More and more people are beginning to understand the comfort and advantage of living in a high rise condominium. Back then it was the ultimate dream of newly graduates to own a house and lot one day. But times have changed and so it our lifestyle; nowadays, we prefer to experience the condo living where security and comfort is paid for a lower premium.

Whether you will be renting or financing your condominium, I would like to share some tips on how to make your condominium living experience a comfortable one.

On Space - If there is one drawback of living in a condominium is the limited space available for you. This is why it is very important to plan your interior designing ahead of time. The use of every space needs to be calculated and thought of very carefully. The most important thing to avoid when decorating your condominium is to rush the purchase of major furniture you intend to bring in.

It would help a lot if you will layout your floor plan and decide where you want the items to be. Ideally, it would be best to have a separate bedroom from the living room. But if budget is an issue, you can always be imaginative on how to make your space work for you.

Best approach? The minimalist…

Remember, you have the ability to dictate what you do to your condo. Aren’t you glad you can now compare to when you were with your folks?

Rules and Restrictions – There are list of House Rules that you need to remember when living in a condominium. The admin of the building should be providing you these lists even before you start living in your new place. Unfortunately, depending on the developers, these restrictions may vary.

Here are some of the guidelines:

  • Bringing in and out of big pieces (chairs, tables and sofa set) are scheduled and requires permit. May be at first you will look at this as hassles, however, eventually you will realize this is also for you security
  • Since units are next to each other, you need to observe silence at all times. If your lifestyle is into partying, think again – Condo living is not advisable for you.
  • Hammering nails or any drilling needs to have a permit. Why? This is also for your protection. You might be drilling into some electrical wiring that will expose you to possible danger.
  • Garbage disposal is normally located per floor. Most condominiums are built with trash chute per floor. Never throw your garbage bags with plastic that are open.
  • Not all condominiums are pet friendly. Make sure to check it first if this is a concern for you.
  • You will be required to provide personal information in case of emergency.
  •  All you visitors will be screened and would have to go through security checking.
  • It is generally not allowed to let your clothes dry outside. This is an eyesore.
  • You need to have a universal fire extinguisher.
  • Parking is a separate payment and is not included when you buy/rent a condo.
  • Most importantly, pay your monthly association dues. Normally computed depending on the square meter of your condominium.

I personally live in a condominium for the last 7 years. Do I have any complains? None that I can think of, actually.