Working in condos presents an entirely new set of challenges versus typical residential homes.
Here at Skelly we are well versed in both, below we’ve listed a number of the additional requirements for condo projects so you can be prepared for the lengthier process.
- Added insurance requirements
- HOA approval requirements, they often have an architectural review committee review proposed work and scope- this can take anywhere from 1 to 6 weeks and must be approved along with the permit to start work
- Permits are required, the contractor will require a full set of construction documents from the designer or architect
- Delivery and loading dock implications, deliveries must be scheduled and reserved through the loading dock
- Freight elevators: subcontractors are required to utilize freight elevators and we must book freight elevator use for larger items to be brought into the units
- Noise notices, typically each building requests 48-72 hour noise notice requests for the other residents and notifies them of loud workdays
- Parking implications, parking downtown is more challenging and expensive than standard street parking
- Work hours, M-F work hours is typical with no weekend work
- Hallway protection, protection of the floors and walls during the duration of work
- No workdays, typically condos, especially during holidays, instate no workdays so the residents are less bothered while off from work
To sum it up, working in condos can present additional timeline challenges prior to the project starting and once the job has begun. Hiring a contractor that can navigate these challenges and is familiar with them is very important and will help to mitigate delays.