Deciding to remodel your office is a big, and exciting, step to take. The prospect of getting a new shiny office space to spend 40 hours a week in is enough to put some pep in anyone’s step. While we love it when other people get excited about commercial construction as we do, there are a few important questions you should ask yourself before you start remodeling your office. These questions will help the process move more efficiently and ensure your satisfaction when it’s all said and done.

 What do My Employees Want?

One of the most valuable sources of input will be from the frontline employees who are all too familiar with the current downfalls of the existing office space. Take some time to pick their brains about how they would build their ideal workspace. Ask questions like, “what new features or floorplan changes would help you work more efficiently?”

 What will my needs be in 10 or 20 Years?

An office remodel is a significant investment to make, and the last thing you want is to do it all over again in a few years. To prevent an endless cycle of remodeling, don’t just build for today’s needs. Instead, think about what you’ll need in 10 or even 20 years, and build to meet those needs. Obviously, you don’t want to build features you don’t need for another 20 years, so make sure you hire an experienced commercial contractor who can help build for the future without creating waste in the present.  

What Do I Want and What Do I Need?

You might want to work in a high-tech Silicon Valley inspired office or maybe a classic Mad Men style office complete with a fully stocked bar, but it’s hard to justify these features as needs. Before you scope out the project with your contractor, make sure you fully understand the features you really need and the features you just want.

How Will the Remodel Affect Business? 

One of the worst parts of an office remodel is having to work in an active construction site. We have a few tricks to mitigate interruptions, but there’s no way to avoid disruptions altogether. Having a clear timeline of how long the project will take and when certain phases will happen is the best way to plan for how this remodel will affect day to day business.