Always Check Out Online Virtual Tours of Office Space

Online Virtual Tours of Office SpaceVirtual tours are very popular with those looking for an apartment, home or want to check out a restaurant’s ambiance.  They are also beginning to show up for those who are seeking office space.  Because of this, Online Virtual Tours of Office Space are being offered more often than ever before, especially on OfficeFinder. What makes them such big hits? Here are a few of the key reasons:

Online Virtual Tours of Office Space Are Convenient

Live tours of office space require appointments, and it can be hard to get something scheduled at a time you find beneficial. Even when this isn’t the case, you still have to spend hours commuting to and from prospective locations and then spend quite a bit of time taking the live tour itself. If you don’t want to spend all of that time just seeing if you’re interested in a specific office, you’ll love virtual tours.

With virtual tours, there is no travel time and no need for any appointments. All you need to do is go to our site and navigate to the tour page. From there, you’ll be able to pull up a tour that makes you feel like you’re standing right in your prospective new office. You’ll be able to move in all directions, look all around, and even look up and down to get the full effect. Even better, you’ll be able to stop and check out the areas you personally find interesting instead of being quickly rushed to whichever area an agent thinks would be most compelling.

There’s No Sales Pitch During an Online Virtual Tour of Office Space

Thanks to this aspect, you’ll be able to fully consider all of the office’s benefits and drawbacks. While it may take longer for the company to get you to sign, it also means that you’re more likely to be satisfied when you do decide on a space.

You Can Still Get a Live Tour

Most people take live tours of their chosen space before they actually sign on. This ensures that nothing has been missed. Online Virtual Tours are a great way to shortlist potential properties. Visiting in person will allow you to talk to an agent and have all of your questions answered when you’re fully ready to ask them.

Take An Online Virtual Tour of Office Space

This one is of the Regus Business Center in Columbia Center in Downtown Seattle:


Click Here to view in full screen (recommended)

We have over 30 virtual tours of coworking office space and  executive suites in the Seattle / Bellevue areas available for viewing, as well as other listings, market information and general information on our Local Seattle office space page.

If you need help finding office space, please contact us. Our services and the services of our local reps is free to you.

Coworking Office Space is Where Happy Meets Hard Working

coworking office spaceDo you remember the last time you were in a coffee shop? Maybe you only walked by but you could see the patrons, content and happy. Remember the that great aroma, that relaxed atmosphere?

When was the last time you looked forward to going to work? No, I mean the last time you were honestly driving to the office with a smile on your face because you were going to work.

Best of Both Worlds

Welcome to the beauty of Coworking. What is Coworking? Imagine the feel and comfort of that coffee shop, then imagine that coffee shop being your office. Now you are getting close.

Have you ever worked around or with people you like, respect and that make you better? These are the teams, staffs and co-workers we remember, miss and desire to work with. One reason Coworking works is just that, it creates a space where like minds, kindred spirits and creative people all come together.

Now take that coffee shop, fill it with those people who inspire and respect you and then you have the answer to what Coworking is – and why it works. It’s no secret that a happy worker produces better work, that better results and production are the result of a healthy and happy working environment.

Will Coworking Office Space Work for You?

Who is Coworking for? Well if you work remotely or as a freelancer and are looking for a working space, some structure to your day and an office that will promote, empower and make you feel at ease – it is for you. What is Coworking?

Coworking is the best an office can offer and the best people you can work with, and it is the reason you will wake up excited to go to work! Contact us to learn more about the best thing to happen for offices since the copying machine and how we can help.

Take a virtual tour of Coworking office space in Seattle.

Visit the Level Office in the Historic Pioneer Building.

Pioneer Building Office Space Virtual Tour


Click Here to view in full screen (recommended)

We have over 30 virtual tours of coworking office space and  executive suites in the Seattle / Bellevue areas available for viewing, as well as other listings, market information and general information on our Local Seattle office space page.

If you need help finding office space, please contact us. Our services and the services of our local reps is free to you.

 

4 Office Space Leasing Tips to Make Your Space the Right Space

No Mistakes office space leasing tipsThere are millions of square feet of office space out there, and if you want to find office space that fits your employees’ needs, you might think you’re in for a long search. That isn’t necessarily the case if you know what to look for and how to get it right. When you see office space for rent, follow some simple tips that will save you time and point you toward the space you want.

Here are 4 Office Space Leasing Tips to Consider

1. Look at Maintenance

No matter how sweet a deal seems, if the space in question is poorly maintained, or if it looks good at first but you start noticing little problems like spots of peeling paint in the corner or dirt on walls, you should move on to the next space on your list. Office space needs to be in good shape not only for the safety of your employees, but also because any customers or potential business investors coming to your office might assume the lack of maintenance also reflects a lack of quality or professionalism in your business. One of the tricks the pros use is to take a good look at the bathrooms to get a measure of how well the property is maintained.

