Helpful condo cleanout tips come in handy when it’s time to upsize, relocate, or if you’re dealing with an estate home cleanout. No matter the reason, you need to be organized and aware of the rules. An uncommon fact is the word “condo,” short for “condominium,” isn’t a description of the floor plan or even the architectural style of a property. It’s actually a legal ownership term. The majority of single family properties are “fee simple” ownership, which means the property owner owns the lot, the home itself, and even the air above it. However, condominium ownership typically means, owning from the interior walls in, the resident does not own the lot or the building. Condo ownership can also mean a share of the entire community. This requires an HOA, which is where the rules will come into play.
Condo Cleanout Tips
When you are ready to downsize a home, going from a large unit to a smaller one, you’ll need to first consult the CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions). These are the homeowner association rules which might or might not place restrictions on moving. For instance, it could be prohibited to move out on a certain day and/or time of day. Moving vehicles could also have certain restrictions or rules to follow.
Whether it’s due to poor habits, a packrat spouse, or an advanced case of affluenza, too many home managers struggle under the burden of household clutter. Clutter can clog the smooth workings of any home, imposing heavy costs on the household. Time to declutter! But when you’re peering over piles, mounds and stacks of stuff, it’s hard to know where to begin and what to do. —Organized Home.com
In addition, you should know the status of the HOA fees, especially if this is an inherited estate home. If the HOA fees are in arrears, these will have to be paid because the association can place a lien on the unit. When it comes to the furniture, depending on the number of stories, you might have to use a service elevator or stairs. Here are some more condo cleanout tips you can use to make the process easier:
- Schedule an entire household cleanout service. If you aren’t going to take anything with you or just have a lot of stuff you no longer need or want, a household cleanout service will speed the process along substantially.
- Organize everything in the condo. Once the cleanout service is scheduled, you can begin to organize everything in the condo. Assign things to one of three categories: keep, junk, and sell, donate, or give away. Start boxing things up thereafter you are going to keep.
- Empty and clean the refrigerator. Even if the refrigerator is going to be junked, the food should be removed. If the appliance will stay in the unit, it’s a good idea to discard the food and then to clean the refrigerator inside and out.
- Deep clean the oven. If you’re not going to junk the oven, deep clean it. Use the auto, self clean feature, followed by a manual cleaning so no food, grease, or debris is left inside or outside of the appliance.
- Schedule utility shut off. You should schedule utility shut off — electricity, gas, water, cable, and internet — at times when these are no longer needed.
When you need a condo cleanout service, just phone 800-433-1094 or visit Haul Junk Away. Our crew has the experience and manpower to quickly cleanout your condo.