Living in a condo can be as convenient as living in a 5-star hotel, where services and amenities are available everywhere you go. These condo amenities and services are an essential part of living in a condominium. Some people choose to live in condo units instead of houses because of the amenities that are available. Best amenities to look for in a condo may include clubhouses, function rooms, swimming pools, Jacuzzis, playgrounds, fitness gyms, etc.

Part of the monthly association dues are spent on the renovation, building, or maintenance of these. Residents should remember to abide by the condo rules and regulations set by the condominium administration in order to avoid misunderstandings, as well as injuries or damaged items according to Herrick Condo Law. Here are some general amenity rules that condominium residents should follow.


Swimming Pool

Amaryllis Place

The Amaryllis, DMCI Homes

More often than not, condos offer swimming pools or similar facilities that residents of the building can use. This particular amenity is one of the most enjoyable, but also one of the more dangerous ones. Be sure to be aware of the following rules in order to enjoy your day in the sun.

1. Always listen to the lifeguard's instructions.

A lifeguard is there for a purpose, so please follow his/her directions because lifeguards will know better.

2. Avoid running.

When people go out of the pools, the floor becomes slippery because of the water. A lot of people have suffered minor injuries, as well as major injuries because they were not careful around the pool.

3. Do not dive.

Diving into the pool head first can be very dangerous, especially if the pool is not deep enough according to Enjoy Swimming. Some people have suffered head trauma because of their heads banging the pool bottom. Even if the pool is deep enough, always make sure to dive on the deeper ends of the pool to avoid potential injuries.

4. Have good hygiene.

Be sure that you are clean and healthy before jumping into your condo's pool to avoid unnecessary contamination. If you have the flu or cough and colds, avoid the pool. The last thing you want to happen is getting other people sick, and be blamed for it.

5. Wear a hair cap.

Swimming pools have filters, and hair caps will help prevent the clogging up of these filters. If you have ever experienced your skin being sucked by these filters, it hurts much more when it is sucking your hair.

6. Take care of your kids.

A fun day in the sun could easily go sour if you leave your child/children unattended. Be sure to keep an eye out for them because they are still young and unaware of the hazards posed by swimming.


Clubhouse or Function Room

condo function room

The Redwood, DMCI Homes

A condo community usually has a clubhouse, or a function room for various events, as well as for the personal events of its residents. If you want to celebrate a birthday party or some other occasion, you can usually reserve your condominium's function room.

1. Schedule ahead of time.

Many people procrastinate and wait too long before reserving the function room. As a result, other people are able to reserve it before you can.

2. Ask about the fees and rules.

Ensure that you have coordinated the proper payment of rental fees, and duration of the reservation (a set number of hours or the whole day) with the condo developer administration. DMCI Homes suggest that residents ask for rules to prevent you from being interrupted. There may be instances wherein you will only be allowed to use the room till 12 midnight, even earlier, especially if you will be noisy because other residents might be bothered by the loud noise of your party according to ASA Rents.

3. Number of people.

Specify the number of people that will be going to the function room, and ask for the possible maximum area capacity.



Maricielo Villas

Maricielo Villas, DMCI Homes

1. Safety First!

Balconies offer a great view, fresh air (depending on where you live), and a good place to relax while drinking coffee and reading the newspaper. If you are a smoker, this is a great place to have your cigarettes without having your apartment smelling like cigarettes. Always remember that you will always be a few steps away from falling from a high place. Always take caution and avoid sitting, or leaning, on the railings.

2. No littering.

Some people make their balconies a trash disposal, throwing garbage down from up there. These items can be as small as cigarette butts, or large plastics and containers. Avoid doing this because you might hit someone, and you will also be littering on your immediate surroundings.


Gyms or Fitness Areas

Rhapsody Residences Gym

Rhapsody Residences, DMCI Homes

People nowadays are all about health, which has led to the increase in the number of gyms and fitness areas. Most condos have gyms wherein people can exercise, and build or tone their bodies.

1. Clean up after yourself.

Gyms are public places, and you should put equipment back in its proper place for the convenience of the next user suggests Huffington Post. If you take some weights off a rack, be sure to put them back when you’re done.

2. Respect personal space.

Some people go to gyms solely for exercising, while some go for multiple reasons. Others go to the gym for exercise and to socialize with others. If you see a person working out, don’t use the machine (like a treadmill or exercise bike) immediately beside him/her when there are others available. You may want to talk to the person and socialize, but he/she may just want to work out in silence.

3. Ask if you are unsure.

Always ask if you are not sure how a particular machine works, or how to do a particular workout. This can prevent unnecessary injuries, and improve your posture, so that you can complete your work out the right way.

4. Ask for a spotter if you are lifting heavy.

If you are benching heavier than you usually do, it is important to have a spotter, just in case. You may be unable to push the barbell off you and back onto the rack. Do not take pride into consideration because your safety is at risk without a spotter.