How Far In Advance Should You Start Looking For Space?

In a balanced or tenant/buyer’s market:

To Lease

Start 4 months in advance of your current lease expiration

1st month – educate yourself on the market
2nd month – identify and narrow down your choices
3rd month – get the lease negotiated and signed
4th month – overlap your last month of existing lease and allow a smooth orderly transition from your old space to the new space

You can adjust the lead time if you have complications such as an equipment intensive manufacturing company requiring HVAC and electrical modifications – or other tenant improvements which require permitting and construction