For businesses, there’s no such thing as too much storage space. With documents, equipment, materials, inventory, and more, it isn’t uncommon to run out of room at your business, whether it’s an office space or a space at home. Use the information below to get an idea of all the different business self storage options available at Extra Space Storage and which ones make the most sense for your company.
Business Storage Services
Commercial storage isn’t just storage units for businesses. At Extra Space Storage, we go above and beyond to help businesses, including offering office space at many locations, providing a safe place to park company vehicles, and more!
Need additional space to store equipment, documents, or inventory? A standard storage unit is the solution you’re looking for. Businesses in various industries rent self storage units to get some much-needed space for an affordable monthly rate rather than expanding or relocating an office location.
Have exceptionally large storage needs that a standard storage unit can’t handle? No worries! Many Extra Space Storage locations offer warehouse storage space with convenient loading docks to accommodate these larger storage needs.
Need a storage unit and office space? With internet access, phone lines, and more, office spaces at Extra Space Storage offer an affordable solution to renting flex office space or office space with a workshop. This makes us an all-in-one solution for many businesses!
Whether your employees aren’t able to store their vehicles at home due to lack of space or neighborhood covenants, or you want to make sure that your company vehicles and the expensive equipment and materials inside of them are in a secure area when not in use, vehicle storage is a great solution. With outdoor, covered, and indoor options available, there’s sure to be something that will meet your needs.
Unique Advantages of Using Self Storage for Business
Outside of providing much-needed space for your business, renting self storage offers unique benefits that many might not consider.
Save Money: Find Affordable Commercial Storage
Not only is a storage unit itself often less expensive than other options, such as a larger office space, but many businesses have found that they don’t actually need office space at all when they use self storage. This combination can add up to big savings. Of course, not all businesses can operate without office space, which is why we offer office space at many of our locations.
Prime Locations: Locate Your Business Strategically
In many cases, there are multiple Extra Space Storage facilities conveniently located throughout a city. This is good if you need to strategically choose self storage locations close to your work to cut down on travel time whenever you need to grab inventory, equipment, or files. It can also benefit businesses within the home service industry, as renting commercial storage in different areas of town can cut down on transportation time and other travel-related expenses.
Flexibility: An Adjustable Business Storage Solution
You know you need space now, but it’s hard to know what will happen in the next year, let alone the next few months. Will you need more storage space? Less? Maybe your location doesn’t make sense anymore, and it would be more beneficial for you to rent a business storage unit in a different area of town. In any instance, with month-to-month rental agreements, you can make changes whenever you need to.
Commercial Storage Features & Amenities to Consider
Depending on what you’re using storage for and what you’ll be storing, there are different features and amenities storage facilities offer that you may want to keep in mind.
Extended Access or 24-Hour Access
Standard access hours aren’t going to cut it for most businesses using self storage. At Extra Space Storage, extended access hours, such as 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., are widely available. 24-hour access is also an option at many of our locations. Be sure to ask the site manager for details on access hours!
If you’ll be making frequent trips to your business storage unit to pick up and drop off equipment or inventory, you’re going to want drive-up access. This is especially true for contractors or other service industry businesses that are constantly storing heavy items.
For retail shops that store inventory like clothing and accessories or businesses storing documents, a climate-controlled storage unit is usually going to be a better option than a storage unit with drive-up access. An indoor access storage unit can keep your inventory in a temperature-controlled environment to make sure that extreme heat or cold won’t impact the integrity of your products.
If you plan to use self storage to store inventory or materials, being able to have items delivered to the facility is a major convenience. Many Extra Space Storage locations across the country offer this for businesses, saving you both time and effort.
If you plan to transport your own inventory to the facility, it’s important that the aisles are wide enough to accommodate your vehicle. Many of our locations can accommodate vehicles as large as 18-wheeler trucks.
When storing anything essential to your business, whether it’s retail inventory or construction equipment, you need to know your items are secure. At Extra Space Storage, we place a strong emphasis on security with features ranging from electronic gate access and video surveillance to resident managers and individually-alarmed units.
