When it comes to tenant fit-outs, knowing fact from fiction can make all the difference in choosing a contractor who will deliver the most value for your investment. Here are three of the biggest and most common myths about fit-outs, debunked and corrected to give you the knowledge you need to make well-informed choices about your next project:
Myth: The initial specs you get for your fit-out are a good gauge of how much you should spend on the project.
Truth: The initial specs that accompany the architect’s drawings are exciting, but they are drawn to portray your project in the most ideal way possible—not the most realistic or cost-effective way. If you work with a contractor who is well-versed in value engineering, they will help you find ways to achieve the same quality and functionality at a more realistic price-point, freeing up your budget for other improvements or projects. You don’t have to sacrifice the look or operational integrity of your design—you just have to work with a contractor who knows how to maximize functionality while minimizing cost!
Myth: Contractors start to contribute value to your fit-out once you have signed the lease and are ready to start construction.
Truth: While some contractors enter the process at this stage, the earlier in the project you engage the expertise of a contractor with a comprehensive skillset, the more value you will gain from the partnership. A.F. Alber begins adding value to client projects from day one, including consulting on site selection and leasing.
Myth: To keep fit-out costs down, you have to settle for a lower quality of experience and a cookie-cutter result.
Truth: If you choose your contractor wisely, you will find that one of the best ways to cut down costs is to incorporate more—not less—communication, collaboration, and creativity into the project. Customization allows an experienced and skilled contractor to avoid unnecessary expenses and strategize with you to direct funds in a way that will best bring your vision to life.
At A.F. Alber, we’ve built our business over the past three decades on a foundation of providing customized service and value at every step of the fit-out process. Reach out to us to talk about how to get the most value for your next project!