6 Things to Consider Before Moving Into a Condo Home

Moving in anytime soon? Check these six items before the big move


Buying or moving into a condo home is a huge achievement. However, before you officially sign a contract, you need to consider these six important things first. Let this list guide you. 

Photos used in this feature are by Miguel Nacianceno.

Keep these things in mind:


Condos are often located in key urban areas with proximity to commercial and transportation hubs. Before moving in, ask yourself “Is it near my office?” or “Is the commute or traffic bearable?”  Consider these factors first because it will contribute to a better quality of life.


There are condo developments that have the best amenities – a wave pool, posh boutiques on the ground floor, landscaped jogging paths – and there are others that don’t even have a reception lobby. It all depends on your budget and priorities when it comes to choosing. If you have kids, you may consider condos with a playground or an outdoor area where they play safely. Meanwhile, if you’re single and a health buff, you’ll surely appreciate a gym within the building.


Is bringing in your Labrador or Persian cat out of the question? Ask the building administration up front about their policies on pets. Some low-rise and medium-rise developments with big outdoor areas allow large dogs; most condos allow toy dogs, cats, and other (vaccinated) furry pets, while other condos will only allow you to bring in a goldfish bowl. Learn how to create a pet-friendly home here. 


Some condo buildings come with small windows that will force you to turn on the lights and air conditioner 24/7. Pick a development with generously sized windows that you can open safely. What if you got the unit pre-selling? Check the building’s elevation drawings to see if the windows are big enough. Refer to the building’s floor plan and choose the units that do not face another unit’s wall, and ask the developer’s staff how big the windows are.


Conducting a final inspection before moving in is a must! Navigate every area starting from the main entryway, so you get to see every detail. It is also advisable to create a basic punch list, so you get to examine if your circuit breaker and water gate valve are working.


Your building administration should have a maintenance team to keep the corridors, public areas, grounds, and exterior windows clean, as well as do seasonal maintenance work like repainting and repairs. These factor into your association dues, so expect the condo to be in shape all year round. The maintenance team should also be willing to make repairs that they are responsible for, such as main electrical and sewerage problems.

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