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5 Condo Renovation Tips

If you're considering a makeover for your unit, here are important regulations to keep in mind

Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions

Living in a condo unit has its perks—from access to top-of-the-line amenities to accessibility to major landmarks, it offers convenience to homeowners. However, if you plan to give your unit a new look, you can't just add a room or knock down walls. There are important regulations that you need to consider and follow.

As a first step, it's always a good idea to consult with the building administration. Here are five more must-read tips before you proceed.

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Submit architectural and engineering drawings for major renovations 

Need to change your flooring type or replace a pipe? Make sure you submit the architectural and engineering drawings to the main office before starting the actual work. These drawings must be signed and sealed by a licensed architect, interior designer, or engineer for major renovations. 

RL Tip: For minor renovations like painting and electrical repair, working drawings are not necessary.

Never alter any exterior part of the building

The hallway wall and other structures outside your unit are off limits. If you want to spruce the outside part of your condo unit, you may place an outdoor rug or even a stylish door knocker on the front door.

Research on the allowable electrical load per unit

“There are regulations and guidelines for construction and allowable electrical load per unit given by the administration,” says interior designer Pauline La’O.

If you’re planning to add more light switches, another air-conditioning unit, or additional electrical outlets, consult with your building admin if your unit can accommodate those.

Pay a construction bond

“The building admin will usually require the payment of a construction, which will be returned after the renovation has been completed,” says architect Ivy Tablante-Darilag. “Then an application form for a renovation permit is usually given for the owner to fill out, showing the intended scope of work and target completion dates.”

Ask how many hours your carpenters can work in your unit

According to Pauline, there is a certain number of hours allowed for carpenters or contractors to work on your unit. In some condos, construction can only be done during weekdays, so better check with your admin before you schedule carpentry works and furniture deliveries.

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