Self Storage Tips For Business Owners
A cramped workspace can make it difficult to find what you need, distracting you from the real business at hand. Excess inventory, samples, supplies, and paperwork tend to pile up quickly in small spaces requiring extra effort to keep things organized. That is why, for today’s businessperson, self-storage is a cost-effective and efficient solution. Many business owners make use of self-storage not just for the long-term, but also short-term solutions. In essence, a storage unit can function much like an extra office. Following are some instances when storage space for business owners is considered:
.During remodeling, redecorating, or downsizing the business.
.When relocating the business.
.Storing seasonal furnishings such as patio furniture, grills, outdoor kiosks, etc.
.Storing excess inventory before the start of the holiday season.
Below are several tips to get the most of your investment:
1-Make a list of all of the items you’ll be storing in your unit and keep an ongoing inventory because it’s easy to forget over time what you’ve taken out or added to your storage space, especially if several employees frequently access the unit! This is valuable information not only for staying organized, but for insuring the items you’re storing.
Based on this list, you can then determine the amount of space you will need. With proper packing and organization you can fit a lot more in a self-storage unit than may appear.
2-Climate control maintains a steady temperature of between 55–80° using central air conditioning and heat to prevent warping, rust, yellowing, mold, and infestation of vermin.
If you’re going to store computers or computer parts, climate control is a must. The same goes for sensitive equipment, important paperwork, pharmaceutical samples, furniture, or anything else that may be damaged by extreme heat or cold.
3-Proper packing protects the items you are storing, especially if they are of high value. Computers should be put in a box and then packed securely with packing peanuts or some other type of foam insulation. Archival documents, photos, or other paperwork should be packed in boxes that are the same size so they can be easily stacked, and office furniture can be turned on end vertically.
When planning how to pack your items, consider how frequently you plan to access your items.