Commercial Construction

Remodeling Commercial

Service Area
Southwest Florida
Response Time
24 hours
Difficulty
Intermediate

Overview

Commercial Remodeling can be a pretty straightforward task and doesn’t have to take a lot of time. However, the most important thing is to understand what you are doing and the magnitude of the project.

  • Structural Upgrade
  • Room Expansion
  • Appliance Upgrade
  • Kitchen Cabinetry
  • Outdoor Kitchen
  • Countertop
  • Bathroom
  • Repainting
  • Tile Installation
  • Flooring
  • Drywall

Steps To Commercial Remodeling

Set a budget

Come up with a final number on how much you can comfortably spend on the renovation, says Better Homes and Gardens. It may be a good idea to check out Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report to see how much average projects cost. Consider budgeting an extra 10 to 20 percent for unexpected costs that may arise.

Hire a contractor

Hire Rybak Construction and we will make sure to get the job done right. If you enter into a contract that clearly defines the scope of work up front, it can serve as a useful reference point for you and your contractor throughout the renovation process

Talk to your insurance company

Consider contacting your insurance company before and after your project to make sure you have the amount of coverage that fits your needs. Your commercial building renovation could raise your building’s value, so you may want to increase your coverage limits so your investment is better protected if it’s damaged or destroyed, says the Insurance Information Institute. You’ll also want to make sure your contractor has proper insurance.

Secure permits and order materials

Permits are typically required in many municipalities, and can be critical to avoid certain issues that could impact your project. . Make sure your contractor checks your municipality’s latest regulations, since inspection rules change and vary in different locations, says Houzz.

Once you have the permits sorted out, you may also want to start ordering the necessary materials like lumber, drywall, new windows and doors, etc.

Start demolition

Once all your materials arrive at the job site and have been inspected, it’s demolition time. If space is being added, then framing generally takes place, says Better Homes and Gardens. If walls within are being moved, it may be a good time to potentially install any new windows and doors.

Work behind the walls

Generally, this is the time for critical work behind walls, below floors, and above ceilings — plumbing, electrical, heating and air conditioning rough-ins, subfloors and insulation, says Better Homes and Gardens. Next, patch, hang drywall, tape and sand for smooth exterior surfaces.

Paint and install flooring

Some contractors may want to finish flooring first, while others prefer to prime and paint before working on the floor (to help prevent spills from getting on new flooring), says The Spruce. The order may also depend upon your contractors’ schedules.

Install cabinetry

Now that walls and floors are in, the room begins to resemble its finished state. Cabinets are typically installed next, with upper cabinets going in before lower ones, says The Family Handyman.

Add finishing touches

It’s time to add those last details and decorations — final painting, backsplashes, floor sealing, light fixtures, hardware and any other touch-ups.

Once a renovation is complete, be sure to take a moment to enjoy your new surroundings, and maybe even start dreaming of your next project.

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1. Get the right contractor

The first step in the commercial building remodeling process is to find a licensed and insured contractor to assist you with your project. Your potential candidates can also meet at the site to discuss possible solutions with you.

2. Inspection

In most states, older commercial buildings have to be inspected prior to demolition to determine if there are any signs of:

  • Lead paint
  • Asbestos
  • Rotten wood
  • Mold
  • Other hazardous materials

3. Get the relevant permits

You will typically need a permit before you can demolish your commercial building. In most cases, you can obtain the permit from your local authority offices or on their website if they provide for such measures. You may also have to adhere to rules related to notifications, noise, hours of demolition, or disposal of debris set by City Hall.

4. Disconnect any existing services

There are certain utilities and services that must be disconnected prior to demolition, some of which include sewerage, electricity, water, and gas.

5. Make the area safe for others

Other than shutting off the utilities, be sure to ensure that the adjacent walkways and buildings are protected. You can do this by putting up temporary fencing.

6. Make arrangements for salvage

In case you have salvageable materials in the commercial building, you should work with your contractor to recover reusable or recyclable materials. Depending on the situation, you can sell or donate such items.

7. Tear down the commercial building

This process can take several days depending on which deconstruction method you ultimately decide on. In most cases, it involves the use of a hydraulic excavator to tear down the commercial building and to put away debris into a dumpster or truck.

8. Clear all the debris

Once the demolition is over, make sure you clear all the debris to leave the site clean.

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What You’ll Get

Professional Service

Industry Experience

Industrial Tools

Industrial Vehicles

Quality Results

Happy Customers

Avoid These 6 Red Flags When Hiring a Contractor

There are risks involved when hiring a contractor, so skipping some of the bases and crossing your fingers when hiring a contractor is not an ideal approach.

