Managing Your Small Business Inventory

Managing Your Small Business Inventory

Managing Your Small Business Inventory

One of the most challenging aspects of operating a small business with inventory is finding a secure storage space.  Storage facilities can be expensive to purchase and the upkeep cuts into your bottom line.  Storage rental is often more practical, but it can be difficult to find a safe, secure and reliable air controlled storage provider that caters to small businesses.  That is where we come in!

Climate Masters Indoor Storage offers excellent rates on air controlled storage for small businesses.  In addition, we receive shipments from all major carriers (USPS, FedEx, UPS, etc.).  We also have loading docks that can accommodate an up to 53-foot truck/trailer, forklifts with certified operators and pallet jacks.  We can even store your fleet as we have ample vehicle storage and auto storage options at our Summerville and Hanahan locations.  These locations also offer RV storage for your “mobile” office.

Now that you’ve shopped storage rates and chosen Climate Masters to take care of your air controlled storage rental needs, it’s time to organize and manage your inventory. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

Develop an Inventory Management System

Whether you use an inventory management software program or prefer to go old school with inventory notebooks, you need to come up with a system to track inventory that is coming in and going out.

Organize Your Inventory in Sections

This will help ensure you can easily locate what you need when you need it. You can break your air controlled storage unit up into sections by product type, alphabetically, or any other way that keeps it organized and easily accessible.

Let Go of Old Stock

If you have inventory that is old or will no longer be offered, get rid of it.  Air controlled storage space is a commodity!

If you want to eliminate the headaches and added costs of owning a warehouse, then storage rental is the answer. Our secured air controlled storage rental space in Hanahan, Summerville and Daniel Island is perfect for small businesses. Give us a call or stop by to learn more today.

Storing Your Summer Toys

Storing Your Summer Toys

Storing Your Summer Toys

Summer toys including boats, kayaks and canoes are fun and exciting. However, finding storage space for them can be challenging.  Many homeowners associations do not allow extra vehicle storage (including boats) or RV storage in driveways or yards.  Storing canoes and kayaks in a garage is also not always practical.

Fortunately, Climate Masters offers affordable storage rates so you can store your summer toys all year round!  Our Summerville and Hanahan locations have vehicle storage / auto storage spaces that can be used for boats.  They also offer longer spots for RV storage. Our Summerville, Hanahan, and Daniel Island locations have secured air controlled storage rental space that is perfect for kayaks, canoes and accessories.

Here are a few tips on how to properly store summer toys such as kayaks and canoes in your storage unit:

Clean and Dry

The first step is to thoroughly clean your kayak, canoe, life jackets, paddles and other accessories you plan to place in your storage unit.  Be sure they are clean and free of any salt, mold, mildew and bacteria.  Make sure they are thoroughly dry before placing them inside your storage unit.

Store Indoors

Although your summer toys were meant to be used outdoors, you can extend their life by storing them indoors.  An air controlled storage unit is less likely to be affected by humidity, pests and mold. And, although storage rates for an air controlled storage unit are slightly more, it is well worth it to ensure your summer toys will be ready for you to use when weather permits.

Distribute Weight Evenly

When storing your kayak or canoe, be sure the weight is distributed evenly.  Sitting them on the ground can put pressure on the hull and cause damage over time.  Consider placing a rack or a few 2X4’s in your storage rental space for your kayaks and/or canoes.  Or, you can lean them up and secure them against the wall of your storage unit.

If you are looking for a safe and secure location for your summer toys, look no further!  Give us a call or stop by to see our air controlled storage units and vehicle storage/RV storage spaces today.

Organizing Your Personal Property for an Interim Move

Organizing Your Personal Property for an Interim Move

Organizing Your Personal Property for an Interim Move

Door-to-door moves are ideal, but despite best efforts, they are often the exception rather than the rule.  Time between the sale of an old home and purchase of a new home can result in having to make an interim move.  Some people stay in a hotel.  Others may crash with family.  And, there are also those who will rent a place until they close on their new home. An interim move often means also renting public storage space to store your furniture and personal belongings.

Many people opt to rent a temperature controlled storage unit to ensure their furniture and possessions are kept free from extreme temperatures, mold and bugs.  Storage rates for temperature controlled storage units are a little higher than outdoor storage space, but well worth the investment.  Strategically packing and organizing your storage unit can save you significant time when moving.  You will likely need to access some of your items in the storage unit, so knowing where everything is will be key to your comfort and happiness.

