10 things you absolutely need to know before renovating a condo - CondoSavvy

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This is a fantastic article that outlines the differences between renovating a condo property and renovating a detached home, and a great jumping off point for what you need to know before you get started.

Condo’s can absolutely be customized beautifully, and in new construction you have the advantage of getting in your renovations a bit early. In this article Toronto Interior Designer Rebecca Hay gives her top ten pieces of advice for owners considering renovations.

1. Consult your condo board well in advance

“You need to know what the rules and regulations are surrounding any form of construction in your building,” says Hay. “Unfortunately there is not a standard — every building is different in how they operate, and their expectations can vary.” Reach out to the property or building manager first as they’ll be able to put you in touch with the condo board or hand over any relevant materials and forms. “There should be a basic guideline about what can and can’t be done for renovations. The older and more established the building is, the more detailed that list is going to be. Condo boards tend to learn as they go,” explains Hay.

2. Know that newly-constructed buildings may not yet have rules in place

“I just completed a project where our clients had purchased the condo pre-construction, they had taken ownership and we went in to do the reno, but there was no board in place,” says Hay. “The property manager had basic rules about work hours, but in a way, it’s really a good time to be doing renovations.” Typically other trades are still onsite finishing up the amenity spaces and the hallway carpeting is still covered in plastic. “You can get away with a little bit more and the building will be more flexible than once those rules are firmly in place.”

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