Tips for Outgoings Management and Budgets in Commercial Property

When you manage commercial real estate, the outgoings within the property will require focus and financial control. When the property market slows or gets tougher, managing the outgoings is really important; the outgoings form part of the financial strategy for the landlord and will impact the net income for the property. If the outgoings get too high, the property will be hard to lease and hard to sell.

Set Some Rules

You can split the outgoings into a number of categories and this is normally done to identify and track the cash flow by expense streams. Most importantly there are two sides to the outgoings equation. Some of the items will be controllable and others will be uncontrollable. This means that the landlord can exercise control on only some of the outgoings.

The uncontrollable outgoings are those which are imposed on the property and have to be paid without any opportunity for cost savings, adjustments, or budgeting. Those uncontrollable items are normally council rates, land tax, and water rates. To a degree, insurance and energy costs will also fall into that category although some cost controls are possible with these items.

To manage the property outgoings effectively it pays to adopt a process similar to the following:

  • Create a budget for the property prior to the commencement of financial year
  • Track your expenditure to budget monthly. Adjust expenditure when you see a need and reason; early adjustment prevents bigger blowouts.
  • Look at the history of the property expenditure over the last few years to identify any excessive spending or items that are beyond the averages in the local area. The history of the property will allow you to adjust your budgets and cash flow expectations.
  • Make sure that you have removed the capital expense items from the normal repairs and maintenance for the property.
  • Talk to the owners of comparable properties in the same area. The outgoings between your property and their property should be similar. If not, you need to know why and take steps to fix that. Share information of outgoings costs with other similar property owners for this very reason.
  • Monitor the annual valuations for rating purposes. When these valuations are done, you will soon see the statutory charges and council rates rise soon after. It is not unusual for landlords and property managers to dispute the valuation in an effort to keep the statutory charges at a lower rate.

In preparing an expenditure budget for the property, you should time the expenditure so that the larger costs are expected; hence ensuring that the cash flow is suitably adjusted in preparation.

The controllable outgoings are those that the landlord can exercise decision and timing. Normal items of repairs and maintenance together with the contractor maintenance will fall within this category. If the landlord chooses to delay the expenditure with the controllable outgoings, then they can spread the impact of those items on the net monthly income from the property.

In summary, the property manager working on behalf of the landlord should exercise due care and diligence in the budgetary process for property expenditure. A well-managed landlord cash flow in an investment property is a correct balance of income against expenditure given the tenancy mix pressures on the building and the existing vacancy factors.

Tips for Securing Commercial Lawn Mowers for Commercial Landscaping Properties

A lawn care or landscaping company with the knowledge and experience needed to handle the care for large commercial properties needs the right tools at their disposal in order to handle these commercial landscaping properties. That means only the best commercial lawn mowers designed specifically for large-scale properties. You want your handiwork to speak for itself whenever you drive off from a freshly-manicured commercial property, so here’s how to not just secure new commercial property owners as clients but how to keep them by providing the best service you can.

Don’t Be Afraid to Scout While On the Job

The life of a professional landscaper entails a lot of driving from job to job, and this represents an excellent opportunity to scout out new possible properties to approach to see if their owners are looking for landscaping services. Commercial properties with large, neglected lots are always ripe for the plucking, especially as sometimes the companies that occupy properties, such as law offices and similar professional services, are responsible for their own landscaping and do not have a property management company to rely on. Once you’ve gotten a good list of what might very well end up being new clients, you’ll have to track down who it is you’ll have to talk to in particular about landscaping services. Whether it is a grounds manager or a business owner, you will need to do some Googling – or better yet just knock on doors and strike up conversations with receptionists or other staff at the front desk.

Be Yourself with Prospective New Clients

It’s important to be genuine when you’re looking to forge new connections with potential clients. Business owners are inclined to be friendly with a fellow business owner, especially when they present themselves honestly and professionally. Being open and honest can help show prospective clients that it will be easy to work with you, even if it just means that you’re proficient at making small talk. However, when it comes time to get down to brass tacks, you’ll need to be straightforward and simple about what you can provide to a company, what types of commercial lawn mowers and other equipment you use on a regular basis, and how much all of these services will cost.

Don’t Lose Hope

Finally, don’t get discouraged if you keep asking around and all you’re getting is rejection after rejection. Not every business out there cares or even thinks about the landscaping on their property. Moreover, those who do reject your offer will sometimes give you feedback as to why you were passed over, providing you an opportunity to hone your sales pitch and strengthen your positions for future endeavors.

Of course, it doesn’t matter how well you can smooth-talk a client unless you have the equipment to back it up in your trailer. Make sure to use only the most safe and efficient commercial mowers that can stand up to the strain of large, robust commercial.

Commercial Property Management – Tenancy Schedule Tips Tools and Tactics

The tenancy schedule is the tool of choice for a property manager or leasing manager in a commercial or retail property investment. It is the tenancy schedule that will keep the property manager up to task on forthcoming events and dates.

Often you find that the tenancy schedule is not up to date, so if anyone gives you such a document, treat it with the caution it deserves, and check it out completely before you act on the information contained therein.

So let’s say that you have a great tenancy schedule that you know is totally accurate. I get many questions about what I would want to see in a tenancy schedule. Here are my main priorities:

  • Details of the tenant name, lease, and full contact detail for emergencies
  • Tenancy identifier or suite reference that comes from the plan for the property
  • The area of the tenancy in m2 or ft2 (depending on your unit of measurement)
  • The % of the tenant area to the building net lettable area
  • The rent $’s per annum, per month, and per unit of measurement (m2 or ft2)
  • Lease start date
  • Rent start date
  • Lease end date
  • Term of lease
  • Option term of lease
  • Anniversary dates and reminders for rent reviews, options, expires, renewals, renovations, and make good obligations
  • Outgoings charges for each tenant on the basis of area and monthly charge
  • Outgoings budget for the building
  • Total outgoings recoveries for the property on a currency and % basis
  • Types of outgoings to be charged to the tenants
  • Insurance obligations of the tenant
  • Rental guarantee details or bonds held
  • Provision for critical dates relating to any important lease term or condition
  • Maintenance obligation details of the tenants

This list is not finite and you can add your own extra priorities, I would however make sure that it is totally correct and maintain it to the highest level of accuracy. When you do this you can stay on top of important upcoming events that will impact the occupancy or rental of the property.

Whilst you can buy ‘off the shelf’ software programs that display this above information, that can be quite expensive for those commercial and retail property managers that are first entering this type of property. The alternative is to create some simple spread sheet that contains the data; in saying that, it is essential that great care is taken to maintain the spread sheet that you create. Any errors in the tenancy schedule can destroy your landlord, your business, your tenant, your reputation, and the property. Accuracy is paramount.