If you plan on renovating or remodeling your condominium there are certain things you should be aware of before you get underway. Since your living space resides in a building with other tenants it’s important to follow the letter of the law as well as the building’s rules and regulations.
We have listed some tips below which should come in hand when planning a condo renovation. But the very first thing you need to do is to get yourself a good home renovation contractor to help you along the way, they are invaluable when making critical decisions in the renovation process.
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Check local laws, rules and regulations
It’s important to find out exactly if any type of building permits are required by the local government. You also need to ask the condominium board or owners if there are any specific rules and regulations you need to abide by. In general, each building is different and will have its own set of rules. For instance, you may have access to service elevators and only be allowed to work on the unit between certain hours or days due to noise restrictions. You also need to consider parking spots and loading zones for the contractors. In addition, if you plan on changing the flooring materials be sure to ask if the new material is allowed. In some cases, hardwood floors may be banned.
Plan on parking costs
If you reside in a downtown condo building such as in Toronto, you may find parking for the contractors difficult to find. If they need to pay for parking in a nearby lot you’ll need to include the cost in your overall budget.
Schedule the workload
Most condos are relatively small in size. You may need to schedule the workload so the contractors such as plumbers and electricians aren’t getting in each other’s way. You may also need to make enough room so the contractors can store their tools and building materials etc.
it’s a good idea if you plan on experiencing some delays during the renovation project. These are almost always unavoidable for whatever reason. However, if they don’t arise you’ll be on schedule and certainly in a better frame of mind.
Renovation for resale
If you plan on renovating the condo for the purpose of resale you may be implementing some different ideas compared to renovating for personal use. If you plan on selling the unit you may want to speak to a real estate agent to find out which specific renovations will add to the resale value. You can also use a professional organizing service to help get your unit ready for sale. These could include the kitchen and bathrooms. You also need to ask the contractor if any walls or other elements/fixtures of the condo simply can’t be moved. If you plan on living in the unit then make sure you decorate it to suit your personal tastes.
Once the project gets underway you may need to be flexible in some areas. For example, you may decide you’d like more space so you may want to install smaller or fewer appliances or furniture.
Make alternate living arrangements
Depending on the extent of the renovation, you may need to find other living quarters while the work is being carried out. In some instances, you’ll be able to remain in the condo but may not be able to use the kitchen or bathroom for a specific period of time. You may need to stay with family/friends or even in a hotel. If you’re lucky, the condo building may even have guest suites for rent.
When hiring the contractors you should be clear on just who is responsible for the cleanup. Discuss it with the contractor and make sure the clean up is or isn’t included in the contract. If it isn’t included, be sure to hire a cleanup crew or plan on doing it yourself.