Looking to lease office space?
Whether your business is small or growing, there are several vital clues and illuminating facts for choosing an effective office space for you and your employees. So whatever business you are in or plan on creating, make sure you ponder all your options especially the question of what works best for you by carefully considering these tips.
Look for Open and Negotiable Lease Terms
In starting and maintaining a business, it is always necessary to evaluate risks and possible future changes. Looking for leases that allow you to “break” with little to no cost can be a great option if your business is unsure of its future plan. While a long-term lease can provide you with stability, short-term leases allow you to “test the water” until that stability is a real thing.
Plan on meeting with clients daily? It is important to consider where you will be located and whether it is easily accessible. Or, perhaps your employees use on average, a public commute system to get to work. It is important to be aware of how your location can affect the overall stamina of your workplace. A central location or one that is more easily accessible also tend to be located closer to other businesses such as restaurants and other places needed to keep you happy and sane.
Make Sure you Understand the Lease Especially When it Comes to Repairs
Let us consider the topic of leases again. They can often times include small print, meaning, you sign up for something you did not intend too. Small print can sometimes include problems and miscommunications such as who is responsible for repairs and other issues as they arise. That is why it is important to ask questions, get a legal opinion and make sure you address these issues before you move in. You do not want to be left with a mess!
Building security is also something that should be at the top of your list when searching for office space. Wouldn’t want an unsavory character to walk in and harass clients or employees or worse. Ask about physical and electronic security options and if needed, whether extra security is an option too.
And last but certainly not least, take a look at available parking options in a prospective office space. Not only do employees need to have a place to park, so do clients and other visitors. Consider, is the parking public or private? Street or parking lot options? Furthermore, make sure you familiarize yourself with the parking situation in the area so as to avoid any pesky dilemmas such as tickets or towing.
While these Office space leasing tips are a start when you lease office space, consider writing a list of things you and your business are looking for and carry it with you as you search. contact us for assistance or further tips on finding the best space that works for you.
Here are a few other useful resources when looking to lease office space:
- Office Space Calculator
- Office Space Blog
- Planning Checklist
- Space Measurement
- How Much Space?
- Leasing Process
- Small Office Alternative
- Virtual Office Space
- For the Larger User