The Anatomy of a Hassle-Free Office Fitout

Your renovation doesn’t have to be as stressful as renovation stereotypes make it out to be. Having a mostly hassle-free office fitout is possible as long as you take care of essential business, including the ones below.

 

Quote and budget

Your budget shouldn’t only cover the build. If you’re the business owner or office manager, you must think of the other practicalities. You have to work out the cost of storage, network suspensions, and new/refurbished furniture among others.

After getting your quote, shop around for deals and negotiate with the builder. But as always, prepare for hold-ups and unforeseen situations the will require extra funds.

 

Know what you want

By the time you meet with us, you’d have stalked interior design blogs and might have a Pinterest board (or five) dedicated to a certain look. Our job is to get your office fitout dream as close to the real thing as possible.

Googling is encouraged

Googling is encouraged

But it’s not all about aesthetics. An office renovation is a chance to seriously upgrade other aspects of your business. A big one is going green. With most work going through cloud-based systems, paperless offices are on the rise. You can make your office greener by ordering low-emission lights and WELS-approved taps and installing a couple of green walls to boost the oxygen levels. Speak with the architect and interior designer about wider, floor-to-ceiling windows. Natural light not only boosts the mood of employees but lessens the number of electric lights in the building overall.

 

Ask questions

You’re the one who’s going to be living in the office so it’s important that you love the finished result.

Ask us about our past clients and to see the portfolio. Ask about any potential setbacks that could happen on an office fitout. Ask about our trades and how much extra work will cost. It’s a builder’s job to be transparent and deliver an amazing office space to clients.

 

Be present

Contrary to popular belief, you aren’t stepping on any toes if you call once in a while for an update. We’ll do that ourselves, regularly, but client input is always welcome. The same goes for any changes or perceived problems. We don’t know if you’re happy with the progress being made on the office fitout if you aren’t there to answer questions.

You call us, we call you

You call us, we call you

 

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Cheaper = Saving

Don’t feel like you’re saving money by purchasing the cheaper fittings. You’ll spend more on upkeep than you would like.

Quality appliances, fittings, furniture, and even internet connections do cost a pretty penny. But they will function better and last longer. You can buy high-grade items at a reduced price from resellers, just make sure you do your homework.

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No emergency fund

You think you budgeted and allocated every last dollar? Feel confident that you don’t need an emergency fund? Then you’re in for a rude wake-up call.

Commercial builders always do their best to make sure the project is running on time. But occasionally they hit a speedbump. You need a backup fund, usually accepted as 20% of your total build quote, to cover costs on the extra days worked.

 

Not flexible

That said, some clients are less than understanding when problems come along. Builders can always finish an office fitout but it’s better when less stress is swirling around.

Being flexible with the timeline is difficult because as a client, you’re hoping for the project to be finished on the due date. This does happen, but occasionally you need to let go of control and let the team build as best they can. Rest assured, the project manager will keep you updated.

 

Not friendly

To have a stress-free build, it’s preferable the team and the client get along with each other. Compassion, understanding, and respect from both sides equals a harmonious project. If problems do arise and the relationship is rocky, the head builder won’t look forward to calling the client, it’s an unpleasant situation in the first place.

 

No questions asked

With an office fitout, it’s absolutely important to ask questions. Don’t worry about appearing ‘too picky’ or wanting all the answers straight away. It’s our job to answer them and create a workspace that you love. Some good questions to ask include;

  • What are the inclusions?
  • Can I see your portfolio?
  • Are variations and associated costs covered in the contract?
  • How long is the building maintenance period?

 

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