2. What Do Your Employees Want?

What your employees want in an office space is just as essential as the price and location. Maybe they want a good balance between communal working spaces like conference rooms and private spaces where they can go and shut out others in order to concentrate. They may work better with lots of natural light, meaning you have to find an office with lots of windows that let lots of light in while being shaded enough to prevent overheating. Or maybe they want to be away from a main road so traffic noise is not a constant companion. If your employees are happy with you office space, the more likely they are to be engaged and more productive.

3. Room to Grow

Not every company has plans to expand. However, it’s a good idea to give yourself at least a little breathing room so that, if you suddenly do find a need to expand a bit, you can do so without creating overcrowded conditions. Look for space that is just a little bigger than you currently need, so you’ll have room to add another person or two if you find it necessary for a project.

4. Get Help

It’s a good idea to have help when you start looking for office space. OfficeFinder can work with you to pinpoint the type of space that would serve you best. Our network of local tenant reps will make sure you see all of the viable options and avoid mistakes. Why spend your valuable time doing all the legwork when you can have a pro by your side and it will not cost you anything? Contact OfficeFinder to arrange for a consultation.

Top 3 Tips For Organizing Your Office Space

tips to organizing your office spaceWhile OfficeFinder is all about helping businesses find the best office space for their business, in the business world, there are many other things which are important to manage. Whether it’s monitoring the workplace for any thefts, or making sure you’ve filed taxes on time, it’s important that you keep the business thoroughly managed and organized. However, there’s more to being organized in the workplace than making sure all taxes are paid, or even that your employees are staying on task. Just how organized is your office space? After all, organizing your office space will lead to you to getting work done more efficiently. Ensuring your employees are organized, will help improve their productivity and let them feel more engaged in their work.

3 useful tips to consider for organizing your office space

#1. Color Code Your Folders

One of the most important tips for organizing your office space, is to color code your folders. The main problem that people have when it comes to staying organized, is that they have trouble locating their important files. However, by using color coded folders, as well as labeling them, it becomes a lot easier to know where everything is. For example, to signify the importance of tax documents, you could put all files in a red folder. As for the papers which aren’t really all that important, you could put them in a green folders and mark it as miscellaneous.

#2. Throw Away Old Papers

Your office might be pretty clean at first, but over the years, papers begin to build up, and it often becomes harder to differentiate between what’s useful and what is not. It’s also important to remember that just because you have documents that are important now, doesn’t mean that they’re always going to have some significance. Every now and then, clean out your folders and draws, checking to see what papers are still valuable, and which ones can be discarded.

#3. Create Your Own Personal Workspace

There’s more to having a great office space than simply making sure everything is organized. In fact, why not tidy it up a bit, and even buy some accessories so that your office could look nice? For example, you could purchase some lights and decorations for your office, or even more so, why not consider purchasing a personal mat for your space? If nothing else, it would also allow your customers and employees to know that it’s a place where anyone can feel welcome if they have a question.

These are our top 3 tips. For more on organizing your office space, Lifehack.com has more comprehensive recommendations at 21 Tips to Organize Your Office and Get More Done.

For more information about finding the perfect office space, feel free to contact us today at OfficeFinder. We look forward to hearing from you, and assisting you in the best way possible and all at no cost to you.

OfficeFinder’s Best Small Business Office Blog Award

office blog awardOfficeFinder just received an award as one of the best small business office blogs by Fit Small Business.com

They scoured the web for the most helpful blogs for small businesses and put together the list of the Best Small Business Blogs of 2017.

The blogs were selected because they provide relevant and useful insight that helps small business grow. Their decision was based on quality of the content, help-fullness of that content and the frequency of articles.

We are complimented to be recognized among them.

They divided their list of Best Small Business Blogs into the 10 categories below:

Fit Small Business focuses on the needs of small business owners. Their site serves existing business owners. The ones getting up early in the morning and asking themselves “how am I going to increase revenues and profits today?”

They provide lots of “how to” articles and  buyer’s guides which help small businesses make informed purchasing decisions.

They have an in-house staff of half a dozen writers (and growing) spend 8 hours a day asking the questions that small business owners want to know the answers to about how to run a successful small business. Visit them today.

3 Tips to Finding Office Space That Is Perfect for Your Business Needs

finding office spaceSearching for the ideal office space is a difficult task. The future of your company will depend on finding office space that will fit your needs. Here are some office space leasing tips to help you choose the right office space.

