Month: November 2016

Benefits of Hiring a Commercial Real Estate Agent

Benefits of hiring a commercial real estate agent

Deciding to buy or rent a piece of commercial property is a big step for your company’s future. You’ll need to make sure you choose the right property for your business and that you’re getting the best deal when it comes to pricing. Having a professional commercial real estate agent can help you navigate through buying or renting property for your business. There are several positive benefits in hiring a commercial real estate agent when making this important company decision.

Hiring a Commercial Real Estate Agent is Beneficial for a Move

Time Dedication

As a business owner, you have limited time to spend on matters outside of business operations. Having to spend your free time sifting through listings of potential company buildings is probably not the best use of your limited time. Instead, a commercial real estate agent can provide this service for you and show you only the best options for your company’s needs. This will save you time by allowing someone who specializes in finding exactly what you need to do so on a daily basis until the need is met.

Commercial real estate agents take approved classes by the Louisiana Real Estate CommisionIndustry Knowledge

Real estate agents know their industry inside and out. Not only do they take classes approved by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission, but are also licensed and affiliated with a real estate broker. On top of that, they keep up with the current market and news of the area. That means they’ll know the area where you’ll be looking, the prices of the properties selling in that area or comparable building prices, and what is available on the market. Real estate agents also know many industry-specific resources to check when looking for property for a client.

City Zoning Familiarity 

Your business is unique but unfortunately, the city confines your business into one of several coding zones when you are dealing with property. Your real estate agent will know each property’s zone and about the paperwork that comes with the building zone. You won’t end up with a piece of property you can’t use for your business when you hire a commercial real estate agent who makes a point of knowing city zoning codes.

Negotiation ExpertiseCommercial real estate agents can negotiate property prices

Commercial real estate agents are professionals who know the workings of negotiations when dealing with property. They know the hidden clauses and can sift through the entire document, which can be several stacks of paper tall. Agents can also fight for your case in negotiations, pointing out problems that need to be addressed or that aren’t in your favor. Your agent can negotiate for you in a professional manner that will give you full advantage of the situation.

Professionals Suggestions

Commercial real estate agents can also suggest other professionals you’ll need for the process of buying property. Due to commercial property not having the same consumer protection laws as residential property, having suggestions for people who can help you will be useful. Your real estate agent can save you some potential problems and money by providing suggestions for other professionals that will help provide due diligence on the property. Proposals will be made for those who can perform title checks, environmental hazards investigations, property line identification, and more.

Hiring a commercial real estate agent when you are searching for business property can help your moving experience go smoothly. With the knowledge they possess, the time they can dedicate, and the familiarity they have with the city and other professionals, they will steer you in the right direction and help you find the perfect property for your company.


Work with The Quality Group

At The Quality Group, we’re your commercial relocation specialists. Founded in 1987 in New Orleans, LA, The Quality Group serves the Gulf States with comprehensive commercial moving services from move planning to furniture installation. No other company puts in the time or preparation that we do to make your move stress and hassle-free.

Post-Move Checklist for Your Company

Post-Move Checklist

Moving to a new office can be a positive sign that your business is growing. All the time spent planning and preparing for the move can be overwhelming but moving to a new location where your company can continue to grow and thrive makes it all worth it in the end. Even after the move is complete, there are still many things to do, especially the couple days directly following the relocation. Make sure you have everything covered for your business with this moving checklist so everything runs smoothly after the move.

Follow this Post-Move Checklist to Avoid Future Problems with Clients and Associates

Distribute Employee Packets

Making sure your employees can access the new office should be at the top of your moving list. Distribute the moving packets to your employees the day of the move with their new passcodes, keycards, desk locations, and parking spots so they have easy access on the first day.

Check Equipment

Directly following a move, assign the task of checking all equipment to your IT department. Include all electronics in the check such as computers, printers, phones, projectors, and any other specialty equipment to guarantee that it is working properly. You don’t want to have a client in your office a week after the move and have a technical malfunction occur in the middle of the meeting.

Remove Unnecessary Furniture and Equipment

After the office is arranged for optimal efficiency, you can arrange to have any excess furniture and equipment removed, including furniture from your previous office that doesn’t work with the new furniture. To avoid having any unneeded equipment, you can store, donate, sell, or throw away any excess. You’ll want to do this relatively soon after you move so the office is not crowded and uncomfortable.

Update MaterialsUpdate website information after your move

Double-checking all business materials with the company’s contact information is one of the most important assignments to perform after a move. Do not leave any platform untouched because you don’t want to confuse your clients or customers. Change the contact information on your website and social media accounts, print new brochures and fliers, and reorder all your business cards for consistency.

Know the Area

Mapping out the new area will be critical when making appointments with associates and clients. Knowing traffic conditions, back roads, and transit options will be the difference in being on time for a meeting and not. You can also get a list of appropriate business lunch locations and their busy hours for future reference.

Contact Associates and Clients

Send out a reminder to all your clients and associates about your new location within a few days of the company’s move to prevent future confusion. Contact your clients, the cleaning company, your delivery company, and the USPS to confirm they have your new address so meetings, services, and deliveries still happen and arrive on time.

File any Complaints

Once everything is unpacked and assessed you’ll need to file any complaints and insurance claims with the moving company if any equipment was damaged. If you notice something damaged, it is important to address it immediately to ensure accurate reports and claims.

Leave a Review

Leaving a review of the moving company can wait until a few days after the move but should be done before the week is out. This is another place you can express your concerns and questions with the service and even help others make a decision about the company if you had a good experience.

Post Move Checklist PDF Printout

After the move into the new office, you may be tempted to relax or get back to your normal routine as soon as possible. To avoid problems in the future however, you should keep everything in order, tell everyone associated with your company where you are, and update all materials. Run through this checklist after your relocation to ensure your business runs smoothly going forward.


Work with The Quality Group

At The Quality Group, we’re your commercial relocation specialists. Founded in 1987 in New Orleans, LA, The Quality Group serves the Gulf States with comprehensive commercial moving services from move planning to furniture installation. No other company puts in the time or preparation that we do to make your move stress and hassle-free.