Once you have a shortlist of the warehouses and storage and distribution facilities that looks perfect for your business, it’s time to see the facility. Get in touch with the contact person for the facility and make appointments to inspect or tour around the facility in person.
A visual inspection is necessary especially if you found the service provider online. This is because pictures that are shown in the provider’s websites may be different from what you may expect. The pictures online may seem perfect and ideal, but there may be surprises when you go and see the facility for yourself. By doing a walkthrough of the facility, you will have a better idea of whether or not it fits your business’ requirements.
While at the facility, talk to the person in charge or the property owner and try to learn more about it. Ask about the square footage and ceiling height of the warehouse or storage and distribution facility, and don’t forget to ask about the unit lease price and how they are calculated. Keep in mind that different property owners have different ways of computing for the lease price. Some will base their computations by measuring from the outside perimeters of the premises while others will only measure the actual space that you need. Also, ask about the length of the lease. Some property owners will require that you lease the facility for no less than a year, while others will allow you to use it for several months if that is what you require.
Other considerations that you may need to ask about is the electricity and utilities of the unit. You’ll want to make sure that the facility will be able to meet all your business’ power requirements, especially if you’re also planning to put up some machineries there that you’ll need for packaging and labelling your products prior to distribution.
Another important consideration is the parking area and the loading area. If you will constantly have trucks and trailers going to and fro from your facility, then you’ll want to make sure that there is a loading and unloading area or that there is a parking lot large enough to accommodate trucks and their respective containers.
There are still several other factors that you’ll need to look at as you conduct your visual inspection of the warehouse or storage and distribution facility. You’ll want to check the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system for instance, and make sure that they are in good working condition. You’ll also want to talk to the property owner about any installations that you will need. More importantly, be sure to ask who will shoulder the expenses for such installations.
In some cases, property owners will be the one to shoulder the expenses related to any improvements in the facility. This is because most improvements will stay in the facility even after you have completed the contract and move to a different facility. However, there are some cases where the tenant is asked to shoulder the expenses, especially if the installations are not long-term.
On that note, do be patient and visit all the facilities that are on your list. Don’t just settle for the first facility that seems okay. Keep in mind that this is part of your business, and one that may have a significant impact on the success and bottom line of your business.
After you’re done looking for a warehouse, it’s time to turn your attention to finding a reliable freight transport and container transport company to help you with moving your goods in and out of the warehouse or storage and distribution facility. In this case, we’re here to offer our services. With over forty years of experience, in the trucking and logistics industry, we are confident that we will be able to meet your requirements and demands. Just call us up at (02) 9605 5600 or leave a message in our contact page.