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Ready to remodel your condo? Follow this checklist!

Home and Building RemodelThe process of remodeling a condo is just that – a process! Not only does a condo require special attention and Board of Director of Condo Association permissions and regulations that must be abided by, alterations are also made to enhance the value of your condo or give it a completely different look to help set it apart. There may be some limitations dictated by building plumbing and electrical systems – but everything is possible with the right remodeling strategy.

One such strategy is making a checklist of what needs to be done. Checklists are the most effective way to stay organized and complete a remodeling project on time and budget. Reaching out to an experienced condominium remodeler can ensure peace of mind and adherence to the Illinois Home Repair and Remodeling Act.

Special Considerations

Considering the approvals and permits needed to start a remodel, it can become an overwhelming task. Before hiring a remodeler or contractor, it’s important for owners to think like a pro and make a list of the work they need completed. Owners should have a specific goal in mind, which might include the need to remodel with the plan of listing the condo for sale within the next 5 years or creating a dream condo that you plan to remain in for the next 20 years. The first task should be to take time and complete a comprehensive list of work you would like done separated by needs and wants, such as installing hardwood flooring, switching to all LED lights, or a complete overhaul of your kitchen. Being prepared and separating needs from wants can help lower remodeling costs by keeping you focused on work that will help increase your condo’s value but also provide the visual result you are looking for.

Checklist for Having Your Condo Remodeled

  • Seek approval and permits for remodeling work from the condo board or community you live in. They might require you to complete and application for approval, provide contractor estimate and licensing, details of how the contractor will protect the common elements such as hallways and elevators, etc.
  • Make a list of what areas in your condo need remodeling. Usually, remodeling your kitchen, bathrooms, flooring and painting a neutral color have a consistent return on investment.
  • Hire an experienced and trusted remodeler. Provide your remodeler with floor plans and request a budget and timeline.
  • It is important to read the agreement/contract before remodeling starts.
  • Work closely with the remodeler to choose appropriate paint or other additions that helps increase your storage and space.
  • Ensure all safety hazards for the contractor are minimized.

If you are in the Chicago area and considering a remodel, maintenance work or repairs to your condo, contact Areté Renovators today at (773) 610-4551 to schedule a free consultation.

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