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Typical Costs of an office fit-out

Occupying a new office space usually means making some modification to the space, whether it be to strip ceilings and floors, install partitioning or even a simple re-plaster and paint. This is what's known as an ‘office fit-out’.

With office occupation costs being one of the highest cost outlays, being able to use the space efficiently is key to the success of a tenancy. No matter what size of office space you choose, you are likely to need to undergo some sort of office fit-out and it’s important to budget accordingly for such works when planning your relocation budget. One of the key considerations when choosing an office building and working out your approximate fit-out costs is determining what type of fit out that's required.

Typically, these fall into two categories:

      1. Category A fit-out
These works include the completion of the core building works such as implementation of suspended ceilings, raised floors, and basic mechanical and electrical services. Typically, a category A fit-out is only applicable to a brand new building that is still considered a shell when you view the property.

      2. Category B fit-out
These works commence following completion of category A works and include building modifications such as partitioning, floor finishes and adapting the building to the tenant’s specification. Since office fit outs are designed for specific client requirements, it can be difficult to summarise what the overall costs might be.

However, in addition to the different types of fit-out, you should also take into account the following factors:

Tenant Requirements
Different tenants will have different budgets to work with and different requirements. This will depend on the size of your company, the size of the office you are occupying and the industry you work in. Some industries such as financial services have very specific technical and fit-out requirements where the standards of fit-out are very high.

The state of the office building
The extent of the fit-out will be determined by the condition and state of the building in question. If it’s a new building and a Category A fit-out has already been completed then it’s easier and cheaper for the tenant to build on these and start the fit-out with a ‘blank slate’.

Open Plan versus cubicles
An office which requires a lot of cubicles and partitioning and other additional facilities such as meeting rooms and kitchen facilities is likely to take longer and be more costly than a straight forward open plan office space.

Project Timing
If timing is an issue and you need the office fit-out project completed quickly, you may need to pay additional contractors to get the job finished in time for you moving in.

For more details on budgeting your office fit-out costs, speak to an office fit-out contractor and use the relocation budget template to help calculate your fit-out costs.

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