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  • library_books Dock Leveler - Picture with Definition
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    Posted by Steve Watts,
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    Close-up image of dock-high dock wells with shrouds, bumpers, wheel guides and dock levelers - thumbnail.In a ‘perfect world,’ one would be able to back a trailer up to a 4’ dock-high dock, or a 2’ semi-dock, open the doors and start loading or unloading. Of course, we don’t live in a perfect world (with or without quotes)…

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  • library_books Common Area Maintenance (CAM) - Commercial Lease Terminology - Part 2
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    Posted by Eric Hughes,
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    The Cogs of Industrial Leasing ThumbnailIn Commercial Real Estate leases, Common Area Maintenance, or CAM, refers to activities related to areas and items shared between tenants in a multi-tenant building or complex…

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  • library_books Expense Caps - Commercial Lease Terminology - Part 1
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    The Cogs of Industrial Leasing ThumbnailIn Commercial Real Estate Leases, an Expense Cap typically refers to expenses that are passed along from the landlord to the tenant for Common Area Maintenance of a building…

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  • library_books Modified Gross - Types of Commercial Leases - Part 5
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    Posted by Eric Hughes,
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    The Cogs of Industrial Leasing ThumbnailIn Commercial Real Estate, a Modified Industrial Lease involves modifications to the Industrial Gross Lease. The modifications can vary, but the tenant often pays for certain items contributing to a Multi-Tenant building’s Common Area Maintenance…

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  • library_books Net Lease - Types of Commercial Leases - Part 4
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    Posted by Eric Hughes, Steve Watts,
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    The Cogs of Industrial Leasing ThumbnailIn Commercial Real Estate, there tends to be confusion regarding the difference between a Gross and a Net Lease - and variations of each…

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  • library_books Side Load Dock Well - Picture with Definition
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    Posted by Eric Hughes,
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    front view image of side loading truck well added to a grade level warehouse facilityA side load dock well allows for access to containers in a truck court with very limited depth…

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  • library_books Paved or Stabilized Yard - Picture with Definition
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    Posted by Eric Hughes,
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    paved or stabilized yard for inventory storage thumbnailPaved or Stabilized Yard has many uses. It can be used to store inventory - pipe and other items that can withstand the elements - as shown in the attached photo…

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  • library_books Heavy Power - Picture with Definition
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    Posted by Eric Hughes,
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    warehouse heavy electrical 3 phase thumbnail

    General warehousing does not typically require electrical service beyond that needed to operate an office area with HVAC and general warehouse lighting and light-duty electrical plugs…

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  • library_books Rail Access - Picture with Definition
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    Posted by Eric Hughes,
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    warehouse with rail access/siding thumbnail

    Having access to rail siding (doors on rail cars are generally on the side - hence “rail siding” - see photo), which is actually serviced (meaning a rail provider will use the track…

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  • library_books Clear Height - Picture with Definition
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    High Clear for Maximizing Inventory Storage Volume ThumbnailWarehouse operations often involve high ceilings under which to conduct various types of business. Clear height is defined as the maximum height of objects a building can accommodate. Buildings sometimes have different areas that have different clear heights…

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  • library_books Site Purpose Disclaimer - Warehouse Finder
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    Posted by Steve Watts, on June 7, 2020
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    The intent of this web site is in part to provide general guidance for you while you search for your reason to, and devise your process for selecting the broker you will work with. The industry is structured such that you are nearly forced to rely on brokerage services, and that these brokers and agents be the folks that you rely upon for the decisions you make. Our recommendation here on Warehouse Finder is that you find a broker to rely upon sooner rather than later. Until you do, and unless you are an expert yourself, you should use this and any other information you find on the topic as general guidance and only take important decisions with the guidance of a licensed professional. I don’t see many (if any) good reasons to make a bad decision and then resort to legal action because of that bad decision.

    Keep in mind - as is said elsewhere on this site - until you have an agreement with your broker, the broker you are speaking to could easily have a duty to another party in your business dealings. Don’t treat any broker like a fiduciary until you have an explicit agreement with them to be your fiduciary.

