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Clutter at home can be a hassle, but clutter in the office is just bad business. If you’re looking for a way to cut down on the office clutter or even if you’re only in need of additional storage space, you don’t have to go searching for a bigger office.

Many businesses are turning to storage facilities to assist them with their commercial storage needs. Renting a storage unit is cheaper than leasing a bigger office, after all, and it can help you keep things organized and out of the way in a facility until you need them.

storage facilityModern storage units are much different than what most people have in mind when it comes to self-storage. Today’s units offer features like climate control, upgraded flooring, counters, and secure access, making them an excellent choice for business storage. Here are some things to keep in mind to make sure that you get the best facility for your business needs.

Reputation matters

Look for local storage companies that have a solid reputation. It could be a local or multi-national company, but what matters is how well their customers speak of them and how long they’ve been in business. Check their website, get testimonials and reviews when you can, and check out their customer service department. You probably won’t have any issues with your storage unit rental, but in case you do, you need to know they’ll be there for you.

What type of storage do you need?

Some facilities only have one or two types of storage available. Others offer a full range of storage solutions, including multiple sizes of units, for all customers who need self-storage. Search specifically for companies that have units that suit your needs, including factors like:

  • Indoor vs. outdoor storage
  • Climate control
  • Appropriately-sized units
  • Convenient location
  • Secure access (via key card or security gate)
  • Rates that fit your budget

Length of time

How long are you going to need a storage facility? Some contracts run month-to-month, while others require a minimum 3-month or 6-month agreement. Make sure that you know how long you will need the storage, whether or not you will need access to those items in the interim, and whether you’ll have storage needs in the future. By choosing a reputable company with flexible terms now, you can count on them for all of your future storage needs, as well.

Ease of access

Commercial storage often requires more significant access areas so that trucks and larger vehicles can deliver items to and from the storage unit. If this is your situation, don’t rent a unit in a small lot that only has passenger vehicle access. Feel free to visit the facility before you sign an agreement and take a walk of the grounds yourself. That’s the best way to get the lay of the land so that you can make the right decision.

Wrapping up

Business storage units can be an excellent investment. Of course, you’ll have to check out your options and use these tips to choose the right storage facilities for your needs.