Choosing the right warehouse space for your business is a strategic decision. While the location, space, and price of the warehouse building are important features to consider, you should evaluate other factors as well. We've created a checklist to use as a starting point in developing a full understanding of your warehouse location requirements. You may need to consult your financial, real estate, engineering, or additional teams to answer some of these questions. Here are important factors to consider when evaluating an existing or new warehouse building for your operations:
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Use this checklist to help evaluate your existing warehouse space or select your new warehouse location.
How much space do you need for product storage, offices, receiving and shipping, parking, potential expansion?
Warehouse square footage, dock square footage, office square footage?
Are there limiting obstructions: heaters, fans, sprinkler lines, etc.?
Office and Employee Space
Offices, break rooms, locker rooms, restrooms, showroom, drivers lounge?
Parking, truck maneuvering, trailer storage, exterior storage?
Is there room for potential future expansion?
How many dock doors does your operation require? What size and height do you need? What is the condition of the floor and paving inside and outside the docks?
Number of Dock Doors
Are the dock doors configured and equipped with what you need?
Size of Dock Doors
Are the openings adequate for the trucks you load and unload?
Dock Height Requirements
Do you use docks for trailers, vans, parcel trucks, or all the above?
Drive In Door Requirements
Do you require ramps and/or drive in doors to the warehouse?
Are the dock doors operable? How is the paving outside the dock?
Do you have specific business needs and/or local requirements that are necessary in your warehouse space?
Elevators functioning? Building comply with Americans with Disabilities Act?
Is the location zoned for your application? Can you get variances?
Does the building comply with local fire codes or requirements?
Do you have temperature or humidity control requirements?
Can employees, customers, and vendors easily access the site? Can your goods and materials be shipped via roadways and railways?
Is there easy access to highways? Overpass height limitations?
Can access roads handle loads and trucks you require?
Do you have access to rail if required?
Will trucks go through residential areas?
Do you have a list of the utilities you require? Do you have an estimate of the demand you will generate?
Sufficient amperage? History of power failures? Generators needed?
Is gas or other heating source required and available?
Are water supply and drain lines functional and reliable?
Number of required lines available? Access to internet services?
Trash and recycling services, sanitary sewers, waste water, septic system?
What is the condition of the warehouse building and the exterior site? Would you be responsible for any repairs or maintenance?
Are they insulated? Are there cracks or gaps at doors, windows, joints?
Are there leaks? Skylights? When was it last repaired or replaced?
Are there cracks? Is it even? Has it been sealed or painted?
What type of lighting? Do they work? Provide adequate light?
HVAC & Plumbing
Are there heating units? Air conditioning? Where are drain lines?
While this may not cover every single factor you should consider, it is a good starting point.If you do not have a real estate team to help you find the right warehouse space in your area, Warehouse1 has many qualified contacts to recommend. When you're ready to outfit your new warehouse with the right material handling equipment, check out our Warehouse Equipment Checklist
to help plan that process. Let us know how Warehouse1 can help!