If you are looking to move to a new office building, it is important to check to make sure that not only the specific office space, but the building itself meets your standards. Here are a few tips for evaluating an office building, as suggested in the article, “HOW TO: Choose the Right Office Space”:
This is a major concern for any business to ensure the safety and comfort of their employees. Some things to check for include the following:
- History of break-ins in the building
- Locks on doors, windows, skylights
- Need for extra security
- 24-hour access that also includes security
Consider the other companies in the property and whether or not they are competitors. Having a competitor around could mean the possibility of another business overhearing your own business’s private information or even trying to deliver pitches to visiting clients.
Check to see if the property has any plans for major repairs or additions in the near future. Depending on the length of your lease, improvements to the property could be useful to you in the long run, but remember that you would be signing up for months of loud noise and general construction mess.
One way to check and see if the property managers maintain the building well is to check in with current tenants about the quality of the service. You could even get the name of the firm that manages security and other services to check and see if they are reputable.
Check to see what the building’s parking situation is, both for cars and bikes. If the building itself does not have enough parking spaces or a parking garage, make sure there is enough parking in the surrounding area for both your employees and clients or customers. You might even ask the landlord about renting extra parking spaces for regular visitors.
One thing you might want to look into is whether or not the building provides a reception desk. If so, what is the service like? Is it more of a security checkpoint or a receptionist focused on customer service? Remember that this will be the first impression a visitor has of your business, so if it is not your own people at the desk, you still want to make sure it is someone who you are assured is doing a professional job.
If you’re looking to relocate to a new office space, remember to look into different aspects of the building itself!