Keeping Your Castle: Self-Storage Maintenance for Resident Managers

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The same goes for rodents (such as pack rats or mice) or reptilian creatures (snakes and lizards). It’s amazing how these critters can make your home theirs. They’re fast to set up residence, so be sure to check regularly and act promptly. Of course, use caution in doing so. If this task makes you uncomfortable or jeopardizes your safety, call your local pest-control company pronto.

Walkways and Driveways

Don’t forget to put your personal sidewalks and driveways on your maintenance list as well. Cracked asphalt allows water to permeate underneath and compromise the structure. Filling the cracks is an easy application process—a quick do-it-yourself project—that goes a long way in preventing further decay and people tripping and hurting themselves. If this is beyond your skill level, contact a local masonry contractor for professional service.

While I’m checking the sideways and byways of my property, I also take the time to freshen up planters with new flowers or plants. It’s amazing how many people will take notice of these, especially during the spring and summer.

Last Steps

The summer is the best time to inspect water valves, too, checking for exposed piping and damage that occurred over the winter or spring. I keep an eye on all irrigation connections, valves and sprinkler heads, replacing them if needed. Check around the water meter for leaks. If something is awry, repair it immediately. This simple step can save hundreds of dollars.

Finally, make sure electrical wiring is not exposed anywhere. Even properly installed wiring can make an appearance now and then. While you’re at it, check all exposed conduit and assure it’s still in good shape.

After a good week of fixing and inspecting, I plan on sitting on my front porch with a cold beverage in hand while my wonderful wife fixes up the hot dogs, baked beans, corn on the cob and, of course, freshly cut watermelon. Even if she doesn’t, I still know our home has been maintained and is ready for us to enjoy this wonderful time of the year. I hope you can do the same, in your own self-storage home.

Mel Holsinger is the president of Tucson, Ariz.-based Professional Self Storage Management, which offers self-storage facility management, consulting and development services. He is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences and a regular contributor to Inside Self-Storage. For more information, call 520.319.2164; visit www.proselfstorage.com.

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