Renovations can be daunting if you don’t consider all of the factors involved. However, all you need is a little planning to ensure you are on time and on budget with a beautiful renovation that includes quality finishes. Avoid the headaches with our list of the five things to consider before renovating your condo.
1. How Much You Have To Spend
Creating a budget is the smartest way to begin, so you know up front how much you have to spend. Figure out where you want to save and where you’re willing to splurge. Start with your must-haves, so you’re guaranteed to love the end result. For some, this might mean planning their dream chef’s kitchen, for others, a luxurious bathroom retreat. You might focus your budget on one area or room to be updated or, if you’re planning a complete remodelling, on more universal elements such as flooring, tile, and millwork.
2. Any Condo Board Rules That Might Apply
Get informed about any restrictions or limitations on work that can be done in your building. Knowing this information from the start will ensure the whole process runs much more smoothly. Condo management will be happy to answer any questions you have and can provide you with direction on what is and is not allowed. Most understand that it’s in everyone’s best interests to have units kept updated and in good repair. Be aware of the board rules and adjust plans and schedules accordingly.
3. How To Make Improvements That Have The Widest Appeal
While of course you are renovating to suit your own tastes, it doesn’t hurt to consider which individual elements will have the widest appeal down the road. Any updates you make should enhance the unit and, ideally, also be seen as desirable by potential buyers. If you’d like to get an expert opinion, contact a RENU design specialist.
4. Your Timeline
The contractor you choose should provide a detailed plan that outlines exactly what work will be done, when, and a realistic overall timeline. You’ll also want to think about where you will stay when the work is being done. Is there a guest unit in the building you can rent for the short-term? Will you move in with family? The more plans you have in place, the easier it will be.
5. Who To Hire
When you are ready to move forward with your renovation, be sure to do your research before you hire. A company that has a dedicated showroom where you can see and touch materials will give you confidence that your renovation will be stylish and high quality. Customer testimonials, such as Google reviews, are also a great sign that a company knows its stuff! Hire someone who has a clear process and timeline of the project so you can prepare accordingly and have your day-to-day impacted as little as possible.
We hope these points help you plan your next project. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to follow the Gemterra blog for more home renovation tips.