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3 Common Misconceptions about Living in a Condo

Here are some of the things that you need to know about high-rise living

Photography: Paolo Feliciano (Main Photo)

Nowadays, living in a condo unit has become a trend. It's practical and most developments are accessible. I have been living in a condo unit for almost four months now and more often than not, officemates and friends ask me almost the same questions: "Mahal ba tumira sa condo?" "Kasya ba lahat ng gamit mo?" or the every now and then quip: "Sosyal, naka-condo!" I always end up explaining everything to them in detail.

Then I realized that there are different misconceptions about high-rise living. It's actually like living in an ordinary house, the only difference? It's in a building, plus, it's usually located along the Metro's major thoroughfares! Here are common views about living in a condo and the truth behind each:

It is expensive

How can you buy or rent a unit if your salary is just enough for your daily needs and bills? The truth is, there are plenty of flexible payment options when it comes to buying or renting. You can discuss this with the building administration or with a sales representative.

Once you've decided to get a unit, you need to think about budget, amenities, and priorities, to name a few. You need to review the factors and see if this will benefit you in the long run. You can also visit your bank to ask about possible home loans. 

READ: How Do I Get a Housing Loan?

You can't personalize your space

As with any other space, this depends if you are a renter or an owner. If you own the unit, you can spruce up the space by repainting the walls or replacing some of the light fixtures.

Recently, we had to build a wall near the foyer to conceal the kitchen and dining areas. Our mini renovation was approved by the building admin—as the improvements didn't affect the front of the unit. It's best to discuss renovation and makeover plans with the admin first to avoid problems. If you are renting the space, it depends on your agreement with your landlord. The contract needs to specify details when it comes to repairs and home improvement projects. 

Photo by Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions.

The space is too small that all your stuff are in one place

I used to think that a studio unit was too small for one to be able to live comfortably. Since I started living in a condo, I discovered that the space is just right for me and given the limited area, I've learned to become practical. Maximizing the available space depends on your lifestyle and who you're sharing the unit with. If both of you love to collect things (aka hoard), it can look cramped.

Be a smart homeowner and be ready with your organizing skills. You can turn a studio unit into a cozy haven—just pick your furniture wisely and learn how to make the most of the space, including the walls!

Photo by Paolo Feliciano.

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