If you are like me, you must have no storage space left or paying extra to store those old file boxes! I closed my personal medical practice years ago and I had to hold onto the patient’s records for a minimum of 7 years. Because of the small apartment space I had in Boston, Real Estate was at a premium and I was forced to rent a storage space in Newton and paid over $200 / Month to maintain it! But when it was time to destroy these dozens of old document boxes, my dilemma started with a so-called personal professional shredder I bought from my Office supply store!
My shredder cost me over $425.00 and promised to shred up to 30 pages per minutes! Well, that was not even close, it was very frustrating and jammed every 2 or 3 cycles, and when it did not jam it overheated! Luckily I still had the receipt and took it back to the store in a hurry. I got my money back after wasting a good part of my weekend.
How To Shred Personal Documents
Today, I am glad to say that I learned something about document shredding: “Leave It To The Pros” They do it for a living and have the equipment to handle the mass volume. But, who do you call for secure service at best prices?
Choosing The Best Shredding Service
A quick Google search show dozens of professional shredders offering Mobile shredding, Off-Site shredding and some offer Drop Off shredding service. Others pay Google to put them on the front page of my search so I know that in order to get a big bang for my buck, I had to do some more research. I called most of the shredding service companies in Boston and discovered that non-offer transparent pricing, they often hide behind disclaimers and never offered me a straight answer. Well, that is almost true with the exception of Neighborhood Parcel. They took my call at first ring and were very genuine in their answers, they were the ONLY shredding company to post their rates online! That showed guts and ethical behavior. But most importantly they were the ONLY company to offer me a convenient drop off location so I don’t have to pay transportation charges that could add up to $100+.
How I Shred My Documents
After a long research and endless calls, I decided to hire Neighborhood Parcel to shred my personal documents. I took advantage of their drop-off service and ended up spending $285.50 to shred all my boxes. That is cheaper than buying a shredder and wasting my valuable time babysitting it!
What I loved About The Shredding Service:
- Shredding rates are posted online and exactly what I paid.
- Drop Of Service has no minimum.
- Paid $15 / Box or 89¢ /Lbs.
- Drop Off service was convenient, Saturday Hours are available.
- The staff helped me offload my Mini Cooper.
- Received My Certificate Of Destruction as promised.