Basic renovations and facelifts
We maintain a high standard of living by renovating and repairing our properties. We use modern, energy-efficient technology and highly insulating structures in construction and repair. In accordance with our sustainability objectives, we make amenity repairs by non-dismantling means.
The majority of the maintenance work carried out on the properties is basic renovation, during with which the building components that have reached the end of their life cycle are renewed. Basic renovations take place in cycles of 20 years on average. Every year, we renovate approximately 300-500 apartments. Basic renovations are not made for individual apartments, but only for the entire property at once.
We ensure the longevity of the projects’ life cycle and minimize the need for maintenance and repairs by making repairs in a timely manner and using the structures to the end of their life cycle. We also invest in long-lasting solutions at once. We use modern, energy-efficient technology and highly insulating structures in construction and repair.
Prior to the basic renovations, the condition of the apartments is mapped and the nature of the modernisation is determined by the mapping. When planning renovations, we also take into account the wishes received from the tenants and collect feedback on the renovations carried out and their outcome. During basic renovations, we also aim to reshape the apartment floorplans to better meet the needs of the tenants. For example, larger apartments may be converted into studios by dividing them into smaller apartments. We also develop concepts related to common areas so that the facilities serve the tenants as well as possible.
It is not possible to live on the stair to be renovated in extensive renovations, as the area will become a construction site. Hoas will always notify the tenants of a beginning basic renovation no later than six months before the renovation begins. Hoas also informs the tenants well in advance of the basic renovation about the effects of the renovation on the tenants’ leases. The operating models of possible housing arrangements may differ depending on the size of the properties and the amount of overlapping basic renovations.
Basic renovations will be made to the entire property at once.
Ongoing and upcoming basic renovations
A basic renovation has started at the property in November 2021. The renovation will be finished in summer 2022.
The basic renovation includes renewing water pipes, sewers, electrics, data networks, air conditioning and water roof. Also, all the surfaces and fixtures in apartments, common spaces and staircases will be renovated and changes will be made in the base of some apartments. The purpose of the renovation is to raise the quality standards and coziness of the property and in doing so, make the apartments better suited to the tenants’ needs. We aim to carry out the basic renovation as efficiently as possible. After the renovation the property will offer better quality student apartments at a reasonable price.
When the property is under renovation, it will be considered to be a construction site and as such, uninhabitable.
The aim of facelift renovation is to achieve the greatest possible change in the general appearance of the apartment with the least possible housing disadvantage. As a result of the renovation, the apartment will have new floor surfaces and a more modern-looking kitchen. Occasionally, bathrooms are renewed during the facelift renovation. Depending on the extent of the renovation, the facelift renovation of one apartment will take from a couple of days to a couple of weeks. Facelift renovations are not made for individual apartments, but only for the entire property at once.
The apartment is usually renovated between 07:00 and 18:00. For the tenant, the facelift renovation requires packing some of the goods. In addition, it is recommended not to stay in the apartment while renovations are in progress, so that workers can put the apartment in good condition. However, at the end of each working day, you can return to the apartment – the traces of that working day have been cleaned and you can live in the apartment. Facelift renovations are made to properties that are technically in perfect condition, but in terms of surfaces and general appearance in need of a facelift. The content of facelift renovations varies slightly from site to site, so that in some properties the renovation also includes the renovation of the bathrooms in the apartments, while in some the focus is on updating the surfaces of other rooms. Thus, the duration of the renovation per apartment also varies. However, the objective is always that with a few days of flexibility, the tenant gets a much more modern apartment in general appearance.
Upcoming facelift renovations
A facelift renovation has been planned to start at these properties at the end of 2022 or early 2023:
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