Why Should I Consider Refurbishing?
There are many different reasons why your business may be considering a refurbishment but we’ve bullet pointed a selection to help inspire you and keep you focused on what a refurbishment is really about- your business.
- To compliment a rebrand
- To change the layout of flow of your space
- To update fixtures and fittings with a refit
- If your business has grown and you need more space
- To maintain or update health and safety and security
- You may want bigger premises to facilitate future growth
- It can increase employee output
- It promotes efficient use of space
- It can establish a good company image
Refurbishments don’t have to be huge overhauls, they could be as simple as removing existing fixtures to decorate, clean and move a few things around. They could also be as complex as completely changing the entire structure and layout of the building, although it’s important to bear in mind that extensive reconstruction may involve the closure of your premises. Ways to combat closure are:
⁃ Carrying out the heavier work during the night when there are not customers present
⁃ Cordoning off sections of the premises whilst work is carried out
⁃ Carrying out work during quieter periods of the day
Unfortunately, closure may be necessary for you to carry out the amount of work you need for a full refurbishment and this can result in a monetary deficit. This is one of the reasons that many consider relocation instead of a refurbishment.
Refurbishing vs. Relocation
Weighing up the benefits of relocation against refurbishment is a difficult task but a necessary one if you intend to make the best choices for your business and it’s budget.
Benefits Of Refurbishment
- Increased efficiency
- Improves the working environment
- Cost effective
- Attracts new customers
Benefits Of Relocation
- Purpose built commercial units
- Possibility of cheaper rent or overheads
- Possibility of a better location
What Should I Look For In a Refurbishment Company?
Choosing a refurbishment company that you can trust and rely on is important. The five core aspects that you need from a refurbishment company are:
We believe in each of these values and commit to providing the customer with the best service available.
What Can I Do In Terms Of Interior Design?
Interior design is important. Once any extensive groundwork, updates of any fixtures and fittings and any change of the layout has been completed the interior of your building needs to really show the level of care and planning that you’ve applied to your refurbishment. A check list of necessary changes include: lighting, flooring, walls, furnishings and accessories and the outdoors (for example signage and greenery.)
Once you’ve gone through this list and made any changes and updates that you feel necessary you should be on track for a beautiful, renovated business premise.
Top Tips To Follow When Refurbishing
Finally, here is a compilation of some of our top tips to help you carry out a smooth and enjoyable refurbishment for your premises.
Prepare To Plan
- Try to keep to a strict schedule to ensure that you avoid unscheduled closures.
- Keep your budget in focus at all times. Expense can add up quickly and it can help to agree all costs prior to the project beginning. It’s also highly recommended to have a 10% contingency budget just in case there are any unexpected expenses.
- Keep a diary. Record everything that happens in your refurbishment each day alongside photos.
- Ensure that all parties are kept well informed, whether it is your refurbishment company or your local authority.
- Remember to contact your local council, English Heritage (if it is a listed building), landlords, adjacent owners and licensing.
Do Your Research
- Make sure you have a building survey as they can ensure problems are identified early on and are a huge money and time saver.
- Make sure your refurbishment is insured.
- Hire the best refurbishment possible for your business (following the five core aspects)
- Pay attention to detail and constantly assess the quality of the job you are doing.
Sign A Contract
- Contracts protect all the parties involved.
- If you are going to draw up a contract yourself, use the Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) as a guideline because it is a standard form of contracts.
- Communication is key.
- Make sure everyone is safe at all times.
- Make sure everyone feels involved.
- Appoint a project manager.