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Choosing the Right Self Storage Builder

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Your land has been purchased, permits have been pulled, your market feasibility study is complete, and financing is in order. Now, you’re finally ready to hire a self storage builder to develop your project. Choosing the right self storage builder can be a daunting task. After all, your future depends on having a well-designed facility that presents the image you want while providing the income potential you require.

This is a big investment. Cost, however, cannot be your only consideration — especially if this is your first venture into building a self storage facility. Contracting with the wrong builder can cause you all sorts of frustrations, time delays, and extra money. So, how do you choose a self storage builder? The following are some tips to help guide you in this process.

Prescreen Potential Self Storage Builders

Before you schedule an appointment, make sure the builder you are considering is legitimate. They must be licensed, bonded, insured, and in good standing with the Better Business Bureau. If they claim to be a self storage builder, check with professional organizations such as the Self Storage Association. Furthermore, while the law provides some protection from fraudulent or incompetent contractors, it doesn't guarantee honest transactions or quality work. After all, your financial investment is at stake. Look at previous projects similar in scale to your project and check references.

Self Storage Experience

forge the steel building expertsBuilding your self storage facility is an investment that will bring substantial returns over time. With so much at stake, your builder's experience should be a top priority. It is not enough to be a great builder — the company you choose needs to be a steel building expert.

When building a self storage facility, construction requirements are very specific to the industry. An architect who doesn’t have extensive experience in self storage may miss these pieces in their design.

Forge Building Company is THE steel building expert. As such, we will supply your steel and provide an experienced installation crew for your project. Our installers pay close attention to every little detail ensuring your facility is built to the highest level of quality.

As the leading authority in steel buildings, we offer a comprehensive suite of services tailored to meet our clients' diverse needs. Additionally, we provide high-quality steel and deploy proficient installation crews. We also ensure that every aspect of your construction project is executed with precision and excellence.

Our extensive experience and industry-leading expertise enable us to offer a diverse range of steel products customized to match the unique demands of your venture. Whether your project requires structural beams, roofing panels, or specialized components, our seasoned experts are dedicated to guiding you through selecting the optimal materials. We prioritize using steel renowned for its strength, durability, and performance to ensure the longevity and resilience of your structure.

Commitment to Quality

Our unwavering commitment to quality means we never compromise on excellence. We adhere strictly to industry standards and best practices, ensuring your facility is built with precision and craftsmanship. Whether it's a single-story drive-up facility, a multi-story complex, or a combination of various elements, Forge Building Company guarantees unparalleled expertise and excellence in steel construction.

See what Adam Pakes, CEO of LuxeLocker has to say about working with Forge as its steel provider and steel erector:

Tailored Solutions for Self Storage Needs

tailored solutions for self storage needsWhen selecting your self storage builder, look at the different services the self storage builder has to offer. The team at Forge offers a range of services, including project management, site planning, and structural engineering/design-build, along with the installation and erection of steel.

Look for a self storage builder that can offer everything your self storage project requires, such as multi-purpose self storage buildings, customized structures, and boat and RV storage buildings and canopies. By working with one full-service company for all project elements, you will eliminate duplication of efforts and dealing with all the brokers, shipping companies, and subcontractors needed if you were not using a single-source supplier. Ultimately, you will have more control over budgets and deadlines.

See what Mychal Gorden of Desert Land Group and Havasu Riviera Marina has to say about working with Forge:

Project Management

When selecting your self storage builder, it is key to work with a company that has a team of professionals running your construction site that will maximize efficiencies, foresee and solve potential problems before they cost you time and money, and who will keep you informed at each step of the project. Experienced self storage builders will have well-honed protocols to minimize surprises and keep a project on track. Talk with previous customers to ensure they had a good experience and take a tour of the facilities the company has designed and built. It is important to meet all the key people working on your project.

