What to look for in an office fit-out company
The office is the home base of your company and encapsulates what your company represents. Unsurprisingly then it is important that your office provides both a comfortable and functional place for your team to work as well as being representative of your company’s brand.
Whether you’re moving to a new office, refurbishing, expanding or downsizing, a new fit out is an exciting opportunity to revive and energise your company. However, it can also be a formidable prospect, which is why you need the right office fit-out company to go through the process with you. Here are a few key factors to consider when choosing an office fit-out company.
This is inevitably going to be a long project, so it’s vital to feel that you’re being listened to and acknowledged from start to finish. It’s no good having an office fit-out company who you don’t feel prioritise you. You can gauge this by how fast they get back to you when you first get in touch. Do they reply within the hour or do they leave you hanging for a week?
Are they friendly and efficient when they talk or do they seem vague and non-committal? You’re entering into a relatively long-term working relationship with this company so make sure you feel like there is a productive dialogue between you and that you feel secure your ideas are being heard.
2. Vision and Design
Even if you think you know exactly what you want, its important that the fit-out company you choose can deliver the style and office interior that you want, or help you to figure out what will be best for your company.
Ideally, a good fit out company will see the space you have and use it effectively while understanding the image your company wants to project, making use of natural light or making a small space feel bigger. You also want a fit out company who don’t play too safe – go with a company that isn’t afraid to be bold and help you stand out.
3. Cost and Budget
Most fit out companies will only be able to give you a quote once they’ve done a site visit and found out what you want, so don’t be alarmed when you can’t get an immediate quote online. Once you’re given a quote the most important thing is to be guaranteed that there will be no variations to the original agreed upon price unless you change your specification.
Some companies will give you an initial low quote, then ‘unforeseen costs’ will start rolling in. Find a fit out company that assures you contractually that surprise costs won’t unexpectedly blow your budget.
Overall it’s best to go with fit out companies who have a good amount of experience in fitting out business spaces similar to yours. Tried and trusted companies will know the industry and all the challenges it involves in terms of realistic time schedules, budgets and licenses.
This knowledge will make the whole process run much more smoothly and to specification so you don’t end up delayed and left in the lurch!
Keeping these points in mind will make finding the right office fit-out company for your unique business easier. Help your team get up and running in a stylish, freshly designed office in no time! You can practically smell the fresh paint…