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Looking for a site for your Westchester business can be challenging. We’ve all been told about the importance of location. Having your shop, restaurant, or professional office in a convenient, easily accessible spot is very important.

Your SCORE Westchester small business mentor can help you determine what type of location would be best for your particular business. There are a number of factors to consider, and it’s often a good idea to work with a real estate agent who specializes in commercial properties.

One very good rule to follow when you’re searching for a location for your Westchester business is to keep your eyes open. When you hear about a property, and it sounds interesting, it’s a good idea to actually go to the location. Walk around and see the space as your customer would see it. Are they going to feel safe and comfortable in the neighborhood? Is there good parking? What type of businesses are on either side of the location you’re considering? Having a motorcycle shop and sports bar on either side could be great news if you sell leather jackets – but if you sell baby clothes, it may not be the most ideal location for you.

Use all of your senses during this investigation. How do things look? How do they sound? How do they smell? One clothing retailer was very dismayed to find their new shop was directly next to an import store that had a very pronounced spice aroma. Curry is great on your dinner plate, but not on your clothes!

Look at your new location in terms of accessibility. Most of us have customers who are getting older. They may not move around as easily as they once did. If a person is using a cane or walking stick, will they be able to get into and out of your Westchester business location easily? What if they use a wheelchair? Being aware of these concerns, and how they relate to your customer base, will make it easier to help you identify the best possible location.

From assisting you in determining how much you can afford to spend on your location, understanding the sometimes complex language of commercial leases, and helping you find financing for your move or start-up, SCORE Westchester is here to help. Schedule your appointment to meet face-to-face with a small business mentor to help you start or grow your small business!

Keep Your Eyes Open: The Number One Rule of Leasing Commercial Real Estate