Guide

Buying business premises

Introduction

Businesses looking for premises will usually choose to rent, but sometimes it makes sense to buy business premises instead.

Why buy business premises?

Examples of situations where you would consider buying premises include:

  • you decide to open a small newsagent and want to live above the shop
  • you have formed a professional partnership and could use the capital appreciation to add to the firm's pension fund

Buying premises rather than renting can present difficulties. Finding commercial premises to buy with vacant possession is difficult. Commercial mortgages are over a shorter term, so repayments can work out higher than rental costs. You should weigh up the decision carefully.

This guide covers the financial and legal aspects of buying your own business premises, including exchanging contracts. It also suggests where you can go for more help.