Marisa Sachleben, Kristi Reading, Betty Lou Buxton, Bud Buxton and Barb Conover keep Buxton’s Boxes running. (Photo by Stacey Pastorella.)

Sometimes you just need some space.

This is especially true for people who are moving, or those who need more room to store their possessions. Businesses also often need a place to keep files or equipment.

Buxton’s Boxes Self Storage has 465 units available.

Kristi Reading, one of the company’s co-owners, said that some customers use the storage units while going through the moving process, but many lease them on a longterm basis.

Storage units range from 5 by 5 to 15 by 30. Buxton’s Boxes offers both climate-controlled and non climate-controlled units.

The climate control feature is good for customers storing items such as furniture, antiques or electronics, Reading said.

“You want to keep it steady, and that’s what we do. We keep it temperature-controlled throughout the year. This way, nobody has to worry about anything freezing and breaking, or any type of collectibles that you might have,” Reading said.

Storage units are leased on a month-to-month basis. Buxton’s Boxes also offers discounts for customers purchasing long-term leases. If a customer pays for six months of storage, the seventh month is free, Reading said.

Buxton’s Boxes also guarantees that they will not raise any customer’s rates for at least two years after they sign a lease, she said.

Tenants are able to access storage units daily between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.

“They can come and go as they please. Sometimes, businesses go in there so they can access their files,” Reading said. “Other times, it’s for residential use, where there’s a family that needs extra room for their Christmas decorations.”

“There’s not a lot of closet space, so they need just a little bit of extra space to maybe store their bicycles or anything that they might have that they don’t have a spot for,” she said.

Buxton’s Boxes emphasizes security and the protection of storage units. The facility is gated and units are individually alarmed. Customers put locks on their units, and are also required to enter an electronic code to gain access.

The premises are also monitored 24 hours a day by camera, and the company’s owners can access the surveillance footage from their homes.

Buxton’s Boxes offers a wide range of services for customers’ convenience. They provide dollies and hand carts for storage customers. They also sell boxes, tape, bubble wrap, and other moving supplies.

The business is family owned and operated, and has six co-owners: Reading, Barb Conover, Thomas “Bud” Buxton, Betty Lou Buxton, David Buxton and Doug Buxton.

It has grown since it was established nearly 30 years ago as The Furniture Mill, which is also located on the property. The self-storage services were added about 10 years ago, Reading said.

The company also continues to evolve as it grows. It is now completely powered by solar panels, a process that began in 2009, and went into effect this year.

It is also a U-Haul dealer, which rents moving trucks, trailers and vans. Buxton’s Boxes also rents blankets and dollies for moving purposes.

Reading said that Buxton’s Boxes has been ranked in the top 100 of the 15,000 U-Haul dealers in the United States and Canada at least 30 times. That distinction is based on the number of trucks rented and the quality of customer service, Conover said.

Buxton’s Boxes is a Hertz dealer as well, and has compact, full-size and mid-size cars that customers can rent for business or leisure, Reading said.

“We do a lot here,” Reading said. “We offer everything to our customers. It’s a one-stop shop.”

The facility is located at 1536 Lower Ferry Road. Office hours are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

More information is available by phone at (609) 771-0274 or online at buxtonsboxes.com.