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Choosing the right contractor for new year renovation works

With the new year on the horizon many home and business owners will be considering the potential of renovating their domestic or commercial properties.

This can have many benefits, allowing for a property to be completely upgraded or re-purposed, but finding the right building contractors to plan and perform these works is essential to the overall success of even the simplest renovation project.

To help your search, here we offer just a few of the key factors to consider when choosing a professional contractor to perform renovation works in 2019.

Expertise

Renovation projects require a wide range of skills and plenty of experience, so finding a contractor with proven experience of performing the works you require is essential. Good building companies will be able to offer specialist services for your requirements, whether domestic or commercial.

Accreditation

It is important to make sure that you employ a contractor that is fully certified and affiliated with appropriate bodies such as Constructionline. This ensures that the works will be performed safely by industry standard professionals and that any insurance issues will be covered.

Reputation

Try to find out more about a building contractor and the previous renovation work they have undertaken by getting feedback from previous clients. This information might be available directly or available through ratings and testimonials on a contractor’s website.

Results

To be fully assured that a contractor produces excellent results, ask to see examples of their previous work. Trusted companies will be only too happy to show off their previous renovation experience and talk about how these projects were performed to a high standard.

Get in touch

The team at Universal Contracting offer expert renovation services suitable for any type of domestic or business premises. All of our building services are performed to the exact requirements of our clients, and available across Hampshire, Dorset, Surrey and the surrounding areas.

If you would like to learn more about how our specialist team can help to achieve a successful building renovation in 2019, please contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation by calling 01794 330 830.

 

How commercial flooring works can benefit your business

Commercial premises such as offices, retail buildings and warehouses are essential to day-to-day business operations, with floorspace being one of the most important considerations. The quality and condition of floored surfaces can have a significant influence on how well a business can perform, especially in busy work environments and areas of heavy daily footfall.

Here we look at just a few of the benefits offered by upgrading the flooring at a commercial premises by re-carpeting or applying new coatings and screeds to existing surfaces.

Aesthetics

Replacing or re-laying flooring surfaces in a commercial environment generally acts to improve the appearance of the area. This makes the workplace a more pleasant and comfortable environment for customers, guests and employees, leaving a far better impression of the business.

Safety

Uneven surfaces and trip hazards can become commonplace when flooring in commercial premises becomes old and worn out. This can lead to an unwanted rise in accidents and injuries on site and compromises the safety of employees and other visitors to the premises.

Efficiency

When new surfaces are laid this allows businesses to consider the requirements of the flooring in each area of the premises. This offers the opportunity to assess the suitability of flooring in strategic areas such as warehouses, loading bays, shop floors and offices and make beneficial changes.

Maintenance

Aged and worn-out flooring surfaces are more difficult to clean and often require patching and refitting, so laying new surfaces can save considerable time and money on maintenance. Choosing a better suited, more durable flooring option often provides the best long-term solution.

Find out more

The team at Universal Contracting offer an expert commercial flooring service suitable for any type of business premises. We offer carpeting and re-surfacing services that are performed to the exact requirements of our clients across Hampshire, Dorset, Surrey and the surrounding areas.

If you would like to learn more about how our specialist team can help to improve the flooring options at your business premises. please contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation by calling 01794 330 830.

 

Why Painting is an Important Requirement for Industrial Premises

Though pristine paintwork is rarely associated with industrial buildings, many business owners choose to give their premises a fresh coat of paint each year.

There are a number of advantages to this approach, ranging from improving the general appearance of the building to increasing employee performance and happiness. Here we look at some of the key reasons why business owners are recommended to have industrial premises re-painted, and how a professional painting services can make a big difference.

Aesthetics

Even in a busy industrial environment such as a warehouse or factory, the appearance of faded and flaking paintwork can give a negative impression, especially in office rooms and toilet facilities. A yearly re-paint helps to make a premises feel fresher, cleaner and more welcoming for visitors, clients and staff.

Productivity

Improving the appearance of a workplace has been linked to higher levels of employee happiness and productivity, making it a quick and simple way to improve operations. Workers are often found to be more focused and professional within a working environment they feel is well kept and properly maintained, boosting moral and output.

Safety

Painted markings such as walkway lines and loading bay alerts are commonplace in industrial premises and are essential to meeting safety standards within any facility. Regular re-painting is required to keep these markings vivid and recognisable, helping to avoid any unnecessary accidents and injuries at the workplace.

Cost

Hiring a professional industrial painting contractor can help to reduce the cost of upkeep on your business premises. Internal and external painting can be performed with minimal disruption to day-to-day operations, offering a quick and efficient upgrade to facilities and helping to prevent issues with safety and hygiene regulation that can result in unwanted downtime.

Find out more

The team at Universal Contracting offer a wide range of specialist internal or external refurbishment services for any size of industrial or commercial premises.

If your business is based in Hampshire, Surrey or the surrounding areas and you would like to learn more about how we can help to improve the condition of your premises – contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

For more information, please call Universal Contracting on 01794 330 830.

 

Why make refurbishing commercial buildings a priority?

If your business operates from a commercial building such as an office, warehouse or retail space, it can be easy to overlook the essential upgrades the property might require.

But from dated décor to crumbling fixtures and fittings, the general condition of your commercial premises could be restricting the success and efficiency of your company. Here we look at just a few of the advantages offered by refurbishing a commercial building that can be very good for business…

Appeal

Refurbishment gives commercial properties an upgraded feel that can be very good for business. Improving the internal and external appearance of your premises can be very appealing for existing and potential customers and enhance the working environment enjoyed by employees.

