Is your office block looking tired, retail unit a little uninspiring or car dealership lacking vitality? Whatever the nature of your business, there are many ways in which you can carry out building improvements to inject some life back into your property and create an impeccable first impression.
It’s a proven fact that the environment in which staff work has a direct impact on their mood and productivity levels. As detailed in this Forbes article, ‘Employees who enjoy and like the environments they are a part of will be more engaged, productive, happy, and healthy.’
As well as staff; customers and visitors may be passing through your building, especially in the case of showrooms and shops, making the aesthetics of your building of vital importance. Why not take steps to make your commercial space as appealing as possible, to not only boost productivity but to create a pleasant space for clients.
Focus On Easy Building Improvements
Whatever the reason may be, what are the main things that you should be focusing on in order to create the very best space possible? We’ve researched some of the easiest ways in which improvements to your building can be accomplished, so you can begin straight away! While some may take longer to carry out, they will all prove to be massively beneficial in enhancing your commercial building.
Spruce Up The Interior
Perhaps the first thing that springs to mind when thinking of building improvements, is the interior design. There are many interior designers who specifically cater for commercial clients; so if you have the budget, this could be a great route to go down. If however, you’re slightly more strapped for cash, don’t worry, as you’ll be able to make a few changes yourself that will make a huge difference.
Starting with a simple lick of paint is a great place to begin, you’d be surprised at just how much this can revitalise a space. If your space is relatively small, it may be possible to carry out decorating yourself; if this is the case, My Paintbrush have everything you could need to get started. If you’d rather save the time, however, a commercial onsite spraying service will ensure an impeccable finish. With a variety of different coatings available to retain health and safety compliance, as well as fireproof and foodsafe spraying, this is a great option should you work in the food and beverage industry.
Whether you opt to do it yourself or get the professionals in, once your new walls are ready, adorning them with art is a great way to inject some personality into your space. We love the idea of hanging one of these abstract canvases on a plain white wall, or why not get some framed posters for a more contemporary look, such as these from King & McGaw.
Implement The Latest Technology
While you’re thinking about painting and decorating, why not install some new technologies within and around your building. By investing in things like solar panels and energy-efficient lighting, for instance, you will not only provide an updated environment for occupants to enjoy, but you will likely see a significant reduction in business expenditure. While the thought of installing solar panels to your commercial property may seem like a large project, it doesn’t take as long as you’d think. Companies like Flexisolar can carry out an on site energy assessment, identify areas that could be improved and install various solar solutions in small timeframes.
Similarly, it may be worth enlisting the help of a company such as carbon trust – offering advice on the best energy efficient lighting for your organisation, they can help to reduce electricity consumption by up to 40%, bringing your energy costs down dramatically.
When thinking about providing maximum comfort for all staff, clients and visitors, you could also contemplate the installation of an air-conditioning unit. Premiair go as far to say that their units could help to increase productivity amongst staff with their quality heating, ventilation and cooling systems. With this in mind, it’s well worth considering!
Ensure Structural Integrity
The structural integrity of your commercial building is of great importance but commonly neglected. By failing to maintain aspects of your property that tend to get forgotten, you could run the risk of having to face much larger problems later down the line.
As a business, good first impressions are vital. When looking at the facade of your commercial building, does it look a little worse for wear? While you may have become used to those dented panels and dull cladding, visitors will spot them straight away, which isn’t ideal. Cladding repairs can be easily executed by a professional spray company and include a vast range of services to the exterior of any property. From panel reshaping and eliminating scratches to resurfacing and cut edge corrosion treatment, a variety of solutions can be carried out to ensure that your facade is looking its very best.
As well as the facade, it’s important to make sure that your gutters are always well maintained. While this sounds like an afterthought, the effectiveness of your guttering system is critical to maintaining structural integrity. Defective or blocked guttering can cause leaks, damp and mould, which can cause terrible problems to your building later down the line. There are many commercial guttering companies, such as UK Gutter Maintenance Ltd, that can carry out routine repairs and maintenance to ensure that this never happens.
Consider Additional Amenities
While your commercial space may be freshly decorated and equipped with efficient technologies, it may be lacking in beneficial amenities for staff and customers. As mentioned previously, the environment in which people spend a lot of time in will have a significant effect on their productivity and attitude, and this extends to the facilities that are available.
It can be simple to implement useful amenities within your commercial building, ranging from smaller items such as sparkly new coffee machines to creating dedicated break out spaces and meeting rooms. This may sound like a huge headache, but can be easily done by having attractive office partition walls installed. Interspace Commercial Interiors, for example, offer a variety of partitions, to effectively create new spaces in which people can relax.
If you’re lucky enough to have parking facilities located around your commercial building, this could be another great place to install an added amenity. With the rise of electric and hybrid vehicles, why not consider installing some EV charging points? While you may have seen these at service stations, restaurants and other public locations, companies rarely offer this amenity to their staff.
Enhance The Exterior
As we are focusing on the exterior of your building, there are other ways in which you can further improve that all-important first impression. As well as carrying out repairs and maintenance, you could opt for a complete change and give the exterior of your commercial building a total upgrade. This can be easily done via cladding spraying, which provides the opportunity to revamp the colour and achieve a brand new look. This could be dictated by specific brand colours and applied to the entire facade or smaller sections, such as window frames, should you wish to keep the change minimal.
Should your commercial property include signage to the exterior, why not consider giving it a little facelift? An update to your signage could really revive the exterior of your commercial building and give the property a new lease of life. If this is something you are considering, why not take a look at your branding and logo while you’re at it – this could be the perfect time to update things a little and create a contemporary new sign.
While we’re outside, don’t forget about any grassy or gardened areas. They may not be at the top of your list for things to improve, but by investing in a commerical landscaper to maintain your outside spaces, you’ll greatly enhance the exterior appearance of any property.
Rejuvenate your Commercial Building
By now, you should be brimming with ideas as to how you can make improvements to your commercial building. While painting, decorating and the addition of amenities are slightly quicker cosmetic fixes, other solutions will require a slightly bigger budget and timeframe. Nevertheless, larger improvements such as cladding repairs, solar panels and new signage will prove to be incredibly beneficial and financially worthwhile in the long run.
Bring your commercial property completely up-to-date and in turn, allow your business to stand out against competitors. Making building improvements is a great way to give yourself an edge in saturated markets as well as provide an updated environment for your staff and visitors to enjoy. If you’ve found this helpful, why not share the article on social media. If you’d like any more information on spraying services of any kind, call our team today and we can arrange an onsite visit to advise on how we can help in your building improvement efforts.