Self-storage units are commonly used by individuals for household reasons, like moving house or storing extra belongings. However, an increasing number of units are also used by businesses. Self-storage can be used for a variety of commercial reasons and offers several benefits over traditional options.
What can self-storage be used for?
One of the main uses for self-storage by businesses is keeping inventory. Self-storage units offer an ideal place to keep stock if you are not ready for a full warehouse. Various sizes of self-storage are available, meaning that you only need to pay for a space as big as you need.
Putting items into a self-storage unit avoids them cluttering up other space like the office or home, and most units can be accessed from early in the morning to late at night making them convenient. They also make great options for upscaling in busy periods when you temporarily need extra space.
Tools and equipment
Self-storage units are also a safe, dry, and accessible place to keep your tools. You can easily drop off your tools at the end of the day and pick them up the following morning, safe in the knowledge that they will be there overnight.
Using a self-storage unit rather than a van or home is a more secure option. Keeping your tools in an organised space will also keep them in better condition for longer.
Although digital media is the standard today, businesses still tend to accumulate paperwork which can quickly take over space if left unorganised. Putting these into storage means that they are readily accessible should you need them but won’t get in the way.
Self-storage units have the added benefit of being off-site, making them a good place to keep backups of important documents. Should anything happen to the records at your main site, those kept in self-storage will still be safe.
Short term self-storage can also help when refurbishing or relocating offices. Moving office furniture out can make for a swifter process and avoid disruption to the business, while ensuring that items are not damaged by work.
Many self-storage units offer a moving service to help with the process.
What are the benefits?
The largest draw of self-storage is that it is often a cheaper option than office or warehouse space. Prices vary depending on location but are almost always cheaper than renting a traditional commercial property. Short-term rentals mean that you only need to pay for the unit while you need it, but if you do need it over a longer period then many self-storage companies will offer a discount.
Self-storage units also offer more flexibility than traditional rents. Not only are the time periods more flexible, allowing you to have the unit for as short or long as you need, but space can be easily scaled up or down. If you find yourself with excess space then it is easy to move into a smaller unit, while during busy periods it is always possible to move into an extra unit.
Finally, self-storage units offer excellent security - vital if you are keeping business-critical tools or sensitive documents. Most units have a unique pin code or key which can only be accessed by you and are covered by CCTV. Extra options vary but many units offer 24 hour security and alarm systems.
Self-storage by businesses is becoming increasingly popular and it’s vital that you insure your business goods when in storage, as you may find that your existing insurance policies don’t offer protection. Store Insure can offer a specialist insurance policy which covers your goods when stored in a professionally mangaged storage facility - our policy will also cover goods whilst in transit.