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How to Establish Office Space Standards

Published on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 01:29:36    Written by Marc
How to Establish Office Space Standards
I was talking to a friend the other day and he had a question that came to me from time to time but for which I never managed to find an answer on the internet, or anywhere else for that manner. The question was pretty straightforward, “How do you establish office space standards in a company?” Now, by experience, the moment you even start to talk about standards you somehow get to step on some toes. Implementing standards means that you put something in writing as to what other people should be doing, this does not always make you win the popularity contest or get the most Christmas cards from colleagues, but as they say, someone probably has to do it.

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Can We Install Signage? Where, What Kind, and How Big?

Published on Friday, 18 October 2013 10:20:02    Written by Marc
Can We Install Signage?  Where, What Kind, and How Big? One of the questions I normally ask when negotiating an office lease or any type of commercial lease actually is the signage possibilities. Not all companies have a need for signage, but when they do, it is important to address this topic early on in the lease negotiation process. It is no secret that when a landlord is leasing out a site he tries to maximize the return on the signage as well as the leased space.

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How to Include a Performance Contract in Your Capital Expenditure

Published on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 06:04:39    Written by Marc
How to Include a Performance Contract in Your Capital Expenditure Capital expenditure can be about many things, ranging from building to production equipment and many things in between actually. Regardless what the capital expenditure is about, it normally has its own specs. For example, if we seek a capital expenditure for the construction of a building expansion, the things we will look at will be different from a capex for production equipment. While is obvious, what is less is what we need to look for in order to insure that the result mirrors what we really wanted in the first place.

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Do You Know What Your Zoning Is?

Published on Saturday, 12 October 2013 04:19:56    Written by Marc
Do You Know What Your Zoning Is? I will admit, even after many years working in managing real estate and leases, I never gave much thought about zoning. If you purchase land to build something on it, or of you are a developer, zoning is something you normally look at from the start. However, if you purchase or lease existing real estate for your own operations you check the zoning to validate that your business can operate there (especially if you are in manufacturing) and if there is a problem, you quickly set out to seek how long it can take to rezone a site.

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Fixtures – How to Negotiate a Fixture Clause When Leasing a Site

Published on Tuesday, 8 October 2013 07:14:47    Written by Marc
Fixtures – How to Negotiate a Fixture Clause When Leasing a Site All of us in the real estate lease management field know what fixtures are. After a few years in the business, it becomes a habit to think about fixtures when not only it is time to negotiate a new commercial lease, but also each time you make a renovation or add something to a site. It becomes even more important when leasing a commercial or industrial site. So what are fixtures again?

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