Is it time to renovate your office or workplace? Wondering how to start? It can seem daunting to renovate or update an existing workspace, while still attending to the day’s duties, serving customers, and engaging in business, but there are some ways to upgrade without interfering with work.
First things first- what are some of the reasons why it is time to upgrade and update your office? Here are a few:
- To demonstrate that you are up to date with the times.
- To encourage and increase productivity in the workplace.
- For safety or security reasons, such as updating security systems by installing cameras.
- To create and reinforce a brand, logo, and company.
- To reduce what you currently spend on maintaining the space, such as replacing fixtures for more energy-efficient ones.
Giving your office a fresh face can have ripple effects. It can improve your own and others’ morale throughout the workday and it can show customers that you care about your work environment, too.
Renovate your office with these tips from building professionals and experts:
Before you Renovate your Office
Before you begin, figure out your main goals of the renovations. As discussed, there are several reasons for renovating an office- what are yours? This helps you distribute your budget more effectively and contribute to your satisfaction when the work is completed.
Enlist Professional Help
Depending on what you are going to renovate, you will want to start with a professional designer or architect. Plan on paying up to 20% of the costs of your renovations for the services of a commercial architectural firm.
Consider the Costs
Speaking of costs, think about the long-term costs and benefits of what you use for materials. Sustainable materials make sense, both for affordability and for your carbon footprint.
Permits First and Foremost
Before you begin your project, get your permits. Securing your permits is integral, so do it first to ensure compliance with the laws of your area. Failure to do so can result in added headache and expense.
Plan on Interruptions
Think about the seasons when your office is at its busiest and try to schedule accordingly. Be patient and plan on interruptions; it will be worth it later!
Don’t be that business that renovates with no regard to the neighbors and surrounding businesses. Be courteous of those around you, and be objective to their concerns, if any.
Arrange a Final Inspection
Don’t forget about a final inspection, particularly if you are renovating any plumbing or electrical systems in your office.
Ready to get started? For those in the Charleston area, consult with the team at Carolina Services Inc, Charleston’s premier commercial space planning, improvement, and construction company. They have some exciting ideas for your office or workplace- call or visit today!