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Make Sure You Have Room to Expand
Everyone knows that location, location, location is crucial, but you must also pay attention to local building codes and zoning laws. "When selecting your property, even if you are purchasing, make sure you know in detail what rights you have to alter the space, including expansion possibilities," says Gerard Craft, the chef-owner of Niche in St. Louis. "And select the best contractor to build the space even if it means spending a little more. Often, going with the cheaper bid costs more in the long run."