Elysian Home Improvement’s Commercial Construction expertise extends into complete retail and Commercial/Industrial build-outs from 1000 square feet to 50,000+ square feet, which includes retail stores, malls, plants, shops, hotels, factories, clinics, and office buildings just to name a few. Commercial Construction is what we do. Our highest priorities for our customers are high quality workmanship and total customer satisfaction.
The first step in this process should be to create a solid plan for a project that can help drive a successful outcome. Knowing what you want from your commercial renovation and having specific goals in mind can help you keep your project on track and can prevent your project from going over budget.
Set Your Goals and Expectations
Make a list of top priorities for your commercial renovation. Some common goals might include:
- Bringing in more customers.
- Making easy for customers to see your location, signs, displays, etc.
- Increase building and/or employee efficiency.
- Optimize space in your commercial building.
- Improve employee morale and work ethic.
- Rebrand your business.
Once your list of goals is established, write down a list of ways that your commercial renovation can accomplish this goal after the completion of the renovation. For example, if your ultimate goal is to increase your building’s efficiency, your list may include replacing plumbing fixtures with low flow models, sealing and upgrading the buildings’ HVAC system and replacing the windows on your building.
As the project moves along and you meet with contractors, you’ll find that different contractors may make suggestions to help your renovation fulfill its goals. Remain open and flexible in the planning process, and consider all the possibilities as you decide what to do.
What’s Important to You
Most businesses will ultimately look at what the ROI is going to be as a result of doing this project. For most business owners, it will be driving more busies to their location. Making a list of your priority items and ordering them by most important to least important can help you decide which ones to go forward with and which ones don’t need to be done. This is important when establishing a budget.
Prepare a Requirements List for Contractors
Preparing a requirements list for contractors will help in many ways. When you share the requirements list with the contractors, it allows for them to quote for the same products, services and deliverable. Just like comparing Apples to Apples. Once you know the goal of your renovation and what will be done to achieve these goals, this is when you should start meeting with contractors. Comparing bids is the best way to find a contractor who you can work well with and who can complete your project for a price that fits in your budget. While shopping for contractors, it’s important to keep in mind that the lowest bid is not always the best bid. Contractors who bid too low may be cutting corners on labor or materials. While it is important to find a contractor who can work within your budget, getting the best quality of work and materials for the price is important.
- Read what other people are saying about them.You can gain a lot from online reviews and testimonials about a business. It will tell you a lot about a contractor’s work ethic, communication skills, quality of work and business practices.
- Look at Contractors Portfolio of Work.This will give you an idea of the style of work they do, the quality and workmanship, along with the quality and materials they use and what types of projects they have completed. Ideally, the contractor you pick should have experience renovating buildings of a similar style or conducting renovations of a similar type.
- Ask Questions. It’s important that the contractor you choose is someone with whom you can communicate on a regular basis, and someone who understands your vision and expectations. When you interview a contractor, pay attention to how they explain the renovation process to you. Ask then to reiterate they understanding of your project so there’s no miscommunication or misunderstanding later.
Can you Still Operate You Business While Construction is Going On?
Once the project has begun, there are several decisions you’ll need to make as a business owner. One of the most important ones is deciding how to continue business as usual. The decision of whether or not to stay open or to close is one of great importance while undergoing a business remodel.
- If your renovation plan will disrupt your employees’ ability to perform daily duties, closing may be your only option. Flooring upgrades are an example of a type of renovation that are too disruptive for businesses to continue without closing down. For example, doing updates to the HVAC system may be less disruptive and may allow businesses to keep going.
- Renovations that take months to finish can be very disruptive for any business, so be mindful of this an plan ahead of time. Loss of profits and the cost of sending customers to other businesses can do lasting damage. In this case, many businesses will work hard to find a way to stay open. Some owners relocate their business to a different building while complex renovations are taking place; others will simply close down during the parts of the project that are most problematic and remain open for the rest.
Either way, working with a contractor can help you determine the best way to finish a project and minimize disruption to your business. Share your concerns with your contractor. Timing your renovation for a slow period, performing the renovation at night or on weekends or changing your project to eliminate the most disruptive changes are all ways that your contractor can help you keep your business open during your commercial upgrade.