Are they an approved fit-out specialist?
Choosing a CHAS approved supplier ensures that they are compliant with health and safety standards and law. By choosing a CHAS approved supplier you can rest assured that your supplier has been assessed annually by CHAS industry-leading health and safety benchmarks.
Instructing a contractor from the Association of Interior Specialists guarantees that their team are fully trained, experienced and will ensure your project is fully compliant with building control regulations.
Are they reputable?
Reputation is everything. Thankfully in a digital world, it’s easy to investigate a contractor’s relationship with previous clients. An office fit-out company will live or die by its client reviews. So when you are looking for potential contractors, take a little time to look at recent projects they’ve delivered.
A reputable and professional interiors specialist should take pride in their previous work and want to share previous clients and work. And don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and ask questions. When a business instructs a fit-out and furniture specialist successful projects involve a large amount of communication. So pick up the phone and investigate the testimonial, they are unlikely to have forgotten about the project.
Do they have a people first approach?
Even though the press is full of dire Brexit projections, clients are never prepared to accept second best when it comes to the workplace. Because HR directors know how highly staff value interiors. They are curators of the office culture and an on brand fit-out is an important HR tool in terms of enticing and maintaining the best people. Done correctly it can support the creation of a productive and attractive working environment.
Interested in knowing more? Then read our blog about ‘agile working’ to see how the way in which people work is changing.
Who is the best fit-out company (for our business)?
It could be one of the biggest decisions of your financial year. So you need to be sure that the interiors specialist you instruct is the right ‘fit’ for your organisation. Within your initial discussions do they have the ability to deliver an exceptional office fit-out solution that serves all the needs of your organisation and its people? So it is essential that you choose a specialist office fit-out company that can deliver a wide range of office interior design and fit-out services. Such as
I don’t know a fit-out specialist – What should we look for?
A complete office fit-out isn’t something that happens every year for most businesses. To help you make the right decision we’ve produced 7 questions you should ask any fit-out contractor when enquiring about your project.
Initial costing – When will they have initial costs back to you?
Negotiations – What is your best price? Contractors expect you to have a finite budget and negotiations are part of the consultation. Don’t be afraid to challenge them on prices.
Planning – What knowledge and software do you have to solve our current space issues?
3D visualisations – Can you prove that your solution will work? Some fit-out specialists have the ability to create 3D representations of their proposals. This is your opportunity to get a feel for the layout and flow of the fit-out.
Detailed drawings – Can you talk me through the drawings? Once the detailed drawings are created these provide clarity on their fit-out and furniture solution. Ask questions and challenge the detail. A time served project manager will be able to talk you through all elements of the drawings.
Furniture – Do you have partnerships with the best contemporary office furniture firms? A wide range of partnerships results in greater choice and competitive prices for you, the client.
Last minute snags– What are your processes for achieving sign off? Never accept second best. If something isn’t as you’d like a professional fit-out specialist will understand the importance of dealing with snags in a timely manner.