Is a Resident Manager Ideal for Your Self Storage Facility?
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Resident managers are not as common as they used to be in the self storage industry. For some self storage facilities, however, a manager living on the premises may be the key to running a successful operation. Though cost is an important factor when deciding whether a self storage facility could benefit from a resident manager, other factors should be considered as well, such as:
Service: Automated facilities may not be enough to create an advantage over the competition. Depending on a self storage facility’s location or specialty, clients may want more than just an access code after signing a contract. Facilities with a resident manager can service clients in ways that others cannot. This is why the existence of a resident manager is often mentioned in promotional and marketing materials.
Security: Even with surveillance cameras and 24-hour monitoring services, it is difficult to deny that resident managers can make a self storage facility even more secure. Their presence alone will likely deter most criminals, and their response time will be quicker than even the fastest police departments.
Operations: Things can and often do go wrong after business hours. Leaking pipes and short-circuits are just two things that can cause significant damage if they are not discovered and fixed quickly. A resident manager can find and fix those problems that cannot wait.
Qualified Candidates: It’s not always easy to find and retain the right people. Providing prospective managers with a place to live may be just the perk required to hire and keep quality talent.
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