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'Enchant' Your Self-Storage Customers With a Move-In Checklist

There are a lot of steps to the self-storage rental process. A Pittsburgh self-storage operator shares why his facility uses a move-in checklist to ensure nothing is missed.

Amy Campbell

January 2, 2014

2 Min Read
'Enchant' Your Self-Storage Customers With a Move-In Checklist

By Nick Lackner

About a year ago, one of my friends attended a high-tech conference, and the featured speaker was Guy Kawasaki, Apples chief evangelist. In the early 80s, his job was to get people and companies to adopt Apple computers back when Microsoft and PCs were steamrolling the market. Kawasakis speech focused mostly on content from his new book, Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions, and my friend suggested I read it. I ordered a copy from Amazon and devoured it the day it arrived.

self-storage-customer-move-in-checklist***Im not going to say that reading the book changed the way we run our Pittsburgh self-storage business. However, I will say the book articulated and validated our core operating principles. Just like Apple, we wanted to make the self-storage experience enchanting for our customers. We looked for every opportunity to do so, including the design of our office, our focus on security and climate control, and free access to WiFi and Keurig coffee.

However, Kawasaki did introduce the idea of a checklist for new customers. Checklists are proof that you have your act together. They personalize the entire experience and show you have a process and a methodology for onboarding new customers. They document everything youve done, confirm no steps were missed, and encourage customers to show their appreciation by posting favorable reviews on any number of social media sites. They also eliminate the awkwardness that comes on busy days when you forget someones name its right at the top of the checklist!

Do they work? We think so. We consistently receive five-star reviews on the major social media sites. And while we have yet to see the word enchantment mentioned specifically, its pretty clear from the reviews that our customers are enjoying their self-storage experience.

Does your self-storage facility have a move-in checklist? Share your comments below or on this thread on Self-Storage Talk.

Nick Lackner is the general manager for City Center Self Storage in Pittsburgh. A Pittsburgh native, Lackner graduated from John Carroll University and joined CBRE, one of the nations largest real estate service companies. In 2006, he received an advanced degree from Columbia University in real estate studies and development. To reach him, e-mail [email protected] . For more information, visit www.citycenterselfstorage.com .

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Amy Campbell

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