Here are our 3 top tips to help you save money in your dental or medical fitout.
1. Stick to the timeline – The biggest cost blowout that most dentists and doctors encounter is not a monetary budget blowout, it’s a time blowout. From the time you have decided to open you practice until the day you see your first patient, it’s a race against the clock. If it takes you 20 weeks for your dental or medical fitout to be complete instead of 10 then you have lost tens of thousands of dollars. So, despite most practitioners needing to run existing practices whilst setting up new ones, try to be available during the day to keep things moving. Tell architects, town planners, real estate agents and construction companies when you are available and return calls promptly to keep things moving. Make decisions carefully but promptly.
2. Be functional in your design – Don’t try to design an Armani showroom where you really need a functional dental surgery. Research has told us many times that patients want clean, light and efficient spaces where staff are calm and friendly. Spend your money wisely on items that benefit the client experience and you will reap the rewards.
3. Resist variations along the way – Some people believe that building contractors take advantage of clients that request variations after the contract has been signed. This is not my experience very often. But it is a fact that efficient building relies on significant forward planning and doing things in the most cost-effective order. If the client changes items in the fitout mid-way through it often effects the overall efficiency of the job and therefore is disproportionately expensive to accommodate these changes. The costs need to be passed on. You are best served to design the practice carefully and try to stick to the plan once underway. If you do need to change something, as builders we are extremely happy to accommodate but need to pass on the costs.