Homeowner’s Association and Management
Many HOAs hire management companies to handle trash pick up, mowing, snow plowing etc. They also enforce all the rules of the association. Ask current residents how happy they are with the way things are managed and if the HOA is responsive to residents needs and complaints. A good HOA will make sure common areas are kept clean and nice. Most importantly find out what the monthly fee is and make sure to include it into your housing budget.
Think about your daily life, what would you like to have nearby. Some condo complexes have lots of amenities you can take advantage of. Is there a swimming pool or playground, a conference room you can rent, or somewhere to walk your dog?
It’s nice to have an assigned parking space but make sure there is plenty of good parking for your guests as well, take into consideration how far away your friends and family will have to park when they come to visit.
Some condos don’t have individual laundry hook ups, instead there is a common laundry room. If you don’t want to lug your clothes around make sure your unit has it’s own washer and dryer.
Restrictions on Your Home
From guest parking and door color, to noise rules or what kinds of shades you can hang on your windows ; find out the restrictions on your condo before you purchase.