Before you buy a warehouse
always have it surveyed,
including the roof
Understanding our clients requirements
In this case we had known the company for quite some time and we feel we understand their requirements quite well which is generally for warehouses across the country with an office element and more specifically outside major towns in industrial estates where they had good motorway access. They had moved from their original decisions which were mainly based on price where we were looking at some very poor quality warehouses often predominantly asbestos warehouses and often in need of a lot of maintenance and repair basics such as leaking roofs and electrics not to standard, etc.
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Helping clients with their acquisition selection criteria
We have worked with their area managers to better define what they should be looking for to minimise their operational costs (you don't want to be repairing roofs all the time) and also advising them of potential dilapidations claims at the end of the lease. We do tend to be looking at far better properties than we did a year ago as we have helped the company with their selection criteria but we do from time to time come across what we would term as good buildings with surprising problems.
Beware of hidden problems on warehouse roofs
Rusting to profile metal sheet roof
For example we have recently surveyed a property where it looked in good condition from ground level however when we had a cherry picker lift take us over the roof we could see that the profile metal sheet roof had been cut incorrectly and the edges were rusting away.
Anchor bolts / Fixing bolts
We also advised on specific issues such as how their storage systems work within the building as they will be needing to take weight and support off inner walls so which walls we would recommend they take support from.
The importance of a Schedule of Condition appended to the lease
We can email you examples of our building surveys
If you are thinking of buying a warehouse we would stress that you need a Schedule of Condition appended to the lease. Please call us on free phone 0800 298 5424 to discuss. We would be happy to email you several examples of our tailor made reports.
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