Commercial properties are traditionally institutional assets bought by investment funds. They can also be worthwhile for individual investors, but are often too expensive so funds can be a more accessible approach. They tend to be higher-yielding than residential properties, though there are a number of quite different types of commercial property and these can vary quite a bit. Average returns range from 4.5% for offices to 10% for high street units.

Commercial properties tend to have lower levels of volatility than many other kinds of investment, but at the same time its reliance on factors like consumer spending and job creation give you little protection against tough times in the wider economy. If you're interested in investing through a fund, look for those holding at least 40 properties and be aware that if there is ever a mass exodus of investors you may have to wait to receive your money while properties are sold off.

Specialist commercial funding is required for this type of investment. 

A Pre-Construction Checklist for Building Sites

  When preparing a piece of land or a building site for construction there are fundamentally important things to consider before beginning the job. As always, safety and a consideration of environmental factors must come first and foremost. There are then a few practical steps you should always follow including preparing the needed tools in advance. A well planned job should consider every element of the project beforehand and know what tools and machinery will be needed at each stage, and for roughly how long.  It is also worth researching via industry sites such as www.building.co.uk to get the latest information. Never fail to prepare a pre-construction checklist. It will make the job run more smoothly, within budget and set time-frames, and could even save lives! Pre-Construction Checklist Any building site for virtually any purpose will require you to excavate and prepare the land before laying foundations and beginning construction. You’ll...
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The Best Ways of Ensuring Safety On A Building Site

  It goes without saying that a building site can be a particularly hazardous workplace. There are potential safety hazards everywhere you turn – you could trip over equipment, fall from scaffolding or cause an injury with equipment – the list goes on and on. As dangerous as all that sounds, there are a few simple guidelines which, when followed correctly, will ensure the safety of everyone on your building site.   Insist on the use of protective equipment and clothing at all times   The first step in ensuring a safe building site is to ensure that everybody who steps foot on your site, including visitors, is wearing the appropriate safety and protective equipment and clothing. This includes, at a minimum, high-visibility jackets and safety helmets or hard hats. High-vis jackets ensure greater visibility of people on the site while safety helmets can protect the wearer’s head from penetration by an object as well as absorbing the physical impact...
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The Advantages of Renting Serviced Vs Conventional Commercial Property

The differences between conventional commercial properties and serviced commercial properties are quite simple. The former refers to a straightforward commercial lease, by which a company obtains sole rental use of the property. The latter refers to lease agreement in which a company rents a commercial space that is provided along with extra amenities, such as secretarial or postage services. Serviced commercial properties are usually (but not always) a part of a larger commercial complex, such as an office block.
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Planning ahead: Things to consider before buying commercial property

Buying commercial property is always a long-term investment, and therefore you need to plan ahead. Carefully consider what type of property is best suited to your needs and how long you are going to be there before signing on the dotted line.
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What expenses should commercial property buyers be aware of?

Are you looking to buy a commercial property? Doing so is certainly an exciting move for a business, be they large or small, to take. Acquiring new premises - whether its a retail outlet, office or hotel - provides a great chance to generate additional revenue for an organisation, but it is a substantial financial commitment that should not be overestimated.
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