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Planning A Mini-Storage Complex

Thinking about putting a mini storage building up? First thing you need to think about is location. Location is very important especially since zoning is almost always an issue. You must make sure you understand the restrictions on the type of building and business that you intend to bring with you to a given location, and that there is no conflict with mini-storage.  Below you will find a list by Erik Hermes’ article, “Insight to A Great Site,” which is a popular list that can be found in numerous articles and it used by many owners to determine a good location for their mini storage building.  First off, what makes a good location?

  • On an arterial street
  • Easy to see
  • Traffic count minimum of 20,000
  • High density of homes
  • Few competitors within 3 miles
  • Next to an apartment complex

And now what makes a great location:

  • On a major intersection
  • Easy to access
  • Minimum traffic count of 30,000
  • High density of homes in growing area
  • No competitors within 3 miles
  • Next to high activity retail or restaurant

Once you have decided on your location, size, number and mix of units, you can get in touch with a manufacturer.  There are many manufacturers in the market so be sure to do your research and to get information from a few before you proceed.  Make sure you discuss your own custom requirements, and any accessories they may offer that can enhance your operation.

We recommend that you try this FREE ONLINE QUOTE SERVICE, as it will put you in contact with multiple, top-level manufacturers, who will provide you with high-end project proposals at factory-direct prices. The form is quick and easy to use and requires no commitment. These suppliers will be competing for your business, so it is in their best interest to offer you top quality service and excellent prices.

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Self Storage for your Steel Building

The good thing about steel buildings is that they are highly functional in usage and utility. When it comes to quick construction and long lasting buildings, most people find that steel buildings are the best option. They are durable, eco-friendly, and are usually constructed much faster than buildings using other materials; costs are usually lower compared to traditional building methods; they are lighter weight; they are easier to maintain; and they carry a reduced risk of fire. They are also resistant to termites, creeping, cracks, splitting and rotting, and increasing durability.

Steel buildings also offer interior self storage systems which has become the newest benefit of the construction alternative.  The wonderful idea behind all this is that it allows steel building owners to convert their vacant space into self storage facilities.  This is a major bonus in commercial steel buildings. For any space that you have in your steel building, you can simply convert any of these spaces to an interior self storage system.

These self storage systems are a very profitable conversion allowing spaces that are idle; they are becoming a good way to be turned into a good source of income. Self storage systems in steel buildings are equipped very well with temperature controls and different features that make them a perfect area to store commercial storage.  Most companies out there such as: liquor companies, pharmacies, toiletries etc. need a good place to store such things especially in a temperature controlled area.

Converting an area in a steel building into a self storage system is easy! In a matter of just a few months, you can turn your steel building into a commercial self storage. This is very popular and is being done everywhere, its revenue generating as well as profitable.  Many companies are investing their time and money in the self storage process because self storage facilities are quite useful and are in high demand in the commercial sector.

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Steel Buildings for your Auto Shop

Using metal for commercial, industrial and auto shops has increased.  The cost of a steel building is 15-20 % of the total cost of constructing a building. This also includes land cost, labor, plumbing, electrical, heating and air conditioning installation and interior finish. Technological advances in metal products and materials have led to the development of structural systems that are compatible with more traditional construction materials.

Designers are combining a steel building with masonry, glass and wood exterior facades to meet the aesthetic requirements of customers.  This will preserve the inherent characteristics of metal building systems. And as a result the uses for metal buildings are now office buildings, showrooms, retail stores, warehouses, factories and auto shops.

Some advantages to owning a steel building for an auto shop are significant cost advantages, increased architectural acceptance and advances in design versatility and production processes. It will take less time to construct a steel building than any other type of building.  Most auto shop buildings are done in the factory which will not allow for weather conditions to interfere.  Computer analysis and design are used to fabricate structural members with high strength-to-weight ratios, minimizing raw materials costs.

Other advantages are steel buildings will lower construction costs because manufacture of steel building systems allows the builders to substitute less expensive factory labor for much of the skilled on-site construction labor. Another great thing about steel buildings is that they can be modified quickly and economically before, during and after the building is completed to accommodate all types of expansion. This way, your steel auto shop building can be expanded by removing the end or sidewalls, erecting new framework and adding matching wall and roof panels.

Another fact to consider is that steel is one of the strongest materials and can withstand extreme weather conditions such as high winds, severe snow storms, hurricanes, and even earthquakes. They are also resistant to termites, creeping, cracks, splitting and rotting, and will increase durability. There are also options for reinforcing steel against vandalism and fire and most reputable steel building manufacturers offer a 25 year warranty which gives you immediate security when building your steel factory. All the above elements are extremely important for your auto shop, as your cars are ensured protection against all kinds of weather conditions.

