Condo Remodeling Preparations

by / Wednesday, 15 April 2015 / Published in Chicago Condo Remodeling

Remodeling your condo can be a complicated project, and there are many factors to consider before you begin. Condo remodeling projects offer many interesting challenges not faced by single-family homes. Some people might feel overwhelmed by all of the responsibilities that come with a project like this. That’s why we created this helpful guide of what you need to know before you get started.

What Is Your Budget?

This is not unique to condos, but for any remodeling project this is the first aspect you should consider. You need to determine your budget before you get started with any large undertaking like this. It’s always a good idea to know what you’re working with before you begin – that way you can make an accurate plan. Also, by determining your budget beforehand you will avoid spending too much money.

You should also consider financing. Remodeling will add significant resale value to your home, so it can be a profitable investment in the long run. At 123 Remodeling, we would be happy to assist you with payment. We are proud to offer multiple financing options to qualified buyers.

Condo Association Guidelines

You must make sure your renovation plans fit your Condominium Association guidelines, which are different from Homeowner Association rules, and usually more strict. These guidelines cover every aspect of your design, such as exterior modifications, painting, front door hardware, patios, decks, windows, and more. It is important to follow these guidelines properly to avoid heavy fines.

Rules Specific to Your Building

In addition to the Condo Association guidelines, your particular building might have it’s own specific set of rules that you must follow. Some buildings are more strict than others, so it’s important to know all of the rules before you get started on your renovations. For example, condos often want to keep a consistent look on the exterior, which can limit your options for windows, blinds, drapes, etc.

Obtain Approval from Building Manager

Because of all the rules involved with condos, you must obtain approval from your building manager before you begin any remodeling project. It’s important to inform your manager of the exact details of the project, and it helps to stay in communication with them throughout the entire process of the renovation. You can take a walkthrough with the building engineer, and they will help you determine the limits of your redesign project. Tell them what ideas you have in mind and they’ll let you know what is possible and what isn’t.

Space Constraints

One of the biggest challenges for condo remodeling is the limited amount of space, which makes construction projects more difficult. Because of the space constraints, it’s important to plan out your project carefully and make sure there is a enough room for everything. Sometimes these limitations can restrict certain design elements, such as kitchen islands, because things like this require a specific amount of space to work properly. You must pay close attention to detail with a large project like this. Every element needs to be carefully measured to insure there will be enough space and nothing interferes with each other.

Structural Limitations

Condos face many structural limitations due the nature of shared living space. The structural integrity of the building must be kept intact, therefore load-bearing walls, plumbing, and gas-lines cannot be moved. It’s important to know beforehand exactly what can and cannot be changed. Your building manager can help you find out what structural elements must stay in place.

Consideration of Neighboring Units

During the construction, you want to be courteous to your neighbors. You should limit the construction to restricted hours and try to have minimal impact on common areas. Remember that a condo remodeling project not only impacts you, but impacts all of the people in your building as well. It’s also a good idea to inform your neighbors about your upcoming renovation plans.

Reserve Freight Elevators

If you live on an upper floor, the elevators are going to be used a lot during your renovation. You should consider reserving the freight elevators to make this process go as smoothly as possible. This will help the project move faster and avoid unnecessary delays and inconveniences. Contact your building manager to see if you can reserve access to the freight elevators during your renovation.

Removing Debris

Debris can be a challenge with condo remodeling because you don’t want to impact the other residents. You should come up with a careful plan for removing debris while minimizing the interference with others. There will be a lot of debris during a remodeling job, and you should make a plan for how to handle this part of the project.

Arrange Parking

Although your condo may offer guest parking, you should make sure there is adequate parking to accommodate your contractors throughout the renovation. You should contact your building manager and try to reserve parking spaces if possible.

Storing Materials

If you don’t have enough space to store materials on-site, you can arrange to have them delivered at specific times so they can be installed right away. Because of the space constraints in condos, it’s possible to run out of room for storing materials. Limiting the amount of materials stored on-site is a wise idea.

Stay Home?

Will you stay in your home during the remodeling process? Or will you stay somewhere else? Many people choose to stay in their home during remodeling, but you should make sure that you have at least one working bathroom. You can restrict the hours of operation so the project will not be too much of an inconvenience for you.

Popular Projects

Some of the most popular choices for condo remodeling projects include hardwood flooring, stone flooring, tile flooring, granite counters, and modern appliances. Many older-style condos are often divided into small rooms, so a common theme is to remove some of the walls and create an open environment with more space.

Timeless Designs

It can sometimes be tempting to choose a current trend when redesigning your home, but it’s important to think long term. You’ll want to choose something that isn’t going to go out of style next year. Consider choosing a classic, timeless design that you won’t regret in the near future. Remodeling is a long-term decision – consider designs that will still hold resale value down the road.

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