Choosing the right office space for your business or organization means more than just choosing a physical location. If you have customers visiting your property, then you want to make a good impression. Depending on your organization’s identity, you might need to appear trendy, modern, or traditional, and your physical location can help customers decide if you are the right place for them to take their business or not. When choosing commercial real estate, the following tips are a few considerations that can help you find the location that is just right for you and your company.
- As mentioned previously, appearances are very important. Take a very close look at the property, standing in the parking lot, or on the sidewalk in front of the building. If the building looks dingy and dirty to you, it will probably look that way to your customers as well. Make sure the location is somewhere that you would visit as a customer.
- Consider accessibility and convenience. Many customers will simply not visit your location if it is difficult for them to park, maneuver a wheelchair through, or find the elevator or stairs. While some inexpensive improvements may be feasible and advantageous, you do not want to invest more money into making your building accessible than you spend on the property itself. Make sure the elevators and stairs are in good condition, ensure that the location is handicap accessible, and consider the ease of entering and exiting the parking garage or lot for your customers.
- Check with the local City Hall to ensure that the property is zoned for your business. If you have an unusual business, rezoning can take months or even years, and is a costly process that requires legal consultation and assistance. Checking out the zoning ordinances for the property before you sign the contract is always the easiest way to avoid headaches and extra cost.
- Consult an expert. The perfect office space can be competitive and hard to find, so consulting an expert is your best bet. An experienced tenant rep can help you locate inspectors, engineers, architects, or anyone else that you may need to get your business off and running.
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By: James Osgood