Office Build Out Mistakes
The build out of your newly found office space will be one of the most important things to get right when you move office. Not least because the design and delivery of your office space influences staff productivity, client perceptions and first impressions of all who visit your office.
The success of any office build out project will largely depend on your ability to configure the space according to your working processes, company culture and team interaction.
The best way to avoid some of the common mistakes made during an office build out project, is to be aware of what they are:
Leaving too little time
Many companies underestimate the time required to plan and deliver a succcessful office build out project. Even if you can't finalize the space layout and design details until you have secured a suitable property, an initial outline of your space requirements and design choices will give you a head start and help focus your office space search.
Cost of a Build Out Project
Who pays for your build out project (you or the Landlord) is always a sticking point during office lease negotiations. Many tenants think they are responsible for shouldering the costs of the build out, but by negotiating hard, you may get your Landlord to agree to bear some, if not all the costs of retrofitting the space.
Retrofitting a new office space can be an exciting project, but be careful not to get carried away as the costs can soon escalate and remember that often within the terms of the lease, you have to put the space back to its original state when you vacate at the end of the term.
Not Complying with Zoning Laws
Your office build out must comply with local building codes and zoning restrictions. Make sure you discuss your plans with local building inspectors before commencing works or signing the lease.
Not Seeking Permission
Whatever build out you decide to do, make sure you get written permission from your Landlord which clearly states your intentions BEFORE you sign the lease. Your General Contractors will be able to append a detailed drawing of the works intented so there are no disputes further down the line.
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