Things to Look for in a Warehouse and Storage and Distribution Facility

Businesses engaged in manufacturing will need to have a warehouse or storage and distribution facility. The features to look for will depend on the specific needs and requirements of your goods.

Selecting the right warehouse for your business needs can be quite an overwhelming and confusing experience. There’s simply too many things to know. Couple that with your business’ specific warehousing needs and all the complicated lease terms and lingo, finding the right warehouse becomes even more of a challenge.

As such, below are some things that you should look for when hiring a warehouse. Business’s requirement will vary, but the items below should apply to general and even some specific conditions.

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Some goods will require a controlled environment in order to preserve their integrity and usefulness while in storage. If your goods belong to such category, consider leasing a warehousing unit with an existing HVAC system.

Older warehouses don’t usually have an existing HVAC system. If you really need one, talk to the facility owner about having one installed. Be sure to ask about who will shoulder the installation costs. In some cases, they will take responsibility for the installation since it becomes a long-term investment. Some will require you to shoulder the costs though, and this is something that you’ll have to consider since this is usually an expensive process.

If the warehouse or the storage and distribution facility has an existing HVAC system, you’ll want to make sure that it is in good working condition. Before committing to the lease, ask the facility owner to inspect the HVAC system and make the necessary repairs. Ask that the inspection and repair be made by an HVAC technician and ask for a certification in writing that they are indeed in good working condition before signing the contract.

Parking Area

Having sufficient parking area is necessary for any business. This is especially true if your goods are constantly on the road as is the case with goods travel through local transport or interstate transport.

When checking out the available parking, consider the following questions.

  • How will the parking area be used most of the time? Will you park cars and other light vehicles only or will you be parking large trailer trucks?
  • Do you need to park cars and vehicles overnight? If so, what security measures are available?
  • Will it only be used as a parking space or will you be loading and unloading items there as well.
  • How far is the parking lot from the warehouse’s entrance?

One thing you should consider when it comes to parking areas of the warehouse or storage and distribution facility you wish to lease is the maintenance. Parking lots—whether they’re made from concrete or asphalt—will require some maintenance to keep them in good condition. Ask your landlord who is responsible for maintaining the parking area.In some cases, landlords will make the tenants shoulder the said responsibility. However, in some cases, it is the landlord who take on the responsibility, and only rightfully so. For one, the parking area is a part of the landlord’s property and is part of