Estate Agency Interiors
Once again I am delighted to say that Natalie Murray-Hurst from Murray-Hurst Interiors has taken the challenge of being my guest blogger again this week. Natalie is an interior designer who has worked closely with Hunters over the years developing our branch office design and brand, she’s a hugely talented individual. Here she shares with us some of her hot tips on presenting your estate agency branch.
Interior Impressions Count
An Estate Agent’s office is literally the ‘shop window’ to their business and good presentation in crucial, not only to increase customer footfall but to compete with the high street competition as well as today’s online property portals.
The office should set the tone for what the business and service are about. An impressive office interior makes a business look more successful and professional, it can help build client trust and may even make the difference between winning new instructions and losing out.
When looking at designing or refurbishing an estate agency it is key that the interior reflects the essence of the company’s brand, consistently throughout the space. It is also important to design an environment that not only provides a welcoming feel for customers but also engages staff and boosts morale, ultimately helping the business to perform by increasing productivity and efficiency, creating an office where staff want to be, not where they have to be.
As a qualified Interior Designer, my main advice to anyone considering refurbishing their estate agency interior would be to employ a professional Interior Design company to ensure the best result. Trying to coordinate and schedule trades and supplies from a variety of sources is a time consuming process whereas employing a professional who has the knowledge and experience to design a space effectively and organise all aspects of the work saves time, money and costly mistakes, allowing the agent to concentrate on their core business.
A new office space design can breathe new life into a business and any work to improve it should be considered as a valuable investment that will bring countless returns over time. So as the property market roars back to life the big question is, will yours be the agency that attracts the business?
Director/Interior Designer – Murray Hurst Interiors