Whether you are a property manager that wants to modernize your space or a tenant that needs to complete a build-out to add the customized features you need for your business, commercial remodeling projects can be complex. Many owners and tenants aren’t sure what to expect when approaching one of these projects, so having the right information on hand in advance can make planning and dealing with the process more seamless.
The Difference Between Remodeling and Renovation
If you’re looking to make changes to your commercial building, you might be confused about what you need. Should you opt for a remodel or a renovation? Remodeling is more involved and might include changing the building’s structure, functionality, and appearance. For example, you might convert an area to an open floor plan or close it up. You could add HVAC and plumbing or expand the square footage.
A renovation generally works with what you have structurally but can involve some extensive cosmetic work. You might update bathrooms, repaint the walls, and add new flooring. Interestingly, these are all items that you will likely include with an extensive remodel.
Continuing Operations During Remodeling
Let’s assume you are going to remodel your space. A common question from clients relates to ongoing operations. Specifically, will you need to move elsewhere, or can you continue to work in the space while the project is happening around you?
The answer is, “It depends.” Many commercial clients can continue to operate during a remodeling project, but this takes careful planning with your contractor. Some projects can be completed in sections or phases. But, if your business is heavily customer-centric or uses a lot of heavy machinery, you may wish to temporarily relocate for certain phases of the project.
Conforming to Local Codes Throughout Your Project
There is a right and wrong way to approach a remodeling project. An incorrect approach could be costly in more ways than one. Your contractor should have extensive knowledge about the local building codes and will let you know about the ways that they will conform to those codes, as well as how they will make your completed project safe and structurally sound.
Choosing the Right Contractor for Your Remodel
Picking your contractor is the first and most important phase of your commercial remodeling project. The contractor you choose should have extensive experience with the type of space you envision and be able to give you a detailed plan of action to bring your project to completion on time and within your budget. Check references and schedule an appointment with a reputable local contractor to get the bid process rolling.
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Carolina Services Inc. (CSI) specializes in helping clients with commercial space planning and improvement (including construction) projects throughout the Charleston, SC area. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you achieve your investment, property management, and business goals.