Businesses That Benefit From Self Storage
Below are a few examples of businesses that can and have benefited from using self storage. Check out the types of businesses and how self storage provides the space they need to keep operating smoothly.
Home Service Businesses
Home service businesses typically require ample storage space to handle parts and materials, equipment, and even vehicles. These business often rent expensive flex space or offices with a workshop, but self storage offers everything they need at a much lower price. Home service businesses that frequently use self storage include:
- Contractors (general, electrical, plumbing, etc)
- Lawn care businesses
- Air conditioning companies
For this group of businesses, storage units with drive-up access are very popular. Trucks and cargo vehicles can pull right up to the storage unit to load and unload. Auto storage is also popular for these businesses. Many home service businesses operate using multiple vehicles, and in some areas of the country, employees can’t park them in front of their homes.
Brick & Mortar Retail Businesses
For retail businesses, managing inventory can be a constant struggle. Commercial retail space is expensive, and beyond just fitting inventory into the store’s space, there’s also a concern about creating a quality shopping environment that patrons will enjoy. To maintain a clean, uncluttered shopping area and effectively store and manage inventory, these businesses often rent storage units. Retail businesses that use self storage include:
- Clothing boutiques
- Electronics specialty stores
- Office equipment companies
For retail businesses, indoor climate-controlled storage units are often the best commercial storage solution. Climate control will help protect inventory from extreme temperatures. If the inventory isn’t temperature-sensitive, then a storage unit with drive-up access is also a good option.
For many e-commerce businesses, the need for an office outside of the home has been completely eliminated by simply renting a storage unit. These businesses can operate from home, and all inventory can be stored at a storage facility.
E-commerce business storage needs are very similar to that of brick and mortar. Both indoor climate-controlled and outdoor drive-up access units can work. You just have to make the decision based on the inventory you have and whether or not extreme high or low temperatures could damage your products.
Realtors & Home Staging Businesses
If you’re in the business of selling houses, you know there’s a lot more that goes into it than meets the eye. Whether you’re a realtor with an abundance of promotional materials or a home staging professional with furniture to store and clutter to remove from homes on the market, self storage is a simple solution for much-needed space.
If you’re a realtor, a drive-up storage unit will likely meet your needs. Yard signs and other promotional materials are pretty sturdy and will get used sooner than later, so there isn’t much need for climate-controlled storage. For home staging professionals, either could be used, depending on the weather in your area and what you’ll be storing. If you’re storing high-end furniture and work in an area with a climate that can be damaging to wood or upholstery, climate control is recommended. If not, a drive-up storage unit will make loading and unloading furniture and other decorative pieces much easier.
Many interior designers work from home or prefer to use the office space they have as a showroom. Because of this, renting a storage unit is a great way to keep those spaces from becoming cluttered with frequent furniture orders.
With furniture deliveries coming and going so quickly, a drive-up access storage unit is the best option.
Pharmaceutical Sales Representatives
Pharmaceutical companies have starting using self storage facilities as their home base for sales representatives rather than finding office spaces. Storage units and the accompanying business solutions that many facilities offer provide everything a pharmaceutical sales rep needs. Plus, it’s a much more affordable alternative to renting office space.
If you plan to rent a storage unit to store drug samples, marketing materials, and more, climate-controlled storage is a must. Also, finding a location that accepts deliveries will be important, which many Extra Space Storage locations do.
Business Storage Unit FAQs
Can I run a business out of a storage unit?
Absolutely! You can store parts, materials, equipment, vehicles, inventory, and more. Certain locations offer additional business features like delivery acceptance and even some office space available for rent!
Can you use a storage unit as a shop?
No, you can’t use a storage unit as a shop. Storage units can be used to store commercial items, but things like working on a vehicle or operating machinery aren’t allowed.
Do storage facilities accept deliveries?
Select facilities do accept deliveries. If this is something that you’re looking for from your business storage solution, contact our team today, and they’ll help to identify locations that provide this service.
Rent Business Storage Today!
Give us a call today to rent storage space for your business, and be sure to ask about other available commercial storage features. Our friendly, professional staff is happy to answer any questions you have and help you find the storage solution that meets your needs.