Selecting a suitable Modern Office Fit Out Designer can be a daunting task, but with the right attitude and help from those within your organization, it can become an exciting process! Here are some pointers that should lead you in the right direction.
- Define your requirements: In order to work as efficiently as possible with your internal resources, start this process by clearly defining what would constitute a successful project for you — both financially and functionally — including goals, desired outcomes, and define the scope of work. Start these conversations well before engaging an interior design firm, so they don’t have to guess at all this information, which helps them to reduce costs and timeframes. Once you choose interior designers know exactly what is required, they will be able to provide you with a cost and time estimate.
- Understand how your fit-out designer works: The best way to understand how the fit-out designer will work with you is generally by checking their website or portfolio; it’s an opportunity for them to show off their previous work and show you how they’ve worked in the past with other clients. In addition, check what industry associations the interior designers belong to, as this indicates that they have been vetted within the industry and can offer quality service. Also, take advantage of meeting them in person, so when speaking to them on any given day, you have a better understanding of not only what your Modern Office Fit Out plans entail but also their commitment levels in getting this project done for you.
- Consider your relationship with the out fit-out designer: Make sure you choose a fit-outs firm that has both the professional skills and experience to get the job done, but also one that will be flexible enough to work with your organization’s culture; this means they should have strong listening skills, respect for confidentiality, having good time management skills and show flexibility when dealing with change during project development. Also, find out whether they can offer advice on other items like lighting solutions, furniture supplier contacts, office partitions suppliers, etc., again. If it saves you time & money, why reinvent the wheel! They should also provide support after completion, including maintenance or warranty of furniture/parts supplied by them. If their fees are too low, be cautious as sometimes it reflects the quality of their work as opposed to a well-priced project as they may be taking lower margins because of other services they are providing.
- Developing your concept: This is where you start to see things take shape from a visual perspective, which helps those involved in the project understand what is required and how it will look once it’s completed. At this stage, you can also start thinking about colors and finishes — finding exterior paint samples that coordinate with furniture options or floor tile choices — even allowing for pre-existing furniture pieces to have a say in the design process so that it becomes part of the final deliverables!