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Are you ready to finally make the move out of a condo and into a place of your own? Congratulations! But before you take that next step, here are a few things you need to know:

1) You will have to take your garbage out on garbage day.

You will be assigned a zone and get a calendar each year. This means no handy chute available 24/7. It also means that you have to find a way to store the garbage in your house until garbage day… and when you do put it out you will have to contend with the neighbourhood critters who think your garbage is their dinner. Investing in good solid garbage cans with locking lids can save you many a headache when the morning comes and the racoons haven’t torn your bags to shreds and knocked over all your containers. And if they have… those locking lids will come in handy


2) Winter gets a little bit more real.

You have to winterize and it’s best to do it sooner rather than later. Taking in the outdoor furniture, making sure the garden hose is empty and the eavestroughs are clear. Making sure the furnace is in good working order and the furnace filter has been changed.


3) Remember to change the furnace filter.

You want the air in your home to be fresh, you have to change the furnace filter every month or two to make sure that happens.


4) You will hate snow.

It’s all fun and games when someone else is clearing the parking lot and walkways and you can just walk to your car, maybe dust it off if you don’t have underground parking… then you’re on your way. Home ownership is a whole different ball game. You have to remove the snow first.


5) The grass does not cut itself.

Landscaping can be a big deal in the spring. City by-laws demand lawns be maintained, and now you have to do it. You have to cut the grass, weed the weeds and if you want it to be aesthetic you may want to consider a garden. Some people find yard work therapeutic but if that’s not you, you may want to consider hiring a lawn maintenance company with the money you save on condo fees.


6) If it’s broke, you have to fix it.

Just as sure as the snow will fall in Ontario, your house will require maintenance. The sink will get clogged, the toilet handle will break off… or worse. Even new homes will present you with things that will need to be taken care of. It was nice when you could just call the person for that… now you are the person. You should have a plan (for who you’re going to call if you are not a fixer upper type person) and some money put away just in case.


7) You can make some noise!

Being free of wall sharing means you can let loose! Crank up the tunes and enjoy yourself. Just be respectful of your neighbours and any city noise bylaws.


8) You will feel more free.

Condo living can sometimes feel a little like renting when it comes to all the rules and regulations you have to follow. When you own your own home, you have more freedom. Paint the front door purple. Renovate the kitchen. It’s all up to you.

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