What is Office Dilapidation: When Do You Need It?

There is no doubt that the pandemic has brought a tremendous impact on businesses. To cope with the situation, companies are now adopting the work-from-home setup. This move is not only helpful in eliminating the possibility of virus transmission, but it also keeps businesses striving while waiting for the time that everyone can go back to their offices again.

Since many changes happened, many are also looking for ways to downsize or use a more flexible approach in how they run their business. Many owners and employees have embraced and enjoyed the benefits of working from home. Thus the need for a physical office is becoming less important. While for others, especially for businesses whose work-from-home setup is not suitable, a larger or redesigned office is needed to embrace the new normal.

If your business is to adopt a work-from-home set up or move to a larger or smaller office space, now is the best time to have all of the works done. To start, you will need to undergo office dilapidation.

What is office dilapidation?

Commercial PaintersOffice dilapidation is the process of performing repairs and other required works to return a commercial space to its original condition.Before moving into your office, you may have made a few changes to the workspace to make it suitable for your business needs. As your leasing term ends, your landlord might require you to take off all the changes you made and return the space to its original condition so you can retain your deposit.

Whatever changes you have made in your leased commercial space, whether it is structural or cosmetic, you need to adhere to the dilapidation clause stated in your agreement before returning it to your landlord.

Suppose you have been leasing a commercial office. In that case, you might need to get office dilapidation sooner or later, as your lease comes to an end.

How dilapidation is done

As your lease nears its end, your landlord will appoint a surveyor to assess the property’s condition and determine the type and extent of the dilapidation to be performed.

If the dilapidation work is not as extensive and requires only a few repairs and redecoration, you can decide to handle the process in-house. However, in many cases, you might need professional contractors to carry out the work.

As the end of your lease approaches, give yourself or the contractors enough time to perform the dilapidation work. This will ensure that the process is performed correctly, with as minimal to zero mistakes as possible.

Office Dilapidation Services

At Wallace Contracts, our team of office dilapidation specialists has years of experience in working with different sizes of dilapidation projects. We’ve been in the trade for many years, and we guarantee top-notch services that you can rely on.

What Colour Is Best For Your Office?

Office colour psychology not only affects the way your staff work and how productive they can be, but it also affects how customers perceive and evaluate your business.

Colour can make us less or more productive, responsive, emotional or even hungry, so understanding the basics of colour psychology can help you to design a space that gets the most out of your employees.


What Colour Is Best For Your Office?

A colour which reconnects us to our natural surroundings green is a colour ideal for an environment where a strong sense of balance is important. Green is the colour our eye sees more than any other colour. People who like green usually are stable, balanced and described as warm and approachable. Green is also a suitable choice in offices where employees are often required to work long hours. The human eye perceives green in a way that requires no adjustment, meaning it does not contribute to eye fatigue and is beneficial to those who suffer from screen-induced eye strain.


Blue is a colour we associate with nature and therefore is a calming, relaxing colour as it brings water and summer skies to mind. Blue is also the colour to be preferred by most employees, and therefore is a good colour for offices or areas where there are a lot of people. Besides being relaxing and soothing, it also helps staff to focus and concentrate on the task in hand. The vast majority of people view blue as a positive colour, so this is a good choice for any office.


Red has been proven to energise humans by increasing heart rate, respiration and blood pressure.While this is suited to environments that require plenty of physical activity, such as a gym, red colour schemes are not suited to offices where employees may be sat at a desk for long hours, unable to release excess energy.


Yellow is said to be the best colour for areas of team work, as its bright tone can raise positivity and happiness. Yellow stimulates mental activity and generates muscle energy.

However yellow is unsuitable in offices that receive plenty of natural light. Yellow reflects a lot of light and can cause eye strain by over-stimulating the eyes. This can annoy and irritate employees, significantly reducing their productivity.

To discuss your office design call 01782 810220 or send us an email at enquiries@wallacecontractsltd.com.

Tips For Refurbishing Your Business While Staying Open

Painting and renovating can be a huge disruption to your day-to-day operations, but with careful planning and preparation the disruption can be minimised.Wallace Contracts limited have some of our top tips to consider when painting during business hours.

1. Announcements

Before you begin your refurbishment we recommend notifying your customers and staff of the potential issues a refurbishment can cause. Providing your employees with the correct training can maintain minimal disruption.

Printing signs around your business and messages on all social media platforms will allow your customers to know ahead of time and reduce the potential negative reviews due to a less than perfect experience.

Once the refurbishment is complete showcase the finished product on social media with new photos, a final update will then bring your regular customer back into your business.

2. Should you stay open?

Before beginning your refurbishment, you’ll need to do some groundwork into any legalities which may cause your business to temporary close. If you own a business providing customers with food and refreshments, you may not be able to stay open while staying within health and safety codes.

3. Create an unoccupied zone

If you have a large enough business you could create a buffer zone to separate the refurbishment area from everything else. This will help to lower noise levels, contamination and disruption to employees and customers.

Without a buffer zone you could cause mayhem and an unorganised refurbishment that will ultimately create stress and negative reviews.

Leave it to the experts

If you are looking to give your business a new lease of life then get a free no obligation quote Wallace Contracts Limited. Our commercial painting experts are dedicated to making your painting refurbishment as easy and stress-free as possible. Contact us on 01782 810220 or fill out our simple enquiry form for a free quote today!

Which Office Layout Is Right For Your Business?

Office layouts have traditionally looked pretty similar with the same desks in repetitive lines separated by departments. The era of paper-based offices however are dying out and the new era of portable technology is growing with a wireless network. Without the need for a central desktop with wires needing to be discretely hidden, we now have more opportunity to shape the office environment.

With this new opportunity to redesign the office space we are going to take a look into the three best office layouts linear, radial and organic.

Linear Layout

A traditional layout with areas and departments arranged in sequence, often in straight lines this is an often favoured layout within established departments.


A modern structure with areas and departments arranged in a circle from a central point of focus. A common layout within publications and marketing businesses which require a keystone figure to monitor the full process.


A fluid and more flexible structure that reflects the people who use the space and how they use it as opposed to the building itself or a company structure.

Now you’ve seen all the main options, it’s time to reflect on what office layout will work best for you. Every team is different so consider all the above but keep your specific requirements in mind. What works for one office may not work for another.

Whether you have dozens of employees or work from home by yourself, setting up an efficient, personal workspace is one of the best things you can do for your productivity and mental well-being.

If you would like to find out more on our office refurbishment services then please fill in our simple contact form or call us on 01782 810220.