Many factors will come into consideration when choosing a warehouse to rent, and three of the most important will be location, size, and the primary purpose of the rental. If it is your intention to access the warehouse regularly, it should, of course, be located fairly close to your primary place of business. However, if the purpose of the warehouse is for long-term storage, perhaps a close location is not as important. This can be a consideration regarding rental fees, as out-lying areas are more likely to be more affordable. Size is of utmost importance, as warehouse space can consist of as little as five hundred square feet to as much as fifty thousand, or larger. It would be wise to secure a site large enough for your currents needs while giving you the opportunity to grow and expand.
The primary purpose of the warehouse needs to be carefully considered, and this decision will incorporate, to a degree, the already mentioned factors of size and location. If you find a single-story facility that will suit your needs, then freight and material handling concerns are simplified, compared to multi-story buildings requiring elevators. If the warehouse is to be used for storage operations on a daily basis, then accessibility becomes much more important than if the purpose of the warehouse is for long-term storage.
Climate control is an issue that will take into consideration two primary points: the nature of the goods to be warehoused and the region of the country you are in. Sensitive electronic components or fine textiles, for example, should not be exposed to extreme ranges of heat and cold, whereas machine parts or hardware may not prove to be as critical. When you go to rent the warehouse, inquire of the property owner what type of heating and air conditioning systems are utilized.
The need for utilities in a warehouse will vary depending on the primary purpose of the storage facility. If there are distinct needs for water and/or electricity, these needs should be considered at the time of the rental. Shelving and other storage solutions also fall under this category.
Lastly, the security of the facility needs to be carefully investigated. A modern warehouse is usually equipped with sufficiently secure doors, windows, and loading docks, as well as cameras, motion sensors, fire alarms and related security features. Many offer twenty-four hour security patrol as an added security feature.