A Guide to Inspecting a Commercial Space before Renting It

When you have decided to rent a commercial space for your office, you are filled with excitement about how you will set it up, what kind of furniture and décor will you put in, and so much more. In this excitement, you must not forget some important checks that you need to carry out while inspecting your future office. If you are renting the commercial premises through industry leaders like Forum Properties, you can trust them to assist you in every way possible to ensure a smooth transition. They will help you resolve any issues that might come up during your inspection of the following important aspects

The Commercial Building

An inspection of the various systems of the building should be carried out. These include:

  • The electrical and mechanical fittings
  • The plumbing, heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems.
  • Security system and fire safety system including the sprinklers and the alarms

The External Area

The external areas of the building should be inspected with the view to assess the soundness of the structure and whether it would need any repairs soon. Factors that need to be assessed are the roofing, parking facilities, landscaping, and the structure itself. It is important to check if the access is wheelchair-friendly and suitably equipped for any emergencies.

The Office Interiors

The interiors of the office should be inspected thoroughly to assess the following:

  • Any damage or leakage through the walls and flooring
  • The condition of the fixtures and the drainage in bathroom and kitchen
  • Any expense required to get the interiors in the desired state
  • Any safety concerns

Documentation Check

Permission documents such as occupancy certificate and construction permits along with maintenance records and evacuation plans should be verified. It is advisable to get access to a copy of the same. The maintenance records must include those of the safety systems. The other documents to be checked include appraisals, surveys, building plans, citations, and floor plans.

Any aspect that you feel is not in proper condition must be reported. The landlord can get it fixed for you. If not, it should be on record to keep you safe from penalty at the end of the leasing relationship.

If you are not confident of being able to assess the property and its documents, you can hire a professional inspector who can carry out the checking in your presence. Do not leave it up to the inspector as you might be at a loss later.