Shrink Wrap Furniture and Mirrors

Shrink wrapping your furniture and mirrors helps keep them protected and preserved. If damage is going to occur, it is most likely going to happen during transit.  Shrink wrapping furniture and mirrors is especially important since you will be moving them from your old home to a temperature controlled storage unit and then to your new home.

Consider Plastic Containers for Valuables

Plastic containers are sturdy, stackable and tend to be easier to handle than bulky cardboard storage boxes. They are also sealable, which is ideal for valuables and other items you want to ensure are secure and protected. Plastic containers stack nicely in a temperature controlled storage unit.

Label Containers/Boxes and Create a Master Inventory List

Clearly labeling the boxes and containers in your storage space will be a life saver when you are looking for specific items.  You should place the boxes you know you will need to access in the front of your storage unit so they are readily available.  Creating a master list of your storage unit inventory will also be a timesaver when it comes to locating items.

When you make an interim move, you may not have space to park extra vehicles, boats and trailers.  If that is the case, don’t fret.  We have plenty of auto storage / vehicle storage at our Summerville and Hanahan locations.

Don’t let the stress of an interim move steal the joy out of buying a new home. If you are facing an interim move, we have temperature controlled storage units in Hanahan, Summerville and Daniel Island.  We can help you determine the proper size temperature controlled storage unit you will need to safely and comfortably store your belongings.  Give us a call or stop by to see us today!

Temperature Controlled Storage

Do I Need a Temperature Controlled Storage Unit?

Temperature Controlled Storage

Storage rates for temperature controlled storage units are slightly higher than the storage rates for outdoor storage space. People often wonder whether climate controlled storage is worth the extra cost. Think of it this way, if what you are storing is important enough to rent storage space instead of throwing it away, then it is probably valuable enough to ensure it is stored properly.

Temperature controlled storage units have many benefits.  The most obvious is that they protect your valuables from the heat and cold.  Another benefit, especially in South Carolina, is that temperature controlled storage units protect your valuables from the humidity.  Mold is kept at bay, and it is more difficult for bugs and other pests to find their way into a temperature controlled storage unit. Indoor storage is also more secure as these storage units are housed in buildings with high tech security features.

Here are examples of items that should never be stored in an outdoor public storage unit:

  • Photographs
  • Candles
  • Archives, Files and Paperwork
  • Diplomas and Awards
  • Linens
  • Vinyl Records
  • Computers and Hard Drives
  • Wood Furniture
  • Autographed Memorabilia
  • Family Heirlooms

Climate Masters Indoor Storage is proud to offer secure indoor storage space and affordable storage rates at our Summerville, Daniel Island and Hanahan locations.  We are the Lowcountry’s trusted provider of temperature controlled storage units serving both residential and commercial customers.  We also offer auto storage / vehicle storage at our Summerville and Hanahan locations.  Give us a call or come visit us to learn more.

Public Storage

Considerations When Choosing a Public Storage Provider

Public Storage

Part Two

As we discussed in our previous article, there are many aspects to take into consideration when choosing a public storage provider.  We have already discussed security, climate control and storage rates.  Here are a few more:

Access

Access to your storage space is important.  Are you able to access your temperature controlled storage unit, vehicle storage and/or auto storage 24-hours a day, seven days a week?  Some public storage facilities place limitations on the days and hours you can enter.  Climate Masters  Indoor Storage allows our customers access to their temperature controlled storage units as well as our auto storage and vehicle storage areas 24/7.

Options & Amenities

It’s important to choose a public storage provider that offers options and amenities you may want to consider either now or in the future.  For instance, Climate Masters offers temperature controlled storage units.  We also provide optional racking to help you organize and optimize space in your storage unit.  We receive daily shipments from USPS, Fed Ex and UPS, which is especially appealing to businesses.  Another option some business owners who rent storage space from us appreciate is the fact that we have loading docks that can accommodate a 53 foot truck or trailer, pallet jacks and forklifts with certified operators at our Daniel Island, Summerville and Hanahan locations. Additionally, our Summerville and Hanahan locations offer vehicle storage / auto storage options.

Reputation

Before renting storage space, you will want to learn some about the reputation of the public storage providers you are considering.  One of the best places to start is reading their online reviews.  Also, don’t be afraid to ask any public storage provider for references.

