5 Tell-Tale Signs You Need to Get a New Commercial Renovation

Old, outdated commercial spaces aren’t pleasant to look at, or work in for that matter. After a few decades, it’s not unreasonable to think that it’s time for an upgrade. Sometimes a new coat of paint just won’t do it. You should give us a bell when the five below points start popping up.

 

  • Your workplace feels like a prison

Cubicles are not for the claustrophobic, and high-set windows don’t allow much natural light to get through. Most of the light you’re exposed to comes from the ones in the ceiling.

Confined, dark and musty workspaces don’t equal a healthy workplace or happy employees.

Your employees need room to breathe so ditch the cubicles

Your employees need room to breathe so ditch the cubicles

 

  • The lights/toilets/elevator broke…again

The amount of money spent fixing these problems can easily go towards a commercial renovation. Plus, the old fixtures are generating expensive utility bills. WELS-approved taps, toilets and other fixtures use less water and LED lights to save money on the electricity per quarter.

 

  • You’re thinking about changing locations

There’s a new space in a corporate park that’s become available. It’s about the same size as your current digs, but there’s bright colours, new carpet and incredibly fast internet connections. But then you remember the pains of packing.

Why pack up shop, in a convenient location near a coffee shop no less, when a builder can upgrade your space for you? Plus, you don’t have to change your address on emails, letters and Google My Business.

 

  • You don’t bring in clients

Your office is convenient, its a place to work and get business done. But when it’s time to meet clients, the conference room, if there even is one, is passed in favour of a local cafe. You know that first impressions matter, and how would you feel if you were a customer walking through a dated office?

 

  • There’s walking tracks

Walking tracks in the floor are genuine signs of wear-and-tear, and that means it’s definitely time to upgrade. So are dripping taps, faulty lights, squeaking doors…

 

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Impress Customers By Overhauling These 4 Things In Your Commercial Renovation

In retail, the customer is king. They bring you repeat business and their recommendations will bring you more customers, such as their friends and family. But if your store has stains on the ceiling, little natural light, and a lot of wear-and-tear, that’s less likely to happen. Impressions matter, and these 4 points will make a better one once the doors reopen.

 

Store layout

This is key when you are in the design stages. The floor plan needs to be laid out with these in mind:

  • Space for people to move freely between sections, both staff and customers
  • Dedicated retail space, divided into sections by product type
  • Staff only areas, including a break area

Let’s use Apple stores as an example. Their floor plan is minimalist and well spaced. There’s separate displays for iPods, iPhones, watches, headphones and computers. Behind the counter is the staff-only area that includes a repair station for quick fixes and a general staff area for workers to place their belongings.

 

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Amenities

You’re a cafe. People come to your place for their three-times-daily coffee, lunch, and all-day breakfast. If you are a customer who spends a great deal of time, usually hours, at the establishment, what essentials do you need? Definitely bathrooms and power outlets. For women’s bathrooms, powder-room sections are becoming increasingly common.

powder room

Embrace trends

Like the powder room trend above, it’s important to keep up with competitors and influencers. Customers love, and expect, new things. You can take advantage of this in particular if you are rebranding your shop. Look at your social media feeds and competitor websites. Think about how you want to look in 2018 and beyond. Some retail trends on a cosmetic level include;

 

  • Scandi/minimalist influenced interior design
  • Neutral palettes with colourful furnishings
  • Oversized artwork, murals by local artists
  • Exposed, smooth concrete rendering or exposed brickwork
  • Natural elements, such as light and timber

 

Update your tech

Paper and pens normally carried by wait staff are being phased out in favour of tablets. This makes for faster workflow, with orders directly sent to the kitchen or barista. Some retail stores are doing this as well with smartphone-like devices. A simple scan of the barcode will show if a particular item is in stock, or can be found at another store.

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