Some people say that there is a greater affinity towards neighbors when one is living in a condo. There is a higher chance of people coming together as a community when they are living in the same building. Sure, there is always the argument that people living in bungalows also have great relations with their neighbors but that sense of duty that comes with sharing one building is more so there when living in a condo.
People living in condos share not only the building, but the amenities and utilities that come with them. They share the same visual and audible space and are also responsible for each other’s comfort. If your music is too loud, you will disturb your neighbors. If your bathroom has seepage, the neighbor below your floor will have leakage. If you park your car wrong, you are probably intruding in your neighbor’s parking space, and if your kid hits the neighbor’s kid, then well, you might need to face the police. Point is, lives of condo residents are more dependent on each other than they would like. And it does not matter if you have an introverted personality, you will have to compromise, cooperate and even coordinate.
Election of the condo board is highly important. One needs to choose these individuals very carefully because their quality of work will determine your lifestyle in the condo. Thus, one needs to ensure that only the most competent people are elected, and it would be better if they come from varied backgrounds. A person from real estate, another from law, and a third from property management will do a great job looking after the building. Throw in a finance expert as treasurer and you have the dream team running the condo affairs. Elect the wrong people and you will have all your complaints unanswered and life equivalent to living in a prison.
One another way of ensuring that all condo matters are dealt with properly is through a condo portal. One online system to contain, archive, track and notify all condo related matters is a great investment. How easy it would be to file a complaint at the click of a button as and when you encounter it. No more waiting to get that feedback form and then getting it filed so that when the board sits on Saturday, they can review it and take another week to fix it. All your bills will come to you and its schedule and history archived for you. It would be much more convenient to look after these amenities without all that grubby paperwork involved.
All the residents can give their input over condo matters through this online portal since everyone can have access to it. Cost sharing will allow affordability for everyone and great convenience. People would be more willing to get involved in solving condo matters if the process is easy. Otherwise, why would anyone care to go through the hassle unless and until the problem becomes their’s?