If you're making real estate decisions for your company without leveraging strategic real estate consulting services, you may be losing your company thousands upon thousands of dollars. The choices and approaches you make with your corporate real estate strategy can have lasting impacts on your bottom line and your company culture. If you make the wrong CRE decisions, they can have lasting financial repercussions for your company.
A strategic real estate consultant can help mitigate these risks and guide you with a multi-faceted strategy through the complex and ever-evolving landscape of corporate real estate.
What is strategic real estate consulting?
Strategic real estate consulting is a corporate real estate service provided to small and mid-size companies. Those companies will often have limited portfolios and infrequent, one-off projects, which means dedicated real estate staff is often out of budget. So these CRE tasks typically fall on the plates of departments that don’t have the bandwidth to deal with it every few years. That’s where strategic real estate services come in!
The best real estate consultants, like our team at Lavoro Consulting, have extensive experience in interior design, space management, and corporate real estate services. CRE consultants function as an extension of your staff to provide consistency, efficiency, and dedicated attention to your real estate, facilities, and leases.
Let's take a look at 5 ways strategic real estate consulting ensures every property you lease, buy, or sell meets the long-term financial and operational goals of your business.
Better Outcomes With Stakeholder Collaboration
When people participate in decision-making or planning that is going to affect their work, they’re going to feel a higher degree of ownership and commitment to that work. Involving stakeholders in your corporate real estate plan almost always generates better outcomes.
For instance, at Lavoro, we work with every stakeholder on a project to involve them in the strategic planning process so that your organization is unified in your desired outcome. We’ll bring all parties to the table and lead discussions about any changing or future needs for your business. This helps ensure that every party is on the same page with a shared vision. And it ultimately helps create a more cohesive environment within your organization.
Portfolio Strategy and Management for Multiple Office Locations
Managing offices across diverse geographical areas can be challenging, even for experienced professionals. The ability to create cost and operational synergies across your company’s portfolio often requires strategic real estate consulting services and CRE expertise that you may not be able to house internally. That’s where CRE consultants come in.
At Lavoro, our goal is to put your properties in the best financial position. We offer strategic, pragmatic solutions so you can feel confident in every real estate transaction you make. Our experts understand the unique challenges faced by businesses that operate in multiple locations. As such, we know how to leverage your real estate transactions and portfolio strategy to streamline operations while maintaining high levels of customer and employee satisfaction.
Mitigate Risks for Potential Commercial Real Estate Investments
As part of our strategic real estate services, we’ll conduct a number of scenario analyses so that you can accurately measure risk when evaluating a potential commercial real estate investment. We’ll consider all kinds of scenarios from worst-case to best-case, so you can make data-driven decisions for your business.
Our CRE analysis includes:
- A review of market conditions
- An assessment of current operations and costs associated with operating multiple locations
- Identification of opportunities to improve efficiencies through consolidation or relocation
- Analysis of capital requirements necessary to fund improvements
- Evaluation of alternative financing options such as debt vs. equity
- And an assessment of risks related to location selection, tenant mix, competition, and more.
Accurately Identify, Plan, and Manage Space Needs
Commercial leases are almost always long-term leases. This can make it difficult to align your organizational needs with your lease. Before your CRE consultants even start the search for your next commercial space and help with the lease administration, they’ll help you accurately identify your company’s space needs.
This means you’ll be asked questions like:
- What type of space do you need?
- How much square footage does your organization take up now?
- Where would you ideally want to locate?
- Do you have enough room for growth?
- Are you looking at an expansion opportunity? If so, which spaces should you target first?
These types of questions will help your CRE specialists identify, plan, and manage your company’s space needs.
Optimize and Repurpose Current Office Space with a Restack
When a company’s lease is almost up, leadership must answer a tricky question: “Should we re-sign and stay or should we move to a new space?”
If you like where you currently are, but your office needs a facelift, then an office restack is always a great way to revitalize your space. At Lavoro, we can assist with all aspects of your office restack so your team experiences minimal disruption and a smooth transition, all while getting the most out of every square foot of your space.
We’ve helped companies reposition their existing space by consolidating several small offices into one larger space, creating more efficient workflows, improving employee morale, and reducing overall overhead expenses. Our experience working with clients on this type of project has given us insight into how to maximize efficiency and minimize downtime.
There's no doubt that investing in commercial real estate requires careful planning and execution. You may want access to experienced corporate real estate professionals when considering buying a property outright or leasing from another party. Our CREs can provide guidance throughout the process to ensure better success.
At Lavoro, we believe that successful investments require thoughtful consideration of both short-and long-term goals. By combining deep industry knowledge with extensive hands-on experience, we'll help you navigate each step of the journey toward achieving those goals without bleeding money.
Learn More About Our Strategic Real Estate Services
If your business or organization needs assistance creating a successful strategic real estate plan, reach out to us today at Lavoro Consulting. We are here to function as an extension of your team and ensure your real estate decisions positively impact your bottom line and contribute to the overall success of your business.
We have extensive experience in both public and private-sector work in the corporate, retail, hospitality, and transportation sectors. We’ve worked with clients nationally and globally to provide workplace and portfolio services that make your spaces work for you.
Schedule a consultation today to learn more.