Functionality

Whether a commercial building is used for offices, storage or retail – refurbishment provides a great opportunity to improve how space is used. This can mean adding new rooms or facilities, re-thinking lighting and accessibility, or simply giving more room for your business to operate.

Waterproofing

As the winter approaches it is important that business premises are as resistant to leaks and flooding as possible. A refurbishment process that includes the improvement or replacement of doors, window systems and roofing will go a long way to protecting your premises against the elements.

Security

Refurbishment of commercial premises provides an essential chance to upgrade security. This can include updating or implementing alarm systems and installing improved security measures such as safes, shutters and protected window or door systems.

Safety

In older, more antiquated commercial buildings, the modernisation brought about by refurbishment can bring essential safety improvements. Indeed, installing new features such as fire alarms, sprinkler systems and escape doors will help your premises to meet important safety regulations.

Saleability

If you plan to sell your property or might wish to do so in the future, refurbishment will without doubt add value to the premises. Building upgrades not only raise the estate valuations of commercial premises but also the appeal for potential buyers.

Find out more

The team at Universal Contracting offer an expert refurbishment service for any type of commercial building, performed to the exact requirements of your business operation.

If your commercial or retail premises is based in Hampshire, Surrey or the surrounding areas and you would like to learn more about how our specialists can refurbish your premises – contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

 

How office refurbishment can improve your business

The impact of office refurbishment is often underestimated and yet the difference it can make to the working environment is considerable.

The average full-time worker spends over 1800 hours every year at work, and that is a long time to be stuck in an environment that is impractical, uninspiring and possibly even a health and safety risk.

Improving the working environment can have many benefits to employers, staff and customers so here we’ll look at just a few of the reasons why, in our experience, internal refurbishment is a good investment for your business.

Improved Productivity

Nothing improves a tired space better than a makeover.  By freshening up interiors through painting and decorating, installing better lighting, making repairs to broken fixtures and fittings and tidying away messy cables you can increase employee morale which may well lead to improved productivity.

Improved Creativity

Whether you work within a creative industry or not, everyone needs a little inspiration in the workplace and yet if your interiors are looking old, worn and dirty, it can be hard for staff to get motivated and have new ideas.  By transforming your workspace through replacing worn out flooring or adding suspended ceilings to create a new, cosier space, you can inspire people to create and innovate in their new surroundings.

Improved Functionality

Sometimes it is not the colour scheme or furniture in a workplace that lowers productivity and morale but the way the space is configured.  Poorly designed offices can cost a business money as it takes employees longer to move around and find what they are looking for.  By undergoing an office refurbishment, you will firstly need to evaluate the space and how you use it.  This will enable you to create a space where traffic flows more easily so that post refurbishment, furniture and equipment are put in a more practical position.  This may allow you to create better areas for people to focus, which is particularly useful if your overall space doesn’t allow for lots of individual offices.

Improved Safety

Employers have a legal obligation to ensure their workplace does not put employees or members of the public at risk.  Damaged interiors, such as broken flooring, untidy cables or poor ventilation could be potentially harmful, so undergoing a refurbishment is the ideal time to address these issues and should be one of the main reasons to do so.  Wellbeing in the workplace is a huge item on the agenda nowadays and businesses will want to do all they can to improve the wellbeing of their employees, as not only does this lead to a more harmonious workplace but it can also improve staff retention and reinforce a positive brand perception.

Improved Efficiency

Refurbishing your workplace gives you the perfect opportunity to replace old light fittings and bulbs to help your business become more energy efficient.  Not only is this better for the environment, but it can also reduce your energy bills.

Improved Corporate Identity

Branding is not just about your website, social media, product packaging or sign-written vehicles, it also extends to your workplace.    How you design and present your working environment and the way you use colours within it can help to convey your message to staff and customers.

Want to get started with your own internal refurbishments?

If this list has got you thinking about what refurbishing your office could do you for your workplace, please call Universal Contracting today on 01794 330 830 to find out more about our full range of internal refurbishments.

 

5 key benefits of outside refurbishment for industrial premises

If you own an industrial premises such as factory, workshop or warehouse it can be easy to focus on the internal conditions of the property rather than the outside.

However, whether you run your own business from the premises or rent to a commercial tenant, the external condition of your building can also be vitally important.

Here we list just five reasons why the professional outside refurbishment of your industrial premises can be good for business.

Aesthetics

A key advantage of external refurbishment for industrial properties is that the outward appearance of the premises can be improved considerably, making a business more attractive to employees, customers and even potential buyers and investors.

Weather-proofing

Refurbishing the outside of an industrial property, especially issues with roofing and external walls, will play a significant role in weather-proofing your building. These works help to avoid seasonal problems such as flooding and damp and can help to avoid disruption to business operations.

Safety

External refurbishment provides an excellent opportunity to assess the safety of an industrial property and fix any issues. From faulty brickwork to loosened roof tiles, there are a wide range of potential safety hazards that can be fixed as a part of general refurbishment and decoration.

Avoiding future costs

Refurbishing your property now can help to protect the premises and you to avoid considerable future costs. There are a wide range of issues that can be recognised and fixed during a standard refurbishment operation that can, if left unattended, result in expensive problems in the future.

Adding value

If a time comes when you wish to sell an industrial property, external refurbishment will certainly make the premises more appealing for potential buyers and will likely add considerable value to the market price of the building.

Find out more

The team at Universal Contracting offer a wide range of specialist external refurbishment services for any size of industrial or commercial premises.

If your business is based in Hampshire, Surrey or the surrounding areas and you would like to learn more about how we can help to improve the condition of your premises – contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

For more information, please call Universal Contracting on 01794 330 830.