Procrastination Is Your Enemy

It’s important to start your search early. Don’t wait until the last moment, even if you’re very busy. Start searching for a new office space six to nine months in advance. This will give you more options and will prevent you from having the lower hand in your negotiations. Here is a general timeline you can use to determine when to start your process.

Make Precise Plans

Don’t procrastinate, but don’t rush too fast either. There are many things that you need to look at before signing the lease. How much collaborative office space do you need? How much private space do you need? Will the layout, both the inside and the outside, fit the image you want for your business? Do you hope to expand your business in the future, and will your leased space be able to accommodate that? These are all questions that you need to ask yourself. Office Planning Checklist.

Pay Attention to Small Details

It’s the small things that matter. Is the office close to shopping centers, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience stores, gas stations, and other useful establishments? Is it close to transportation methods, such as the subway or a bus stop? Is there parking space for your employees? Is there an available room that can serve as a break room for coffee breaks? What about other amenities? These small things do matter.

These are just a few of the considerations you need to take into account when finding office space.  It is what we do every day, day in and day out. We help business find and negotiate for office space. There is no cost to you for our service. It is free. You get a professional on your side to make sure everything goes as well as it can. No unexpected surprises and you get the best deal possible! For your perfect office space, just contact us.

The Rise of Live-Work Office Space

live-work balanceCoworking space has been on the rise, and now it is going a step further with live-work office space. Some luxury apartment and condo companies have caught on to the coworking trend and are now incorporating communal working spaces as one of their residential amenities.

Chron states, “The live-work unit is actually an old idea that has been modernized to meet the needs of entrepreneurs, small businesses and professionals.” The old setups are the familiar home, apartment, or condo sitting above a storefront or commercial space.

Live-work Office Space Benefits

Cost savings – Workers can easily return home instead of purchasing meals out, and they are not spending on gas for their commute.

Time savings – Time is not spent commuting to and from an office.

Flexibility – Flexibility of working hours to better allow for a work-life balance that has become so important in the workplace.

It merges these benefits with the changing face of modern workers who are entrepreneurs, freelancers, and remote workers. But it is also for the traditional worker who has an office space away from home. According to a Gallup survey, 43% of American workers spend some time working remotely. It also meets the strong desire for community that is often seen with the newer generation in the workforce.

These spaces look different than what you see in, for example, a hotel’s business suite with a conference room. These spaces are being designed to appeal to the modern worker. The New York Times describes these workspaces as having “the vibe of trendy start-ups with computer bars, comfortable seating and coffee stations.”

Today’s worker now has the option of the live-work space. They can enjoy the benefits of coworking space but only a few steps away.

If you are looking for office space, please contact us, and we can help you find what you need.

Tenant Tip: The Best Kept Secrets for Renting Office Space

renting office space secretsThere is no doubt that renting office space is an extremely important business decision. The space you lease will often be your clients’ very first impression of you and your company. It is also where your employees spend the majority of their time. General location decisions take care of the coming and leaving issues, but what about the time you and your employees spend at the office? As a tenant representation firm, one of our challenges for our clients is considering what your experience is going to be once you’re operating your business in a chosen building.

The Little Things Matter

The little things include cleaning the carpet, painting the walls and conducting small repairs before a business moves in, allowing it to start its tenancy with you on the right foot. Big things tend to include a general aura of professionalism, for example, with prompt response rates that make you as a tenant happy.

Ongoing maintenance helps keep your office space in tiptop shape. Makes sure to investigate how often you will receive janitorial services.

Of course, not all property management companies offer the same standard of service. It’s important to go over the list of services a company provides and check their reviews from the other tenants.

The above features and much more enable you to direct your energy into your business, making more money and enjoying your time away from work not wondering when the landlord will fix damage to the entry way of your office; keeping your office in pristine condition and likely end up saving you money and stress in the long run.

Guest Post by our Atlanta Rep. JGRE has been a proud member of Office Finder for 20 years.

If you would like assistance in renting office space and negotiating the best possible deal with all the little things considered, contact us. We have local reps who can help you free of charge throughout the US, Canada and many other locations world wide.

Four Reasons Why You Should Consider Coworking Office Space

coworking office spaceOffice space is changing. While many companies still lease a traditional office with cubicles and a corner office for the boss, more and more businesses are choosing coworking office space instead. What is coworking office space? Most simply put, it is an office environment shared by several companies.  Here are four reasons why you should consider it for your business.

Employees Can Work When They Want

Many younger office professionals would like to work hours other than the traditional nine to five.  A coworking office space environment facilitates a flexible workplace. Workers can set their own schedules and choose times when they feel most productive.

