Are you interested in purchasing a commercial property? If so, it can be tempting to go it alone, as you believe you will save a considerable amount of money. However, it is never as simple as that. With that being said, read on to discover the benefits of using commercial estate agents.

One of the main benefits of using the services of an estate agent is that you will be able to get on with your business while you can have expert assistance with regards to purchasing a property. A commercial estate agent will also make sure that the transaction is smooth and that your business is not disrupted. 

A commercial real estate agent will have the experience and expertise required to advise you on the best location for your business. It can be tough to determine where your company is going to be best placed, which is why extensive market knowledge and research is necessary. 

A lot of people feel that estate agents are an unnecessary expense, simply costing them more money. This is not necessarily the case. In fact, by having a team of professionals on your side, they can save you money by helping you to negotiate a better deal and by choosing a property in the area that is going to be the most profitable for your company. 

You will also benefit from a broad assortment of services when working with an estate agency. Not only do they have a selection of properties on their books, but also they will assist with insurance, deposit negotiations, surveys, and much, much more. 

When you take all of the points that have been mentioned into account above, you can see why using the services of commercial estate agents is something that is highly recommended. 

Why security should be your first priority once you have found somewhere

When your commercial estate agent has found you a location, your first port of call needs to be getting the security system in place. This means changing the locks and getting a good alarm system up and running. If you take a look online, you will see that they have a number of commercial alarm systems available, providing you with peace of mind that your business is protected. Make sure you choose a company with many years of experience and a varied selection of cutting edge alarm and security systems to provide you with a solution that is completely tailored to you.

The alarms that are popular today are as follows:

• Motion sensors

• Contact sensors

• Both wired and wireless alarms

• Audible and monitored alarms

• SMART alarms

• Specialist/custom products

Tailored security plan

The commercial alarm systems must be tailored to you. Not only does this refer to the type of system, for example, contact or motion sensor, but also in regards to its placement and alerts. You need to ensure the company will place the alarm in the most suitable manner for your business. They should also set up SMART alerts for remote user control, ensuring you are notified about a potential intrusion no matter where you are. You will receive a call as soon as one detector is set off. There are then the police-monitored systems, which provide the highest level of protection. If two detectors are set off, the police will be alerted.

Maintaining and servicing your alarm

Some companies will even provide maintenance, servicing, repairs, and parts as a standard with their commercial alarm systems. The best in the business tend to work to a four-hour response time for emergency faults, making sure any problems are rectified straight away so that your business is secure. Aside from this, your alarm system should receive a preventative maintenance visit once or twice per year, depending on the contract.

Make sure any contractors are with a professional association

If you need any work carried out on the property you have purchased, you need to ensure you choose a contractor who is a member of a professional association. One of the best things you can do in this regard is to look at a contractor’s website to see if they are members of a professional association, governing body, or organization. Below, we take a look at some of the options that are available for flooring contractors to give you an example of just how many places they can join, and so why there is no excuse for any contractor to not have this stamp of quality.

Firstly, we have the National Institute of Carpet & Floorlayers (NICF). This is a highly recognized and respected organization in the sector, whose main objective is to promote excellence in flooring installation and carpet fitting. There are six different types of membership with NICF, and these are as follows: Retailer Membership, Patron Membership, Master Fitter, Fitter, Trainee Fitter, and Associate Member. By joining, members will experience many benefits, industry-relevant products, and services, which are designed to help their business flourish. 

Another option is the Contract Flooring Association (CFA), which was formed in 1974. The organization encourages high standards of professionalism, training, and safety, and there are many benefits to gain by becoming a member. This includes networking opportunities, discounted insurance services, documentation and templates, industry training, dispute resolution services, free credit checks, directory listing, and business helplines. Finally, there is the British Wood Flooring Association (PWFA), which represents the wood flooring industry, providing members with everything from Floor of the Month website promotions and industry networking to discounted moisture testing instruments and training and recognized qualifications. With such benefits and that mark of quality to go with it, there is no reason why contractors should not be members of professional bodies.

When you take everything that has been discussed into account, it should hopefully, help you on your quest to finding a commercial real estate agent and then ensuring that your property is ready for your business. There is a lot to consider, and these are a few of the important points.

By Erica Buteau

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