I know we need more space, but just how much space do we need? Taking more space does indeed give room for expansion, however it also costs more money if you don’t need it.
Before you start your search for property; work out your list of Needs and then a list of Wants or extras. If a property doesn’t meet the Need; ask yourself whether it can be extended / altered to meet the Need. If a property doesn’t meet your list of Needs it is probably the wrong property. Don’t let the Wants get in the way.
If you are unable to identify a property meeting your Needs consider a design and build. New buildings designed to your exact needs. Although you will need to allow 12 – 18 months, many companies delay making this decision thinking that the right property will come up and soon the 12-18 month period has passed and they are still looking when they could be in a purpose built new building.
To help with your space planning and search, work out how much space you currently have and how much more you need. Please you the below planning grid to help by drawing a sketch of how you want to use the property. This will help when you start to view floor plans of properties. eg. Do the critical dimensions needed for your production line fit in the building?
When you are looking a space planning and fit out it is really important to consider all aspects of the business from image / branding / IT / Comms / Furniture / Staff welfare. Proper planning and thought taken on fit out and space planning and getting the right advice at an early stage will save you time and money by making your business more effective.