The process involved in applying for commercial loans is often confusing; especially for people who approach their application under the misconception that commercial loans works in the same way as personal finance. There are some major differences between personal finance and commercial loans, most notably the lending criteria applied to the application and the significantly different documentation that will need to be supplied to the lenders. Below are some simple guidelines to follow when preparing to apply for commercial loans, designed to approve your chances of making a successful application.
• Know the lending market before you apply for commercial loans, commercial lenders operate far differently to personal lenders, spend some time learning how commercial loans differs, if you have colleagues who have successfully applied for commercial loans in the past, ask them how things worked, and if there was anything they learned during the application that would have been useful to know at the start.
• Prepare the basic documentation before you consider approaching lenders, you are going to need a well developed business plan, which has been prepared so that it clearly demonstrates the strategic advantages to your business should the application for commercial loans be approved. It should also clearly show that your business is fully capable of covering the repayment of the loan, and that there are significant safeguards in place to ensure that your company is not forced to default on the commercial loans repayments. You will also need to prepare a set of fully audited company accounts, you should approach your accountant to have him check over your books to make sure there is nothing in evidence that may prevent you from receiving commercial loans, and he should then certify the accounts as being true and correct.
• Approach a commercial loans broker, asking them to outline their fees and to provide you with a plan of action designed to get you the best commercial loans to fit your situation. You may also ask the broker to check over your documentation to ensure that it is suitable for presentation to commercial lenders.
• Review all of the information you have received, decide upon the suitability of commercial loans for your current needs, check your documentation is complete and adequate, and decide if you are going to use the services of a commercial mortgage broker. Once you are happy that you have done everything that you can possibly do before applying for commercial loans, then and only then can you begin to approach lending establishments directly.
Although these guidelines are intended to help with the application for commercial loans without employing the services of a commercial mortgage broker to act on your behalf, it should be noted that it is highly advised that you acquire the services of such a professional to ensure that your application is successful and that you apply for and receive the best commercial loans available for your particular situation.