If your shop is in need of a makeover and you plan to carry out some DIY renovations on it, you may find the following advice to be helpful.
1. Hire high-quality power tools for your project instead of using your own hand tools
Most people own a few basic hand tools (such as a hammer, a screwdriver, a saw and a spanner). If this is the case for you, you might be thinking about using these, instead of renting commercial-grade power tools for your DIY project, in order to save yourself some money.
However, while this might make your project slightly more affordable, renting the items that you need from a power tool hire company could be a worthwhile investment.
There are a few reasons for this. First, using commercial power tools will speed up the process of renovating your premises and in doing so, will enable you to reopen your shop far sooner than if you were to do the work with hand tools. For example, if you rent a cordless drill, you will be able to remove old screws and insert new ones in a matter of seconds. Conversely, if you were to do this with a manual screwdriver, it could take several minutes. Likewise, if you hire a nail gun, this tool will make inserting nails into pieces of timber go very quickly. If you were to use a hammer for this task, it would not only be far more physically strenuous but would also take considerably longer.
Second, using high-quality tools will enable you to produce better results than if you chose to use hand tools. For example, if you are making some wooden shelves for your shop, it would be sensible to rent a circular saw, as this item will enable you to produce clean, precise cuts in the timber.
If, on the other hand, you decided to use a manual saw for this task, you might struggle to create straight, clean edges.
This is a point that is worth bearing in mind, as your DIY project will only improve the appearance of your premises and attract new customers if it is done to a high standard.
2. Protect your inventory
It's important not to underestimate how much mess and chaos any DIY renovations will create in your shop. For this reason, you should take preventative action to ensure that your inventory is not damaged by the project.
For example, if you sell food or drink products of any kind, it is possible that the fumes emitted by any varnishes, paints or solvents could affect the smell and taste of these items, and in doing, could render them unsellable.
Likewise, if you sell clothes, stationery or cosmetics in your shop, then any sawdust from wood or wall plaster and any paint that you apply to the ceiling or wall could leave these items coated in dust particles or drops of paint.
To prevent this from happening, it is best to move any inventory out of the area that you will be renovating for the duration of the project. If this is not possible, then the next best thing is to place large dust cloths over all of your items and to store all of your consumable goods in airtight containers (to prevent any fumes from damaging them).