Tips for Business Storage
When it comes to storing things for a home, it’s much more straightforward than a business. Business storage is usually temporary, and has a lot of moving parts that can’t easily be replaced. The first step is to take an inventory of what you need to store, whether it’s a few desks or a whole office’s worth, and then figure out how long it all needs to be in storage.
If you consistently have to store something, figure out the smallest and largest size you’ll need at any given time. This way, you’ll be able to keep the same unit and make sure it works for you for as long as you need it to.
We at Albuquerque Self Storage compiled a short list of a few available options.
Try Self Storage
Self storage is a common storage option in which you rent a storage unit at a storage facility to store your possessions. For businesses, self storage can be used to store documents, extra office supplies, seasonal inventory, or small equipment. Self storage can also be climate controlled, which can protect paper documents and electronics. Although we don’t offer climate controlled units, we do recommend using them if you wish to store items like that.
If you’re just storing furniture, plastic, or appliances, we’re more than happy to help you. Albuquerque Self Storage offers month-to-month contracts, so you can use it when you need it. And they don’t require a deposit!
You don’t have to worry about security either — their storage units are safe. Albuquerque Self Storage, has a well lit and gated facility for you to store your items and every unit is protected by a padlock. However, their units are not climate controlled, so keep that in mind!
If you’re interested in using us for your self storage needs, contact them today.
If you use a large amount of equipment, like 100s of desks, chairs, computers, etc., the warehouse storage is the place for you. With warehouse storage units, you’ll have plenty of space to store and organize your business items. They’re a lot bigger than average storage units — you can rent an entire building if you need to!
We’re not an expert on this type of storage, so make sure you do your research. If you’re storing anything that can deteriorate based on the elements (documents, electronics, old wood furniture), then you’ll want to make sure it’s climate controlled first.
You’ll also want to make sure everything is secure, especially if you’re sharing the warehouse with another business.
Lease an Office Space at a Storage Facility
If you’re a small business, working from home might seem ideal at first. However, as you grow and start to accumulate more items, you may want to consider renting an office space. Not only will it help give you a more professional setting, it will free up your home of clutter.
These spaces aren’t just storage units either. Most of them will be pretty decked out so you can get everything done, comfortably. Many of these spaces are equipped with internet and phone lines, so you can work without using a WiFi hotspot or your personal phone.
Renting out an office space at a storage facility can help you save money while still providing you with the space you need to get work done and develop your business.
Do you make deliveries or own multiple service vehicles for your business? If you’re unable to store these vehicles at your business or home, utilizing vehicle storage at a storage facility is a great way to keep your cars, vans, trucks, and other vehicles safe and secure when they’re not in use!
We can help you with this too! We offer vehicle storage for all types. Everything is onsite and secure, as well. Our outdoor storage options are perfect for boats, RVs, trucks, cars, and everything in between. We have spaces up to 35 feet long!
How to Pack Items for Business Storage
Knowing how to properly pack your items for storage is key. This way, they will be in the exact same condition as you left them.
Use airtight packing to ensure no moisture gets in, and store their containers on wooden pallets to keep them off of the ground.
Do not store the following:
- Accounting Records: Financial statements, income tax returns, payroll tax returns, general ledgers, accounts payable and receivable records, expense reports, charge and cash slips, bank deposits and income tax withholdings.
- Corporate Records: Fixed Asset Reports, plans and blueprints, property appraisals and internal audit records.
- Human Resources and Payroll: Employee W-2 Forms, Worker’s Compensation benefits, payroll records, attendance records, medical benefits, payroll checks, and personnel records.
Cover furniture with drop cloths and use pallets to raise them off of the ground. Disassemble any large furniture items, and apply wax to wooden pieces to protect the finish.
Wrap cushioning (bubble wrap, newspaper, towels, etc.) around areas to prevent any possible scratching or denting.
Use masking tape to make an “X” on the surface of any large glass or mirrors.
Keep clear records of what you’ve stored. You should also determine if your inventory requires a climate-controlled environment.
Without proper attention and care, your electronics could easily turn into a collection of circuit boards and wires. So, follow these steps:
- Individually wrap each part of the device
- Put the wrapped pieces into a sturdy box
- Stuff any empty space that you see in a box with newspaper, towels, or bubble wrap
Ensure they’re in a climate controlled unit!
We hope these tips helped!
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