The Right Building for your New Business
Setting up a new business is an extremely exciting time but is also very stressful. You need to do your homework before finally settling on a building for you. To start with, you will need to make sure that the building is structurally sound. This is probably most important, especially if you are planning to buy the building. It is well worth the investment to get a professional building inspector in to check the structural integrity of the building. The importance of building inspection cannot be over-emphasized – look at it as a necessary part of securing your business’s future.
A professional building inspector will look for more than just structural damage, they will look for evidence of pest problems and infestations as well. They are likely to also be able to give you on advice about legal implications of improvements to the building – especially important if the building is being repurposed. A bakery, for example, needs to meet different codes in terms of layout, security measures, etc. than a simple office block.
When you have an expert in building and pest inspection having a look over the property, it is a good idea to brief them beforehand about any renovations that you may want to do. They will then be able to advise you on different aspects such as load-bearing walls, etc. You could also get their thoughts on the flow of the space. It is a great time to draw on the expertise of someone who is pretty experienced.
These experts have inspected a lot of buildings and will be able to give you some advice on the actual flow of the rooms. You need to consider that there will need to be a room to welcome clients into the offices, offices for you and your staff, workrooms where applicable and possibly a conference centre for staff. There should be a logical flow to these rooms – it is pointless to have your reception area tucked behind an office, for example.
By consulting a professional building inspector, you give yourself the best chance of making sure that the space is right for you from top to bottom – the space needs to be structurally sound but also needs to fit in with the style of business that you are running. If you get this wrong, you could end up losing out on a lot of potential business. From an investment perspective, not doing your due diligence before the building is bought is going to be costly in the end.