Buying your first newly built condo in Vancouver or Toronto is a fun and exciting experience since you will be the first to live in it. Getting settled into the new community and your home should be a smooth process, especially if you consider using the following tips before and after you have closed on your home and taken procession of it.
Tip #1 Start Packing Sooner Rather Than Later
Once you have confirmed the closing date, get moving boxes and packing materials so you can start packing up your current home. It is better to use this time wisely, so you can carefully pack, label your boxes, and be ready for your upcoming move.
Tip # 2 Get to Know Your Condo Board/Association
Attend condo owners meeting and introduce yourself to the association members. Prior to your move, you may want to reach out to the board to find out if there are any specific rules or regulations you need to know, such as specific move-in hours, designated loading/unloading zones, and other such details you will want to know.
Request a copy of the community and homeowners’ rules so you will have a better understanding of the requirements and guidelines. In addition, you can also find answers to other important questions, like parking, using shared common areas, using shared amenities, accessibility, and processes required if you want to remodel/renovate or make other changes to your home.
Tip # 3 Contact Utility Companies for Shut Off/Connection Service
Most utility companies will expect a two to three week lead time. With your new home, some of the utilities may already be on and only need to be transferred into your name, or might be included in your condo association fees.
Tip # 4 Change Your Address
Take the time to notify the post office and change your address on any important documents, like your driver license, vehicle registration, insurance policies, bank accounts, and so on.
Tip # 5 Try to Clean the Condo Prior to Move In
Even if the home was previously cleaned by the builder, it may not be up to your specs. Cleaning ahead of time gives you one less headache to worry about and gives you a wonderful fresh start. If you cannot do this ahead of time, then try to clean-as-you-go while you are unpacking and getting settled into your new home, or clean the condo while the movers are still packing up your current home.
One of best parts of owning your own condo is being able to make your own personal touches. At some point, you will want to remodel, renovate, or update the look and appearance of different areas within the home, such as adding deck tiles to your balcony, terrace, or patio from Designer Deck.
Just remember to always check with your condo board before making any changes and get permission, especially for outdoor areas. To learn more about Designer Deck’s condo patio, balcony and terrace deck tile and flooring products, and lighting solutions, please feel free to contact us at 1.800.398.9263 today!