Whether you are planning to relocate to an entirely new office or are looking for your first business location, it is imperative that you make the right choice. As we all know, having an office in the right location plays a big role in the success of your business. This being said, what are the factors you should take into account before you even consider (much less sign) any lease or contract?
Whilst it’s important to think carefully about your budget and other aspects such as the proximity of the new office to major transport hubs, amenities, and the like, there are other essential factors to think about as well. Below are a few:
How is the neighbourhood?
Obviously, you would want your office to be located in a good neighbourhood, one that is clean, safe, and easily accessible. But aside from these factors, you also have to consider other aspects, such as if there are any competitors to your business which are based in a nearby area. And whilst looking for the right location, you also have to think about prospective partners or suppliers who are also nearby. Another aspect to consider when assessing the neighbourhood is the quality of the other tenants in the building. The local area should also be looked into, especially when it comes to the proximity of conveniences such as restaurants, shops, and pharmacies.
Financial and legal considerations
When you have finally found a location that is suitable for your needs, the next step is to assess the terms of the legal agreement as well as certain financial considerations. The terms of the lease (if you are renting) should be perused closely, and you have to make sure there are no unusual or uncommon clauses covered by the lease. Also, it may be a good idea to ask the landlord if they have any incentives or perks, especially when it comes to service charges or fees. One additional tip: when speaking with the landlord, make it a point to ask them if they are planning any upgrades to the building or location, as you may end up paying for these upgrades in your future service fee or charges as well.
The design of your office
When designing your office, the first thing you have to do is draw up a detailed design. Whilst it may be tempting to simply place desks and chairs anywhere there is available space, you have to be organised about this. If you can, create a complete layout for your office meeting room(s), workspaces, kitchen, common room, information technology room or centre, and heating and air conditioning facilities.
The overall style and design of your office also makes an impact, so when choosing a style or design, look at prospective colour schemes that are a good reflection of your company’s identity and brand. On the heels of this, you also have to make sure that the design and layout you choose complies with various regulations, such as the DDA and Workplace Regulations for health, welfare, and safety.
The aspects of the move
If you are relocating to a new office, you also have to contend with transferring all your items from your old location to the new one. For this, you need to have a good removal firm by your side. Some removal firms, such as www.andrews-removals.com, even make it a point to provide extra services such as disassembling and assembling office and IT equipment as well as providing you with storage facilities for important goods and items.
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