Winter can be harsh on facilities in all climates. From snow and sleet to hot baking sun, every facility bears the brunt of its environment. Here are some strategies to protect and restore your buildings, landscaping and doors.
Curb appeal. We use the term curb appeal a lot in self-storage, but sometimes we forget about the actual curb. Pressure-wash the concrete to remove tire marks, dirt, mold and rusty water marks left by the irrigation system. Repaint the curb, speed bumps and bollards as needed. Check the irrigation system to ensure pop-up heads and timers still work.
Clean out the piles of cigarette butts, leaves and debris that accumulate in corners, stairwells and hallways. Be diligent about weeds and trash that sneak onto the property when you’re not looking. They will not go away on their own. Take a broom with you on your lock checks and sweep the cobwebs and insects from the storage doors, hasps, corners, lights and downspouts.
Doors. Not everyone who comes to your property each day will stop by the office. For those folks, their impression of your business comes largely from their unit door. They’re up close and personal with it. They see when it’s dusty, soda has been spilled on it, cobwebs are on the light switch, there’s a frayed and dirty rope on the handle, and there are dead bugs in the corner. That door is your inventory. Keep it as clean and well-maintained as you can.
Golf cart. Check the batteries, wires and tires. Take everything off the cart and give it a good scrub. Never store locks or company property on the golf cart.
Add color. After a long winter, spring flowers are always a welcome sight. Replant your flower beds and mulch the grounds. Add some colorful flags and banners to attract attention.
Put a little elbow grease into preparing your property to shine come rental season and you can change dreary to cheery. Then give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done and enjoy rental season!
Linnea Appleby is the owner of Lime Tree Management, self-storage management and consulting firm. She is a frequent ISS contributor and a speaker at the Inside Self-Storage World Expo. To reach her, call 941.350.7859; e-mail