Commercial Real Estate Due Diligence Guidelines

When buying commercial properties, due diligence is even more important than it is with residential properties. That’s simply because there’s so much more money at stake.

In the worst case, unexpected repairs and expenses can empty your pockets in the blink of an eye. At the other end of the scale, it can create a long-term and slow-motion drain on your bank account that ends up with the same result-money gone and a clunker property on your hands.

I’m sure you can see my point-never, ever acquire a commercial property without closely checking its condition first. By doing that, you’ll end up with an investment which can produce considerable profit and appreciation over the long-term. In this article, I’ll outline the basic due diligence required for the physical inspection of commercial buildings.

Who Should Inspect Commercial Buildings

If you’re new to commercial investments, then definitely hire a professional to inspect the building you’re considering. The building structure and the HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems are much more complicated than those found in residential properties and require specialist inspectors.

Therefore, it’s wise to hire an experienced contractor, architect, or other expert to do the jobs for you. Verify references and contact other investors to see what kind of job the specialists have done for them so you can hire the best.

When you work with specialists that do a great job at reasonable prices, treat them well and fairly. Remember, your reputation is everything, especially in the commercial or industrial market, so you want to guard it at all costs. Getting a bad reputation in the commercial market is a particularly deadly sin since it can dry up funding sources in a hurry, not to mention the fact that “movers and shakers” will not want to work with you.