Renovating a commercial building can be anything from a small interior design project to a major interior and exterior change. It is essential to know the logistics involved so as not to end up with a loss due to poor planning.
Common reasons for commercial renovation
- Change in tenancy/use
- Upgrading of amenities
- Improvement of energy efficiency
- Improving/modernizing the appearance
Factors to consider before a commercial renovation
Some of the factors that influence commercial renovation include:
- Zoning laws
- Certificate of occupancy
- Property violations
- The neighborhood
- Current structural status
- Basement remodeling
- Building’s envelope
Commercial renovation process
- Assessment of needs/logistics
You first need to decide what to do and how. Consider the logistics involved, depending on the type of renovation that you intend to do.
If you want to renovate a building to change its use, first check the certificate of occupancy and see if what you want to do is viable. The neighborhood also matters, like in historic districts. In such cases, you can renovate the building’s interior, but you can’t do anything to the exterior.
Checking the building’s envelope will make you know whether the building complies with disability inclusion requirements or not. This will trigger your action during the renovation process. It is essential to know what you can do as part of your commercial renovation project.
- Finding the right contractors
Once you’ve decided on what is to be done to your commercial building, it’s now time to look for contractors to handle the project. You can hire different contractors depending on the kind of work involved. If the project involves multiple types of renovations at the same time, then hiring a General Contractor would be a good idea. The GC manages the project from the start to the end and coordinates the different sub-contractors.
You probably had a rough idea of the amount that you intended to spend on the budget. After talking to contractors and getting estimates, you can now for a budget based on that. A 30% contingency allowance is essential; as it would help you cater for hidden costs and unexpected expenses.
Designing is necessary to give you a blueprint for the renovation project. Working with a contractor, interior designer, or an architect helps make the project more professional, but it also depends on the project type.
Acquisition of permits is important before you start the renovation process. Again, this also depends on the type of renovations involved. If an architect or a General contractor is involved, then they’ll handle the permit issues.
The actual remodeling process involves professional sub-contractors, led by the General Contractor.
You should inspect the building during the renovation to ensure that everything goes according to the plan and schedule. Ensuring that building codes and other requirements are being met can help save you a lot, and you’ll be safe with regards to the law.
Benefits of commercial building renovation
- Attracts new employees
- Makes your employees proud of the business
- Attracts clients and makes them more aware of your dedication
- Expression of office culture and values
- Increases the efficiency of your employees’ operations
- Renovation is less costly compared to new construction
- Conserves energy
- Promotes your company/business by creating a fresh business profile
- Improves office organization and space utilization
- Increases the value of your property
How to identify the right commercial contractor
- Do your assessment on what you need for the project to determine the type of contractor that you need.
- Get recommendations from your professional and personal contacts when looking for a contractor, so that you have several options to choose from.
- Do a background check on the contractors by visiting their websites. Check the services they offer and the reviews from previous clients. One with too many negative reviews is not suitable for your project.
- Look at the experience levels and contact the referrals given by the contractors to ensure you get high-quality services.
- With the specifics of your projectin mind, check the contractor’s track record to be sure that you are getting the right contractor with the right expertise.
- Don’t go for low quality just because it’s cheap.
- Schedule an interview with the potential contractor.
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