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29-04-2007, 01:44 PM
I am planning on starting a self storage business in kent this summer. I was wondering if any of you use self storage either domestically or commecially. Are there any particular things you like / dislike about the people you use at the moment.
If you dont use self storage but are considering it why havent you yet.
I am planning on leasing premises and believe that I can provide facilities that look much more attractive than those currently available although I dont know how much this will be appreciated, as I can do alot of the work myself as I have alot of experience building. I plan to target local businesses and also people who are advertising their house for sale in the local papers. I am also considering targeting local estate agents and getting them to recommend that clients 'declutter' their homes for a quicker sale.
All comments welcome
29-04-2007, 07:17 PM
I need self-storage but the prices are so prohibitive.
29-04-2007, 07:27 PM
How much space do you need? What are you doing with the stock/belongings at the moment?
Tends to be around
£20-£25 for 50sq ft
£30-£40 for 100sq ft
£80 for 300sq ft Per Week
29-04-2007, 07:44 PM
I have a spare room full of boxes. Quotes I've seen from the likes of Big Yellow put me off!
29-04-2007, 07:51 PM
Big Yellow tend to be 25% under competitors for first 4 weeks and then 50% over after that, from the locations I have looked at.
29-04-2007, 08:41 PM
Being a freelancer, I'd be looking for 'micro-storage' basically somewhere to have off-site DVD back ups and such like!
I had a storage unit for nearly 4 years - only managed to "move out" of it a couple of weeks ago.
I used a local company who, at the time, were the cheapest. I did a further ring round about half way in and they were still the cheapest so I stayed. I tried to get Big Yellow to match their price when they opened up in Leeds but they wouldn't on the basis that the two "weren't comparable" - which was rubbish because mine was actually better than Big Yellow!
The key things that I valued are/were:
- being able to drive my car right up to the storage unit door (it was a shipping container)
- being able to borrow a trolley when I needed to
What I would have liked, but didn't get was:
- being open on Sundays and in the evenings
- a massive reduction in price for being there for four years
- my deposit back (but I'm still working on that :) )
30-04-2007, 07:13 AM
How small do you mean by 'micro' more like a large locker or about 25sq ft?
I was thinking that sundays and evenings would be popular but that would mean that the price would rise, unless I didnt open the facility until the afternoon which I had been considering. Would you rather pay the extra, or not be able to access in the morning?
Originally posted by MaverickJGR
I was thinking that sundays and evenings would be popular but that would mean that the price would rise, unless I didnt open the facility until the afternoon which I had been considering. Would you rather pay the extra, or not be able to access in the morning? [/B]
Personally I wouldn't want to pay for Sunday/Evening opening.
Everyone's needs will be different - businesses will want to access during working days, home users may want to come on Sunday afternoons... but everyone will have their own needs and/or emergencies.
I'd see it as a USP that you were open "more" than other places but, as above, I wouldn't want to pay for it unless I was otherwise unable to come during normal hours.
05-10-2015, 06:54 AM
I think you need to worry about your rental rates versus your lease costs first of all. And from there you can decide how you can add on extra facilities for your customers. Research your competitors nearest your facility too and try to do something a little different from them! Here's wishing you all the best in opening up your storage facility mate.
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