Maybe you’ve lived in your condo for years and are looking to make some changes, or maybe you’re thinking of selling and want to upgrade a bit first. Either way, condo renovations can be tricky things. Every condo comes with its own set of unique rules, because each condo has a homeowner’s association that you have to report to. While you do own your condo, you still have to abide by the rules of the HOA, which means you’ll have to jump through a few hoops while renovating your condo. Here’s a few things to think about before you start your condo renovation:
Before you do anything, you’ll have to have approval from your homeowner’s association. Even if you think the renovation is small, practical, or not a big deal, it’s best to consult with the HOA first and foremost. Open communication is the best way to ensure that you get the renovation you want, without any fees, fines, or frowns from the HOA.
Know Your Rights
We don’t mean this in a constitutional sense here, but rather in the sense of your CC&R’s (Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, Restrictions, and Easements). This document, along with your HOA’s bylaws, and rules and regulations, will give you a better idea of what you can and can’t do. For instance, many HOAs require that if you build a fence, it be out of a certain material. If you’re doing any kind of exterior renovation the HOA will probably have restrictions on what color, size, and material that renovation can be. Make sure you know what’s allowed, and what’s not, so that you can get that renovation started off on the right foot.
Another aspect to consider is what contractor you’ll have work on your renovation. At the very least, you’ll want to work with a contractor that has condo experience. At the most, you’ll want to choose a contractor that’s approved by your HOA, or that has done work in your condominium complex before. There are a lot of rules that go along with condominium construction, and a contractor that has worked in condos before will understand how best to proceed without stepping on any toes. They’ll understand restrictions, and know how to work with your HOA and any supervising committee they send.
A unique aspect of renovating in a condominium community is the restrictions that are put on the times you’re allowed to have builders over. In most situations, HOAs only allow construction between the hours of 9 and 5. This means if you were planning on doing any of the renovation yourself, you’ll have to take some time off work. These rules exist to ensure that other condo residents aren’t disturbed by noisy construction, but they can make your renovation a bit of a hassle. This is another good reason to have an HOA approved contractor.
Finally, if you plan on doing any kind of renovation that expands your condo, expect your project to take longer. There are a lot of HOAs that don’t allow you to add on to condos, and even when they do, it can be a grueling process. Know that you’ll have to match every piece of the new addition to the existing condo, which can be difficult if your color shingles have been discontinued, or if the paint on the existing building has faded. Make sure you can find your products first, and then continue with the building process.
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