Rent from August till November, and have a Large storage unit close to your location?
I am trying to start a new haunt and I am in need of a space to build. All the building around my area are 2000 a month and up. My market just can't warrant that kind of expense for renting all year round. Does anyone have advice on a good approach to building hunting. I have been looking on the net and putting out advertisments but nothing seems to be working. Any advice would be appreciated...
check local businesses... examples… family fun centers, green houses, schools… I’m in the same thing you are right now trying to lock in my location. I got burned big time last year so I’m making sure that wont happen again. This year I’m renting next year I’m buying. Don’t be afraid to call businesses to see if they have 5k – 10k sqft to rent on their location. Its extra money to them on a location they have to pay for anyway.
Work a deal with some $$$ upfront and a % at the end. This is not a full proof plan but if its something you really want to do you’ll find a way to make it happen.
Hope that helps best of luck and have a great new year !
Hope this helps a little.
Those are all great ideas to try, Thanks for the advise.
just want to add this! i recently purchased 3 53' trailers! no not for a trailer haunt but for storage and such. i am activly filling one with panel making parts such as ply, 2x, props, paints, and such items that we all know and use. i will be constructing wall panels this spring painting half flat black and half flat white. i got the trailers for $1,500 each so i am not all that far out of pocket. it cost me $60.00 each plus fuel to move them by a friend! the only thing i did not think of well yes i did but i kinda was playing the cards was transport road cost! two trailers made it no issues but one got pulled over and it cost me an extra 350.00 in fines. over all i am happy and with plenty of room for a great start. just remember to check for water damage on the inside and for tire tread, break compresion which can be done by hooking an air compreser up tot he lines. other than that make sure to check on transport fees or hiyway fees for a one time move. there is no need to register the trailers with curent tags if you will not be regularly moving them around.
best of luck
I've been searching for a location since 2005. Most properties that are suitable are owned/managed by individuals who either don't want a haunt at the location or they are looking for a long term (year round/5-8 year) lease. On the other hand, you'll find properties that are not suitable but their owners/managers are willing to allow a short term and/or are flexible with their lease terms. Even if you find a location, in most cases, you'll setup for the season and have to tear it down when the season is done. Hopefully, that property will be available next year but don't count on it and you'll have to go through this process all over again. You can't win.
You may have to be willing to travel for a location. This is something I was unwilling to do just a couple years ago. I live in the Philly, Pa. burbs of Bucks County and have looked at properties as far north as Scranton, Pa. and as far south as Rehoboth, De. I've also looked in New Jersey. Almost anything up to about 2 hours driving time from Philly, Pa. With the way some of these owners/managers are acting with their properties, you'd think they're all fat and happy. As if they've got dozens of people banging down their doors trying to lease their properties. We all know that's not the case.
I'm looking into alternative locations but still not finding anything. One thing is for sure, I'm on a relentless quest to get my haunts up and running one way or another. Don't expect it to happen over night unless you are incredibly lucky. Once you do find a location, you'll have to jump through many more hoops with the local city or municipality and meet their requirements before you can move on your project. It's not pretty but I do wish you the very best of luck in your quest.
Last edited by Uptown Haunts; 01-16-2011 at 10:56 AM.
Try Loopnet.com . There you can find rentals as well as for sale units around the country. They list everything from churches (special interest listings) to schools as well large and small buildings.
I've been continuously searching for a location since deciding to go into pro haunting. Some of my search resources include Loopnet.com, as recommended above, Craigslist.com and any commercial leasing web sites found in my travels on commercial and industrial properties. Drive around. Look for listing agents' signs on vacant properties. Make phone calls and search the web sites. Just keep searching. It's just about a second full time job in my case.
Another possibility, (not really loved by most) is an outdoor location. Outdoor haunts have less strict rules to follow, but are weather dependent. If you work with a local charity or organization and agree to give them a percentage of ticket sales, you can usually get a year round location. There's a haunt near me that does that, it's in the woods, is there year round, and doesn't have to pass crazy inspections or things, because it's outdoors and most fire marshalls and building inspectors are much nicer to you when you're incorporating charity as a main part of the project.
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