Undergoing an office renovation or fit out can be a thrilling time for your business.
The finished result should be a great achievement, and come with many positives – fresh appearance, a productive space for your staff and cutting-edge design.
However, you won’t be able to enjoy these benefits if you fall victim to some common office renovation mistakes.
You can read our original article about mistakes to avoid when renovating your office here.
Below are five more things to look out for.
Distracting Your Staff
Failing to plan ahead for when the renovation is actually happening can result in serious distractions for your staff.
This will almost certainly mean a decrease in output, and lower quality of work.
Prevent these distractions by planning ahead, in depth.
For instance, renting another office or utilising a co-working space for your workers will ensure productivity isn’t massively affected.
Alternatively, you could encourage staff to work from home during the renovation period.
Don’t ignore design trends.
If you end up going with an already outdated style, you’re behind the rest of the pack before the fit out has even finished.
To put it simply, an outdated office design can make your company outdated.
This is where an office design company is imperative. By working with a company such as Niche Projects, you can ensure that the design is cutting edge and ‘future proof’.
Incorrect Permits (if required)
Not having the correct permits can result in huge fines for your business.
A professional office fit out company will be well versed in the necessary permits and regulations around a commercial fit out.
Don’t risk the penalties by going in blind, let the professionals handle it.
Poor Communication with Landlord
If you’re leasing the space, you must communicate with your landlord.
No works should take place without their approval.
The landlord should know step by step what is happening in their property, and be privy to design plans, permits and all progress updates.
If you carry out work without their knowledge, the landlord is well within their right to demand you rip it out right away.
You may be doing work that they never wanted in the first place.
You need to make sure that the timeframes you’re allowing for the project are realistic and achievable.
If you don’t, you’ll be shooting yourself (and your business) in the foot. This can cost you a huge amount of money and lost productivity when you’re playing catch up.
It’s often a lack of knowledge about the renovation process and time required, that can cost businesses dearly.
This is yet another reason why you should contract a professional office fit out company to carry out your renovation, from start to finish.
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