It’s not just our homes that get the renovation treatment, all kinds of business with premises need to carefully consider the options when do up their space. If you’re a business owner, hopefully these fabulous top tips will help in today’s guest post. Enjoy.
People renovate their office premises for all sorts of reasons; to make the workforce more cohesive, to operate in more environmentally friendly ways, to improve or expand operations or to simply modernise outdated décor and equipment.
But – the complexities of making changes to an office interior are often underestimated.
To make the process as simple as possible, keep these top 5 things in mind when planning your renovation:
Why do you want to renovate?
There are real advantages to renovating a workspace; it can improve motivation, efficiency and productivity and enhance your business image, but keeping sight of your goals is essential if you want to stick to a realistic timeframe and budget.
By working out what you hope to achieve, it makes it easier to keep your renovation plans in focus.
Whether you plan on making simple improvements or carrying out a radical upgrade then take care to consider the following…
Functionality and comfort come first
These are the non-negotiable cornerstones which any new office furniture or equipment must be judged by.
Yes, it needs to be stylish, fit with your company image and be within budget, but if the people who spend 40+ hours per week using it aren’t comfortable or able to work efficiently, then your renovation will be a costly, unsuccessful one.
What space do you have to work with?
Think about the big picture; when renovating, space means more than square footage.
Think about water, electrical points and accessibility for disabled customers or employees. Once you know what parameters you have to work within and what hurdles you have to overcome, planning your renovation and executing it will be a much simpler task.
If you rent your premises, consult the lease to see what permissions you need, if any, and which renovations you could expect your landlord to contribute towards before drafting any plans or shopping for furniture.
How will a renovation impact your business?
Even the simplest of renovations such as a lick of paint or the introduction of new workstations can be very disruptive to your personnel and their productivity.
Calculate what level of disruption there will be and for how long, and then schedule your renovation for a seasonal quiet spell or consider sourcing alternative office space while any works are being carried out.
This prevents your profit margins or your reputation from taking a hit while your regular office space is out of action.
What do you need to incorporate into your budget?
Always start with a budget and then calculate what you can reasonably get for your money.
Any office improvements should, ideally, make your business more profitable so work out which changes will have the biggest positive impact and work from there. Working out which tax allowances you are eligible for may help this process.
For major overhauls it’s always wise to use a design planning service. This helps you to achieve the best possible outcome for your premises and identify any hidden costs or complications with your renovations. This can save a lot of time and money having somebody else project manage trades people, ordering in supplies and things such as finding skip hire for the project meaning the whole project potentially runs much more smoothly.
If you use a reputable supplier, you’re also more likely to be offered favourable terms on a finance plan which can help you spread the cost of your renovation and help you get the office set-up and design you want.
For great advice on planning out your office space and transforming it into a modern, functional and enjoyable place to conduct business in, contact Planscape, the UK specialists in office design, furniture and accessories.