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Working in condos presents an entirely new set of challenges versus typical residential homes.


Here at Skelly we are well versed in both residential and commercial condominium construction!

Below we’ve listed a number of the additional requirements for condo projects to prepare our clients for the lengthier process of working in a condominium building.

  1. Added Insurance Requirements: Renovation projects in condominium buildings often require additional insurance coverage due to the complexities involved and potential risks associated with working in a shared space. This might include liability insurance, worker’s compensation insurance, and additional coverage for property damage.
  2. HOA Approval Requirements: Condominium buildings typically have Homeowners Associations (HOAs) that govern the rules and regulations of the community. Before commencing any renovation work, approval from the HOA is usually necessary. This process involves submitting detailed renovation plans to the architectural review committee, which may take several weeks for review and approval alongside obtaining necessary permits.
  3. Permits: Renovation work within condominium buildings requires obtaining permits from the local authorities. The contractor must ensure that all necessary permits are obtained before commencing any work. These permits are typically based on a full set of construction documents provided by the designer or architect.
  4. Delivery and Loading Dock Implications: Delivery logistics are critical in condominium renovations. The contractor must schedule and reserve loading dock space for receiving materials and equipment. Coordinating deliveries efficiently is essential to minimize disruptions to other residents and ensure smooth project progress.
  5. Freight Elevators: Subcontractors involved in the renovation process often need to utilize freight elevators for transporting materials and equipment to upper floors. Coordination and booking of freight elevator usage, especially for larger items, are necessary to prevent conflicts and delays.
  6. Noise Notices: Renovation work can cause disruptions to other residents within the building. To mitigate inconvenience, it’s common practice to provide advance notice (typically 48-72 hours) of loud workdays. This allows residents to plan accordingly and minimize disturbance.
  7. Parking Implications: Parking in downtown areas where many condominium buildings are located can be limited and expensive. Contractors must consider parking logistics for their vehicles and workers, which may involve securing permits for designated parking areas or utilizing alternative transportation methods.
  8. Work Hours: Renovation work within condominium buildings often adheres to standard weekday work hours (Monday to Friday). Weekend work may not be permitted due to noise ordinances or HOA regulations, aiming to minimize disruptions to residents’ lifestyles.
  9. Hallway Protection: During the renovation process, it’s essential to protect common areas such as hallways, floors, and walls from damage. Temporary barriers, floor coverings, and protective measures are typically employed to safeguard these areas throughout the duration of the project.
  10. No Workdays: Condominiums commonly establish “no workdays,” particularly during holidays or other special occasions, to ensure that residents can enjoy their time off without disturbance. Contractors must adhere to these regulations and plan their work schedule accordingly to respect the residents’ peace and quiet.

To sum it up, working in condos can present additional timeline challenges prior to the project starting and even once the job has begun.

Hiring a contractor well versed in condominium work that can navigate these challenges is very important and will help to mitigate delays, saving you time and money!

Let’s get started on your renovation! 

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