One of the greatest expenses every business owner/manager faces is the lease on the premises for their company, so you should be very careful when you are looking for a new office building.
You see, moving from a residential property is not that difficult. All you need is to take all your belongings with you, leave the keys behind and you are out of the place (an oversimplified example, of course). On the other hand, relocating your entire business due to an overseen flaw in the commercial property can sometimes cost you quite a bit. If it is your only headquarters and you are forced to move in the heat of the season, it can sometimes mean the end of your business. The only way to prevent this is through proper commercial property inspection and here are a few things you should know about it.
1. Accessibility of the Building
In some cases, for example if a commercial property in question is used for production, this is not as important. However, if you expect clients, partners and creditors to come visit you, the question of accessibility suddenly becomes a huge item on your checklist. Here, you need to make sure the property’s address is clearly visible from the roadway, since this will make it easier for people to find you.
Next, you need to check if the parking is properly striped and of an adequate size. You should try to offer enough parking space for all your employees as well as for your clients.
Still, these are all needed only for convenience sake, whereas having wheelchair-accessible ramps is nothing short of a necessity. Another thing you need to figure out is if there are handrails where they are supposed to be. Finally, it wouldn’t hurt to check if there are any larger cracks in the pavement around the building, since this in particular can be quite problematic.
2. Checking the Exterior
Next thing you need to check is the façade of the building. Even though no one denies that graffiti can sometimes be art pieces, more often than not it is a common case of vandalism you will be dealing with. After this, you should check if the ‘No Smoking’ signs are on display (if not, it will be your job to hang them around). In the end, you need to figure out if the sign of your company is clearly visible from all sides.
Now, apart from these visual aspects, the state of the roof, the quality of windows, and the marking of entrances and exits are things that could really make a difference. The same goes for cracks in the exterior walls and signs of weather damage. Things like cluttered gutters are easy to fix, but the same could not be said about the few above-mentioned features.
3. Interior Inspections
Finally, we come to the part that matters the most; we are naturally talking about interior inspections. When checking the quality of ceilings, walls, floors, doors, windows, staircases and the roof, you have to focus on various details. For example, when examining a bathroom, you need to pay special attention to a toilet cistern, taps, sinks, pipes and tiles. Unfortunately, more often than not, you won’t have an adequate expertise at your disposal to assess the state of these elements. This is why sometimes it may be for the best to hire an expert to do this for you. Needless to say, the aforementioned is just the tip of the iceberg, since you also need to pay a closer look to your electrical systems and plumbing, not to mention fire protection.
All of the aforementioned are especially important since investing in a commercial property that doesn’t satisfy these conditions would definitely be considered a waste of money. Sure, there are always additional things to look out for, like storage or heating/cooling systems. Still, just by inspecting a few things listed above, you will be well on your way to have a satisfactory commercial property.