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Old Condos VS New Condos

Written by My Square One Condo Team Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
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    Before I take my clients out for showings, I always ask a series of questions which help me select the right units for us to see. One question, which seems to always come up is whether my clients want an “older style” or “newer style” condo. By older style condo, I mean; any condo in Mississauga which was built before 2001 and by newer condo, I mean; any condo in Mississauga which was built after 2001. In this blog post, I will cover the advantages and disadvantages of older and newer condos. 

     

    Older Mississauga Condos

    Most condos in Mississauga built before 2001, are 1,000+ square feet in size, have baseboard heaters and glass enclosed solariums instead of balconies. They offer a great solution for those looking to raise a family or perhaps entertain many guests. Many of these condo units that are found inside older condos have been extensively renovated to look and feel newer.

    Advantages of older condos include; good sized units, affordable pricing, and lower condo fees per square footage compared to newer condos. Older condos usually have a formal dining room where the entire family can sit down and eat supper. These condos typically allow the owners to have pets and the condo rules and regulations tend to be more lenient.

     

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    Problem: Weak Cell Phone Signals In Condos

    Written by My Square One Condo Team Wednesday, July 4th, 2012
    • angry at cell phoneOne of the most common overlooked negatives of living in a condo is the possibility of having a weak cell phone reception signal. The reason that I call it a “negative” is because unlike houses condos are known to have thick concrete walls which can at times prevent your cellular phone from operating properly inside. This can include users experiencing dropped calls, poor signal reception or dead zones. If cell phone reception is a priority to you, I would strongly suggest taking your cell phone with you when viewing condos for sale. By doing so you can make sure that the condo you are planning to purchase can provide adequate cell phone coverage.

      I was experiencing cell phone connection issues in my own Square One condo (Skymark West) so, I decided to dig a little deeper, and try to locate the source of the problem and find a reasonable solution. What I found out is as follows: cell phone reception is dependent upon the distance and projectile signal path to the nearest cell towers, carrier and plan, carrier load, weather conditions and finally the phone model itself.

       

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      Floor Premiums for Mississauga Condos

      Written by My Square One Condo Team Monday, February 20th, 2012
      • One difficult choice that buyers are faced with when shopping around for a Square One condo is the decision as to which floor of a condo to purchase a unit on. Although, I do not promise that this article will give you a straight answer as to which floor to select, it will make your purchase decision more clear as you will become more aware of the pro’s and con’s of high and low floors.

        Low Floors in Condos

        Let’s start off with the lower floors. Those who choose to live on low floors mainly do it for the safety and convenience. Typical responses vary from “I’m afraid of high floors” to “what if my kids were to fall off the balcony”.  Lower floors are also better accessible for elderly people or people

        in wheelchairs.  Unlike with high floor condo units, the option to use the stairs or elevator is always there, which is also a plus. The other day, I had a customer joke that if a condo fire occurred, the fire truck’s ladder would only reach the seventh floor, so he advised me that he wouldn’t want to live higher than the seventh floor.

        On the other hand, other people see low floors, particularly first level units, as invitations to burglars. They assume that the first level condos provide easy access for those looking to break into units.

         

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        What to look for in a Mississauga condo layout?

        Written by My Square One Condo Team Monday, January 23rd, 2012
        • Good vs bad condo layout

           

          I often get the following questions asked by buyers looking for Mississauga Condos. What is the best condo layout? What is the worst condo layout? What should I look out for in a condo layout? I always like to say that it all depends on personal preference and style. However, some points are good to keep in mind.

          1. Well managed layout – Space is not wasted. Example – too many hallways. Location of the washer/dryer should not be inside a bedroom.

           

          2. Walls – Ideally two bedrooms should not share a common wall between them. It is much nicer to have one bedroom on one side and the other bedroom across from it.

