Checking out condos for sale along EDSA? That’s great but before you check out those units you should know what to look for when buying one. Are you merely looking at the building’s name? Or are you also looking at the practical aspects? To help you out, here’s a list of the things you should look for when buying a condo.
Location, location, location!
It’s all about location! If you work in, for example, Pasig city, why choose a place in Laguna? If your child is studying in Makati, why buy a home in Marikina? Always consider the distance between your new home and the places you frequently go to like your workplace or your relatives’ homes.
Is the Layout OK?
Remember that a condo is a long term investment; it’ll be your home for a very long time. So check the condo’s layout if it is alright with you, and don’t just rely on the blueprints. Inspect the sample unit or, if possible, the actual unit itself. Is the bathroom’s shower okay with you? How about the bedroom’s postion? Is the living room big enough for you? And check the floor plan of the condo. Know where the fire extinguishers are and the emergency exits are and if they can easily be accesed from your unit.
Know the Rules and Regulations
Do you have pets? How many? Check the condo’s rules and regulations about animals because some condos have policies regarding pets wherein they only allow each homeowner three pets only. If you’re planning to rent out your unit, what are the rules about this? How about the amneties? What are there rules regarding the pool or gym usage?
Scout The Neighborhood
When it comes to your home, you want to know what’s around you. If you have an elderly or sickly family member moving in, you’dwant to make sure there’s a hospital nearby. If you have children who still go to school, you’d want them going to a good and reputable school. If you bought your unit for the nice view, know if there are any buildings being built neaby that might obstruct that scenery. If you absolutely hate to cook and live on takeout food, check out the neighborhood if there are any good eateries nearby.
Look Up the Demographics
Investigate the people living in the building where you’re planning to buy a unit. If you’re a medical student, what you need is silence and peace. You don’t need a building with partying college kids. You don’t want loud, rowdy people living in the unit beside yours, no matter what age you are.
Understand the Maintenance and Association Fees
Some developers may charge higher than what you expected. See if it’s really worth it and if the building is maintained properly. You have to know if what you’re going to pay is really being used. You can do this by asking some of the homeowners if the management is really doing their job or by doing some online research.
Check Out Their Reputation
Thanks to the internet, you can now easily discover the reputation of the condominium’s developers. Do they deliver as they promise? Check the financial situation of the developer. Are they still well off or are they about to go bankrupt? Are there many complaints against them?
These things matter. A condominium isn’t just a flimsy toy you buy. It isn’t something you purchase for showing off. A condominium is a long term investment, a place you’ll call your home. So choose wisely.