Budgeting for a commercial remodel can be a difficult task. Many business owners find that it’s important to approach this process logically, taking the remodeling process step by step. It’s our hope that having this information can help make the remodeling process simpler and easier. Kevin Ahern gives some tips on how to stay within your budget.
Set Goals for Your Remodel
Ask yourself, what do you hope to accomplish through your remodel? Asking yourself this question in advance can help you determine the scope of the remodel. Also will help you establish parameters for the changes that will take place in your commercial building.
Get Quotes From Contractors
Remember that different contractors will have different ideas for the execution of your plans, and some of these ideas will be more costly than others. To establish a budget, first you must meet with different contractors to find the right contractor at the right price.
Ask questions of each contractor when they come to your business, and remember that price isn’t everything. It’s important to find a contractor who listens to your needs, has good ideas, presents his or her ideas clearly and has knowledge of the trade. Once you’ve found a contractor to meet your needs, find out how much that contractor estimates the remodel will cost.
Account for Unexpected Costs
Unexpected costs are a part of every remodel. Often these unexpected costs are incurred when the contractor encounters problems with various systems of the building, from plumbing to gas and electricity. Unexpected costs can also be incurred when the business owner decides to change direction midway through the remodeling process, or when the business owner decides to purchase materials that are more expensive than originally planned. Either way, it’s important to account for these costs before starting on the project. Adding 10% or 15% to the contractor’s quote should help you manage expenses as the project progresses.
Keep the Business Running
Your business’s profits may play an important role in your remodeling budget. Having cash on hand to pay for the expenses incurred during the project will help keep construction moving. Work with your contractor to ensure that you know where construction will take place and when. This will make it possible to make plans and keep your business open during the renovation.
If you do plan to run your business during the construction, talk to your contractor to be sure he or she knows and understands that this is the case. Maintaining open lines of communication with your contractor about these important issues will help you avoid problems during the project.