Finding an office is a lot like looking for a new car or home.  You have to find one that fits your needs as perfectly as you can, which can lead to a lot of potential spaces that can leave you underwhelmed.  Considering a new office space, you should take a few things into account, including whether it has a location central to major highways or if you need a commercial roofing expert to come in and patch up any leaks before you move in.  Finding the perfect office can save you a lot of time and money in the long run.

Access to Roads

You may not think about how easy it is to get to your office from major highways when you’re initially looking for a new office, but it is something you should be thinking about.  Remember, how you get to the office is going to be a part of your daily commute and a complicated route can become taxing.  Also, if you’re business requires large trucks to have easy access to your office, you’re going to want a place that can be accessed via larger roads.  Look for office parks that are close to off-ramps of major highways in order to minimize the amount of travel required in order to reach your office.

Size Need

Offices come in all shapes and sizes and so do businesses.  If you’re business is small and not looking to expand any time soon, renting out a large office is essentially a waste of money.  Determining your size needs is a matter of taking stock of your workforce and pre-planning for any expansion within the life of the lease.

Overall Condition

One thing to look for when you’re looking to lease an office space is to take a look at the condition of the place.  Just like if you were renting an apartment or buying a house, you should be familiar with every flaw that the office space has and it can give you great insight to the sort of problems you may come into down the road.  For example, you may want to have a commercial roofing expert come in and examine the condition of the roof in order to make sure that there are no leaks that may cause a problem in the near future.  An office that is in poor condition can imply that the landlord is not as trustworthy as you’d prefer and could be a good indication that your search is best to continue elsewhere.

Utilities and Power

When you do a walkthrough of a potential office space, you should be paying attention to access to power and utilities.  If you’re a tech company, for example, you should be paying attention to the amount of outlets that are available and where they are.  If you don’t take this into consideration, you may have to bring in an electrician to rewire the whole building and can set you back a few dollars and a few days.

Amenities

Lastly, it’s important to identify what you are looking for in terms of amenities.  Some office spaces offer full-service reception services, but if it’s not something you need for your company, you could be paying for a service you have no use for.  Likewise, if you need a space with a warehouse, you’ll need to look at offices that can cater to that need as well.

If you take your time and think it through, the search for your new office can yield great dividends.  It may take some time, but that time is well worth it.

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Edward owns his own accounting firm in Millersville, PA.  A graduate of the Penn State School of Business, he’s been happily self-employed for the last six years.

 

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