           

          3. Amount of lighting – Having a window in the Master bedroom for more lighting is a must. However, sliding doors where the light comes through should be avoided. It is also essential to have lighting or extra lighting in walk-in-closets.

           

          4. Kitchens – Open kitchen concepts have become very popular over the last few years. It makes the entire space look bigger and you are not shut off from view.

           

           

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          11 Tips for Buying a New Condo Development in Mississauga

          Written by My Square One Condo Team Thursday, January 19th, 2012
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            When purchasing a brand new condo in Mississauga, also known as a pre-construction condo, there are a few things to look out for while deciding on the perfect unit.

            1. Location – Once you buy any property, you may change many aspects of that property. However, one aspect that you can never change is its location. A condo such as the Absolute Towers at Burnhamthorpe and Hurontario will be a lot more active and busy, than the Miracle at the west end of Mississauga. Do not be fooled by condo pictures as they are mere artist impressions. It is a good idea to take a look at the neighbourhood and see what is out there.

            Therefore, the number one priority when purchasing a new condo in Mississauga is to decide on the lifestyle that you want and to keep in mind the surrounding area.

            2. The floor plan – Memorize your floor plan and take a look at already constructed market comparables. Over the years, condo suites got smaller, yet the price per square foot increased rapidly. In turn, condo developers started to play around with different aspects of floor planning, such as shrinking the size of the furniture on the picture layout. Therefore, what appears to be a queen size bed in the picture, is only a double size bed in reality. Also, a 600 square foot condo may look a sufficient size on paper; however, when built and ready to move into, some might find the space too small for their needs.

             

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            Think your condo is “small”? Check out this house!

            Written by My Square One Condo Team Wednesday, December 14th, 2011
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            The importance of walk-in closets and secondary bathrooms

            Written by My Square One Condo Team Wednesday, November 9th, 2011
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              With Square One condo prices on the rise, it’s no surprise that this, in turn, has sparked a debate over the efficient use of square footage within units. Over the past decade, we have seen bedroom sizes shrink, and secondary washrooms along with walk-in closets become mainstream. This transformation has Mississauga condo shoppers closely scrutinizing condo unit layouts, trying to decide how to get most for their money. Let’s examine some of the advantages of having a 2nd bath and a walk-in closet.

              A second bathroom establishes an automatic sense of luxury in a condo. The second washroom is usually accessed through the master bedroom suite, which creates a sense of additional privacy. Aside of the luxury aspect, an additional washroom really comes in handy when having guests over. Your personal bathroom belongings can be kept in the ensuite washroom and out of sight from the guests. Other residents take advantage of having two washrooms by assigning each of the bathrooms for exclusive use to different family members.

               

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              • This entry was posted on Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 and is filed under ALL Articles, Articles for Buyers, Articles for Sellers, Condo Features, Investment, Pre-Construction Condos. Tags: , , ,

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              Square One condos: Let’s look at 8, 9 and 10+ foot ceilings.

              Written by My Square One Condo Team Monday, November 7th, 2011
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                When deciding on a condo, what is often overlooked is one important element of the unit itself – the ceiling height. High ceiling Square One condos are typically found on new condos, more specifically on the lower levels (such as the 10-foot ceilings at Limelight) and on the upper penthouses (such as the Marilyn Monroe Buildings). For the past 6-7 years many, but not all new condo builders around square one have adopted a 9-foot standard height for most of their units.  Let’s look further into high ceilings from both a purchasing and selling point of view.

                First, cost-analysis and enjoyment of high ceilings.  During a pre-construction stage of a condominium, the initial investment required to upgrade (if possible) from an 8 foot to a 9-foot ceiling, could be as high as $15,000. Some buyers are prepared to pay the extra for high ceilings, while other buyers prefer to allocate their funds on a better suite layout, perhaps with a longer balcony or a higher floor premium.  Nine foot plus ceilings do create a sense of additional space and are great for anyone with claustrophobia. They are also useful for those planning on installing ceiling fans.

                 

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