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by: Matt Schexnayder

Thanks in large part to the services offered by companies like Digital Works, the self-storage industry is slowly embracing the online marketplace and starting to become more tech savvy. These days, it is much easier to find a local storage unit through search thanks to the online presence of individual self-storage facilities.

Only recently has self-storage gained the popularity it is currently experiencing. It used to have this negative connotation where people thought it was just for storing a bunch of extra junk you had lying around the house, but now people, and even companies, are beginning to realize its full potential. In addition to housing seasonal items and recreational vehicles, consider using self-storage to assist you in the relocation of your business.

Changing office locations can be an exciting, but hassle-filled process. In addition to the obvious fact that you have to move everything, what if your new place of business happens to be much smaller than what you’re used to and there is no way you can’t make your entire inventory fit? The way I see it, you have two options. You could 1) either get rid of the excess by selling it or throwing it out, or 2) you could consider finding office furniture storage at a nearby self-storage facility. Not sure which to choose? Here is some helpful advice to assist in your decision.

First of all, you can easily find inexpensive office furniture storage. If your business needs require you to find extra space to keep surplus inventory, a long term storage facility could be the affordable answer that’ll keep you from having to pay higher rent for adequate space. And depending on the facility you choose and its distance from your business, you could actually land a pretty sweet deal.

Second, you’ve also got to consider how much it’ll eventually cost you to replace that desk once you’ve moved to a bigger facility further down the line. Don’t be afraid to do the math. Storing a $1000 desk for $20 per month will only run you $240 a year, but throwing it away now is a guaranteed $1000 replacement bill later on. So weigh your options carefully before you start tossing furniture overboard. Once it’s gone, you can’t get it back.

Lastly, not every business owner stays in the same place forever, but often one of the contributing factors to staying in the same place for far too long is the high cost of moving your equipment and merchandise. By keeping it all at a central storage facility, you have the freedom to move your operation to a more visible or financially viable location at a moments notice.

It is also important to remember that most storage facilities include top of the line security systems that guarantee the well-being of your inventory. Below are other items to consider storing that will help reduce office clutter:

  • Retail products and excess, non-perishable inventory
  • Seasonal office decorations
  • Office supplies, which provides a way to buy in bulk and save more money on this business expense
  • Computer hardware, including monitors, laptops, and keyboards
  • Oversized marketing materials, such as banners, trade show booths, and signage

When storing these types of items in a business storage unit, take pictures and maintain a running inventory of what is stored at the office to ensure nothing goes missing, or to know when you need to reorder certain items.

So next time you are considering moving, or throwing out extra office furniture, remember these tips and consider renting a self-storage unit instead.

About the Author

This article was written by Matt Schexnayder. Matt is on the SelfStorage.com marketing team and writes for the SelfStorage.com blog. Use SelfStorage.com to find self-storage units in Seattle, as well as all across the nation. Easily sort through thousands of facilities by price, size and location to find the perfect one for you.