Top 3 Tips for Surviving a Business Renovation While Staying Open
October 19, 2017
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”1303″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column][vc_column_text]The thought of working in a construction zone is more than a little intimidating. Renovating your workspace is difficult, and it’s even harder when you need to keep your business up and running during the process. Working through the construction noise and around the specific areas you are renovating will be an inconvenience, but by planning ahead you can reduce the interruption.
Here are our top 3 tips for staying open during a major construction project.
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Consider your options
The first and most important question to ask yourself is whether it’s even possible to keep your doors open during your renovation. If you are a restaurant or retail company, it may be challenging or even impossible to stay open without sacrificing the comfort and safety of your customers. Offices and other spaces that are closed off to the general public should have an easier time continuing operations as usual.
If this is a large scale project, the noise, dust, and general safety hazards of a construction site might be too much for any visitor or employee to handle. Before you make the commitment to stay open, consult your contractor and make sure it’s a good decision.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
Warn your clients and employees
So you’ve decided to keep going with your plans to stay open? Great! In that case, you have to share the news well in advance to make sure that everyone is aware of your renovation plans. Your clients will not want to be blindsided by a renovation when they come in for services one day to find your business under construction or completely changed. Likewise, your employees will need to be prepared for any distractions or inconveniences they may have to face during the project, from loud noise to safety precautions.
Communicate regularly and transparently with everyone affected by the construction. Make sure that you set reasonable guidelines, and keep your customers and employees notified of any changes in schedule or timeline.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
Plan, plan, plan!
You need to make sure that everyone is happy and comfortable during your construction project. Work with your contractor to set boundaries for the construction. Have your construction crew work in concentrated sections instead of large areas so that business as usual can continue in other parts of the workspace. Make sure that dangerous areas are completely blocked off to anyone who is not authorized and wearing proper safety gear. Also, try to plan that construction occurs when your business is closed or during slower hours.
These are just a few options to consider when you begin plans for your business’s renovation. Upgrades, expansions, and renovations are worth the hassle for the beautifully updated space they will provide for your business. Don’t be intimidated: it’s possible to stay open during business, and you will not regret your decision when you see the end result.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”1280″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
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