If you’re a small business owner who is experiencing some growth - congratulations! That’s a great sign that you’ve planned well and have found your business niche.
But what about when your business starts to grow a bit beyond its borders? If you’re starting to outgrow your original startup space in the home, it may have crossed your mind to acquire a commercial property for your business. But what sorts of things will you need to do before signing the closing papers and moving in?
Make Interior Improvements
This may sound obvious, but it’s best to make the necessary interior improvements before you get into your new space, not afterwards. Almost any space will need to be fixed up in multiple ways, and chances are good that you’ll want to modify a space to fit your business needs. Fixing up the interior is also a good opportunity to decorate and create a particular feel and culture for your business. A new space can mean new thinking, so take advantage of this opportunity.
Fix Exterior Issues
Along a similar line of thinking, now is the time to spruce up the building’s exterior. Have a thorough inspection of the property conducted and address any needed and even possible issues. It’ll save time down the line.
If you’re moving into a space with a commercial parking lot, stop and consider the aesthetics. Does the pavement look cracked, faded, worn? If so, it may need a touchup. Repaving is usually a fairly simple contractor job and can be done relatively quickly. Asphalt paving is smooth and comfortable in addition to being cost-efficient.
Leasing vs. Buying
Should you lease or buy that commercial property you’ve been eyeing? There are pros and cons to both options, and depending on your business goals, either would make sense. If you’re growing but not sure exactly how much more growth you can expect, it may be best to lease - what if your business explodes and you need more space? If, on the other hand, you’re somewhat more established and you know that your market is going to stay where it is, buying may be a smarter option.
When it comes to expanding your small business and moving into a larger space, there are a lot of options to weigh and many things that need to be done before moving day. But one thing is certain - as an owner, you’ll love the new space and the sense of accomplishment it brings!
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