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Find the Perfect Office Site, or Convert Your Own

Published on Friday, 13 December 2013 07:03:41    Written by Marc
Find the Perfect Office Site, or Convert Your Own
In a previous article, “10 Things to Remember When Moving an Office Space,” I talked about items to look for before starting to search for a new office site. One of the items was budget, or more precisely, budget available. I mentioned that at times, it could be possible to find a site, convert it, and end up with a great office at a good price. I wanted to provide more information on how companies can convert sites, and with some luck, save money in the process.

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Maintain, Refurbish, or Replace

Published on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 08:40:50    Written by Marc
Maintain, Refurbish, or Replace
In capital expenditure planning, the question about what to do with equipment that is getting older, or more precisely, closer to the end of its life, seems to always come back repeatedly. With just about every piece of equipment, the question will be asked, “Should we continue to maintain it, refurbish it, or simply replace it?”

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How to Plan out Your Real Estate Capital Expenses over the Years – Part II

Published on Friday, 6 December 2013 14:15:28    Written by Marc
How to Plan out Your Real Estate Capital Expenses over the Years – Part II
  1. Know what the amortization periods should be for each capital expense you make and keep in mind your horizon. If you own the building, you normally amortize the capital expense for a defined period or for the normal lifespan of the item. For example, if you own a building you might amortize a roof replacement for the normal life of the roof (say 15 years), but your company might have a policy that says its 10 years for roof. So knowing the periods you will use is important.

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How to Plan out Your Real Estate Capital Expenses over the Years - Part I

Published on Tuesday, 3 December 2013 09:10:04    Written by Marc
How to Plan out Your Real Estate Capital Expenses over the Years - Part I I have wanted to tackle this question for a while but never had a chance. Please keep in mind that I refer mainly to real estate capital expenditures here, as trying to plan capital expenditures of industrial equipment for operations would be practically impossible, unless one would try and do it for a single company at a time.

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How to Find a Good Real Estate Site for your Stakeholders - Part II

Published on Friday, 29 November 2013 09:34:17    Written by Marc
How to Find a Good Real Estate Site for your Stakeholders - Part II
  • Quality. As indicated above, this is driven by budget. If your stakeholders have a low budget, they must know that you will probably end up with a site with a quality that is budget reflected. This seems obvious for people in the real estate lease management field, but I was often surprised by how often non real estate people provided me with a budget that would barely get us a type B building.

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