What to Look for When Moving Your Business
Whether you’re relocating your business or you’re choosing your first ever location for your newly expanding business, there is no denying that the search for the perfect location can get a little stressful. You’re having to put a lot into consideration such as where the location will be, how far the commute is, how much will the cost be (such as rent or buying the space), but on top of that, there are other considerations as well.
While having a business can be so rewarding, these sorts of considerations are reminders that it can be tough. It can all be a lot to take in, can’t it? Regardless of your reasons for getting an office or any other physical location for your business, these are some helpful tips and reminders on what you should consider during the searching and moving process!
Think about why you’re wanting to move
This may sound counter-intuitive, but think about why you’re wanting to move to a new location. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it has made it difficult for people to work in physical locations. This then has caused businesses to close down and switch to remote work. But now, some businesses are opening back up and workers are returning to the office. While this can be great and all, you’ll need to think about whether or not moving your business is a good idea.
So why are you wanting to move your businesses? Are you wanting to move so you’ll have a better location such as a nice office space? Are you planning on moving to another city or country? Are you expanding your home-based business into something bigger, so you’re needing a physical location? There are plenty of reasons why someone may want to move locations, offices, or even get a physical workspace in general. But knowing your purpose and the reason behind it will be a nice reminder of why you’re wanting this when hurdles come in your way.
You don’t have to deal with this alone
Picture it, you’re driving each night after work trying to find office spaces for rent or sale. You go online almost every day to see what may be available in your area. You get frustrated because your search keeps ending too soon. Fortunately, there is a way to handle this, because you truly don’t have to go on this journey alone. There are helpful services out there that can help you out with finding the right workspace for you. Just like there are real estate agents that will help home buyers in searching and purchasing for a home, there are commercial property agents that can help with doing the same. So just be open to this because this can make the search drastically easier.
Think about the actual location of the office
When it comes to choosing a physical location for your business, you’re already well aware of what you have to keep in mind. Some of the things you’ll need to think about are how far away this location is from your home, but also your employees’ homes as well. Is this easily accessible for both drivers and for those who commute in different ways such as bikes and public transport?
What about the location itself? How is the appearance? If your customers or clients plan to physically visit your location, it’s going to have to look presentable. First impressions matter and you’ll be judged by the location of the business. How much control are you going to have as well? Will you be allowed to paint the walls? How about planting flowers outside? Regardless of whether you’re renting or buying, you may be surprised with how much or how little control you can have over this space.
How is the parking?
A bad parking situation can make your day turn sour, but it can even make you hate going to work. So you’ll need to evaluate the parking situation at this office space. Check to see if there is adequate parking for you, your employees, and your clients. Some offices tend to have a special section of parking spots dedicated per floor. So maybe one section of a parking lot will be dedicated to level 1, one for level 2, etc.
You’ll also want to see how far the walk is as well. Some parking facilities are right next to the building while others may be a five to fifteen-minute walk. Also, something you should think about is how well-lit the parking spots are. A lot of robberies and break-ins happen in parking lots. So you’ll want to check to see how sketchy the parking lot area is, how well lit it is in the evenings, and also whether or not there are security cameras.
How secure is the building?
Speaking of security, you should also think about the security as a whole of the office space or whatever workspace you’re eyeing. Your workspace needs to be secured. Not just for your safety, but for your customers, and your employees too. Everyone needs to feel safe when they’re going to your business. Your business can tremendously suffer if the security is bad. If your customers don’t feel safe, they won’t show up. If your employees don’t feel safe they’ll go somewhere else. Plus your business could always be at risk of theft or worse.
Regardless of a good price, always make sure you prioritise the security and safety of everyone. So make sure you check to see if there is CCTV footage both inside and outside the building. Whether or not there are fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Also a sprinkler system and a fire extinguisher in case of any emergencies.
It’s also important to make sure that there are locked, and adequate exits in case of a fire. Don’t forget to scout out the surrounding location too such as if there are loiters, what the crime rates in the area are, and try to get a general idea of how safe it is from nearby businesses. While it may seem like a little too much to think about, it is all worth it in order to guarantee safety while working and growing your business.