Today's Tenant Rep Tuesday Tip topic: Tenant Tips for Touring Commercial Office Space
Here are a few tips to keep in mind before scheduling your commercial office space tour.
Limit your office space tour to 5 or 6 properties – After looking at several spaces you can sometimes lose focus and forget what you saw that day. The commercial properties start to blend together. If you want to see more than 5 to 6 properties then schedule another day to do so.
Prepare a list of questions to ask the landlord agent – Prior to looking at your commercial office space options work with your broker to compile a list of questions to ask. You will want to know about the property characteristics, amenities, services, rules, operations, etc. Does the property have an onsite deli, fiber, after-hours hvac, security, etc?
Compare each commercial property by taking notes – After looking at a few offices you will forget details about each one. Make sure to take lots of notes so you will remember the details about each one for comparison later.
Drive around the parking lot and garage if there is one – Get to know where you and your employees will park? Is the parking covered or uncovered? How far from your space is it located? Will there be plenty of parking for your visitors?
Visit the office building at the beginning and end of a work day – Traffic will differ in the mornings and evenings so make sure to visit at both times to get a feel for traffic patterns. Depending on the location traffic could be better or worse during different times of the day.
Scan the building directory – Who are the other tenants in the building? Do they compliment what you do or compete with you?
Look at the restrooms and other common areas – Make sure they are clean and in good shape. Clean bathrooms say a lot about a commercial building owner. Also make sure to visit the other amenities such as fitness centers and building conference rooms if available.
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