Did you know that a commercial office fitout can be completed in as little as six primary steps? While a fitout is certainly more involved than this statement makes it sound, at the end of the day, you will find that you can compartmentalise the whole process into these individual steps.
Your chosen fitout company must have a clear understanding of your needs from the beginning, as this will avoid miscommunication and other problems further down the line. Some of the requirements that you should discuss include time frame (how long do you have until work must be finished?), budget (what can you realistically afford to spend?) and design (who is responsible for signing off on plans?).
The fitout company will visit your current or intended office space to determine your specific construction needs. They will also take this opportunity to determine whether access arrangements, council requirements or any other needs must be met (please note that some construction needs are required by law). Finally, they will consider these needs in regards to your design and budget.
The design team (usually comprised of interior designers, decorators and, occasionally, architects) will draft plans for your office space. You will be kept abreast of the plans as they are created and will also be asked to okay other design choices (such as colour samples and finish details). It is possible to make changes to plans, note that some fitout companies will restrict the number of changes to three or four.
While the budget is discussed and referred to during every step of a commercial office fitout, once the designs have been finalised, you will be provided with a fully itemised proposal. This document will include an overall cost for the project, as well as an itemised list of all trade and fixture costs. It is important to note that any changes made after this stage will incur additional costs to those outlined.
Did you know that the construction of your fitout is usually the fastest stage of the whole project? This is because, by this time, most (if not all) problems have been resolved and you won’t be making any more changes to the design. You will be assigned a project manager who will keep you abreast of progress, and you will be invited onsite after each stage to inspect the work for yourself.
Once construction is complete, your new office space will be thoroughly cleaned in preparation for you to move in. Some fitout companies will also offer relocation services, which means that they can help you pack up your old premises and move into your new one, but these will be provided at additional cost. Before the keys are officially handed over, you will be allowed to tour the site.
We have outlined each of these steps in detail, as we believe that being prepared for the commercial office fit-out ahead will ensure that the whole process goes as smoothly as possible. Just make sure that you choose a reputable fitout company with experience in your particular area of business.