Your commercial space is an integral part of your brand. Before you get started with your retail or office space renovation, you’ll want to understand the entire process with some strategic research and careful planning. Here’s a smart guide to help you navigate through it all.
Review the Certificate of Occupancy
The first step is to critically look at the certificate of occupancy. The document will show what you can legally use the property for – office space, retail space, restaurant, etc. Changing a certificate of occupancy is a tedious, expensive, and time-consuming process that you would want to avoid altogether, so it’s better to get it right from the start.
Understand Existing Violations on Your Property
It’s possible that your building has violations, especially if it hasn’t changed hands in a long time. To avoid this, check the city council’s online database or work with an expert to help you spot possible violations.
Review the Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Situation
Take the time to evaluate the overall status of the building. For instance, if you want to turn a grocery space to a car dealership, you would need to check the building to see if it’s structurally sound to support the new weight. In other words, understand the limits of your building design.
Determine What Needs to be Done
Find out how much of your building’s existing infrastructure needs to be reworked. Similarly, in some cases, especially in a historic district, you may not legally be able to change the exterior of your building, so this should be taken into consideration.
What are Your Facility Requirements?
All remodeling work should be investigated to see if they conform to codes. For instance, health codes will require you to provide access to toilet facilities.
Your commercial renovation project needs an experienced and verified contract that can deliver the desired result. Contact Ben Stout Construction at 910-779-0019 to learn more.
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