Moving into a new home can be exciting and stressful at the same time. You may feel happy with the change in environment but also overwhelmed with the preparations to ensure that all goes according to plan.
In the Philippines, luxury condos have been attracting homebuyers due to their many benefits. One of the most sought advantages of living in a condo is the convenience it affords to residents, like being near to almost everything. Its affordability, robust security, and tight-knit community have persuaded people to get a condo.
If you’re one of them, here are some things you may want to consider before moving into your new luxury condo.
1. Make sure you have a gate pass and other documentary requirements for moving in
Condo administrators usually require a list of documents before a unit is officially turned over to the homeowner. These include a gate pass and payment of move-in fees. Check with your real estate agent or developer to ask what these requirements are, so you can prepare them ahead of your move-in date and avoid any delays.
2. Double-check the move-in date
Before the big day, confirm your move-in date to ensure all those involved in your condo-moving plan are ready and available for the event. Make sure your moving company knows the schedule for the day. If you’re having friends help with the move, double-check if they have the free time.
You’ll also need the correct move-in date information, so you can file for leave during the days corresponding to your condo move-in. That may take more than just a day, so make sure to file enough days’ worth of leave to get you settled in.
3. Don’t bring items you don’t need anymore
Items you don’t use anymore may just cost you unnecessary moving fees and waste your effort, so it’s best to leave them behind or give them away to someone who might be able to use them. Given that your condo may have limited space, you’ll want that space dedicated to the things you need and will often use instead of the clutter that unused items will bring.
You can sell or give away these items online, which is much safer for the environment instead of letting them occupy the landfills.
4. Be smart with your packing
Start small by clearing out your bookshelf and sorting other cabinets so you won’t get overwhelmed with the number of things you need to pack.
You can pack rarely used items two weeks in advance and wait for your last few days in your current home before boxing those you use daily. Take this time to determine if you can bring them along or if you should buy new ones instead.
Don’t forget to label the boxes so you won’t have a hard time sorting your things at your new home.
5. Budget your monthly condo fees
Your monthly budget should now include all condo fees. Condos have amenities and maintenance services that you can use, and they’re included in the homeowner’s association fees. You’ll need to stay on top of all fees and expenses, so you won’t have to worry about coming up short at the end of the month.
6. Get quotes from at least three moving companies
Ask for quotations from moving companies to see what services they cover. However, don’t settle for the first offer you see. Try checking other moving companies to see if they have more services included in their quotation, such as insurance for things that may get lost or damaged. Keep your quotations up to date as some may expire after a month.
7. Make arrangements for the disconnection of utilities in your old home
Moving houses can be costly during the first few weeks, so you must keep unnecessary expenses down. Call your service providers at least two weeks before to arrange service disconnection when you move into your new condo. You can also ask for your outstanding balance up until the day of your move, so you can settle it immediately.
Make sure to get a copy of your electricity and water reading to ensure you won’t get billed for the usage of the next tenant.
8. Set up utilities in your new luxury condo
Before moving into your condo, you must have the necessary utilities installed. This ensures you will have water for bathing and cleaning, as well as electricity for lights and air-conditioners as soon as you occupy your new home. Setting up your utilities may take a long time, so it’s important to do this in advance.
As a tip, ask your condo who their internet provider is to know if you need to cancel your current subscription or request a site transfer. Also, contact your service providers to have your incoming mail rerouted to your new address.
9. Familiarize yourself with the environment
Moving into a luxury condominium entitles you to perks and privileges as a homeowner. Check what amenities are in your condominium so you could maximize them, whether it’s the gym, pool, or the clubhouse’s function room.
Also, it’s best to familiarize yourself with the prime locations and the streets around your recently acquired property to help you navigate the new environment and get to places easily.
10. Check for cell reception
The stability of your mobile phone signal is important, as you’ll need mobile data when your internet connection is slow. With that, it’s important to check if the phone signal is strong on the floor where your unit is located and is compatible with your network.
11. Know the security measures in place
You may feel uneasy moving into a new, unfamiliar place. You could thus check if the condo building has a security system in place to help put your mind at ease. It will also be helpful to know where the emergency exits are, so you can find your way out should disasters strike.
Move with Ease into Your Luxury Condo
You may be looking forward to moving into your new home. But, the number of things you have to think about can get overwhelming, taking the fun away from the experience. With that, it’s important to thoroughly prepare your moving-in plan to ensure a hassle-free transition from your old home to your new luxury condo.
If you’re looking for your next residential property, Mandani Bay has luxury condos for sale in Cebu that are sure to fit your exceptional lifestyle.