Renovations come in to play when enough time has passed that your shop starts to have a ‘weary’ look over it, or when your shop or store seems to be outdated compared to the other ones close to your shop, which would automatically make your prospective customers not be interested. No one wants to buy clothes that are displayed on broken or highly used mannequins. Similarly, every other aspect of your store when it wears out needs a replacement, sometimes that’s the whole shop that is where renovations are in order. Renovations, no matter how must they seem, should be done with great precautions. Today, I’ll share 5 key considerations that you need to take before the contractor starts hacking away at your current setup.
1. Find the Blueprints:
When renovating your shop, make sure you have the blueprints with you at all times, so that you can check what walls are made as partitions and what walls are actual load-bearing concrete walls. Hacking away at the loadbearing wall can not only waste time and money but can inflict damage to the structural integrity of your whole shop, which can be highly severe. So, know your space, know your shop and its building plan before you plan on making any changes.
2. Keep the Future Bills in Check:
Many shop owners renovate their shops thinking of the money they have saved up to spend on the renovation but tend to forget about the bills they have to pay monthly once the renovation is done. With a new setup, comes new technology and new designs which most definitely might look nice, but may cost you a high overhead in the future. Beware of what you install.
3. Are You Ready for The Downtime?
Make sure when renovating you have saved up enough to not only pay for the renovations but have enough in store to get by during the downtime. Of course, renovating means turning the whole place upside down and that means closing the shop for a while till things are back in order, keep in mind that you will not be making any income during this time.
4. Have the Final Plan Ready:
Are you installing beautiful shop ceiling tiles that are going to make your store look 10 times better than before? However, there are many preceding tasks that are needed to be done in order to get something like that installed and to make changes during the time renovation is going on can become disastrous. It will not only be a waste of time but a waste of a lot of money to redo things. So have a final look of the place preplanned and stick to it.
5. Count Your Blessings:
Make sure you know that this renovation was needed. Until you are sure of it, do not opt for renovating your store. Renovation of your shop will take more out of you and your pocket than you might imagine and it is a decision one should take only when it is absolutely necessary.