Your premises says a lot about your business. Everything from its location to the colour of the walls and even the state of the car park sends a message to all who visit.
Whether they’re customers and clients or investors and interviewees, you can expect people to make judgements about your business (and, by extension, about you) before they’ve even walked through the door.
Thus, if your business premises is saying the wrong things about you, it’s time to move on.
Likewise, if your premises has begun to compromise your productivity with its poor layout, dodgy wifi infrastructure, the gloomy atmosphere that drains your mental health or the fact that the temperature never seems to be just right 2019 may be the year in which you and your business seek greener pastures.
However, searching for a new premises is a lot like searching for a new home. You need to keep your wits about you, you need to balance a wide range of considerations and compromises and whatever you do, you need to avoid falling in love with a premises.
It’s important that when you find what looks like the premises of your dreams you carry out some checks to ensure that it really is as good as it looks…
Can all of your employees’ cars fit in the lot?
The early morning is one of the most productive parts of the working day, but a car park that’s not fit for purpose can get each and every morning off to a bad start.
If there isn’t space for everyone’s car or if it’s likely to lead employees to block one another in, it could start your day off with a late and / or irritable workforce.
If you’re absolutely in love with the premises, you can commission an engineering firm like Cochran Engineering to design a new parking lot for you.
However, this is something that you’ll need to arrange quickly to prevent this from impinging on productivity.
Does it meet your security needs?
Your new prospective premises may look gorgeous but is it secure enough to protect your equipment and infrastructure while you and your employees are away?
If your building has inadequate security infrastructure, will the conditions of the lease allow you to beef it up by installing your own CCTV cameras and receivers, building your own fences and installing your own locks?
Does the building have its own security personnel or will you be expected to provide your own? What (if anything) does the building offer in terms of digital security?
Is it wheelchair accessible?
You will have a legal requirement to ensure that your new premise is accessible to employees, clients and visitors in wheelchairs.
If the building does not have an existing infrastructure to provide easy access for those in wheelchairs, you will need to bear the cost and downtime incurred in installing it yourself. This can be a drain on your resources and result in significant downtime.
Be sure to look as deep as you can and ensuring that a new premises really is fit for purpose before you commit!