Whether you are a business owner, or commercial property owner, you probably know all too well the challenges of running a successful industry. You’re likely also familiar with the expense involved with running or owning your own operation. While the cost to own commercial property can easily get out of control, there are some steps you can take to reduce costs. Read further about these money-saving strategies while undergoing your next commercial office renovation.
This might seem like a no-brainer but opting for do-it-yourself (DIY) strategies might be the cheapest solution when renovating your commercial office space. This is especially true if you have experience with repairs and maintenance. If you rely on your own handy capabilities, the only expenses you’re out of are time spent renovating and the cost of materials. Even costs associated with renting large equipment or getting a cargo van for rent are significantly cheaper than hiring a contractor to do all the renovation work for you.
Have a Reno Party
hen you think of renovating, the word “party” probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. However, in the spirit of doing a DIY reno, consider inviting your handiest friends to help you do the work. This strategy is very similar to an old-fashioned barn-raising party the Amish are known for. It cuts the time of a renovation by a fraction, which can save you a ton of money. In many cases, you can repay your hard-working friends with a pizza party. Even if you opt to pay for their time, it’s likely to be far less expensive than hiring a building contractor company.
Use Repurposed Materials
If you are renting out your commercial office space, you may be tempted to outfit your renovation with the newest materials. However, there is a growing trend for repurposed materials. More business owners are looking for "green-conscious" office spaces that utilize materials that would otherwise be thrown away into a landfill. This is good news for you because you can find reclaimed materials for flooring, shelving, countertops, etc. that, if cleaned and finished correctly, can make your office overhaul less expensive while also helping the environment.
Shop Second Hand
You can always scour second-hand hardware stores if you don’t have the ways or means to salvage or repurpose discarded materials. Also known as architectural salvage stores, or reuse centers, you can find second-hand stores with a quick Google search. These home and office improvement stores provide salvaged materials and often finish them for you to purchase. In other cases, these stores might buy overstock from other construction companies or construction sites and sell it cheaply so you can win from the savings.
Do a Partial Reno
We’re not suggesting that you leave a renovation half-finished. However, we are proposing that you consider doing intense renovations on the most commonly used areas of the office. The most often seen and used areas are the spaces that make the first impressions. Therefore, when you focus on these areas in your reno, you can meet the immediate needs of your clients, staff, or office renters.
Meanwhile, give a once-over to the lesser used portions of the office. Treat these less utilized spaces with a fresh coat of paint so the entire office space doesn’t look unfinished. The point here is to concentrate on upgrades where they matter most and do some general sprucing to the least functional areas. As you can imagine, focusing on the “hot spots” rather than doing a total office overhaul can equate to big savings.
Rethink Your Artwork
The days of corporate artwork designed to motivate or inspire employees are so over. Today, businesses are looking for more personable and upbeat wall art in their commercial office space. Luckily for you, this could mean saving a bundle of money. To explain, you can make your own prints of local interests, employee photographs, or even indie artwork to decorate the walls of your corporate office. Creating and/or printing your own artwork can be far less expensive than buying those old stodgy corporate framed prints. Furthermore, utilizing artwork is one of the easiest ways to give any office space a facelift without breaking your budget.
The Last Word on Sprucing Your Commercial Office On a Budget
As you can see, there are many different options you can take when you’re seeking to renovate on a shoestring budget. While upgrading your commercial office space may not be the easiest task to undertake, it certainly doesn’t have to put you in the poorhouse. With a little elbow grease, some imagination, and innovation - you are bound to create a whole fresh, new look for your office while still keeping money in the bank.