A Bellfort make-good is never bad!
Every commercial interior design and fitout has a shelf life. No matter what interior your business occupies. And you will at some stage have to consider a ‘make-good’ at the end of your lease. This is not uncommon in the commercial property industry. As the lessee, it is important that you understand what is required of you.
Bellfort are commercial interior design and fitout specialists. We know what we are talking about when it comes to make-goods. With our professional approach, we easily decipher the details contained within a lease agreement. We also liaise between the landlord and tenant to ensure a positive outcome for all parties involved.
Get your facts straight first!
We openly encourage our clients to have an existing conditions report compiled. This is carried out when you have decided upon the commercial tenancy of choice. This report lists items within your tenancy that may be in need of repair or replacement. The report doesn’t have to be lengthy or costly. It will however, save a lot of time and money. Especially when you need to vacate the premises at the end of your lease. Effectively, it provides a current condition snapshot of your interior. These conditions can be reproduced when you vacate. And some of the ‘discovered’ items on the report will be beneficial for your own intended commercial interior design.
It’s also a good idea to keep a list of improvements you have made to the tenancy during occupancy. In most cases, a landlord will have been required to approve these changes. With this in mind, it never hurts to keep a record at your end as well. You may find your improvements will sufficiently fulfill the make-good requirements outlined in your lease.
Maintain your commercial interior design assets
Whatever you do, ensure you maintain the tenancy you occupy. Regular cleaning and basic care of all interior surfaces, fixtures and fittings will do this. Floorcoverings take a hammering in any commercial tenancy and show wear and tear sooner than most other surfaces. Keep the ground you walk on clean and schedule regular professional cleaning appointments. This prevents you having to replace an expensive surface upon vacating the property.
Likewise, if you have building works done within your tenancy, have a professional do it. Especially the moving of existing ceiling tiles or cutting of plasterboard surfaces. They are extremely fragile and not always easy or inexpensive to replace.
If you are required to make-good your tenancy upon vacating the space, we can assist. Acknowledging the extent of the make-good works required, one of our first tasks is to source existing service drawings. This information provides us with the basics for returning services back to their original position. This includes air conditioning, lighting, fire and all other ceiling fixtures. Never throw out drawings you have accumulated. Surprisingly, they are invaluable and save everyone a lot of unnecessary work.
Demolition of existing fit out works then takes place, ensuring the tenancy is brought back to its bare shell. From here, floorcoverings, services and painting occurs, resulting in a clean and orderly space. The ultimate result is achieved. An interior ready for a new business to occupy and commence their own commercial interior design and fit out.
A commercial interior design make-good is straight forward work. It does however, have to be completed sensitively as there are often adjoining tenancies and people to consider. And even though the space is generally being cleared, statutory regulations and BCA requirements still need to be observed.
Can Bellfort be of help to you?
If you think that Bellfort can be of help with your make-good requirements, let us know. Please fill in our contact form and let’s make a time to meet.