When looking at leasing office space there are many routes you can go. Some people look for standalone offices where they are the only business in the building. Others look for one-floor commercial office spaces in plaza style commercial office buildings. A majority of companies, however, operate their businesses within multi level commercial office buildings.
If you’re looking at new office space within a multi level building, there are some things to think about before you decide on new space. As you do research into the commercial office market in Niagara, keep these in mind.
How Much Access Do You Have?
Think about when your staff will need the office. Is it outside of your regular office hours? It’s important to look into whether you’ll have access to the space during evenings or on weekends. You’ll need to ask about this before you sign a lease and inquire about not just access but also 24/7 security as well.
It’s also important, depending on the access you have, to note the location of the building. Ensure it is in a good neighbourhood that your staff will feel comfortable visiting after hours if necessary.
What About Parking?
Will your staff have access to available parking? You’ll need to consider if it’s paid parking or free, in a garage or a lot or on the street. Consider how many staff member’s you’ll need to accommodate parking for.
This is also important if you have clients that regularly come to your office space. You’ll need to take into account if you can accommodate parking for your guests, especially if this was something you’ve previously offered in other spaces.
How Is It Staffed?
Inquire about what kind of staff the building offers. Some things to ask about is a ground floor front reception desk, security, and a maintenance team. Determine whether you need these things, and what the reflection on your company those things may have.
The reflection on the business comes down to how well this staff does their job. If there is a front desk reception, it’s important to note that if they have poor customer service it can reflect poorly on your business. The same can be said for the maintenance team. If they don’t do a good job at maintaining the building, it will reflect poorly on you and your company, not on the building.
As you shop around and look at Niagara office spaces, it’s important to look at the building as a whole. Understand not just the unit you’ll be renting, but where the unit you will be renting is. Finding a new office space in a commercial office building that is well maintained, and features everything that your company needs to work effectively isn’t an impossible goal.