Who is responsible for upgrades, maintenance and repairs to the office space?
This is usually covered in your office lease agreement, but never assume when it comes to costs and fees associated with leasing commercial property. Make sure you know the detail of what is and isn’t covered, including asking about any repairs that need to be made to the office space before you move in and even after you’re moved in. It is always advisable to get a surveyor to prepare a schedule of condition to record the state of the property at the time the lease is signed as evidence.
What is the floor plan of the space?
Make sure you obtain a copy of the office space floor plan early on in your negotiations, and carefully consider if it will match your business needs. Two office spaces may have the same square footage on paper, but the layout can drastically impact how much of that space is actually usable.
What services and facilities are available?
Depending on the type of commercial building, you might have access to services such as 24/7 security and reception, or telephone, internet, and guest WiFi. There could also be shared amenities and spaces, like boardrooms and canteen areas. Depending on the services and amenities included, they may outweigh the cost of lower cost office space.
What parking facilities are available and how much does it cost for tenants? What about parking for your clients and visitors? This can be an important factor when leasing office space, especially companies located in the city centre. If there is a cost for parking, does it align with your ideal budget for your new workspace?