When it comes to carrying out a full office strip-out, there are a lot of factors to consider. It’s a big project that requires careful planning, preparation, and execution. Here are the top 10 tips for carrying out a successful full office strip-out.
1. Gain Approval For Your Strip Out
It’s important to get approval from the appropriate people before starting any office strip out. Usually, this will involve the building manager, building owner, the local council, other tenants, or similar. Gaining approval could involve getting signatures on a document, sending out letters or even arranging a meeting with all interested parties. A CDC is a common requirement for a strip-out. When planning a full office strip out, the project will need to meet local building regulations under the Council’s guidelines. If they do not meet the Council’s guidelines, you might not be able to operate commercial business on the property. By communicating with all relevant parties you’re ensuring that everyone is aware of what’s happening, you have all stakeholders ticked off on your project, and there are no surprises down the line.
2. Consider your Access
Access to the project is vital to ensure the fast and efficient removal of materials from the project. For example, if your office is on the second story and there is only one flight of stairs available to access it then this means materials will have to be carried out by hand in small manageable buckets. This can be a massive expense on labor and time. If, for example, you can get around this by installing a trash shoot straight to the skip bin outside and this will drastically speed up the load-out process and save you thousands in labor costs.
3. Make Sure You Engage a Professional Strip-out Company
Engaging a professional company like Perfect Stripout & Demolition may seem expensive at first, but they have developed a foolproof process of carrying out stripouts and have all the assets and equipment and professional team members that do this on a day-to-day basis and know all the tricks to getting the job done fast.
4. Install Protection
This means that if you are keeping certain aspects of the office, for example, the carpet tiles or ceiling, then you should install adequate protection to ensure these assets are protected during the entire duration of the stripout and are not damaged in the process. This can be done by installing plastic sheeting or even more heavy-duty specialized protection materials.
5. Isolate Electricity/Gas and Water
This is probably the most important tip of all as it’s not carried out can lead to a safety incident or end up costing a fortune if, for example, a pipe is damaged and water is not isolated then the flooding of the office unit would cost thousands to repair.
6. Make Sure You Separate All Waste
Having mixed waste can be very costly when it comes to tipping. Keeping materials like cables, ceiling tiles, wood, or metal can all be separated at the strip-out phase and recycled which will save you thousands in the long run. A good strip-out service provider like Perfect Stripout already separates waste as they go as it saves not only money but the planet as well.
7. If it’s working, keep it
This means if something like the AC or Data is working then keep these as they will save you in the long run.
8. If it’s not working, remove it
This means that if something like Data, AirCon, Power, or Lights are not working then have them removed at the stripout phase as if you have to go back and change things after the Fit-out is complete can be costly.
9. Communication with Landlord / Developer
Find out if you need to perform a back-to-base stripout or a soft stripout. This means taking everything out like bulkheads, AC, carpet tiles, and being left with concrete slab to slab.
10. Safety and Compliance
A professional stripout contractor like Perfect Stripout & Demolition will ensure that all safety and compliance measures are taken care of during the project. This includes identifying and managing any hazardous materials, such as asbestos, and ensuring that they are safely removed and disposed of. They will also ensure that all relevant permits and licenses are obtained and that the project meets all building codes and regulations. This not only ensures the safety of everyone involved in the project, but also protects you from any legal liabilities that may arise from non-compliance. By engaging a professional stripout contractor, you can have peace of mind knowing that the project will be completed safely and in compliance with all relevant laws and regulations.
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