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  • library_books Cold Storage (Cooler and/or Freezer) Property Survey - Houston
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    Posted by Steve Watts, Eric Hughes,
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    We’ve seen a significant amount of traffic on our site involving cold storage(cooler and/or freezer)-equipped warehouses - for sale, lease and rent. We’ve pursued enough of these opportunities that we feel we’ve established a bit of a specialty in the area…

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  • library_books Texas Warehouse Relevant News - As of 21Mar2020
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    Posted by Steve Watts, on March 23, 2020
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    There is a lot of news out there. We are trying to pick a few of the ariticles that are more relevant to the industries we serve. Today we have articles about the economy (since things are moving very quickly, this can’t help but be a bit dated but still interesting to see progression), the Port of Houston, and a discussion with the Texas Railroad Commissioner about the Texas and World Oil & Gas markets.

    Port Houston to receive millions for Bayport terminal expansion, Houston Business Journal, 11Mar2020

    HBJ released an article discussing a Grant presented on 10Mar2020 to Port Houston for $21.8M and Port of Corpus Christi for $17.6M. Port Houston will use the funds to expand the Bayport Container Terminal and Port of Corpus Christi will use the funds to partially refurbish docks. The article goes on to discuss various activities at both ports.

    Warning Bells Sound for U.S. Economy As Virus Squeezes Ports, Yahoo Finance, 10Mar2020

    As of 10Mar2020, the shipping industry - “accustomed to running at full speed this time of year” - is watching a shipping slowdown “tied to the coronavirus.” China shuttering factories is a big factor in slowing shipments into the country. Low demand for longshore labor is causing alarm, per “Jock O’Connell, a foreign trade consultant in CA.” No one knows for sure, but we think we could still be early in this downturn. Buckle up!

    Texas oil regulator: ‘What our eyes are on is not the pain of today. It’s the pain of the future, Dallas Business Journal, 21Mar2020

    This is an interview with Ryan Sitton, Texas Railroad Commissioner. The article is centered around what if any extraordinary action Texas should take in light of the bottom dropping out from under oil prices. He discusses possible national collaboration with OPEC, dictated slowing of production, and his opinion that oil demand will be here for the long haul.

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  • library_books Houston 10795 Hammerly Industrial Flex Building - For Lease
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    Posted by Eric Hughes, on January 9, 2020
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    10795 Hammerly Blvd, Houston, TX  77043 

    96,206 SF Industrial Flex Property on 7.46 Acres 

    Building Highlights: 

    • Multiple suites ranging from 7,485 SF to 24,428 SF 
    • Total of 48 loading doors and 163 parking spaces 
    • 19’-20’ clear height, outside storage, some sprinklered 
    • 480V/3 phase power 

    Lease Rate - $0.55 - $0.75 PSF/MO NNN 

    Disclaimer: All information contained herein is believed to be reliable. All information is subject to error, omission, and prior withdrawal without notice. 

    This property is listed by Centermark Commercial Real Estate, our exclusive Houston Broker-Affiliate. Please see their completed Information About Brokerage Services form here and the Texas Real Estate Commission Consumer Protection Notice here

    This is one of many properties Centermark can show you from a large inventory of properties in the Houston area. Contact us and let’s get started! 


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  • library_books Houston Warehouse w/2.7 Acres Stabilized Yard Listing
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    Posted by Eric Hughes, on January 9, 2020
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    2505 Galveston Road, Houston, Texas  77017 

    Property Highlights: 

    • 7,400 SF total with 2.7 acres of land 
    • 2,400 SF office/5000 SF warehouse 
    • Fully Stabilized and Fenced Yard 
    • Warehouse renovations underway (new exterior and roof) 
    • Lease Rate - $6,500 per month NNN 

    Disclaimer: All information contained herein in believed to be reliable. All information is subject to error, omission, and prior withdrawal without notice.

    This property is listed by Centermark Commercial Real Estate, our exclusive Houston Broker-Affiliate. Please see their completed Information About Brokerage Services form here and the Texas Real Estate Commission Consumer Protection Notice here.

    This is one of many properties Centermark can show you from a large inventory of properties in the Houston area. Contact us and let’s get started!

