Commercial renovations can be complex and very different from residential renovations. A commercial renovation project in most cases must be done to suit the business operational requirements, shutting down a significant period of time isn’t usually an option. Additionally, there is a requirement for a defined schedule so that staff can work and productivity isn’t compromised. Then there is hiring the right commercial contractor for the job.
Prior to starting a commercial renovation project, it’s critical to consider a few factors to ensure you’ve planned for a number of variables. In this post we’ve outlined a few key questions that need to be considered or answered before starting a renovation to the workplace.
What’s Your Project Budget?
A pre-planned budget and defined financial forecast are good things to ensure the company’s expenses are in line and on track. However, a good budget should be flexible because challenges and unforeseen items always come up, it’s important to plan for changes and alterations during the building process.
Give your project some financial contingency to makes decisions as things process. Changes to architecture, structural elements and design aesthetics may change when construction gets going, or when materials spark your creativity. Having a set contingency is a excellent way to account for spending and changes.
Lastly, a planned budget is a good tool to provide to your commercial contractor so they have an idea of the size of the renovation. Setting a budget cap will also limit potential over spending and financial management it before it gets out of control.
Hiring a Commercial Contractor?
Hiring the right commercial contractor is one of the most important decisions you’ll need to make when taking on a commercial renovation. The right contractor should see your vision, understand your goals and have the experience to back up their claims. Researching your commercial contractor set the right tone and transitions to an open and positive relationship throughout the build.
Be sure to contact other businesses and companies that have worked with the contractor on previous projects to assess the quality of their work. Ensue the contractor has or is able to execute the design style outlined by your organization or the design team.
It’s recommended to contact a few commercial contractors before making a final decision. Most Commercial contractors will provide a free quote or estimate, so be open to receiving as much information as possible prior to making any decisions.
Reducing downtime is a significant aspect of completing a commercial renovation. When you start construction on your work space, you should have an idea of when construction will be completed and when the office can return to its normal operations.
The chosen commercial contractor should provide an accurate schedule that will outline exactly how much time is need to complete the renovation. Based on the design, the length of the project can range from a few weeks to months. In the schedule, account for time needed to prepare staff for these changes by utilizing temporary spaces, remote work capabilities or allowing employees an opportunity to work from home. A good schedule will also allow you to stay on top of the financials as you will be able for foresee withdrawals and large purchase during the process.
Renovating your commercial space can be a welcome and exciting change. Success can be achieved if you ask yourself these critical questions during the planning phase. Asking questions can help you avoid costly mistakes and help you to return your space back to normal as soon as possible.