Pick the Right Fit
Define the specifications
First and foremost, what do you want your fit-out partner to accomplish? Are you looking for a quick refurbishment or a complete overhaul of your current location? Is this for a single office or a whole structure? Do you need additional space? Is that space in need of new plumbing, heating, air conditioning, telecommunications, or IT? Will you be relocating a few people or several hundred? Would you have to move a few people or hundreds of people while the work is being done? You're ready to start looking for the ideal fit-out partner once you've defined the scope of your project.
Make a long list
If you're starting from scratch and don't have any previous suppliers or recommendations, a fast Internet search should turn up dozens of fit-out companies in your field, each with a website demonstrating their expertise and experience. Examining and contrasting their statements and client lists will give you an indication of whether or not they are capable of managing a project similar to yours. Examining and contrasting their statements and client lists will give you an indication of whether or not they are capable of managing a project similar to yours. Given that you'll have to dig deeper into each of the companies on your long list, it's best to concentrate your attention on the five or six that seem to best suit your needs – at least on paper. Other experts could also be called in to discuss how they will handle some of the project's technological aspects.
Verify your credentials
Look at how well an organization has performed with others before appointing them to work with you. Photos of completed projects and quotations from satisfied customers are likely to be used in the pitch presentation. Solicit direct contact with a few of the clients. It's the perfect way to hear about what went on behind the scenes – and how they overcame any difficulties they encountered.
Make the deal
You've selected a fit-out company based on your hopes of what they will achieve. It's now time to set it down on paper. Ensure that all of your goals, as well as the timeframes and costs associated with them, are registered. Include the fines they can expect to pay if any part of the project falls short of the specified requirements. Request that they sign the bottom line!