If You Want To Sleep In Your Bed Tonight..

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408

I am a condo dweller. I lived in a house and it was eating me alive. All this lawn mowing, trimming the bushes, or getting pine needles off the lawn…

This is not the ideal living for me. Condo is for me. And my clients are condo buyers. Many of them are moving to Florida in their mature years, and if they want to be on the beach (and they do) for reasonable amount of money, it means condo.

However, many of them never lived in a condo before, and there are some challenges.

You buy a condo on the beach in Daytona Beach Shores (that’s where majority of our condos are). You wait for your furniture.

Movers

Your first shock is that the trucks are not allowed on the property. They have to stay either in the middle lane, or the right lane of State Road A1A (Atlantic Ave). And no delivery can be done through the main entrance, only through the garage. So, you need to unload it, if it is in the median, then cross the 2 lane State Rd., slope into underground garage, then go to the service elevator and take the stuff upstairs, and then to the condo.

In condos they allow you to move furniture, or make any other delivery only at certain hours of the days, and would not allow any delivery on weekends. These hours could be from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM depending on the particular condo. And no, it may be a big deal if you are late. Maintenance guys will remove the padding from the elevators, and you would be asked to stop.

You can’t leave the stuff in the garage, so you need to take the truck to stay overnight. In Daytona Beach Shores, it is easier said then done. It is tempting to leave it at store parking, and you can even make arrangements with the owners, but you rather square it with the Police Department, so that the truck is still there in the morning.

It is especially a problem with DIY project, when our clients rent a truck. Moving is one of those things better left to professionals. DIY moving is usually late, the truck comes with a mess inside, and some broken furniture.

Not that it is impossible to manage, but we have seen our fair share of situations when we explain it to our customers, and they say they understand and that they would be on time, and then staying in the middle of the road with a truck full of furniture and stuff, and it is too late.

Sorry guys, this night you are not sleeping in your bed. If you are sleeping this night at all. Somebody has to guard the truck…

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Jill Sackler
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That's exactly how strict it is in my parent's place. Thanks for giving us the heads up.

Jan 12, 2014 06:43 AM #71
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Bill Reddington
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In my opinion one of the drawbacks to condos is the commandos that seem to control the world. We don't see that much here in Northern Florida. Pretty thick on the East Coast. Used to live in Ft Lauderdale. Brutal there. Don't forget to be interviewed.

Jan 12, 2014 06:50 AM #72
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Pat - this is exactly true.

Jan 12, 2014 06:56 AM #73
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Christine - it is a good idea, but you would be surprised how indifferent these moving companies are, and how little they really care.

And sometimes I am stunned how little they really know about neighborhoods where they work.

Jan 12, 2014 06:59 AM #74
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Kat - it is a two lane road in each direction plus a median. You can stay in the median for unloading or loading. Or you can stay in the far right lane, but put 2 cones. That's how it is here.

Jan 12, 2014 07:01 AM #75
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Denise - it is not that they do not know, but they often do not take it seriously. We are doing the remodeling of a unit in Oceans Six, and we had to turn away a delivery truck because they ignored that we ordered morning delivery, and paid extra for that, and the driver called me and told me he would be there at 3:30 PM.

We had to say "no", refuse to take the load, and they delivered it in the morning in a day.

Jan 12, 2014 07:04 AM #76
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Jill - and your parents are not in daytona Beach. No, these rules are not Daytona rules (except for, probably, staying on the road). These are pretty much universal rules for condo highrises.

Jan 12, 2014 07:05 AM #77
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Bill - commandos are always a problem, but the problem with no loading space is different. And rules HAVE TO BE ENFORCED or living in a condo would become a nightmare. Commandos or not, it got to be convenient for the owners, not only for people moving in or out

Jan 12, 2014 07:07 AM #78
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Debbie Holmes
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That is one of the many things I like about house dwelling.  I sold a really nice condo.  It is the nicest home I ever sold but I like my driveway, easy access and my 2 car garage.

Jan 12, 2014 07:50 AM #79
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Debbie - but what about 2 ft snow on your driveway? :) Well, we do not have 2 ft snow here, but the thought of it wold keep me in the condo.

Jan 12, 2014 08:45 AM #80
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Pamela Seley
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Jon, good thing you know and can inform your condo buyers about these details. It sounds like an inconvenience, but getting over that first hurdle and moved in, life will be easy.

Jan 12, 2014 08:51 AM #81
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Pamela - exactly. It is nothing more than inconvenience, but if you kow and plan accordingly, you donot have a problem. We work with condos, and so far we had unpleasant experience only with one manager, but this was due to his personality.

Other than that - no problem. We take every step to comply and they see it and appreciate it, and when something is not exactly according to the plan, we have understanding and help.

Jan 12, 2014 09:42 AM #82
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William Feela
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I am an old farm Boy.

i lived in an appartment for 5 yearsand it nearly killed me.  Never again unless they are spoon feeding me.

But I know for many it is the best way to go

Jan 12, 2014 10:11 AM #83
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     Know the rules and abide by them.   Although, that is sometimes easier said than done! 

Jan 12, 2014 11:02 AM #84
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Willim - I lived in a house for 3.5 years and it nearly killed me :)

Jan 12, 2014 11:19 AM #85
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Fred - this is absolutely true, thank you

Jan 12, 2014 11:21 AM #86
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That sounds like a nightmare!  I would definitely recommend to let the professionals do it and find out all the timelines well ahead of time to coordinate as much as possible.  Yikes!

Jan 13, 2014 09:47 AM #87
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Karen - and then you would not have a problem, and everything would be done in efficient and amicable fashion.

Way to go...

Jan 13, 2014 10:19 AM #88
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Sharon Alters
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Jon, what a clever way to present a real challenge to buyers moving into condos in Daytona Beach. We have restrictions here as to hours and there is often a charge to use the elevator for that purpose, but I have never heard anyone say they have to come from across the street and no trucks on the property. Goodness!

Jan 13, 2014 11:04 PM #89
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Sharon - at least they donot charge here for the elevator. Always look for the silverlining :)

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