If you have never lived in a condominium setup or other closed community, it is important that you try to find out as much as you can before you start packing
. There could be some things that you did not anticipate, such as prohibited items or banned activities.
Every community is different, but many of them may have similar rules, depending on where you are. Inside the home may have some flexibility, but there may be rules against painting the walls or even hanging pictures. It is likely that the community has quiet hours, so if you listen to music often, checking to see when you need to put headphones in could be a good idea.
There also could be important rules to abide by when spending time outside, as well. If you like grilling, be mindful that you may not be able to do this on porches, or at all. Some managers will allow specific areas of the property to be used for this, while others may require the grill to be a certain distance away from the building.
Keeping cars at your new home may be allowed, but if you have friends over, there may be specific limits on what you can do, and where they can park. If you have a driveway, your visitors may have to park there, or go outside of the property if there is a ban on street parking. However, some areas have visitor parking lots, which can be used with or without permits. Be mindful that violating parking regulations could result in a towing situation.
If visitors need to be specifically allowed into the premises, ensure your guests have the knowledge on how exactly to do this. Also, if it is a gated community, you may want to know when you will need to use a password to enter, or if the property allows keycards.
Finding out all of the dos and don'ts before you move-in could be important, as it will give you a better idea of how to prepare for the move. In addition, it will give you a better idea of what you are getting into. These communities can be very enjoyable, but you shouldn't move to any place that you are not completely comfortable with.