If you have decided that it’s time to take the plunge and commit to a commercial office space, there are many things to carefully consider to ensure that the office development you go for is the right one for you and your business.
The market is currently extremely competitive and as a result there are some great deals out there. Consider the 10 point check list below and you will be far more likely to make the right choice, and not a costly mistake.
1. What’s the transportation like? How will it be for you and your staff to get to and from work? Thoroughly check the local trains, buses and roads that would be used by clients and members of staff.
2. Thoroughly read all leasing and legal documents. As obvious as this seems it is an area that sometimes gets rushed. Take your time and hire a professional solicitor if you feel one is needed.
3. Is the location right? This is really important to look into. It goes without saying that an office space in a prime part of town will cost more but will come with an address and position that may be important to you. On the other hand you may not need such a prominent position.
4. What’s the car park like? Are there enough spaces to cover your needs and also how busy does it get? View this at it’s busiest time so you know exactly what to expect.
5. Is the size right for your business? You may regret taking on something that’s bigger than you need as you’ll be paying for some unused space. Look carefully into what would be the perfect size for your company.
6. What’s the lighting and air conditioning like? It goes without saying that you’ll want your office to be light, comfortable and airy. Look into this as you won’t want a gloomy office that boils you in the summer.
7. Will you need meeting rooms? If you will need this facility check the standard of the meeting rooms and exactly what they offer and how easily they can be reserved.
8. Is there anything in and around the office area that could disturb you and your staff? Barking dogs in a nearby house or perhaps a noisy air-conditioning unit? Better to be safe than sorry.
9. What’s the catering like? Is there a decent coffee or lunch facility for a convenient break or perhaps an informal meeting?
10. Does the office building and the reception area feel right? Gut instinct can play an important part in making the right choice.
So there you have it. 10 simple points to help you make the right choice.