A Room by Room Guide to Viewing a New Condo

Buying a condo can be really exciting. Perhaps it’s your first home as a homeowner, or perhaps you are downsizing and looking forward to a smaller, more compact living situation. Whatever your reason for buying a condo take your time and ask important questions to make a truly informed decision.

Take it room by room:

Living Room

Do you entertain often? Will your living room constantly be the congregation spot for your friends and family? If so, it better be large enough to house a few couches and seating chairs. What about Christmas time? Are you a decorating enthusiast who dreams about the Christmas tree in their living room all year round? Be certain that your living space will accommodate everything important to you. Smart storage options can help maximize space as well, so keep that in mind.


Oftentimes a bedroom doesn’t need to be as large as the rest of the living spaces since it ultimately only needs to accommodate a bed and some clothing storage options. Make sure the bedroom could fit whatever bed size you have or would like to have in the future.


First thing to consider is how many people will be sharing a bathroom. Bathroom sharing can be difficult if one person takes up considerably more room (or time!) in the bathroom than the other. Think about this when trying to decide whether a one or two bathroom unit is the right fit for your lifestyle.

Outdoor Space

Not all condos have it, but most will have some sort of outdoor space whether a private balcony or a shared courtyard, or maybe both. Think about what is important to you and be sure to think if the condo meets your needs.


Spend a lot of time looking in the kitchen when you are viewing a condo. Most new condos will have the upgraded works of granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and all the fixings to make your jaw drop when you enter it. But, all the luxury in the world will not help you if there is not enough counter space, or if the configuration does not work for you. During a viewing walk through the kitchen and pretend to be preparing a meal. Are the cupboards awkwardly positioned? Is there enough drawer space? These are things that are difficult to change in a condo so be sure to really love the kitchen before signing on the dotted line.

There are always questions to be asked when it comes to buying a condo. The more questions you ask the more informed your decision can be and the sooner you start living your happy new condo life! Get in touch with the Qualicum Woods Crossing sales team to have all your questions about buying a new condo in Ottawa answered!

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