Part of surviving the month of May for a Self-Storage business means buckling down on the spring cleaning and maintenance. Keeping your facility in tip-top shape doesn’t just provide curb appeal to attract more tenants, it also prevents expensive damage to your facility and potentially to your tenants’ property. Two of the major components that help keep your facility safe and looking great are found by looking up…
A shoddy roof can instill a ‘chicken little’ mindset in no time, but it doesn’t have to get to a tattered state to cause expensive damage. One small leak can lead to flooded units if left unchecked. Be sure to set a regular schedule to check for damage and wear. One way to do this is to walk the roof to remove debris and identify problem areas. Depending on your facility you may want to seek a professional to show you the best way to walk the roof safely, the proper signs of damage, and the best way to maintain your roofs. For example, if you have a standing-seam roof you’ll want to stick to the purlins and avoid standing or stepping on ridge caps.
Some things to check:
Metal roofing is optimal for self-storage facilities due to its durability and ease of cleaning, so more than likely you’ve already got one. Aside from regularly walking the roof, you will want to keep it clean. Here is a great article we found detailing the best way to clean your roof. Roof Maintenance should be minimal for metal roofing depending on what kind of metal is used.
Lighting is one of the easiest areas to maintain at your facility so this one should be a no-brainer. Poorly lit walkways are dangerous and will likely be a source of complaint from tenants. Keep ahead of the problem by maintaining the lighting at your facility.
Walking the halls of the facility to ensure that lights are updated to energy efficient bulbs and that all bulbs are working is one place to start. Having a system for tenants to report light fixture issues is another way you can ensure consistent maintenance.
Keeping your facility well-lit means providing the right kind of lighting when you need it. Here are some of our favorite tips on self-storage lighting:
Lighting shouldn’t be a struggle, and should always be well maintained.
Below is a quick checklist to think about when maintaining your facility this month. We hope you find it beneficial to keep all things ‘looking up’
While you can’t tell your tenants what to do with their stuff you can always recommend they maintain their space by coming in occasionally to purge, organize, and clean their things. But no matter what you do, it’s always a good idea to offer Tenant Property Protection to keep your tenants property protected from ‘the unexpected’ in many of its forms! The cherry on top for you as the owner is it helps you make more profit while improving your facility’s reputation! See how much more you could earn by filling out our comparison form and get started with TPP today!