Resurgence in urban living in recent years has made more buyers lean towards buying condos over houses. There has also been an increase in younger families who are also opting for this convenient and low-maintenance lifestyle. Because younger families usually come with kids in tow, it is crucial to put some deep and researched thought into the kind of condo you want to invest in for your family. Having children may mean that your choice of where to live is principally motivated by the needs of your children. Here are some tips to help you choose the right home for your family.
· Location: Urban living is all about being able to get where you need to be with ease. Condos are usually located within walking distance to shops, restaurants as well as entertainment places. So consider choosing your home close to your place of work. Most importantly, explore options in good school districts. New and modern condo for sale in Montreal or any other big city, strive to create a balance between the bustle of the city and the natural serenity of the nearby Peel Basin.
· Unit size: The size of your condo should be directly proportionate to the size of your family. It should also factor in any additional children you plan to have. Remember that as your family grows so will the need for a bigger place. Keep this thought in mind when choosing your condo to avoid being forced to move after a few years, for want of more space.
· Demographics: The nature of the structure of a condo is such that fellow occupants automatically become your immediate community, and this communal life might require significant interaction. Having kids may mean having to choose a community that also has young families, as opposed to a community with mostly retired individuals. Making sure that your building has a similar demographic may therefore greatly enhance the communal experience for both children as they interact with fellow children, as well as for the parents.
· Amenities: Most condos have amenities and facilities that other types of regular housing do not have, such as swimming pools and fitness gyms. Some condos are progressively adding play areas and mini parks to cater for children. Choosing a condo with these features will mean one less worry about where to take the kids for some fun and exercise.
· Privacy: Before you decide on your condo, do find out the corporate body’s stance on privacy and good neighborliness. A building that strictly monitors sound levels and traffic in the common areas might not be ideal for young children, and you could soon find yourself at odds with your neighbors.
· Extra storage space: In addition to your family growing, you might also discover that your children’s possessions, in particular, are also increasing at an alarming rate. Find out if your prospective building provides additional storage space to allow you to stow away the bikes and skateboards that can no longer be accommodated inside.
· Monthly maintenance fees: Make sure that you understanding the terms of your maintenance fees obligations so that you are not caught unawares by seemingly high rates. Parents these days are more concerned with the emotional welfare of their children, and the negative impact that ‘uprooting’ them from school and friends to start over in a new place would have. It is important, therefore, to choose your condo with a relatively long-term plan in place.
Although finding the home that is just right for each member of the family might look like a daunting task, a bit of planning and research will help narrow down your focus and unearth the optimum condo experience for you.