By Steven P. Fuhr
Managing member, aGroPack, LLC
Before jumping into any I-502 property — whether rent is 20 cents or $20 per square foot — consider the following:
1. Make sure it’s I-502 compliant and county building codes will be affordable to work within.
2. Call the local utility to make sure the power is or can be brought up to your power needs, affordably.
3. Make sure the property has sufficient public water; any wells will need to be a monitored type.
4. Get any rental offer in writing, and be careful of nonrefundable deposits to “hold” your lease.
5. Be positive the lease is contingent upon you getting an I-502 license and county permit approval.
6. Do the math and make sure your team can afford rent and expenses for at least six to eight months.
7. Have a lawyer look at the lease before signing it to make sure there are no “gotchas” in it.
Steven Fuhr can be reached with comments or questions at AgroPackWA@gmail.com.