Condo Renovation FAQ
Each condominium corporation has its own set of rules and regulations which include, but are not limited to: hours of operation, noise control, dust control, drawings / blueprints to be submitted, not fastening into concrete walls, having onsite inspection from the building engineer, and many more. It's best to refer to the documentation from the building before any construction can even be priced and planned out.
Most building management require proof of insurance to be provided for $2,000,000.00 - $5,000,000.00 to protect the building and the residence involved with the renovation.
CMY Renovations understands that most condo owners continue to live in the home during the renovation process, this is why we take extra precautions to protect your most precious asset. We implement strong containment procedures to make sure that there is minimal dust and debris escaping. Some examples are, sheets of polyethylene with zippered exit and entry points, floor coverings to protect from dirty work boots. Floor protection after new floor installation, as well as regular cleaning maintenance such as vacuuming and dusting. We believe that job site cleanliness and maintenance is important to a successful renovation.
There are many factors to consider when renovating a condo vs a home renovation. One of the first things to consider is the noise factor. There are neighbours surrounding you on all sides, so make sure that the time that the reno takes place is factored in.. Most condo buildings only allow work to take place between a set time frame so speak to the condo board to make sure what these times are. Access to elevators is important so that there is enough time allocated to being in new materials for the renovation project. CMY Renovations can work with you to make sure that the suppliers can time deliveries requirements. Make sure you speak to the Condo Board regarding these requirements. Something else to note, some condos do not allow renovation waste to be disposed of in their bins so a separate bin rental may be required. Making sure that all your trades and design team have adequate available parking is important, check to see visitor time limits as well as spot availability. Working with a condo definitely has more rules, but CMY Renovations can make this task easy by working diligently with the condo board.
Plan, and be flexible. Speak to the Condo Board first and foremost, see what the restrictions and requirements are for a renovation. Keep in mind that space is limited in a condo, if this is a decision that you decide to make, understand that it is a construction site. There will be noise, dust and dirt around. Job site materials might need to be stored in areas where the construction is not taking place to keep the work zone clear and safe. Designate at the start where the work and live spaces will be, CMY Renovations can assist you with this. Make sure that your neighbours are aware of the upcoming renos to avoid uncomfortable conversations when the job starts. Most importantly, protect your mental and physical health. Living through a condo renovation can test your patience. We want to make sure that there is an open line of communication to minimise any confusion related to trade schedule and reno expectations. Have questions ready regarding the renovation, at the start and during. Knowing what is going on will facilitate a more seamless co-existence with trades and your family. Make the best of the situation with healthy distractions and reasons to enjoy yourself and family time during the renovation process. .