If you have taken out a lease on a new shop, there will probably be a few changes that you want to make before you are ready to open your doors to customers. While most shop units are of a similar general design, you will need to think about how you will lay out your premises to provide the best possible shopping experience for your customers. Instead of struggling to install carpets, shelving and other fittings yourself, it is far better to use the services of a professional shopfitting service. A team of experienced shopfitters will know exactly what needs to be done to prepare your premises, but that doesn't mean that you will have no involvement. Here are three things that you must decide about your shopfitting team.
Do they have the right skills?
Not all shopfitting services are the same. When you look around you will find shopfitting services with a variety of specialisations. It is always wise to choose a shopfitting service with a solid portfolio showcasing premises which are similar to yours. If you are opening a retail outlet, you probably don't want to hire shopfitters who spend most of their time working on restaurants or chemists. If you are targeting the luxury market, then try to find shopfitters who understand your chosen demographic. Look for a proven track record working on shops which are comparable to yours.
Do the shopfitters communicate well?
Among retail outlets in your chosen niche, there will be as many differences as there are similarities. As such, it is vital that your shopfitters fully understand your expectations. They will need to have a good grasp of not just the principles of shopfitting but also of how you want to present your business to your customers. You must be prepared to explain what you need but they must also be willing talk to you and ask questions about the best use of the available space and the design choices that need to be made to furnish your premises in the most appropriate way. If they appear unapproachable or are difficult to contact, then it may be advisable to look elsewhere.
Do they fit your budget?
Low prices can often mean inferior workmanship or materials that can leave your building needing a refit in the near future, but that isn't always true. Higher prices don't always mean that you will receive better quality or superior service. To work out whether any shopfitters you are considering are, a good choice it is always advisable to look at their past work and see whether it appears to be acceptable quality for the price. Talk to their past clients and see if they would be happy to recommend them.