Here at a Reliable Commercial, we are experts at building. We’ve built tech facilities, led repairs and renovations, and of course, built our fair share of storage facilities. Whether you are a business owner looking to build your first storage space, or you have done it before and just want to get it as close to perfect as possible, we can help. We know the ins and outs of building a new storage facility, and we can give you some pointers so that things go smoothly during your construction.

Here is our set of guidelines to get your new storage project off on the right foot. The first step in any construction is getting the right place. It’s been said before, and it will be again: location is everything. Our guide can help you choose the right location and customize it to fit your storage facility’s needs.


Figure out your goals


This may be hard with some commercial buildings, but for a storage facility, it’s pretty simple. Your primary goal is one thing:

  • Be financially successful.

However, it’s not so easy as just choosing a spot, building and starting to make money. There are plenty of other things you will have to keep in mind. Let’s look at some other potential goals, and as you read through the rest of this article, you can decide if they align with your purposes.

  • Climate control. Storage space customers are more often demanding higher-level facilities that include temperature and humidity control.
  • Green energy. You can get tax credits, sell back excess energy, and some customers may be looking for green businesses.
  • Storage unit sizing. Who are you clients? How do they change what exactly you need to build?
  • Location. Where you build determines who you will be serving, so you need to figure you a good space and what the clients there want.

We’ll go into more depth with each of these goals to help you figure out what you are looking for with your facility.


Choose the right location


You will need to have some land to build on – obviously, whether the land is leased or purchased is up to you. Once you have figured out one or more potential locations, it’s time to do some analysis.


Market analysis of the location. 


What is the demand for storage like? How high or low is it, and what are people looking for in particular? Market analysis can be broken down into: Clients, development, legal requirements, and competition.




  • What are the clients in the area like?
    • What is the income level of the potential clients?
    • What are their demands? (For example, are they more interested in cheap storage or newer, state-of-the-art facilities?)
    • How many people will be needing your services at your chosen location?
    • Demographics/mobility. Younger people tend to move around more, and young professionals who move may need to keep more in storage compared to retirees. Retirees on the other hand have had their whole lives to accumulate things they may need to store.
    • Anything else about the clients that may be pertinent.

For some more in-detail market information about storage facilities, look at this market overview.


Land development


  • How much development will you have to do on the building site? Is it a piece of land that will need a totally new building? Is there an old storage facility that can be renovated? Perhaps the land is a disused urban area, so the infrastructure is there but the building must be built.

Site improvements include costs you will have to factor in for the following:

  • Demolition of existing structures.
  • Paving
  • Lighting
  • Parking
  • Landscaping




  • What are the zoning requirements like for your facility?
  • How much will you have to pay in one-time fees?
  • What about recurring payments?
  • How will zoning/permit fees change depending on the specifics of your facilities?




Who else is in the same game as you in town? Will you step on each others’ toes? You can try to complement existing storage facilities in areas with lower demand, and supplement them where demand is higher. 

  • Be sure to check out what existing competition there is.
  • Do your research and find out what other storage buildings in your area are planned to be built. 


Zoning and land requirements


The land requirements for a storage building will depend on how many levels it has. Obviously, the more levels, the less land is required. In order to ensure compliance with city zoning requirements, you must have full plans for the facility that meet specific and/or general commercial zoning laws.

Zoning requirements to be aware of:

  • Fire code and fire suppression system requirements.
  • Storm and storm water codes.
  • Landscaping and outdoor requirements.


Site Layout


This is where we get into the nitty-gritty of how your facility will operate and what it will have. 

  • Storage room types. Is the demand in your area for smaller units for people living in apartments? Do your clients want climate control? The room types determine your operating costs and the total number of storage spaces your building will have. The right unit mix is key in getting a return on your investment.
  • Accessibility to the main building and individual units. Accessibility is often easier in urban areas, but in cramped cities it may be harder to drive big moving trucks up to the facility easier.
  • Parking requirements.
  • Outdoors and landscaping. How do you want your facility to look from the outside?


Work with a trusted and experienced contractor in choosing your site


At Reliable Commercial, storage construction is one of our top businesses. We are used to helping clients the whole way through on their construction project, and we would be happy to help you get started. We are an experienced team of commercial contractors who know about legal and zoning requirements, market analysis, accessibility, and site development. If you want your facility built right, from beginning to end, choose construction contractors who are reliable. Contact us today and we can help you with your project.