Keeping Up With Summer Maintenance

Posted by Poppy Behrens on Jun 16, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Keeping Up With Summer Maintenance

Storage operators work hard to keep their operations running smoothly and their facilities looking good.

As we make our way into summer, that maintenance shouldn’t change. Now’s the time to prepare a summer maintenance checklist for your facility and start knocking these three things off of your to-do list.

The Grounds

Storage facilities, in some cases, rely on passing traffic to notice their services. To make a good impression on consumers who may only get a passing glance at your facility, make sure any grassy areas or planting beds always look clean and well-kept. A lawn that’s overrun with crabgrass or dandelions and a planting bed with dying flowers or weeds can be off-putting.

It’s understandable that having a maintenance staff on hand at your facility isn’t always practical. You do have another option, though. You could hire a local landscaping company to help mow lawns, clean weeds out of planting beds, and add flowers when needed. Little things like this can do a lot for the “face” of your facility this summer.

The Storage Units

As the weather gets warmer, heat and humidity become an issue. Sensitive items contained within your facility’s storage units have a higher risk of getting damaged—especially when they aren’t stored in climate-controlled units—and tenants may not be aware of the potential threat.

If you have climate-controlled storage units at your facility, make sure the controls are functioning properly and that units are being kept at the right temperature and humidity levels. Also, notify tenants (when applicable) if there are any weather issues that they need to be aware of. This also goes for tenants who aren’t renting units with climate control. It may be helpful to let them know that certain items can be damaged if left in summer conditions.

The Leaks and Pests

In the areas of the country where it gets cold for prolonged periods during the winter, the chances of pests finding their way inside goes up, as does the chance for leaks to appear. As longer periods of nice weather come your way, take the time to get rid of the critters that have come inside and be proactive about fixing leaks. This will protect tenants’ belongings and keep them happy. By making these improvements now, you could save yourself time and money.

Nick Bilava is the Director of Sales for Nick has been an active member of the storage community for over seven years and can be found at various industry events throughout the nation. Nick’s goal at is to help storage operators market their business more efficiently and effectively.

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