The Ultimate Guide To Business Storage
There are many different reasons why looking into storage solutions can help you and your business grow. If you’ve found your way to this blog post then you’re probably already thinking about purchasing some off site storage and so we’ve put together this handy guide on the why and hows. If you think professional business storage might be right for you then read on and find out about all the ways it can help and what you can do to maximise its utility.
Is Business Storage Right For You?
Before you knuckle down and start looking at prices you first need to be completely sure you need the extra space. Business storage can be a big decision in terms of finance and logistics and you shouldn’t rush into it lightly. It’s a versatile solution to many different problems and talking it over with the relative service provider will be the clearest method of being sure of what they can and can’t do for you. Different sizes, styles and sites are available and there are a few distinct aspects of the services provided that you should take into consideration when choosing the storage solution that best suits you.
What is Self-storage?
In the simplest terms it is rented space in which you can store off-site a variety of different goods that are either in less frequent use or too bulky to keep on your main site. It is an affordable and economic way to maximise space and manpower at your place of business. Only you will have access to the storage unit and you can gain access 365 days a year at your convenience. The site is a secure and safe way to store overflow goods.
What Can You Store?
You might be surprised at the many different industries that use business storage and what they use it for. Retailers can store extra stock making it more easy to keep inventory. Those in hospitality store extra tables and linen to retrieve for larger functions or to replace wear and tear.
Tradesmen store tools and more rarely used large equipment. Many different companies utilise the space to secure documents and filing out of the way of the more day to day business. Removal firms utilise the space as temporary storage for moves that can’t be completed in a single day.
If could be a temporary solution whilst you relocate premises or a seasonal one to house extra merchandise. Whatever the reason though your goods could not be in safer hands and you’ll definitely want them out of the way and at far less risk of damage than if you kept them onsite. When asking the question of whether or not business storage is right for you this is the first thing to consider, this is where the benefit will come into play more obviously.
What To Look For In A Good Storage Facility
Once you’ve established that you can benefit from off site storage, you then need to choose the facility that’s right for you. Now the first and foremost concern will obviously be proximity and ease of access, you’re not going to want to invest in a space in the middle of nowhere after all. You may be tempted by facilities that offer drive up access but this can be problematic; sites with drive up access tend to mean the individual units are less secure in terms of safety as well as containment from dirt and water. It’s often better to store your goods in a contained facility that is closer and easily accessed.
Once you’ve located options in your target area however there are a few other factors to keep in mind. Security is paramount, if you’re paying someone to look after your goods then they need to keep them safe and secure. Ask about the security systems in place and make sure that you are the only one with the key to the lock, no one else should have access to your space. A high security facility should have complete CCTV coverage, high possibly electrified fencing, security guards on random patrols and individually alarmed and monitored storage containers.
Next is cleanliness, you can tell alot about the facility and how they value your goods by how well the space is kept. Your goods can be locked behind a laser wire fence and that’s all well and good but if they’re coated in dust and dirt everytime you take them in and out it’s going to get frustrating very quickly. Ask if the facility has regular cleaning staff, most facilities use epoxy paint to make the surfaces easier to clean. You should be the only one with access to the inside of your container and so it’s a good idea to give it a quick clean every 5th visit or so. If the facility is clean it dramatically reduces the risk of your goods being spoiled in anyway.
Finally the facility must be dry, as any form of water damage is likely going to be disastrous for whatever you choose to store there; check the roofing and the guttering, make sure it’s far from any bodies of water. Whilst your goods may be locked into separate containers a flood or constant condensation should still be a risk you’re not willing to take. Ask if they have a dryness guarantee or what would happen if your goods were to become water damaged. The site you choose will be a place that you come to rely on and possibly visit frequently so you want to make sure it’s right.
Before you get a set of keys to any storage option you should have seen at least two others.
You don’t know what is being offered until you’ve shopped around and especially if you’re new to the concept it’s best to keep your options open.
Ask questions and take a tour of a few different facilities to see what they can offer you.
This is good advice for any business looking to make an investment of any sort, but with a solution such as storage it’s a commitment and a relationship you are likely going to be making for a longer period. You can of course try a site out by using it for a temporary contract first and simply store some goods there for a fixed period before retrieval, once you’ve gotten comfortable with a site and realised the benefits it can provide however you’re likely going to want to enter into a more permanent arrangement so you need to be sure it’s absolutely right.
Ask to speak to other clients who have already been using the facility for a long period. Ask for written testimonials. Ask for an individual storage consultation and talk through what exactly it is you’re looking to use the facility for and whether it suits your needs. All facilities should be happy to provide you with these basic insights and if they are not this could be a red flag.
You must first identify the use and utility of self-storage. If it can free up space, manpower or resources in any way at all it will be worth its weight in gold. Streamlining will always help you get where you want to be significantly quicker. After you have decided that self-storage is right for you, then you must begin the process of choosing the facility that best suits your needs. Location, security and cleanliness are the factors you most need to consider. Make sure you view and speak to the different service providers near you to see what they do and don’t offer. Once you’ve settled on a site you can trial it out with a temporary solution before committing full time. Remember if you find that a site doesn’t provide you with what you thought it would you can always take your business elsewhere, whilst your goods are locked in, you are not.
We hope this post has been some help in your decision making process. Feel free to email us with any questions or follow us on the various social media sites.