CEO, Shane Curran Whether your project is a restaurant, office, showroom or a hotel or indeed if your project is a new build or refurbishment, the company that you hire to design the space and execute the work is critical to the success of the entire project.
Choose the right company and your project will be delivered in a professional manner, with minimal stress to you, on time and on budget with finishes to the highest standards. Choose the wrong company, and it can be a nightmare with far reaching consequences including poor finishing, budget run overs, business disruption and unimaginable stress. The following checklist is designed to assist you when assessing design and build contractors and ensure you choose the right contractor. Checking their REPUTATION Reputation is everything, an interior design & fit out company will live or die on it. Whomever you choose to deliver your project, take time out to talk to their past clients and look at projects they’ve delivered. It will be time well spent. Assessing their FINANCIAL STABILITY and your RISK The health of the company you hire has a direct relation to your financial risk. For example, if your project budget is AED1 million, and the company has an annual turnover of AED5 million, then how will they afford to purchase resources for your project? Will their cash flow effect your project delivery? Choose carefully. What SERVICES are included? Make a list of everything your contractor will provide as part of their service and those things that it won’t. Comparing companies on this basis will determine true value for money. Many companies will quote a lower price in full knowledge that you will need additional services later on. Beware .Which services does the contractor offer in-house? For which ones will they have to hire additional contractors increasing the risk for you the client? Approvals Are they registered directly with the relevant authorities (Dewa, Municipality, Civil Defense etc)? Are they subcontracting the Approvals process? Have they included the price for applying for Approvals in their BOQ? Will they pay the deposits associated with the Approvals or will they expect the client to pay? Have they given an approximate timeframe for the approval process? DESIGN It is vital to find a partner that understands your needs and the needs of the project. It is important that you make a connection with your designer as they will be the ones that turn your visions into reality. It is important to view their portfolio to understand their style as not all designers can design all styles. To ensure that your budget is not exceeded it is always best to hire a company that has an in house restaurant interior design in Dubai to limit conflicts between two different companies with you being referee.
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