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How to Choose a New Office Location
Upgrading your office is an exciting endeavor, but it’s not without plenty of challenges. If you’re not careful, you could wind up in a worse location that could impact your bottom line.
Fortunately, we’re here to help. Here are some top tips on how to choose your next office location the right way.
Step One: Consider Your Needs
Why are you moving to a new office? Is it so that you have more space to operate? Are you looking for a building with better amenities and parking? Start your search by creating a list of “must-haves” and “nice-to-haves.” Doing this can help you stay focused when looking at various spaces and buildings. Knowing the primary reason for the move ensures that you choose the best place for your needs.
Also, don’t forget to consider future planning and growth. For example, if you have to add more staff or materials, will you need to move again? Or do you have room to expand as necessary? Likewise, if you plan on adding new features or products to your business, will that affect your operations?
Step Two: Consider Your Staff
Since your employees are likely the heart and soul of your organization, you need to make sure to accommodate them as much as possible. Some factors to pay attention to can include:
- Parking – Is there on-site parking, and is it free? How many parking spaces are available for you and your team?
- Accessibility – Will your office be on the top floor or the ground floor? How many elevators are in the building? Do employees need to worry about security (e.g., badges, door locks, etc.)?
- Commute – Some of your employees may be able to work from home, but the bulk of your workforce will likely come to the office. If possible, try to make the commute shorter for critical team members. That said, commute time shouldn’t be a dealbreaker, as there are ways around it. Also, keep in mind public transit options if some of your workers don’t have a car.
Step Three: Consider the Area
Will your new office be in a business park or a downtown high rise? What other businesses or shops are in the area? Keep in mind that many employees will want to venture out for lunch, so choosing a site with lots of food options can make the move more accommodating.
You should also pay attention to the cleanliness of the area and whether it’s a potential hotspot for theft. For example, working downtown can come with perks, but the city can be less inviting after dark.
Step Four: Consider the Logistics
Moving your office will require lots of planning and preparation. Will your new location be hard to move into? Are you moving far away from your current location, or is the new spot local? Understanding the moving logistics can help you get a head start when it’s time to pack and move all of your equipment.
Get Moving Help From Us!
While we can’t help you choose the right office, we can help you transition into it. We offer a wide array of moving services that will keep your business running smoothly before, during, and after the move. Contact us today.