Getting an office set up can feel like you’re juggling a million priorities at once. Whether you’re buying or leasing your office space, there is a lot to consider. But your top priority will be to ensure the space is a safe, healthy, and comfortable place to work. Here are eight things to think about when you’re choosing your office space.
When choosing an office space, location is probably at the top of your list. The site should be accessible to staff and have ample parking, or links to local public transport, for example being near a train station. It helps if it is near the town center since this is likely to have the best transport links. This will also mean that you have restaurants, bars and shops on the doorstep, which staff will appreciate.
It’s imperative that your office space is accessible to everyone. If it’s only accessible by stairs, you might have to look at other options. Even if you don’t have a staff member with a disability, this could happen in the near future. Plus, you want to be as accessible as possible for clients and partners.
Good lighting is essential for productivity, mood, and even eye health. Having plenty of natural lighting will really give your office space a boost. Check for large windows and that there are no buildings or trees that could block the light. A bright and airy space will be a pleasure to work in and also make a great impression on visiting clients.
Poor airflow is bad for productivity since it makes people drowsy. But it could also be bad for your staff’s health. Make sure there is adequate ventilation and that you can open the windows if necessary. It’s a good idea to check for signs of mold or damp, mainly if it is an old building.
If you’ve ever tried to work in freezing cold or boiling hot offices, temperature control will be on your checklist. Check for air conditioning or heating options and make sure that have been checked before you move in. If these facilities aren’t installed, it’s worth getting a quote before you purchase the office space, since it could be an expensive job.
When was the electricity last checked? You need to be confident that the electricity supply and cables are all in good working order and that any electrical items that come with the office have been checked by a professional. Faulty electrics are a fire hazard, so it’s essential to have this signed off before entering a new office.
It’s easy to overlook the roof, but it’s important to know when it was last inspected. Do the roofing systems need to be replaced, or the gutters cleaned? A damaged roof can lead to expensive and difficult maintenance issues later on.
Does the office come with any outside space? It can invaluable to have outdoor space where your staff can relax. Whether it’s a smoking area, a rooftop terrace, or even a communal garden, outdoor space can make all the difference to the vibe of your office.