So, you’ve finally made the switch from condo life to that of a home?
Although there’s no denying what an exciting transition this is, there are certain things you’ll want to be prepared for when moving into a home. These are things that simply aren’t present when living in a condo.
To help you avoid the stink eye from your neighbours and to better prepare your wallet, we’re listing tips on how to transition from a condo to a house.
Increased Utility Bills
When moving into a home, you’re going to want to be prepared for increased utility bills. After all, you’ve likely upgraded to a home that has significantly more space than your condo had.
You’re also going to be responsible for bills that were not typically active in condo life. For example, many condo buildings have both the water and the gas bill included in their maintenance fees.
Designated Garbage Days
Unlike your condo, there’s no longer a garbage shoot down the hall. This means that you’re going to have a designated garbage day one day throughout the week. Some areas will pick up all of your garbage at once whilst other areas will pick up garbage one week and recycling the following.
Changing Your Furnace Filter
In general, you’re going to want to change your furnace filter about once every three months. If you live with pets or you have sensitivities or allergies, you may want to change it more often. In your condo, this was likely done for you thanks to your maintenance fees.
Come winter, you’re going to have to ensure that you have all of your sidewalks cleared from snow. In many cities, it’s against the law to allow snow and precipitation to build up on public sidewalks. To counteract this, all properties with sidewalks must have said sidewalks cleared within a certain time frame following a snowfall.
The good news about moving from condo to a home is you’re no longer responsible for paying those pesky maintenance fees. The bad news is that a freehold home is all the more likely to experience unexpected and costly breakdowns. That’s right, gone are the days of calling your property manager when your washing machine starts acting up.
That being said, moving into a home means having a reserve fund of money available for unforeseen costs. Without this reserve, you’re putting yourself in an uncomfortable financial position for when something goes awry.
Now that you’ve made the transition to a home, are you prepared to practice your green thumb? Of course, no one is holding you accountable for maintaining the perfect lawn and garden. But, if you turn a blind eye to your yard maintenance, you’re going to be getting the stink eye from your neighbours.
Are you financially prepared for furnishing an entire home? Let’s be honest, furnishing a one bedroom condo can be financially pressing enough. Unless you’re really planning to practice the art of minimalism, you’re going to want to prepare your wallet for an exorbitant shopping trip.
Increased Home Maintenance
When it comes to home ownership, your bi-weekly cleaning no longer entails scrubbing the floors of your one bedroom condo. Instead, you’re now responsible for cleaning an entire home. This might include multiple bedrooms as well as multure bathrooms.
One of the most appreciated perks of living in a condo are the security measures. When your building benefits from a concierge, you don’t have to worry about invaders breaking into your personal space. In many cases, this is also because the place that you call home also happens to be located many floors above ground level.
In a home, this isn’t exactly the case. This is why many homeowners will choose to ease the transition from condo to home with a security system. This is especially true if you’re moving to a new and unfamiliar area.
Preparing for Your Own Transition
If you’re making the transition from condo to house, allow this list to guide you. This will help to ensure that you’re taking proper care of your home and preparing yourself for the unexpected costs that tend to align with home ownership.