I Bought a Condo, Now What?

You’ve just bought a condo and you’re getting ready to move in. As a new homeowner, what are the top things you should do now before you move in or within the first year? At Village Communities, with condos for sale, we make sure we work with you every step of the way when buying your condo, and we’re here with our thoughts to make your first year in your condo a success.

A Painting Plan:

  • You may love the color of your condo when you buy it, or you might want a different color. It’s much easier to paint rooms before moving furniture in, so you might want to paint first.
  • Sometimes you need to live in the rooms for awhile before you know what colors you want, so when you do get ready to paint, move all the furniture to the center of the room to make it easier to paint around it.
  • Keep the furniture covered up, so nothing gets ruined.
  • When you are selecting paint colors, don’t just go by the color on the paint chip. Paint a sizable area of the wall with the colors you are thinking about, and see how they look in the light and with your furniture.

Paperwork:
There is a lot to remember when you move into a new place! Utilities, HOA info, and change of address forms are some of the big ones!

  • New utility accounts need to be opened up: electric, natural gas, water, sewage, and garbage. You will need to order any Internet, phone, cable or satellite services that you will be using.
  • Don’t forget to change your billing address for all of your accounts (bank, credit cards, student loans, car loans) and fill out the necessary paperwork at the post office.
  • HOA fees usually are paid monthly, so be sure to know where to send them. Check to see who to contact for maintenance issues.
  • If you make any major improvements to your property, which you shouldn’t need to do in one of our condos, keep track of what you spend. This will be helpful to have at tax time and when you sell, since it will show how much your home has increased in value.
  • File your closing statement for tax purposes, as you will need it to determine the correct tax basis for the property.

Be Neighborly:
Condo living doesn’t mean you have to interact with your neighbors, but just think of all the positives!

  • Be open to meeting people not only your own age, but younger and older than yourself. You might find people that can offer guidance, support, and friendship. It’s nice to have someone to wave at and chat with nearby.
  • Get involved in the activities and events that take place. Go to the pool or the work out room and meet other people who enjoy the activities you do.
  • Take walks in the condo complex and you might just find a walking buddy.

Buying a condo in one of our Village Communities is a wonderful experience, as you get all the benefits of a new home, and proximity to all of the amenities you are searching for. We have incredible condos that we’d love to show you. What are you waiting for? Get started on your best year now!