Getting around to renovating or refitting a commercial space is a big decision.
It’s one that takes a lot of thought and a certain amount of courage.
Knowing what’s ahead and planning well is half the battle.
Here are 10 steps to help you along the way……
1. Decide whether to renovate using the existing fitout or refit the space entirely –
What are the reasons for deciding to make the change?
Are they, for instance, to do with modernising the aesthetics and finishes, upgrading technology, needing more space, or changing the way the space functions?
If the changes are fairly minor, then a renovation of what’s there may work. If not, then an entire re-fit is probably the best outcome.
2. Find an Interior Designer –
Put some time into finding a designer who best fits your requirements.
There will be designers who specialise in various fields. Look into what types of projects they’ve completed and if possible talk to some of their former clients.
The key is to establish a good working relationship.
3. Develop a Detailed Floor Plan –
Consult with the Designer to come up with a set of plans detailed sufficiently to quote an accurate pricing.
You will have set out all your needs in a brief to the Designer, as well as an idea of your overall budget.
4. Get a Quote from a couple of Fitout Builders-
Put some time into choosing which Fitout Teams are “a good fit” and might quote on doing the work.
They will usually do a preliminary evaluation of the premises in terms of its location and access, any mechanical and electrical systems in place, the overall condition of the building and its ability to undergo the building work.
All this will be done prior to forming a quote.
5. Allocate Sufficient Funds for the Building Work–
The quote you’ll receive from the fitout builders will clarify if you’re on target with the budget you’ve allocated.
Examine it to determine whether it includes what you expect.
6. Allocate Sufficient Funds for Extras and Contingencies-
Make sure the budget isn’t so tight that you don’t have enough for overruns, extras, upgrades or “surprises” you didn’t expect.
7. Get Approvals and/or Licences from all relevant Authorities –
There may be the need for approvals from local council and in some cases, food or licencing authorities. All these should be in place by the end of the fitout.
8. Choose and Engage a Fitout Team to do the Work –
Hire a building team that does quality work and can deliver the project on time.
Select a firm with experience in similar building projects.
Look for a company with stability, a good history and great communication skills. It’s important to have the right “fit”.
9. Work out the Best Timing for Performing the work –
Determine when is going to be the best time to do the work.
When is it quietest for your business?
Are you intending to close over this time or continue trading through?
Talk this issue over with the fitout team. Safety and quality will need to be maintained at all times.