25 May

How to Go About Renovating Empty Commercial Property


What to consider before renovating empty commercial property

Due to foreclosure, abandonment or a lack of maintenance, you can often find commercial properties listed on the market for considerably less than their potential renovation value.

In certain locations – particularly large cities – where inflated property prices are the norm, such properties have enormous appeal for small business owners, property renovators and investors alike.

 

It is true that buying a commercial property in need of refurbishment for an affordable price and renovating it can be an excellent investment but such a purchase, if ill-considered, can just as easily become a financial pitfall.

Renovating an empty commercial property is a major undertaking for the inexperienced. Not only is renovation extremely time-consuming, project costs can rapidly spiral out of control without a well-researched budget. Competition for commercial property with renovation potential is also likely to be high.

If your skills are in property investment and not renovation and you lack the time to do the necessary planning and investigation, it is advisable to instruct a commercial property specialist to source a suitable property for you, bidding at auction if required.

Renovating a commercial property to sell

Buying a commercial property for less than the market value, renovating it and immediately selling it for a profit – a process known as flipping – can be difficult if the property in question is commercial.

Different businesses require a range of different retail environments in order to operate successfully, so it is advisable to find a suitable commercial tenant to occupy the property prior to making drastic structural changes.

Renovating a commercial property for your own use

If you are looking for a property to operate your own business from, renovating a commercial property for your own use can be the ideal solution. It offers the opportunity to construct a bespoke space which is ideally suited to your company’s needs at an affordable price, rather than paying more for what may be a less optimum space.

Many affordable empty commercial properties are large – especially if you are converting warehouse space – and though at first glance this might seem a disadvantage, it means that you have the option in the future of subdividing the space and leasing it to other commercial tenants for an additional source of income.

Although this kind of renovation is not a quick-return scheme and will increase your upfront expenditure it can be a sound financial and business investment in the long term.

Tips for renovating a commercial property

If you plan to purchase and renovate a commercial property to either sell or occupy, you should:

  1. Conduct extensive research on your renovation budget before committing to a property, contacting specialists for a second opinion if necessary. If in doubt, remember that it is far better to underspend on a renovation project  
  2. Be prepared for a large commercial mortgage in addition to the renovation costs if you decide to repair a large commercial property space
  3. Commercial properties tend to gain value more slowly than residential properties, but they are more resilient to fluctuating market conditions
  4. Bear in mind that commercial property is a relatively unstable investment. You will have to be knowledgeable and persistent in order to make a profit

 

If you need any advice or further information regarding commercial property sales and purchases, commercial property management or commercial landlord and tenant services, get in touch with our expert team who will be more than happy to help you.

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