When working with a new office tenant one of the first questions we ask is how much space do you need. However, that is not always an easy question to answer. How do you know what that number is? And where do you start? 

At Monarch, we can help you plan for the space you need now and anticipate your space needs for the future based on projected growth. Keep reading for some helpful tips to consider when looking for a new office space.

Questions to consider when looking for new office space

To help get a better understanding of the type of office space you will need, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Does your current office layout work for you? Create a pro and con list.
  • Does each employee need an individual desk or is sharing possible?
  • How many remote employees will you have?
  • Do you plan on hiring or downsizing in the next five years?
  • Do you want to maximize the space each employee gets, or do you want to put in as many employees as you can in the space?
  • What type of in-office perks do you want to offer your employees? (meditation rooms, collaboration spaces, kitchen area, ect.) 

Next, determine how much space you want per employee

Now that you can envision the needs of the future office space, use the guide below to convert these ideas into numbers:

Spacious (250 – 500 square feet per employee): Majority of the space consists of large private offices. Historically seen in law firms.

Average Density (150 – 250 square feet per employee): Mix of open cube or desk space and private offices. Traditional office layout.

High Density (80 – 150 square feet per employee): Majority open seating with rows of small desks. May have a few private offices. Often seen in companies that house many different teams within the same space, as well as for sales, technology, coworking or customer support offices.

It’s important to keep room for flexibility when searching for the perfect office space. Make sure to include expansion, contraction, and termination options as often as you can when negotiating a lease to ensure it works with your needs, not against them.

Speak to one of our experts!

Finally, it recommend that you seek that expertise of someone in the industry who can work directly with you on your specific needs and find the best ways to accommodate those needs within the market.

If you are currently on the lookout for new office space, give us a call. Our hands-on approach combined with our years of experience pays off. We know how to create win-win agreements based on the goals of each party.

Until next time,

Brian + Ben

Monarch CRE

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