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When To Start Your Search For Office Space

 
 

Start Your Search for New Office Space Early

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Many of the business people I talk with wonder when they should begin their search for office space. Is a year out too early? Is a month out too late? The answer is typically somewhere in between.

Lease negotiation delays, design, permitting and construction setbacks, are just some of the reasons why it is important to begin your search for office space early. The biggest risk in waiting too long to start your search is that you end up limiting your options.

I recommend the following timing for starting your office search:

Space Size

Timing
1,000 – 2,000 square feet 2 – 3 Months
2,001 – 5,000 square feet 3 – 6 Months
5,001 – 10,000 square feet 4 – 9 Months
10,001 – 15,000 square feet 6 – 10 Months
15,001 – 25,000 square feet 10 – 12 Months
25,001 + square feet 12 + Months

Keep in mind, if you intend to have a facility custom-built, or if you anticipate significant remodeling of an existing location, additional time may be required. Conversely, if you are a small-user and think you might be able to lease space on an as-is basis, you may be able to complete the leasing process in less time.

Most importantly, the less time you leave for your office search, the more you may find yourself compromising. Start your planning process early, at least six months to a year in advance. Beginning to look for your ideal space with time to spare will almost always result in financial savings and an office that fits your needs to a T.

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