Moving into a condo? Congratulations!
It's a great way to combine the best of city living with home
ownership. You'll be joining thousands and thousands of people in the
GTA in a modern mode of living.
But – if you're coming from a rental
or home of your own, you may be in for a surprise on moving day if
you don't do your homework first. The concept of a condo is
individual ownership of living space and joint ownership through a
corporation of the property it occupies. That's a very simplified
version of the idea. What it means is that everyone has a say in what
happens in shared spaces both indoors and outdoors.
In practical terms, it means you can't
show up unannounced, whenever you like, and commandeer an elevator
for your moving day. Each condominium corporation will have its own
set of bylaws and rules as set out by its board of directors, but
there are many provisions which you'll find across the GTA.
Day of the week – you may be
restricted as to what days of the week you can move in or out. Many
condos don't allow any moves on Sundays or legal holidays – no
Hours of the day – you may also
be restricted to certain times of day.
Fee – there is often a moving
fee in the form of a security deposit that will allow you to use a
specific service elevator for a given time period. Fees often range
from $100 to $500.
Note that there is usually a fee
even if you are moving within the same building or set of buildings.
Key fee – there may be an
additional fee to pick up the keys to the service door and elevator.
Along with the keys comes the
stipulation that you'll have to use only that back door and elevator
for your move. It will be really helpful if you can get in
beforehand so you can map out what may be an elongated route from
the moving van to your new doorstep.
Truck fee – there may be a fee
to park your moving van or truck in a specific area for the duration
of the move.
Sometimes, you'll be able to make
exceptions to certain provisions, such as being able to enter by a
side door (never the front door or lobby)... for an additional fee.
Timing is key. If you're moving
during the late spring or early summer – the busiest times of the
year – you'll want to book your elevator day and times as soon as
you can to avoid awkward rescheduling at the last minute. At any
time, you'll want to give yourself a lot of leeway so that you can
secure a date that really works for you.
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