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Choosing the right commercial self-storage solution

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At some point, all business owners will find themselves in need of additional storage space. Whether it’s for excess inventory, office equipment, or important documents, commercial self-storage offers a practical and cost-effective way to meet these storage needs.

Choosing the right commercial self-storage solution can be a crucial decision for your business, so we have put together a handy guide to take you through the process of selecting the most suitable option. Before you begin your search for a self-storage unit, it’s essential to assess your storage needs comprehensively. Make sure to consider what kind of items do you need to store, how long you’re planning to store these for, and how much space you will need. If you need help in working out exactly what your space requirements are, you can use our storage size guide.

Understanding your specific requirements will help you narrow down your options and select a storage solution that meets your needs precisely. So now let’s take a look at our three-step guide!

Three-step guide to finding the perfect commercial self-storage

Find the right location

The location of a self-storage facility is a critical factor to consider. Convenience and accessibility are key, especially if you anticipate the need to access your items regularly. Vanguard Self Storage currently have eight locations across London, Bristol and Manchester, covering some of the major commercial hubs of the three cities.

Here are some considerations regarding location:

  • Choose a facility that is close to your place of business to ensure you can easily access your items whenever needed
  • Check the facility’s operating hours to ensure they align with your needs
  • Ensure that the facility is in a safe area to minimise the risk of theft or vandalism

Evaluate overall security

As a business owner, the safety and security of your stored items should be your top priority. All our Vanguard Self Storage facilities feature 24-hour CCTV, burglar alarms and robust unit security including individually alarmed units, individual pin codes and fire detection systems.

Here are some considerations regarding security:

  • CCTV should cover the entire facility, deterring potential thieves and providing evidence in case of incidents
  • The facility should have controlled access, allowing only authorised individuals to enter
  • The storage units should be equipped with sturdy locks and alarms to prevent unauthorised access

Discuss pricing and terms

Different self-storage facilities have various pricing structures and rental terms in place, so it’s essential you understand the costs associated with your chosen solution. At Vanguard, we offer flexible storage on both short-term and long-term basis in order to adapt to your changing needs.

Here are some considerations regarding pricing and terms:

  • Check if a security deposit is required and understand the terms of the deposit
  • Understand the length of the lease agreement and any penalties for early termination
  • Enquire about any additional charges, such as insurance or administrative fees

Vanguard commercial self-storage

Selecting the right commercial self-storage solution for your business is a crucial decision that requires careful consideration. At Vanguard, we understand that flexibility is a vital component of any successful business operation, so the ability to adapt to changing circumstances can make all the difference. Improving the efficiency of your business is easier with self-storage, whether you need to store excess company equipment or establish a dedicated stockroom.

We provide a range of secure commercial self-storage options tailored to businesses across Bristol, London, and Manchester. Our services encompass everything from document storage to commercial stock storage units for retailers. But what sets us apart is our unwavering commitment to security and customer satisfaction!

Whether you’re a sole trader, a small to medium-sized enterprise, or a multinational corporation, we have a storage solution to match your needs. From lockers for a small number of items to custom-built, expansive units spanning up to 4000 sq ft—no request is too small or too large.

Vanguard Self Storage is proud to offer a comprehensive and secure file storage service through our sister company, Vanguard Filebank. So if you’re in need of an outstanding document storage provider in London, Bristol or Manchester, look no further.

At Vanguard Filebank, you will find high-quality, customer friendly services, giving you the peace of mind you need knowing your documents are safe and sound in our clean, environmentally stable archive facilities.

Our team of experts will handle and store all business records in our secure facilities, organising these in a methodical way, meaning we can retrieve your documents for you quickly and efficiently.

Improving the efficiency of your business is easier with self-storage. Whatever your commercial storage requirements, we have the means to assist you. Contact us today to learn more!

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