Renovating a commercial building is a task that can quickly become overwhelming. Whether you have recently established your own business and are looking to create the perfect space, or just want to expand and improve on your current commercial premises, renovating is a sure way to get the space of your dreams. But, it does come with its own list of complex challenges and is not to be considered an easy solution.
Whist renovating a commercial building will improve your business overall and help to create a better work environment for your employees, there are some things that many business and building owners typically don’t expect when it comes to these renovations. With that in mind, here are 5 things to expect during your commercial building renovation.
When going through a renovation, many people don’t quite realise just how drawn out the process can be. A full commercial building renovation can take months, if not years, to complete and it’s important to expect that at some point, your motivation and excitement for the project will dwindle. This is completely normal and is all part of the process of renovations. When this happens, try to remember the reasons behind the renovation and how it will improve your business.
Proper planning is essential when it comes to a successful renovation and before your renovation even begins, you should create a detailed and well-thought out plan and budget for the renovation works. You need to be realistic with your budget and, as a precaution, have around 10% more than you have budgeted for, as things can sometimes change and you don’t want to be left short or out of pocket.
When it comes to creating a schedule for your commercial renovation, keep in mind that renovations do take time and are likely to impact the day to day running of your business, if they are happening simultaneously. Speak to your team of builders and renovators, as they will likely have a better idea of timeframes and what to expect. They will also be the first to know of any changes or delays to the proposed schedule.
Commercial renovations are very big projects and it’s important to prepare yourself for changes to your schedule and budget plans. Things won’t always go smoothly, and this is to be expected with so many different parts in play. When these changes occur, keep calm and try not to stress or worry about it and instead, just focus on the larger picture.
If you’re carrying out renovations alongside the usual running of your business, then it’s important to take this into consideration. If you have employees working in amongst the renovations, then they will essentially be working in a construction zone for a month or two, especially during the initial progress.
Try to keep your employees as engaged and productive as possible. Surroundings play a huge part in how we feel at work, so working in a messy or loud/chaotic environment will naturally impact their work. Maybe offer solutions in that they can work from home a few days a week, or enlist the help of specialist cleaning services to minimise dust or dirt.
When your commercial renovations are finally finished, you’ll likely feel a huge mixture of emotions. But, the journey isn’t over yet! Before your renovations are complete, take some time to consider the finishing touches that will elevate your renovations even further. Things such as window or skylight cleaning, installing plants and flowers, polishing any metalwork in the shared areas and, if the renovation was particularly grubby, DOFF cleaning for the building’s exterior will all make your newly renovated building shine.