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SELF-STORAGE FOR BUSINESSES






Does your business need additional space? Self-storage is today's perfect solution! Stores, hospitals, automobile dealers, banks, government agencies, etc., as well as attorneys, accountants, doctors, teachers, dentists, engineers, contractors, salespersons, etc., can all use individual self-storage space as a convenient place to store all those products, equipment and records in a more cost effective way! It is much better than tying up valuable and more expensive space at your place of business.

A GUIDE TO EXPANDING YOUR BUSINESS THROUGH SELF-STORAGE

Better Business Through Self-Storage
Self Storage is a convenient, safe and cost effective way for businesses to expand operations and maintain a competitive edge. A business can increase or decrease its leased space, as need dictates. Businesses of all types, size and maturity are benefiting by using self-storage facilities. When businesses are faced with expansion, they often find themselves limited by lack of appropriate space, availability of land, zoning regulation, proximity to customers and access. Leasing storage space can provide easy access and convenient office hours with no appointment necessary. It also can help businesses expand marketshare.

Business Storage Uses
Almost any material and equipment utilized by a business can be stored and organized for use in a self storage facility. Some common uses of storage units include: office files, drop shipments, excess inventory, manufacturers’ samples, hospital/legal records, mobile equipment, retailers’ seasonal decorations, theatrical scenery, campaign materials, merchandise and supplies, and general business raw materials.

Selecting a Storage Space
Ask the storage consultant to help you choose a space that fits your needs because rental of a storage space is determined by the total size of the items to be stored. An efficiently packed small space will cost less than a larger space. If you frequently use the space, a large space, well organized (rack and file boxes), may be more convenient. Specific modifications may be able to be made to meet your businesses’ needs.

Storage Space Rental Agreement
For your protection and ours, our storage facilities require a legally binding, written contract. Read it thoroughly and ask the storage consultant to answer your questions before you sign. Make note of your payment date to see if the contract covers prorated rental periods. Also, find out how and when your security deposit is refunded or forfeited upon termination of the contract. If you change your address or phone number, be sure to notify the storage facility in writing.

Insure Your Goods in Storage
The goods you place in self storage spaces are the sole responsibility of your business. Goods are not insured by the storage facility. Check with your company’s insurance provider to see if your coverage already has a provision for items stored outside your facility – you may already be covered. If not, your insurance agent will be able to give you the names of insurers who provide low-cost insurance coverage for your goods while they are in storage.

Prohibited Storage Goods
Common sense and state laws determine what may be stored. Your company alone controls access to your storage space. Never store live animals, perishables, liquids, explosives, flammable liquids and fuels, toxic materials, or other items that need a controlled environment. Disconnect the battery cables to your equipment, and remove batteries from small appliances. Check with the facility manager regarding their policy on storing gas tanks full or empty.

SPECIFIC STORAGE TIPS

Electrical Equipment
All equipment should be thoroughly cleaned and dry before it is stored. Any equipment with sealing doors, such as a refrigerator, should be stored with its door slightly ajar. You DO NOT want to experience what a moldy, nasty refrigerator smells like after a couple of months in storage if you leave any food or liquid in it!

Metal Equipment, Tools and Other Metal Items
All equipment needs to be clean. To retard rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of motor oil.

Files, Records and Other Documents
Pack books flat to protect their spines. Do not place boxes directly on concrete floors, but use pallets or skids to prevent moisture absorption. Use packing to fill out empty pockets in the boxes. Do not pack fragile items in the same box with books and do not overload.

Fabric Items
All items need to be clean and free of anything that may attract pests. If you invite mice in, they'll move in and become permanent residents!

Fragile Items
Place a layer of packing material inside the bottom and at the top of boxes containing fragile items. All items should be individually wrapped placing the most fragile near the top of the cartons. Again, fill all pockets with packing material. When stacking boxes that contain delicate items, place these on top of those containing heavy items. Label all boxes containing delicate items FRAGILE.

Office Furniture
Place a pallet, corrugated cardboard mat, or plastic sheet on the floor and stand sofas on end. Disassemble furniture and wrap table legs in paper. If furniture, such as a table, will not disassemble, place padding on the floor and place the table on its top with legs pointing up. Most lightweight chairs can be stacked seat to seat or placed upside down on other furniture. Keep upholstery off the floor. Finally, place a light dust cover over your furniture. We sell furniture and general covers for your convenience.

HELPFUL STORAGE TIPS

Inspect Your Storage Space
The space should be clean with a door in good working order.

Determine the Packing Accessories You Need
Paper, bubble-wrap, tape, rope, drop clothes, polyurethane sheeting, furniture covers, file boxes, and storage cartons. All of these items are for sale in the rental office.

Fill Containers to Capacity
Partially full or bulging cartons may tip or collapse. Protect your fragile goods with packing and place them near the top of your storage space.

Label Boxes
Keep a list of labeled boxes and their contents at your office for easy reference when you need to locate your goods.

Pack the Storage Space Carefully
Leave air space around the perimeter to aid ventilation. Place a pallet on concrete floors and do not lean items against walls. Leave a walkway to the rear of your space for easy access. Use all the space available, including the height and place frequently used goods near the door.

Keep Your Storage Information Private
Unfortunately, more business storage units are broken into by employees or "friends of employees" than by strangers. Do not tell anyone you wouldn't trust with your wallet what your unit number is or what is stored in the unit unless they are high on your "need to know" list. Never give out your Gate Code number and keep the key to the lock on your unit in a safe, secure place at all times.

 
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