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  • Writer's pictureChang Wei Quan

What You Should Know About Commercial Reinstatement About In Singapore?

Updated: May 14, 2020

Objectives of Reinstatement

The objective of reinstatement to a certain property is to ensure that the condition of the property leased to the tenant is returned to its property owner in its original condition. The problem faced with such works is usually time, as the place has to be returned to the property owner, within 2 weeks, restored to the property owner’s satisfaction and to save costs as the rental is still being paid, while the place is non-operational. As long as a business is not operating, rental fees can add up and eventually be an exorbitant amount!

Such mistakes can be easily avoided by seeking the right reinstatement contractor for the job.

Types of Reinstatement

1. Full reinstatement takeover

2. Partial reinstatement takeover

What Does Reinstatement Cover?

When a tenant takes over a unit, modifications; alterations, and fixtures are usually done to facilitate the needs of the tenant. The kind of needs varies between different businesses. For example, a boutique might require plenty of shelving and also a changing room for their customers. Whereas for a restaurant, proper space planning for tables and seats are required and at the same time, spacious enough for waiters to do their job.

Once a lease is over, reinstatement is required as the new tenant taking over might have a totally different modus operandi. The existing tenant will have to remove all such works as stipulated in the Tenancy Agreement. The usual works provided by a reinstatement contractor are as follows:

- Removal of existing partitions (e.g. doors, glass partitions, dry walls...)

- Removal of existing false ceilings

- Demolition of structural works (e.g. hollow block, brick wall, selcom block wall…)

- Removal of existing light fittings (e.g. overhead lighting, spotlight, downlight…)

- Removal of existing flooring (e.g. vinyl, tile, carpet…)

- Reinstating ceiling boards

- Termination of power outlets

- Removal of existing wiring

- Removal of existing air ducting with compressor

- Removal and disposal of existing furniture, counters, work station, meeting tables….etc

- Removal of existing curtains and blinds

- Repainting walls and taping of glass

Budget for Reinstatement works

There is no one fixed price for reinstatement as the works required for each project may vary between places. This depends on the size and location of the client’s unit. Time is also a concern. Should a project be required for handing over in a very short duration, i.e. less than 2 weeks, extra manpower and resources are required. Therefore, it is crucial to plan and set aside the time required for the project to run its pace.

Retail Outlets / Eateries

These spaces are commonly found in malls. We are looking at more carpentry and furniture as these units tend to be very customized. Electrical trunkings, as well as power outlets, are also plenty depending on the nature of the business. In the case of a franchise, usually, a unified branding is required across all outlets and this might lead to additional cost as compared to other single businesses.

Office Space

These units tend to have more furniture and partitions as they are designed to suit the need for privacy for management and for employees to remain focused. We can expect glass partitions, false walls, carpeting, and cubicles to be plenty. Hacking work would be the main focus for these projects.

Industrial / Warehouse

These units tend to have minimal works done to them as they are usually used to store inventory or equipment. The usual works done would be flooring and lighting. Flooring for industrial use is often made of a high tolerance material in regards to shock and slip resistance whereas lighting for industrial use will have a heavy focus on practicality. It varies from business to business.

Do you have an existing business that requires reinstatement soon? Contact us for a quotation now!

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