When it comes to Tucson industrial leasing, you’ll want to pay close attention to how a building and its lease contract meet your specific warehouse, distribution or manufacturing needs.
Getting the right building is crucial for an industrial-based business. Wasted space, inadequate systems and difficult transportation will affect how well your location works for you.
Here are some tips on what to know and look for when finding property for Tucson industrial leasing.
Remember, unlike the search for other types of building, you need to think in cubic feet as well as square feet. Look for height that’s adequate for your current and future needs.
Are your shelving and storage systems measured using the metric system? Make sure the space you’re measuring is compatible.
Pay attention to spaces between columns. You want to make sure your storage systems and forklifts fit.
Avoid wasting storage space by taking advantage of unused vertical space above your shelving units.
Flexible aisle space can help you make the most of your space. By making them as narrow as possible, you can maximize your warehouse. But don’t sacrifice functionality for space. Make sure your equipment and workers can easily navigate around the warehouse.
Make sure you can position clean rooms and labs of the right size in the right places for ventilation, power and computer connectivity.
Parking lot access is crucial.
- Is it large enough for distribution trucks?
- Is there enough parking for all of your employees?
- Is it safe for employees who work after regular business hours or in the evening?
- How easy is it to get in and out of the parking lot, especially for large trucks?
Pay attention to the dock configuration and how that affects loading, unloading and adjacent parking. Getting a building that requires some distance to move items to and from trucks wastes valuable time.
Research nearby access to major roads, rail and air. Depending on your need, being close to a multi-model facility could be useful.
Identify your supply-chain needs to determine if they can be fulfilled at a potential location.
If your Tucson industrial leasing goals include research and development activities, consider finding a location that develops a synergy among researchers. Metropolitan Tucson has several concentrated high-tech areas, including the University of Arizona, Tech Parks Arizona, the aerospace zone of the Sonoran Corridor or Oro Valley’s Innovation Park.
Check to see if there is room to expand as your business grows.
Check the condition of the floor. A sloping or uneven surface can affect how much you can put on it. Be sure it’s adequate for the load and traffic it has to bear.
Make sure you have enough HVAC, electrical power and data connectivity capacity for your needs. Check that power sources are in the right places for plugging in your equipment.
Examine how robust are the building’s security and safety features.
A well-maintained parking lot will save you in repairs.
Check to see if other tenants in adjacent buildings have rights to space as they expand. That can affect your own ability for Tucson industrial leasing activity to serve your business’s growth.
Be clear who is responsible for operating expenses.
Be equally clear about repair costs to such things as parking lots and HVAC. Understand what your share of the cost would be.
Commercial Real Estate Group of Tucson has a checklist of crucial items you need to consider when searching for a Tucson industrial lease. Contact CREG Tucson for a consultation.