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Tips

When looking to lease space, it is always a good idea to do the following:

• Hire an experienced commercial agent to help you who is knowledgeable on the area, market pricing, negotiations and improvements that might be necessary.

• Make sure to fully evaluate the space, and bring in a contractor or space planner to ensure you can accommodate your use.

• When moving to lease contract, have a real estate lawyer review the lease to ensure you are comfortable with all of the terms and conditions.

• Make sure the HVAC, electrical, plumbing and all other systems are all in good working order within 30 days of occupying the space, or prior to that if possible.

• Contact the landlord in writing if there is a problem with any of the building systems during the warranty period so the landlord can repair and deliver in good working order.

•  Make sure you note when you have to give notice to your landlord for an option to extend the lease. If you miss this period, it could result in a higher rate during the option period.