So you’ve finally decided to set your home remodeling project in motion. Home renovations are always an exciting time, and just thinking about all the changes that are about to happen is enough to drive anyone mad with joy. But imagining the new kitchen counters or wall paint is one thing, actually doing it is another.
We’ve all heard horror stories of nightmare renovation projects. Cost overruns and delays are typical complaints, but if you let the situation go out of hand, it could derail your entire remodeling project. But, with enough preparation and the right mindset, you can emerge from a home renovation unscathed, and with a new interior to boot.
Whether you’re looking for a condo for sale or you already have one, navigating a renovation project can be a daunting task. Space is limited, and you have to contend with a long list of restrictions.
1. Check the paperwork
Before doing any construction work, the first thing you need to do is to check your building’s rules and regulations regarding modifications to the unit (i.e., what you can and cannot do). Check your sales contract as well as the association rules and bylaws as they will tell you everything you need to carry out a renovation project.
Some of the things you’ll need to know include construction hours, material specifications you need to follow, and the types of changes you can do to your unit. If you feel that the bylaws are restrictive, they’re designed to keep everyone on the same page and protect the integrity of the building. Don’t forget to coordinate with the building manager regarding staff access and material delivery.
2. Prepare a proposal
Just because you own the unit doesn’t mean you can do everything by yourself. You might need to ask for the approval of the building’s association or board of directors. Once you’ve finalized your plans for your condo renovation project, you need to submit it as a written proposal to the association.
Your renovation proposal can include the blueprint or floor plan of your unit, all the changes you want to make, the estimated time frame, as well as a detailed list of materials you want to use. Don’t forget to mention that all the proposed changes align with the building’s bylaws.
3. Focus on looks
Some of us do a remodel project to add new features and expand the use of our existing space. However, since you’re working with limited room, if you want to go for maximum impact, then you should focus on cosmetic changes that will transform the look of your condo. It could be as simple as repainting the walls, replacing the curtains, or even installing new flooring.
When it comes to condos and apartments, it’s best to paint the walls and ceilings white or something similar. This will help expand the space and make the place look brighter and lighter. You can inject your personality through tasteful touches of color.
It’s essential to have a plan when renovating a condo or apartment. Start by reviewing paperwork, including the building’s bylaws and stipulations to the sales contract. Once you’ve finalized your remodel plans, submit a written proposal to the building’s board. Finally, focus on cosmetic changes that will have a significant impact on your home’s look and feel.