7 Savvy Ways to Spend Your Leftover Commercial Renovation Budget

The place has been cleaned, the desks are in place, and you’ve given the builder a nice present to say ‘thanks for all your hard work’. Not just because of their good job; they’ve also done it in a way that’s left over some cash. The commercial renovation and the waiting game is over, now it’s time for some fun.

 

  • Reopening party

Put on a soiree to celebrate your new office space. Invite clients to come and visit or keep it corporate. Either way, make sure there’s good food, drinks, and a bouncy Spotify playlist going on in the background.

 

  • Lunch on the house

This is a special treat if you’re a small team and can get everyone to come for a couple of hours. Restaurants, the fancy ones with killer views and just as amazing menus, have corporate packages available.

First you feast!

First you feast!

 

  • Corporate day

Yes, your commercial renovation has the place looking like something out of an interiors magazine. But sometimes team-building days are better spent outside of the office. Paintball, yoga, and treasure hunts are some fun options.

 

  • Get some furnishings

You kept the purse strings tight during the whole commercial renovation process, and now it’s time to treat the office to some nice decorations. Comfortable couches with throw cushions, wall hangings, or a few decorative lamps are some options. Also consider getting some bookshelves and subscribing to a few magazines. There’s always a demand for reading material.

 

  • Buy some software

There should be enough left over cash in the renovation budget for an annual package or two. Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator), Evernote, stock photo sites are all useful tools for the office. Look into getting an unlimited cloud storage system as well.

 

  • Enrol in workshops

In real life and online. Sites like SkillShare have team plans available, or you can poll the staff and ask them what they’re interested in learning.

 

  • iPads and other toys

Mobile devices are extremely handy when you need to carry work around the office. Invest in some community iPads and hook them up to cloud software. This way presentations, briefs, and important memos are accessible all in one place.

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10 Things We All Love and Hate About Commercial Renovation

The contract is signed and the tradies are rolling up for another day of work. Commercial renovation, whether for an office, warehouse, or a shop, is exciting but has its share of ups and downs.

 

  • The waiting game

It’s one thing to plan, design, and get excited about how the finished product is going to look. But there is a period of several months for the whole structure to get built, first! This isn’t fun when patience isn’t your greatest virtue.

 

  • Problems

They are inevitable. Not everything goes according to plan. Something in the existing structure could halt progress on a commercial renovation, as well as complaints from the council and nearby businesses. And this brings us to the next point…

 

  • Cranky neighbours

As a professional commercial building crew, we follow the rules and other codes of conduct. Everything is up to standard, including the time we stop working because of noise restrictions. People who don’t work in the construction industry suddenly become experts when they make a complaint about one thing or another. The best we can do is cop it on the chin and keep following the rules like we always do.

 

  • Money

Nobody likes talking about it. Money and the issues around it make awkward conversations. Some clients don’t know they need 20 – 30% extra on their budget in case the builder runs into something that will extend the project by a week.

 

  • Spoken down to

Tradies know how to do their job. Some customers who put in their two cents might think they’re helping, but sometimes it comes off as talking down to the carpenter, plumber, or electrician. If there are issues, speak with the builder or the foreman.

After all that bad stuff, though, there are some good parts about a commercial renovation project to look forward to.

 

  • New space

At the end of it, your business and your team will move into amazing new digs. That’s always a plus!

 

  • Underpromise

As the saying goes, underpromise and overdeliver. It’s professional courtesy, plus our obligation to the customer, to deliver the space you asked for.

 

  • Thank yous

This is a small gesture that’s actually quite underrated. Trades, foremen, and the builder in charge all appreciate this.

 

  • Treats

You know what we also appreciate? A barbecue or a goodie basket. It’s another way clients say thanks for all the hard work on the commercial renovation. Plus it’s a great morale booster.

 

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  • A job well done

A beautiful end result is always a good thing.

 

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