Guide

Choosing business property

Search for commercial property

It's worth starting your property search by drawing up a business property specification or 'spec', clearly setting out your business property requirements. Distinguish between what is essential and what is desirable in a property.

You can then circulate your property specification to estate agents and surveyors that handle commercial properties in your area.

Searching for commercial property

You may also decide to search for suitable business premises yourself. Commercial property is listed online by estate agents on their own websites or on third party property listing websites such as PropertyPal, rightmove, Zoopla, PrimeLocation or Propertylink , as well as many others. You can also search our commercial property finder.

Check any potential properties against your specification and eliminate any properties that don't at least meet all your essential requirements. Then you can draw up a shortlist of potential business properties to visit.

Professional advice

At this stage, you may want to seek the advice of a surveyor or solicitor. For example, a surveyor can assess the condition of a property and give you an idea of their value. See using a surveyor when buying premises.

When you're ready to make an offer or agree the terms of a lease, your solicitor can help negotiate the property deal and complete the legal work. See choose and work with a solicitor.

How best to search for business premises