Whether you are selling, renting, purchasing or thinking about all three, you will want to work with a reputable commercial property management company that will look after your money, building and investments.
As with anything this important, shop around. Asking friends and business acquaintances for recommendation is the first port of call.
Once you have the name of a company you are interested in contacting, call them and speak with one of their representatives. Explain the services you require and ask to be directed to the team member responsible for that department.
Visit their website and look at their facilities, services and testimonials. If you can, look at their prices and see if that works for you. Also see what services they can provide, as in, do they have chartered surveyors as part of their team, do they have architects, mortgage providers, security services etc. That way you can eliminate extra costs outside of the company.
Ultimately, working with any service company can be down to the best personality fit, you are going to lose money if you cannot communicate effectively and efficiently with your property team.
If your questions are answered by telephone, ask if you can pay a visit to their office so you can more feasibly ascertain if this company is for you. Tell them exactly what you are looking for, whether you have a building that requires management or are looking to purchase, explain in detail the services you hope to acquiesce.
Finding a commercial property management company can be a daunting task. By all means accept advice but stick to your guns and get what you want. There really is no point in buying a property that does not serve the needs of your business.
The cost of moving premises, the hassle and the taxes involved means that you really do not want to be moving any more often than you absolutely have to. It is not a good idea to assume that you will easily be able to sell the property on to make a profit. If you are buying commercial property with a view to selling it on to make a profit a much better approach is to set up a separate business to make money in that way.