Many businesses will utilize an off-site storage facility to store all their past and even present hard copy files. Understandably, this is often the solution when you are running out of office space.
But, be careful, they try to lock you in. Often, somewhere in the T’s and C’s of the agreement, they will specify that you cannot bring in an outside shredding company to do any work when the contract is up. They want to hit you over the head for the perm out fees and then charge you outlandish fees to have them shredded. Do not fall victim to this, specify that you want to be able to choose a provider when this happens. In most cases, they will give in, they want your storage business.
At Confidential Shredding we recently had an issue of this with a potential client in our Northern New Jersey market. They attempted to bring our service in when they quickly realized that the storage facility would not allow it. They were locked in to paying almost double the amount to have this work done. The time will come, do your due diligence before you enter into a storage agreement.