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Storage Tips for Your Garage or Workspace

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Since your garage can serve as a workshop, shed, storage locker, carport and much more, it’s the best place to store all your miscellaneous items. Effective use of the space can be done with a little planning and vision. Here are just some tips of how to maximize your storage space.

The first step is eliminate clutter and throw out what everything that is not used or required anymore before you start organizing. Everything should be sorted through and determined whether the items in question serves a purpose, if not, then it should be promptly discarded.

Use the items being stored to help define the space requirements and choose the appropriate storage solutions. Use storage cabinets, either free standing or wall mounted, to store tools, supplies and equipment. Specialized storage units are available for storage certain types of equipment or tools, allowing for similar items to be stored in one compact space. This is create additional storage space that may have been underutilized before and protect your items from moisture, dust and dirt.

Wall shelves can be used to add additional storage. These can be free standing or mounted, and shelves can even be built in rafters for storing items that are not used on a regular basis. This creates more floor space and minimizes visual clutter.

Bins should be used for smaller miscellaneous items. Storage should be labelled so that things are easier to find and there will be less time spent searching for elusive items.

Hooks for hanging storage can be attached to studs on garage walls or even rafters to hang larger items.  Pegboards can be installed on garage walls to provide support to hang various size hooks.

Everything should be placed in ergonomically located places, but in some cases, a bigger storage space is still required. Norsteel Buildings can provide storage buildings, pre-fabricated metal garages and even mini storage buildings in several styles to suit a wide variety of purposes. These economical buildings can be completely customized to fit the project needs. After all, a well organized storage space should make life easier and allow things to be found more quickly.

Mini Storage Buildings for Your Business

Storage units, for many businesses, are just another way of spending unnecessary costs. Instead of buying mini storage buildings, they opt to rent in mini storage facilities. There are, however, many disadvantages to this. For one, the demand for storage facilities is growing. With the limited supply, especially within your area, storage facilities usually hike the price up.

If you do the math, the money your business is paying for a storage facility over a certain period of time (perhaps a few months to a year) is much more than what you’ll be paying if you buy a mini storage building yourself. That’s not all: consider how much time and you’re wasting by having your staff go to the storage facility within your area just to retrieve an item! And don’t forget the transportation costs! From this perspective, the better route is obviously to buy one.

The steel material of storage buildings that we sell is also suited for your business’ storage needs. Most storage facilities rents out storage buildings made of concrete. Not only are mini storage buildings made of steel comparatively easier to set up, they also stand the challenges of the environment much better. As these storage buildings are climate-controlled, you can expect them to survive strong earthquakes, storms, pests, and any other challenge the environment may pose!

The same goes for fire. These steel buildings will protect your flammable items with its fire-resistant material. Virtually no fire can penetrate it—especially the ones that you purchase from us.

Of course, keep in mind: what are you planning to place in mini storage building? Is it something that you can afford to entrust to a storage facility? Although there are some that you can definitely trust with your business belongings, you will be much better off knowing where your important business materials are—safe in your very own mini storage building.

Maybe you’ve never considered the thought before. Perhaps you’re comfortable enough in knowing that your materials are safe where it is. But still, you can never gamble on chance. You have to be sure that your business materials are kept safe. You have to be sure that only you and your staff have access to your steel storage building. And, for all these reasons, you have to buy a mini storage building.

Norsteel Mini-Storage Info

norsteel mini storage buildingsWe spend a lot of time thinking about mini-storage. In fact, Norsteel has an entire division devoted to the needs of the mini-storage industry. The industry is a great opportunity for an entrepreneur and we enjoy serving it. Our buildings are a natural fit for mini self storage facilities: they are inexpensive, easily customizable, and make installation as easy as possible. And we have the fastest delivery times around.

We have a great selection of mini storage unit buildings, ready to go when you are. They are super for a brand new facility, or, if your business is growing and you need more space, we can help you with additions and adding new buildings on to your facility.

Since we keep up with the industry, our sales staff are always ready to help answer your questions about how we can help you. We’re also glad to offer our experience to you–we have worked with many self-storage businesses, so we have a good idea of what has worked for people, what hasn’t, what people would do if they could start over. Our access to this experience will save you lots of headaches, now and in the future.

For example, when you’re budgeting, you’ll want to know all the various fees that you’ll have to pay, including excavation, permit fees, and so forth. We can point you to resources so that you can budget effectively. Our network of contacts can ease the burden for you.

Our people can help you handle the design of your building (based on our range of prefabricated products) choosing colors and designs that fit your brand, as well as helping you capitalize on your specific lot size and requirements.

Then, when it comes time to get building your facility or addition, we’ll be there, helping you keep on track by ensuring timely delivery and accessibility during the construction phase.

Call us today to talk about your mini-storage building project!