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How To Select The Best Office Fit Out Company

What To Do When Choosing Your Office Fit Out Company

This helpful and comprehensive guide to help you make an informed decision when selecting an office fit out company for your next project.  Typically an office fit out can be one of the largest capital expenditures made many companies, this guide provides advice on how to de-risk this decision. 

Define Your Requirements

Firstly, before embarking on your search for a fit-out company, it's essential to define your project requirements, budget constraints, and desired outcomes. Consider factors such as the size of your office space, your industry requirements, branding preferences, and any specific needs unique to your organization.   We call this your high level brief, its good to share this with relevant personal within your organization.  A good question to start with is, what does success look like as a result of this project.

Research and Shortlist

Conduct thorough research to identify reputable fit out companies with a proven track record of delivering quality projects. Seek recommendations from industry peers, explore online directories, read client testimonials, and review portfolios of completed projects. Create a shortlist of companies that demonstrate expertise in projects similar to yours. Google is a great place to start, speak to friends and colleagues to see if they have undertaken any office fit out projects recently, who they used and how they found the company. 

Evaluate Experience and Expertise

Assess the experience and expertise of each shortlisted fit-out company. Look for firms with a diverse portfolio of projects but also consider the fact that if they have completed projects in your industry, location, market etc, this means they will already have a broad understanding of your requirements. Also, consider factors such as design capabilities, construction knowledge, project management skills, and adherence to deadlines and budgets. 

Review Portfolios and Case Studies

Take the time to review the portfolios, videos and case studies of potential fit-out companies. Look for projects that showcase creativity, innovation, attention to detail, and alignment with client objectives. Pay attention to the diversity and range of projects and whether the company has experience working on office design projects similar to yours.   

Request Proposals and Quotes

Contact the shortlisted fit-out companies and request detailed proposals and quotes for your project.  Depending on your requirements and at what stage you are in the project, the proposals should outline the scope of work, design concepts, materials to be used, project timeline, and estimated costs. Evaluate each proposal carefully to ensure it meets your requirements and expectations.   Its also worth considering whether to go down a financing option, an office fit out contractor will help you with financing the fit out project.

office fit out project

Check References

Ask the fit-out companies for references from past clients and projects. Reach out to these references to inquire about their experiences working with the company, the quality of workmanship, communication effectiveness, and overall satisfaction with the project outcomes. Genuine feedback from previous clients can provide valuable insights into the company's performance and reliability.  Ask the company if you can visit previously completed projects and speak to previous clients face to face, this will provide great insight into the quality of the fit out, materials used and expertise. 

Assess Communication and Collaboration

Effective communication and collaboration are essential for the success of any fit-out project. Evaluate the responsiveness, professionalism, and willingness of each fit-out company to collaborate with you throughout the project lifecycle. Choose a company that values your input, listens to your needs, and fosters a transparent and collaborative working relationship.  Ask them to share their values as a company, do they align with your company values? 

Consider Sustainability Practices

Sustainability may be a priority for your organization, inquire about the fit-out company's approach to sustainable design and construction practices. Ask about their use of environmentally friendly materials, energy-efficient solutions, and commitment to green building standards. Choose a company that shares your commitment to sustainability and can integrate eco-friendly practices into your project.  You may be able to achieve an accreditation for your project to demonstrate your commitment to sustainability, a good office fit out company will be able to help you with this journey.

Financial Standing

When engaging with any type of construction company its important to undertake research on the financial background and stability of the company.  Unfortunately, there have been many cases even in recent years where office design and fit out companies have become insolvent part way through projects.  The implications of this can be catastrophic for the office fit out project, team members and the supply chain.  Websites such as companies house and credit safe can provide information around the financial strength of any company.

Review Contracts and Terms

Carefully review the contracts, terms, and conditions proposed by each fit-out company before making a final decision. Ensure that all aspects of the project, including timelines, deliverables, payment schedules, and warranties, are clearly outlined and agreed upon. Seek clarification on any ambiguous terms or conditions to avoid misunderstandings later on.

Select a Strong Team

A reputable office fit out company will have a meet the team page where you can view staff members.   Its worth researching on LinkedIn to see the level of experience and expertise each team member has.  Another question to consider is does the company have designers, project managers and QS’s in house, this provides a strong team for your project.  Essentially, establish what their capabilities are, do they have the ability in house to produce 3D visuals and renders, what is their office space like?

fit out team

What Is Their Process?

Its really important to understand how the fit out company will take you on the office fit out journey, i.e. from the stage you are at right now, right through to project completion and handover.  By having a clear, step by step process in place, this should provide clarity to you and the wider team how the interior design will develop, at what point are surveys undertaken, when technical design phase is involved etc.  The advantage of having a clear, functional process is it should result in no unforeseen cost, reduces frustration during the fit out, bring transparency around timings and costs.  

Trust Your Instincts

Finally, trusting your instincts isn’t always a bad thing when selecting a fit-out company. Choose a company that not only meets your technical requirements but also resonates with your values, culture, and vision for your office space. Consider factors such as reputation, rapport with the team, and shared commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction.  Its important that you can trust the office fit out team members, you feel that whilst they have the relevant skills and knowledge they are willing to take on feedback whether its on costs or design.

office fit out completed

In conclusion its important to remember that the cheapest fit out company doesn’t always mean that the fit out project will end up being the cheapest at completion.  This means that some contractors may have the tendency to provide a quotation with a low cost but then as the project progresses they will find ways to make changes and increase their profits once the contract is signed.  The key is to ask these tough questions early in your process, this will provide you with greater insight to make that informed decision.


If you are considering and are currently researching office fit out companies, feel free to contact Officeinsight today.

Carlie Dunbar

Written on the 23rd May 2024 by

Working behind the scenes, Carlie assists with the purchasing and setting up of new projects and looks after day-to-day tasks within the office.

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