The A-Z of working with shop fitters in Melbourne

shop fitters in Melbourne

If you’ve made the decision to open a store in Melbourne, then you probably already know that in order to create a trendy looking store you have to work with the best shop fitters in town. And also, that to ensure that your project is not delayed and there is no communication gap, you’ll need to work through a process.

At Xtreme Shopfitting & Joinery, we have an established process which has worked brilliantly for our clients. So today in this article, I’ll walk you through our process in the hope that it makes working with any shop fitters in Melbourne as seamless and stress-free as possible.

Finalise the details

If you are working with shop fitters in Melbourne, the first step is to finalise all the details about your plan and the cost. At this stage you should take the time to go through the plan and working details on all fixtures and fittings provided by the shop fitter. If you need to make changes to the original plan or additions, this is the time to do that.

This is where you will also get the final quote for the fitout. While most shop fitters have their own suppliers for special fittings and custom designs, let your shop fitter know if you already have contracts with suppliers for certain things. At Xtreme Shopfitting & Joinery, we are always happy to work with your existing contractors to give you a store you will be proud of.

At this stage of your project, you need to be available to have several meetings with your shop fitter to discuss details such as colour schemes, which would involve discussing things like the wall and ceiling colours, the colour and style of shopfront closures, colours and finishing for fixtures and fittings, signage, and carpets, floors and ceramic tiles, among others.

Get the contract signed

The next step is the signing of the contract. If you are working with shop fitters in Melbourne, you will need to use the approved ‘Form of Contract.’ The Australian Shop and Office Fitting Industry Association (ASOFIA) is the approval body and the form should have the logo of the association. You can view an example contact here.

Of course, it is important to note that each contract will vary depending on the shop fitter so it makes sense to go through the contract thoroughly before you sign anything and be sure that you know exactly what you are signing for. If you are both satisfied with the terms of the contract, the next thing is to sign it. Once the contract is signed, a good Melbourne shop fitter should help you get the relevant approvals.

Note that if you want to change a contract that you have already signed, you can. It’s called a variation and your shop fitter should not have a problem with that.

Making the first instalment

It is natural for your shop fitter to request a deposit after the contract is signed. If you are working with a shop fitter in Melbourne, the deposit amount is usually about 40%. The next instalment would be when the fixtures and fittings have been made in the factory, but before work begins in your store.

Get insurance sorted

Do you know where you stand on your insurance? What of your shop fitter’s insurance? It is not unusual to find that your shop fitter’s insurance covers your fixtures and fittings while they are in the factory and while they are being transported to your store. This might also cover the construction on site.

Whether your site is new or old, find out about the public liability cover from the onset and make adjustments to your insurance where necessary.

Keep track of progress

Keep track of your shop fitter’s progress by visiting your space and inspecting how the project is going. Be sure to check for colour preferences, finishing and workmanship.


Working with shop fitters in Melbourne requires a certain process. You will need to finalise all the details, get the contract signed, make the first instalment payment, sort out your insurance and keep track of progress.

For qualified shop fitters in Melbourne, go to the extreme with Xtreme Shopfitting & Joinery. Do note though, that we are actually based in Brisbane. However, we offer our services along the east coast of Australia, including Melbourne and have successfully completed a number of fitouts in the area. We would love to add your business to our customer portfolio and help you create your dream store.

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Zac Latham

About Zac Latham

Zac Latham is co-owner of Xtreme Shopfitting and Joinery and has been a shopfitter for more than 30 years. He has a vast array of knowledge and experience in manufacturing fitouts that increase customers and revenue.