Choosing Your Storage Unit Franchise

When considering buying a franchise, storage facilities are worth looking into. The storage unit industry has been the fastest growing segment of commercial real estate over the past 40 years. It makes over $220 billion annually. There are several franchises throughout the United States with diversified functions and prices. Finding the one that fits a particular buyer’s situation is a matter of research. Here is a list of storage franchises with some information to help one narrow the search.

1-800-PACK-RAT

Started in 2003, this company has expanded to over 60 metro areas across the US. They offer storage containers for residential and office use that can be used for moving or simply rented for storage, either at the consumers location or in warehouse.

Amazing Spaces

Located in the Woodlands, just outside Houston, Texas, this is a family owned business. Their business offers a variety of storage types, including wine, RV, vehicle, and climate controlled storage. They offer both moving supplies and services. Partnering with local approved businesses, they offer above and beyond service to their customers.

Big Box Storage

Started in San Diego, CA in 2002, this is a growing business that provides 8x5x7 foot storage boxes to both residential and commercial consumers. The storage boxes then are stored in Big Box’s storage warehouses. They currently have more than 200 locations in nine states.

Garage Town USA

A truly unique storage concept that began around 20 years ago. Their condominium storage units are purchased rather than rented. There is a spacious clubhouse, trach service and RV hook up, as well as potable water and individual electric meters. Ten percent of the unit can even be used for business. They have 19 current facilities in seven western states.

Ideal Storage

This is a portable storage business that started in 2007. They offer a variety of sizes of portable storage units that customers can either load themselves or hire the company to load for them. The units can then be stored on the customer’s property or Ideal can store it for them. An added benefit offered by Ideal is climate controlled storage units.

PODS

The pioneers in portable storage units, PODS was founded in 1998. They provide services in 46 states, Canada, Australia and the UK. They deal with both residential and commercial customers and offer storage, moving, and moving materials.

Rent-A-Shed

An innovative idea started in 2007 by John and Kelly Adams, Rent-A-Shed offers the ability to rent a storage shed in your own backyard. This provides the customer the convenience of having their possessions a walk away. With a modular shed that can easily be assembled in the back yard, plus an appealing look, this product has a unique and rising market.

Smartbox

Priding themselves in portable storage units that protect from the environment and allow the storage items to breathe, this company offers both moving and storage options for residential and commercial consumers. They have amassed locations across the nation since 2003 and are continuing to grow.

UNITS

This company has been in the portable storage business since 2003. They provide storage and moving services for both a commercial and residential cliental. They deliver and pick up their units allowing the clients to pack and move at their own pace.

Zippy Shell

Founded in Australia in 2007, this company came to the US in 2010 and became the fastest growing storage and moving company in the US by 2014. They utilize the portable storage container with drop off, pick-up, and store or move options for their residential and commercial customers.

Making a decision on which storage unit franchise to choose can be a difficult one. Peter Taffae of FranchisePerils.com, which specializes in insurance coverage for franchises, gives this advice: “Be sure to talk to past and current franchisees and visit the nearby competition as if you were a customer.” Again, do your research. The right franchise choice can make a huge difference on your future success.

Kathleen Krueger

Kathleen is a full-time freelance writer and owner of Crafter of Words LLC. She specializes in providing high-quality blogs, website copy and email campaigns for businesses. She frequently writes on topics of interest to home owners such as remodeling, storage and moving.

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