When renovating your condo in Toronto there are several things you need to consider before diving in at the deep end. Below is a list of 10 things to keep in mind before finalizing your plans.
Check the building’s rules
Each condo board typically has its own set of rules regarding renovations. Be sure to find out what these rules are before spending any money. Some buildings may allow only certain renovations or materials to be used and you also need to know the rules regarding deliveries, working hours allowed and using the service elevator etc. It’s very important to know what exactly is and isn’t allowed.
Finding a contractor
When searching for a contractor it’s crucial to ask if they have experience working with condo renovations. This type of work is generally more challenging logistically and depending on the condo rules some contractors simply don’t want to work in this situation. You should also ask if there will be a project manager to look after all aspects of the process.
Why are you renovating?
There are generally two main reasons homeowners renovate their Toronto condo. One is to try and raise the resale value while the other is simply to add space or make the living conditions more to your personal liking and lifestyle. If you just want to improve your living space for a few more years before selling you may want to renovate with fixtures and furniture that can be taken with you when you decide to move. If you’re renovating to increase the value you may want to concentrate on areas such as the kitchen, bathroom, flooring, lighting, walls and doors etc.
Knowing your limits.
Some condos have odd-angled walls and/or intrusive columns and it’s important to know which elements and walls etc can be opened up or removed and which ones can’t. You may want to have an expert assist you in this area before making your plans.
Bathroom fixtures are typically hard to move any considerable distance unless you’re willing to spend a great deal of money. However, you can make some simple alterations which change how your eyes see the space. These could include things such as a glass shower panel and new vanity etc to draw your eyes’ focus.
Most condo owners have their minds made up about what they want to do when renovating their space. However, everything may not work to plan once the job begins. It’s a good idea to have some flexibility as it may be needed along the way. For instance, you may realize a smaller appliance in the kitchen could be a better choice as it will free up more space.
Sort out the parking
Most condo buildings have limited parking with one space being assigned to each unit. You’ll need to work out how the tradespeople are going to arrange their parking. You’ll need to give up your own space and perhaps pay for the parking of their vehicles at a suitable nearby lot.
Most condos have limited space in them so be sure to stagger the construction work. You don’t really want everybody working on their specific trade at the same time. You also need room to store tools and materials etc.
Find a place to stay
It’s usually a good idea to find alternate living quarters when renovating your Toronto condo. Your bathroom and/or kitchen may not be usable during the job not to mention your bedroom and living room etc. Instead of trying to make things work and possibly getting in the way it’s generally better to move out temporarily. It’s also a lot less stressful.
Be sure to know who’s responsible for the clean up duty once the renovation is completed. Some contractors may not do it unless you pay extra and it’s not a good idea to tackle it yourself. The best option is typically to leave some room in your budget to hire an outside professional cleaning company.
About Novacon Construction
Novacon Construction is a renovation contractor in Toronto specializing in high quality condo renovations. We have over 2 decades of experience and customer satisfaction, you can rely on us for your next condo renovation project. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.