Effective Space Planning | Part 3- Taking the Plunge for Your New Space
Finally, we get to part 3 (of 3) in our Effective Space Planning blog series and it is time to “take the plunge” on final decisions and see your dream become a reality! In parts 1 and 2 we discussed laying the ground work for the pre-design and worked through the design process. Now we will help you through the final steps and share with you how to prepare your new space for patients!
Final Details and Production
Once your space design has been perfected to the exact look you want, your design team will compile a formal quote and approval drawings. Take your time to review all the documents they provide for you. They should include a list of your color selections, final dimensions of the fixtures, and a general layout of the space and how it will look. As we have mentioned multiple times, taking your time up front to review all information allows you to avoid costly mistakes and change orders in the future! Keep in mind, your design team should provide you with cost estimations for things outside of their scope. Things like shipping costs to move the products from their location to your new space, as well as sales tax. We include these charges in our formal quotes, but not all companies do so make sure you account for these additional fees.
After you have given your design team the green light and submitted your down payments to get the project into production it is time for you to relax! That doesn’t mean you get to completely check out, but your level of involvement on the day to day will decrease. You still need to be available for questions and we recommend you communicate with your contractor on a regular basis to stay informed on the progress of the build out. It is important to also note…things may change (and that’s ok). Delays are not uncommon at this point in the process, and often the delays are out of the hands of your design team and contractor. The city can delay projects (due to permitting) or materials can be backordered from suppliers, there are a myriad of things that can change timelines. Don’t get discouraged if this happens and know that your teams will do everything they can to make sure the project runs smoothly and on time!
Reaping the Benefits of Your New Space
Once your space has been built out and all the fixtures installed it’s time for you to put the finishing touches on! Prepare your space for frames and create the environment you want your customers to experience. A well done new or remodeled space can often lead to a 20% increase in your average selling price for eyewear, and great client experiences lead to success for your practice. Make sure to keep your frame displays organized and up to date; a clean, orderly, and well-arranged space is more conducive to sales. For our suggestions on how to set up your displays, check out Preparing Your Space for New Frames, Follow the Leader? Trends in the Industry, and The Sales Magic of Display.
We also recommend having a grand opening (or reopening) to bring your community and patients together. Events like these are a great way to create a connection with your patients that extend beyond the exam room. Your patients will appreciate the time to mingle with other patients and see your new office!
Beyond Your Finished Space
Once the build out/remodel is done it is important that you do not become complacent. It is vital that you stay up to date on your promotional materials and feature walls. Mixing things up and keeping your displays fresh will ensure your patients continue to be impressed and inspired when they visit your office.
We hope our Effective Space Planning blog series has helped you feel more confident in your upcoming (or potential) design project! We are happy to answer any questions you may have and welcome you to reach out to us!