Should You Put Your Office On A Diet?

Should You Put Your Office On A Diet?

When you think about renting property, how much space do you REALLY need? Will the need to gain space? What if it looses space? How can I forecast in this turbulent world? Who tells the truth?

All too often clients come up with a round number that feels right in the moment. “I need 5,000 square-feet.”  “I need 8,000 square-feet.” When I ask how they arrive at that number, they can’t say. But none of them want to have the kind of space left large enough for a bowling alley.

Help is on the way. Compass Commercial devised a number of interactive questions you can ask of your management team and a chart which helps determine optimal size for your investment.

Let’s say you have 25 employees. Do you put them in cubicles or private offices? How many bathrooms do you need? How many conference rooms? How many parking spaces?  How much storage?  You have a number of considerations.  The last thing you want is to sign a seven- or 10-year lease with no escape clause.  If you outgrow the business you are stuck. If you shrink the business you could be paying that lease on wide open, unproductive spaces. You want to check the fine print for sub-lease options.

I personally recommend a five-year lease with the right of first refusal on adjacent space. Say your company expects to grow exponentially; you would like to expand under the same terms as your existing contract.  You may want first dibs on the property next door should it become available because the location is superb.

We would be happy to supply you with the chart we use to determine space needs. Please go to and fill out the interactive form. Supply us your contact information and we are happy to review your needs. Our people have handled large and small office and industrial leases for a dozen years. Your dream is our challenge.

Each client presents a new challenge and a new dream. You could be the next Apple, UPS or Molly Maid. Dream big while thinking frugal on space.

About the Author

Lynn Drake’s status is well known in the industry: She’s the commercial realtor focused on maintaining “true north” for her corporate clients. It’s a reputation built on 35 years of commercial real estate experience. Lynn became a commercial realtor in 2001 after 15 years in corporate real estate. Thus far in her career, Lynn has successfully completed over 1,500 real estate transactions ranging from small business tenant leases to the sale and purchase of industrial complexes.