Approaching Commercial Refurbishments
Renovation planning can avoid many of the pitfalls associated with refurbishing business premises.
Your company may have moved into an old building or require a revamp of existing premises. However, regardless of the reason, success in renovation can be achieved by following a few key steps.
Ensuring you have permission
There are a number of reasons why you might need permission to use the building you’re moving into or renovating. The most important is ‘use classes’ – particularly if you’re planning on changing the building you’re moving into from a residential to a commercial property. The type of changes you’re making to make to the building might also need planning permission – if you’re making an extension, for example. Before you start hiring builders and using a digger hire service, be sure to get all of the fundamentals out of the way first.
Being mindful of workers and other companies in shared premises
Productivity is often a casualty of refurbishment, and how your employees will continue to work throughout the refurbishment should be a concern to keep mind of. While it’s advised that you keep an eye on productivity while refurbishment is taking place, it might be that your employees have to move out temporarily. As part of your refurbishment plan, you should be considering how your workers will continue to carry out their day-to-day jobs.
Considering practical limitations
Taking down walls and other changes to a building's fabric often require associated changes to utilities infrastructure, and require a practical and level-headed assessment of any design limitations.
An opportunity to replace
Refurbishment projects are often the perfect time for a company to reassess its technology needs, as they are usually accompanied by downtime which presents an opportunity to replace old with new technology. You may find your old systems may have been wasting energy and money. Chatting with your contractor about what could be replaced and how much it will cost upfront, and how much you will save in the long-run could be a savvy move for your business.
Overhauling your business property can be a costly venture, however, you may end up making some of it back. On top of the benefits of buying more efficient furniture and technology, there’s also the benefit of creating a much more pleasant space to be in.