A Marketing Make-Over - Economical but Dramatic

Hunt Construction Services, Inc. was hired by a landlord to rehabilitate a vacant 57,000 square foot building on a four acre site in Ronkonkoma, NY.  The previous tenant had left the property in deplorable condition and the objective was to bring the building to a marketable condition as soon as possible.

After a thorough inspection, recommendations were made to the owner on the most economical path to an attractive "curb appeal."  The property desperately needed a complete site clean-up of scattered debris.  Landscaping issues included a lawn in serious need of repair, overgrown planting beds full of weeds, overgrown tree limbs, dead stock, and bushes that were totally out of control. The parking lot had major potholes, asphalt surface cracks, faded line-striping and deficient handicapped parking signage.  Inside the building, most of the suspended warehouse light fixtures were inoperable.  Emergency lights and ‘exit’ signs were missing, as well as other egregious fire code violations.

Knowing that a future tenant might have their own requirements for office layout and decoration, we did NOT recommend painting or re-carpeting the existing office space.   In a case like this (preparing a building for marketing), it is important to distinguish between those tasks that will have to done one way or the other, and those that will depend on the wishes of a future tenant.  In an effort to provide the most economical make-over possible, our recommendations encompassed only those issues that directly affected the marketability of the property.

A front-end loader and several dump-trucks later, the site was relieved of discarded tires, pallets, piles of concrete and other assorted debris.   A brush-cutter was used to mow down the rear portion of the property which had been overgrown for years. The front lawn areas were trimmed and edged, the entire site was weeded, planting beds were defined, new mulch installed, and errant trees became specimens.  In the parking lot, potholes were filled, cracks were repaired, and seal-coating along with new line-striping gave a look of newness.  New matching handicapped signs were installed and existing protective bollards and exterior doors were freshly painted.  The interior of the building came to life as well with the re-lamping of light fixtures.  New emergency lights, exit signs and fire extinguishers brought life-safety issues to code compliance.

The building now looked clean and fresh with a restored curb appeal, ready for marketing.

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