Give us a call or stop by to tour our Hanahan, Daniel Island or Summerville facilities.  We offer competitive storage rates and top-notch service.  Whether you need a temporary storage space, vehicle storage, auto storage or a long term storage unit, we can help!

Public Storage

Tips on Selecting a Public Storage Provider

Public Storage

Part One

We understand the challenges consumers face when trying to select a reliable and reputable public storage provider. Climate Masters Indoor Storage is a trusted provider of temperature controlled storage units and auto storage/vehicle storage for both residential and commercial clients in Summerville, Daniel Island and Hanahan. Let’s take a look at some aspects to consider when choosing storage space.

Security

You want to make sure your storage unit and vehicle storage/auto storage is secured.  Our temperature controlled storage units in Daniel Island, Summerville and Hanahan are housed in buildings with high tech security.  Our Summerville and Hanahan locations also offer fenced auto storage and vehicle storage space with security cameras.

Climate Control

Do the public storage providers you are considering only offer outdoor storage space? Temperature controlled storage units provide protection from heat and cold.  Sealed and insulated buildings also help with mold prevention and keep dust, debris and bugs at a minimum.  It’s best to store valuables and other sensitive items in a temperature controlled storage unit.

Storage Rates

Storage rates are a consideration when selecting a temperature controlled storage unit and/or vehicle storage/auto storage space.  Remember, the lowest price is not always the best.  It is important to look at the entire package.  What size storage space am I getting for my money?  Do I have 24/7 access?  What other amenities and options are available?

Our next article will cover three more aspects to consider when choosing a public storage provider. Whether you are looking for a temporary storage space or need a long term storage unit, we can help.  Stop by any of our locations for a complimentary tour of our facilities and amenities.  We promise you won’t be disappointed!

Public Storage

Advantages of Using Public Storage for Your Business

Public Storage

Part Two

We’ve been taking a look at how public storage space can benefit businesses.  Climate Masters Indoor Storage provides safe, secure and reliable temperature-controlled storage units as well as auto storage and vehicle storage for companies throughout the Lowcountry.  Here are a few more advantages of renting public storage space from Climate Masters:

Organize Equipment, Products and Stock

We have competitive storage rates and storage space to accommodate every budget and need.  Some businesses choose to rent temperature-controlled storage units to organize and store excess equipment, old files and supplies.  Others utilize storage space to help them keep their products and stock safe, secure, organized and ready for fulfillment.  Climate Masters Indoor Storage even has licensed forklift operators to help you move and organize large palates.

Receiving of Shipments

Climate Masters is more than just storage space.  When you rent a storage unit from us, you can take advantage of our advanced receiving capabilities. We receive daily shipments from all major carriers including the USPS, Fed Ex and UPS.  We also have loading docks that can accommodate up to a 53-foot truck or trailer, as well as forklifts, certified operators and pallet jacks at our Summerville, Daniel Island and Hanahan locations .

Vehicle Storage

Our Summerville and Hanahan locations offer auto storage and vehicle storage.  This is especially attractive to companies that do not have vehicle storage on their property and/or businesses with a home-based office.  We can accommodate all types of vehicle storage, from compact cars to RVs and monster trucks!

If you own a business and are seeking options to help your operations run smoother and save money, then Climate Masters Indoor Storage can help.  Our temperature-controlled storage units, vehicle storage facilities and receiving capabilities can help take your company to the next level.  Give us a call today!

Storage Space

Storage Space for Small Businesses

Storage Space

Part One

Climate Masters Indoor Storage proudly caters to small businesses.  We not only work with entities such as distributors, IT, tech and general contractors, non-profit organizations and retail establishments, but we also provide secure storage space for online stores and home-based businesses. Companies throughout the Lowcountry trust our friendly staff at our Summerville, Daniel Island and Hanahan storage unit locations to provide them with the service and support they need to help make their companies successful.

Let’s take a look at some ways temperature-controlled storage units benefit your business.

Storage Rates vs. Renting/Purchasing Warehouse Space

Many businesses are on a budget.  Even those with excess income welcome the opportunity to save where they can.  Renting a temperature-controlled storage unit from a reputable storage provider such as Climate Masters can save you thousands of dollars each month over  purchasing or renting a warehouse.  Best of all, storage rates come without the hassles of paying for utilities and long-term contracts or commitments.

