January 9, 2019

Location, Location, Location: Why Location Matters For Storing Equipment

If you have taken a Business 101 class, one of the first and often cited principles is to create a plan around where you want to open the business. The mantra “location, location, location” rings true for a wide variety of businesses ranging from hotels to restaurants to grocery stores. Facilities dedicated to keeping customer possessions safe and secure also factor in location.

Customers have to consider location as well when choosing a facility to secure possessions, except the criteria used to choose the best location differs a bit from the criteria used by storage unit operators.

Cost
Moving and storing your things can be a costly endeavor, especially if you relocate cross country. Facilities located in the heart of major metropolitan areas are typically more expensive to rent than facilities located in suburbia or rural towns. You have to decide whether cost or convenience is more important for choosing the right facility to secure your stuff

Frequency of Visits
If you expect to make numerous trips throughout the year to retrieve stored items, you should consider a facility located close to your home. Companies that store supplies and equipment often go with facilities located within a short drive of the company office. If you only need to access a unit a few times a year, then traveling a longer distance to a less expensive storage business is worth the extra savings.

Traffic Flow
We are not referring to how much traffic flow goes by a facility used to keep your valuables secure. The traffic flow factor for customers of storage units is to find a facility that is easy to gain access. The last thing you want to do on moving day is turn around a mile past a facility entrance to access the facility from the nearest vehicle lane. Lighter traffic flow is one reason why some customers prefer storage facilities located out in the boonies.

Close to Active Local Law Enforcement
Although law enforcement agencies are not solely responsible for protecting the assets of local businesses, police departments often make the rounds during each shift to ensure local businesses are not robbed or burglarized. Choosing a facility that is located near a local or state law enforcement agency increases the protection given to the storage business.

If you are moving to another city, contact the facilities on your short list to find out more about their exact locations. Although Google Maps is a valuable location tool, you should consider visiting the new city before the big move to become familiar with not just storage businesses, but also the amenities offered by the city.