There may come a time when renovations are due for your office. Perhaps it needs a bit more breathing room to account for new employees, maybe you want to update the look, or you’re moving and looking to have the new space reflect your vision and culture. Whatever the case, there are a few considerations to keep in mind before beginning the renovation project.
- The Strength of the New Design
You’ll want to make it as easy as possible for clients and/or customers to find you. That means having a design that is easily recognizable, one that people will know at a glance. For many companies, that often boils down to a big sign. While there’s nothing wrong with that, don’t be afraid to experiment with new looks.
Keep in mind that there is still value in fitting into the area. Standing out too much makes you seem out of place, like you don’t actually belong there. Striking a balance between fitting in and standing out is difficult, but it is worth the headache.
- Energy Efficiency
Many businesses don’t have a lot of capital to spare, so anywhere you can shave costs is great. One good place to start is your office’s energy consumption. The more energy efficient it is, the cheaper the upkeep will be.
This goes beyond simply making sure that the wiring is on point. If you’re in a cold climate, for example, making sure the insulation is all in place can save you money on heating bills. Even something as simple as updating or upgrading your windows can keep heat in and the bills low. Additionally, doing this at the right time can net you energy credit during tax season, or power provider rebates.
- The Most Important Change
Unfortunately, chances are you won’t be able to afford all the changes you want. With that in mind, you should focus your resources on getting the most important changes done. What can’t your new office live without?
Look at the workspace. Is it affecting company productivity? Is the setup too dour, resulting in it driving customers away? Look at the numbers and see where a renovation can help the most.
- The People Affected
Your business isn’t yours alone. It’s not just for the people who work there either. It’s also for your customers and for your neighbours. What seems like a good idea can actually annoy neighbouring establishments, which can affect future deals and relationships down the line.
Talk to everyone involved. Ask employees if there are any changes they would like to see and tell them how you plan on accounting for the inevitable disruption a renovation will cause. Check with your lawyers and find out what laws you need to learn. Talk to neighbouring businesses and community stakeholders so you can warn them about any and all inconveniences that the renovation will create.
Renovating an office isn’t cheap, but you can’t cut corners on tools or services. You get what you pay for, and a well-designed office will pay for itself. Talk to your accountant and see what you can do to get what you want while keeping costs under control.
For example, if you’re doing the work in-house, rent the equipment needed. Chances are, you won’t need the gear for too long. Ask your network to introduce you to trustworthy contractors and see if you can cut a deal for lowered costs, such as promising future work to them or recommending them to your partners.
Office renovations can be an exciting event for your business, but it shouldn’t be taken lightly. Approached hurriedly or without care, it can easily make your office worse than it was before. Take your time. This is your office you’re rebuilding. Make sure it turns into something that fits your vision, culture, and needs.