What To Do Ahead Of An Office Or Retail Contracting Project

Carlos Bowman

If you're investing in an office or retail contracting project, you'll want to see it go as well as possible. Fortunately, there are four things the clients of contractors can do to improve the odds of smooth execution.

Review the Rules for the Location

Especially if you're preparing for contracting work at a rented site, it's prudent to conduct a full review of what is or isn't possible at the location. Pull out all agreements to verify that your plans fit within their parameters. If there is a concern, you should seek clarification before moving forward with the project. While it might cost you a bit of time in the early weeks of the project, it may avoid a bigger delay down the road.

Brand Standards

Particularly with retail contracting work, there are often concerns about brand standards. If your business is part of a chain or franchise arrangement, you will likely have to conform to certain specifications. These may cover the dimensions of the building and open spaces, choices of colors, and even particular materials.

Run your plans past someone in charge of brand standards before you start work. It's also a good idea to have a long conversation about the brand standards with the contractors before you commit. They can then tell you whether they have the resources and skills needed to maintain the standards.


Not all businesses have the ability to totally shut down and let contractors take over. With a retail contracting project, for example, you might need to move shelves around to allow work to proceed in specific locations. At an office, you might limit where people can go while contracting work is happening.

It's best to schedule around the contracting efforts as much as possible. That may mean moving some team members onto day shifts, for example, to ensure there will be fewer people at the site when the contractors are there.

Setting Aside Space

Most retail and office contracting companies will need some space for storage at the location. This will allow them to keep tabs on things like ladders, paint, drywall, and other items necessary for the job. If they will need to move through some of your active working spaces, try to plan routes that minimize disruption. Meet with the contracting team to learn what their needs are and walk through the possible areas for storage. Also, make sure you can delineate and secure zones that are out of bounds for anyone who isn't involved with the contracting work.