When you consider the huge number of businesses that exist today, it is no surprise the office renovation industry is very competitive, and should you be thinking of finally having your office space revamped, the next logical step would be to source an office fitout company. At times like these, Google is your best friend, and by typing something like “office renovation” into the search window, you will have a long list of potential contractors. That’s the easy part, but then you must decide which contractor to handle the project, and with that in mind, here are some things to look for in your quest for the best office conversion.
- Established and Recognised – An office renovation is no time for taking risks, and while every company will paint a rosy picture, any that has been in the business a number of years must be doing something right. When looking for office fit outs, it is essential to look into the contractor’s history, and if they happen to be members of a recognised federation or association, then so much the better. These organisations exist to ensure their members use best business practices, so an accreditation is like a seal of approval. Any contractor that has won awards would be very forthcoming about it, and you would see the details of any awards on their website.
- Client Focused – The aim of the renovator should be to create the perfect working environment, while causing minimum disruption to the client’s business, and it is only with a lot of resources, and experience, that this can be achieved. The ideal company would have a “can do” attitude, and with attention to detail, the focus is on designing and building the ideal office, while sticking to the client’s budget.
- Adequate Resources – In order to successfully carry out the project, a renovator would need considerable resources at their disposal, and would also have access to quality office equipment, IT hardware, office furniture and all fixtures and fittings, and all at trade prices, I might add. Larger companies tend to have more resources, and would likely have several depots around the country. The fitout team would include electricians, plumbers and carpenters, and the client would be assigned a project manager, whose job it is to liaise with the team and make sure all the materials arrive on time. The project manager would be the only person the client has to deal with, and this ensures a smooth transition from old to new.
- Fair and Transparent Pricing – While you wouldn’t expect an office renovation to be cheap, you don’t want to pay any more than you need, and the best way to ensure a fair price is to ask several contractors to quote, and should the one you think is best, be a little more than the others, perhaps it’s best to pay the extra. Ideally, the quote would give you a detailed breakdown of the cost, and also make sure that the price is all inclusive, as you can do without a nasty shock when it comes to paying the bill.
The Internet is the best place to start your search for the ideal office fitout company, and once you have a list of potential candidates, if one should tick all of the above, then it is likely you will be more than happy with the outcome.