What are the Top 10 Commercial Fitouts Mistakes?

July 28, 2022

Congratulations on the new office space; the next goal should be the office fitout. Whether hiring professional fitout specialists or doing it all by yourself, you want to ensure the final result delivers your expectations. While doing the office fitout, please remember that no office space is the same, and that is why we are today going to talk about the common pitfalls of commercial fitouts.

Top Office Fitout Mistakes

1. Abysmal Planning

High-quality planning does not appear anywhere as it needs thorough research, planning and expert advice. In the planning stage, you can iron out potential issues and figure out whether certain features are practically possible or not. Give yourself sufficient time to plan, as sometimes a shortage of time is the culprit for bad planning. Rushing through the planning stage often proves to be a costly mistake at the later stage.

2. Dysfunctional Layout

Often the creative intention leads to a dysfunctional layout as it is easy to get carried away. One of the biggest mistakes is that people ignore the think from the employee's or visitor's point of view. What will be the use of creativity when it cannot fulfil the practical needs of the employees and hinder their pathway. For instance, if you go for the closed layout, the wider space between each space discourages a sense of connection.

3. Collaboration is Not for us

There is no harm in asking for help or atleast collaborating with some who can give you different input for flawless output. To design a perfect layout and the overall fit-out, take the help of a professional or involve your employees to take two or more ideas from their perception.

4. Scalability is not for us

There is no harm in thinking about the present, but while planning commercial space, the future factor also plays a vital role. The ability to be scalable for the future will help you easily meet the future's demands. Currently, you may have twenty employees, but you may expand your team in the future. Will your current design be suitable for the increased workforce?

5. Overlooked Storage Needs

Another grave mistake that is often made is overlooking the storage need. Every office needs proper storage, even contemporary ones. Proper storage is important to store office files, paperwork, and employees' personal stuff to keep the office tidy and avoid any safety and health hazards. The best thing about modern storage is its stylish and ample storage.

6. Unplanned Budget

The budget is something that the company majorly ignores. It is necessary to set a comprehensive budget keeping all costs involved in the project. It should also include the professional assistance charges. Without the established budget, you may overspend, further hindering the entire plan. Once your budget is established, you keep your finances in check and can complete the project within the given budget; obviously, some minor plus and minus are fine.

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7. Not Considering Lighting

Poor lighting generally turns your customers and employees away, whether you are selling jewellery, clothes, IT firm or anybody else. Inadequate lighting also imbibes negative feelings and affects the overall productivity of the employees. Go for natural light as much as possible, and artificial light can do wonders in case of its absence. While installing artificial light, avoid fluorescent lights as they are very sharp and become a major distraction at work. You can take help from experts to choose the right lighting and do perfect space planning.

8. DIY Aspirations

Keep your DIY experiment limited to your home space; sometimes, DIY in the office proves hazardous. Take the help of professionals as they have well-thought plans and experience to carry out such projects on time. Your DIY make takes longer than your imagination and can disturb the entire workflow. With the help of professionals, you can complete the project on time and within a limited budget, which might not be the case otherwise.

9. Saying No to Nature

Undoubtedly nature is important around us, and the rise of the urban jungle has sent nature far away from us. Installing high-end artificial lights or art pieces won't be as soon as the living plants or the natural light. Nature helps to lighten the overall mood, keep the employees in good health, kill air bacteria, boost a happy environment, purify the air, and much more. Overall, it improves the aesthetic of the overall place.

10. Not Considering Landlords

This might not be a point to consider if you have your own premises, but in the case of rented space, you must read it. Sometimes what happens is that without consulting or taking permission from the landlord, it can cost a legal battle which may involve a lot of expenses. For all major drastic internal modifications, ask your landlord.

Conclusion

We hope the mistakes mentioned above will keep you alert and avoid the pitfall in future. Instead of experiencing it, learning from others' mistakes is always advisable, and the same applies to fitout mistakes. You can reach out to GXI Group for more professional advice and planning for a better commercial fit-out service in the UK.  

FAQs

1. How long does it take for the commercial to fitout?

It entirely depends on your office space and your design. Talk to professional commercial fit-out service providers to carry out the task within the budget and on time.

2. Why hire professional fit-out services in the UK?

Fitout needs a great amount of time, energy, and money. The professionals can help you meet your expectations and demand in the given budget, which might not be possible when you do everything yourself.

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