Are you looking for office space in the Fife area? If so, you’ve probably already realised that there are many options to choose from.

Leasing commercial office space is a big decision to make and before you make any long term decisions, its important to take into account a number of key considerations before choosing the best office space for your needs.

As commercial property experts, we have extensive experience when it comes to leasing out office space and industrial units and therefore we are in a great position to help you make the best decision.

In order to help you find the right office, in this article we are going to look at 5 key things to consider before hiring an office space.

5 key things to consider when choosing office space in Fife

1. Location

When it comes to office space, location is key. You should always think about what location suits you and your customers best.

Offices suited near main roads are great for your clients, especially if you regularly have meetings on-site. You should aim for a central location, which is easy to find and preferably with parking.

2. Space

You also need to think about how much space you’ll need, for example if you are a small business perhaps one room is all you need, especially if you are a team of two.

The best approach is to start off small, and as your business grows, you can always get a bigger office. Our new offices on Waverley Road Kirkcaldy offer single office units, so these are ideal for small businesses or start-ups.

The best thing to do is use the space you have as efficiently as possibly and plan for growth.

3. Terms

If you have found an office space that you like, make sure you are clear on the terms and conditions. For example: How long is the lease? How much notice do you have to give if you no longer need the office? What if you require larger premises? Is it on a full repairing/insuring basis?

You should also check if your office comes with any furniture, or do you have to furnish your own office area?

Always have clarity on the terms before you sign a contract that is legally binding.

4. Price

Obviously price is one of the key factors when it comes to hiring an office space. Again, find out what is included in the price – i.e. does your office include utilities such as broadband, telephony and other office services? Is there access to meeting rooms and 24 hour access to the building?

Most office units will base their pricing on the size of the office space. The price of your office unit should include utility, kitchen facilities, lighting and broadband.

It’s also a good idea to check security arrangements including who has access, alarms and CCTV.

5. Old or new office?

Here in Fife there are older and brand new office developments, so you also need to consider what you prefer and what’s best for your business.

The upshot of a new office unit is that its clean, modern and very little alterations will be required, if any. Whereas, if you have an older unit it might need a touch of paint, carpet cleaning and some modernisation to bring back to life.

I hope that you find this information helpful when choosing your new office space in Fife, and that you find the right office for your business needs.

John Kilgour
Managing Director
Fife Group