If you’ve seen rapid growth in both your profits and the number of people that you’re hiring, then it might be time to relocate your office. And a great way of doing this as you become more and more successful is to construct an office from the ground up.
Although this might sound like a daunting prospect, it doesn’t have to be that way. You don’t need to have a huge skyscraper – unless you particularly require a space that big. You can have an office building that fits all of your staff, with the potential for more and has all the features that you need without going overboard.
If you’re thinking of taking the leap and doing this, there are certain elements that you’ll want to consider getting organized before the big moving day. To get you started, here are 7 of the main things:
A Budget and Timeline
The first things that you’ll want to get sorted are the budget and timeline. Starting with the budget, you should think about how much your business can realistically spend on the project and weigh up the ‘wants’ and ‘must-haves’ within your new office building.
This will include what facilities you’ll require in order to operate effectively and the features that are simply nice to have to make it a better working environment for all of your staff. Your budget will depend on how much your business has put aside for the new project and should take into account the amount of downtime that you’ll face as part of the relocation.
In terms of your timeline, you’ll want to think practically about how long you can wait for the new office building to be constructed and when you want to move your staff into it. The timeline will depend on how long it takes to acquire planning permission, hire staff, the complexity of the building, etc. and should be determined at the start.
A Contingency Plan
Unfortunately, not everything might go the way that you want it to. So it’s vital that you have a contingency plan in place in case there are any unexpected costs or delays in the timeline. Even the smallest costs can make a huge dent in your budget, so you’ll want to save a little extra aside for these.
When it comes to delays, you’ll want to ensure that you can remain in your current office for as long as possible so that none of your staff have to work remotely while waiting for the project to get finished.
Any lengthy disruptions could cause havoc in your profits and sales revenue – not just because you will be left without a fully functioning office but as your staff might not feel as motivated working from home if it’s something that they aren’t used to.
A Comprehensive Knowledge of The Location
Before starting on the project, you’ll need to obtain a comprehensive knowledge of the location that you’re looking to build in. Does it have a good reputation? Is it close to key amenities? Is it within easy reach of transport links? Are your competitors located nearby? These are all things that are good to discover at the start of the process.
You want your office building to be somewhere that’s accessible by your employees and that will thrive in the climate – not in the middle of nowhere without any phone lines or internet connectivity.
To help craft your creative vision for your office building, you might want to consider hiring an architect for the project. Helping you to design the building from start to finish, they will give you a clear insight into how it could look.
Making the most out of every space within the building, it’s a good idea if you don’t have the formal qualifications or experience in designing one. Just make sure, however, that you uncover their skills and experience in designing office buildings before selecting them.
Experienced and Skilled Construction Workers
Next, you’ll want to hire experienced and skilled construction workers for the project. Make sure that when you do this, similarly to when hiring an architect, you compare and contrast different businesses to ensure that you’re hiring the most reputable and credible one possible.
They need to have the expertise in creating a building like the one that you want and the determination to get it done within your set timeline. They can’t be unmotivated or lack the skills to safely construct a building.
When constructing a building, you’ll need the right planning permission. This will ensure that it aligns with the local authorities rules. It’s worth doing this as early as possible, since you’re unable to build without the appropriate permits.
Rules will, however, vary greatly depending on where you’re building and the extent of the project. You can easily discover the type of planning permission that you require by doing a web search, or by asking the construction business or your architect at the beginning.
The Right Equipment
One of the final stages is to get all of the right equipment that you’ll need for the project. Typically, the construction workers will already have the majority of equipment required and will bring this with them to the site. But if not, they might need to look into different options, such as mobile crane hire, renting out heavy lifting equipment, etc.
Essential to the project, you’ll need to have this before the project starts, rather than hiring it throughout the different stages.
So, there you go! Those are 7 things that you’ll need in order to construct an office building. An exciting prospect and one that can be very profitable in the long run, it’s clear to see why so many businesses undertake this type of project.
However, it’s not for everyone – so you’ll want to make sure that you weigh up the pros and cons of the venture before you start construction. This way, you’ll know that it’s definitely the right path for your business.
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