Questions to Answer Before Starting Your Search for Your Manufacturing Facility

March 11, 2013

Are you a manufacturing business looking for space for your business? If so, you’ll be interested to read our easy checklist of questions to answer before getting started. There are many factors to consider when looking for warehouse or industrial space for your manufacturing facility including distribution requirements, storage needs, location, delivery, and loading/unloading.

Checklist of Questions for Your Warehouse/Industrial Space:

Identifying Your Space Needs

  • Do you need your own warehouse space? Do you distribute from your manufacturing plant or warehouse?
  • Do you require your own distribution warehouse or could you save money by considering a sublease that allows you to lease floor space for receiving/shipping inventory?
  • Do customers come to your facility? This will impact the type of space you lease and if you need a customer facing entry, etc.
  • Do you need offices within warehouse? If so, how many?

Determine Your Loading/Unloading Requirements

  • Do you need a truck court to dock high loading? Does an 18 wheeler deliver to your warehouse?
  • Do you require grade loading which is ground level? If you are using a forklift for instance grade level might be sufficient.
  • Do you need a ramp on the loading dock? Will you be using a hydraulic lift?

What are your Storage Needs?

  • What type of inventory will you be manufacturing or storing?
  • Do you require air conditioned vs hot storage?
  • How much inventory space you require?
  • What is the height of the warehouse space you’ll need to house your inventory?

What Type of Shipments Will You Ship/Receive?

  • Fed Ex or UPS?
  • Will an 18 wheeler delivery or other type of delivery service?

Factors that Determine Your Location

  • What part of town works best for your business?
  • Make sure you factor in where/if you’ll be delivering. In Austin for instance, most of the warehouse/industrial space is predominantly located in northeast or southeast Austin with some in space located in north and north central.
  • Do you need to be next to airport with air shipping by Fed Ex or UPS?
  • Where are you delivering? If you are delivering all over Austin, you might look for space in central Austin. If you delivery to Austin/SA you might locate in south Austin or Buda.
  • Where is your customer base? Locally? Nationally?
  • Do you need to be close to major highways for 18 wheeler access?

Answers to all of these questions will help you determine the best type of space, location, and delivery needs for your business. Once these are determined, you can then work with a commercial real estate broker to begin your search for your manufacturing business.

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Nathan Smith

Austin Tenant Advisors

Nathan Smith is a commercial real estate advisor and owner of Austin Tenant Advisors, a local commercial real estate company that specializes ONLY in representing the best interests of business owners and companies in the search, selection, negotiation, and occupancy of office, retail, and warehouse space. Early on Nathan saw a need for business owners and companies to have the same expert advice as Landlords when it comes to leasing and purchasing commercial properties. In fact, he doesn't want to just level the playing field, he strives to educate and advise them in a way that puts them in a position of strength so that they find the best spaces and negotiate the best deals possible. Nathan graduated from Texas State University and had the opportunity to serve his Country in the Air Force Reserves. Nathan is married to Jennifer and has two children. He is also a die-hard cyclist and runner and has competed in numerous short and long distance triathlons and Ironman competitions.
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