Although it may seem like an easier and more cost effective option to project manage your own medical office fit out there are real benefits in having a professional company take on the task for you.
When it comes to fitting out your new office or medical facility there are many factors that need to be taken into consideration before works can start.
By making a list of the general things you should take into consideration is worthwhile and will give you a real insight into just how much time needs to go into everything from floor plan design to which trades you should use.
Consider the following when it comes to your new office fit out.
Know Your Trades – Probably one of the biggest positives to having a professional office fit out company running your project is that they know their trades.
For someone starting up you will most likely be finding your trades through recommendations or reviews which is a great place to start but you won’t really know what you are getting yourself into until the works have begun.
We have worked in this industry long enough to know that good tradespeople can be very hard to come by and once you have them you do not want to let them go. Clinics by Design have long standing relationships with the majority of our trades which means if there are any issues they can be resolved quickly and effectively.
Finding a Location – If you are in need of a new location you will need to engage a real estate agent to find the perfect tenancy for you and your business.
Firstly, you want to make sure the tenancies you are considering tick all the boxes in the way of requirements. Depending on the type of business you are running (i.e. if you are medical do you have enough accessible parking, amenities within the building, are you zoned correctly etc.) you will have to be up to date with all the current regulations and standards yourself.
Not all office fit out companies offer a tenancy search service but if they do we believe it is money well spent and something we definitely recommend. Not only are companies such as ourselves up to date with all the current standards we know what to look for in the way of hidden issues within structural or services areas that may not be as obvious to the untrained eye and therefore can save you a lot of time and money in the future.
Designing for Growth – Even if you feel like you have everything you need within your business right now there is no harm in preparing for the future.
Before you make any final decisions on your floor plan lets think about how we can utilise the space in a way that is both suitable for todays needs as well as future growth. Think administration areas that have the space to add additional reception staff when needed or storage rooms that already have the bones (i.e. electrical and plumbing services that are easy to access) to be converted into consultation rooms should any additional specialists join your team down the track.
Don’t let your new office fit out be the thing that gets in the way of your growth.
Designing for Staff – Over the years we have seen a lot of offices designed and then re-designed as soon as staff members got to see any proposed plans.
We like to suggest displaying any proposed drawings in communal areas within the office for a short time before anything is set in stone. This gives your staff members the opportunity to come to you with any suggestions regarding layout of their area. Of course we aren’t saying each workspace needs to be customised to that particular person, this wouldn’t be feasible, but you would be surprised at how many little things can make a big difference in the efficiency of someones day. While you might think you are saving space by placing the printer at the rear of reception your receptionists may find it saves them time having it on the desk next to them.
If you don’t ask you never know, and the last thing you want is to have to make changes after the job is complete.
Of course there are many other aspects of any office fit out that need to be taken into consideration but these few show just how much thought needs to go into even the most simple end of the design process and why a professional fit out company will save you time and money leaving you to concentrate on the most important thing, running your business.