5 Things To De Mindful Of Before Renovating Any Condo
Like with any homeowner out there, the more they live in a property, the more they notice things they can do to make living there better. As time goes on, people will take on various projects to update their living space on the inside and on the outside.
Sometimes these updates are small like adding a new backsplash in the kitchen or putting on a different coat of paint. And sometimes it can larger like installing more modern appliances, furniture, or even the floor.
Regardless of what the project is, revamping a home in any way is a long – but exciting – endeavour.
All that said, when it comes to condo owners, there are some extra precautionary measures as there are rules and regulations that have to be considered. Furthermore, depending on where you are living, you may have to look at your own town’s bylaws. Beyond that, you’ll also need to get the approval of the condo association. Failure to do so can result in legal action or having you pay more money to bring the condo back to its original state.
With this in mind, here are some things to keep in mind before you start taking matters into your own hand and renovating something in your condo.
Check If You Can Make Structural Changes
If what you are thinking of renovating has something to do with the walls, windows, doors, or the electrical system, you may be in a tough spot. Those four things are difficult for condo associations to agree on. Mainly because they are reluctant to do such things.
That’s not to say it can’t be done, but you’ll probably need to bring in valid arguments to your board and the condo association to make those changes.
By not getting the green light for that, you will have to restore the unit back to its initial state. Furthermore if there are any damages to the framework, the unit, or property, or if there were any injuries caused during the renovation, those expenses will come out of your pocket.
Hire An Insured Contractor
Even if you are handy around the house or know someone with general home improvement skills, it’s smart to have a contractor to help you out with all of this. On top of that, you want to make sure that the hired contractor is adequately insured.
How to confirm this is very simple. All that you need to do is contact the Better Business Bureau and make a request to see the company’s certificate of insurance.
By not hiring a vendor that isn’t insured, you may have to pay for any damage caused by the contractor as well as cover any injuries or incomplete work.
Check For Installation Of Permanent Air Conditioning Systems
One of the biggest points of contention amongst condo owners is air conditioning – especially if their condo is on higher levels and it makes sense. During the hot summer months, you’re going to need air conditioning in order to make living in there bearable.
But the issue is that when people think about this, most people think about installing permanent air conditioning systems. This makes sense. You’re going to be living there for a while so might as well install a permanent air conditioning system right?
Not quite. Depending on where you are living, some condo bylaws restrict you using those systems in the first place for many reasons. Some reasons being that it’ll affect common property (i.e. exterior walls) or it could be that it incentivizes others to install their own systems which can lead to inconsistent work or other concerns.
Dispose Of Any Debris Properly
Whether the project is big or small, you’re going to be making a mess. You’ll have to deal with Drywall, tiles, plasterboard, paint cans, carpeting, outdated appliances and more depending on what sort of changes you are making. The thing is all of that stuff will need to be disposed.
But before dumping all of that in the community dumpster, you should look over the condo rules. Many condo complexes don’t want to dispose these things themselves and thus have rules prohibiting you from tossing them to the curb. Instead, they’ll require residents to drop the debris to a municipal waste drop-off facility.
Even if you don’t have those kind of rules, you still want to be cautious about dropping off debris in community dumpster areas. While you might think of it as a kind gesture for those looking to pick up a few items to spruce up their own condo, some condo boards may have cameras installed around the property. If they see you dumping in that spot you could be issued fines for leaving those items there.
Have Parking And Elevators Booked In Advance
When doing renovations, you’re going to need space outside of the condo too. From bringing materials in and out, transporting tools or equipment as well as handling debris. As a result, not only will you need space but also access to the entrance – and possibly the elevator if there is one.
With that in mind, you’ll want to inform the condo association you are with that you’ll need access to a close parking spot as well as elevator. This is important since residents, condo venders, as well as housekeeping companies will need access to the entrance as well as elevators if it’s relevant. By keeping them in the loop, you’ll be able to coordinate in advance without causing too many disruptions and ensure that everything is done in a timely and safe manner.
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