When it comes to warehousing, storage refers to the goods in stock at the warehouse. These goods can be all kinds of things, but when talking about storage it is usually divided between personal goods and commercial goods. So, depending on whether you are a homeowner or business owner, your needs will vary.

It is important to keep in mind what your needs are when you are looking for a place to keep your things. Start by learning more about warehouse storing and how it works below.

Personal Storage vs. Commercial Storage

Before you decide whether you need storage, know whether personal or commercial is right for you.

  • Personal storage spaces are a popular option for a lot of people. Maybe you just graduated college and moved to a new city. You can’t afford your own place so you rent a room from someone. Maybe you just got married and moved in with your partner. You can’t fit all of your belongings in your new shared home, but you don’t want to throw anything away either. Whatever the case may be, you have stuff you don’t want to get rid of but nowhere to put it. Personal storage spaces give you the option to keep everything you want, even if you don’t have the space for all of it where you live.  
  • Commercial storage is a lot like personal storage. You have items you own and you need a place to keep them for a while. The main difference is that businesses usually want to move the items they are keeping. They usually only hold onto them until they can be sold. Where a homeowner might use personal storage to keep furniture for years, a business owner might use a warehouse to keep the goods they are selling for only a couple of weeks or even days.

Things to Consider

Below are a few important things to consider when looking for the right storage solution for you.

​Safety & Security
Keeping your belongings safe and secure is the number one priority of storage. For extremely valuable goods, you may want to consider a site that has more than just a lock on the door. Many places offer 24/7 video surveillance. There are even sites with guards that work around the clock and monitor who comes in and out. 

Climate Control
A lot of times, people need storage spaces to keep things that are of high value. This might be a family heirloom, or it might be something like a musical instrument. In cases like these, the climate they are stored in is important. Certain types of wood and other materials can warp in humid conditions.

If you are dealing with delicate items, make sure the space you store them in will keep them in good shape. Similarly, if you are dealing with perishable items you will need to find a storage space with a thermostat where you can set the room to the temperature needs to make sure your goods don’t go bad.  

24/7 Access 
This is more important for commercial storage than personal storage. If you are just keeping personal furniture in a unit, it’s probably not a problem to use a site that is closed on the weekends. On the other hand, if you are a furniture company storing your products in a warehouse and you get a huge rush order, you could run into a lot of trouble if you have to wait a few days to access your products and deliver them to your customers.  

On-site vs. Off-site
Chances are you’ve seen public storage sites on the side of a highway. These are known as on-site storage facilities. There are also lots of off-site portable services. For these, companies bring storage boxes to your home for you to pack your belongings in. Then they drive the storage boxes off site.

Anytime you need to get your items back, you just contact the company and they bring the storage box back to you. This makes it so you don’t have to transport your goods yourself, which can be very difficult when we are talking about heavy household items such as large pieces of furniture.

Need Help with Warehouse Storage?

There are all kinds of reasons to get a storage space. It is important to consider what your needs are, and how best to keep your items safe.

If you are in doubt about the best storage solution for you, speak with one of our warehouse storage experts today. We will help make sure you find the best place to store your goods.