It should come as no surprise that the decor of commercial business premises influences how customers rate and trust companies.
However, not every business in the current post-pandemic climate necessarily has piles of spare cash to throw at sprucing up their physical space.
If you’re looking to remodel your business, here are some practical tips that can help you achieve your goals without having to break the bank:
Properly Calculate Your Budget
Planning is a vital aspect of renovations — few can afford to blindly embark on such a potentially costly venture.
From renovation and repair priorities to negotiating with contractors and factoring in impacts on operations, each part of your remodeling project should be carefully considered and executed.
Focus on What Means the Most
When evaluating which aspects should be prioritized, it’s important to look at if there’s anything broken or has otherwise been a major concern.
Are there any cracks or inconsistencies in the infrastructure? Lights or sockets that don’t work? It’s best to put anything safety-related first in order to avoid potential hazards.
Repairs come first in priority over aesthetics, especially if it puts your employees and customers at risk. Here are some of the common repairs you’ll need to take care of:
- Bathrooms (check the plumbing, drainage, etc)
- Kitchenettes (check for fire hazards or broken cooling/heating)
- HVAC (ensure proper airflow, ventilation, and temperature management)
If there are none or if existing ones can be addressed with minor adjustments or take out just a small part of the budget, then renovators can proceed to address aesthetic concerns, such as design, furniture, and accents.
After creating a checklist of priorities and ironing out your budgeting details, another important thing to consider would be a schedule.
By when should your project be completed? What milestones should be completed by certain dates? This should be a relatively easy step once you’ve figured out your priorities and know what should be done first.
Having a schedule can help keep you on track. From there, you can also develop a list of things that you need or want that can help improve your interior.
Buy Secondhand Furniture
While many may think that the secret to beautiful interior lies inexpensive fixtures, this is not always the case: whether in our own homes or in businesses, secondhand furniture has always been a popular choice, especially for those who are aiming to achieve certain looks without wanting to break the bank.
In fact, used furniture has the potential to become a 92 billion dollar industry! Functionality isn’t the only priority of an establishment, but also creating an environment for guests that makes them feel safe, welcome, and encouraged.
Some of the common places where you can get used furniture include Craigslist, Goodwill, garage sales, Facebook Marketplace, Etsy, or even house auctions!
A lot of people keep their eye out for quality items. What some people might not know is that it’s also perfectly possible to acquire furniture and raw materials from closing (or already closed) establishments: take for example one of the most popular coworking spaces and event venues in New York City, The Farm Soho.
Founder and CEO Lucas Seyhun had the idea of opening a place where everyone could get together and get their work done — but how could he manage to get things together when he didn’t have much to go on?
The Farm Soho, now one of the city’s best places to work, takes upcycling second-hand materials to a different level: the tables used in the space are made from the dismantled walls of a barn in Missouri, which Lucas had to get himself and drive back to the city with.
Now, they can accommodate more guests thanks to his innovative idea! In addition to these rustic tables, The Farm team has also ensured a “country barn in the middle of the city” vibe for those in the Big Apple.
They’ve integrated natural light and other green accents to give everyone the homey ambiance that they seek in order to get productive!
When planning remodeling efforts for your business, make sure that you’ve got everything well-planned and budgeted out so that it turns out the way that you’d like it.
Don’t run short of patience and innovative ideas — sometimes, these are the exact lifelines that will determine the success of your project! Keep your eye out for inspiration and keep looking for ways to make your renovation work.