There’s all kinds of reasons why businesses might opt to use storage as a solution.
It could be as simple as needing to get shot of antiquated filing cabinets, or a complicated as an office move that hasn’t gone to plan. Many small businesses use storage as a way to keep costs down, whilst having the flexibility to change the size of their container if a large order comes in suddenly.
Whatever the requirement, sub-standard business storage can ruin a business. Thieves, floods, rodents or poor environmental control could spell disaster for your stock or paper archives. In this blog we look at what to consider before choosing business storage
1. Keep it Local
Storage that’s close enough to access regularly is the ideal for business owners. We’re all in the business of being flexible, so it makes no sense to store goods miles away. You should also check out parking at the location, and lighting for the winter nights. Think of your storage facility as an additional office space, and don’t compromise on ease of access.
2. Don’t Skimp on Space
Remember that you’ll want to be able to get at stored items quickly and easily. It makes more sense to think of your container as room space, rather than a box, and take care not to overfill it. Once it becomes difficult to access items, you’ll find yourself wasting time emptying the unit each time you need to get at something.
3. Simply Secure
Always check out the security arrangements of your storage facility. At the very least, you need to know that no-one but you has access to your storage container. You should be given a unique entry code to access your goods, and there should be 24 hour CCTV coverage of the site. Another question to ask is whether physical inspections of the site are carried out regularly.
4. Environmental Conditions
Whatever you’re storing, you need to be assured that the storage facility is clean, dry and protected against fire. A visit to the facility is really the only way to gauge this accurately. It’s also important that both the temperature and humidity are monitored and controlled. Poor environmental climate control leads to conditions that can harm your goods because of too much, or too little, moisture in the air.
5. Are They Helpful?
You need to know that you’re dealing with a safe pair of hands when it comes to storage. Asks lots of questions, and if you’re made to feel you’re being difficult – walk away. The most important thing is to feel that you’re dealing with experienced professionals who understand the business. The best test is always to imagine a potential crisis for your business – would you get the help you need?
Schepens Business Storage
We offer local business storage business-storage/for professionals across Hampshire and Wiltshire. Our aim is always to provide stress-free storage that’s both secure and simple to use. All our clients need to tell us is what they want to store, and for how long – we’ll do the rest.