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Six Questions to Ask before Moving Your Business

Moving your business is stressful, but by asking yourself the following questions and handling the process carefully, we know you'll make the best decision possible for your business.

We know that moving your business is stressful, but we are here to help make the process easier. As you know, relocation can be both beneficial and risky. However by asking yourself the following questions and handling the process carefully, we know you will make the best decision possible for your business.

Why exactly am I moving?
It is crucial to understand what you would like to gain from your move. Consider the size, the area and the price range that you would ideally like in a new office space. There are many different elements tied into this process that can make it seem overwhelming. However with a clear set of priorities and a game plan, the search can be done in less time and with less confusion.

What is the cost?
This may seem like one of the most obvious questions, but there is more to it than meets the eye. Make sure to confirm exactly what is included in the total price. The last thing that you want to deal with is surprise charges for things such as utilities, property tax, property insurance and trash collection, which you thought were included in the total price.

What is the area like?
The space you find may be perfect, but the surrounding area can easily make or break it. Consider how the area will affect your clients and staff. Maybe you have chosen an area that is already quite populated with other offices. However, maybe the new office is in a more isolated location that clients are less likely to travel to. Overall, determine how easy or difficult it will be to get to the space.

Is the atmosphere right?
You need to ask yourself, does this new office make me happy? If the atmosphere is right, it will increase your employee productivity and create an added value for your business.

What are the terms?
When you are ready to sign, it is essential to understand all of the details of the lease. What is the time frame? What are your options for expansion in the future? What happens when the lease is up? Do not think that just because you have finally found a space, you are off the hook. Now is the time to be alert and clarify all final points.

What is management like?
Remember that your office space will be your home away from home and the relationship with your building owner/super needs to be a good one. Do you get a positive feeling from them? Will management be onsite in order to deal with any problems that arise quickly and efficiently? Make sure to look for management that is flexible and willing to work with you. 

Moving your office space is a great opportunity to make a positive change for your business, but can also put a lot on the line. By taking the time to ask yourself these questions, you can minimize stress and instead focus on maximizing success during this exciting time.
 
Greenway Plaza Office Park contains three, 100,000 square foot Class A office buildings. It is located in the crossroads of Nassau and Suffolk Counties in a 20-acre landscaped setting, only 45 minutes away from Manhattan. In each of its three buildings, Greenway Plaza offers its tenants a fitness center, dining facility and conference room. We hope you consider us when making the big move.

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