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Finding Home Sweet Home for Your Business Family

by John Brydon-Harris on February 3rd, 2017

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Considering it’s where so many people spend the bulk of their days, an office environment is just as important as a home. Shopping around for a new space to house your company should be treated with the same consideration as looking for a new house. Location is a factor, as is size. What amenities does it have? Does it need much work? Will the family (of staff) feel happy within its walls?

A good office space makes employees feel comfortable, healthy, and well-equipped to do their jobs. It’s inviting for clients and guests. It communicates your brand. It has room for growth.

Finding the right office space for your business and team is a challenge, albeit a fun one. In the market for a new work home? Here are eleven tips to help you find the perfect office.

  • Take your current employees into account. Is the space in a relatively convenient location for the greatest possible number of staff members?
  • Get the full scope of expenses. Leases often come with janitorial fees, maintenance costs, and a variety of other expenses.
  • Evaluate the property manager, as you’ll often be asking them for favours and attention. Ask current tenants for reviews.
  • What kind of traffic will you need? Companies dependent on walk-in business need to be in a highly visible, bustling area. If you’re taking meetings and attracting out-of-town clients, parking is probably important.
  • Know how you’ll be charged. Will rent be based on square footage or a flat rate? Will you pay utilities yourself, or are they wrapped up in your monthly fee?
  • Consider the exterior and the lobby. The building should feel fairly welcoming to your staff and clients; however, if the lobby is the only sore point of your potential new office, it shouldn’t be a deal-breaker.
  • Is there room to grow? If not, will room be accessible if and when you need it?
  • Think about how the space will facilitate the health and happiness of your staff. Abundant natural light is essential, as are accessible bathroom facilities and sufficient space for personal belongings and work areas.
  • Location is also important to the culture of your workplace. A dearth of nearby restaurants and coffee shops, a lack of retail and green space, and a high rate of poverty and crime will drag your staff down.
  • Inquire about the building’s systems, including heating and cooling, plumbing, and wireless internet. Again, ask current tenants for their feedback. They’ll be able to tell you if the internet always seems to be lagging or if the building gets unbearably hot in the summer.
  • Make sure you’ll have the freedom to make the space your own. If you’ll be barred from any painting or installations, how will you transform the office into a place that feels like it belongs to your company? Know the rules ahead of time so you don’t risk disappointment, fines, or ejection.

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