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How to successfully navigate an office/ shop fit out

Organising, planning and budgeting for an office or retail fit out can seem overwhelming but with these helpful tips you'll be ready to go in no time.

1. Consider employees / friends or family
Ask your staff, family or friends for their opinions on your ideas so that they can provide advice on areas you may not have considered. Sometimes when we focus all our time and attention on one thing we miss the obvious. You may also have loyal staff that you want to include in this decision making so that they feel a part of the process.

2. Research
Spend some time on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest for ideas of fit outs to similar industries as yours that are on trend and will you see you well into the future. If you're in retail think of a wow factor when customers enter your store or a great window display, in an office situation have you considered staff breakout areas.

3. Budgeting
Once you've established the design and fit out requirements it's important to speak to your financial institution to establish exactly how much you have to spend. List your requirements from most important to wish list so you're in a position to remove items if it ends up costing more than expected. It's also important to establish if you'll be project managing yourself and managing contractors and quotes or utilising an architect and builder.

4. Seek correct approvals
Speak with our Agency to confirm what you're planning fits within your lease conditions and meets the owners approval. If the property is located within a strata complex you may also need body corporate approval and shire approval as well. Make sure these are all finalised before commencing with works.

Good luck - this is an exciting time and when you are completed let our marketing team know and they can give you a shout out on our social media to help promote your new business.