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Condominium Renovations-What you need to know

September 20, 2018

Condominium and Townhouse Renovations in Vancouver seem like a snap but they present their own challenges that single family homes don’t have. Here are a couple of quick tips to hopefully save you from a few surprises, expense and time when embarking on a condominium renovation

Love Thy Neighbour

Condominium Kitchen Renovation Before

Your neighbours will be involved and affected in some way. From demolition and construction noise to accessing the neighbouring suite to make plumbing adjustments for your new sink. Making friends with the neighbours well in advance will go a long way to making the project run much smoother.

No one is above the law

Read the strata bylaws very carefully before starting your renovation. Look for flags like restricted work hours (ex 10 am to 2 pm) or strata approval for minor things (like flooring). You can pretty much count on design approval and building permit required for a typical renovation. Breaking bylaws will land you a bunch of fines and/or a stop-work order, so take them seriously

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Condominium Kitchen Renovation After

Sorry but some things are a little more expensive…

Delivery and access are two big challenges when doing a condominium renovation. Many things will be moved by hand from a truck, up the elevator, down hallways… well you get the idea. Waste disposal is another problem because using a dumpster is rarely an option. Consequently, many trips with a trailer are required to remove waste from a condominium renovation

Hopefully, you found these tips useful and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me directly

 

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