Last night George and I went to the post office and mailed in the final copy of our signed lease. Wow does that feel great! We’ve been looking for a place since back in August, and after having a few places fall through we finally found the perfect location for us.
First things first – in our struggles to find the right place we learned that there are a lot of grimey people in this business that are difficult to work with and try to rip you off. This location is managed by the Galesi Group and I wanted to make sure that I gave them the credit they deserve for being a pleasure to work with. Not once have they not returned a phone call, or not given us a completely honest answer. Even more amazing: our location is by far the smallest that they manage. You know you’re working with good people when they treat their least important client like gold.
On to the warehouse. It’s located in the Guilderland Industrial Park, about a 15 minute drive from Albany. I really love the Guilderland area (and so does everyone else) so I anticipate that we’ll all move closer to the warehouse within the next year or so. The warehouse itself is exactly what we needed: essentially a big freaking empty room that’s in good condition.
The park used to be a military depot (and is still zoned as such) so we get cool little perks like 24-7 security and no sales tax on anything shipped to our warehouse. I’m not sure if this has to do with the zoning or not, but it’s my understanding that the park charges a flat yearly rate per square foot to everyone. This worked to our advantage immensely because we got prices that a 200,000 sq-ft place would get, which is why we were able to afford a 5,300 sq-ft place for the price of a 1,500 sq-ft one. The lease is a 3 year lease, but we built in a renewal provision to renew at only an increase of 20 cents/sq-ft/year, which means we’ll probably be in there for 6 years unless we explode and need a larger place. We’ll only be using about 1,000 sq-ft to start off, so we’d have to grow a lot for that to be the case.
Here’s how Google Maps shows the massive industrial park – we’re just a tiny corner of that building…about the size of a football field:
We’ll be moving next weekend (2/22 – 2/24) so I’ll be sure to post before and after photos.