Your kitchen is key to the success of your business, and any refurbishment project has to go well, or your business will suffer. If it does go well, however, your business could receive a powerful boost. To help you get the project underway, I’ve put together a short list of tips that should give you some guidance.
- Budget correctly
All successful refurbishment projects start with a well-planned budget. From the beginning you need to know how much you can spend, and you need to stick to this figure throughout the process. With a detailed budget you’ll stop yourself from overspending and ensure that your money is used as efficiently as possible. By knowing your financial limits, your new kitchen will have the best all-round quality that you can afford.
- Consider your business’s needs
Alongside your budget, you need to have a clear idea of what it is that your kitchen’s refurbishment is improving, and this will vary depending on the type and size of your business. Some common factors to consider could include how much worktop space you need and how many individual appliances you need. This should go hand in hand with your budget so that you can be confident that you are spending your money in the right areas.
- Find the right kit for the job
It’s not enough to know how many ovens or fridges that you want, you need to do your research to find the best products within your budget. Remember to factor in the priorities from your plan and budget to focus on the most important products. If there are brands that you trust then stick with them, but in all cases you should be looking for quality. It is not worth buying the cheaper product only to have it break 5 years earlier than the more expensive one would have.
- Know the restrictions of your building
You should know your building’s physical restrictions inside and out so that you know how much space you have available, and whether or not you’ll need to make any changes to supplies of gas, water and electricity. You must also find out whether or not you need planning permission for the changes that you want to make, otherwise you could run into a whole host of problems further down the line!
- Do your research on tradesmen
You don’t want your kitchen to become the next trading horror story. Thankfully, there are a number of ways to find trustworthy traders to carry out your refurbishment. TrustMark is a non-profit, government backed organisation that verifies standards among traders. If a tradesperson is accredited, you can be certain that they will do a good job. You can also use the CTSI to find locally approved traders, or a commercial register like trustatrader.com. If you use a commercial register you get the benefit of lots of reviews, but the possible downside of the organisation claiming no responsibility for the final quality of the work. If possible, you should probably stick to the government-backed schemes.
- Understand your ROI
Understanding the return of investment from the refurbishment is what ties all of this together from a business standpoint. You need a clear idea of why you’re doing the work, and how it helps you going forward. Some benefits could include higher workplace efficiency and satisfaction, and lower energy bills from more up to date appliances. Whatever the benefits to you would be, you need to be sure that a refurbishment is right for your business. If it is, then it may well be exactly what you need to take your business to the next level.
Charles Reilly is the director of Fridgesmart, commercial refrigeration specialists with over 40 years’ experience in the industry.