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Tenant Improvement

Tenant Improvement

Tenant improvements are integral to creating an efficient and productive atmosphere that identifies with company values. At Alta Construction, we’ll help ensure you achieve these and all your goals with premier tenant improvement solutions that manage the entire construction process.

These services are designed to provide expedited delivery of a flawless finished product that’s built to your precise specifications. Our team will take your ideas and turn them into an attractive and functional workspace with a customized, start-to-finish solution.

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What Are the Most Common Tenant Improvements?

In most cases, commercial spaces require some changes before they are move-in ready. Most new tenants often require modifications to accommodate their unique needs. However, tenant improvements for office spaces vary as requirements change depending on your needs and how the space looks right now.

Some of the more common tenant improvements for commercial units include:

  • Moving or adding new walls.
  • Adding or removing windows.
  • Installing decorative elements.
  • Installing new carpet or tile.
  • Painting the walls, ceiling and moldings.
  • Removing and installing ceiling tiles.
  • Performing plumbing and electrical work.
  • Adding shelves and other built-in fixtures.

Modifications that change the building’s exterior or impact other tenants are generally not included. Our team will provide the clarity necessary to deliver a satisfactory product that stays within the lease agreement’s bounds.

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Why Choose Alta Construction?

At Alta Construction, we are a licensed general contractor. Our firm operates in different states across the country, with offices in New York and California. We’re also a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE). Working with us means adding a diverse group of professionals to your project. We’ll manage everything with the same commitment as a stakeholder and with total transparency.

We also maintain peak productivity, efficiency and transparency by using the industry’s latest preconstruction and project management software, including Raken, Bluebeam, Procore and BuildingConnected. You can keep an eye on project progress, track expenses, get updates, send approvals and communicate any questions or changes to your project manager.

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Talk to our team about scheduling tenant improvements in California, Washington, Texas or another one of the many states we serve. Get started by using our contact form.

Frequently Asked Questions About Tenant Improvement Services

Allowing tenant improvements can make a building more attractive to current or potential tenants. Understanding what’s involved and how tenant improvements work is key when rental property owners decide to offer the option.

What Does the Tenant Improvement Construction Process Look Like?

Tenant improvements change a building so it better suits a rental tenant’s needs. What the construction process entails depends significantly on the needs of the tenant. Some modifications are simple, such as painting the walls or changing the flooring. Others are more complex. Generally, significant changes may be more complicated to arrange. Some tasks may need to be completed while the building is unoccupied, such as installing new walls or upgrading the electrical work.

While the improvements benefit the tenants, it’s often the landlord who is responsible for the construction process. Once the property owner and their tenant have agreed to the modifications, they’ll need to contact the contractor and start the design, permitting and building process.

Can a Commercial Tenant Remove Improvements?

Once the improvements are in place, they are usually the property of the building owner, not the tenants. This distinction ensures commercial tenants can’t remove the improvements or take added fixtures with them when they move out. One exception to this general rule would be any fixture that the tenant paid for on their own, such as the cost of installing shelving, if they didn’t receive an allowance from the building owner.

Include the details about the improvements in the lease to ensure the building owner and tenants are on the same page regarding what each party owns.

What Is the Difference Between Residential and Commercial Tenant Improvement?

Tenant improvements typically only apply to commercial buildings. Renters living in residential buildings may be allowed to make improvements to the property, such as painting the walls or changing the flooring. It’s uncommon for residential landlords to alter an apartment or house to meet a tenant’s specific needs, though. Generally, residential rental property owners will opt to make improvements to boost the home’s value, making it more profitable in the future.

A landlord and residential tenant may come to agreement about improvements made to the property before they sign the lease. The tenant may offer to take on the improvements themselves, with the understanding that they become part of the property or that they must change any modifications made back at the end of the lease.