One of the major milestones when you are an entrepreneur running your own business is deciding to move to a new, bigger office. You know you have been working hard to get the business to a certain point, and now it is time to expand the team and take things to the next level.
Constructing a new office for your business, as exciting as it may be, still requires sufficient preparations. To help you get started, we are going to discuss the five things you need to do before constructing a new office.
Set a Budget
Always start a construction project with a clear budget in mind. It’s not about how much the new office will cost, but rather about how much you can afford to spend on the project from start to finish. Having a clear budget in mind actually helps make planning for it easier.
For starters, you can determine the scale of the project based on your budget. You can also plan for future projects better, so the current project can be fine-tuned for future developments. It will make future development projects easier to manage and more affordable too.
Evaluate and Plan
Next, do a thorough inspection of the new location. Depending on whether you are renovating an existing space or building an entirely new structure, you want to run different inspections to get a clearer view of what to expect and issues to anticipate.
With the insights you get from those inspections, you can start working on the plan for your new office. Don’t hesitate to hire professionals, spend more time searching for ideas, and take the time to refine your plan until you have a dream office in hand.
Zoning and Permitting
One step you never want to skip is permitting. You need to start the project only after getting the right permit for it. Starting construction projects without permits is actually one of the most common Chicago building violations; it is certainly a violation that you want to avoid.
Building without a permit could lead to serious fines and other consequences. The fines alone are several times higher than the money you save on not getting a permit for the project. Add the possibility of demolition and other penalties, and you know you that getting a permit is a must.
Tackle the Technical Side
Even when you have a clear plan for the new office space, you still need to work with a qualified architect to get the plan ready for construction. Designing an office space isn’t just about picking the right layout and choosing decorative items. Details such as ventilation and structural integrity must also be taken into account.
While working on the technical side of the plan, you can also work with the architect on detailing the cost of completing the project. Now is the best time to start looking for financing options to help get the project running sooner.
As long as you make these four preparations, the rest of the project will be easy to manage. Before you know it, you will have a brand new office space ready to welcome your growing team.