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Busting the Myths of Commercial Remodeling

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There are some common misconceptions when it comes to remodeling an existing business versus building a new structure from the ground up. Michael Nesbitt, President of Nesbitt Construction, clears up a few of those myths and discusses the advantages of remodeling over starting from scratch.

Myth 1: Remodeling is more expensive than building a new structure. 

    In the case of a remodel, a building’s infrastructure of electric, HVAC system, and plumbing is already in place so these particular costs do not figure in to a remodel like they would for a from-the-ground-up construction project. 

“Building new presents many up front costs like buying the land and constructing the building shell. When you’re remodeling, you’ve already got these things in place,” says Nesbitt. 

Myth 2: Remodeling will cause a disruption in business.

    Many business owners worry that remodeling will cause chaos that results in a temporary shutdown of the business. Nesbitt says that doesn’t have to be the case. 

“An experienced contractor will be able to work with you at the front end before the project even starts to figure out how to overcome these obstacles and phase the project so that we minimize disruptions and delays to your workers and your clients,” says Nesbitt.

Myth 3: The low bid is the best bid.

    Nesbitt says cheaper isn’t always better when it comes to construction bids. Sometimes that low bid is low because the contractor hasn’t included all costs that will be associated with the final remodel project and business owners could be surprised with add-ons during the project. 

“There’s a saying in our industry that the lowest bid is usually the one that left the most out of the project,” says Nesbitt. “Whenever you’re doing a remodeling project, make sure you ask your contractor what all he has included because sometimes that low bid did, in fact, leave out quite a bit of work or items that need to be in there to effectively manage your remodeling project.”

Myth 4: Every remodel project requires an architect and an engineer.

    An architect and engineering firm may or may not be necessary for your remodeling project. A good contractor may be all you need to get the job done. 

“A good, trusted contractor can steer you in the right direction but will let you know if an architect or engineer should be brought in,” says Nesbitt. “The bottom line is that a good contractor should be brought in at the start of any project and can manage every aspect of that project, whether it be a remodel or a brand new structure.” 


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