We have been in the same location with a stellar deal on rent for almost four years, but the landlord wanted to increase our payment by about 80% starting August 1st after our lease is up, so we went looking.
I am happy to announce that we will be moving our office to the Spicewood/Mopac area, which is much more central and easier to accesss. The fact that our current office is about 30 minutes from my house, and our new office is only about 15 minutes certainly makes it more palatable.
Additionally, the new landlord is throwing in SIX MONTHS of FREE RENT, so this $20,000 incentive went a long way. The new digs have new paint and carpet, as well as slighly more square footage than our present office. Since the owners have 12 office buildings in the same complex, that will also make it far easier to upgrade within the same area if we outgrow this spot. They will give us the same rate for the space we have, then we negotiate based on the difference in size.
We will likely be moving everything ourselves, since my business partners used to be in the children’s furniture business and they have the necessary equipment and trailer. I am thankful that we were able to purchase all of our desks and cubicles for ONE DOLLAR from the master tenant as part of our sublease negotiations in 2004.
We should be in the new space during the latter half of July (they are giving us two weeks ahead of the official start date to get settled in).
Overall, I am looking forward to having a much shorter commute and a location that will make it even easier to recruit agents.
I will post all of the specifics when we make the move, as well as changing the address on my profile. I just wanted to share our good news!