If you’re planning to do some renovations on a commercial space, be it to revamp the look of your current space or to reinstate a commercial space into something that suits your needs, there are a few things you’ll want to get right before you have a team start swinging a sledgehammer.
To help you cover your bases, here are three things to do before starting renovations on a commercial space.
Know Why You’re Renovating In The First Place
The very first thing you’ll need to figure out before you start doing any kind of renovating, but especially with commercial renovations, is why exactly you’re renovating and what you’re hoping to accomplish with the space.
For some renovations, if it’s just a new look that you desire, doing a full-on renovation might not even be necessary. But if the flow of the space isn’t working for you, or you know things aren’t up to code, you might need to turn your renovations into a bigger project.
Not only will clearly starting your reasoning for renovating help to ensure that you choose the right tactics for your renovation, but it will also help you to get a finished product that you actually want and know how you’ll use. Otherwise, you could wind up with the same problems you have now even after going through a whole renovation.
Make Sure Everything Is Legal Beforehand
Once you know what you’re planning to do with your space and how you’ll have to execute on these plans through your renovation, it’s time to make sure that you’re actually going to be able to do the work that you’ve set out to do.
Depending on the space you’re working with and what changes you’re wanting to make, you very likely could need permits for the work and inspections along the way as your project progresses. If you’re going to be doing the work all by yourself, you’ll need to take care of securing these permits. But if you’re leaving all the actual construction to a contractor, they should take care of all the legalities for you.
Give Yourself Some Buffer In Your Planning
As with most renovation projects, be it commercial or residential, it can be hard to stick to your plans regarding budget and timeline. But because so much more might be riding on getting things done in these parameters when dealing with commercial renovations, you’ll want to be sure that you’ve given yourself a little buffer in these areas.
With a small buffer in your budget and a slightly longer timeline than you think you might need, you’ll ensure that you aren’t cutting things too closely and potentially having them impact your business operations.
If you’re going to be doing some renovations on a commercial space that you own, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you do the right preparations before you start on construction.