Buying a new home is an exciting endeavor. And, if you are fortunate enough to buy a home that doesn’t need any renovating, all the better. But, most people aren’t that lucky. There are a number of things you have to be prepared for when you are moving into your first condo. And, we’ve got some great advice for you here.
Of course, you could wait until 2020 and move into Victory Silos Condos in downtown Toronto. This new high rise tower will be home to 300+ units. And, if you are looking for luxury, this will be the space for you. You might even luck out and get a view of the water. But, if you have already chosen your condo home and are preparing to move in, we have all the information you need for that process.
Getting Ready to Move into Your New Condo
Many times we think once we get past the closing and paperwork signing we are done. But, that’s just the beginning of the move in process. Now that you have your keys there is still a lot of work to be done before your condo will feel like home sweet home. We know you think you’re ready to kick back in your new digs, but please, do these things first:
- Change your mailing address. It might seem like an obvious piece of advice, but you don’t want to get behind on your bills once you move into your new space. It is hyper important that you let all your creditors know where you will be residing for the next few years. Learn how.
- Get new locks. If you bought a condo no one has ever lived in you might think that this is a pointless step. However, you have no idea how many people it takes to prepare a condo. All of those people have been inside your space and may or may not have had access to the keys. You want to put new locks on your door to ensure your safety and the safety of your belongings.
- Schedule pest control. Before you bring all your stuff into this new place it is a good idea to ensure that nothing is sharing the dwelling with you. We moved into a home and caught two mice shortly thereafter. So, from people who know what it’s like to forego this step, don’t!
- Get movers ready. You may be the kind who moves on his/her own. But, even if you don’t hire professionals, we feel relatively certain that you have someone helping. That means getting them lined up so that the whole process can go as smoothly as possible. Don’t forget to thank your friends like this.
- Talk to professionals. Since you will probably be staying here awhile it is a good idea to think about exactly how you want the space to look. That might mean calling in painters or contractors to get everything where and how you want it before you move in. It is easier to remodel an empty condo than one full of all your stuff.
- Make friends with the neighbors. You are going to need some people on your side. Especially if you ever think about going on a vacation. Making friends with the neighbors is always highly advised when you move into a condo. People are closer than perhaps you are used to so it pays to be nice to them. And vice versa.
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