Whatever your business is, if things are going well then eventually you’ll need a space that mirrors your increase in business. And when that time comes in, people generally tend to look at the bigger premises that are available to them. But before you sign a lease, it might be worth looking again at what you already have. Is there room for expansion here? If you’re generally happy with your the location and vibe of your offices, then it might be better to stay where you are and just add more space instead of a whole new move.
Check With The Law
When it comes to planning an expansion of your offices, the first thing you need to do is check that any growth is permitted by the local authorities. If you’re located somewhere that isn’t surrounded by other offices, then this is most likely possible. If you’re located in downtown New York City, then it probably isn’t. In any case, making sure your plans can happen before you put them into motion can save you time, money, and energy.
Seeing What’s Possible
If you get the all clear from your local planning office, then the next thing to do is determine what is physically possible. It’s not just what you can create in your mind that’s important; it’s always about what’s structurally possible. Getting the pros in to conduct a topo survey and taking a look at what can realistically be done with your space will be the next most important task, an essential step before you really start getting creative and dreaming of your new space.
In House Checks
Thinking of moving up in the premises world gives you an opportunity to have a thorough analysis of your business. Just because it feels like it might be the right time to move doesn’t necessarily make it so. For starter’s, does it really make financial sense? Talking with your accountant will be key to determining whether this investment, which will be significant, is the right thing to do from a financial point of view. After that, you might want to gauge the opinion of the staff you already have on board. It’s a big upgrade you’ll be doing, so you’ll want to make sure that your staff are planning on sticking around for a while!
Building Your Dream
With everything else signed off, it’s time to have some fun and actually create the space that you’ll be calling home for at least the next few years. This is your chance to create a space in your own design, so why not really think outside the box and have an office that really speaks to the philosophy of your company? Also, bear in mind that you might have to temporarily move yourself away while the building work is taking place – nothing will interrupt your work like a drill! Once the heavy duty work has been done, you’ll be able to return to your present office and wait for the grand unveiling.