How to Reduce Medical Build-Out Costs
In 2022, many medical practices are updating their office space to reflect patient trends and incorporate the newest technology. Building out your medical office improves overall functionality and ensures that your medical practice is equipped for the future. But building out a medical office can be expensive. Handling a build-out job by yourself may result in scattered planning, underestimated material costs, and inefficient construction. Reducing your medical build-out costs is a top priority when it comes to ensuring your practice is positioned for success. Here are our top tips on how to reduce build-out costs while still prioritizing a modern design for your practice. #1 Create a Plan A plan is one of the most important elements to ensure a successful build-out. Although you’ll inevitably have to adapt to unforeseen complications along the way, approaching your construction with a thorough and well-thought-out plan increases the likelihood that your project will be smooth sailing. Instead of flying solo, consider working with a contractor. Experienced contractors will be able to advise you on the best way to allocate your resources and offer you a realistic estimate for construction costs and project timeline. #2 Know the Costs of Materials Understanding the cost of materials will help you cut corners when it comes to big spending. This is another instance when having a contractor is an invaluable resource. Your contractor will help guide you in terms of materials, and keep tabs on the overall construction costs. Remember, in some cases, it’s better to invest in quality equipment that will last for years, instead of cutting corners by opting for the cheapest option. Consider the impact that your investment will have on the future of your practice, instead of only worrying about immediate costs. #3 Future-Proof Your Design As much as possible, design your space with an eye towards the future. This means that having up-to-date equipment, a comfortable waiting area, and private exam rooms should all be a priority. Building out a medical office is an investment in the future of your practice. Doing a slap-dash job will only create problems down the road and may result in more money being spent on construction over time. Do your research when it comes to modern medical offices and keep your design simple and tasteful. Try to incorporate new technology without getting too swept away with “trendy” designs. Remember, your medical facility doesn’t need to be fancy. Keep things professional, elegant, and efficient.
#4 Incorporate Telemedicine in Your Design The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way many patients interact with their medical practitioners. In fact, according to GlobeSt.com an Advisory Board study found that “the number of patients using telehealth jumped from 11% before COVID to 46% after the pandemic hit.” This trend indicates that telehealth is here to stay, and medical offices should incorporate telehealth into their build out designs. The increase in telehealth appointments impacts the need for waiting room space. With more patients engaging in virtual consultations, waiting rooms are generally less crowded. Additionally, the need for in-house administrative office space may decrease as more administrative employees are able to work from home. Offices building their exam room space should consider implementing specific rooms dedicated to telemedicine. JDSupra.com indicates that dedicating space for telemedicine improves both the patient and the doctor’s experience when it comes to delivering high-quality care: “medical office buildings should consider providing telehealth suites for such visits, equipped with internet redundancy, appropriate lighting, computer equipment, and privacy accommodations to address HIPAA compliance.” Some of the reclaimed space that was previously dedicated to administrative staff or waiting rooms can be transformed into telehealth-appropriate exam rooms, cutting down costs by repurposing existing areas. #5 Work with a Trustworthy Contractor Selecting your build-out partner determines the success of your project. The goal is to find a contractor who is knowledgeable, skilled, and client-oriented. Build Out Pros is a client-focused contracting company offering construction services to clients planning to build out their office space. Our team is dedicated to helping you create a functional, aesthetically pleasing, and cost-effective space. In addition to providing expertise when it comes to planning your build-out, Build Out Pros is committed to providing client support from beginning to end. Use our easy-to-access client portal to keep tabs on your project every step of the way!