Fitting out a new retail store, restaurant or fast-food shop can present a few unexpected challenges, which is why it pays to always be prepared. There are many things that can potentially go wrong, but if you follow these three tips, you can easily reduce or even totally prevent problems with your retail store design.

Tip 1 – Establish your budget

There is arguably nothing worse than running out of money before the shopfitting is complete. No matter how reliable your contractors, or how beautiful and practical the design, an unfinished store can’t do business. Make sure you are clear on how much you can afford to spend, how much leeway you have for going over budget, and what your non-negotiable cut-off points are.

Tip 2 – Plan plan, and plan again

You have a vision in your head, and it is stunning. Translating that vision into reality, however, can be challenging. Sourcing the right materials, hiring the right retail designer, staying within budget – any of these speedbumps can become road blocks. To avoid stalling, make sure you have planned everything. Work with your shopfitting experts to get all your ducks in a row before you start, and you will enjoy a much smoother experience.

Tip 3 – Listen to advice

No matter how brilliant and inspired your ideas, some of them just might not work. This could be for various reasons, including availability of materials, safety concerns, or expense, among others. That’s why it’s best to have all your plans together before discussing things with your shop design contractors. They will be able to tell you what can and can’t be done, and where they are willing and able to experiment to capture your vision. They will also be able to recommend alternative materials that may be sturdier, cheaper or even more attractive, as well.

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