Are you thinking of buying a condo? You need to look very carefully as there are many on the market and the quality can vary. It pays to do your homework if you want to get the best deal, and that means knowing who you are dealing with as well as knowing what to look for in a condo. We have put together a list of 8 qualities you need to look into when buying a condo, so here we go!
Build Quality – this is a primary consideration, as you don’t want to be spending good money on poor quality property. Look for a development in which the developer and the builder are either the same or are linked; this way you will get a better level of quality and attention to detail than if your developer has simply farmed out the work.
Green Certification – all-important in this day and age, and especially if you want to resell at a later date, is a building that is as ecologically friendly as possible. Check all the certifications and make sure that you have as many boxes ticked as possible.
Amenities – what’s on offer besides the living space? Is there a pool or party room, or does the condo have access to a gym? Also, what are the specifics of the amenities on offer, and how do they compare with others? Realtors such as Jason Gray can help you get the best deal, as they know the best developments.
Design – are you looking for super-modern or traditional? If it’s the latter, there’s a great deal of choice, and if the latter you want to make sure it’s practical as well as stylish. Sometimes you may find a superb looking building is not great to live in, so you really need to check it out first before you commit.
Finish – make sure you know what you’re getting when you go through the details; if you want granite worktops, bespoke fittings and so on, you need to be certain they are included in the finished property, as it’s all too easy to assume and be disappointed by misleading copy.
Reputation – who is building your condo? Who is the developer? Do they have a history of quality developments, and are they aware of social responsibility in building and planning? Also, have they won any industry awards? Get to know your builder and developer by checking them out – it’s easy with access to the web.
Price – it’s not one that everyone wants to think about, but are you getting value for money? Check competitors for their prices, and see if the specification of your desired property matches up.
Location – finally, and for many the clincher, where is it? What is your condo close to? What does it overlook and do you have a decent view? You want to be in the right area, with the right scenes outside your window!
That’s by no means a comprehensive list but it should help you get the best out of your search for a condo!