Facility research, property inspections, proposals and comparison analysis can usually be completed in a few weeks by motivated companies already familiar with the local market. However, those tasks are only the tip of the "time drain" iceberg, and several commonly overlooked complications needing to be factored into the relocation timeline.
- Negotiations with a landlord and preparation of the lease can take one to three months.
- Once the Lease is signed the interior usually needs to be finished or renovated, which can take one to two months.
- Before renovations can begin, building permits need to be obtained which can take one to two months, and
- Before permits can be obtained, architectural plans must be completed, and may take one to two months.
Bottom line: 6 - 12 months is a good time frame to use when looking for new facilities, even longer if experienced professionals are not used to guide the process. If existing facilities cannot be found which are acceptable, new construction can easily take 9 to 12 months or longer.