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How Much Does It Cost to Rent a Warehouse?

Strategic distribution centers and warehouses are vital to the success of businesses that produce consumer goods, or raw materials for other organizations. Building, storing and delivering these goods would be complicated without the utilization of these large facilities.

How Much Does It Cost to Rent a Warehouse?

The location and included technology or automation of the warehouse will impact the price of rent. Naturally, these factors vary and are largely based on each organizations’ supply chain strategy.

For instance, some companies may prefer to operate multiple smaller distribution centers dispersed throughout their market area, while others may choose larger, centralized warehouses. As far as technology, some may want an automated warehouse to help reduce the manpower needed to manipulate goods and decrease human error in picking and packing inventory. Yet the strategy of others may align better with the cost savings that come from a traditional warehouse. Ultimately, these crucial supply chain decisions influence how much companies can expect to pay when leasing a warehouse.

Three main criteria are used to calculate rental costs and the expense is based on a per-square-foot rate.

The floor area is pretty straightforward. Warehouse rent is calculated per square foot. So, the larger the warehouse, the more rent will be—provided all other factors are the same.

The base rental rate is the rate expressed in dollars per square foot of a particular property. This may range from less than a dollar per square foot to much more than a single Washington—depending on the location and features of the warehouse.

Estimated operating expenses aim to determine the property’s monthly or yearly operating costs. They are similar to the base rental rate in that they’re calculated per square foot.

There are two important acronyms to understand when calculating the estimated operating expenses:

  • NNN – This refers to “triple net lease.” A triple net lease leaves tenants responsible for covering the majority of the property’s expenses, in addition to the monthly base rent. This may include property taxes and insurance. Many industrial leases are of the NNN category.
  • CAM – This refers to common area maintenance. Landlords levy these fees to pay for repairing, maintaining and cleaning all the common areas of a leased property—such as bathrooms, parking lots, hallways and any other spaces shared between a property’s tenants. CAM is calculated per square foot of the leased space.

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