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.




  • A job well done

A beautiful end result is always a good thing.


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