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Essential Questions To Ask While Looking For Warehouse Space

If your business deals with physical products, it’s likely that you’ll need to lease warehouse space as your company grows. Whether you’re renting your own space or working with a logistics company, there are various options to consider. To make the best decision, you must determine your exact needs, which could potentially save you thousands in the long run by helping you avoid unsuitable spaces. Start by assessing the size, layout, surrounding area, and budget to narrow down your search for warehouse space.

Important Questions to Help Find the Best Warehouse Space for Your Business

Once you have the basics figured out, schedule a tour of the shortlisted locations. While touring facilities, here are 7 crucial questions to ask when deciding on a new warehouse space:

  1. What is the building zoned for? It may seem obvious, but you’ll want to confirm that the building is zoned for warehousing.
  2. What are the currently approved uses? If you need warehouse space and also conduct manufacturing in the same space, confirm approval with the landlord.
  3. Is there electrical power available? Check if the specific unit has electrical power and what type of power it is. Ensure it matches your business needs (e.g., 3-phase vs. single-phase power supply for manufacturing).
  4. What is the clear height for the warehouse? Square footage is important, but height determines how much inventory you can fit into the space.
  5. What type of loading docks are available? If you plan to receive deliveries or ship via 18-wheeler trucks, you’ll need dock-high loading docks. The most common are dock-high (typically 48″ and designed to accommodate multiple truck heights) and grade level (also known as ground level, allows trucks to pull directly up to the door without ramps).
  6. How is the parking lot set up? Consider multiple factors, such as on-site parking availability, whether the parking lot is large enough for 18-wheelers, overnight parking availability, and associated security measures.
  7. Is the warehouse equipped with a fire-suppression system? Warehouses usually have either Early Suppression Fast Response Sprinklers (ESFR) or in-rack fire sprinklers. Confirm the type of fire suppression system during your tour.

While there are numerous factors to consider when finding a new warehouse space for your business, these initial questions should guide you towards a space that supports your operations.

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