HOW CAN I GET THE MOST FOR MY MONEY?

Years ago, when I was new to the World of office furniture a colleague described this business as “the most complicated simple business”. At the time it sounded a bit silly, but I soon caught on. It took me several years before I truly grasped the ins and outs of the industry as whole. To get the most for your money begin by dealing with a pro. It is their experience which makes the contractor so valuable an asset and ally to the end user. So many things can go wrong fast as do it yourselfers quickly discover. Furniture superstores are full of underpaid, inexperienced and unmotivated and revolving staff. Save yourself some trouble and deal with a pro.

THE ECONOMY IS DOING BADLY, WHY CAN’T I GET FURNITURE FOR FREE?

In America you can always find stuff for free. Some companies do need to clear out offices when they move, etc. Remnants, onesies/twosies of something or furniture passed over by the liquidators. If you are very patient, have lot’s time to search around, send e-mails, make phone calls; have your own transportation and dollies and furniture blankets and have someone to help. Oh, and a certificate of insurance, which building management usually requires. But your time does have value insofar as you could be doing what you do to stay in business. Trucks, dollies and help from your friends is not actually free, especially if someone or something gets hurt or damaged. So – maybe not.

BUYING NEW VS. USED CUBICLES, WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?

NEW CUBICLES:

  1. Choose your own fabrics/paint/worksurface finishes/options
  2. Design layout to suit your needs
  3. Get warranty
  4. Add on later with matching product

 

USED CUBICLES

  1. Huge savings on new if in good shape and all parts there.
  2. Ready right now.
  3. Make sure you have performance guarantees on proper installation.

WHAT DO I NEED TO CONSIDER WHEN PUTTING TOGETHER A BUDGET FOR MY OFFICE?

1. Get .dwg (autoCAD plan) as well as pdf for your space from building management/architect. You will need these to develop a space plan. A contract furniture dealer or designer will need .dwg to do a fit test and space plan workspaces for your office. The big dealers will charge $120 per hour or more for design services. Some dealers will work with you on space planning charges so long as you are clear and organized and don’t shop their work all over town (kind of demoralizing to most dealers to have this happen).
2. Think ahead. What are your growth projections over the next few years? If purchasing preowned furniture you may wish to buy more workstations initially as it will be difficult to impractical to afordably add on later using matching used product.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET FURNITURE FOR MY OFFICE?

Used furniture will generally be in stock and ready to go (sometimes we can show furniture as it is still standing at client site). If your building requires Certificate Of Insurance (C.O.I) or you need to reserve elevator/loading dock or do after hour move B.O.I. can process paperwork in 1 or 2 business days. End of the month is always very busy so it helps to “get on the board” for delivery installation as soon as possible.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOURS?

We are pretty much always working. However we are often called to visit offices such as yours and may not always be at the showroom. Let your fingers do the walking: Call us or email for an appointment. (510) 898-1499

WHEN IS A GOOD TIME TO STOP BY AND SEE YOUR PRODUCTS?

We are pretty much always working. However we are often called to visit offices such as yours and may not always be at the showroom. Let your fingers do the walking: Call us or email for an appointment. (510) 898-1499

More office furniture or office move questions? Please email us so we can update this list: info@berkeleyinteriors.com or call us at: 510-898-1499.