Renovating your business can be a stressful experience, and the last thing you want to do is experience a massive budget blow out or problem with building codes. However it is possible to renovate your business without the stress and anxiety, so be sure to follow these top tips:
Incorporate your brand
Your business space should reflect what you do and who you are. For example, a law firm may want to design its space to convey strength, stability, and calm, while a hipster coffee shop may want to be a bit more whimsical.
The point is that your industrial, retail, or office space should be consistent with your branding. SO as you work with your designer or architect, take the time to define what your brand represents. Look at what you and your business stand for, what your value proposition is, and what your point of difference is. Don’t forget to consider how you want your employees and customers to feel about your business when they’re onsite.
When you’re renovating your business, it’s a good idea to think about the future. Will you be hiring more people in the next few years? Does that mean you’ll need a larger break room or more office space? Are you planning to get a commercial cleaning company? You may want to make sure you cover your floors to ensure they’re protected.
Remodelling or renovating is often a huge investment, which is why it’s so important that you examine your finances before you begin hiring contractors or promising staff members a new staff lounge. Begin by compiling a list of the changes you’re hoping to make and then sort them into high priority and low priority items. Once you’ve set a budget, you’ll be able to figure out how much money can be allocated. Be sure to leave some money aside for unforeseen emergencies and expenses like pipe damage or rezoning fees.
Understand your timeline
Any kind of renovations can be time-consuming- regardless of whether you’re renovating your home or busy. To avoid a long, drawn-out project, talk to your contractor to figure out how long each part of the project will take. You’ll need to decide whether it’s worth closing up shop or simply working around the contractors while they’re working. You may end up renovating on weekends, in stages, or even during a holiday break.
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