Networking Becomes Easier

Dozens of businesses usually work in the same coworking office space, creating all sorts of networking opportunities. Good coworking companies actually facilitate networking through promoting their “Member” to other businesses within their properties. Many have weekly networking parties to facilitate a relaxed networking opportunity. Many company owners in these environments report finding an accountant, a lawyer, a web designer and other professionals just a few feet away. The opposite works, too, since coworking spaces are full of potential clients.

Coworking Spaces are Fully Furnished

Leasing a traditional office space means installing phone lines, assembling furniture, dragging equipment in and more. All that hassle is a thing of the past with a coworking office space because it comes fully furnished and completely equipped with conference rooms, chairs, desks, internet access, printers, etc. Everything needed to run a professional office is already there. All you need to bring is your computer.

Coworking Office Space Saves Money

Renting a traditional office space is expensive and means committing to a long-term lease.  In a coworking office environment, businesses effectively share costs, and leases have shorter terms. Many coworking spaces also include free perks, like coffee, tea and snacks. Some even offer free beer!

The American workforce is changing, and office space is changing with it. If you are ready to save money, enhance productivity and increase networking opportunities, then it is time to consider a coworking office environment. Contact us today to see how we can help.

Want to take a look around a Coworking office space. Here is a 360° HD Virtual Tour of the WeWork office space in Seattle’s hot South Lake Union Area aka Amazonia.


Click Here to view in full screen (recommended)

See More OfficeFinder Virtual Tours in Seattle

Virtual Tour Benefits for Office Space Providers

360 office space virtual tourWe have a lot of blog posts about the benefits of virtual tours for office tenants who are looking to find office space. The type of virtual tour we are talking about are not videos, but totally interactive 360° x 180° high definition panoramic photography. The stuff that makes you feel like you are really there; that gets a WOW out of you when you see it.

Here is what tenants looking for office space like about virtual tours:

  1. Virtual tours save a considerable amount of time since you, tenants, can short list the most viable alternatives without having to visit the ones that clearly won’t work.
  2. You can look at them whenever and however often you want.
  3. If you are out of town looking for space, virtual tours will give you a better idea of what is available in the market without multiple trips and expense.
  4. You can share the virtual tour with others to get their opinions without making them visit the space in person.
  5. They are desktop computer, tablet of mobile device compatible.
  6. They are fun, especially if you have VR headgear.

But what about providers of office space such as executive suites, coworking spaces or even conventional office space?

Why should providers of office space want to have a virtual tour?

First of all tenants like them for the reasons given above. You’d think that would be enough, especially since they are relatively inexpensive, but there is more.

Your website will be enhanced. Virtual tours are easy to add and won’t slow down your website. With a custom virtual tour the images are pixilized. Each scene is divided up into multiple smaller images that appear as needed so that they will load quickly. As alternative, you can also embed a Google virtual tour. Those images are stored on Google and load quickly too. I will show you the comparison of the two at the bottom of this post.

A virtual tour that is published on Google Maps, powered by their Street View technology, will help your search engine positioning and expose your property to more prospective tenants. You will have more eyes on your property and more visitors to your website. After all. Google is the number one Business-to-Business search engine by far.

How much do they cost?

The base cost is $550.00 which includes up to 10 “scenes.” That is plenty to provide prospective tenants the “flavor” of your space.

It includes all photography and both the Google version and a custom versions similar to the one below. The price may vary by market subject to photographer availability. We only use “Google Trusted Photographers” to ensure the high quality work that has allowed them to earn the designation.

As “Google Trusted Photographers” ourselves we have hundreds of approved panoramas posted on Google Maps.

Google Trusted Photographer

Here is what Google has to say about it:

  • When searching for businesses, consumers use mapping products 44% of the time.
  • On average, 41% of these place searches result in an on-site visit.
  • Listings with photos and a virtual tour are twice as likely to generate interest

Even more reasons:

Your Google business listing is your company’s most visible asset. Improve your presence with a Google Street View virtual tour.

When a prospective tenant searches for you, they will find you on Google Maps. Make sure that their first encounter is a great one with a WOW factor.

Real Examples of the Same Virtual Tour

The Virtual tours below are the same tour with the same 360° x 180° panoramas, but the first is from Google Maps and embedded here, while the second is on the OfficeFinder website. Both are better viewed in full screen.

Google Maps Version


Click the icon in the upper right to view full screen

Custom OfficeFinder Version


Click Here to view in full screen (recommended)

Want to learn more about getting a virtual tour for your property?

Call us at 425-391-8900 or Visit OfficeFinder Virtual Tours

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