Opening a new business or a new business location can be incredibly exciting. However, it's also a tough task — one in which you really need to know what to look for.

Fortunately, though, if you can follow a few simple tips, you should find it easy to choose the perfect piece of commercial real estate to meet your needs.

Attractive Outward Appearance

People say that it's what's on the inside that counts, but that's not entirely true when it comes to commercial real estate.

You want a property that is well-maintained, attractive, and professional looking. It should match the image you want your business to portray.

In addition to paying attention to the condition and look of the exterior of your own potential business property, also look at the surrounding businesses. Are they high quality and legitimate? Are they well-maintained? These other businesses, just by being near you, are a reflection on your own business, so they should look good and upstanding as well.

If you intend to take a chance and buy a property that you can fix up, at least make sure you are clear on what kinds of changes will be allowed. That way, you'll be sure to get a property that you can do what you like with.

The Right Size

When you tour a potential property, try to imagine all of your items inside the space. Where will they go? How will they be organized? If you can't see everything you require fitting into a space without looking messy or cluttered, that's probably not the right space for you.

Ideally, you should sit down with a broker or other planner to determine what your exact space needs are. That way, you can look at properties that match or come close to your own unique size requirements.


Any time you buy a piece of commercial real estate, you must consider its convenience and ease of access where your clients are concerned.

Is it in a location that is easy to get to and convenient for most of your target demographic? Is the address easy to find using a GPS?

You have to know who your clients are and then ensure that the property you choose will work for them as well as it does for you.

As you can see, there's a lot to think about when choosing commercial real estate. If you do take the time to think about these things, however, there's no reason you can't make the right choice.