Why it Costs More When You Go Cheap on Your Commercial Renovations
“Drink your milk!” You might remember your parents saying from when you were younger. “If you want to have strong and healthy bones, you need to drink your milk!” Some kids love the stuff, and others had to be persuaded to drink it, but most of us remember the fact that milk was touted as giving us a healthy skeleton that would stand up to the rigors of daily life. We might have rolled our eyes at the constant preaching about the importance of healthy bones when we were younger, but it was a valuable lesson that we should have all taken to heart. You can also apply it to other things in life – such as commercial renovations. If you run a brick and mortar business and you’re looking to expand, you need to start with the skeleton. Without this extremely important step, you’ll inevitably run into massive problems down the line. The skeleton for your business is metal construction, and you need to take it seriously. Otherwise, you’ll be looking at huge repair bills, safety problems, and other troubles down the road. So what can go wrong if you skimp on building a new structure, and what risks are you introducing to your business? We go over the facts that you need to know regarding this topic.
When Should Businesses Consider Working With Metal Structures?
Metal structures are not something that should be considered lightly. They require a serious investment of time, energy, and money. That being said, they shouldn’t be ignored or avoided either. When you’re dealing with significant commercial renovations or expansions, then it’s time to start thinking about metal structures. Looking to expand your brick and mortar store significantly? Looking to overhaul an extremely worn out building and get a fresh start? Or perhaps you’re just intending to create a smaller expansion for storage or other purposes. You may even be looking to create a brand new brick and mortar store from scratch. These are just a few examples of when businesses would look into metal structures. However, don’t get too excited and dive in. Make sure that you have your ducks in a row. Here are some (but not an exhaustive list) of the concerns you should consider:
- Do I have enough money in my renovations or construction budget to see the project through to completion?
- Will I be able to see the job through to completion without cutting corners or skimping on materials or labour costs?
- Do I have trained and prepared contractors or employees on hand that are able to handle the job, and have I factored them into the budget?
- Have I properly accounted for safety concerns?
If the answer to any of the above questions is “no”, “maybe”, or anything but a firm and confident “yes!”, then you should hold off on the project.
Why Cutting Corners Ends Up Costing Your Business
It’s a fact of business that everyone is always keeping an eye on the bottom line. A project that goes wildly over budget is usually considered a failure, while managing to save money is often lauded as a great sign of business sense. With commercial renovations, there should be a primary focus on getting the job done correctly, not quickly or cheaply. Otherwise, the expected benefits for your business could quickly be cancelled out, and you could end up facing huge costs.
Safety and Security
Have you ever seen a movie where the protagonist is fleeing through a structure that is slowly collapsing on them? Every step keeps them ahead of certain injury or death. Now, it’s highly unlikely that something this dramatic will happen in your business. But you may face some serious health and safety concerns. If the metal isn’t fastened correctly, or the structure is poorly made, it poses a serious health risk. For example, what if there’s a heavy snowfall? A poorly constructed roof might fare well in the summer months, but when there’s a serious snowfall and weight is added to the structure, will it be able to stand up? When multiple people are using the business every day and heading up and downstairs, will the metal hold? These are all questions you need to be confident in answering, or you could end up putting people at risk.
If It’s Worth Doing, It’s Worth Doing Right
If you’ve ever rushed through a chore before, you’ve probably experienced the consequences of not doing the job right. For instance, have you ever quickly washed a glass to realize you have to wash it again because there’s still a ring of milk on the bottom? It’s a frustrating experience. Now, scale it up many times over, and you’ll have an idea of what it’s like to rush through commercial renovations. A haphazard metal structure is even worse, and it can cost large amounts of money and a great deal of labour to fix the issue. Instead, just make sure the job is done right the first time. Otherwise, your grand renovation could end up causing massive damage to your business’s finances.
When it comes to commercial renovations, you simply can’t afford to do the job wrong. Every stage of the project must be carried out well, or you could face massive repair bills down the road. Be smart, and work with qualified contractors and the best materials possible. Luckily, McKee-Horrigan Inc. is prepared to help you with the job. Give us a call at 1 888 2444 4171 for a free quote and a discussion on how we can help your business grow. Or for more information, check out our blog for pieces on business, safety, and expanding.