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.
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
Structure your business
Name your business
Register your business
Choose your premises
- How to employ staff for the first time
- National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates
- Carry out pre-employment checks
- Ensure your workers are eligible to work in the UK
- Get employers' liability insurance
- Issue a written statement of employment
- Set up your payroll and register for PAYE with HMRC