Commercial real estate is a property used exclusively for business purposes or to provide a workspace rather than a living space. More often, commercial real estate is leased to tenants to conduct businesses. Commercial real estate includes retailers of all kinds, office space, hotels, strip malls, restaurants, and convenience stores.
Commercial real estate is categorized into four classes, depending on function: office, industrial, multifamily, and retail. Office space, for example, is characterized as class A, class B or class C based on certain parameters like below.
Class A represents the best buildings in terms of aesthetics, age, quality of infrastructure, and location. 
Class B buildings are usually older and not as competitive—price-wise—as Class A buildings. Investors often target these buildings for restoration. 
Class C buildings are the oldest, usually over 20 years of age, located in less attractive areas, and need continuous maintenance.
Commercial real estate property owners are finding ways in which they can raise their property value and profitability. You don’t need to have a Class A property in order to increase a property’s potential profitability. One of the simplest ways to add value to a property is to make small improvements that make the building more appealing to tenants.
Some Steps To Improve Commercial Real Estate Property Performance
1. Improve lighting.
Installing better lighting in more areas is one of the most cost-effective yet dramatic ways to improve the appearance of a space. In addition to adding light fixtures, consider adding energy-efficient light bulbs as well. LED’s, for example, use 25 to 30 percent less energy than incandescent light and lasts 25 times longer. That’s a significant saving that increases your cash flow and your property’s overall value in the long-term. 
2. Replace doors. 
Replacing doors from standard hollow core doors to sturdier, more visually appealing doors can also add a unique appearance to space. This tactic is especially effective in multi-family apartment buildings but can be utilized effectively in upscale office buildings as well.
3. New floors. 
Carpets, while relatively inexpensive in the short term, can add up when you consider the cost of replacing a carpet every two or three years. Residentialwooden floors have the greatest appeal and match with both contemporary or traditional interiors. 
4. Update appliances. 
White and black appliances are out-of-date; stainless steel is the most popular finish splurge on stainless steel refrigerators, microwaves, dishwashers, and ovens. Stainless steel has a long lifespan and won’t discolor as rapidly as colored alternatives. 
5. Beautify molding.  
Contemporary spaces benefit from thin molding to create seamless home designs Sand and stain wood molding to add rustic appeal to interiors. Faux, lightweight pieces can inexpensively and easily installed along ceilings, floors and window frames to add value.
6. Improve the exterior. 
Clean the landscape and prepare the exterior of your building. Apply a fresh coat of paint or a deep clean and rebuilt walkway. Upgrade lighting, cut the lawn, hide garbage dumpsters or pick up stations from the street. 
7. Upgrade your building’s signage. 
This is typically the first thing that people will see as they approach or enter your building. A sign that is difficult to read, hidden by bushes and other landscaping elements or that needs a repair can decrease the value of your property. 
8. Rename or name property. 
This may also increase charm, character, and desirability. 
9. Ramp up security.
Measures like alarms, gates, and shutters can add a sense of safety. 
10. Resurface your parking lot.
If you have a gravel parking lot, consider paving it and installing new lighting to not only improve its functionality but its appeal as well. Eliminate any weeds, rough patches and have the lines repainted. If you don’t have a parking lot, consider renting a space from a neighboring building or property to offer to potential renters or buyers as a valuable selling point.

Author's Bio: 

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