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What You Need To Do Before Renovating Your Condo

If you plan on renovating or remodeling your condominium there are certain things you should be aware of before you get underway. Since your living space resides in a building with other tenants it’s important to follow the letter of the law as well as the building’s rules and regulations.

We have listed some tips below which should come in hand when planning a condo renovation.

Check local laws, rules and regulations

It’s important to find out exactly if any type of building permits are required by the local government. You also need to ask the condominium board or owners if there are any specific rules and regulations you need to abide by. In general, each building is different and will have its own set of rules. For instance, you may have access to service elevators and only be allowed to work on the unit between certain hours or days due to noise restrictions. You also need to consider parking spots and loading zones for the contractors. In addition, if you plan on changing the flooring materials be sure to ask if the new material is allowed. In some cases, hardwood floors may be banned.

Plan on parking costs

If you reside in a downtown condo building such as in Toronto, you may find parking for the contractors difficult to find. If they need to pay for parking in a nearby lot you’ll need to include the cost in your overall budget.

Schedule the workload

Most condos are relatively small in size. You may need to schedule the workload so the contractors such as plumbers and electricians aren’t getting in each other’s way. You may also need to make enough room so the contractors can store their tools and building materials etc.

Expect delays

it’s a good idea if you plan on experiencing some delays during the renovation project. These are almost always unavoidable for whatever reason. However, if they don’t arise you’ll be on schedule and certainly in a better frame of mind.

Renovation for resale

If you plan on renovating the condo for the purpose of resale you may be implementing some different ideas compared to renovating for personal use. If you plan on selling the unit you may want to speak to a real estate agent to find out which specific renovations will add to the resale value. You can also use a professional organizing service to help get your unit ready for sale. These could include the kitchen and bathrooms. You also need to ask the contractor if any walls or other elements/fixtures of the condo simply can’t be moved. If you plan on living in the unit then make sure you decorate it to suit your personal tastes.

Be flexible

Once the project gets underway you may need to be flexible in some areas. For example, you may decide you’d like more space so you may want to install smaller or fewer appliances or furniture.

Make alternate living arrangements

Depending on the extent of the renovation, you may need to find other living quarters while the work is being carried out. In some instances, you’ll be able to remain in the condo but may not be able to use the kitchen or bathroom for a specific period of time. You may need to stay with family/friends or even in a hotel. If you’re lucky, the condo building may even have guest suites for rent.

The cleanup

When hiring the contractors you should be clear on just who is responsible for the cleanup. Discuss it with the contractor and make sure the clean up is or isn’t included in the contract. If it isn’t included, be sure to hire a cleanup crew or plan on doing it yourself.

Contact York Construction

York Construction is a contracting company in Toronto offering expert and custom designs for all types of condo renovation projects. We look forward to discussing your renovation ideas and plans and offering our professional opinion and help.   If you have questions about your upcoming condo renovation project, you can contact us here and schedule your free consult.

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How much does it cost to remodel a condo?

When it comes to remodeling a condominium, the exact cost of the project will depend on several factors including the size, location, building permits, financing fees, the existing condition of the unit and the cost of contractors. In general, prices can differ quite a bit across the country, the total costs here in Toronto could be very different for the same project in Regina. Before you begin you should check with the condo board to see exactly what types of renovations are allowed and if there are any special rules or bylaws that need to be followed. If the building is older you may also find it doesn’t meet modern building codes in some instances. This could affect the cost of things such as heating systems as well as plumbing and electrical.

How Extensive Are Your Renovations?

Of course, the extent and quality of the remodeling job will also be a big factor. Do you plan on completely renovating the unit from top to bottom or just completing some minor renovations? This will affect the total cost of materials and labour as you may be including items such as removing walls, plumbing, doors, heating, air conditioning, windows, flooring, appliances, cabinets, countertops, furniture, lighting, and painting etc. Once you’ve decided the scope of the renovation project you can look for a contractor to do the work if one is needed. Of course, you can keep the costs down if you’re able to complete some of the work yourself.

Pricing Appliances & Fixtures

When you’ve located a suitable contractor you can explain exactly what your vision is for the renovation and then receive a quote on the work. If you’re buying new appliances and/or furniture etc you can price those yourself by doing some comparison shopping and include them in the budget. The more existing items you decide to keep will result in lower costs and it will naturally be pricier if you decide to replace everything. The cost will also rise if you decide to secure a loan to pay for the work and materials since the odds are you’ll need to pay interest on the borrowed amount. It’s always a good idea to see where you can borrow money with the lowest interest fees.

Include Everything In Your Budget

You should be aware that many condo owners go over even the most detailed of budgets as they decide to add or change things to the renovation along the way. When working out your budget try not to overlook anything at all as you will need to pay for permits, fees, labour, materials, delivery and furniture etc. You may find nit’s easier to create a budget for each room or area of the condo you’re renovating. Also, if you’re completely overhauling the unit it may not be inhabitable for awhile and you may need to stay somewhere else during the work and/or find yourself eating out at restaurants or with friends or family.

A true budget can only be created once you know the cost of everything involved in the job. This means if you’re using a contractor to complete some or all of the work you’re really going to need an accurate quote from him or her. Once you know the relative cost of their work you can add in the price of items you’ll be taking care of such as appliances and furniture. Their quote will be the starting point and you can then control the remaining amount of the budget by carefully adding the cost of items to it. What you will ultimately spend in this portion of the budget will entirely depend on you.

Contact York Construction

For more information on condo renovations in the Greater Toronto Area along with a free quote and assistance please feel free to contact us at York Construction Company. We look forward to discussing your renovation ideas and plans and offering our professional opinion and help.   If you have questions about your upcoming home addition project, you can contact us here.  York Construction is a Toronto based design-build company that offers an all in one solution for your home renovation project. We offer free in-home estimates and consults.