October 26, 2021 - Blog Post
Common Element Etiquette
Etiquette is not about using the right salad fork, it is about self-respect and respect for others:
- Clean up after yourself and your guests when using the common elements and return things in good order.
- Adhere to your condominium’s rules and protocols, especially governing COVID.
- Know your audience: Be thoughtful about how your use of the common elements may impact your neighbour’s use of the common elements.
- Make sure you tip, I am just kidding but showing gratitude to your condo’s team from property managers to cleaners can go a long way.
- Say “excuse me”, I am not kidding, it is a small courtesy.
- Don’t store your kayaks, canoes, bikes and paddle boards on the balconies or lawns. Keep your community looking great and don’t diminish the view even if you love your paddle board.
- Hold the door for the person behind you with your foot or elbow.
- If you are taking a call on the common elements, remember not everyone wants to be on the call with you or be open to taking questions.
- Give people a pass...don’t you ever have a bad day and need someone to give you a break?
- Don’t be on the common elements if you are not feeling well.
- Don’t invade other people’s space. Stay socially distanced.
- Learn people’s names, creating a connection, helps create community.
- Clean up after your pet and don’t let them defecate on the balcony, your neighbour will be upset.
- Ask before posting pictures of people you don’t know.
- Always get dressed before heading out onto the common elements, you never know who you will meet between the refuse chute and your suite door.
- Have patience.
- Ensure that your guests are permitted on the common elements and adhere to the above.
- Teach your kids and grandkids good manners.
- Wipe down machines when you use them.
- Practice fairness and sharing of use on the common elements. They are owned by everyone.
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