Different Types of Commercial Property

Commercial property comes in a variety of different sizes, and all are subject to property maintenance of one variety or another.  Often commercial and industrial units are subject to high levels of use and footfall and therefore require constant maintenance to keep them serviceable and running smoothly. In most cases, a reputable building services and maintenance company is used to ensure that the property is kept in good order and there is as little downtime as possible.

We explore the different types of commercial buildings in this article and the typical property maintenance issues that can occur.

There are a variety of different ways that commercial property can be used but they can be categorised into five main areas:

  • Offices
  • Industrial
  • Medical
  • Retail
  • Leisure


Office buildings are one of the most common uses for commercial property, these are often sublet and usually have property managers who help to manage the property maintenance and day-to-day servicing of the property. Offices are often subject to an ongoing property maintenance service as they have a high footfall. Typical property maintenance for offices could be AC servicing, internal and external lighting checks and maintenance, electrical maintenance, and service fire alarm.


Industrial units are often used as warehouses and factories and are subject to different property maintenance than office buildings because of the nature of the use of such buildings. They are also typically managed by an outside party and sublet to businesses, so property management and maintenance are needed. Typical property maintenance services include electrical interruptions, managing and servicing the sprinkler systems and AC servicing.


Health care and medical use commercial building include doctors’ surgeries, dentists, private health care and hospitals. There is often a very high footfall in these buildings and therefore property maintenance company is often used to help keep the buildings in good order.  Typical commercial property maintenance service includes servicing heating and cooling systems, servicing stairs and lifts and general wear and tear.


Retail commercial units are nearly always subject to a lease agreement and nearly always have a property management company involved, these typically have the highest footfall of all the commercial building types and therefore need a high level of property management. This could include, external ground maintenance, electrical and alarm system servicing, decorating and internal structure changes.


The leisure category for commercial units is varied and can include bowling alleys, restaurants, cinemas, and nightclubs. As with many of the commercial building categories, the use can be varied but many leisure commercial buildings are owned and leased out by property management companies and therefore are subject to external companies providing commercial property management services. 

Typical commercial property management services include:

  • Landscaping
  • Cleaning
  • Electrical work
  • Plumbing work
  • Safety systems
  • General maintenance

The Complete Property Group, based in Hampshire, provide a complete commercial property maintenance service and commercial building services. We have many years’ experiences in the property maintenance sector and provide a service that is professional and responsive.

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