It is understandable to change your own unit layout and design since you own the property. However, It is important to follow the condo board’s rules and policies before starting any condo renovation project. Each building has different regulations to prevent damage to other unit owners. We have listed 10 top steps before initiating your project.

1) Have a Clear Idea of the Rules

All condo building has its own rules and policy, you can find them by simply contacting your building management office and ask for their policy booklet.

2) Know what you are renovating and the limits

It is critical to know what you are renovating and what impact it will have on units around you. Usually, you are required to provide action and layout plan to the management office. Then the management will run it by the board to get approval. You are limited to how much change you can do to your unit, and it is usually within the wall of your unit not passing the Concrete ceiling and floor. (You have to double-check this with the condo management office.)

3) Don’t Move Around Your Fixtures

Most of the plumbing and electrical wires go through concrete walls, hence there is a limited you can do in terms of moving fixtures. Having that in mind plan for your renovation with the limitation in mind.

4) Don’t Shy Away from Painting

Most older condo units include popcorn ceiling, which in most cases makes the unit seems outdated and frankly ugly. The popcorn ceiling is removable and We will discuss it in detail in our future blog posts. Also, don’t shy away from painting as you can paint your unit professionally with any colour as you wish.

5) Choose to Stay Somewhere Else During the Renovation

If your bathroom is going through a renovation or maybe you are going to have painting, due to the health issues; Depending on your renovation’s scale, you might need to find an alternative place to stay for a while until the renovation has been completed.

Read more on tips for renovating your condo at our Condo Renovation blog category, and if you have any questions please contact our Condo Renovation department.