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Commercial Property Landlord: How to Pick the Best Buildings

By Guest Author | December 21, 2015

Whether it is commercial or residential, renting property to prospective tenants can get complicated, but the riskiest aspect is selecting the right property. When it comes down to it, you really need to consider a number of factors including rental income potential, appreciation of the property, and even liability associated with being a landlord. In any case, though, the top priority is choosing the best buildings, and these tips can help.



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1. Find the Right Location

When selecting a commercial property, the location is particularly important. You need to find an area where there is need for a commercial rental that will both draw potential tenants and be advantageous for businesses in the property. Look for an area that is on an established traffic route and has other commercial properties surrounding it.

2. Determine the Rental Regulations First

Another thing you’ll want to keep in mind to help you select the right property is the rental regulations in the area where the property is located. In most cases, there are codes and regulations that are imposed by the township and must be followed. In many cases if any restoration or renovations need to be done to meet code, they must be drawn up by a certified professional and carried out by licensed contractors such as those with Sullivan Engineering. Keep these regulations in mind as you consider a building.

​3. Consider the Type of Construction

The construction type plays a huge role in many aspects of commercial renting. A beautiful Victorian building can be a nice attraction for potential businesses; however, the restoration and upkeep is typically more costly in this type of building compared to one with a more simple construction. Be sure to weigh the pros and cons of a building’s construction type and select a building that fits both your intended purpose and budget.

4. Consider Safety Concerns

Safety is a huge liability when it comes to a commercial rental property. Four primary concerns in any rental property, especially an older building, are the presence of radon, lead paint, asbestos, and mold. You also need to keep in mind requirements for stairways, smoke detectors, entryways and exits, electrical wiring, and a variety of other components. In most cases, it is best to consult a licensed building inspector to identify safety issues and assess the cost of remedying these issues.

Commercial rental properties present a huge opportunity for income; however, choosing the right building isn’t always as straightforward. Use these tips to select the right building and work your way toward being an expert commercial property landlord.


About the author: Anica is a professional content and copywriter who graduated from the University of San Francisco. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she's used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. Anica writes on behalf of Sullivan Engineering, which provides consulting on commercial building restoration.

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