24/7 Access to Your Storage Unit

The storage rates at Climate Masters include 24/7 access to your temperature-controlled storage unit.  This is important because having the flexibility to come and go as you please means no limits on your schedule or when you can conduct business. Access anytime is especially important to clients of our Summerville and Hanahan locations who also take advantage of our auto storage/vehicle storage options.

Safe and Secure

Rest easy knowing that your contents are safe and secure.  The storage space at each of our Hanahan, Summerville and Daniel Island locations features high tech security including cameras and electronic gate access. Storage saves you the monthly expense of security and alarm systems that you would otherwise need for a warehouse or private building.

Our next article will discuss more advantages to considering storage for your small business needs. Climate Masters is the Lowcountry’s choice for temperature-controlled storage units as well as auto storage/vehicle storage.  If you have a small business, give us a call for storage rates and learn more about how we can help!

car storage

How to Prepare Items for Storage

car storage

Part Two

We are continuing our series on how to prepare items for storage.   Climate Masters offers competitive storage rates on climate-controlled storage space for both personal and business use.  We also offer auto storage, including car storage and RV storage, as well as boat storage.

Preparation is key to protecting the integrity of contents stored in self-storage units. Let’s look at a few more ways you can protect the items you are planning to place in your climate-controlled storage space.

Empty Appliances

Make sure all appliances are empty and clean.  This includes refrigerators, microwave ovens, toasters, coffee makers, washers and dryers, etc.  Check attached hoses and areas where water may be hiding to be sure the appliance is completely drained before moving it to your storage space.  Once in your storage space, consider leaving the doors to any appliances open slightly for ventilation purposes.

Pack Electronics So They Are Free from Dust

When possible, pack electronics in their original package.  If the original packaging is not available, then clean each device and place in a sturdy moving box. Stuff the moving box with crumpled paper, peanuts or other packing material and seal tightly.  Now, your electronics are ready to place in your climate-controlled storage space!

Hang Clothes in a Wardrobe Box

Hanging clothes in wardrobe boxes will help protect the integrity of the garments and keep them free from wrinkles. This is especially important if you plant to store vintage or family heirloom clothing in your storage space.

Individually Wrap Fragile Items

All fragile items should be individually wrapped and securely placed in sturdy boxes marked “fragile”.  Self-storage units often contain a lot of items, so it is important to make sure fragile items are securely packed.

If you are shopping storage rates for self-storage units, look no further. Climate Masters has affordable and secure climate-controlled storage space ready for you at our Hanahan, Daniel Island and Summerville locations.  And, don’t forget about auto storage. Our Summerville and Hanahan locations have plenty of car storage, RV storage and boat storage. Give us a call today.

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Preparing Items for Storage

climate-controlled storage

Part One

You’ve identified items you wish to keep in climate-controlled storage.  Now, you need to make sure they are protected both during transit and while they are housed in your storage space.  The climate controlled self-storage units at Climate Masters are spacious and maintained in excellent condition.  However, failure to prepare your items before they are placed in a storage space can result in damage. Protecting the integrity of your contents starts with ensuring they are properly prepared for storage.

Ensure Items Are Clean and Dry Before Packing

If you want to get the most out of your storage space, ensure the items you are preparing to store are clean and dry before packing them.  Remove dust and residue and make sure there is no water or moisture on the items as you pack.  Use quality boxes and packing material.  Always pack boxes full and make sure they are tightly sealed.

Use Small but Sturdy Boxes for Books

Small, sturdy boxes are always the best option when storing books in self-storage units.  Small boxes are easier to move and the sturdier the better due to the weight.  Climate Masters sells boxes specifically designed to store books.

Cover Furniture with Sheets or Protective Wrap

If you want to protect your investment, it is advisable to clean and cover your furniture with sheets, blankets or protective wrap.  Awkwardly shaped furniture is often difficult to maneuver, so protecting it will minimize damage should it rub up against a wall or get dropped in transit.  Keeping it covered while in the storage space will also help protect it from dust and debris.

Place Mattresses in a Storage Bag

Before moving a mattress to a storage space, first inspect its condition.  If you notice damage or bugs, consider disposing of it.  Self-storage units are excellent options to store mattresses in good condition.  It is advisable to place the mattress in a storage bag to protect it from damage during transit and also keep it free from dirt, dust, pests and moisture.

We offer storage solutions for both business and residential customers.  Need auto storage?  Climate Masters also has excellence storage rates for car storage, boat storage and RV storage at our Summerville and Hanahan locations.  Want to learn more about our storage space options and storage rates?  Give us a call today!