Plan The Process In Advance
The next section will discuss how to break the project into stages, however we want to start by thoroughly planning the entire renovation. This is especially crucial if you plan to make changes to walls or flooring.
If planning structural changes, you should probably consult an architect and get an estimation of the time required for the work. Consider getting more than one estimate, as some firms may be able to offer a quicker turnaround. If you’re planning a major redesign, you may have to be closed during the build phase, so you want it completed as quickly as possible. You may also need to obtain building permits and we suggest you read our useful article to find out if you do need planning permission, by clicking here.
If new floors or wall coverings are part of vision, you’ll need to coordinate with an installation team and calculate the materials you need to order. A key part to the planning phase is to acquire everything you need and get any required permits or paperwork and all needed help lined up and ready for the kick off. That way, once the project moves forward, every phase should operate smoothly and with minimal delays.
Work In Stages
Once you’ve envisioned your finished goal and everything is ready to start, you’ll have a good idea of what changes, if any, will require a total shut down and what can be done with the business still open.
The key to renovating in stages is to keep the construction area under control. You’ll want to avoid customer inconvenience as much as possible, keep unwanted persons out of the site, and minimize the tracking of dust and construction debris into the shop area.
One solution is to set up temporary walls or a pipe and drape kit to hide mess and prevent interference.
Create a buffer zone between commerce and construction. You’ll need to create a staging area out of sight to the customers for new materials being delivered and old materials being removed. If possible, have construction workers use another entrance and/or freight elevators so that they avoid interaction with shoppers.
Reward Customer Loyalty
No matter how carefully you plan your renovation, there can be no way to avoid the mess of sawdust, the sounds of construction, or the smells of fresh paint and new flooring. You can always put up a sign apologising for the inconvenience, but why not go further?
Put up signs at your business and online warning your customers of the coming construction and any changes to your business hours. You may want to include a design board advertising the finished new look, so customers can anticipate the coming improvements.
If possible, offer a discount or promotion to encourage customers to come in during renovation. Let them know you appreciate their patience and that the process will be completed quickly. People always appreciate a bargain, and you might even gain new loyal customers during the process.
With careful planning and execution, you’ll be able to pull off your shop refurbishment with little hassle and minimal business disruption.
Once the refurbishment is complete it is important to keep your beautifully restored store secure from burglars and vandals. If you need security advice, get in touch today by calling 01384 221 743 or contact us online.