Condominium buying basics

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Buying a condominium is very much like buying a house. There are a few minor differences that you should keep in mind, though.

When buying a condominium, it is important to understand how a condo differs from other types of homes. If you choose to live in a condominium, you can have neighbors above, below, and beside you. It is similar to living in an apartment, except that instead you own your home. Also, you will have no yard to maintain. Condos can be more affordable, which makes buying a condominium a great way to become a first-time homeowner.

Because a condo is different than a single-family house, there are certain things that you should be aware of when buying a condominium. For example, because you share walls with your neighbors, you need to check on soundproofing. Make sure the condo you decide to buy is quiet and that you cannot hear your neighbors walking above you, vacuuming below you, or watching television next door. Also, when buying a condominium, look to see how well the building is maintained. You also need to consider the parking availability. Is there covered parking or parking close to your unit?

Something else to keep in mind when buying a condominium is the homeowner’s association. You can ask to see the minutes of the last meeting to see what issues were important to others in the building. Find out how much homeowner’s dues are and what you get for paying that fee.

Condominiums also can come with amenities. Be sure that the condo that you are considering has the amenities that you want. Realize that you pay for the amenities through the homeowners’ dues. If the condos have a pool and you do not want a pool, perhaps you should look at buying another condominium since you may have higher dues with a pool. Through a little searching, you can find the condo with amenities that most appeal to you.

Being prepared helps in any home search. By understanding exactly what you are getting, you can have a great experience buying a condominium.

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About smallmanconstruction

Tim Smallman, the general contractor behind Smallman Construction and Electric, has been in the construction industry for over 20 years. In 2003, Tim decided to leave the corporate world behind and get back to what he loved most about construction: helping his friends, neighbors, and anyone in need achieve their home and business improvement dreams. By founding his company on a principal of customer service, open book bidding, and integrity, Tim has been blessed with a great deal of success. This success has enabled him to expand operations and create an electrical division in 2006. Tim has made San Carlos his family's home for many years. They spend a considerable amount of time supporting their community and striving to make it a great place to live and work. Tim is active in the San Carlos community, coaching youth sports, participating in the Kiwanis Show and the Chickens Ball since 1989, with the proceeds going to the San Carlos Schools and other charitable organizations.

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