The Ultimate Guide to Sourcing a Commercial Warehouse for Rent

This guide is a must-read if you are seeking advice on finding the perfect commercial warehouse premises!


Demand for commercial warehousing is at an all-time high thanks to the surge in popularity of ecommerce. On a mission to find a commercial warehouse unit to rent? This guide is a must-read if you are seeking advice on finding the perfect premises to suit your needs. (Optionally, for a short read check out our Quick Guide to Finding an Industrial Warehouse to Rent)

Things to consider when choosing commercial warehousing

When choosing commercial warehousing for rental, many business owners focus their primary thoughts on rental costs and warehouse capacity. However, there are plenty of other factors to think about. With this in mind, let’s take a look at the most important things to take into consideration when weighing up your warehousing options.

Refurb or ready to go warehouse unit?

In any given area, there will always be a choice when it comes to warehouse condition. If you are prepared to go for a warehouse that needs refurbishment then you may well find more of a bargain when it comes to rental costs. Plus, there’s the added benefit of being able to shape the premises around your specific needs, subject of course to the required permissions.

Some commercial landlords may be prepared to agree preferential lease terms in exchange for the tenant taking care of the refurbishment side of things, so it is worth exploring this as an option.

If on the other hand you don’t have the time or resources to plough into renovating a warehouse, then you can hone your search to properties that are ready to move into.

Sufficient parking?

A lot of warehousing is situated on industrial estates where plots include allocated parking spaces. What you’ll need to ascertain is whether there is sufficient parking to suit your needs.

Think about staff parking and how those needs might grow as your business potentially expands. In addition, you’ll need to allow for visitor parking if you expect to receive guests at your premises.

Suitable office space?

Most commercial warehouses come with office space included. The amount of space will vary though, so you will need to work out precisely what’s required. A good piece of advice is to consider not just your immediate needs, but also any future expansion that you may have planned. You don’t want to outgrow your new commercial warehousing too quickly after all.

On the subject of office space, there are a few more considerations to take into account. Firstly, layout. Some warehousing properties feature office space spread over two floors, some with offices based on the ground floor: beneficial access wise if the company is receiving visitors.

Secondly, facilities. Is there a kitchen? Suitable washrooms? Somewhere for staff to rest? Plenty of storage? All of this must be considered when choosing your commercial warehousing.

Level of security?

You will find a great deal of commercial warehousing for rent comes with security measures included. These will vary, so do check what you are getting.

Security measures will range from a fully manned security service through to intruder alarms with response contracts; CCTV; access control; perimeter protection and sensor lighting to name just a few.

How tall are the eaves?

Eaves height is a very important factor to consider when choosing your commercial warehouse.

Eaves height is measured from the ground level at the base of the outside wall, up to the point where that same wall would meet the upper surface of a flat roof.

The higher the eaves height, the greater the storage capacity of the warehouse. If you are in the business of heavy freight and container storage, then you will seriously need to consider eaves height.

If your business operates a production facility or uses heavy machinery where an efficient exhaust system is vital, then eaves height will again become a major consideration. The taller the eaves, the greater the exhaust capacity of the warehouse.

Finally, greater eaves height will provide the opportunity for additional storage space as and when required, such as at times when stockpiling becomes necessary.

Access provisions?

You’ll need to think about whether the warehousing offers sufficient loading and unloading access. Do you require separate doors for goods in and goods out for example? You’ll also need to consider the type of warehouse doors.

Roller shutter doors are a space saving option, whilst sectional doors offer enhanced controllability thanks to the way they open and close in individual panels. You may need personnel doors to allow easy access for staff from one access area to another. Fast action doors offer the benefit of user defined opening speed, making them perfect for high traffic areas. They are also low maintenance.

Check what access options are offered by your shortlisted warehousing and use this to help you weigh up all the pros and cons of your options.

Prime warehouse location and logistics

When it comes to logistics, location counts for everything. A warehouse unit in a central location, with easy access to major road networks, can really make all the difference to operational efficiency.

If you are importing or exporting goods, then proximity to airports, ferry ports and international train terminals will also be a crucial consideration. Also think about your supply chain and consider whether the location of the warehouse you are considering renting will aid a smooth-running operation.

Commercial Warehouse for Rent – Expertise from Dohertybaines

Dohertybaines offers in-depth expertise in all aspects of commercial warehousing for rent. We have a dedicated lease renewal and rent review team at your disposal, highly experienced in representing some of the best-known corporate occupiers. For the specialist direction you need on sourcing the perfect commercial warehousing to suit your specific requirements, contact our team on 020 7355 3033.

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