20 Feb Is a Mezzanine Work Platform a Good Idea?
“You can get pallet racks that will allow you to store products above you. If you want to give yourself even more flexibility, however. You may want to consider getting a mezzanine for your business.”
A mezzanine work platform can expand your workflow and make you much more profitable. The one thing you will be running out of over a defined amount of time, in most businesses, is space. It is true unless you have products that are digitally based and do not take up warehouse space. You can gain a lot more space if you give yourself access to the airspace above yourself or your employees. You can get pallet racks that will allow you to store products above you. If you want to give yourself even more flexibility, however. You may want to consider getting a mezzanine for your business.
You could use a forklift and a pallet rack to store some inventory items closer to the ceiling. But, if you have a selective rack and a big selection then it might be smart to be able to see what you are grabbing off the shelf in front of you. A mezzanine allows you to do this instead of bringing out the forklift every single time depending on the product’s size and weight. If you only have one forklift then you may want to have this in your possession to speed up workflows. We all know that getting the forklift is an event. You have to check the forklift for safety, you need to check the tank, and the list goes on. If you just need to check if you have something on the shelf or verify that something is in stock for a particular customer then this might be a good idea for you. Quick and easy jobs should be done in quick and easy ways without needing a checklist to start a forklift before doing those easy tasks.
“If your mezzanine needs to fit your location’s requirements then it is highly likely that the person or company you sell it to next will need them as well.”
You may be wondering if you need a permit for a mezzanine work platform. The answer is that it depends. Rules can vary from place to place. One of the reasons you see mezzanines being referred to as “work platforms” is an effort to distance the fact that the word mezzanine is sometimes used in conjunction with a term that means a permanent building fixture or addition. A work platform is not considered permanent and can mean less permit red tape and paperwork at times. However, there is a chance that your particular location will still want some kind of information, calculations, or whatever the case may be for your area. If you are going to get a mezzanine or a work platform then it pays to work with a business who can help you get through the process. They will have the knowledge and the resources you need in order to make sure that your procurement of this piece for your business goes smoothly.
“There are used and new mezzanines that lack any kind of seismic calculations and permits because their location does not require them. If you are unlucky enough to get one of these then you will be forced to get rid of it or possibly have the calculations done with modifications, if needed, to use it legally in your business.”
The one final piece you might be wondering about is if you can sell this thing after you use it. The answer is that you can sell it if necessary but the process is much easier if you have the proper paperwork beforehand. If your mezzanine needs to fit your location’s requirements then it is highly likely that the person or company you sell it to next will need them as well. In fact, it could be the reason why you sell it off. There are used and new mezzanines that lack any kind of seismic calculations and permits because their location does not require them. If you are unlucky enough to get one of these then you will be forced to get rid of it or possibly have the calculations done with modifications, if needed, to use it legally in your business. Not every mezzanine will have the right documentation going forward because of the fact it is easier to sell it off than spend extra money fixing the product to specific codes sometimes. It does not mean that this will be easy to sell the mezzanine because not everyone needs one. The market window opens and closes just like any other. However, it means it might be easier to sell if it comes time to get rid of it since you will be able to sell it, with confidence, to someone who needs seismic calculations for their permit process. If you are the person who has them and they are considering someone else who does not then you can guess who gets the sale. Keep in mind, as well, that many mezzanines are built to order when they fit a warehouse. The work platform was custom built for that warehouse. It is like taking a smaller screw and putting it inside a bigger screw’s hole. It does fit but it may not fit perfectly. If the screw is too big then it might not fit or even cause damage when it is going into the previously mentioned screw hole. The measurements are going to be different business to business and a used mezzanine might not be a perfect fit and selling yours may not be a perfect fit for your buyer. If you are the buyer then you will have to decide if a good to ok fit is good enough for you and your business or your buyer will if you are the seller.
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