10 Best Condo Living Tips

Condo living offers many benefits, including cozy living quarters, a built-in community, on-site amenities, and fewer maintenance chores. But switching to condo life after living with your parents or in a single-family home takes quite a bit of adjustment.

That’s why we’ve compiled this list of our 10 best condo living tips. Whether you’re about to buy or rent one, these tips will help you find your way. They’ll help you safely navigate your new world of condo living and create a home you can be proud of.

10 Essential Condo Living Tips

These condo living tips will have you settled into your new living space in no time.

1. Maximize Vertical Space

Hopefully, you used your home-buying checklist before moving in and measured each room before selecting your condo. If you did, you already know which furniture to put where. But if you neglected to do so on your walkthrough, don’t panic.

Even the smallest condo can be a palace when you maximize vertical space. Floor-to-ceiling shelving, under-bed storage, and wall-mounted furniture are just a few examples of pressing every last inch of space into service.

2. Choose Multipurpose Furniture

Another space-saving tip is to use multipurpose furniture. With some ingenuity, you can do so much more with less. 

A table can double as a dining area and a work-from-home desk. The surface of a low bookshelf next to a sofa can do double-duty as a side table for coffee cups and movie snacks. And don’t forget about the stunning array of storage cubes available online in every hue imaginable. They make great bedside units.

3. Prioritize Organization

Most condo living tips focus on clever storage and organization. There’s a good reason for this. Condos usually have limited space, and this makes them prone to clutter. Even the tidiest individuals struggle to keep their condo neat and clean. 

If you’re a bit of a hoarder, it’s even more challenging, but not impossible. You just need to prioritize organization. Invest in at least one or two furniture items with concealed storage, for a stylish solution to condo clutter.

4. Embrace Minimalism

The tip above for multipurpose furniture will teach you to do more with less. Embracing minimalism is the next step. A minimalist condo will always look more spacious and inviting to guests. But don’t fear. You don’t have to paint your entire condo interior white or dispose of all your belongings. 

A good place to start is with the small stuff. Do an audit of all your decor accessories, books, throw pillows, ornaments, and assorted knick-knacks. Keep those that represent treasured memories, but if you’re holding onto items and don’t remember why, it may be time for them to find a new home.

5. Use Common Areas And Amenities

The best condo buildings come with fantastic amenities. If you chose your condo because of these, use them! Swim in the pool, work out at the gym, and invite friends over for a barbecue in the communal grill area.

This ensures that you get good value from your condo, whether you buy or rent it. It’ll also enhance your quality of life, without extra expense. That’s what condo living is all about, after all. 

6. Connect With Your Neighbors

Get to know your neighbors. If you’re more of an introvert by nature, this may be daunting. But connecting with your neighbors is a sensible approach to safe condo living.

If your neighbors are used to you greeting them every day, they’ll take note of your absence should you ever get ill whilst home alone in your condo. But don’t forget to let them know before you go on vacation!

7. Be Mindful Of Noise

If you remember only one of these condo living tips, let it be this one. Be mindful of noise. We all love to invite friends over for a good party sometimes, especially on occasions like birthdays and holidays. But don’t forget that your neighbors may not be the party animals you are.

This doesn’t mean that you can never make a sound. But if you plan to host a lively dinner party, do the courteous thing and inform your neighbors in advance. And do your best to minimize the noise, especially in the evening hours.

8. Attend HOA Meetings

The HOA is the homeowners’ association. They are collectively responsible for decisions about maintaining common areas, amenities, and the building’s exterior.

If you’ve purchased your condo, congratulations, you’re the latest member of this exclusive club. So take your new role seriously and attend HOA meetings. If you want to have a say in your building’s upkeep, put in the effort to communicate with the other homeowners about maintenance issues. 

9. Respect The Rules

One of our condo living tips that we can’t stress enough is the need to respect the building rules. With so many people living under one collective roof, there will be the occasional issue. But if you respect the HOA’s rules for your condo building, there will be far fewer problems. 

You’ll likely be issued a copy of the building’s rules when you move into your condo. If you aren’t given one, make a point of asking for it. It will save you many hassles in the future.

10. Create A Relaxing Retreat

It can be tricky to find a place for everything in more compact condos, but with clever organizing, you’ll maximize the space to meet all your needs. Don’t focus solely on functional zones, though.

Create a relaxing retreat for yourself to come home to after a long day’s work. It doesn’t have to be an entire room, even a cozy sofa in the corner of your living room will do. And if you have a balcony or other outdoor space, be sure to include a relaxing armchair for retreating to on those warm summer evenings.

The Bottom Line

Life in a condo can be both liberating and challenging. These condo living tips will help you to acclimatize to your new living situation. And if you’re reading these tips before finding a condo to rent or buy, Hudson Condos can help even more. 

Our database of top-tier condos for sale or rent in the Hudson and Bergen County communities is the best place to start. You can find the ideal condo with a few clicks. Filter your search criteria like price, amenities, architectural style, or whatever matters most to you

Start your search today to enjoy the best of condo living!