Magdalen - i assume you're working with a landlord. Ask for a proposal outlining the business points of a lease proposal. Prepare yourself with a space plan, and a General Contractor estimate of the time and expense for your plan. Ask the landlord for an equivalent amount of tenant allowance, and free rent - that might be induced by offering to lease for a longer period of time, for example 5 years instead of 3 years. Give yourself some negotiating room on all points, but realize you may end up paying a premium rent, if you're essentially financing your build-out thru the landlord concessions.
Sep 10, 2013