- Most buildings do not allow moving on a Sunday, and they may have restricted hours on other days of the week.
- The condo building may require a damage deposit – this can range from $250 – $1000.
- Some condos charge a non-refundable moving fee to cover the cost of extra cleanup required because of a move, padding elevators, and the cost of a supervisory staff member.
- Many buildings have a specific freight elevator, a moving room, or a loading dock that must be used for moving.
- Find out the maximum hours they allow for a move from the condo manager.
- The time restriction is an excellent reason to use a professional moving company as they are more efficient than trying to do it yourself. Ensure the mover is advised of the time limits.
- All moving debris must be removed from common areas, including the hallways, elevators, and the moving room.
- All cartons must be folded up, bounded with twine, and placed in appropriate disposal bins.
For more information about moving into a condo, contact Premiere Van Lines at 1-877-671-6683.