If you've recognised the need for an office refurbishment in London then it's likely that you will be seeking the help of a professional office design company; with their expert knowledge, they will be able to transform your workplace into a space that encourages, informs and inspires employees and clients alike.

Like any service though, it's vital to ensure that you choose the best partner for your specific needs; with so many workplace interior designers to choose from, it can be somewhat difficult to know where to start.

Here, we'll take you through the key questions that you need to ask so you can be sure that you are getting the best contractor for your project.

Office refurbishment in London: Choosing the right fit out partner

Do your research

The first step will be to research (and create a shortlist of) the different office design companies in the locality, which can be done quickly and easily, online. Before you make an enquiry (speaking to them about your particular requirements), you should get a good idea about their areas of expertise; their past projects, how long they've been operating and any relevant qualifications. So in this technological world in which we live, any business worth its salt will have an informative website detailing everything about them, their services and their experiences.

Once you've established contact, focus on their reputation; ask them for references and check them out – ask how each project went and whether there were any issues. You may also want to ask if the office design company has any viewable evidence of any office refurbishment in London projects that resemble yours; providing you with an insight into what they can do for you.

Compare each service

The next step will be to find out what each of your shortlisted office design firms offer as part of their package. Whilst one company may claim that they can perform the job you need at a cheaper price, this does not necessarily mean that they are able to offer the same range of services.

Does the company you're looking at oversee the entirety of the project, or will you have to manage certain parts of it yourself? What kind of graphics do they use to create designs? Do they offer furniture supply or electrical and data installations? Make a detailed list of all of the services that each company offers and once you know them, you will be able to narrow down your options to find the companies that suit you best.

Consider financials

With any office refurbishment in London project being a major investment, it's crucial that the financial implications of working with each company is considered. Fundamentally, you will need to know that the company has the means to complete the project within your agreed budget. Find out about the financial health of the company; ask them to provide you with evidence that they are in a strong position to complete the project. Do they borrow money? Do they have the right insurance? Do they negotiate with suppliers for materials themselves, or will you have to do it? Any reliable office design company would only be too happy to provide such evidence, easing your concerns.

The final questions to ask about your preferred office design company

Once you've selected your preferred candidate to create your ideal workplace, don't be afraid to build up a relationship with them by holding further meetings to understand how they work. This will allow you an opportunity to ask yourself the following questions that will put your mind at ease:

  • How do you feel about them?
  • Is there good chemistry between you?
  • Do you trust them?
  • Do they 'get' what your business is, what it's about and what it needs?
  • Are they honest and transparent?
  • What is your gut instinct?

Now you have some key questions to ask, you can go ahead and choose the right office refurbishment company for your business. Why not start the process with us here at Oaktree Interiors?

Innovative office design, refurbishment, fit out and relocation by Oaktree Interiors

If you're looking to improve the effect that your workplace has on your employees, then you've found the right place here at Oaktree Interiors. We are a vastly-experienced office design, fit out, refurbishment and relocation company that constantly endeavours to push the boundaries of creating innovative office design solutions for our wide and varied client base. Regardless of the industry or size of business that we work with, we have built up a strong, diverse portfolio of work that serves as a high-quality example of what we can do for you.

Please feel free to look around our website to learn more about our services. If you would like to get in touch with us to learn more about how we can help you with your office refurbishment in London, please do not hesitate to call us on 0345 21 86955. Alternatively, you can send any e-mail enquiries to hello@oaktreeoffice.com and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

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