Equipment storage

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by 1st impressions, Jan 19, 2001.

  1. 1st impressions

    1st impressions LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    My company is located in the western suburbs of Chicago. I
    currently store ALL my equipment at my house and have run out of room. My wife and neighbors say it is time to get a new place. Can anyone out there give me an idea on the cost to store 3 trailers and possible a truck.
    Storage around here seems to be at a premium.(if you can find it) I've looked at calling some small churches to barter some parking lot space in return for lawn maintenance. I am also going to call property managers to see if they may have a client who would be willing to deal. Any other ideas?
    Any other companies in the same boat out here in DuPage county? Maybe we could join forces. I found an industrial
    building with drive in capabilities with 1400 sq. ft. of space for $750/month. I only need about 600ft.
    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
  2. Mean Green Machine

    Mean Green Machine LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 39

    Do u know anything about lescos?
  3. 1st impressions

    1st impressions LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    Mean Green Machine

    Know what? Info on Lesco equipment or storage?
  4. SJR Lawncare

    SJR Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 250

    I think mean green machine is screwing around. That is the 2nd or 3rd time he has interrupted a thread with that stupid question. Yes there is such a thing as a stupid question, When you ask it in the middle of another discussion.

  5. Mark

    Mark LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 723

    Im in the same boat as you. I really can't afford 500 a month rent space. Im thinking about just building a pole barn in the back yd, Right now everything is in the driveway covered.
  6. Esby

    Esby LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 662

    Take a look into enclosed trailers. I know that may seem unreasonable, but then again its also like a mobile shop where ever you go. Keeps your equipment out of the weather and well protected. Plus, no worries about storage!!!
  7. captdevo

    captdevo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 932

    i maintain a mall, and cut a deal with them to leave 2 enclosed trailers (rolling billboards) in their parking lot and had no problem. Keep'em locked. That is what insurance is for.
  8. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,205

    i bought an enclosed trailer for that reason. all my stuff stays locked up out of sight. i know you want to store a truck and more trailers. go to a local lesco, if one, and ask if you can park there. i know a few guys that park their trucks at a local lesco, because they do business there. you could try a self storage place too.
  9. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,662

    I know of several contractors here locally that use storeage malls as their "garages". I believe the going rate is around $75 per month per unit(10x20) for the smaller ones.

    I would also do as mdb suggested and talk with either an elctrical wholesaler who has a pipe yard, possibly a trucking outfit, or even a mechanics garage where you could store your equipment inside of one of the above fenced lots.

    I know that people are usually willing to barter as long you are not a threat. Just make sure that you have some means for keeping your equipment under lock and key. You could also check with some of the local residents. I know garage rentals are quite common in our area.

    Hope this helps.
  10. chrisbolte

    chrisbolte LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    I went with enclosed trailers. Protects equipment and stores parts easily.

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