Purchasing commercial real estate is a convoluted venture that is tough even for the pros to time right to increase their investment value.
Also, it a project that is overflowing with risk, with agents, buyers and sellers, and renters alike having to bear the brunt of sudden increases or decreases in demand. But of course, we all know that the potential rewards can be considerable.
Why Must a Business Buy Real Estate?
Professionals believe purchasing business real estate provides greater control over the the real estate portion of overhead expenses, versus leasing, which could raise your rental costs when the lease rolls over at a period when the market is hardly favorable. The second benefit is gaining investment benefits – for example, property depreciation for tax-related purposes and, in time, appreciation of assets.
There are several factors to look into when choosing a commercial real estate property to purchase. First of all, the traditional concept of “location, location, location” is perfectly applicable for business properties as it is for residential. Here are other crucial points to consider:
The location of your property remains the biggest issue. You have to be within close proximity to your suppliers, employees, and most importantly, your customers. You have to be convenient to all who are part of your business, if you’d like them to remain. At the same time, you may need access to rail, highway and shipping lanes, depending on the kind of business you are engaged in.
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 law firm, business office space is obviously what you need. If you are a product manufacturer, you should look for industrial space. Anyhow, make it a point to research about and learn zoning matters, ensuring that these will not get in the way of what you’re planning to do on the property.
Exterior and Interior Limitations
Now, when planning to make any changes or alterations to the property, note that they will be subject to restrictions dictated by zoning laws, building codes or covenants. For example, if you buy a building in a historic area, there may be rules to follow when making changes to the facade.
Parking and Access
Make sure parking will be convenient for your customers, and access is compliant with laws like the Americans With Disabilities Act.
Expansion or Leasing Opportunity
Finally, with the typical positive growth outlook they have, entrepreneurs are likely to consider the possibility of expanding, as well as the total opposite of this scenario . 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.