Surely each of us at least once in our life had to give up his belongings for storage. Especially often resorted to this service residents of the modern metropolis, where the conditions of existence and business change with incredible frequency. The end of the season, the rapid expansion of the assortment of stores, the impending repair – all these events are the reason to think about storage issues. How to save your belongings and what solution can offer a modern market services – let’s consider these issues in this article. The good news is moving companies can help you prepare for moving.
Storing things – a task of universal scale
Some people need to think of where to put things during repairs, others are looking for a place to store seasonal tires, motorcycles, scooters or even boats, and someone temporarily in order to reduce costs has moved into a small house, where there is not enough space for all the furniture. In such situations, people often store dear to the heart, but at the moment unnecessary stuff on balconies, in common corridors of entrances, taken to villas or in a garage, cluttering the free space of already small rooms. “At least it’s safe and well looked after,” some people think. But often they just don’t know that there are some other options. As a result, apartments, houses and storage rooms turn out to be like a real junkyard, because no matter how you arrange things, if there are too many of them, then no comfort is out of the question.
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The service of individual storage of personal belongings is widespread abroad, and even has its own name – self-storage. In the UK, there are about 960 warehouses of this type, in France – 380, and in the U.S. their number is close to 50,000.
Business owners face the same problems, and often on an even larger scale. Usually sales companies suffer – where to store goods if the quantity makes it unprofitable to rent an entire warehouse? You can use your own home – why not put a couple or three boxes in your apartment? It’s only temporary. And when the family begins to trip on sharp corners or sideways to squeeze into the kitchen, then you can screw a couple of racks to the wall – because so much more will fit. As a result, the apartments of entrepreneurs become warehouses at the same time. This, of course, cheap and relatively reliable way, but no one wants to live in a warehouse.
If the store occupies a separate room, then part of it can be used to store goods. Lucky for those who have enough space – the goods are stored in the back rooms. But what to do when there isn’t enough space for the products? Not to stack boxes and bags directly in the salesroom – it’s not aesthetically pleasing, and also dangerous. In addition, legal entities are often faced with “paper” problem – where to store archival documents, if its quantity exceeds the allowable norms.
All of these questions often remain unresolved, and it is all the fault of banal ignorance of the existence of more convenient options for storing things. And sometimes misconceptions about them.
Putting things in storage? Is it convenient?
Of course, you can put up with the clutter in your own apartment, office or cottage. It is possible to calm yourself with the fact that stepping over the numerous boxes or traveling through the labyrinth of cluttered storerooms is a tribute to modern society of consumption or a necessary sacrifice to your own business. But such thoughts are perhaps inherent only in the most unassuming people, whose patience has no limits and … sense. After all, many people face a similar problem, which means that there is already a way out! You can just take all the things and take for storage in a special room – a warehouse.
The advantages of this approach should be noted separately. First, it is convenient – all things that you do not plan to use in the near future, take their place, not disturbing your life. Goods for sale no longer take up all the free space in the office, making the working atmosphere relaxed and creative. Secondly, it’s secure. If you choose the right space, things are not threatened by theft, or spoilage, or the impact of many unforeseen circumstances. Thirdly, it is inexpensive, because often you pay only for the square meters that you need.
So, the general direction in the organization of storage things is chosen, and now all that is left is to decide on the details.
Storage for personal belongings can be a help for a person who has a hobby. So, a fisherman will be convenient to send tackle, nets, spinning rods, a boat in his own storage, an artist – paints, easels, ready-made paintings, a collector – part of his collection, if it does not fit in the apartment or house anymore. At the same time, you free up living space, and your things will not be lost! At any time, you can use them or take them home again!
Choosing a storage unit
There are several types of storage units that differ in size, function, and have their own advantages and disadvantages.
A traditional warehouse is most often an ordinary room, not suitable for living or organizing an office. Usually, it is a large facility of “factory” type, located at some distance from the city. Such a variant is not convenient for everyone, but only for large companies that store large batches of goods. For legal entities is certainly not a bad option. True, you will have to work hard to find a really good warehouse for storing things. It is necessary to take into account transport accessibility, the possibility of access, the general condition of the room (humidity, fire safety, pest absence, security, heating, even flooring) – a lot of factors on which the safety of the goods and ease of use. It is necessary to spend time to assess all the advantages and disadvantages of the room “live”, and only after that make a decision about the lease.
You can rent a separate room in the building. Such options are sometimes offered by office business centers. The advantage of this solution is that a full-fledged office for employees can be arranged nearby, in addition such warehouses often have heating, tracking systems and even Internet access. The disadvantage is not the most affordable price, so for those who are used to sparing their money, this option may seem like a real waste, especially when there are alternatives.
One of the most profitable options for storing things is a container-type warehouse. Let’s explain why. It’s a versatile option for companies of all sizes, as well as for people who simply need to provide their belongings with reliable storage. What is such a container system? These are large shipping containers originally designed to carry a variety of cargo. Such containers have extremely high rates of reliability, strength, resistance to environmental changes. The distinctive feature of this option is that you choose exactly the type of storage that you need. Accordingly, you pay only for the actual services. Want a small or huge container – no problem, heated and with electricity – please, and maybe you need a freezer container – this too will be found. Companies that rent them out are usually located within the city, all you need to do is to choose the closest and most convenient option. In addition, it is not necessary to conclude a long contract – usually the minimum storage period is one month. However, the probability that you will want to continue using the services of storing things in containers is quite high, because, due to the flexibility of conditions and attractive prices, there is no need and desire to return to the traditional warehouses.
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Shipping containers have long been used not only for their direct purpose. In addition to the organization of warehouses, they are often used to make cabins for guard posts, or even temporary housing (so-called “huts”).
Whatever type of storage you choose, it can be a real salvation if you turn to a truly reliable company.
Choosing a company
When choosing an organization that provides rental storage space, you should consider its reputation in the market, the duration of work, the number of services provided, and so on. But above all you need to pay attention to its attitude to the client. It is not only about the politeness of the consultant, but also about the timing of each issue that arises (on transportation, loading or operating lease), the ability to meet the customer and the careful fulfillment of any, even the smallest, requirements. If the company’s employees really want to help, not just make money, then this approach indicates the proper organization of work and is a guarantee of quality services.
For many people one of the key issues is the cost of storing things and goods – let’s talk about prices.
Prices for storage of things: debunking stereotypes
The cost of renting traditional warehouses, containers and individual rooms in the building depends on the area, location and livability of the object. On average a square meter in Nizhny Novgorod will cost you 500-1000 rubles per month or 18-20 rubles per pallet per day. Thus, a minimal space of 3m² (such can only be found among container warehouses) will cost about 2000-3000 rubles per month, and more spacious options such as 5-9m² are estimated at 4000-8000 rubles per month. Storage on pallets provide warehouses commodity storage and for the preservation of their belongings they may not be suitable. The company “Delicate moving “provides storage with temperature and humidity levels for short-term and long-term storage of their belongings and furniture. The cost of the service is 16 rubles per m3 per day.