If your business involves shipping products, you will need a warehouse. Whether you opt for a third-party logistics company or rent your own space, each property will have its unique infrastructure. Before touring a warehouse, it is important to understand your budget, ideal location, size, and layout requirements.
Once you know your specific needs, here is a list of questions to ask when touring a warehouse:
What is the Zoning?
The building you select should be zoned for your use. If not, you may have to incur additional costs when applying for a zoning change like a manufacturing permit.
Is electrical power available?
If your business involves manufacturing, you may require a 3-phase power supply. Confirm with the landlord that the facility can provide sufficient power to avoid transformer or amperage issues or hire an electrical engineer to evaluate the building.
What is the clearance height?
If your operations involve stacking equipment or products, find the clearance limits. Warehouse heights vary from 18-25 feet.
What type of loading is available?
Identify if the building has dock-high loading or grade level. Even if the space has dock-high loading, confirm if it is big enough to accommodate your truck delivery requirements, like an 18-wheeler truck.
What are the operating costs?
Operating costs typically involve taxes, maintenance, and insurance. Understand what the property owner will be paying for and what are your responsibilities.
Does the facility provide heating, venting, and air-conditioning?
Most warehouses do not include HVAC facilities. If you need these facilities, you may have to install the HVAC units yourself. If the property already includes the HVAC unit, get it inspected by a certified HVAC technician before taking the system’s responsibility.
How is the parking area?
Ensure that the landlord is taking responsibility for maintaining and repairing the parking lot, and there is good security to park your trucks overnight.
These questions are meant to scratch the surface when touring a warehouse space. It is recommended to thoroughly evaluate the space and gather specific information before leasing warehouse space.
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