There are a lot of things to consider when selecting an online room. One of the most important is pricing. We’ve heard horror stories of M&A professionals being slapped with large bills due to data room providers charging overage fees. As VDR technology continues to improve and improve, it’s time for the industry to consider taking the time to consider how pricing structures affect the quality of service.

Some VDR vendors charge based on the number of required pages, which is economical if you know the exact scope of your project in advance. However it’s not a good option if you have a project that is likely to exceed the limit of your estimated page count and lead to unexpected charges.

Other vendors charge a monthly cost for access to the platform, which eliminates the risk of overages, and can be more efficient. This kind of pricing structure is becoming increasingly common, since many providers offer this service along with several other flexible plans that are made to suit different needs and budgets.

Furthermore, certain VDRs come with features that can provide additional value and help speed up the process of making deals like customizable interactive reports and color-coded document activity graphs which can speed up the time required to look over and make decisions. These features may not be necessary for every transaction, but they could increase the efficiency of an M&A deal. It is important to consider the pricing structure of the VDR and then determine which features will meet your needs.