The office renovation process can be a lot of fun. It’s a nice break from the regular work you probably do at your firm. Plus, there is a lot of pride involved too. It’s a way of turning your brand into something truly special.
But how do you do it well? That’s the question we answer in this post:
Consider The Most Important Aspect Of The Renovation
As a business, you will have reasons for your new office fitout. These could include:
- Building a more engaging environment for your colleagues
- Helping you better communicate with businesses
- Reducing noise or sound pollution from outside or in different areas of the workspace
- Improving your conferencing and audiovisual facilities
- Changing your layout for enhanced productivity or to fit more staff
- Enhancing your office’s energy efficiency
Consider Future Needs
At the same time, you’ll also want to consider your future needs: the things that will make a difference in your business going forward. For instance, you might want a fit-out that expands the number of people you can hire or shelves you can fit. You might also want to cut down on long-term energy bills or make better use of natural light.
It’s worth being realistic whenever you approach an office renovation project. You’re not always going to get exactly what you want, unfortunately. You may, for instance, need to break your budgeting process into different phases. For instance, you might carry out stage one of your new fit-out in year one, stage two in year two, and so on. You’ll want to crunch the numbers to work out whether you’ll be able to finance all the changes you want to make.
Get The Right Team Together
There are all sorts of people you need to assemble when renovating an office. These include:
- Electricians with experience fitting structured calling
- Architects who understand your layout and design requirements
- Dumpster rental companies with the capacity to remove and dispose of all the waste
- Audio-visual experts who can implement new equipment
- Interior designers who can create spaces that match your brand
Set Your Budget
Cost overruns are common on office renovations. Companies often wildly underestimate what they need to spend to get the job done.
To get a more accurate figure, work with a construction company or manager who has done it before. They’re usually able to tell you what you’re likely to pay.
Make Sure That There Are No Employee Disruptions
Office fitouts can also lead to major employee disruptions. If workers aren’t able to go about tasks in the office, their productivity may fall, and so too might morale.
Check first whether there are going to be any major disruptions or safety issues for your employees. Then ask whether you can mitigate them.
Many firms open temporary offices somewhere to house people until it’s time to return to work. Others allow remote work until the office is finished.
Do All The Finishing Touches
The final stage is to do all the finishing touches. Things like adding corporate signs and filling newly-reinvented spaces with potted plants, flowers and lamps can help to bring it to life.