Looking to refurbish your business premises?
Before you take the plunge and contract a building firm, take a quick look at our guide so that you are aware of what you should be looking for and how to find the best building and facilities management company for you.
What You Should Ask a Refurbishment Company?
Find out if they have worked on the type of building that you own and if they have completed similar refurbishment projects to the one you want.
Ask them to show you their portfolio and if possible arrange to visit one of the buildings they have completed so that you can get a real feel for their work.
Ask them what type of buildings they have worked on previously to find out whether they have worked in occupied buildings, restored listed buildings and refurbished commercial or retail premises.
What Should You Look For?
A company with expertise, experience and flair is important, but you should also check out their reputation for finishing on time and within budget. Thereâ€™s nothing worse than delays or extra costs to turn your refurbishment dream into a money pit nightmare.
You can check out online reviews and again, use the details from the company portfolio to ring previous clients and ask them if there were any delays or extra costs.
Make sure they have offices fairly close to the project because this means that they can get to the premises quickly if any problems occur. Ask them if they have a 24 hour helpdesk, this shows that they are committed to providing excellent customer service.
What Should You Expect From Your Building or Property Company?
You should expect them to know everything that there is to know about the refurbishment business; for example, they should be able to:
- Talk to tenants
- Talk to landlords
- Talk to local authorities
- Discuss necessary permissions and planning requests
If you are looking for a design solution, then pick a company who offers this service.
What Will They Do?
Well, first of all they should listen very carefully to what you want.
Look at any plans you have drawn up and talk to you about any problems they can see with what you want and how you want it.
A professional company should offer you a one stop solution, in other words they will have the staff to do the building work, plumbing, electrics, carpentry, tiling and painting.
How Do I Find a Professional Company?
Check out the accreditations you see on their website, for example the Renewable Energy Consumer Code, BAFE , which promotes the fire safety code, Gas Safe, NICEIC, the voluntary regulatory body for the electrical contracting Industry and Safecontractor, the health and safety scheme for building workers. These are a just a few of the accreditations available in the building industry.
Once you have a list of possible companies, search for reviews and check out their websites, look at their portfolios and finally contact them for a quote. Remember what they were like to deal with, were they friendly? Did they reply speedily?Â Were you put through to the right person?
All these small details can tell you a lot about the type of company you are dealing with and whether or not they are as professional as they appear to be online.
Polyteck is one of the UKâ€™s leading property refurbishment and building maintenance companies. With years of experience and countless happy clients we take great pride in our work.
We are dedicated to customer service and ensuring projects are completed to a high standard and on time.
To discuss your building or property management requirements then why not get in touch today? Call us on 020 7481 0222 or email us using our contact form here.