Many businesses have the problem of finding space, especially in the long term when hoards of facts, files, and equipment build-up, much of which cannot be discarded for several years!
When it comes to Professional Real Estate Agents, we are talking important files and paperwork, signage and of course, home decor and furnishings used to stage a home to sell. All of those things make it a logistics nightmare unless they have smart storage solutions!
Storage units’ solutions!
The thought of renting an entire storage unit on top of already ‘much’ accumulating business costs may seem a tad extreme, but in reality, it’s the ideal solution.
Here is why we recommend self-storage for Real Estate agencies.
- Store files offsite! Free up valuable office space by storing files offsite, many of them are stored and not actually of any significant use, at present. Trouble is Real estate agencies are required to keep hold of files for several years (even decades) before they can be discarded. It’s also essential to protect those documents within a safe environment and with the ability to locate at ease if need be. Self-storage allows documents and files to be stored (in an organised manner) for the extended longevity, and it’s also great to keep peoples valuable information out of harm’s way, safely! Smaller units such as 5×5 are ideal for filing cabinets and even enough space for sale signs too.
- Signs and hardware storage! Real estate agencies have lots of different things in order to sell homes. Signs and banners and brochures to promote their brand as well as the properties they are selling are continuously used, and when you think of how many homes are listed for sale at once, that’s an awful lot of hardware. Signage usually takes up the most space, its anything from property sale signs to directional signs to direct buyers to open houses, etc. They also tend to use lock boxes for holding keys. Brochures and banners. With all this stuff around, it’s so easy for items to become dirty and damaged and so, therefore, self-storage units can house items safely and cleanly until they are needed. Sellers will look at a sign before the property, and if it’s damaged or rusted, it doesn’t set the best example when it comes to selling so needs to be avoided at all costs. A 5×5 or 5×10 units are ideally sized to house all of those items, its dependant on the size of the company and how much stuff you have really.
- Open house, House viewings, shows homes! It’s challenging to sell a home these days without “staging” the property first. Buyers like to get a good picture of what the living space could be like if they lived there. The best way to show off a house is to dress it appropriately. Trouble is we are talking a lot of furniture and furnishings to make that happen. Real estate agencies like to furnish and decorate a property temporarily until the property sells and then have to move it all out again. Self-storage units are perfect for storing household goods, when not in use, ready for the next property.
By renting a storage unit, you can manage your Real estate agency more efficiently without the added stress of storage. It enables the office space to be freer, and it means staff members are less likely to be interrupted when working in the office as it keeps the two parts separate! Workers can get on with their day to day office duties while anything to do with dressing homes or putting up signs can be located directly from the storage units. Removals may need to visit storage units frequently, oftentimes homes sell fast, and it could be more moving around than initially anticipated, but if it’s not disruptive to the Real estate offices, it’s not going to be much of a problem.
Depending on its size and volume of business, every Real Estate Agency has different storage needs, so it’s recommended to carefully check the size of the unit you actually need as not to accumulate unnecessary extra costs. We all like to keep the cost down, but Self storage units used for businesses are generally considered part of their business strategy and outgoing expenses.