13 Apr 2022

Contractor Units: A Solution for the Trades

Melissa Anderson

Territory Business Manager with Forge Building Company

Self-storage isn’t just for homeowners and renters anymore. In recent years, more and more facilities are adding “contractor units” to their mix. These units are specifically geared towards small business owners who would consider themselves a “contractor” of a particular trade. There is a great benefit for them being able to rent a larger self-storage so they may continue to grow and scale their business. Many contractors get to a point where they have outgrown working from their home or garage; however, they aren’t ready to move into a commercial/industrial space. Renting a Contractor Unit becomes a solution to their growing problem and is at a price that they can absorb into their operating costs.

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There are some specific attributes that make a Contractor Unit appealing to contractors. Generally, they are going to be units that have a minimum width of 14’ are at least 30’ long; however, there are some units that are 16’ wide and 50’ long. The key is to give the contractor ample space to house equipment and supplies. Also, these units tend to have taller doors ranging from 12’ to 14’ high. Many of these units that are considered “contractor units” can also be cross marketed as enclosed RV Storage if they the right size.

Now, here is where it gets fun. If the market supports it, it may make sense to have some of the contractor units upgraded as a “premium unit”. That is, the larger space comes with some luxury accommodations. Keep in mind, that premium units are going to be rented at premium rates.

Some options to consider in making a contractor unit “premium” are as follows: