If you need professional office space, but you want to save money on the purchase of a building, then consider buying a house and converting it into an office. While you'll need to do proper research and buy a home that is zoned properly and then learn what changes you need to make to comply with local codes, you might be able to do much of the renovation work yourself. Here are some jobs that might be DIY-friendly.

Take Out Non-Load-Bearing Walls

If the home you buy was never used as an office, it might have small rooms that you'd like to open up into a single large room. Taking out a non-load-bearing wall could be a DIY job if you have a few home improvement skills. The first step is to rent a dumpster so you keep the property tidy while you work. With a dumpster nearby, you can tear out drywall and knock down walls and have a place to dispose of the debris immediately. However, before you start taking down walls, have an engineer look at the home to determine what walls are load-bearing and what ones are not. Taking down load-bearing walls isn't usually a DIY project.

Put In Replacement Windows And Doors

As long as the replacement windows and doors are the same sizes as the old ones, you may be able to tackle these jobs yourself if you feel capable. You'll probably need permits for this and any other type of renovation work you do, so an inspector may check your work. You can probably throw all types of construction debris into your dumpster rental including glass, metal, and wood, so that makes it easy to keep all the old windows out of the way and not turn your work area into a safety hazard or eyesore. You may want new windows to improve energy efficiency in your new office, especially if you open up rooms to create a large, open space. However, another reason for replacing windows and doors is so you can improve security for your building by adding impact doors and windows. Plus, an attractive door and new windows can make a good impression on your clients as they enter your office.

Improve The Yard And Put In A Gravel Parking Area

You'll probably need to make changes to the property, too, so it will look less like a private residence and more like a professional office. One thing you may need to do is add a parking lot. Local codes will help you to determine if you need this and if you need to add disabled spaces. If you can put in a gravel lot, you might do this work on your own. When you get the rental dumpster, ask if yard waste can be mixed in with construction debris. You'll probably need a second container if you need to haul away sod, dirt, and tree branches.

For more information on dumpster rentals, contact a company like Horizon Disposal Services Inc.

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