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An office in Singapore usually comes with standard fittings of a cemented and raised floor system, suspended ceilings, standard fire sprinkler and protection systems, central air-conditioning distribution ducts and basic lighting and window fittings.
If the tenant have the need to customize the office to suit their preferences, they may do so in accordance with the terms and conditions as stipulated by the landlord (large office building typically maintain a standard fitting-out manual) with regard to all fitting-out works at the premises.
Any fitting-out works, either modifications to existing fittings or additions and alterations should be carried out with the approval of the landlord, and as in most cases, the tenant is responsible for the reinstatement of the office premises back to its original state at the end of the lease term.
Various factors determine costing. Unit size, layout complexity, and quality of materials used and technical requirements of different business types affect company’s budget. Fitting-out costs for all additions and alterations works, system furniture, materials, mechanical & electrical services, professional consultant’s fees (not including designer’s fees), may be grouped as follows:
For more accurate cost evaluation, tenants are advised to seek expertise of office space interior designers and/or architects. They are responsible for submitting applications to relevant authorities for approval like URA, BCA, FSB, etc.
Renovation deposit (ranges from S$1000 to S$5000) is paid to the Landlord before any works can be carried out. This is to defray the cost of rectifying damage to the building caused by tenant’s contractors. The renovation deposit is refunded upon completion of renovations, less any deductions.
The time taken for fitting-out work depends on size of office space:
Tenant is required to apply with Singapore Power (SP Services Ltd) and Singapore Telecoms (Singtel) to install a separate meter for utilities consumption and to lay telecommunication lines respectively within the premises. At times, certain Landlord has their very own power and telecommunication utilities, which they contract from the utility authorities. All charges for electrical utility and telecommunication services to the premises are borne by tenant on a monthly billing basis.
The following documents are usually required for the services:
Although most commercial buildings come with free water utility, certain office premises especially conservation/shophouses office requires tenant to apply their own water supply from Public Utilities Board (PUB).