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Business Storage Tips for Western NC Businesses

When business is booming for Banner Elk and Mills River small business owners, they need room to grow. Sometimes that means finding a new operating space. Other times its means renovations. Whatever the outcome, many businesses choose to utilize the benefit of self storage units for businesses when the time comes. The main reason business owners use a storage unit is to save money. It’s cheaper to store in a unit rather than buy more office space.

In the US, the average cost for a larger business space is $8-$23 per square foot. Depending on the city, that could be much higher.

For example, let’s take a look at the average cost of space per square foot in NYC:

  • For more business space, it’s a $30-$70 increase per square foot
  • For more storage unit space, it’s an average of $17 increase per square foot

As you can see, it costs MUCH less to store in a unit rather than getting more business space.

When you find the unit that’s right for you, here are some tips to help you get the most out of your unit:

1. Use all the space

It’s not a good idea to rent a really large unit and not utilize the space well. Consider the amount of space you will need with our room size calculator.

Measure your desks, file cabinets, chairs, and other large items and plan to store. This will help determine the size of the unit you will need.

2. But don’t overstuff

In the same breath, don’t skimp out on space either! Allow space for walking and moving. It’s a good idea to have a corner for “I don’t know where this needs to go” items.

3. And allow for growth

If you plan to grow your business, find a unit that allows adequate growth. It would be hard to rent a space and have to move it again in six months because it’s become too small. 

4. Rent a unit that’s preferably close to the entrance of the building

If you will go to the unit often, request to have a unit near the entrance for easy access. It would be hard to travel to a room in the back of the building. Do yourself a favor and be close to the door. Additionally, find a storage unit near Banner Elk or find a storage unit near Hendersonville that will allow your business to not have to waste precious business hours by being on the other side of town.

5. Rent from a facility with strong security

Ask about the security of the facility. Are the cameras monitored? Are the halls walked? Can anyone and everyone enter the facility?

At The Storage Depot, we pride ourselves in having a state-of-the-art secure self storage in Banner Elk and a state-of-the-art secure self storage in Mills River. Our facilities have…

  • Motion detectors
  • Security checkpoints
  • Burglar alarms
  • 24/7 CCTV recording
  • Security patrols

security camera

6. Have a strong lock

In the unfortunate case that someone enters the facility that’s not supposed to, be ready with a strong lock. Purchase a shrouded lock, a hidden padlock, or a disc lock. These locks are tested and confirmed to be the strongest locks on the market.

7. Rent from a facility with climate-controlled units

Some items, like electronics, need climate-controlled units. Keep your things in the best working condition by storing in a unit with maintained temperature and humidity. 

All of our units are climate-controlled. Contact us if you have question about our units.

8. Store in the Cloud

Items such as documents, bills, notes, invoices, and other papers don’t need to be stored in a unit. Why? Because they can be stored in a Cloud service. 

Free valuable office space by keeping all documents OUT of the office and IN a Cloud for easy access.

Here are a few Cloud services to consider:

9. Label label label — with an inventory list

When you have inventory, labeling is key. Keep an inventory list with all the items in the unit. Make it easy on yourself by keeping track of what you have left.

It’s better to know what you have in inventory rather than sell an item and have to tell a customer that you are out of it.

Contact The Storage Depot if you’re looking for clean, secure, and affordable storage units in Banner Elk and Mills River, North Carolina. Our Storage Facilities are conveniently located near you. We offer over 20 different storage unit sizes, available to individuals, students, and businesses.