November 3, 2017

7 Little Changes That'll Make a Big Difference With Your Condo Lifestyle

So you are looking for a comfortable way of living without the hassle, and thinking about getting a self-contained, luxurious condo? Join the club of millions who have swapped their regular accommodation to a condo. Are you thinking about relocating overseas and having a holiday condo? Find some interesting ideas to enhance your lifestyle and make the most out of your space, technology, and entertainment space offered by your new condo. Read more about the simple changes that will make a huge difference below. 

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1. Do the Research
Before you choose the location of your condo and the neighborhood, make sure that there are plenty of things to do nearby. If you have recently retired and are relocating or are an empty nester you need to stay active. If you still have a business to run from home, you might want to make sure that there is a fast enough internet connection to keep you going. People who work remotely often choose a location where the cost of living is lower and the lifestyle is more laid back. Condos in sought after areas are hard to come by, and you will have to sign up for a long term contract.

When you look for affordable condos for rent, meet the people and have a walk around the area. If there is too much traffic nearby, make sure that you get adequate noise cancelling installed and you will not be disturbed. Check out the conditions of your rent and ask neighbors.




2. Less is More

Condo living should be all about space and light. Instead of trying to make your condo appear luxurious, try to keep it simple. Modern living should be about enjoying life to the fullest and not having to decorate your living room. You might get some decorative items, but not too much. This way, you can make it easy to clean your condo, and enjoy the space. The best thing about condo living is that it allows you to make the most out of your time. You don’t have to worry about bills, cleaning, and maintenance. You can always find parking space underneath the building, so don’t spend all day inside.

3. Get Services

You can live a carefree life in your new condo, no matter where in the world you choose to live, if you organize your services. Before you sign up for a deal check which services are included and which are optional. It will be much harder to get what you need after you move in, and there might be restrictions on what alterations you can do. Some condos offer valeting and laundry service, an on-site gym, and community rooms.

If you happen to know exactly what you are interested in, you can join clubs and sign up for memberships beforehand.

4. Have an Extra Room

If your family doesn’t approve of your sudden move to a new city, it might be a good idea to keep a spare room for them in case they want to visit and change their mind. Invite your old friends over and show them how easy it is to settle in a new country or city if you get an all-inclusive condo.

If you live in a more expensive part of the world, and your friends would find it difficult to book a holiday there, invite them over. They will be happy about the free accommodation, and you can show them around in your new environment. While condo living is all about community, you might miss your family members and old friends. Having an empty room will open up the opportunity to inviting them for a few days or even a few weeks, depending on your contract.

5. Go All Inclusive

If you have just moved into a new city, you might want to go all in when buying or renting a condo. Get your maintenance sorted and sign up for cleaning, laundry, and food delivery services. Join the gym downstairs and pay for your parking for the year. Get the security system checked regularly and make sure that when you leave for a few weeks you will find everything just as you left it.

Going all inclusive is a good way of planning ahead. If you just retired, you might want to budget your savings or pension funds well, so you still have time and money left for traveling. Get rid of the watering can, the lawnmower, and de-clutter. If you freed up money by selling your house and downsized to get an easy life, enjoy it. For a fixed monthly maintenance fee, you can sit back and let other people handle the details. All inclusive condo living is similar to going all inclusive on your holiday, but you are staying for longer.

6. Fall In Love with Locations

If you happen to travel for work, allow yourself to explore. Many people found happiness across the ocean. You can keep your eyes out while on holiday and turn your short visit into a Condo lifestyle. Experience life as it is and overstay on your holiday, Go back to live there for a few months.

The Condo lifestyle allows you to have a care-free few months and explore. Your home will be clean, secure, and looked after. Get to know local people and join their communities. Catch up with neighbors in the park, go to the cinema together, or take their recommendations on where to explore more of the country. No matter what you decide to do; stay in one place or travel to different cities, having a condo as a base is a good and cost-effective idea.

7.  Be Ready to Move On

Even if you are happy where you live, you might want to explore other parts of the world later. Keep your options open and make sure that you are flexible. Some companies offer condo swaps and flexible deals. You can own a condo and swap with other owners for a few months, or rent one on flexible terms. This way, you can go away on holiday and feel home away from home.

It is possible that your personal circumstances might change over time. Your family might grow, or you need to relocate to work. If this happens, you don’t want to be tied to a deal. Make sure that you have read the contract and are free to cancel the deal.

Another important consideration when you buy a condo is the future value of the property. Choose one in a developing neighborhood where the demand for this type of accommodation is likely to grow in the next few years. This way, you will not only be able to move on, but also cash in on your property investment.

No matter if you are working away in another city, or have recently withdrawn your retirement savings, investing into a condo is a good idea. If you are flexible and fully embrace the condo lifestyle, you are going to enjoy the new community, all inclusive service, and great amenities offered by the location and property. Starting out in a new city cannot be easier than through renting a condo. You don’t have to worry about bills, internet access, parking, or local gyms: you get an excellent service tailored to your needs. Choose wisely, keep your options open, and fall in love with places for life, or just a few months.

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