Leasing an office space is exciting, but also somewhat daunting, especially for people who have never done it before. If you’ve recently begun thinking about renting a new workspace, you probably aren’t sure if you’re getting ahead of yourself or not. This guide will help you understand when it’s appropriate to begin planning for your next office lease.
One of the first things you need to figure out is an approximate date for when you’d like your new lease to begin. This will help you determine whether or not it’s too early to be seriously planning for your move.
Some smaller offices, a good rule of thumb is to begin preparing for your new lease about six months ahead of time. This will give you plenty of time to plan, but it isn’t so far out that everything you look at will invariably be rented by the time you’re ready to sign.
If you have a staff who works for you, it’s important to take their needs into consideration before signing a new office lease. Talk to them about when they would like to make the big move to your next workspace. Most important, they may be able to provide insight about how long it is going to take to pack your current office (it may take longer than you think!).
If you’re like a lot of business owners, there’s one office building in your area that you’ve always dreamed of working in. Now might be the time for you to finally fulfill that dream. Go to the leasing office and find out how far in advance you need to commit to being a tenant in that facility.
If the price is right, you might want to commit right then and there. By going this route, you’ll know exactly when to start planning for your move because you’ll have an exact move-in date.
The truth is that there are many factors, often unique to your situation, that go into planning for a new office lease. Hopefully these tips will get you on the right track and you’ll feel fully prepared by the time your company’s moving day arrives.