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Moving into a retail space can often mean spending a lot of time getting the space ready to use. It is not often that a space is perfect as it is, and finding the right contractor to work with can make the process easier.
Commercial Tenant Improvement
When a new tenant is moving into a commercial or retail space, the tenant will want to make changes to the space that make it a better fit for them. Often retail space is not set up when the tenant takes possession of the space. The tenant typically hires a contractor to come in and reconfigure the space for them. Many times this means adding walls, replacing the flooring, or installing a new drop ceiling. The improvements are not always huge, but they are important to make the space work for the business going into it.
Some of the most common improvements that a tenant will make are to the layout of the space. The walls in the space are not typically structural or supporting walls, so the contractor can remove the walls for you and build new walls to make the space work better.
Things like office space, bathrooms, or dressing rooms are all things that you may want in a different place than the original space offered. If you are the first tenant in the space, there may be nothing in-place other than the outer walls, making it easier to configure the space the way you need or want it.
The exterior of a retail space is often not something that you spend a lot of time changing, but you can change things like signs and lights outside the space. If you are leasing space in a building or property that has a specific requirement for the way the exterior looks, you and your contractor will need to get any exterior work approved by the property owner.
Sometimes commercial tenant improvements are made by the property owner in order to get the property ready to lease. Typically these improvements are paid for by the property owner, but sometimes they can be a condition of the lease and the cost may be shared by the owner and tenant.
The contractor doing the work is typically hired by the owner and often it is a contractor that has an established relationship with the property owner through previous work. If you want to use the same contractor for your interior work, talk to the property owner and the contractor about it.