Thoughts on condo/townhouse?
Posted 19 April 2012 - 04:18 AM
Plus, property maintenance covered.
Minus: neighbors are close...however with having an apt neighbors are close.
Probably should check out any restrictions imposed by any condo/homeowners association as well as parameters for "special assessments."
Posted 19 April 2012 - 04:26 AM
In the long run when we finally get out of here and it becomes an investment property for us, I'll appreciate the decision, but for now, it kind of sucks outside of not having to deal with mowing, plowing, trash removal, etc, etc.
Posted 19 April 2012 - 04:28 AM
I'm sure that there are good points other than the fact that someone else is responsible for property maintenance, but they're not springing to mind.
Posted 19 April 2012 - 04:38 AM
It will be fine when we rent it, but now we're stuck living with those college kids next door to us.
Posted 19 April 2012 - 11:50 AM
Plus, property maintenance covered.
Minus: neighbors are close...however with having an apt neighbors are close. Probably should check out any restrictions imposed by any condo/homeowners association as well as parameters for "special assessments."
that about covers it
check for any crazy friend clauses
Posted 19 April 2012 - 02:46 PM
Posted 19 April 2012 - 02:48 PM
there's some real stupid rules where I'm at for example:
you cannot park perpandicular to your garage, you can only park parrallel to it. Any second offence after they put a sticker on your car results in a $500 (five hundred dollar) fine!
Next we dog sat for a few days, and were called by the condo bored to pay a fine for not notifieying them we had purchased a dog. they told me we were "reported"
I'd say go for a place that will be easier to get out of if you need to leave imho thats a non-condo bored enviornment. the price you pay just to have he grass cut is not worth it.
If your just renting though, it's totally better then an apartment :0)
Posted 19 April 2012 - 08:16 PM
Read the rules & regulations set by the associations boards. These are not part of the by-laws.
Posted 20 April 2012 - 12:03 AM
We have a townhouse with association and we love it. We live in a cul- de -sac with reserved parking right in front of the house. Association fees are 105/ month but covers landscapping, trash, snow. Layout is comfortable at 1500 sq ft, 3 bedrooms 2.5 baths and fireplace. Don't notice or hear neighbors.
Downside is very little land. We have a patio in lieu of a deck, a little garden, not allowed to grow veggies or fruit. The main downside is the rules and regulations of the association. Make sure you find out what the rules are.
Also keep in mind the homeowners assoc also has to be approved by your mortgage co.
Posted 20 April 2012 - 02:35 AM
interest rate on mortgage will be slightly higher than a house
go talk to neighbors when you find one that interests you - ask about how strict the association is with the rules (and you'll get a sense of your neighbors at the same time - neighbors are key to happiness or unhappiness
find place with either garage or basement - storage can be important
i have an end unit townhouse, with trees behind me. the one attached neighbor is awesome - we get along great
my place is 1000 sq feet - works for me.
most places have no issues with cats or small dogs (but yippy dogs can be a problem if neighbors complain)
likes: I feel safe, no yardwork, no worries of roof and septic problems, garbage pick up, water, lawn care, snow plow all included
dislikes: no fire pit, no place for a garden, no compost, parking can stink when you have several people over, i can't make some changes I'd like (for example, put french doors rather than ugly plain slider currently leading to back deck) and I can't have a/c unit in my bedroom because both windows face the street and the a/c unit can't be seen from front. grrr)
overall, i like it bu ti hope to have my own lawn and big garden someday
i think you saw them already but here's some pics of my place
with much work done by seany, gary, UC
Posted 20 April 2012 - 01:28 PM
con: not enough privacy to take a leak on the lawn
I lived in a townhouse for 2 years and couldn't stand it. The biggest thing for me was being at the mercy of people in units around me. Someone next door starts a fire, and there goes everything I own. That possibility really bugged me.
Posted 17 July 2012 - 06:28 PM
Also they have this huge dumpster for construction behind our "Unit" I waited until late at night to dump some garage stuff. next day I find it in front of the garage doors. Spies everywhere I suppose, there are no cameras. Now I'm waiting on the fine to come in the mail. yet somehow they've never seen my dog pee on the curb?
Never going into another condo....