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The Most Common Commercial Renovation Mistakes

By December 21, 2018March 22nd, 2022re:fab News

As a property owner, you choose your investments wisely. In the end, you need your investment to be worth it. Especially with an investment like renovations, lack of proper preparation, knowledge and careful consideration can mean your investment was a waste.
Some of the biggest commercial renovation mistakes we see end up being timely, costly and often time preventable. Before you invest in your property make sure to cover all your bases. This list of the biggest (and most common) renovation mistakes will help you ensure your project of any size is successful.

  1. You Didn’t Consult Your Staff

Most commercial properties, such as multi-family homes, office buildings, senior living facilities, etc., all include staff. These are the people who spend the most time in your property and are most aware of any flaws or room for improvement. Make sure to consult your staff before any large renovation project to gather ideas, try to relieve any property pain points and ensure their concerns are heard. If they feel your investment has been placed inappropriately, it may cause issues in the work environment.

  1. You’re Unprepared

Preparation is the single most important aspect of any renovation.  We see the most money and time lost from lack of preparation. Prepare for weather, time delays, unexpected costs, closures and even complaints.

  1. You’ve Waited Too Long

Don’t take too long waiting for the “right” moment to begin your renovation. Of course, you can take this statement with a grain of salt.  There are some situations like cost or weather that can cause a delay in the start of a project.  But if a necessary renovation is delayed too long, we often find it takes more time and money to complete. If it needs to be done, make it a priority.

  1. You Focused on Appearances

How your property looks is only a small piece of why renovations are necessary. If you only focus on the visual appeal and not the practicality, you’re likely to end up needing a second renovation soon after. Don’t just consider what you want, but what your property needs.

  1. You Hired the Wrong Contracting Company

Being in a rush or having a tight budget isn’t an excuse to hire a less than satisfactory contracting company. Do your research, make sure they’re the right fit and ask important questions before you take the leap.  Hiring re:fab for your commercial renovation means you’ll get the best professional service within the timeframe and budget you’re looking for. Contact us today to talk about your renovation project.

Considering tackling your renovation project this winter? We’ve debunked some of the top myths of renovating during cold weather that you need to read before starting your project.

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Whether the interior walls of your commercial facility have been damaged, the front door of your business needs an upgrade or your floors are in need of attention, re:fab has the right team and process to meet your specific needs.
With a team of skilled carpenters and specialty craftsmen, re:fab helps clients tackle quick improvements to full-scale renovation needs.

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re:fab is the trusted partner for commercial renovations and specialty applications for properties and facilities across all industries. Whether a commercial office building or a multi-family property, our experienced team has the knowledge and resources to get your job done right.

  • Flooring & Epoxy Coatings
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re:fab’s floor coating services provide a dramatic enhancement to the look and feel of commercial and industrial properties. In addition, specialty floor coatings maintain the health and durability of your floors and overall properties, creating a more healthy and safer space for your employees, customers and the environment

Our Experts Provide A Variety Of Floor Coating Services, Including:

  • Epoxy Floor Coatings
  • Cementitious Urethane Resurfacers
  • Decorative Flake and Quartz Floor Coating Systems
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*Please note: re:fab provides flooring services as part of a larger renovation or painting program or project, not a standalone service.

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Commercial buildings and industrial facilities featuring exterior walls with an Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS) have the attractiveness of a stucco finish but with greater insulation, toughness and longevity. In fact, unlike stucco, EIFS is actually a multi-layered system that includes insulation board, base coat and finish coat. It’s a combination that provides a classic look with modern advantages.

In addition to much-improved insulation, EIFS can improve indoor air quality and reduce the environmental impact of a structure throughout its lifetime, and it is available in a virtually unlimited range of colors and textures.

EIFS has transformed commercial buildings across all industries and our team of specialists can help you understand the benefits of this important application.

*We are Dryvit Systems EIFS Certified Installers.

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Regular power washing keeps commercial facilities running efficiently and safely, helps businesses stay compliant with environmental regulations, rids surfaces of mold and delivers an attractive first impression to clients and guests. Our team can quickly and easily return your properties to excellent condition.

Exterior Power Washing Services Include:

  • Exterior wall pressure washing
  • Construction clean-up
  • Graffiti removal
  • Heavy equipment, truck and fleet cleaning
  • Driveway and parking lot cleaning
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  • Outdoor structures such as play equipment
  • Swimming pools
  • Outbuilding

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