Measure Twice, Move Once – Effective Realty Advisors

Measure Twice, Move Once

By Michael Staskiewicz | EXECUTE

Moving from one office to another is an exciting thing, but all too often businesses run into problems that arise in the transition.

Depending on the size of the company, it may make more sense to go against the grain when it comes to the traditional moving procedure, which usually begins and ends with bringing in construction crews to modify a pre-existing space.

An old proverb states, “Measure twice, cut once,” and the same is true in moving a business, but the size of a business directly impacts what option is best.

According to, frequent problems that arise when moving an office include “rushing the decision, focusing too narrowly on a few costs, failing to use available economic development services, ignoring quality-of-life factors, missing important environmental or regulatory concerns, and, believe it or not, failing to plan for future expansion.” Having a solid plan in place before embarking upon the move is essential.

But what about those companies that could fit into several small rooms or one medium building? Many companies choose to work directly with a space designer to build a new office for the company from the ground up, so that every aspect of the new space will suit their needs. This way, the company as it is currently, as well as the future company, can be planned for accordingly.

Regardless of which path a company chooses to take in its expansion, the most important thing to do is make the right choice the first time. Make sure to consult a professional who has the company’s best interests in mind before making any significant changes. Having the input of a trusted professional can make the difference between a botched transition that ends up costing the company money and a smooth switch over to the new location.


About the Author

Michael Staskiewicz, CCIM, Managing Principal of Effective Realty Advisors and a team of strategic partners, help financial decision makers of mid-size companies perfectly align their real estate with their business needs, so that they increase profits and improve operational and financial performance.