A commercial real estate purchase is a complicated undertaking that is challenging even for professionals to time right to get maximum 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. Then again, we also understand that the prospective rewards can be substantial.
Why Buy Business Real Estate?
According to experts, buying commercial real estate offers more control over the the real estate part of overhead costs, in contrast to leasing, where you may end up with higher rental costs as the lease rolls over at a time when the market is tight. Yet another advantage is investment benefits, which includes the depreciation of the property for purposes of taxation and, in the longer term, asset appreciation.
There are several factors to look into when choosing a commercial real estate property to purchase. One, that classic adage “location, location, location” is equally true for commercial real estate as it is for family homes. 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. But depending on the nature of your business, you may need access to highway, rail, and shipping lanes too.
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. If you are into manufacturing, you require an 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 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.