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.
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.
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!
Don’t delay decisions.
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.
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!