Considerations when choosing a Yard Space to requirements

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It's likely that as an industrial business you're looking for yard space to store valuable equipment and materials securely until you need them. If that's the case, you'll want to make sure that your chosen yard can sufficiently protect your investment. It's vital that you check whether the yard itself is lockable and whether there is 24/7 CCTV in operation protecting its perimeter. This is the bare minimum security that you should consider, particularly if you're planning on storing thousands of pounds' worth of machinery, vehicles and materials on-site.

Size - does it matter to you?

Before you begin your search for yard space to rent it's best to ascertain how much space you're actually looking for from the outset. Try to figure out the square footage you need as an absolute minimum (taking into account stacking) and then also consider what you might also need in the future. If you're able to afford and acquire a yard space that's bigger than your minimum requirements you can futureproof the yard, saving you from moving to a new storage unit further down the line.

Location, location, location

If you require regular access to your stored belongings then opting for a facility that is miles away makes very little sense. But if you know you're only likely to need a storage yard sparingly and you can find one cheaper but further away from your business, then it could make good business sense. Location is certainly an important factor in where you need your storage facility to be. In some cases, more rural storage yards can offer bigger, more advantageous discounts as they simply don't have to pay the overheads of a city centre. It's something to weigh up if your yard does not need to be right on the doorstep of your business.

Site accessibility

Will you be requiring access to your storage yard at unsociable hours? If so, it's advisable that you seek yard space with 24-hour access. Some yards may only be accessible during manned working hours which might not be so convenient if you'd rather visit your yard outside of your operational hours. Similarly, if you need materials or equipment stored in your yard urgently, you'll almost certainly want on-demand access.

Choosing on-site facilities

You'll also need to decide on the top of yard facility that you desire. Do you need an indoor or outdoor storage space? Is it essential to be able to load and unload vehicles with ease? If you need an indoor storage unit would climate control be required? If so, you'll also require on-site mains power. Will you require concrete flooring on which to store heavy machinery?

How to organise your yard storage

Once you have chosen your yard space you'll then need to put a plan in place to organise the storage of your valuables. Accessibility is no doubt a key consideration to ensure that you can access what you want, when you need it.

Here are some simple pointers to help arrange your new storage unit:

- Prior to storing all your machinery and materials, make sure the yard is completely clean

- To protect your valuables, consider laying down ground sheets

- When you're ready to move items into your storage yard, make sure your largest items are loaded in first

- When stacking boxes and other items ensure the heaviest loads are positioned at the bottom to avoid damage

- Are you likely to need regular access to items in the rear of a storage container? Make sure it's easily accessible!

- Alternatively, if you know you're going to regularly access items from a container, try not to leave them at the rear of the container

- When stacking items, make sure labels on boxes and packages face the entrance so you and your staff can quickly ascertain what's inside

If your business is looking to expand the chances are you will need secure, open yard space to store raw materials, containers and machinery. Search through our available portfolio of yard space across the UK and don't hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team to discuss locations that can accelerate your business growth.

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