Commercial Property Types In Australia

May 1, 2019 | Commercial Real Estate

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When you’re looking at different types of commercial property in Australia, you’re probably looking for offices, industrial or retail, right? Well, know there are different kinds within each category.

To make sure you’re searching for the right kind of commercial property for your business, let’s explore each one in a little more detail.

Commercial Properties/Commercial Office Spaces

Commercial offices come in many shapes and sizes. But there’s also a variety of ways you can set yourself up.

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Standalone Offices

Put simply, this is your more traditional office. While we say ‘standalone’, the space may actually sit within a building with other offices and tenants. But, apart from a common lobby or lift, there’s usually no other shared areas or services. You pay for and are responsible for the whole space.

The standard contract term for standalone offices is between 3-5 years, but this may be negotiated with the landlord.

Contiguous Office Space

Contiguous space refers to a number of suites/floors that are rented to the same tenant. This may include

  • Multiple suites on the same floor of a property
  • Multiple floors of a building
  • Suites located on different floors of a property
Co-Working Offices

Co-working offices are popular. This is because they require less long-term commitment and offer more flexibility, particularly for those in uncertain job markets or volatile industries. For instance, members only pay for what they use. That is, you can rent the number of desks you need, or you can even ‘hot-desk’. Desks can be rented permanently or even by the hour.

Serviced Offices

Serviced offices come with everything you need – sometimes even staff! Basically, you move in and all your IT and telecommunications systems are ready to go. You can even have reception or office staff provided as part of your lease. Contract lengths vary, but many tenants opt for month-to-month.

Sublet Office Space

Sublet office space is when part or all of a commercial office space is sublet to another business. In the case of a sublease, the sublessee treats the sublessor as their landlord. In turn, the sublessor assumes liability on behalf of the sublessee. It’s a great way to lease traditional office space without being locked into a long-term lease or having to invest in extensive internal fit-outs.

Read more about the pros and cons of subleasing.

Industrial Properties

Your industrial property requirements will generally depend on the size of your business and the operation you’re running.

Simple Shed

Simple sheds are at the smaller end of the scale. They’ll usually be a single or double storey space, with an area sectioned off as a small office. With less storage area, the smaller industrial properties serve more purpose as a workspace (such as for mechanics or repair businesses).

Warehouse

Warehouses are larger in size and are often used by manufacturing companies. There’s an emphasis on storage space. You can obviously get things in and out of a warehouse, but they generally won’t offer loading docks like the larger logistics buildings.

Logistics Building

Large scale logistics buildings are usually set up as distribution centres. You wouldn’t necessarily use them for manufacturing, as its more about storing and distributing goods. These types of buildings are usually used for fast moving consumer goods (e.g. Amazon warehouse, household goods, etc.) and generally feature a loading dock/bay, where trucks can be loaded and unloaded.

Retail Spaces

Much like offices and industrial sites, retail spaces come in all shapes and sizes. From boutique cafes to department stores, there’s something for everyone in retail.

Shopping Centre Sites

Depending on the location, you’ll generally pay a little more for a retail site within a shopping centre. On the plus side, it’s already an established shopping area with plenty of foot traffic. However, shopping centres may have rules around the types of retail stores they are willing to work with and how you can set yourself up.

Regular Street Boutique

A regular street retail site gives you a little more freedom than a shopping centre. However, depending on the location, you may not enjoy as much foot traffic as you might within a shopping centre. You’ll still need to consider fit-out and whether the space suits your needs. But you’ll generally have more freedom than you would inside a shopping centre.

Big-Box Retail

Also known as a superstore, supercenter or megastore, a big-box store is a sizeable, free-standing building with a large carpark. The large square meterage provides the space to showcase a substantial amount of stock – think IKEA, Bunnings, Mitre 10 and Decathlon.

Get Advice from the professionals!

If you’re not sure exactly what kind of commercial property you need for your business, you can always get some help from our team at Tenant CS. Contact our team today for professional advice to find the perfect type of commercial property for your business.

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The Author

Maxwell brings over ten years of commercial real estate experience and currently works as a tenant representation specialist in the tenant representation Sydney team. He says some of his more memorable projects over the years include an 11,000sqm lease renewal in Islamabad, Pakistan, and the sale of a 200sqm commercial unit on the Canals of Amsterdam.

In his spare time, Maxwell is a loving father, backcountry skiing fanatic, boat lover and food enthusiast.

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