Retailers are often shocked at the cost of a shop fit. They may decide to not go ahead, or buy low-quality fittings online. At Apex Display, we have seen the unfortunate outcomes of these decisions. Too often, a shop chooses not to refit and goes under due to lack of custom, or one that goes with the cheapest option has bent, peeling fittings a few months later.

There is another way to save money, and it takes some know-how. Here are some insider’s tips for saving $$ without compromising on quality.

Preparation: The Saving Starts Here

DIY Clean-up

Most shop fits take place in a retail space that has been used before and requires some stripping back to get started. If you factor in enough time to clean it up yourself, you save the  money that retailers spend with demolition teams and shopfit removalists. 

Tip: Make sure you adhere to OH&S Standards to cut possible medical and legal expenditure!

Sell Old Fittings and Furniture

If you are refitting an existing shop, why not finance your shopfit (in part) by selling the old fittings? There are second-hand dealers who buy used equipment, or you could list them on Gumtree or similar sites. Ideally, the buyer should be willing to remove these items from your location at no extra cost. 

Tip: We do not recommend, however, that you refit with second-hand fittings. Check out this post to learn why.

Consult the Experts

If you are considering a few different options, call some shopfitting companies and ask them for advice. The best suppliers should be willing to give advice, provide an obligation free quote and likely visit your site free of charge. 

Tip: If they aren’t helpful at this stage, it is doubtful that they will be down the track.

Choosing the Goods: Saving on the Nitty Gritty

A Friend in Need…

…can save you on service costs. Think about the people you know.  Do you have any acquaintances who have dabbled in interior design? Their free advice will improve your shop’s appearance and save you an interior designer’s fees! Is there anyone who is particularly good with their hands? Ask them to help you out with the installation. 

Tip: Many shopfitting suppliers will be happy to supply you the fittings only,  to install yourself. This saves installation costs, reducing the final cost by a big percentage.

Don’t be too Specific

Over specifying the fittings makes it difficult for shop fitting suppliers to source products.  If you want all your fittings in a particular colour, or non-standard sizing, expect to pay for it! 

Tip: Keep an open mind about the exact fittings and the supplier will be able to give you the best deals of the moment.

Save $ By Buying Quality

Many retailers make the mistake of thinking all fittings were created equal. This is far from true, but they only discover this 6 months after the shop has been fitted out, when the cheap ones need replacing. If you find a price online that seems too good to be true, it probably is. You may pay a little more for quality initially, but the fittings won’t need replacing as soon as inferior items. 

Tip: Get the supplier to tell you how items were made, and to guarantee their quality, so you know you are investing wisely.

The Final Touches Shouldn’t Break the Camel’s Back

Keep it Simple

Choosing to keep your shopfit simple is the first step in keeping a tight budget.  Those little additives add up  fast and you will find it hard to keep track of them. 

Tip: Avoid add-ons, upgrades and unusual colours or sizes.

Plan and Order Ahead

The earlier you place your order the more time you will have to source out-of-stock items if necessary. You can avoid rush shipping and you will have more time for installation. Sometimes the delivery from the manufacturer can go awry and the smaller the time-frame, the more expensive hiccups will be! 

Tip: Try to order your shopfit 3-4 weeks or more in advance to give your supplier a flexible delivery schedule.

Pick it Up

Delivery costs are hard to predict and can come as a shock when you are ordering a shopfit. 

Tip: Consider collecting items in a ute or a truck yourself, to save some extra cash.

Careful planning, intelligent decision-making, and creativity will save you thousands. Consider your current human assets and make the most of them. These could be a friend with a Ute, an interior designer colleague, or a supplier who will do an onsite obligation free quote. The help that they will give you at no cost is well worth utilizing. Keep an open mind about the details of your shopfit so you can nip in costs where you can.

Take the first step in investing in your retail presence. Contact us today for an obligation free assessment.

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