For condo owners, renovations are often challenging due to the special rules and regulations that are involved. Though the process seems complex, it doesn’t have to be. By planning carefully, working with a knowledgeable remodeler and by adhering to the building code, you’ll be able to renovate your home and fulfill your vision. Here are a few steps to help you with your condo renovation.
Make sure that you understand the rules the condo association has in place and the restrictions. This comes first because, once you know what you’re working with, you’ll be able to create your vision and discuss your plans with the remodeler.
Your next step is to submit your proposal to the review board of the condo association. They will take a look at your requests and let you know if there are certain things you can’t do. This vital step will help you avoid wasting time and effort on planning things that cannot be done.
Next, you have to plan how you’re going to carry out your renovation project. Living in a condo, you aren’t given the flexibility of working in a home. Keep in mind that you have close neighbors and rules you have to adhere to. Plan out everything; from the time frame in which the contractors will be working and when the materials will be delivered to how you will deal with utility lines and where you will store materials and construction equipment. Plan until you have your project mapped thoroughly.
Next, it’s time to find a contractor. It is important to find someone who is flexible and has experience working with condos. A flexible contractor is willing to work with the condo association, abide by the building’s rules and is able to come in during the time frame allowed. Experience will give you assurance that the contractor is going to carry out the project carefully, efficiently and to the best of their ability. Throughout the entire process the contractor should keep your vision in mind and commit to it.
During your remodel, be sure to be courteous to your neighbors and the building management, who you will be keeping in contact with during the project. Make sure that your plans don’t interfere with your neighbors; don’t make changes that will affect them without asking, keep your area clean throughout the process and make sure the tasks that are noisy are done during a time when they aren’t home. Keeping the building management happy is vital because they will be with you every step of the way by answering questions and giving you tips. Be considerate when they tell you that you cannot do something; they don’t make the rules, they’re only there to enforce them. After you are done, send your neighbors and the management staff a thank you note to show that you appreciate their patience and understanding.
Renovating your condo may seem difficult but like any other project, research, planning, patience and understanding are key. Approach the project with an open and flexible mindset. Although things may not all go the way you want, keep in mind that if there’s a will, there’s a way. Don’t give up on your project; if you hit a roadblock, work with your contractor or building management to see how you can work around it.