Storage ?? What do most of you all do for storage??

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by lawns by design, Nov 4, 2011.

  1. lawns by design

    lawns by design LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    I must start of by saying i love this site it is cool as can be to have somewhere to go and ask questions to people who are in the same field as you.
    But here is my questions what do you all do about storage and where do you all have your payments sent to ? HOME? OR PO BOX? (Question is for smaller companies)
    I have just about ran out of room in my garage and not alot of room for trailer on street? So what are some good ideas or places for storage ? The storage units i have found are to small the ceilings are high enough for trailer gate. Buildings i have been looking at are like 500 and up a month
  2. elitelawnteam1

    elitelawnteam1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 410

    Do you own a home? I've been able to get away with just tarping my trailer up and leaving it in my backyard. Depending on where you live, there may be an ordinance/law stating you can't park trailers on the street, especially when it snows. I'm also going to be building a shed next summer, so that will nearly eliminate all the equipment I have currently in my garage.

    As for PO boxes, that decision is up to you. I've never rented one, and I've had no problems with a home address. Because most of my customers live in my town/neighborhood, they sometimes choose to drop payments off at my house, I've got no problem with it, just means I get the check 1 day earlier.

    Some guys on here like the PO boxes because they don't want bad/former customers stalking them/knowing where they live. And probably as a preventative measure for equipment theft.
  3. cuttin-to-the-Max

    cuttin-to-the-Max LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,337

    yupp. Well to start off i dont keep any of my "work" equip. at my house... All of my invoices get sent to my parents house. Thats where i started off when i was 19 and thats the address my customers have had! Also i like abut 20 miles out/ away from my parents' house.Which happens to be my "territory" or where i work out of. MOSTLY.
    If my customers knew i lived 20 miles away i dont think i would have as much business as i do ESPECIALLY for snow. Funny thing is only a select few know where i really live.

    As for storage, my wife woud kick me out if i had the garage smelling like gas and grass! Bad enough washing my cloths! The only equipment she lets me keep in "her" garage are my plows. One good thing about having a 3 car garage! 1 for her and 2 for me of course!

    All the other stuff is kept at 2 storage facilities. I plow a storage facility(20 mins from home) so i work off most of my rent at that one. Then the other storage/ SHOP i have 3 acres to do what ever i want on.(3 mins from home) So i have 3 20' Sea containers that i put my mowers and other stuff in.

    It sounds unorganized but it really isnt.
    Never had a customer come hunt me down or anything...
  4. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,008

    I knew I was going to get into landscaping when I purchased my first house in 99'. I only looked in areas outside city limits and with no HOA. I wanted a side entry garage so I would have backyard access. Plus garage's that face the street dominate the architecture of a house in a negative way.

    I also required my lot size to be at least .75 acres for future growth. I am lucky because I have a rural road at the rear of my property as well. This allowed me to construct a 30x45 shop last year and parking for employee's as well. It costs way to much to have a 1350 sq ft shop in town and parking for a truck, four trailers, and other stuff.

    It is pretty hard to find modern neighborhoods like mine that allow you to run a biz. Usually you and up having to live in old neighborhoods or worse an area with trailer homes all over the place. My mail just comes to my house.



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  5. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,179

    We just bought a second ship container....first one was $3000 and second
    one was $1700. Just got to have some place to put it but they can be locked up pretty good.
  6. Cheffy

    Cheffy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 125

    I have a P.O. box that I use for my mowing and rental property business . My wife wanted this way incase of a stalker tenant . I like it now just a little more secure .

    I grew up on a farm 5 miles from my house but still in my territory. This where I store stuff year around. My brother is on the farm now we have always helped each other out. He is on the road alot so I take care of the lawn and shrubs soit works for me.

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  7. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,008

    I've seen the shop pic you had posted. Are you fortunate enough to own your shop or is it leased?
  8. BPS##

    BPS## LawnSite Senior Member
    from WY
    Messages: 828

    I live on 5.5 acres about 18 miles from town.
    Eventually I want a 1200 sq ft shop for the lawn biz.

    I had one site manager question me about being able to plow living that far from town.
    I told her that I'd be closely monitoring any forecasted storms and would come into town before the weather got bad enough I couldn't make it in.
    That seemed to satisfy her quite well.
  9. StihlMechanic

    StihlMechanic LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,133

    I can pretty much get away with murder in my hood. I have a tiny house on a 1/4 acre so I have room in the backyard to park equipment if needed. Fenced in and out of site. I keep all the mowing equipment in my 220 sq ft one car garage. I really want to build a shop but not at my current location.
  10. Ducke

    Ducke LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 353

    Run my outfit out of my own house and store my gear in a couple of sheds out back
    1) 8x10 baby barn type shed.
    2) 10x14 Tent style shed.
    I park my truck and trailer in my drive way.
    I am looking at getting a rental shop maybe next year as I am growing a getting more equipment. My Brother in law have a unit in a local Industrial Park and is willing to rent 1/2 of it at cost.
    I guess I am one of the lucky ones that have no restriction on my home property. :)

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