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8 Fit-Out Mistakes to Avoid

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Commercial fit-outs can be tricky. From project management to interacting with clients to talking with stakeholders—there is a lot going on behind the scenes! If you're looking to do a fit-out project, no matter how big or small, you'll need a lot of patience and attention to detail.

Make sure you're prepared for each step of the process by learning the most common mistakes individuals make when planning and working on projects like this. Here are eight fit-out mistakes you should avoid on your next project!

1. Rushing Planning

A well-planned fit-out is vital for the future of your business and employees. This is why rushing plans is a recipe for a disaster. Rushed plans will result in a poorly planned structure which will cost you more because in the long run, you have to go back, rip out what you've done, and start again. You’re better off doing it right from the get-go!

2. Flawed Layout Design

Layout planning is a challenging process. It is a crucial step toward assigning functional space to the employees who are going to work in an office. Put yourself in the shoes of the employees and think of all the possibilities for each department’s space requirements to make sure that your design doesn't just look good but serves the purpose as well. This will go a long way in making sure that employees are motivated, productive, and efficient.

3. Poor Budgeting

In the process of drafting the budget, it is important that you consider all aspects so that they can be effectively accounted for. Don't forget to leave some wiggle room in your cost estimate, so that you know the ideal amount without going over any boundaries. A few surprises down the line could be a welcome change, but you have to budget for such contingencies.

4. Not Considering Future Business Plans

Fit-out design isn't just an aesthetic issue. It's important for fit-out designers to ensure that the company's long-term corporate plans are incorporated into the final design for maximum efficiency. With a certain amount of care, a fit-out can be sustained and expanded into the future, giving businesses room for future growth and ultimately saving them from additional expenses.

5. Design Copycat

Your design should reflect your core values to truly represent your company and leave a lasting impression. While incorporating design cues from other designs is helpful, copying them will not have the same effect. Each business has their own character and needs that must be accommodated in your designs in order for them to be both functional and attractive.

6. Not Consulting the Landlord

Consult the landlord about your plans before beginning the fit-out process. This ensures that if there are areas in the design that do not comply with the landlord's rules and limitations, you will still have the opportunity to make essential changes, saving time and money.

7. Poor Lighting and Ventilation

According to research, lighting and ventilation have an impact on how employees feel. Providing adequate lighting and ventilation would benefit not only their mood but also their health. Make sure that there is adequate circulation of natural light in your designs—it is more environmentally friendly and increases productivity too! With health protocols being a major priority, consider HVAC and filtering systems that have air sanitizing features to distribute healthy air and proper ventilation.

8. Leaving Out Employee Opinion

Consult with the employees throughout the workspace design process. As employees will be the ones spending the majority of their time in the workspace, they’ll know what really should be included and emphasized in the design. This will ensure that your designs are precisely tailored to their needs.

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JCVA specializes in commercial fit-out management! We make it a point to turn our clients' dreams into reality. Our experienced team will be there for you from the beginning to ensure that your project gets off to the greatest possible start.

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