10 things you absolutely need to know before renovating a condo

Renovating a detached home and renovating a condo are two very different things. While you may need to apply for a building permit, chances are your neighbors won’t have a say in what type of flooring material you can choose for your living room or whether or not your plumber can park on the street. In a condominium, however, there are all sorts of rules and regulations that dictate how you can update your shoebox in the sky.
1. Consult your condo board well in advance
2. Know that newly-constructed buildings may not yet have rules in place
3. Find a contractor that is willing to work in a condo
4. Understand that every condo building is different when it comes to restrictions
5. Offer up your parking space or be willing to pay
6. Identify common elements within the unit that cannot be altered
7. Your kitchen island is not a workbench
8. Maximize storage for the best return on investment
9. Expect the worst and hope for the best
10. Don’t rely on your contractor to do the cleanup