26 Sep 2018
The right commercial space is vital to the success of your business. Like it or not, when clients or customers walk into your space, they instantly judge your entire company based upon what they see before them.
Beyond that, the wrong commercial fit out can inhibit your staff from doing their jobs properly, lower productivity and hurt your bottom line.
It’s also likely to be one of the biggest expenses your company incurs, so you can see that getting it right is extremely important.
Whether you’re building new or renovating an existing space, here’s a the ultimate checklist of things to consider to make sure you’re getting a fit out that’s going to make your business to thrive.
1. Ask Yourself The Right Questions
When tackling something as important as a commercial fit out, it’s imperative to ask yourself the right questions before you begin so that you go into the project with a clear understanding of what your business needs are.
Not only does a fit out need to function perfectly for your business as it stands right now, but you’ll also need to consider how your business may change and set up a plan for the future.
The following questions will help determine your budget, the length of time it’ll take to complete and also provide guidance for functional and aesthetic choices.
What is the primary purpose of the space?
What kind of fit out do you want?
How is your business and industry going to change in the foreseeable future?
Can the space accommodate expansion if necessary?
How will changing technology and trends affect the size and shape of your fit out?
Predicting the future can be difficult, but these are the questions that you will need to answer to create the space your business needs. Ignoring this step can mean spending more money, moving or renovating far sooner than you should have to.
2. Know Your Budget
Looking for quotes before you have outlined your budget is pointless.
It will help to do some fact finding to determine the rough price range for a fit out that reflects your goals and ambitions, however knowing exactly how much you have to spend will help you avoid wasting time dealing with designs that are outside your budget or are unable to deliver what you’re looking for.
3. Select the Right Delivery Team
For anything beyond the most basic Commercial Fitout you will need professional guidance for both Design and Compliance. If you are not going down a Design and Construct route with your Contractor then selecting your Design Consultants is a critical step.
Get a range of proposals from prospective Designers and then use a pros and cons list to compare them ensuring that their past experience suits your Design intent.
Your selection of Contractor is equally as important. You will need a Contractor that understands your vision and is able to deliver that vision.
Attaining quotes can be a great information gathering exercise that will help you make an informed decision however the quality of the quotes will depend on the quality of the brief you provide so ensure the brief is complete and detailed..
4. Be Consistent With Your Brand Identity
Your commercial space is quite literally the physical representation of your business, so it needs to reflect the vision, ideas, values, culture and desired appearance of your company.
A commercial fit out should function as an extension of your advertising and marketing collateral.
When people walk through the door they should get the same impression as they would when viewing your website or other marketing material.
5. Restructured Space & Staff Requirements
Technology has also now drastically changed what is possible in a commercial space, so it’s important to properly assess the impact that this has on your business and factor it in to your new commercial fit out.
Can you use wireless internet or mobile connected devices? Are your staff now able to work remotely or from home? A new commercial space can be the perfect opportunity to restructure your business, downsize or incorporate elements like collaborative workspaces that are able to minimise overheads and boost productivity.
6. Aim To Impress
First impressions count. If you’re a client or customer facing business, your commercial fit out sells your business as much as your staff do.
Remember that you’ve got a blank canvas to work with, so use it to your advantage and aim to create a space that goes above and beyond to impress the people that enter it.
A Commercial Fitout can be a significant investment, so you’ll need to ensure you get it right the first time. If not, not only will capital be wasted, but it can negatively impact upon the productivity of your business and damage your profitability.
As one of WA’s most trusted and leading Commercial Builders, we believe we have what it takes to ensure that we can deliver a stunning commercial fit out, that will take your business to the next level.
Get in touch with us at EMCO Building today to find out more about what our award winning team can do from you.
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