Handy Tips for Commercial Real Estate Buyers
A commercial real estate purchase is a complicated undertaking that is challenging even for professionals to time right to get maximum investment value.
As well, it’s a project replete with risk, as everyone involved in the picture – from buyers to sellers to agents to renters – can suffer the negative consequences of a drop or surge in demand. Still, on the other hand, we are all aware that the possible rewards can be huge.
Why Buy Business Real Estate?
Experts believe a commercial real estate purchase gives more control over a business’ overhead costs, whereas with leasing, your rental costs may go up with the lease rolling over with at a time when the market is least profitable. The other advantage is to enjoy investment benefits, such as property depreciation for taxation purposes and, eventually, asset appreciation.
There are various factors to look into for anyone planning to buy a certain commercial real estate property. One, that classic adage “location, location, location” is equally true for commercial real estate as it is for family homes. Here are other essential considerations to be made:
Where the property is located is still the main issue. You need to be as close as possible to your clients, workers, and suppliers. You should be convenient to all these people if they are to come to you. However, depending on the type of business you have, rail, highway and shipping lane access may prove important as well.
After determining a general location, check the property’s history in terms of wear and tear, environmental issues or possible liability issues (for example, the use of lead paint in older properties).
Serving Your Purpose
If you are a financial services company, you clearly need commercial office space. As a manufacturer, you have to look for industrial space. Either way, research about and learn zoning requirements in the area, making sure thesewill let you do what you want to on the property.
Exterior and Interior Limitations
Now Zoning laws, building codes or covenants may restrict certain changes or adjustments that you might be planning to make on the property. When modifying the facade of a building in a historic area, for instance, there may be specific guidelines to follow.
Parking and Access
Make sure parking will be convenient for your customers, and access is compliant with laws like the Americans With Disabilities Act.
Leasing or Expansion Options
Finally, entrepreneurs usually have a positive outlook about growth, and this only means that the likelihood of expanding is a consideration, as is the opposite. When buying business property, know whether or not you will be able to lease out unused space, in the event that you fall short of your growth forecasts.