Choosing Office Space: finding the perfect fit
Choosing Office Space
Trying to find an office that suits your business and that has the right amount of space to fit all your staff can be a difficult task. The first step is to calculate how much office space you are going to need by using this Office Space Calculator and then discuss your requirements in more detail with a Property Agent. This will then give you a better idea of how much you will be paying per square foot, and you can start to budget your monthly leasing costs more accurately. There are some other considerations when viewing office properties to make sure you find the perfect fit for your business:
Make sure you consider future growth. Nobody wants the upheaval of an office move, only to realise another move is necessary a year later because you've expanded rapidly. The new space needs to be able to accommodate increasing staff numbers as your business grows.
How the space is configured is an important factor. Is the floor plate a perfect rectangle or is it oddly shaped? A perfect rectangle is likely to fit in more desks and will decrease the cost per employee per square foot.
Top tip: Ask your Office Fit-out company to carry out a ‘test fit’ before committing to the space. That way, you can be sure you’re getting exactly the right amount of space for your business.
Make sure you calculate your storage needs in the new space. Be mindful that the more files you can archive off-site the more you will be able to maximise every inch of square foot.
Don’t just consider the internal space, the external facilities are important too. For example, there needs to be sufficient allocation of parking spaces for staff and visitors. Is parking allocated to your business, or is it a ‘free-for-all’ for everyone on the business park? Allocated parking can help to avoid disputes with other nearby tenants and ensure there is always individual parking space for those all-important client visits.
Start using this Office Space Calculator now to accurately calculate your requirements.
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