Finding the perfect office, in the perfect location, and at the perfect price can be time consuming and can also have a huge impact on your business. It is an exciting time in the growth of any business whether it is a new start-up or an expanding company looking for improved premises. Fortunately, with the large quantity of offices available on the market, combined with the multitude of fantastic resources that allow for easy searching, ‘finding any office space’ can now be transformed into “finding the perfect office space”.
The office you choose will be one thing you will need to consider but what kind of businesses that surrounds that office is what really is important. However, location is important even if you are not looking to pick up passing clients because we all want to give off the right impression to our clients and visitors. Whether a business wants to enjoy a remote location or be in the heart of a vibrant city, location is of great importance.
First impressions are made in the first ten seconds of meeting someone. This is also true when it comes to walking into a building. Business premises need to always look professional, clean and organized otherwise clients might get the wrong idea if things appear to be disorderly and untidy.
Instead of jumping in feet first and taking the first available office space, businesses should to take their time as the right location can make or break a business. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and emotional when trying to figure out where you are going to spend all of your time and a lot of your money. When you know what you want, it’s too easy to jump over important steps in the search process and land yourself with a space that looked great at first, but fails to meet your needs.
After you have found the perfect office you will need the perfect price to go with it. Many tenants fall into the trap of believing that since they have signed a long term lease they are locked in. Let me tell you if you haven’t already heard, everything is negotiable, especially in this market we are experiencing now. Landlords are desperate for tenants and they’ll do anything to keep from losing an existing one.
The key to negotiating a better lease is to find other office space for lease. . You have to know what other options are available to you and what the rates, sizes, amenities, access and availability are for comparison before negotiating.
Look at the cost of the lease, and determine whether it is a total cost for the property or if it is on a per-square-foot basis. If the cost is per square foot, inspect the property to see if it has space you can’t use, and ask that the landlord removed it from the cost calculation. Check for any clause concerning rent escalation over the course of the lease. Ask that landlord add an escalation clause to prevent unexpected increases.