Finding and Leasing Space for Your Business

Leasing a commercial business space is different from leasing that apartment or house. For example, there are no consumer protections for you as a tenant, and the leasing industry is competitive. You need to know what to do to protect yourself and get the best lease terms. 

Here is everything you need to know about finding space for your business and leasing business space.  Find out how to narrow down your search, research your market, find a great business location, review the lease terminology and the document sections, and negotiate a commercial lease.

Narrow Down Your Search to a Specific Location

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From the broad possibilities of any place in the U.S., you will need to narrow down your search to a specific street corner.  Two young professionals did this.  They already know the area they wanted to live in (Chicagoland), so they first set out to find a city they liked, then they spent a lot of time considering the market and watching the flow of people in the community.

Research Your Market to Know Where Your Customers Are

Before you search for a location, you need to do research to determine where your customers are located. Here is a discussion of the process of determining the market for a local business. More

5 Tips for Finding a Great Business Location

As you search for that perfect office, shop, or store, consider these 5 factors to assure that your location will bring in the maximum number of customers. 

10 Questions to Ask Before Signing a Commercial Lease

Attorney Susan Dawson has a practice that includes assisting clients with real estate purchases.  She provides 10 questions you should ask yourself to make sure you are getting a good commercial lease. More

Questions to Ask About Commercial Property

As you look for business space to lease, here are some considerations and factors to consider. More

Common Leasing Terms Explained

Here are some common terms used in commercial leases, to help you understand what your broker and the landlord are talking about. Most important is terminology for how space is assigned and what space you will pay for. More

Common Lease Document Terms and Sections

This article explains the sections in a commercial lease agreement document, including the names of the parties, assignment and subletting and other restrictions, payment terms, what happens if someone defaults, deposits and other payments, and more. More

Negotiating a Commercial Lease

How to negotiate a lease for office or commercial space. This article includes a review of the negotiable sections in a commercial lease, so you can see what will need to be negotiated. You may More

Providing a Personal Guarantee for a Commercial Lease

Many landlords these days are requiring a personal guarantee to obtain a commercial lease for business apace.  Attorney Susan Dawson explains why the personal guarantees are necessary, how they work, and some alternatives for you to discuss during the negotiation process. More

Getting Help with Finding and Leasing Space

You may decide you need a commercial sales or lease agent to help you with the search process and negotiations. This article from Real Estate Business explains the difference between buyer's agent and seller's agent and how a real estate agent gets paid. More