A commercial renovation is exciting, yet it can be stressful. Consider some things before hiring your general contractor.
First, you need to consider the leased property’s occupancy certificate. This will tell you exactly how you can or can not use the said property. Perhaps you may only use it for an office space, or maybe it can be used for a restaurant or even a residence. You may wish to check your city’s online database to see if you can download a copy of the CO. In some certificates, there are smaller details that must be looked at as well. Say the property has a backyard area. If you have a restaurant and plan on using this area for outdoor seating, be certain that the CO says this is permitted.
If you need to change the CO for a commercial renovation, know that it can be an expensive process. It may not even be possible in certain cases.
A general contractor may advise you to also see if there are any current violations. See if there was any work done without having a permit or if the sprinkler system is not working. Maybe the air conditioner was not installed correctly. These violations should be fixed, or else they may end up costing you more money in the long run.
The next step is to look at the structure, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical aspects of the building. You will want to find out if any of the walls can be removed if you plan on doing a commercial renovation that involves making spaces larger. Do this before signing a lease, as it could be a deal breaker for your business.
If you are turning a space into a restaurant, you will want to know what the plumbing, mechanical, and electrical aspects are. Be certain the structure of the building can handle all of this. If it can not, make sure you can budget for this. It will do you no good to sign the lease and then have to put off your renovation because you can not afford a general contractor to make the changes for you.
A general contractor will also tell you to check the building’s envelope- or whatever divides the outside from the inside. Is it accessible for those that are disabled? Reasonable accommodations must be made according to the Americans With Disabilities Act. You may have to install a ramp or widen doors to make them accessible for wheelchairs.
You will also want to check to determine what the requirements are for your business. Perhaps you need to have at least a certain number of restrooms. It is worth looking into so you know if you will be able to stay within your budget.
If you are in the Tampa, FL, area and need assistance with your commercial renovation, call Hybrid Construction LLC. This family-owned and operated business is ready to take on your project.
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