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  • library_books Bodegas en Renta - Dallas
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    Posted by Vincent Rivera,
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    Bodegas en Renta 

    Nuestro agente afiliado en el área de Dallas 

    Centermark Commercial Real Estate 

    Vincent Rivera (agente de bienes raíces con licencia de Texas) 

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    Bodega en Renta - Dallas 

    Vincent Rivera (713) 775-8560 

    WarehouseFinder.net provee una conexión entre el agente y el cliente. Nosotros escogemos nuestros agentes personalmente para asegurarnos que ellos: 

    • Se especialicen en bienes raíces comercial e industrial como lo son las bodegas para rentar y en venta. 
    • Posean experiencia en la venta o renta de bienes raíces comercial e industrial 
    • Tengan conocimiento del mercado de bienes raíces industrial en el mercado local 
    • Respondan al cliente en manera eficaz y hagan las preguntas adecuadas para tener conocimiento de lo que realmente necesitan nuestros clientes y así darles el mejor servicio posible. 

    La comisión del agente es pagada por el dueño de la propiedad o el vendedor. Nosotros encontraremos lo que ustedes necesiten. Nuestros afiliados lo llevaran por el proceso de compra o venta personalmente. Ellos le proveerán asistencia con lo que usted necesite. 

    Propiedad Comercial para Rentar 

    El Proceso de Rentar Bodegas. 

    Nosotros nos encargaremos de: 

    • Explicarle los términos de la renta comercial 
    • Analizar sus requisitos de espacio. 
    • Proveerle un resumen de disponibilidad de propiedades en su área específica. 
    • Producirle comparaciones profundas de propiedades disponibles 
    • Desarrollar un requerimiento para propuesta (request for proposal) 
    • Negociar términos de alquilare 

    Para más información por favor contacte a nuestro agente afiliado: 

    Centermark Commercial Real Estate 

    Vincent Rivera - Agente 

    (713) 461-4750 ext 4 - Oficina 

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    Looking for Warehouse, Office or other space in Dallas, Houston or elsewhere? Needing to renew your lease? 

    Contact the WarehouseFinder.NET Broker Affiliate Network below. 

    Centermark Commercial Real Estate specializes in Industrial and Office in the Greater Houston area. CCRE is the exclusive affiliate broker for WarehouseFinder.NET in Houston, TX.


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  • library_books Looking for Warehouse Space? Read This First...
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    Posted by Steve Watts, on December 14, 2019
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    The very first and most important thing you must know about leasing or purchasing warehouse or other industrial space is whether or not you can avoid the process altogether! There are many avoidance strategies available, but you also shouldn’t delay just for the sake of delay since that isn’t always the correct strategy. There can be good reasons to wait, and good reasons to move forward. Let’s take a bit of time to cover some of those reasons in more detail.


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    • Why Change Your Situation?
    • Why Maintain Your Situation?
    • Why Change - Location 
    • Why Change - Capacity 
    • Why Change - Suitability 
    • Why Change - Costs 
    • Why Maintain - Cost to Move 
    • Why Maintain - Business Disruption 
    • Why Maintain - Workforce Impact 
    • Why Maintain - Customer Impact 
    • Avoid Moving - Property Improvements 
    • Avoid Moving - Productivity Improvements 
    • Summary 


    Why Change Your Situation?


    There are many reasons why a business might feel the need to make a change. Some reason categories here include:

    • Location 
    • Capacity 
    • Suitability 
    • Costs 

    I’ll use these broad categories later to cover in a bit more detail information supporting a move.


    Why Maintain Your Situation? 


    Some factors argue against making a change. Some reason categories here include:

    • Cost to Move 
    • Business Disruption 
    • Workforce Impact 
    • Customer Impact 

    I’ll use these broad categories later to cover in a bit more detail information supporting staying in your current location.


    Why Change - Location 


    Location affects many factors of your business. You could be attempting to position your business to improve your proximity to your existing or potential:

    • Workforce 
    • Supplier base 
    • Distribution channels 
    • Customers 
    • Etc. 

    These are all specific to your company and are difficult to generalize, but can all be good reasons to make a change.


    Why Change - Capacity 


    In this case, you have likely determined that your current space no longer matches your needs from a capacity perspective - either your business has grown beyond, or shrank below what your existing area will sustain. Either way, this can be a strong motivator to make a change.


    Why Change - Suitability 


    Suitability can be the need for equipment that does not fit, is too heavy for, or required utilities not provided by your current building. You might need more loading docks, larger trucks, more maneuvering space, etc. 


