The 4 “Don’ts” of Business Remodeling

Just like remodeling a home, remodeling a business can be a very exciting adventure for everyone involved. It is likely the remodeling is happening because the business is doing well, and it is time to expand or upgrade. Century Construction has helped more Pinehurst businesses wow their customers (and staff) with amazing remodels than we can count, and we want YOU to be next!

In past blogs, we’ve talked about ways to make sure the remodeling process is a positive one for you and anyone else at your company involved in the process – be it the decision making, the check writing, or choosing the tiles for the new breakroom space.

This time around, we want to dive into five things we encourage you to stay away from during a remodeling project. At the end of the day, avoiding these things will make the experience much less stressful, and much more enjoyable.

  1. Don’t buy your own materials.

We understand the desire to try to save money, but there is a good chance we can get better quality materials at a lower price point through our suppliers. We can guarantee the quality of the materials we use during your business remodel; others may not be able to say the same. Plus, we buy in such large quantities that we are able to gobble up goods at reasonable prices.

  1. Don’t go without a budget … AND a contingency fund.

Even the most realistic budget for a remodel simply may not be enough when all is said and done. Have you ever watched a remodeling show on HGTV where a floor or wall is ripped out, only to discover a support beam is in the wrong place, the wiring is dated, or there is a serious mold problem? Unfortunately, things like that happen – and they require some additional cash to be solved correctly.

We want all of our clients to enjoy the remodeling process as much as possible, and we make our quotes as accurate as we can, but like you – we can’t plan for the unexpected.

Trust us, you will enjoy the whole project a lot more if there is some flexibility in what you are going to spend. Set some money aside for those unexpected expenses. If you don’t need it by the end of the project, great! Use that cash to throw an open house for the community to show off the new space!

  1. Don’t delay decisions.commercial slider

As you plan for the remodel and look at architect drawings and sketches, think about all the decisions you will need to make – and try to make them ahead of time. Those kitchen tiles being two weeks late means other parts of the project have also been pushed back two weeks, and you’re waiting even longer for the remodel to get done and your business to return to normal.

  1. Don’t change your mind all the time.

Changing your mind sometimes is totally okay! Seriously, don’t sweat it! Just try to do your due diligence before the project starts so, again, your decisions are made and you are confident with them. Lots of changes to a plan not only slows down the process, it can increase the bill if different materials have to be purchased, and certain parts of the job have to be redone.

One bonus tip – don’t be a distraction. We understand a remodel is exciting, and you want to witness the transformation as it happens. However, we encourage our clients to stay as out of the way as possible to allow our crews to work as efficiently as they can. The better they are able to work, the sooner you will have your business back!

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6 Tips for a Successful Business Remodel

business remodelMaking the decision to remodel your business can be both exciting and horrifying all at once! It is a major investment that could cause a few hiccups in the short term, but really pay off down the road. However, it is important to make good decisions along the way.

Just like building a house, it is important to acknowledge your expectations and understand what it will take to make those expectations a reality. Spend some time thinking about areas where you might be willing to sacrifice a top-of-the-line finish in return for an upgrade elsewhere. Also, think about how to use the remodel to make your business more efficient, and your customers and employees happier and more comfortable in the environment around them. Also, consider the time of year you’re hoping to make the remodel. After all, some months in Pinehurst are hotter than others – some are wet, some dry. While we can’t tell Mother Nature what to do, we can try to beat her at her own game!

Okay, so we already laid out a few tips for remodeling success above. Now, let’s dive a little deeper.

  • Contain the construction areas

If you are going to be open for business during the remodel, it is a good idea to have the area being worked on contained if it is within sight of the general public. While not always necessary, Century Construction can rather easily create barriers to keep dust and debris out of customer service areas, or even offices where computers and electronics may still be in use. Containment may also be a good idea to keep customers and others out of areas that are under construction.

  • Remodel after hours

Right off the bat, it’s pretty likely you are going to pay more to have a crew working after hours. However, choosing this route can help keep your customers happier during normal business hours, especially if you run a business where it is important to have less chaos and noise. Having work done after-hours also allows the crew to work a bit more efficiently and freely than they can during business hours, meaning the project could potentially get done sooner.

  • Do your research

Any time you’re doing any kind of construction project, it is likely permits are going to be involved. While Century Construction can handle a lot of this for you, it might help for you to do a little research on necessary permits so you understand what all the paperwork coming your way means, and why there might be a slight delay from time to time waiting for a certain permit, inspection, etc.

  • Stay organized

Before a single tool is lifted, be sure you have a plan to keep your business organized during the process. That means putting important documents in a secure area, having a workflow in place for whatever new work may come in during the project, and even having traffic flow planned out for your employees and customers.

  • Be a good neighbor

We cannot emphasize the importance of being a good neighbor! If you’re in an office building, strip mall, or other location where you have adjoining neighbors, please be courteous and let them know before the project gets started. Century Construction crews work very hard to keep works areas as clean as possible, and vehicles, tools, and other items out of the way – but there is still going to be a pretty obvious buzz of activity at your business that may inadvertently affect those around you.

The last tip we have for you: don’t stress, and communicate! We will be communicating with you constantly throughout the project so hopefully, you never feel in the dark. However, if you have a question or concern, do not hesitate to speak up. Communication between you and your contractor, you and your staff, and the contractor and their crew are all vitally important to pulling off a successful remodel.

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