Selecting the right Office Fit-Out Partner
Selecting the right fit-out partner to design, space plan and fit-out your new office is a critical decision. Get it right and you have an inspiring and functional workspace. Get it wrong, and it could prove very expensive, disruptive and overrun your precious budget. To help you select a reliable and professional office fit-out company, use this guide to help you evaluate and assess the companies you are considering:
A good office fit-out company will have a healthy balance sheet and a good credit rating. It helps if they have been established for at least 5 years so you know they have a good track record and a reliable history behind them. Discuss your office fit-out budget with them and find out whether they can work within this figure. You may well find that your budget is too small for them and it may be better to work with a smaller fit-out company where your project will be a ‘bigger fish’ and you get the attention you deserve.
Find out what experience they have had in projects of similar size and nature to yours. Select a company who specialises in office fit-outs and refurbishments. Ask to see their portfolio of work and get feedback and reviews from past clients. It’s important that not only the quality of work is good, but that they are also a reliable and trustworthy company to work with.
Relationship & Rapport
A good office fit-out partner will have a clear understanding of your company’s personality, company culture and working practices. At the very least, you need to get on with the company’s project manager, as you will be working very closely with them throughout the project. You will need to meet with them on a weekly basis to get progress updates - so be sure to check that this is included in the overall costs.
Find out whether they undertake the design in-house and which office furniture manufacturers they work with. Do they offer conceptual visuals of the design before it’s implemented? It’s also worth asking about their CSR policy and whether the materials they intend to use are environmentally friendly with a low carbon footprint.
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