The Best Storage Hacks for your Business

If you’re a business that’s running out of space to store your products, supplies, equipment, or any other items, then this is probably a good problem to have, as your business must be heading in the right direction. Whether good or bad, a problem is something that requires a solution, and for this problem, the best solution you can find is self-storage.

This remedy is one that is becoming more and more popular for businesses, and it’s easy to see why, given how easy, convenient, and safe self-storage is for businesses. To get you moving on the solution best for your business’ needs, we’ve compiled the following advice you should consider if you are a business on the market for additional storage space.

Selecting the right unit for your Inventory

The first thing you need to do, of course, is determine how much additional storage space your business requires. Start by taking an inventory of all of your storage items: having them written down will allow you to ‘see’ everything at once, without needing to run around the office, workshop or warehouse.

Once you have everything on an inventory list, you can start to imagine the amount of space these items would require. What’s important here though is that you now have the complete details of your storage project available for when you speak with your self-storage provider. Many facilities will have size calculators on their websites (including ours), but speaking directly to an expert is your best bet.

As a quick guide, here’s some estimates for typical storage unit sizes that should help you visualize the amount of space in each locker:

  1. 5x5 units: about the size of an average household closet, and can be perfect for storing seasonal equipment, such as landscaping tools.
  2. 5x10 units: similar to the size of a walk-in closet, these will fit a single bedroom or home office.
  3. 10x10 units: approximately half the size of a one-car garage, this will fit your average one-bedroom apartment or corporate office.
  4. 10x20 units: slightly larger than a single-car garage, these units will fit a typical 4-bedroom home.

Protection from the elements

Not all items are safe without considering the elements of nature: temperature extremes or fluctuations can damage many different items. If you are storing sensitive items, such as electronics, artwork, antiques, or even confidential files, then you will require a climate-controlled unit.

Climate-controlled units keep a consistent temperature through winter and summer, allowing your sensitive items to remain in good condition. They will prevent wood from expanding and contracting, fluids (such as ink in a printer) from freezing, canvas from warping, batteries from dying, paper from crinkling, and everything from condensation. There’s no point in storing anything if it doesn’t come out in the same condition it when into storage as, and climate-controlled units provide protection for a myriad of sensitive items.

The right way to pack

Packing your storage items is an important part of your storage project. Packed incorrectly, will run the risk of damaging your items, so follow these basic tips, and your items will remain in great condition during their stay in self-storage:

Hazardous items

Certain items are not allowed to be stored in self-storage units. Anything living, including plant life, is not allowed, as they can attract pests (they also will likely not survive very long without proper sunlight/water). Anything flammable or combustible are also prohibited, for obvious reasons. Food and garbage are prohibited as well, as they too may attract pests, or create mold growth and nasty odors. Firearms, fireworks, and other explosives are also not allowed.

And, finally, while not officially prohibited, cold, hard cash is not something you should store at a self-storage facility. Insurance will not cover cash, so if anything was to happen, there would be no way for you to retrieve your money. Like the rest of us, we suggest storing your cash in a bank.

Insurance is a must

While all of our facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art security systems, some things are out of our control: fires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters are things we cannot always protect your storage contents from. Insurance on your items is a must. Speak with your facility, as they will often be partnered with an insurance provider, and can help arrange your coverage for you.

Work with a moving company

Unless your project is a small one, we strongly suggest hiring a professional moving company to transport your storage items to your facility. Not only will the professionals get the job done faster than you are likely able to do it, but they will also be a safer option for both your body and your storage items.

When choosing your moving company, be sure to investigate a number of companies before hiring any one company. Read online reviews on the companies to understand how reliable they are, and compare quotes for your project. Look into this well-in advance of your moving date to give you enough time to make the decision and book the company for the right day.

Self-storage is a popular and easy answer to any business requiring extra space for storage, and following the tips above will make the task even easier for your business.

Speak with us today to arrange your solution.