For many homeowners, a renovation project is one of the most complex and difficult ventures they will undertake. For condominium owners, the complexities of home improvements are greater as they have to navigate challenges and situations that are unique to condo owners. While it can seem daunting –with careful planning, working with an experienced remodeler, and following some important condo renovation etiquette–renovating your condo can be rewarding and transform your home.
When you approach your renovation project, one of the first things you must think about is what rules and restrictions the condo association has placed on the property. Knowing the restrictions from the beginning will enable you to work with your remodeler to design and create your desired new spaces while working within the bounds of the rules of your building. There is often a review board you need to submit your plans to for approval in order to proceed, so be sure to get your initial concepts to them early. This can help you avoid disappointment and spending time and money developing detailed plans that might get rejected.
Once you’ve determined the design of the new space, you will want to consider how to accomplish the work. Condo renovations differ from work in single-family homes in many ways. Be sure to work with professionals who have experience in handling the complexity of condo remodeling projects. This includes set working hours and delivery times, shared utility lines, and limited staging and storage space for construction materials. In a single-family home, work can go late into the evening or all weekend. In a condo, working hours are strictly enforced to protect the rest of the building from long, loud evenings of construction work.
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