Is it Safe to Stock Your Business’ Assets in a Storage Unit?
It depends on the asset. There are endless amounts of assets you can stock in a storage room. They range from furniture and documents, to cash and hardware.
Below, we’ll talk about each form of asset that you might want to store. And we’ll discuss if a storage unit is suitable for each item. We’ll also talk about the challenges of storing business assets, and how to deal with them.
So to start off…
(1) Storing “Business Supplies.”
Bulk quantities of what you sell can go to storage units near you. But as a rule, don’t store items that can decompose or breakdown. So don’t store foods, drinks, or biodegradable products that aren’t refrigerated. Room temperatures differ in storage units, depending on your location. If it’s too hot or even warm, then don’t store your products there.
Usually, storage units come with climate controls. So storing degradable stuff is possible. But, you’re welcome to store products that aren’t affected by temperature changes. They can include hard plastics, cardboard, leather, and some metallic items!
(2) Storing “Business Furniture.”
Storage units are an excellent place for “temporary” business furniture storage. We’d like to stress that the “temporary” clause applies for businesses. You see, a business doesn’t buy furniture for personal enjoyment. It’s usually for a practical reason. You might be buying desks and chairs for employees. Or you might be buying décor for a public office, to impress customers.
The point is, eventually, old business furniture will need to be sold. And until you do so, the best place for them is a storage unit.
When storing furniture, you need a pest-free unit. This problem applies a lot to furniture. But really, it applies to any type of business asset you want to store. You don’t want termites hopping in and eating your furniture. Nor do you want rats and cockroaches to start colonies inside your storage garage.
First, this’ll make the furniture hard to sell. And 2nd, it’ll be extra money just to clean up the mess.
The solution is to look for a storage unit with a reputation for cleanliness. That way, you’ll store items in peace without pest worries!
(3) Storing “Paperwork.”
It is 2018, so you should be sufficiently digitized by now. Regardless, you might have important documents that you want to store. They range from contracts and receipts, to trade secrets. Storing those documents in a storage unit has many advantages. To start, storage units are more secure than the average office. They’re well-locked, hard to break through, and usually have security.
Also, storing paperwork in a storage unit frees up office space. It means you don’t need large cabinets sitting around, just to keep a few pieces of paper. So storing paperwork is a definite yes. But there are obviously challenges with that…
Employees who need direct access to documents will struggle to get the documents. They’ll need to wait a day or 2 until the document is released from the storage unit. And this could slow down a lot of projects. A solution to that would be to set a timer on each document. Basically, documents that are dated as 6 months old or more should be transported to a storage unit. Recent ones can stay in office for use.
(4) Storing “Tech Devices.”
Tech devices include anything from old computes, to hard disks, and even cooling units. But tech devices can fall under furniture, if you’re storing a fridge for example. It all depends on the business you’re running. Generally, there’s nothing wrong with storing tech devices in storage units.
High Value – High Crime.
Many people avoid storing tech devices in fear of crime. After all, losing a set of tech equipment can cost $1000s in repairs.
But it’s still a safe move to make. You see, the equipment you’re storing is likely old and outdated. And you’re usually looking for someone to buy the items.
So why not put them temporarily in a storage unit?
As for hardware that you still use, you should keep those in your office. For example, items like hard disks don’t take up any space. So there’s no use moving that to a unit.
(5) Storing “Machines.”
Depending on the industry, a machine can range from a lawnmower to a car engine. Storage units are essentially clean garages, lined up next to each other. And there’s nothing wrong with putting a machine into a garage. Again, you’re storing items that you don’t use. And unlike tech equipment, most machines are too heavy to steal in case of break-ins.
So crime’s out of the picture.
Look for Safe “Nearby” Units.
Head online, and search for storage units near you. The closer, the better. You want a place that’s conspicuous and safe. The closer you are to the storage, the easier it is to transport items back and forth!