Living in a high rise has many benefits: on-site maintenance, higher security, free use of a pool or gym. However, if you’re remodeling your high rise unit, you may see a few drawbacks to the lifestyle. There are challenges specific to owners and contractors when renovating in a high rise. Keep in mind, the rules are in place for the safety and comfort of all the residents and the workers.
All property management companies have different rules and regulations about remodeling, so always check before you start a renovation. However, here are a few standard practices across the board:
You, the property manager and contractor will all need to coordinate and approve the work. Weekly meetings may be required. Changes to the plans will have to be approved by the management. All schedules will need to be approved by the management.
You must let anyone working in your space know what they need to do in case of emergency, specifically a fire emergency.
Your contractor and workers will have to be fully insured. You may need additional insurance depending on the building.
Your contractors will have designated times which they are allowed to enter and leave the building and unit. They are likely to be restricted to the floor on which they are working. Usually, contractors are only allowed to do loud work during normal business hours, Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Some buildings may require equipment to be brought in at off hours, usually before 8:00 a.m.
Most buildings will not allow hazardous chemicals or waste on the property. All require contractors to comply with OSHA regulations and guidelines.
Workmen may or may not have designated parking areas. Generally, they will have a designated entrance and elevator.
Some buildings require each workman to wear a badge which is to be turned into the manager’s office at the end of the shift. Fines may apply for non-compliance.
All common areas will need to be protected during demolition or stocking. The contractor is responsible for any damage to public areas.
Your management company will likely take no responsibility for your or your contractor’s lost, stolen or damaged property during the agreed upon renovation time.
Most of the time, any violations of the rules will result in heavy fines for you or your contractor.
As you can see, renovating in a high rise is not as simple as finding the contractor and getting the permits. However, the right team should make it easier for you and well worth it in the end!