From meticulous project scheduling and procurement planning to comprehensive risk management and communication strategies, Forge Building Company offers a holistic approach to planning that guarantees the triumph of your construction venture. Our dedicated project managers oversee every aspect of the project, ensuring that milestones are met, budgets are adhered to, and quality standards are upheld.


forge building company meticulous planningAnother key factor to look for in a self storage builder is one that understands the importance of meticulous planning. At Forge Building Company, meticulous planning serves as the bedrock of our operations. We know that the triumph of your construction project relies on thoughtful layout considerations and comprehensive site analysis. Leveraging our team of experts, we specialize in crafting strategic plans that optimize space utilization, augment functionality, and enhance efficiency. This ensures your facility is meticulously tailored to meet your unique needs and objectives.

Drive aisles, turning radiuses, door size, security, lighting, keyless entry, and more must be considered. An experienced self storage builder can advise you on these issues early in the design process and help you lay out your buildings to maximize the number of rentable units.

See our blog: "Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them When Planning and Building a Self Storage Facility"

Project Requirements and Site Analysis

At Forge, our process begins with an in-depth assessment of your project requirements, including site specifications, budgetary constraints, and desired timelines. We conduct thorough site analyses to identify potential challenges and opportunities, allowing us to develop proactive solutions that mitigate risks and maximize project success.

Drawing upon years of industry experience and technical expertise, our team collaborates closely with you to translate your vision into actionable plans. Additionally, we employ cutting-edge technologies and innovative design strategies to create layouts that optimize workflow, enhance user experience, and foster operational efficiency.

Collaboration and Transparency

Effective communication is paramount in successful project planning and execution. Thus, we prioritize maintaining open lines of communication with our clients, subcontractors, and other stakeholders throughout every stage of the construction process. Regular meetings, progress reports, and collaborative workshops ensure that everyone remains informed, engaged, and aligned toward the common goal of project success.

By fostering a culture of collaboration and transparency, we create an environment where ideas are shared, challenges are addressed, and solutions are implemented swiftly. This proactive approach minimizes disruptions and accelerates project timelines, ultimately delivering superior results that exceed expectations.

Structural Engineering/Design Build

Finally, it is key to work with an experienced self storage builder that offers comprehensive structural engineering services. These services encompass designing/building solutions and are willing to consult with you throughout the entire project—from site development to building design to completed construction. These services will enable your self storage builder to work closely with your architect to design all the amenities, utilities, and structural requirements that are unique to self storage. In the end, this will save you time and money.

forge covered boat storage lake havasuForge understands that robust design and meticulous planning are pivotal for project success. Thus, we offer expert structural engineering support to actualize your vision seamlessly. Whether your project entails a single-story drive-up facility, a multi-story complex, covered boat and RV storage, storage condos, or a fusion of these elements, our team possesses the expertise and creativity to materialize your dream facility.

Leveraging cutting-edge software, technologies, and premium-grade steel, our engineers carefully craft detailed drawings and plans for the project’s blueprint. These documents transcend mere visual representations, encapsulating critical details essential for flawless installation. Every design aspect is documented to ensure accuracy and compliance with industry standards, from precise dimensions and material specifications to meticulous load calculations and structural analysis.

See what Mychal Gorden of Desert Land Group and Havasu Riviera Marina has to say about working with the Forge engineering team:

The Forge Difference: Setting New Standards in Self Storage Construction

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In the competitive landscape of self storage construction, choosing the right builder is crucial to your success. With the team at Forge by your side, you’re not just hiring a storage unit builder—you’re partnering with a team of dedicated professionals committed to excellence in planning, design, engineering, construction, and project management.

No matter what type of self storage project you envision building, choose Forge Building Company as your one-stop shop for all your self storage design, construction, and expansion needs. What sets Forge apart is not just our commitment to building storage facilities but also our dedication to crafting solutions tailored to meet the unique needs of each project. Our clients expect projects delivered on time and on budget. When you choose Forge, you are choosing quality, reliability, and innovation every step of the way.

Finally, with our proven track record of delivering superior results, you can trust Forge Building Company to bring your vision to life with precision, efficiency, and unmatched expertise. Contact us today to discover how we can elevate your next steel construction project to new heights and success.

See why Elevate Self Storage selected Forge as their self storage builder:

Contributing Editor: Phil Warchol, Forge Building Company

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