  1. Unable to Verify References

While we would like to think that all contractors are good, honest, straightforward people, that just isn’t always the case. This is why it’s so important to do your research instead of simply hiring a contractor based on face value or his word alone. Don’t be afraid to ask a contractor for a list of references. If they give you an excuse or anything other than references from past projects—and a happy-to-do-it attitude—avoid moving forward with that contractor. Once you have a list of referrals, don’t stop there; reach out to several of them to ask them about their experience.

Don’t just ask general questions, get specific:

  • What project did they do for you?
  • What was your overall experience like?
  • Did they abide by the terms and conditions of the contract?
  • Was the project completed to your satisfaction and on time?
  • Did they complete the project within the agreed budget?
  • Were they easy to communicate with?
  • Would you recommend them?
  1. A Vague or Non-Existent Contract

One of the biggest and most detrimental mistakes a commercial building owner can make when hiring a contractor is failing to get everything—and we mean everything—hashed out and in writing. It can be easy to lose sight of all your questions (and follow-up questions) once you get on the phone or speak with the contractor in-person. So, make sure to have a running list of details you’ll need to nail down before being able to decide whether or not this is the right contractor for you and your project.

A contract is legally binding and once it’s signed, you’re stuck with it.

At the bare minimum, it should include:

Project Details & Guidelines

  • An in-depth description of the project, including the scope of the work, the materials/equipment that will be used, who will be at the job site (working and/or supervising)
  • Project start date and estimated date of completion (If your project is on the larger, more complicated side, outline various completion dates for each stage of the project. This will make sure the project stays on track.)
  • A protocol for handling any changes that may arise, whether due to new work orders, unforeseen issues, or cancellations

Budget & Payment Schedule

  • An estimate and the work/materials that the estimate includes
  • A clear-set schedule for payment (Ideally, you will pay a small portion of the overall price upfront, and then you will pay for the work as it is completed.)

You should never sign a contract unless you can confidently say, ‘yes’ to the following questions:

  • Did I thoroughly research this company and determine they are qualified to do this work to my expectations?
  • Does this contractor clearly understand my vision, budget, and timeline for this project, and is this information explicitly outlined in the contract?

If a contractor hesitates to provide a written contract that meets your standards, avoid hiring that contractor, or at the very least, go back and forth with them until the contract is up to snuff. 

  1. A Too-Good-To-Be-True Price

We all love a good price. However, unlicensed and unqualified contractors may take advantage of unsuspecting commercial building owners under the guise of a great deal. A little research will reveal that this contractor has bad customer reviews, little to no experience doing the work, or they’re simply not qualified or licensed to do the work.

    While a good price is important, it isn’t the end all be all when it comes to hiring a contractor.

Make sure you don’t lose sight of the big picture when shown a low price. The best contractor will offer a balance of skill, experience, and positive customer reviews with reasonable pricing.

  1. Asking to pay the full price upfront or in cash

Avoid paying a contractor in cash. If a contractor asks you to pay for the entire project upfront, take a step back (or turn around and run). It’s completely normal to pay for a small percentage of the project before it begins (think 30-50%), but a contractor asking you to pay for any more than half of the project at the start is a cause for concern. By establishing a payment plan in which payments are made as the project is completed, you will avoid the risk of the contractor using your down payment to finance another project, or worse, skip out on the project altogether with your payment in tow.

Likewise, a contractor who insists on receiving all payments in cash could potentially be up to no good.

A reputable business will have no problem accepting multiple forms of payment. For the sake of proof of payment, we always recommend paying with a debit or credit card, check, or money order.

  1. No insurance

The importance of insurance cannot be overstated. If your contractor doesn’t have adequate insurance, you could be the one left responsible should a worker be injured or something else goes wrong during the project.

Another way to protect yourself is to obtain a waiver of lien from your contractor and each subcontractor that will be working on your project to ensure that they cannot file a lien against your property.

This will protect you should the contractor fail to pay the subcontractors, who then decide to file a lien on your property, demanding more payment from you.

  1. Not licensed

Along the same lines as insurance, a contractor should be properly licensed to perform the work in that state. These licensing laws are designed to protect property owners from negligent or dishonest contractors. Depending on your state’s licensing laws, it could be relatively simple to acquire a contractor’s license. That said, it still acts as a basic indication that your contractor may be qualified to do the work. Different licenses are required for different types of work, so make sure your contractor has the necessary licensing to assist in your project. Also, make sure you understand the difference between a contractor’s bond, license, and insurance. 

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