Business storage is a wise option for growing businesses that operate in and around Bristol, our 6 tips will provide guidance.
As your business grows and evolves, you may at some stage find you require extra storage space. Either temporarily or for the longer term, to keep your business running smoothly.
If you need a place to archive important documents, store extra equipment or stock. It’s safe to say temporary secure storage is a wise move.
However certain steps need to be considered when considering secure storage, in an area external of your business premises.
Below we’ve listed our Business Storage In Bristol – 6 Tips blog.
Here are Six tips and tricks to consider when looking for storage for your business in Bristol and surrounding areas.
1. Security Is Essential For Business Storage
Before you decide on a storage company for your business, it’s important to do some research.
Spend time researching the security features and protocols they have in place before making any decisions so that you know what will be best for your needs.
In the case of a requirement for business storage in Bristol. Find a reputable storage company that has invested in quality security features, such as CCTV monitoring and secure boundaries.
With robust security measures in place, you won’t have to worry about people getting into your storage unit without permission.
For extra peace of mind, ask the storage company to show you what security measures they have in place.
After all, you want to feel confident and comfortable with your decision. You don’t need any more surprises to appear in the process of moving your business assets.
It’s a true test of character when it’s time for you to trust someone else with the care of your business assets.
So make sure that the self-storage company is, open, trustworthy, and professional before committing to store with them.
2. Calculate Unit Size
When you start looking for a storage unit, it can be a challenge to figure out what size will actually work.
To store your items, you need to know the amount of space that will be available, in order to start your calculations.
For help with this decision, speak to professionals who have been helping people like you for a long time and are an expert on how much storage is required.
A reputable commercial storage provider will be able to help you find the right unit size for your needs by assessing the space they have available, and in turn, assessing the amount of space your business assets take up.
If you prefer to rent a storage unit for an extended period of time, it is important that you allow for any business growth and increase in storage requirements.
Avoid making any hasty decisions when selecting a long-term rental location without first considering how much room there will likely be in 6 months or 1 year.
If you need easy access to items in storage, make sure that there are enough shelves and areas for organisation inside of your unit.
That way things will be easier on you when it comes to finding them again!
So, when you need to find things, you can do so quickly, and efficiently. Without having to lift everything in and out of the unit, safely, and without any health and safety hazards.
3. Climate Controlled Units
Climate-controlled storage units are the best option to ensure your business assets and stock remain in pristine condition.
These types of units are kept at an optimal temperature, to ensure durability, prevent damage or degradation from occurring due to varying external temperatures or humidity.
When items are stored in units where the temperature varies, there is the potential for damage caused by rusting, molding, and cracking.
All quality storage providers should offer you the option of temperature-controlled units.
This is an important question to ask your self-storage provider. Commercial items are important to store in a climate-controlled storage unit, such as:
- Furniture such as wood, metal, leather, and upholstery
- Important documents
- Electronics (including computers, printers)
- Specialist equipment
4. Design Your Unit Layout
One of the most important elements of business storage is to create a plan for your business stock. To assess your requirement, and to make sure you have enough space.
Perhaps you have a small range of products to store, in which case this part of the process should be straightforward.
However, if you have an extensive list of business assets, you will want to ensure that access to the most popular items is easy to reach when the time comes.
If your storage unit will be housing archives boxes, you will want to store them in alphabetical order or chronological order. This will then ensure easy access if required.
Alternatively, if your storage unit will contain multiple types of assets, you should create different zones for different items, such as a furniture zone and an archives zone.
Keep a photographic version of the layout saved. Accessible to those who will be accessing the storage unit to act as a point of reference when retrieving business items.
This will avoid things getting lost.
The key to designing your layout is functionality. Create ease of access for the most popular items close to the front of your storage facility.
5. Read Your Business Storage Contract Details Carefully
Before signing anything, make sure you read through the small print of your contract. Make sure you are fully aware of the small print.
Avoid being the person who signs the contract without reading them very carefully. This is the crucial part of the process, to ensure you get the best value for your contract.
Put in the time to read through your contract before signing it. That way you’ll avoid any surprises later on down the line!
The chances are, you’ve worked hard to get your business off the ground. You should be able to make decisions that work for you and the business.
Not one designed by someone else who doesn’t know how your business works with peaks and troughs in sales.
If needs be, negotiate on flexibility and breaks in the contract. You will find the most reputable storage facilities offer a great deal of flexibility to win your business.
It’s simply a case of asking the question, can the storage facility offer a deal to suit your needs!
6. Hire Professionals For Business Storage
To help you focus on what is most important to your business, consider hiring business removal professionals. They can handle the packing and delivery of your assets into secure storage.
Removing yourself from this task will save you valuable time and resources. By handing it to the professionals will free your time to focus on your important day-to-day business.
Removals experts will also take responsibility for the logistics. Such as arranging the right sized vehicle and a team of removal and storage experts.
A reputable removals company will have the option to insure your items during transit and storage.
Is the thought of moving your business assets feeling a little daunting and confusing?
If so, feel free to contact us for a free, no-obligation quotation for your business storage needs.
You can fill out our contact form and we will call you at a time to suit you, or you can call us directly on 01174 504828.
For more information about the self-storage industry in general terms, the SSA (self-storage association) provides further useful information.