Office renovation is all about creating a work environment that fits well with the business and its core values. Most offices are about professionalism and have firm values they stand for and represent. The renovations around the office have to display these core values through the very essence of the office. Over time, there are many myths that have risen and this piece will look to quash them before they spread further. This article will talk about six myths that are running rampant these days when it comes to office renovations.
Myth #1: Renovation Experts are a Waste of Money
This is something that is often brought up by owners as they look to justify spending less money. Yes, office renovations can be expensive, but getting things right is important. Renovation specialists have earned the right to be in such a position. They have experience and have completed previous jobs and understand what is required to create the perfect environment. There is no learning curve in the process and this actually saves money in the long run.
Myth #2: Average Costs
There is no such thing as an ‘average cost’ unlike some myths circulating around. Many individuals will look around to find costs that seem to be right. One has to understand the different circumstances that surround costs and quotes that are established. One quote will never be similar to another because there are varying factors in play. The professionals will always look to explain the reasons behind the quotes, but looking for an average cost is always the wrong way to go about things.
Myth #3: Any Contractor Can Complete the Job
This could be further from the truth. Yes, most companies can acquire the licenses required to become professional. However, if the contractor is not a professional business with experience, there is a risk of one running into issues down the road. Office renovations are not as easy for contractors that do not have experience in the field. Office owners need to look into the background of the contractors and hire the one that suits this experience requirement most. It is a big investment and should always go to the most professional option.
Myth #4: Trust is All That Matters
Trust is definitely a big part in a relationship between the owner and contractor, but it’s not all that matters. Some office owners will look for a price reduction in the name of ‘trust’ instead of a contract. Contractors who offer such incentives will often be lazy on the job and not be as professional as desired. When a contractor is hired, there is a contract in place and it has to be abided by. Nothing should be left to ‘trust’ as that is not the business either party is in.
Myth #5: Standard Contracts
There is no such thing. If anyone is offered a ‘standard contract’ this does not mean the individual should be blindly signing it. Any professional contractor will ensure all of the details are properly highlighted and pinpointed for the client. Only after the client is happy with the details will they be encouraged to sign it. Some contractors will put forth a ‘standard contract’ and claim the client has to sign it. This is not the case as changes can be made and should be made, if the client is not satisfied.
Myth #6: Inspectors Handle Quality Control
This last one is often the biggest myth going around. Office owners will assume the city inspector knows all that is needed to be known when it comes to the building premises. It is actually the owner’s responsibility to be aware of what is required and to ensure the contractor has done the job well. All the inspector will do is tack on the fines for anything incorrectly put together.
Office renovation is all about ensuring both parties are on the same page. A lot of myths tend to circulate because there is an assortment of assumptions being made. Appropriate meetings have to be made with the contractor prior to any official agreement.