Condo Remodel Ideas
As the saying goes, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the vast majority of condominiums out there today tend to be smaller than the vast majority of single-family homes. There are some simple, relatively easy remodeling projects that can increase the value of your condo while allowing you to put your artistic flair to some good use. The challenge, of course, is that for most people, tough choices have to be made about exactly how to invest in remodeling projects. The question is simple: what projects deliver the biggest bang for the buck?
If you live in a condo and are considering tips, ideas and suggestions about what kind of remodeling projects to undertake, it will help your budget and your mental health to remember your condo’s square footage. The good news is that the generally smaller square footage of most condos, compared to single family homes, means that you may get more results out of each dollar spent.
Before we get into any particular remodeling ideas, there is one monumentally vital thing you must do. It is normally a simple, straightforward process, but it could wind up saving you a lot of time and money. Before you do anything else, get in touch with your condo or homeowner’s association representative and run each and every detail past him or her to make absolutely, 100-percent sure that each and every part of your project is going to fall under the guidelines and specifications unique to your association.
OK. Now that you have checked and double-checked and received the green light from your association we can begin to talk about specific remodeling projects that tend to be not only universally acceptable in condo complexes, but also comparatively simple, fun and easy to accomplish.
If your primary reason for remodeling your condo is to get it looking its Sunday best in order to (hopefully) sell it quickly, then you will probably want to update all of your appliances, electrical outlets and switches, your HVAC unit and the other practical and essential items inside your unit. These projects are typically more maintenance than they are remodeling, but they can be just as rewarding and satisfying as other more creative endeavors.
Speaking of creativity, one of the best and most fun ways to have your condo project reflect your personality is through the medium of paint. Now, if you are planning on staying in your condo for the foreseeable future, then you should choose your favorite colors, regardless of what anyone else might think. But if selling your unit is the goal, neutral colors are the way to go; the reason is that potential buyers will be less likely to have a negative reaction and to begin figuring “cost of repainting” into their decision process.
When it comes to remodeling in a condo, kitchen and bathroom projects normally wind up giving you more bang for your buck than other rooms. Whether you live in a mansion, condo or anything in between, it almost always seems like the kitchen isn’t big or new enough. There are tricks of the trade to bolster your kitchen’s appearance and make it appear bigger, or at least more appealing. These include installation of under-cabinet lighting, mounting cabinets that reach the ceiling, staining cabinets in a lighter in tone for increased storage space and brighter ambiance, and replacing your countertops with granite ones.
In your bathrooms, you might try replacing your sinks, vanity, light fixtures and/or flooring. Our old friend paint can be leaned on here too, providing you with a new-looking room without having to do a major overhaul.
Overall, the generally smaller square footage of condos means that your dollars may stretch farther, largely because the overall cost of materials can be lower (less flooring, fewer cabinets, etc.). These days, well-chosen remodeling projects can mean the difference between a relatively rapid sale and disappointment.