Drawing up a list of what you need from your premises is a good way to start your search. This list might include the following points:
You also need to think about where you want your premises to be - see the page in this guide on how to choose the right location for your business premises.
After drawing up your list of requirements, you may decide that working from home could suit you. However, there are important legal and practical issues you need to take into account - see our guide on how to use your home as a workplace.
Your choice of premises will also depend on your budget. Whether you rent or buy, costs can include:
Sellers and landlords are obliged to provide prospective buyers or tenants with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). An EPC indicates how energy efficient a building and its services are and can act as a good indicator of likely energy costs. For more information, see our guide on Energy Performance Certificates - business properties.
If your requirements are too specific, you may find that your choice of premises is very limited or you cannot afford them. Think about which requirements are essential and which are desirable, and prioritise them accordingly to make your decision.