Because you live in a major city like Orlando, there are plenty of housing opportunities to
choose from. Single-family houses are available as well as apartment buildings. But many
Floridians opt for the best of both worlds and buy a condominium.
Although a condo can be a great fit for many people, no housing choice is without its
drawbacks. When it comes to condos, there are some DIY improvement projects you can do
that help your place feel like a home. Before you can do any, however, you need to know the
advantages and disadvantages of living in a condominium.
Why Buy A Condo?
There are many good reasons to love your condominium. As Money Crashers explains, one of
the biggest advantages is maintenance like yard work. You pay for it through the association
fees, but at least you don’t have to worry about mowing the yard, fixing the air conditioning, or
keep the roof repaired. That means you won’t have to worry about DIY projects that improve
Although those association fees can be annoying, one drawback from living in a condo is the
lack of privacy. Unlike a freestanding home, your condo shares walls, floors, and ceilings with
other units. When it comes to DIY projects, you have to be careful about anything that involves
those shared elements.
What You Can Do
Then what home improvement projects can you do in your condo? One key to happy condo
living is to maximize your space. It’s not like you have a shed or basement to store things in.
One thing you can do is to add more storage options . For example, a bed can contain drawers
underneath or along the headboard. A recessed pantry gives much-needed storage space to
the kitchen or bedroom (if you can make changes to your wall). Adding some shelves to a closet
can give you more room for your clothes and shoes.
You can also make some small changes to help your space feel bigger. Apartment Therapy
mainly discusses work with apartments but their tips can work in condos as well. Use folding
screens to divide rooms into areas so you feel like there are more rooms in your condo. You can
also use wallpaper or paint to indicate where one room ends and another begins, such as with a
kitchen combined with a dining room.
When To Let Pros Do The Work
DIY home improvement projects can save you a lot of money — if you can do them safely and
efficiently, of course. That brings up the question of whether you should hire a professional
BankRate.com explains you need to ask a few questions before deciding on a contractor. Start
by honestly evaluating your own skills. Just about anyone can paint a wall to divide a room, but
if you have to change some gas lines when installing some wall storage, can you do that?
As a general rule, you should hire a professional whenever a project involves plumbing, gas, or
electrical wiring. These are just too dangerous and costly should your inexperience lead to a
small but important mistake. According to HomeAdvisor, here in Orlando, repairing plumbing
normally costs $143 - $375 and takes around four hours. Expect more costs and time if your
DIY project caused problems.
Turn Your Condo Into Your Home
There are many things you can do to improve your condo. Look into adding some storage to
walls or closets, and creative use of paint can make your condo feel bigger. Just be sure to call
in professionals if your skills aren’t up to the task. Because the last thing you need is to pay for
the DIY project and then a contractor to make things better