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One can never be too careful and it is worth investing in a property that also takes your safety into account.
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The main draw of condo units today is when security features are added. Many developers consider inhabitant’s safety as a priority and take measures to enforce privacy protection. Security has evolved to become one of the main considerations of those looking to invest in an apartment of their own. A condominium’s association is responsible for ensuring that these features are present and enforced to a high standard. When looking for own your condo, you should take careful note of the security measures implemented. If the building you contemplate buying lacks any of these essential rules and regulations, you might want to think twice before making it your next home.
1. Fire prevention strategies
A fire can start anywhere and at anytime. If your place provides any of these features, consider yourself well prepared.
- – Smoke alarms: Most condo units will have one to two smoke alarms. These help detecting fires in the early stages and alerting people of the potential damage.
- – Sprinklers: These are scattered across each unit, building hallways, and the lobby. They serve as a first response once a fire starts.
- – Fire extinguishers: Current condominium regulations demand that homeowners have their own personal fire extinguishers. These should also be located at strategic locations within the building.
- – Fire exits: Once a fire starts, electricity is shut down. This means elevators do not work anymore, so associations should plan accessible fire escapes and large stairways.
- – Fire drills: The city will usually mandate regular fire drills for all buildings in an area. Your condo should inform residents of these drills and require participation from all tenants.
2. General security
Break-ins and unauthorized guests are not unheard of, especially in certain parts of the city. You will sleep tighter at night if you know that there are people watching to keep intruders away from your home. Most buildings will have their very own security team tending to the lobby. These guards screen guests, receive your packages, and make sure that you are covered against the unwelcome guests.
3. Responsive building management
When a leak starts or a fixture comes loose, your building management should be able to deal with the matter promptly. Most condominiums employ a team to fix and deal with minor damage in each unit. Make sure that your association gives you contact details and ready access to handymen who can help you with condo wear-and-tear. This also extends to matters involving dues and other unit finances. A dedicated person should be around, even on weekends, to attend to your more pressing matters.
4. Round-the-clock surveillance
Buildings usually use a surveillance system. Cameras should be set up at entry and exit points. These include the lobby, hallways, parking lots, and service access. Make sure that blind spots have eyes on them at all times. These devices should be everywhere, except your personal space.
5. Provisions for personal safety
Sometimes building contracts prohibit making modifications to your unit. This clause, however, should not extend to features that provide extra security. Your association has to be open to additions such as deadbolts and window bars to prevent forced entry. If these changes are prohibited, make sure that your unit is outfitted with equivalent safety measures. You can never be too careful these days. It is worth investing in a property that also takes your safety into account, whether it be a gated community, a mixed-use township, or a condo estate. Remember to keep an eye for these security features and do not hesitate to participate in any associations’ meetings or write a letter to the building’s management. You might even be able to update an information or suggest additional safety rules they may not have thought of before.
About the author: Megaworld Corp. is one of the Philippines’ leading residential condominium developers. A pioneer of the live-work-play-learn-shop development concept, its township communities in Bonifacio Global City offer the utmost of modern living.