Mistakes happen, they just do. Commercial construction projects and your office fitout aren’t immune. To avoid some headaches, we listed five of the common hiccups we come across so that you don’t have to deal with them either.
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.
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.
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.
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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