When looking for places to lease for a hair salon, find spaces that are easily accessible, close to or in a highly trafficked area and around other successful businesses. Ensure that the area is safe, well lit and that it has plenty of parking spaces for clients.
While strip malls and outlets are great areas for foot traffic, many of the spaces for lease also come with extra charges for maintenance, exterior upkeep and security. Ask in advance for a list of expenses that are not included in the space rent. One major plus when leasing a shop in a mall or outlet is that most have a clause in the contract that restricts the number of similar businesses that can rent spaces.
If possible, find spaces that once operated as salons, because the interiors are sectioned off to suit a salon's needs. Utilizing the space as it is can reduce the remodeling costs significantly, especially for wash stations and sinks that require building permits for plumbing. Some of these former salons may also have mirrors and sectioned station cubicles still standing. Be sure to research the area where the shop stands, as there might be a particular reason the salon did not succeed, such as competition or crime.