Making the decision to open a new office or store is an exciting time in the development of your business. However, finding the right commercial premises can be a difficult and time-consuming process, with plenty of potential pitfalls along the way. Buying the wrong property could be a costly mistake, resulting in a poor working environment and a fortune spent on repairs. On the other hand, the right commercial premises could come to perfectly reflect your brand and help garner a positive response from employees and customers. Here are three tips for choosing the right commercial properties for your business.
1. Suitable for your business’ requirements
You may have a specific set of requirements for your commercial premises depending on your particular business. For instance, if you own a hair salon you might need your premises to facilitate a separate hair washing area and have a good source of electricity to support intensive usage usage of appliances. You may need to carry out extensive renovations on your property before opening to the public to ensure that it is suitable for your needs and reflects your branding. Therefore, assess how suitable the property is for your business’ requirements — can your planned renovations be carried out relatively easily or would it be exceedingly expensive to do so? Is the asking price reasonable when taking renovation work into consideration?
2. Necessary renovations
An older building might require extensive renovations that need to be carried out in order to be updated and modernised. You might find it helpful to assess just how many necessary renovations a building requires and whether the asking price takes into account the cost of carrying out these renovations yourself. For example, many commercial buildings include extensive window systems to maximize natural light and provide additional insulation through double glazing. However, over time double glazing technology in windows does age and might become damaged and less efficient. A commercial double glazing repair service, like Glazing Renovations, will inspect your double glazing and carry out any necessary repairs to ensure that your window system remains fully operational and efficient.
The location of your commercial premises could have a huge impact on the direction your business takes in the future. You might want to find a premises in the location in which your industry is centralised, with the intention of eventually expanding into global markets. Or, you might be happy to provide a service to local people in your home town. If you are a manufacturer, you might want to establish premises in a location that is known for its manufacturing capabilities. You should also consider the ease with which staff and customers can access your premises. For instance, a large out-of-town warehouse might provide the space, but lack adequate links to public transport, limiting your staff and customers to those who have access to a car, whereas an office in the heart of the city is more easily accessible for everyone.