Do not be fooled, commercial and residential renovations might seem moderately similar but in reality, they are completely different. For instance, one major difference is that when doing a commercial project, the business at hand needs to be able to maintain certain levels of operation during the entire renovation.
It is not an option to completely shut the business down for a month while renovations are taking place. This makes it so that there is a certain organizational structure needed to be put in place to help keep the business open. Furthermore, strict and tight deadlines are a huge demand so that all employees can continuously work so productivity isn’t affected by the renovation. Maintaining these project adherences for a commercial renovation is extremely important and so is choosing the perfect contractor who can execute the renovation.
There are a number of different options you need to think about before you even begin your commercial renovation project. By weighing these different options, you will be sure to cover different variables. iRemodel Commercial Construction has come up with the three most important questions you need to think about before undertaking any commercial project involving an operational workplace.
The absolute first thing you need to establish is your budget. This is going to dictate the entire project. This will give you insight into what is actually going to be possible, from design, to material, and overall execution. In order to keep the company’s expenses on track and in line, having a pre-planned budget is essential. This outlines all financial expectations for the entire project. Although, we want to make a point of saying that any budget is never, and should never, be set in stone. More often than not, there are setbacks, roadblocks, and obstacles that need to be overcome. This is why we recommend allowing a plan that involves room for spontaneous changes and alterations. Sometimes, changes can happen all of a sudden and can be something that is totally out of anyone’s control. But needless to say, will still affect your renovation.
It is important to give your construction company a little creative leeway when it comes to on-the-fly decision making. Doing this will help keep the pace of the project going as smooth as possible. When the walls start to come down, this is when architectural changes, design aesthetic, and structural aspects for the space can change. Changes can also happen when you find new materials you want to use. This is why having an extra budget room is good. These additional costs can still fit into your overall budget, if you have planned ahead for them. Also, it’s nice at the end of the project to have extra money left over, if you didn’t end up using it on any changes.
Having a pre-planned budget is also a fantastic tool for your contractor. When they see this, they will have a solid idea of the actual size and scope of your project. When you have a maximum budget, this will help you to limit any unnecessary spending.
Selecting A Contractor
Picking the appropriate contractor is the most important decision you will need to make. It is important that the contractor you decide to work with understands your goals and your vision. They should also have a stellar resume to back up their work. This is why it is imperative that you do your research into every contractor that bids on your commercial renovation project. Knowing about them before you hire them will also help to set up a positive tone that carries through the entire project.
When doing your research into reliable contractors, you will need to consult any businesses or companies that have dealt with them previously. Their review will help you to properly assess their previous work and if they are the right fit for you. You also need to check and make sure that the style of construction you want is something your contractor can do so. Essentially, your contractor needs to be an extension of your organization’s vision, goals, and ideologies.
During your search for the perfect contractor for the job, you should consider looking into a few different ones before making your decision. Typically, contractors will be able to offer you a free quote or estimate for your job. This makes it important to keep yourself open to getting as much information about each contractor as possible in order to help you make the best-informed decision possible.
Making A Schedule
In order to minimize downtime, creating, adhering, and sticking to the schedule is very important for commercial renovations. When doing an office commercial construction project, it is also nice for your employees to know exactly when construction is going to be finished and the office can go back to normal business.
When you pick a contractor, they should be able to provide you with an accurate schedule for their completion timing, allowing for an appropriate amount of time to pass but not overly so. Timing is going to depend on the exact extent of your renovation project. Some projects can only take a week or two, while others can take six months or more. When you make a schedule, you will need to prepare your employees for the changes to come and make use of temporary office space, opportunities to work from home, or work in another part of the building. Creating a good schedule will enable you to keep on top of your spending through timing of withdrawals and purchasing of materials throughout the renovation.
How We Can Help
When you make the decision to renovate your commercial space, it should be exciting! When you stop to assess these three tips above before your renovation, it will make everyone’s lives easier when the project gets underway. Having a budget, selecting a reputable contractor, and creating a schedule will take out any “what ifs” and questions during the renovation, making it possible to return your office back to normal quicker. If you are interested in Toronto Commercial Construction, make sure to give us a call today at (416) 477-1070! You can also learn more about us on our website!