Tips for Leasing a Warehouse
The following are some tips for leasing a warehouse:
Tip #1: Determine the purpose
The first thing you need to do when you are considering leasing warehouse space is to decide exactly what you need the space for. An area designed for storage of frozen goods will be entirely different from one that is intended for industrial production. What you need the space for will also contribute to how much space you need. A major commercial distribution center will need significantly more square feet than a small delivery company.
Tip #2: Consider the convenience
Think about how often you will need to access the goods in the warehouse. For long term storage, a warehouse that is farther away or otherwise inconveniently positioned will not be a problem. If you are keeping frequently used items in your storage space, you will want a warehouse that is nearby and will be easy to locate. Loading docks and forklift ramps will make accessing the warehouse easier.
Tip #3: Outline the necessities
Working electricity is needed, of course, but additional features such as a sprinkler system and a security system are also important things to consider when leasing a warehouse. Ventilation and heating or cooling systems are very important for the storage of certain goods. Remember that a working warehouse will need accommodations – such as restrooms and an office – for employees.
Tip #4: Get everything on paper
As with any purchase or rental agreement, make sure you get all of the details of your lease in writing. You don’t want to be held responsible for any major problems that should be the landlord’s responsibility. Apart from the length and cost of the lease, a lease contract should outline details such as cleaning service, property maintenance, and utility coverage.