Your Office Fit Out Checklist
Moving offices isn’t just about transferring your company’s furniture and equipment from your current building into a new one. It represents a fresh start; a physical way to reinvigorate your business. But, because it’s such a great opportunity, you want to do it right. If you’re planning an office fit out in London for a new or current office, you’ll need a clear plan of attack.
The best way to ensure that you get everything right is with a checklist. So, to help you on your way, here’s a basic office fit out checklist.
Checklist for an Office Fit Out
Appoint a Project Leader
Too many cooks spoil the broth, and your company won’t be able to make any solid plans unless it unifies its efforts. The best way to do this is appoint a project leader who will make all the final decisions.
Here are the top 10 qualities of a good project manager.
Create a Team
While you want a project leader at the helm, you don’t want to alienate department heads. It is important to collaborate with these heads to ensure that they get what they need out of the new office.
Bring in the Professionals
It is important to choose an office fit out company with both brilliant insight and industry experience. It is equally important to choose this company as early in the process as possible. This is because a good office fit out company can provide assistance with subsequent steps, such as budgeting and property selection.
You’ll need to know exactly how much you have to work with. You need quotes for absolutely everything. This includes planning and transaction fees, assessment fees, and insurance costs. It also includes design and fit out costs, moving costs, utility bills and taxes.
Decide on a Property
You will make the move a lot easier if you enlist the services of a commercial property agent. The agent will save you a great deal of time by finding properties within your budget and requirements. If you choose wisely, you might be able to exploit the agent’s connections as well. Once you have a few prospective properties, view them all and carefully decide on the most suitable.
Collaborate on Design
Your office fit out company won’t completely take over and tell you what is best for you. It will listen to your requirements for the new office and form a design that happily melds your needs with its innovative design concepts. Work with your fit out company to arrive at a design that is both functional and fantastic.
There are some fantastic ideas for office fitments available on Pinterest.
Make sure that your final design and the fit out itself complies with safety regulations, such as fire safety. Your fit out company can help with this.
Do It Right the First Time
Mistakes teach you valuable lessons, but, in the case of an office fit out, those lessons come with a big price tag. For this reason, you certainly want to do it right the first time. Hopefully this list helps, but be sure to enlist the help of a reputed office fit out company.
In Part 2 we’ll look at how to execute the move itself.