Moving to a new space is overwhelming, but it’s more so when you’re taking a leap from a house to a condo. It’s a big change in terms of using space, managing finances, and keeping up with responsibilities. To help you prepare for this big transition, here are some steps to take:
1. Reduce your stuff
In most instances, you’ll have a considerably lesser space in your condo compared to your house. This means it’s impossible to take the same stuff from your previous home to your new place — unless you want your condo to be jam-packed.
The sensible thing to do is to declutter, and this is where most Filipinos hit a wall as they find every little thing sentimental. It’s hard for them to let go of certain things — it could be a souvenir they got when they traveled overseas, a cute packaging of a product they don’t usually buy, or a memorabilia of someone who they admired.
The rule of thumb here is if something doesn’t have that much monetary value, and you can remember the event attached to that item, it’s okay to dispose of it. Doing that doesn’t always mean throwing things to the trash, though. It could also mean giving a few items away to relatives, holding an online auction (for collector’s items), holding a garage sale, or donating to charity.
2. Know your responsibilities
Your new place will bring new duties, along with rights as a condo owner. For instance, you enjoy the right to safe and clean outdoor spaces. In your big house, you do the yard work to maintain curb appeal and whatnot, but now that you’re living in a condo, the property’s personnel does all that task. It doesn’t mean that you’re completely free from such responsibilities, though. You need to comply with the rules set by the management and homeowners’ association, particularly of using the outdoor spaces, to promote safety and cleanliness and to respect other residents’ rights to use the condo’s facilities.
If big, open spaces should be part of your non-negotiable list, you may want to look into getting a condo for sale in Quezon City. Most of the developments in these locations feature sprawling green spaces compared to those located in the business districts.
3. Consider your finances
Aside from organizing your stuff, you should also arrange your finances. Some people who have long been living in their houses fail to consider condo-related fees, like parking, realty tax on common spaces, and membership (as some condo providers charge this separately for the full use of amenities).
Make sure to set up a budget that includes the cost of buying and maintaining a condo, along with your monthly income and savings. To do that, add all the possible expenses you could have plus an allowance in case an emergency happens. That will be your monthly payment. Now, for you to make sure that you have enough and that you will not spend them somewhere else, set aside some money for those fees as soon as possible.
The transition from a house to a condo can be nerve-racking. But, you can manage the stress well by planning and applying these strategies.