Whether you’re starting a new venture, expanding your operations, looking to downsize, or moving to a new location, finding the right commercial premises is critical. Having a good chartered surveyor on your side can save you time, money and hassle during this process – and throughout the lifecycle of your occupancy. Here’s how.
Finding and assessing properties
(commercial agency services)
Chartered surveyors are property experts. So it makes sense that they assist with property search and selection, helping businesses with both lettings and property sales. At Perry Hill, we’ve found this approach brings big benefits; for example, when it comes to negotiating rent or assessing the condition of a property, we have an in-depth idea of the market and building. This helps the client avoid paying too much (in terms of rent or sale price), and helps reduce the risk of acquiring a property with defects.
(dilapidations and repair)
You’d expect to have a building survey done before purchasing a home, but did you know chartered surveyors regularly carry out building surveys on commercial lettings, as well? Many commercial tenants opt to have a building survey completed before they take on a new lease because it can save a fortune in unexpected repairs. It also helps to reduce the risk of inheriting repair obligations from a previous tenant.
Another way to reduce risk in commercial lettings is to get a surveyor to draw up a Schedule of Condition at the start of the lease. This forensic report on the property’s condition – including detailed photographs – acts as a contractual agreement between the tenant and landlord, and clearly defines the condition of the property. This serves to limit the tenant’s obligations to repair or maintain the property, and protects both parties against future disputes.
Negotiating a fair rent
Engaging Perry Hill as rent review surveyors is a great way to ensure you’re not paying over the odds for your commercial premises. During the rent review, a chartered surveyor will assess the rental value of the property, taking into account valuation standards and current market conditions, then provide a detailed report on its rental value – a vital tool for rent negotiations, be they at rent review or lease renewal.
If you’re looking for new commercial premises, Perry Hill Chartered Surveyors can support you with the search and selection, carry out building surveys and inspections, and provide trusted rent reviews. What’s more, our experienced surveyors are accredited by RICS, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, meaning you can count on getting accurate, fair advice every time.