Location checklist

1: Check how local governmental rules and regulations work. Some communities are very strict when it comes to issues such as parking lots, and often require business owners to buy extra land that will be kept as green space in exchange for parking spaces.

2. Take a look at the nearby roadways. Research whether there are projects on the horizon that could lead to a road widening or more traffic signals that will ease traffic flow. Also look for new development that could put limitations on your site.

3. Shop around for tax abatements or special programs that will allow you to build more economically. Tax abatements have become a way of life for city governments looking to expand their tax base. Most are more than willing to negotiate.

4. Storm sewer management is a critical issue in many communities experiencing a building boom. Make sure your site will not be subject to unforeseen mitigation costs.

5. Determine whether the new location allows your core labor force to make it to work without too much travel time.

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