April showers bring May flowers, and in Southwest Florida May flowers aren’t the only thing sprouting up. Home and condo renovations are happening everywhere you turn as many of our “snowbirds” leave for the summer and contractors begin remodeling projects during the off-season.
Did you know that May is known as National Home Remodeling Month? Before celebrating the month by starting a project, here is everything you need to know about condo remodeling rules in Southwest Florida.
HOA Rules and Regulations
Many Southwest Florida condos are part of homeowners’ associations or condo boards that regulate much of what goes on there. When it comes to remodeling a condo, you will likely have to navigate certain restrictions.
Before starting a remodeling project, be sure to talk to your HOA and learn the rules regarding when you can build, commercial vehicle regulations and limitations in terms of design.
In many cases, you must gain permission from the board to undergo a remodel. Condo remodels can include removing interior walls, redirecting plumbing or changing/adding rooms. It can also include major bathroom or kitchen renovations or even as simple as changing the front door. In all cases, it is best to have permission in order to start your remodeling efforts.
Review your CC&R Documents
Often times when owning or renting a condo, you obtain or have access to a CC&R (covenants conditions, and restrictions) certificate or “declaration.” This document will lay out everything that is permitted in a condo remodel. It will also state which elements in a condo cannot be altered as it usually pertains to those shared with a neighbor, such as walls or plumbing.
In some HOA documents, there are laws prohibiting work being performed during certain hours, general contractor parking, dumping, water use and much more. Be sure to be familiar or hire someone who is experienced with the HOA guidelines in your area.
Condo Remodel Preparation
As you prepare to undergo an extensive condo remodel there are many things to consider. First, be sure permission from your condo association or management group is in writing. Another major consideration is hiring a good contractor. A condo remodel is not a DIY project, as it has many details that you simply will not be able to do yourself.
When looking for a Southwest Florida contractor look for someone with experience, such as Varian Construction. With over 30 years of experience in condo and home remodels, this owner-operated company prides itself on its expertise in following rules and regulations to relieve the stress of the homeowner.
At Varian Construction, we are fully licensed and equipped to be able to work on any condo remodel or construction project in your Southwest Florida home. If you are interested in hiring Varian Construction, contact us today at 239.514.0103.