A great way to utilise your business space more effectively and gain more flexibility with your storage capacity is to allocate space for this off site. Regardless of the type of storage you use, having it positioned away from your business can have numerous benefits with freeing up much-needed and valuable space on your premises and reducing the need for additional security.
However, when it comes to deciding on the right size unit to opt for, it can be a challenge to calculate your needs, with many businesses under or overestimating their requirements. Here’s a few helpful hints on how to choose the right size storage units to meet your business needs.
Take Stock of Your Business Inventory
First and foremost you need to get a good handle on how much you will be storing and the types of items that will be placed in the unit. Make an initial inventory of all the items that you want to store, taking measurements of them as you go. Also bear in mind that boxes and containers with things like business archives or stock, can be safely stacked up high, taking up less space, whereas irregular-shaped or bulky items will take up much more room.
Accessibility of Items in Storage
The other thing you need to consider with business storage is whether you need access to certain items. If it’s the case that you don’t need regular access or that you’re going to remove it all in one go, you could save money on using a smaller unit and cramming it full to the brim. However, you may cost yourself some valuable time if you need to regularly access items, as you’ll have to unpack it to be able to get to everything. This is where paying a little extra and having the space to create pathways for easy access can make a great deal of sense, saving you time and money in the long run.
Understanding and Calculating the Dimensions
In order to calculate your space requirements, it’s important to understand the dimensions of the units you are getting. Typically you’ll be given the floor measurements, but don’t forget to ask for the height as well so you can calculate the whole area. You may be surprised at how much you can safely stack up to free up more floor space.
If in Doubt, Go Bigger
The last thing you want when choosing your storage unit is to start packing stuff in, only to find you don’t have enough space. So, if you’ve not been able to get an accurate estimate on the space you need, go bigger. Plus this will also give you more flexibility should you need more business storage space in the future.
Seeing is Believing
When choosing storage units, always make sure that you go and visit the facility first. This will allow you to view the unit sizes up close and get a better gauge on what you can house there, as well as ascertain the security procedures and condition of the units where you’ll be storing your precious cargo.