Tenant Improvement Contractor San Diego


Small changes can make a big impact. This is especially true for a place of business. If you have been on the hunt for a commercial space to rent, you’ve likely heard about tenant improvement, also known as leasehold improvement. Sometimes, finding the right rental space means building a new structure, but other times, you may just need a wall moved or flooring switched out. These changes are often structural or architectural changes made to better meet the needs of a business.


Tenant Improvement Contractor

Small changes can make a big impact. This is especially true for a place of business. If you have been on the hunt for a commercial space to rent, you’ve likely heard about tenant improvement, also known as leasehold improvement. Sometimes, finding the right rental space means building a new structure, but other times, you may just need a wall moved or flooring switched out. These changes are often structural or architectural changes made to better meet the needs of a business.

Kaminskiy Commercial Construction proudly offers our clients the best tenant improvement services in San Diego. We handle everything from complete rebuilds to minor wall repairs. Give your business a fresh, new look. Contact our experts today to get our award-winning design team started on your tenant improvement project!


What Is Tenant Improvement?

Tenant improvements, or leasehold improvements, are interior updates, repairs, and renovations made to commercial rental space. Businesses that use tenant improvements include offices, retail spaces, warehouses, factories, restaurants, and more; the aim is to make the rental space compatible to the business’ needs.

Improvements range from minor repairs and replacements to major build and design changes. These changes may include replacing old flooring and restructuring poorly organized floor layouts. The smallest changes significantly impact office productivity and boost the appeal of your business.

Moving into a new rental space can require partitions to be moved or walls replaced. These are usually major build and design changes. In some cases, an entirely new setup must be installed, such as kitchen areas for restaurants.

Don’t let the old or outdated layout of your new rental space impact your business. By hiring a tenant improvement contractor, you can drastically change the way your space works for your business.


Why Hire A Tenant Improvement Contractor?

Whether you are a business owner moving into a new location or a building owner looking to improve your building’s layout to attract new occupants, you should hire a tenant improvement contractor.

By hiring an experienced contractor, you can trust all your design needs will be met during the process. Alterations often require permits and a tedious amount of communications between the landlord, tenant, and government licensing officials.

A local and skilled commercial construction company will have the permits needed to work on your project efficiently. 

San Diego Tenant Improvement Contractor

Tenant improvement contractors determine exactly what type of improvements your space needs. They can also provide an estimate for how long the project will take and how much it will cost. Every project has a budget, and it is important for you to communicate your budget expectations with your contractor. This allows you and your contractor to be on the same page and ensures no money goes to waste.

Always ensure that your contractor is licensed and that they can provide you with examples and references to their previous work and clients. This can help you assess their level of experience and whether they are the right fit for the job.

At Kaminskiy Commercial Construction, we are happy to provide you examples of our previous work. We want you to feel confident in your choice of contractor.


How Much Do Tenant Improvements Cost? 

The cost largely depends on whether the space is new or existing. New spaces tend to be provided in “shell condition,” meaning most of the interior is bare or unfinished. This allows for easier customization to suit the needs of a business. Existing spaces are those that already exist within a commercial building and are finished inside.

For new spaces, there are two kinds. Grey shell spaces, also known as cold shell spaces, are part of an unfinished commercial building. The walls are bare, with no electrical, plumbing, ductwork, or an HVAC system. Flooring is also usually unfinished.

Plain vanilla spaces, known as white boxes, are part of a building that is mostly finished. There is usually a ceiling, concrete or finished floors, electrical, plumbing, an HVAC system, and restrooms inside.

Grey shell spaces tend to be more expensive, as there is more work to do in order to customize the space for a business owner’s needs. Plain vanilla spaces are usually less expensive, since changes are often aesthetic and smaller, such as improving the overall functionality of the space.

In existing spaces, most landlords will offer an improvement allowance so that the space can be reconfigured. Since reconfiguring a space can be expensive, however, it is important to keep in mind that this allowance budget can be used up quickly. In most cases, it is a good idea to find a space that fits most requirements to cut down on the number of projects needed to make the space functional for your business.


Who Pays for Tenant Improvements?

Depending on your lease agreement, a landlord may cover the cost in part or fully. Tenant improvement allowance is usually negotiated up front between landlords and the business before signing the lease and is normally based on the square footage of the building or space.

The allowance is meant to cover all expenses spent for construction, labor costs, material costs, and any other expenses that might come up during the project. Legal charges, such as permit fees and architectural fees, may or may not be covered under the allowance. This depends on the landlord and whether they agree to cover the cost during negotiations.

We advise that you always understand how much tenant improvements will cost before you sign a lease. The extent of repairs, replacements and rebuilds can range dramatically from building to building. You don’t want to sign a lease agreement thinking you saved a lot of money, only to spend a small fortune on improvements.

To help with this, Kaminskiy Commercial Construction always offers preliminary construction bids and inspections. You can walk into your next lease knowing the true cost of improving the space.


Who Oversees the Tenant Improvement Allowance?

In the case of a new or unfinished building, the landlord usually oversees the build-out process. A new occupant provides the landlord with the changes they need for their business and the landlord informs their construction team. This type of build-out is called a turnkey build-out.

Be aware, however, that the occupant only gives the requirements they need for the business. They do not oversee the construction at all and must trust that the landlord and their construction team will be able to fulfill their requirements.

When making changes to an existing building, a landlord will most likely leave the business leaseholder to oversee how the tenant improvement allowance is used. This way, the lessee oversees the construction and can make alterations to their requirements that they approve with their landlord beforehand.


Our Tenant Improvement Services

Our construction services can tackle a wide range of projects needed for our client’s buildings and workspaces, including:


A workspace with the right layout, equipment, and branding is critical in the highly competitive San Diego commercial management market. Kaminskiy Commercial Construction has years of experience in delivering exactly what your business needs. We take the needs of all our clients seriously and make sure the work is done on time and on budget. Contact us today to get the tenant improvements you need to succeed!