When you’ve got your own space, you won’t be able to resist the temptation for long—the urge to remodel, that is! Some spaces, like those in The Venice and Uptown Ritz under Megaworld at the Fort, offer luxurious amenities that you wouldn’t want to change, but there are times when you just won’t be able to help adding your own expression into your living space.
There’s something about adding your personal touch to an apartment that makes you feel like it’s finally a home. At the very least, it comes down to the matter of the decor not suiting the phase and mood of your life. Either way, remodeling is a huge undertaking, one that should not be ‘winged’, unless you want a bigger mess than what you started with.
Looking at all the DIY videos on the web, it seems like all you have to do is jump right in. What they don’t show you, however, is the tremendous amount of planning involved. You’re actually going to enforce some big changes and you need to skirt around a lot of rules before you get started.Remodeling is a huge undertaking, one that should not be ‘winged’, unless you want a bigger mess than what you started with.
Review your contract with the condo association and make sure all changes are sanctioned. Most buildings frown upon any major changes to the original structure, while others require special permission. Make sure to obtain all the necessary permits before you start. Heavy monetary penalties may be attached to some forms of construction. You’ll want to avoid incurring additional expenses on top of those you’re already prepared to take on.Make sure to obtain all the necessary permits before you start.
If you’re taking on a simple DIY project such as creating chalkboard frames or repainting a side table, you probably won’t need professional assistance. Major tasks like installing dividers or breaking down walls require an interior designer or, at the very least, a contractor. Schedule an initial appointment to inquire about pricing, and another at your apartment. Ensure that the expert sees your place before making any changes. They’ll probably be able to advise you on the next steps to take or if the modifications you want are even possible.
Renovations shouldn’t take forever. You’re paying for labor as well as materials, so the longer the project carries on, the more you spend. However, you also don’t want the builders to rush and end up with a shoddy looking job. Talk the project over with your personnel and be strict about completion dates. You, the contractor, and the workers should all be in agreement as to the most feasible amount of time it will take to get everything done properly.
You can’t leave a matter this big unattended. If you’re pressed for time, make sure to have a trusted person in the apartment during construction. Having someone in charge at the site makes sure that the workers are accountable for their jobs, and it also makes it easier to make quick decisions on any questions that the construction guys might have. Get a daily progress review and check-in as often as possible via phone call. Visit the place during weekends to see if everything is proceeding accordingly and if the changes are to your liking.
Be Considerate of Neighbors
Construction of this magnitude affects those around you as well. Inform your neighbors of what you’ll be doing and how long it will take. Be on-hand to address their concerns regarding offending odors and unnecessary noise and make the appropriate adjustment. Try scheduling the work during hours with minimal building traffic to avoid disturbing anyone else. If any damages to surrounding units are incurred, be prepared to offer repair services or financial compensation in return.Try scheduling the work during hours with minimal building traffic to avoid disturbing anyone else.
Cover all your bases before starting on any major structural changes. By knowing all the do’s and don’ts, you save yourself a ton of trouble later on. Don’t be afraid to approach building management and experts in the construction industry: they’ll be able to offer you a lot of help when it comes to building the home of your dreams.
What are the major challenges you faced when you remodeled your home? Tell us in the comments!