Your office design was wonderful – functional and stylish – when it was first opened. And while that was true then even the best office can lose its function and style as time goes by. Of course, this means updating your offices – employee work spaces, waiting areas, and more – is crucial to your business and your brand. Many business owners hope to avoid the time, costs, and disturbance a remodeling project brings by doing nothing, ultimately at the expense of their clients and employees.
The truth is updating your office doesn’t have to take up all your time, blow your budget, or disrupt your business. You can revamp your office and bring it back to maximum function and style while remaining well within your budget – no matter how small. As a bonus, remodeling can help your bottom line by increasing productivity through enhanced employee engagement. Here are some tips to help you get your office updated on a budget.
Utilize the Services of a Professional
While it may seem counterintuitive to utilize the services of a professional design team and contractor – the fact is hiring a professional is money well spent and allows you to keep your focus on your business. Leaving your office update in the hands of a profession is a smart decision, keeping you from making poor choices and mistakes which will be costlier in the long run. When you are ready to rework your existing space, before construction begins, consult with a professional designer, space planner, and contractor. These professionals have the experience and know how to help you with every detail – furniture, conference rooms, open spaces, dual purpose offices, and more. In addition, they will work to deliver the best value for your project – on time and within your budget.
Cutting Corners without Sacrifice
Your company’s brand and image are key to your success, not only in media outlets and among your loyal customers but also within your office space. Brand and image showcase your commitment to excellence and service, your honesty and professionalism, and the quality of your product or service to your current customers, potential clients, investors, colleagues, and employees. Knowing that, can you cut corners without sacrificing your brand and image? And the answer is yes, you can. Often today’s high quality products can mimic the look of stone, tile, hardwood, leather, and more at a fraction of the cost of the real item. Consider premium vinyl seating rather than leather, high quality laminates rather than stone or hardwood. The truth is the colors, textures, and styles can be sophisticated with the cost of leather, granite, or hardwood.
Basics Can Deliver Superior Functionality
You probably know basics can provide your office with exceptional functionality, though it is easy to get caught up in gratuitous trends which cost more without delivering greater function. For those with smaller budget, spending money where it will be most beneficial is more important than using those funds for unnecessary luxuries. When making your choices, choose wisely basing your decisions on items which affect employees and customers directly and daily and augment those functions. Good lighting, a comfortable workspace, a welcoming entry, and the like will deliver the return on investment you’re hoping for without overwhelming your budget.
You can, then, update your office space on a budget, provided you follow these tips: use a professional to help you plan, design, and carryout your changes, cut corners with high quality copycat materials, and focus on the basics which will provide functionality, comfort, and style.