Thursday, January 23, 2014

What to consider when buying a condo

Many different factors should be considered upon buying a condominium unit. Aside from the practical matters, such as the price and location, there are also aesthetic and structural considerations. 

When choosing a unit’s location, consider how much sun exposure it gets at different times of the day.

Unlike houses, condo units come with uniform ceiling heights, number of windows and other structural features. These will affect the living conditions in your new home, so when choosing a condominium unit, keep these considerations in mind.

Light

Abundant natural light in a condo unit is a precious feature. Staying in a compact space without daylight for long periods can feel stifling and just downright unpleasant. Choose a unit with enough windows to create a light-filled and airy ambiance. This is why corner units are much coveted and often get sold out fast despite the higher price. 

When choosing a unit’s location, consider how much sun exposure it gets at different times of the day. Avoid units that have full morning or afternoon sun, as these can make your home too warm and uncomfortable. 

Air

Ventilation is another key factor to consider when choosing a condo unit. More windows will generally create better air circulation, but a few windows placed strategically to catch wind breezes may work just as well. 

Consider the view from the unit’s windows as well. Having a nice view can be a great investment for years to come. Visit your potential condo unit several times to gauge the air circulation and get a better feel of its living conditions. 

Aside from the unit itself, check out hallways and common areas, as you may be spending some time here too. 

Space

The space of the condo unit factors in a huge part in choosing a condo unit. The area of the unit and number of rooms should meet your needs and requirements. A higher ceiling height is also more desirable, as this will provide a more open and airy feel to your space. 

The minimum ceiling height is seven feet, and the average height is nine feet. Loft-type condo units and units with high ceilings are more expensive but can be great spaces to build a home in. 


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