    Why Change - Costs 


    A common reason here is that your landlord has made one-too-many lease rate or capital improvement expense increases, and you believe you can do significantly better elsewhere.


    Why Maintain - Cost to Move 


    Moving an existing business from one location to another is a significant expense - over and above your regular cost of doing business. A move will result in lease expenses from two buildings for a finite period. You can likely assume that you do not have resources not being utilized, so you must hire or contract temporary support to help you move. You will also be likely to need to spend to avoid business disruption (see below).


    Why Maintain - Business Disruption 


    If you manufacture products, you will likely want to build an inventory buffer of these products before you move to avoid disrupting your customers. This type of disruption “insurance” can be difficult to implement depending upon the state of your manufacturing capacity, relationships to your customer, and your reasons for moving. Similar reasoning can apply regardless of the activities performed in your building.


    Why Maintain - Workforce Impact 


    As with any change, the relocation of your business will have an impact on your workforce. The implementation of disruption “insurance,” changes in their commute, or the requirement for employees to relocate are some examples.


    Why Maintain - Customer Impact 


    Any change - e.g., moving from one building to another - creates risk for your customers. They have to be sure that the products you supply to them from location B are going to be equivalent to those you provided from location A. What if something goes wrong with your move and the disruption “insurance” you put in place is insufficient? What if your customer’s requirement for your product suddenly changes in the middle of your move, and you cannot meet that requirement?


    Avoid Moving - Property Improvements 


    If you have transitioned in your business from needing all grade-level to some dock-level loading, but your building has only grade-level access, then you should consider working with your landlord to add a dock-well on the property. Assuming you both believe you are a good tenant, there is a chance they will work with you if the property is suited. Adding a dock-well is one example of a property addition that can be a win-win between landlord and tenant.


    Avoid Moving - Productivity Improvements 


    One of the more common reasons for deciding to move involves some form of “output/square foot” calculation. This calculation probably indicates that you don’t have enough space to accommodate people, equipment, inventory, etc.. Hopefully, you made productivity and other assessments a large part of your decision process. There are many ways - apart from moving to a larger building - to address this issue. Some of these are:

    • Using Lean Tools or other approaches to redesign your business processes for productivity improvement 
    • Product line strategy assessment to see if there are products you can/should cut back on. The evaluation could also show you that you need expansion more urgently 
    • Determine whether or not there are businesses that can help you offload one or more functions you perform in your current building to make space (outsource) 

    There are other approaches to create more (or less) space. There are probably 10’s or 100’s of ways to describe these things based upon the terminology of the day. 


    Summary 


    We hope this has helped you think through your potential move. We’re not trying to say moving is a bad thing, but it can be expensive and disruptive. If you have been inspired and wish to explore this further, feel free to drop us a line with questions. Some consultants specialize in productivity improvement activities. Contacting a local university business management or operations engineering program can also sometimes bear fruit if you are willing the work with them. In any case, we wish you all the best of luck in your move - or not.

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  • library_books Land Acquisition Guide
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    Posted by Eric Hughes, on December 4, 2019
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    From Offer to Contract

    Locating and acquiring the perfect tract of land to develop can be quite challenging. An experienced developer and its real estate broker can conduct initial due diligence to help avoid costly issues. However, more in-depth inspections and research are necessary before finalizing a purchase…

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  • library_books Dock Well - Picture with Definition
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    Warehouse with Dock Well Loading

    A dock well is commonly used to provide dock-high truck loading for a grade-level warehouse. This photo illustrates one of the major advantages for dock wells - the straightforward ability to have both dock-high loading/unloading and grade level entry to the building…

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  • library_books Getting Started on Warehouse Finder
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    Posted by Steve Watts, on October 21, 2019 and Updated on November 2, 2019
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    We expect you’ve arrived here looking for useful information about Industrial & Flex warehouse space. That’s our “thing” and we take it very seriously. We’ve been in operation since 2008, and have recently rolled out a brand new platform with a new look and feel. We’ll also be adding new and reconsistuting older content to make sure it is all the best available. Please browse the site, let us know if you have questions here. If you need a free property search in your area, please use this form. 

    Best of luck, and please let us know if we can help you!

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