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4 Tips for Successfully Renovating Your Office

Written by Thomas Coon

Office renovations are inevitable at one point in life. Either you need to make some major upgrades and integrate some new technology or perhaps you need to perform some repairs in order to make things more comfortable for you and your employees.

Renovating an office isn’t easy. There are many things that can go wrong. For instance, the contractor may end up making some changes that you didn’t approve or the project may exceed the initial budget plan. However, don’t worry because we’re here to help. With these tips there’s no reason why you won’t be able to pull off a successful office renovation:

Ask the Important Questions First

Before you plan out the design and budget, we highly recommend you address a couple of important questions. These include:

  • What is the main purpose of this renovation? When you’re focused on the goal, there’s no way you’ll exceed your budget making unnecessary, exuberant alterations to the space. It’s also the best way to make sure that you’re satisfied with the end result. If your original problem isn’t being solved, then you’re doing something wrong with the planning.
  • What are the secondary goals? For example, your primary goal could be to change the layout of the office to improve productivity of your employees. A secondary goal could be to make the office more energy-efficient or eco-friendly. This way you know exactly what to prioritize.
  •  What challenges are you likely to face? By making a list of potential and likely obstacles, you can be better prepared to deal with them. For instance, do you foresee a scenario where essential supplies go up in price? If you’re certain about this, then perhaps it makes sense to buy ahead of time.

Get Some Help

If you’ve never handled an office renovation before it could be wise to enrol some professional help. Fortunately, there are plenty of reputable agencies that provide corporate support services such as project and contractor management. Even if you do have your own project lead or facilities manager, some complex projects may still require the input of niche experts.

Draw Up A Solid Contract

If you’re hiring contractors, make sure that you draw up a comprehensive contract that protects your best interests. You will want to define the relationship and be crystal clear on what the responsibilities are for both parties. Be specific as possible when it comes to matters like period of contract, standard of work expected, contract cancellation policies, payments…etc.

If the contractors present you with their own contract, be sure to peruse through it carefully. It might be worthwhile to hire an outside agency to go through the contract or even help with contractor management in general.

Source the Highest Quality Materials

If you need to slash the budget somewhat, don’t sacrifice the important parts. You should never settle for low quality building materials when you’re renovating your office. If you think you’re going to be saving money by using sub-par materials, just wait until you have to deal with recurring maintenance and repair costs.

Renovating your office isn’t the easiest thing in the world because there are so many things that can go wrong. It’s all about focusing on the right things and that’s what these four tips help you to do.

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