Are you ready for a refurbishment?

are you ready for a refurbishment

Whether you have a commercial or residential property, you will need to assess if you are actually ready for a refurbishment. Upgrading your building is a huge process and before you progress with your ideas, you will need to ensure that you and your entire business team or family are ready for the changes. This article will outline some of the considerations you will need to make when deciding if you are actually ready for a refurbishment at your property.

What are you trying to achieve?

The first question that you will need to ask, if you are gearing up for a refurbishment is, what are you trying to achieve? Before you start making changes and improvements to your property, you will need to understand your exact goals. Going head on into a refurbishment without a clear list of desired outcomes will only end in failure.

Take the time to think about and talk about your goals with the other stakeholders in this project. You may need to ensure that everyone involved is on the same page and wants to achieve the same things. Try making an actual list of your expected outcomes from a refurbishment, and discuss these with your designers and tradespeople as you progress with the project.

Is this part of your long-term plan?

Are you just acting on a whim or is a refurbishment part of your long-term plan? If you are running a business, has this refurbishment been scheduled for a while? If you are a family, how long will your new home need to last you? Are you planning on selling in the future or do you expect to be living in your home for many years ahead. Your choice to start a refurbishment will depend on your long-term plans for the future.

Do you have a clear and ample budget?

This is a big issue for many people, because every refurbishment will cost money, even though some will cost more than others. Before you commit to any changes in your building you will need to have access to the funds that are required for the goals that you want to achieve. If do you not know how much a project will cost, or what you can achieve with the amount of money you have access to, talk to your trade professionals for quotes and estimates. Just ensure that you are venturing into a project that you can afford to complete and that you will be satisfied with on your budget.

Are you prepared for downtime?

If you have a shop that requires a refurbishment, will it need to be closed for a period of time? Some refurbishments may be able to be completed out of hours, while others will require your business to be closed for a period of time – maybe even weeks or months. Have you considered this, and the impact that it will make on your business? Have you factored these costs into your budget for the refurbishment?

If you are upgrading your family home, you will need to learn if your family needs to relocate to another location while the building is being completed. If so, you will need to factor in the cost of additional accommodation, and consider practical concerns, such as how you will get to work or take the children to school and activities. Are you prepared for your normal routine to be disrupted for a while? A refurbishment can be the perfect solution, just ask yourself if your business or your family are ready for it at this point in time.

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