We could repeat all those clichés about embracing new opportunities and the joy of fresh starts, but there’s really no two ways about it – relocating an office is difficult.
From keeping your employees and customers on side to squeezing property viewings around your already tight schedule, there are a million things to keep you up worrying into the wee hours of the morning.
It’s no wonder that instead of looking forward to the big move, you’re feeling completely overwhelmed.
That’s why we’ve created the ultimate relocation checklist. Follow it through, and you’ll be able to find the perfect new office without losing a single night’s sleep.
#1: is it within budget?
Unless you attend viewings with a strict budget in mind, all it’ll take is one cheeky glance at an amazing office to lure you into a lease you can’t really afford.
Don’t give yourself that burden – narrow the search using an online database. By setting budget limits, you’ll only see the commercial properties for rent in your price range and won’t be tempted to push your finances to breaking point.
#2: will your employees be happy?
Since you’ll want to keep as many of your amazing employees as possible, locating your office somewhere that’s convenient for them should be one of your top priorities.
Think about how their commutes are going to change and check out the local amenities on offer for things like popping out for a bite to eat at lunch.
#3: are there good public transport links?
Without transport links, your office will be stranded in the middle of nowhere. Make accessibility one of your key criteria and look for a property with nearby underground, railway, train or bus stations.
It might seem like a bit of a faff but it means both your clients and employees will be able to find your new headquarters much easier.
#4: who will be your neighbours?
Think you’ve found the ideal office? Before signing a lease, research the surrounding area. You want your employees to feel safe heading to and from the building, so look at crime statistics and get a feel for the reputation of the place.
And don’t forget to check out the neighbouring businesses, just to see what kind of competition you might be facing.
#5: is the space right?
You only get one chance to make a good impression on people, clients included, and often it’s your office that’ll do it for you. Make sure it’s saying all the right things by focusing on the exterior (tired, crumbling brickwork isn’t going to cut it) and reception area.
But don’t worry if it’s not quite there yet. Use your imagination and think about how you could change it to reflect your brand identity – if too much work will be necessary, it might not be the one for you.
So there you have it – answer these five questions and you’ll soon be closing in on the perfect new office!