Make Certain That Building Amenities Meet Needs

By Marilyn Wilson, Postmedia NewsAugust 25, 2012

So the kids have moved out and you're ready to downsize from your two-storey with a pool or you're too busy working to care for a lawn, pull weeds and plant perennials.

Sounds like you are gearing up for a condo. But just because you're minimizing your maintenance doesn't mean you can't maximize your amenities.

Many people making the switch to a condo are concerned about the amenities on offer. If you're transitioning from a large property with views of mature trees, you may not want to peer into the window of the breakfasting neighbours. Or if you're moving from a waterfront property, you may still want a water view. Just like your view, your building's amenities should coincide with your personality and lifestyle.

Let's start with the lobby. Make sure the lobby and foyer are in keeping with the luxuriousness of your unit.

Do you have a concierge? The concierge can help by signing for your FedEx deliveries, buzzing visitors in or even helping to bring up your groceries if you've done a big shopping run.

The next thing to consider is your building's fitness factor. The gym or exercise facilities in condos are often small. But while some people prefer going out to the gym, others insist on being able to work out within.

Remember that you cannot have everything - location, a huge fitness room and view, a terrace and swimming pool - so pick what you most need or want.

Marilyn Wilson has been selling real estate for more than 23 years and owns Marilyn Wilson Dream Properties Inc. Brokerage, an affiliate of Christie's International Real Estate.

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