There are times in the business world when business owners who lease office space need to either move to a new office location or renovate their current one. This can be caused by having additional employees come in or simply wanting to rearrange the current setup of the office space. When this situation arises, the question then becomes, “Should we move or renovate?” Although the decision is based on the individual circumstances of the business owner and their company, it is often a better idea to relocate rather than renovate. Here’s why:
Renovations Can Be Distracting
When an office space is undergoing renovations, while the business is continuing daily operations, the end result is a distracting situation for the business owner and employees. When you move to a new location, your company can keep operating at the first location until the move-in date arrives and then relocate when the new office space is ready. It’s hard to complete one’s work on a daily basis with construction noise going on in close quarters.
It’s Often More Cost-Efficient to Relocate
You’ll also find that relocating can be more cost-efficient than renovating. Although it may seem as if the costs aren’t too different in the beginning, as the work progresses, you’ll often be hit with new and higher-than-expected bills along the way as construction costs need to be added on from time to time. When you relocate, the cost will be straightforward and you’ll know exactly what you are getting in the way of office space.
Relocation Can Be Accomplished More Quickly
It’s also important to note that renovation can be a timely venture. When an office space is renovated, this is not a one or two-day occurrence. Renovations, depending on the extent of such, can take weeks or months to accomplish. With a relocation, you can often do this in a few days and get back to business in no time at all.
Renovation Restrictions By Building Owner Often Apply
Since you are leasing the office space and not a commercial building owner, you will have to get permission to renovate the current office space. There will also likely be restrictions in place as to what you can do with regard to renovations and you will have to abide by these restrictions according to the building owner’s wishes. With a relocation, you will be moving into the office space usually as-is, and if you do plan on changing anything within the new office space, you’ll know what you’re able to do in the very beginning, based on the language of the lease.
The decision between relocation and renovation should be a carefully-considered one, as you want to be sure to have the best possible office space and not have to deal with extra costs or timely, distracting renovations. You want your daily business operations to continue as usual, so weigh all of the factors before deciding whether it is in your best interest, and the best interest of the company, to stay at the current location and renovate or move to a new spot with a new lease.