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What is the difference between commercial property for rent and industrial property for rent?

We are asked that question quite often, so perhaps it is time for us to devote an article to finally answer it.  We are RDS Real Estate, serving the Greater Fort Worth area with the very best in commercial and industrial properties for lease. Call us at 817-439-3224 for more information about available Fort Worth properties.

Now, let’s lay to rest this question about commercial property for rent and industrial properties.

A definition of commercial property

The word “commercial” is actually the adjective of the noun “commerce,” and commerce is usually associated with activities which are aimed at earning a profit.  These are usually businesses which work directly with customers. Within this category we have retail space for lease, or an office space for lease, or even a loft for rent or a shop for rent, any place where goods and services are sold directly to the customers.

A definition of industrial property

“Industrial” is the adjective of the noun “industry,” and industry is generally associated with businesses which manufacture items to be sold commercially. The most common industrial property is usually a warehouse for rent, or possible an office warehouse for rent.

To put it succinctly, industrial property is used to produce products sold in commercial property.

A mingling of the two with blurred lines

What we just told you is the traditional description of the two, but as 2021 approaches 2022, those lines of definition are becoming more and more blurred. Today we have what is known as flex space, which is a hybrid term which arose from loosened and lax zoning laws.

Flex space can be loosely defined as any building (typically single story) that has some sort of combination of warehouse space and office/retail space.

We also see some blurred lines when we are talking about a shop for rent or a loft for rent.  A shop for rent can refer to an auto shop or it can refer to a small retail business, like a mom & pop convenience store.  A loft for rent can be a second-story small warehouse, or it can be an artist’s loft where paintings are sold directly to the consumers.

The term “office warehouse for rent” is a perfect example of commercial and industrial property coming together and blurring the lines.

What this all means to you

Fore-armed is fore-warned . . . the more information you have before you being searching for commercial or industrial property for rent, the better your chances of finding exactly what you need.  Our recommendation: find a real estate broker who comes highly recommended. Sit down with that broker and tell them exactly what you are looking for and the ways you will use the property you are renting.  If that broker is any good at their job, they can cut through the confusion and find exactly what you need.

A word about RDS Real Estate

Locally owned and operated, RDS Real Estate is the name to remember in the Fort Worth commercial and industrial property world. Call us and tell us what you need. We will find it at a price you can afford.