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A Guide to Relocating Your Business When the Time Is Right

In “Five of the Best Reasons for a Commercial Renovation”, I discussed why you should remodel now if you plan to stay at your current location.  In this blog, we offer tips on relocating your business/practice because your current location or building is no longer feasible to use.  Note:  if you own your existing space, it’s best to consult with your real estate agent to discuss the options regarding selling/renting your building.

Top Reasons to Relocate Your Business:

  • Traffic patterns change over time.  Perhaps you’re no longer in an active area and therefore, you aren’t readily drawing traffic to your business/practice.  Seeking space in an area that’s busier could help your bottom line; however you likely will pay higher rent than you're paying now. 
  • Your building needs a major update either to the structure/ infrastructure/energy efficiencies that exceed the cost of building a new building.
  • You need to expand your building to accommodate new equipment or additional staff, but you’ve run out of room or can't meet parking and zoning requirements.
  • You originally started your business in a house and now the maintenance costs have become too much and/or you can’t alter the space for efficient use.

Building Maintenance Strategies for Small Business Owners

When you’re a small business owner who is responsible for your building, you likely don’t have a budget for a facility manager. Building maintenance probably isn’t something that hits your to-do list very often, but is still very important to the longevity and cost of building operation.  Having a building maintenance strategy can help you proactively catch repairs, leaks, and heating deficiencies with way less expense out of pocket.

Flexible Finish Substitutions Can Improve Construction Time & Budget

Architects and engineers are smart people who are dedicated to taking the information their clients provide them and designing an aesthetically pleasing and functional building to meet their client’s goals.  In their design specifications, they include specific products for building finishes, which they’ve researched or have experienced, to match the desired outcome expressed by their client.  Typically, these materials or products have also been discussed with and accepted by the client.

Customer Service Request – Quick Service after Construction

Business owners can have a difficult time finding a contractor to complete small projects within their buildings.  Switching out doors, replacing trim, or hanging coat racks are projects that most general contractors put on the back burner as they are busy handling larger projects.  We believe, a business owner would want to use the contractor who built their building, or the subcontractor who was originally involved on the project when a change or repair is needed because these workers already know the building inside and out.  Hence, we created our Customer Service Request System (CSR) for our clients more than a decade ago.

Mich.'s Energy Code (2015) to Save Energy for Building Owners

The 2015 Michigan Energy Code, as directed by Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), went into effect Sept 20, 2017.  The changes to the code involve lighting controls of new commercial buildings and remodels with more than 50% lighting alterations in an effort to increase energy savings.  In a nutshell, different areas of a commercial building will need both sensors and a wall switch or dimmer to control lighting.

How Self-Performed Trades Keep Construction Schedules on Track

In order to maintain a stellar reputation as a professional contractor, speed, quick problem solving and meeting deadlines are critical.  The biggest complaint and almost a disappointing anticipation in our industry is that a job will take longer than estimated.  We strive to disprove that assumption on each and every project.  Here’s one way that we do that.

How Employee-Owned Companies Deliver Reliable Results

Companies that offer an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) for their staff members provide an opportunity for their workforce to have a vested interest in their success.  By virtue this creates a long-term incentive for employees to stay with the company and an eagerness to make the company even more successful.

Construction Broker Service Compared to Professional Construction

As construction broker companies continue to pop up, they’re coming up short compared to a Design-Build – General Construction (DB-GC) Firm in many important areas for project success.  DB-GCs provide much more control over the schedule and the budget on your project versus a construction services broker.

Medical Office Design and Construction for Savvy Docs

For over 70 years, Wolgast has developed specialty design and construction services for Medical Practitioners and efficient use of their space.  We keep in mind the patient flow, staff flow, regulatory requirements, and design elements for comfort for all.  Please view the short video linked above that displays our experience and abilities to make your space great for everyone who uses it. 

How Much Will a Phase I Save Me on Architectural Costs?

 

Short answer is roughly 20% or more.  Through a number of cost saving opportunities, the Design/Build Phased Approach to construction can be the most economical cost- and time-wise, not only saving on Architectural services, but also on the overall construction budget.

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