Common Office Renovation Mistakes to Avoid
Planning an office renovation is a big job and for most people, they aren’t something they need to think about very often. So when it’s decided to move forward with a renovation, it can be very easy to feel overwhelmed about where to even begin. Unfortunately, this means that it’s also extremely easy to take some wrong steps throughout the process. Before you get too far into the planning process, here are some common mistakes to watch out for.
Only Focusing on Current Needs
Given the expense and effort that goes into an office renovation, it’s important to think about the big picture so that you can get the most from the project. If you focus too much on what your company’s current needs are, you might end up essentially renovating yourself into a corner and find that your new space no longer supports your needs sooner than you’d like. Think about things like how much you expect your company to grow in the coming years and if there would be any changes to your operations that come with that growth.
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Not Getting Employee Input
With all the time that employees spend working in the office, they can be a valuable source for ideas worth considering during a renovation. They’ll be able to tell you exactly what works well with your current space and where improvements could be made. If you’re interested in adding some fun amenities to the office, talking to employees could also give you an idea of which types of features would be most appreciated. For example, would people prefer a game room over a fitness room? Discussing these sorts of things with employees is also a great way to make them feel valued and appreciated.
Forgetting to Think Practically
As stressful as planning a renovation can be, there are parts of it that can be very fun. When you start thinking about things like how stylish your new space is going to be and all the great new features it’ll have, it can be easy to get carried away with those kinds of things and lose sight of some of the things that aren’t quite as glamorous. Things like budget, realistic timelines, and minimizing operational disruptions are all vitally important to plan for.
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Cutting the Wrong Corners
Since nobody ever truly has access to unlimited resources for their renovation project, it can be very tempting to find ways to cut corners where you can. Maybe it’s taking the contractor with the lowest bid, picking the cheapest materials available, or trying to manage the whole project yourself. But remember that sometimes, cutting corners isn’t worth it in the long run. It might turn out that a contractor with the lowest bid isn’t as experienced as others you meet with or that the cheapest materials wear out faster than better quality alternatives.
A quality renovation project doesn’t necessarily mean going with the most expensive route, either. When you work with a company that specializes in office renovations instead of handling it all yourself, you not only have the benefit of working with people who can manage the project efficiently, they’ll know where money can be saved without sacrificing quality.
Ready to move forward with your renovation? Premier Construction & Design has experience designing and building out a wide variety of commercial buildings in the Metro Detroit area. Check out our portfolio to see examples of some of the spaces we’ve worked on. Contact us today so that we can learn more about your project.
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