As a tradesperson, you must always be prepared with the correct tools and materials to get the job done. At SureStore, we offer a range of differently-sized business storage units ideal for tradespeople who need a secure and affordable space for their equipment.
Self Storage vs Van Storage
Most tradespeople drive a van for their day-to-day business and depend on the vehicle to reach their clients, transport tools and materials, and sometimes act as a storage solution. However, recent statistics have revealed that van theft has increased by 81% since 2015. In 2021, around 35 vans were stolen per day.
It also states that 67% of van break-ins result in stolen tools, and only 1% of those tools are ever recovered. Equipment is also a common target for van thieves, with 55.6% of van break-ins resulting in stolen ladders, storage or even van safes ironically designed to protect your belongings.
There are ways to try to avoid van theft, including adding a slam fitted lock and parking in busy, well-lit areas or where the van’s doors are inaccessible. Installing a GPS tracker into your van so that the police can locate it if stolen may also help to increase your chances of getting your van back or recovering stolen tools and equipment. You may also choose to label your belongings or keep a tools inventory list so you can identify what items are missing in a worst-case scenario.
One of the best ways for tradespeople to avoid the theft of their tools is to remove them from the van each night or while the van is unsupervised. At SureStore, we offer secure self-storage units, ranging in size from 10sqft to 200sqft+, that are perfect for tool storage. You may consider downsizing the size of your van and booking a business storage unit for your larger and more expensive equipment.
When you choose a SureStore self-storage unit, you’ll benefit from a state-of-the-art security system with 24/7 CCTV, individually-alarmed storage units and a remote access procedure with unique key-code entry. You can be sure your tools and equipment are safe and can only be accessed by you at SureStore.
Professional Business Storage Solutions
Along with theft, another concern for tradespeople is the condition of their tools and equipment as they can be expensive to replace if they are damaged or not maintained correctly. If you choose to keep your tools and equipment in an outdoor shed, you may be increasing the risk of items turning rusty or breaking over time due to corrosion. However, keeping your trade tools in a professional business storage unit at a SureStore self-storage facility will ensure they stay clean, dry and protected from the elements.
Another benefit to using our business storage solutions is that it also provides a dedicated space for organising your tools, equipment and work materials so that you can come and collect them as and when needed.
All of our UK self-storage facilities are conveniently located near town centres and motorway networks so that you can load or unload your van with everything you need and serve the local area. Our SureStore self-storage access hours are from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm Saturday, and 10am to 2pm Sunday. We can also arrange 24/7 access for a small fee, perfect for early morning starts or late night finishes.
Many of our self-storage facilities also offer innovative drive-up units where you can load equipment and tools directly to your van and benefit from even easier access.
Flexible Business Storage Plans
At SureStore, we offer secure and affordable business storage units in a range of sizes from 10sqft to 200sqft+. Take a look at our SureStore self-storage guide and choose the right–sized storage unit for your needs.
Our flexible business storage plans mean you’ll only pay for the space you require and can downsize or upsize your business storage unit if required. We also offer long-term or short-term managed storage plans to suit you and the demands of your business, so you can concentrate on what you do best.
Book Business Storage for your Tools & Equipment
If you’re a tradesperson in need of a secure self-storage solution for your tools and equipment, look no further than SureStore! Use our instant quote service to book a business storage unit near you. All you need to do is select your nearest SureStore self-storage location and unit size to reveal our competitive prices.
Book today to receive up to 50% off your first 8 weeks of business storage. Use our industry-leading online booking tool or call our friendly and experienced self-storage team to find out more about our business storage solutions.