97% of people searching for office space in New York City start on the internet. It makes sense but does it work? Usually, no.
Entering “NYC office space” in your search engine will give you roughly 147,000,000 results. Hmmm, this could take some time.
The results break down into five categories. There are databases like Property Shark and LoopNet – which is information overload – listing virtually every possible building that has space available but missing valuable information like pricing.
Then you’ve got Craigslist – although you may think you’ll find a bargain, you’re searching for a needle in a haystack and there are better ways to finding the right space that’s really available.
The third category is shared office space, also known as executive suites, turn-key offices, corporate suites, business centers and so on. These are direct links to the websites of individual companies offering move-in ready offices including the biggest provider, Regus. The challenge is that there are over 60 different companies in Manhattan, with over 150 locations. Where do you begin? What they offer varies greatly from one company to another and it’s a daunting task to narrow down your choices.
The fourth category are online search databases for shared office space. These include The Square Foot and 42 Floors – both beautiful sites that service many cities across the country. The challenge is that you’re going to need more than just submitting online requests for more information. No matter how beautiful the site, there’s not enough information to make an informed decision and then you need someone to represent you through the process. Also check to see the last time the listings were updated, many times they’re months and months old.
The fifth category are brokerages with listings for different spaces, broken down by neighborhood. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of disappointment when you call up and find out “that space was just rented, but I have something else even better that just came on the market.” The goal of many of these sites is to pull you in with an enticing description and pictures (better known as “bait”) and then woo you to work with them.
We see the process differently. You’ve got better things to do than search the web for days and weeks on end, don’t you? We seek to understand exactly what your needs are – space requirements, budget and timeframe. Once we have this information (plus a whole lot more), we will narrow down your choices to readily available space that fits your criteria, so you can make a decision and get back to business.
So you won’t find listings on SpacesNY.com, just good information on the different types of space available and how to understand the elements involved to make this a pretty painless process.
Best of all, we’re available 7 days a week and our services are free. It doesn’t get much better than that.