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Making the decision to renovate your office shouldn’t be something that you take lightly, especially if it’s the first time you’re going to be on taking on a project this big. Whilst it may benefit your business in a huge way, you need to be sure it is the best possible decision in terms of costs and loss of time. There are so many different things that need to be thought about in order for your renovation to run as smoothly as possible so to help you get started, here is a helpful guide to renovating your office.

To start with, here are a number of reasons you may want to renovate your office:

Why Might You Want To Renovate Your Office?

– You Fancy An Upgrade And Your Office Is Outdated

If you have been working in the same office for a number of years and the decor is starting to become outdated, upgrading your office with a renovation might be top of your list of priorities. It’s often said that the environment you work in influences the way in which you work and if nobody likes the office space you’ve been working in, the likelihood their motivation will reflect that. Even if it’s just a few small changes, it can make a massive difference to your employee’s moods.

– You Have Just Moved And Don’t Like The Decor

If you have just moved into a new building and the decor isn’t to your taste, you may want to consider renovating before you have fully moved in. This is the best time to make any major changes as it means you won’t lose much extra time if any at all. It also gives you an opportunity to renovate before your furniture has been officially moved in.

– You Want Your Office To Be Consistent With Your Brand

If you host a lot of meeting at your offices, having decor that is consistent with your brand is important. When people visit your office you want them to see your branding everywhere, etching it into their memories and helping them remember YOU when it comes to making a decision. Giving your office an overhaul and creating decor that matches your branding may be a little more expensive than your standard renovation, but it’s definitely worth it.

Things To Consider Before Renovating Your Office

If you’re thinking about renovating your office it is important you’re considering absolutely everything you can before you get started. To help, here are a number of things that should definitely be on your list:

– What Is Your Overall Budget?

The first thing you need to think about is your overall budget. Whilst this may seem obvious, splitting your budget down into individual areas is the best possible way to ensure you don’t overspend. Think about how much you’re going to spend on materials, how much you’re going to spend on labour and how much you’re going to spend on equipment. Once you have these figures, you can work out exactly how much the whole project is going to cost. To find out how to set a project budget, you can visit this site here.

– Why Do You Need To Renovate?

Another thing you need to consider is why you actually want to renovate. Whether it’s one of the reasons listed above or a different reason entirely, knowing what your focus is important when it comes to planning. Not only will this give you a clear idea of what you want to achieve from your renovation, but it will also allow you to justify the expenses you’re going to incur.

– What Are Your Priorities?

Now that you know you’re budget and why you want to renovate, it’s time to start thinking about what your priorities are. If you’re not able to get the whole project done at once, consider exactly what it is you need doing and when you need it done by. Think about what needs to be done first in order to cause as little disruption to your business as possible, creating a schedule that you can work to with ease. Whilst it may seem over the top, having a detailed list of priorities will ensure you’re getting everything you need to be done completed with minimum fuss.

– How Long Does It Take? Will Your Business Have Any Downtime?

Next, you need to think about how long your renovations are going to take. If you’re planning major improvements it may be that you’re not able to get them done whilst the office is closed over the weekend. If that’s the case, you need to factor in any downtime you may experience as a business, and what loss that can cause you. Alternatively, you may want to research alternative places your staff can work from for a number of days, giving you as much time as you need to complete your renovations without having to worry about business downtime.

– Do You Need To Hire Any Help?

The chances are, you’re going to need to hire help when it comes to renovating your office. Whilst it would be nice to cut costs and have your staff help with the renovation, hiring contractors will ensure everything is done to the best standards. Ideally, you want to be able to sit down with various different contractors and show them your ideas. They will be able to tell you the best possible options, the time frames and give you a detailed cost showing exactly what you’re getting for your money. For more details on how to hire a contractor for your renovation, you can visit this site here.

– How Will It Benefit You In The Long Run?

Another thing you need to think about is how your renovation is going to benefit you in the long run. Of course, now it feels like it is the best idea ever, but if it isn’t going to make any real difference to your business then you need to think about whether or not it is the best decision to be making. Is it going to improve staff productivity? Is it going to increase your success in meetings? Is it going to create a better staff community? Think about how the renovation will improve the day-to-day life in the office, and whether or not that will be worth both the cost and the time lost.

Top Tips For Your Office Renovation

Now that you know your renovation is a great business decision, it’s time to share some top tips to ensure it goes as smoothly as it possibly can:

– Make Sure You’re Planning Everything Out In Detail

The first thing you need to do is plan absolutely everything out in detail. Whether this means drawing out detailed plans of how you want everything to look or creating an itemised list of everything you need to buy in order to complete the renovation, having a plan will make you feel much more at ease. For tips and tricks when it comes to planning a renovation, you can visit this guide here.

– Shop Around For The Best Prices

If you want to save as much money as you can during your renovation, there is no harm in shopping around for the best prices. Whether this means contacting several different contractors or checking a number of different sites for materials and furniture, knowing you’re getting the best deal will help the whole process feel much easier.

– Ask A Professional For Help

If you’re struggling with the whole process you can hire a professional to help you. They will coordinate all of your plans, your contractors and your costs – helping put your mind at ease knowing the whole project is in safe hands.

– Consider Asking Your Staff What Renovations They Would Like

If you want to get everyone involved, asking your staff what renovations they would like is a great idea. They may give you ideas like setting up patios outside, creating a break out room where they can relax or having a modernised kitchen where they can create their favourite lunches – either way it will give you a much better idea of what will motivate your staff to work to the best of their abilities.

– Think About How Renovations Can Improve Productivity

As mentioned above, the way in which you decorate your office space could help improve the productivity of your staff. There have been lots of studies that have looked into how specific renovation have improve staff morale and motivation, so taking this into consideration before you get started could be incredibly beneficial. For more information on these studies and how they could benefit your business, you can visit this fascinating guide here.

– Put Your Business Needs First

Finally, you need to be sure you are putting your business needs first. Whilst it may be tempting to have the most incredibly decorated office with all singing and dancing features, you need to consider whether or not that is what your business needs in order to thrive.

Are you thinking of renovating your business office? What changes can you make and how can you ensure it runs smoothly? Let me know in the comments section below.

Aggie Aviso

Aggie Aviso describes herself as her family’s storyteller and memory keeper. A mom to two kids ages 14 and 8, she is certainly past the age of sleepless nights and adorable pigtails. However, motherhood stays exciting, more meaningful and yes, more challenging. She takes it all in stride, knowing fully well that moments pass by in a blink of an eye. As Gretchen Rubin famously said, “The days are long, but the years are short.” She has discovered how wonderful it is to have those fleeting moments in time documented in their family books and has made it her personal mission and passion to be able to tell their stories for her future grandkids. You can read more about her here.. Subscribe to blog updates and the occasional letter here.