Landlords – Is Your Property Tech-Ready?
Most landlords want to rent their property quickly, with the minimum of hassle. If there’s a hole in the roof letting the rain in, that’s an obvious thing that would need fixing before an office space could be rented out. But there may be other, not so visible, issues that could make your building unattractive to companies.
Depending on the age of the building, there may be many difficulties lurking unseen in between floors and in walls. Older structures were built without knowledge of the plethora of technology we take for granted. Dead spots or poor mobile connectivity, for example. KSBC always check for this and recommend placing cellular signal boosters in areas of poor reception.
There are many other issues, which include where to put cabling; multiple redundancies of service providers (for example both BT and Virgin) so as ensure that the network is never down. Another potential problem can emerge when the office has shared space, and one of the occupants wants to run cabling somewhere that may impinge on the other company’s space. This may involve complex negotiations and Wayleave agreements.
Where a building is Listed, there are even more difficulties, because it may not be possible to site cables and other equipment in the most obvious place because it will interfere with the facade of the building.
KSBC’s qualified staff will investigate a building and provide a Technology Assessment Report which will ensure that all these issues are documented.
Why Should You Spend Money on a Technology Assessment?
Good tenants are in short supply. If they are valuable customers, for example, technology companies, they will have a choice of locations. You want to make your space more attractive to them. This will pay back in time because you will be able to charge higher rents. Vacancy periods most likely be shorter. An investment in your premises will be a sound policy.
Overall it makes financial sense to be technology ready from the start.