Reusing the right items whether you are constructing a new office building or doing a retrofit can save you on commercial construction costs. We are all aware that construction expenses have skyrocketed the past few years and almost all contractors are looking for ways to save. This is the reason why most owners would rather go with redoing their existing office than constructing anew. The good news is you can save a lot of money if you know how to make use of whatever materials or equipments you have.
There are many business entities out there that do a lot of remodeling or revamping of their existing chain of stores. While working on their construction retrofit, they would come across items that are not useful to them anymore. What they do is to donate a large amount of these materials from their renovation to charities and write off their donations when filing for their income taxes with the IRS. This, in itself, can already save them on their commercial construction costs. Those items that are in good condition can still be used in their new commercial building.
Those items that were donated to charities like the Habitat for Humanity which is an international non-profit organization that construct affordable housing to people in need, can be sold at a lower price. Sometimes these donated items are being used by the organization itself when they are working on a construction project. Either way, anyone taking advantage of these materials will certainly save a lot on their commercial construction costs.
Here are some of the materials that you may reuse:
Existing work stations in the office, as well as, the filing cabinets, desks and chairs. You can also check if the HVAC units are still in good condition. For a minimum amount, you can get it checked to confirm their condition. You can also make use of existing electrical system and panel. Most likely, you just have to rework or keep it in top condition. Unless, of course, there are power component changes that you need to rewire and set it up all over again.
The building or office bathrooms can also be reused. You just need to check out the plumbing system to be sure that it is still in good working condition. If you are renovating a store like a restaurant or any business that has a “back of the house” area, you can certainly save on commercial construction cost by making use of existing shelves or re-grouting the existing tiles. After all, what is important is to make the “front of the house” appealing to bring in more customers. Reusing the “back of the house” area is where most contractors save in construction costs. You can also make use of existing lighting fixtures. Cleaning it up or painting it in different color palette that will complement your new construction design will help you save a lot.
There are so many other materials you can reuse for your construction. So before you even decide to throw away some old items, check if these are things you can recycle or reuse so it can save you on your commercial construction cost. Be sure to use a building contractor with expert knowledge in current building codes. If you ever decide to sell your building, or your restaurant within a building, you’ll need to get a commercial building inspector to evaluate the construction and deem it safe for future usage. So, save money on the materials, but don’t try to cut corners with the building construction itself.