If you’re involved with your church or temple, you may be aware of building renovation or redecoration plans in the future. Although we think of a house of worship primarily as a sanctuary and place to celebrate a religion, it’s also a building with all of the needs and requirements of any other building. This includes standard upkeep and maintenance as well as larger refurbishment projects. It also includes all of the seasonal and annual decorations that must be put up and any changes your congregation decides to make to the interior. Here are five tips for getting the most out of the money that your organization puts towards remodeling.
1. Decide on Your Priorities
You don’t have an infinite budget for your remodeling. In fact, you probably will need to fundraise to pay for just about everything. So, make the hard choices and decide on your priorities. If there are major problems with important things like heat and the roof, you don’t want to put your energy into redecorating or replacing the carpets, for example.
2. Enlist Your Congregation
Your congregation has a number of important roles in any renovations you might plan. First of all, they can raise the necessary funds. Then, if they are skilled, they can actually help you to install or fix various things. Finally, make sure your congregation is involved in the decision-making process when you choose your priorities.
3. Buy from Reputable Sellers
If you need to make purchases for your remodel, make sure you’re getting a good deal by buying from reputable and established sellers. For example, if you need liturgical furnishings, look for a business with a good reputation like O’Brien and Keane. This way you won’t have to worry about the quality of the products.
4. Make Sure Your Insurance is Prepared
Before you embark on any major renovations, talk to your insurance provider and make sure that everything is covered. If your renovations are big enough, you may even need to file paperwork with your local municipality. Don’t let an oversight during planning cost you big in the long run.
5. Work as a Community
At any place of worship, the most important thing you have is your beliefs and your community. Don’t loose sight of that when you are working. After all, your renovation should focus on making thing better.