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By Jon Alexander 12 Dec, 2017

As any marketing guru will tell you, selling is about knowing your audience. What do they want from your product – and how can you give it to them? For commercial property owners, that means knowing what tenants find attractive.

If you’re not appealing to tenants, you could face long periods with an empty property generating no income at all. You may even be forced to reduce your prices just to get someone in. That’s not the only option, however. Read on as we explore what attracts tenants to commercial properties.


Location, location, location

It’s no secret that location plays a key role for any property. An apartment in central London will set you back far more than the same apartment in a commuter town like Slough, for instance. The same goes for commercial property. If it’s for retail, tenants will want and need a property in a busy location.

However, for offices or industrial use, it’s more about transport links. Is there a nearby motorway, train or tram stop, or bus route? If a company is going to rent your commercial property, they need to know current or future employees will be able to get there. As with residential property, local amenities will also play a role. Being in an area with nearby shops and food outlets, for instance, will boost the appeal of any commercial property.


Think about facilities

What facilities does your property boast? You might be able to compensate for its location with things like an on-site café, gym or even a car park. Tenants will be less concerned about poor transport links if there is adequate car parking space for themselves and their employees .

Accessibility is similarly important. Whether your property is for industrial, office or retail use, tenants will want it to be fully accessible for everyone. Why would they sign up for a property that instantly narrows down the employees they can appeal to? Things like ramps, hand rails and lifts are an essential for many tenants.


Keep things modern

People spend most of their waking hours at work. It’s understandable, then, that they want a pleasant and modern working environment. If you’re trying to market your commercial property as office space, tenants will be looking for somewhere that’s modern in both appearance and function.

With most companies digital by default nowadays, free Wi-Fi is big draw. Employers also want to offer a better work-life balance to their staff, with communal ‘break out areas’ an attractive feature.

Tenants look for similar qualities on the outside of commercial properties too. Street furniture like benches, tables and shelters allows businesses to give their employees or visitors a place to relax, while improving the appearance of the building (and impression of the business) to the outside world.


Give your property a boost

Looking to make your commercial property more attractive to prospective tenants?

At Valley Landscape Management , we specialise in landscape construction and maintenance. With our help, you can attract tenants with superb features like car parks, outdoor break out areas and impressive surroundings. Get in touch today to talk about improving the appeal of your commercial property.

By Jon Alexander 29 Nov, 2017

Acquiring property isn’t something that should be rushed. That’s the case for homebuying, but even more so for commercial property, which is typically much more of an investment. There are a number of potential issues with commercial buildings, some of which can lead to serious long-term problems and big financial hurdles further down the line.

So, what should you look out for when searching for commercial property?


1.   Fit for purpose

Starting on the outside of the property, any building should be prepared for its essential purpose – shelter. The roof, walls, doors and windows – collectively known as a building’s envelope – should be completely weatherproof. They need to provide an insulative shell that keeps out any rain, wind or other weather.

Some buildings may have problems in this area because of deterioration and inadequate maintenance, or simply poor design. This can lead to water and dirt ingress, corrosion and decay over time, so it’s essential to check the property is well sealed, or identify any problems and understand the maintenance you’re taking on.


2.   The right foundations

Another fundamental area for any property is its foundations. Has the building been constructed with strong foundations on suitable ground conditions?

Some older buildings have questionable foundations, with modern builds often being constructed on problematic conditions such as shrinkable clay soils or on flood plains. Down the line, these failings will impact on the building and could affect it's future sale value. Look out for cracks and structural distortion as signs of poor foundations.


3.   Design and services

Is the property accessible to everyone? If not, you could find yourself forking out for modifications like ramps and elevators in the future. Failure to meet any regulations and the costs to rectify them should be considered when buying or making an offer on the property.

But it’s not just about structure. A building’s services should also be assessed. Power supply, plumbing, heating and air conditioning, and security features are all essential to making a building fully functional and efficient. A decent internet coverage is also a must. In terms of security, look for everything from fire and smoke alarms to camera systems and security gates. Ask for the latest safety reports and tests.


Problems around the property

A commercial property’s surroundings should also be considered. Have the grounds been well maintained? Are there any significant changes that you will need to make? Will you need to install a car park?

If any of these are an issue, Valley Landscape Management can help. We provide a comprehensive range of landscaping services for commercial properties, from landscape construction to tree management and grounds maintenance. Contact us today to see how we can take the stress out of managing your commercial property.

By Jon Alexander 15 Nov, 2017

Does your commercial property have adequate car parking? It should. While car parking might seem like a minor feature, it can make a huge difference for employees and tenants – as well as impacting the value of your property. Read on to see why car parking is so important, and how you can solve car parking issues for your commercial facility.


The importance of car parking

Trying to find a parking space can be one of the most frustrating things for employees. The dreaded daily search routine - driving around endlessly, trying to squeeze into awkward spaces, and eventually parking away from work and getting wet and windswept as a result. Hardly the ideal start to the day, is it?

People in a rush can also block others in when they don’t have time or the option to park properly. After doing so, they spend the day unfocused and unproductive as they worry about who might be blocked in by their car or whether they will find a parking ticket on their return. It’s even worse for disabled drivers, who need disabled bays with easy access to the building. Quite simply, inadequate parking annoys people and causes unnecessary conflict.


Time to act

This huge inconvenience causes employee morale to become low, and puts off potential tenants if you’re looking to let your building out. The solution? Extend your car park. While some see car park extension as a complex and lengthy process, it’s relatively simple with professional assistance.

With extra car parking space, employees waste less time looking for somewhere to park and any frustration and conflict is eliminated. If you’re looking to let your commercial property, the car park extension will make it far more attractive to tenants – as well as significantly increasing its sale value.


What if I can’t extend the car park?

However, we understand that car park extensions aren’t possible for everyone. Some properties simply don’t have the space to convert into a car park. You can still improve the situation though….

Installing bike shelters and cycle hoops makes it more practical and convenient for employees (or tenants) to cycle to work. This will either free up any car parking space you do have, or act as an alternative if you have no car park at all.


Where to start?

Making adjustments to your property can seem overwhelming. Don’t worry, Valley Landscape Management is here to help. Whether you want to add a car park, extend an existing parking area or install cycling facilities – our team can guide you through the process and find the solution that best fits your needs.  Get in touch today to see how we can eliminate your parking problems.

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