As a business, you often have a huge number of things that you need, but don’t often use. Think documents, spare furniture and equipment, excess stock, and so on. Unfortunately, it is likely that you also have limited storage space in your office. Luckily, however, there are plenty of commercial storage facilities around that can help you make sure you don’t have to get rid of things, or work among boxes. However, there are a few considerations that you have make.
You need to make sure that you have a storage facility that is large enough to keep everything you need, but not so large that you are left with a lot of spare space. After all, you pay by size, so if you get something too big, you will lose out on money as well.
Next, you need to think about whether or not you need climate control. If you store electrical, paper, fabric, or wood items, and they will remain in storage for a considerable amount of time, then climate control is probably the better option. Yes, it costs more, but it also means your items will last.
Generally speaking, if storage is close to a large city, you will pay more than if it is quite isolated. However, if you need to access your items regularly, then you may have to choose the more expensive option. After all, the cost in transport of regularly driving to isolated areas also costs money.
Ease of Access
In line with location, you also have to think about how easy it is to access your facility. It is common for facilities to be open for a few hours outside of regular office hours, but they don’t all open around the clock. So, you need to think about when you are likely to need access as well.
Obviously, security is important. Take a look at what the facility offers. Some of the particular considerations include:
- Whether there is CCTV and, if so, what area it covers.
- Whether there are alarms and, if so, whether they cover your specific unit or only the facility as a whole.
- Whether there is security staff present around the clock.
- Whether there is security fencing around the facility.
- What types of fire safety processes are in place.
Next, you need to consider the features of the unit itself. Think about ventilation, flooring, and doors. Do also think about whether the storage container is inside or outside. Generally speaking, indoor storage units have better features, but they are also more expensive.
Last but not least, make sure the facility itself is in good condition. Do also look into reviews that have been left by others who have used their services. Since you are looking for commercial storage, those reviews should come from others who had similar requirements.
With the above considerations, you should be able to get the right storage facilities for your specific needs.