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What You Need to Know About Choosing the Right Condo

Sanibel Florida CondosCondos are a popular choice on Sanibel and Captiva Island! They provide a low maintenance lifestyle so you can enjoy more of everything these beautiful Florida Islands have to offer. Think about these topics when choosing your island condo.

Consider the Pricing

The cost of a condo is usually less than that of a house. Condos are usually smaller in square footage than single-family homes which contributes to a lower price tag. Keep in mind that HOA (Homeowners Association) fees exist and can increase over time. They cover the cost of maintaining the building's common areas and may cover common utilities, like water/sewer fees and garbage disposal. Overall, condos are usually less expensive than other forms of housing, but do be mindful of extra fees! See recently sold condos in the area to get an idea of pricing.

Learn About the HOA

HOAs can make or break your experience in a condominium. They may have rules and regulations about pets, whether you are allowed to modify the walls, what types of items can be stored on your patio, whether you can rent out your unit, and more. If you break the rules, you may be fined. Be sure to read the fine print in the HOA agreement before you buy a condo. Some people may find the rules frustrating, while others enjoy the structure and the tidy upkeep of the building. Each HOA is slightly different, so shop around until you find the one for you! 

Review Condo Amenities

One of the best perks of owning a condo is all of the amenities! These may include but aren’t limited to elevators, BBQ grills, tennis, shuffleboard, beach equipment, and bike storage, and sparkling community pools. As a condo owner, you don’t need to worry about things like mowing the lawn and maintaining a garden. The facility takes care of monotonous tasks like those, so you have more free time to spend on the beach!

Meet Your Neighbors

Condos have shared living space and common areas like swimming pools, lobbies, patios, and elevators. You will be seeing your neighbors around, so check out the building and its residents. If the majority of condo residents are retirees and you have a family, you may want to consider a complex with other families so your children can make friends. Likewise, if you’re a single, older adult looking to relax and move into a complex, you may want to consider a quiet community so there isn’t a lot of noise. Or perhaps you want to do your own thing and not worry about neighbors! No matter your situation, you should at least go in well informed and do some digging to find out the vibe of the area so you’re comfortable.

Contact Phaidra McDermott to Learn More About Sanibel Condos

Condos are a great relaxed option for those looking to relocate to Sanibel. They are low maintenance and can provide a community. View recently listed condos to find your next property, or contact Phaidra McDermott to learn more!

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