Company leaders generally decide when and where to relocate their businesses as part of long-range plans.
But sometimes disaster strikes in the form of water, wind or fire damage - maybe mold or a gas leak is discovered - and leaders are forced to find temporary space to conduct operations until the main office is safe.
The question is more than an academic exercise. Mold displaced middle school and high school students in the
Can your company sustain normal business operations without a physical location? Some can by relying on technology and remote capabilities. Others cannot.
A backup location, even for a few weeks or months, may be critical to a manufacturer's long-term survival, said
So, how do you find short-term space when you need it? There isn't one answer.
But here's a short list of suggestions for those first few phone calls:
* Call your real estate agent.
* Call your insurance company.
* Call a few restoration contractors.
Companies with an emergency plan in place likely have a list of restoration contractors in mind in the event of a shortterm building repair.
Many insurance providers reduce premiums for companies with detailed emergency response plans. And many insurance policies provide business interruption coverage and help with temporary rental situations.
While short-term leases are pretty hard to find, they may not be necessary, restoration experts and commercial real estate agents said.
As long as information and phone systems are backed up in remote locations and business records can still be accessed, most companies can work around any disruptions, said
He rarely has to find temporary office space for clients, he said. When he does, there is usually enough available space in the market, and landlords are willing to help out.
Needs for temporary space don't arise very often, Worrall added, because more people have remote access to work and construction can be done at night or on weekends to minimize daytime disruptions.
However, depending on what the employee does and on what the employer does, not everyone can work from home. A kitchen worker at a restaurant, for example, may be forced to find other employment if their employer has to shut down for an extended period of time.