When most people think of a self-storage facility, they usually think about the simple things, like a climate-controlled unit, or getting a moving truck to move their things. What most people don’t realize is that there are many situations that occur within a self-storage facility that are unknown to the public.
For instance, although facilities have insurance and security, there are quite a few situations that can draw unwanted attention to a space. If you pay close attention, there are things that happen all over the country every week that will take you by surprise. Let’s look at some situations that have happened at storage facilities:
There are good things that happen at self-storage facilities too:
- Party thrown at self-storage unit
- Movie filmed at self-storage unit
- Self-storage unit is inspiration for comic book
- Self-storage facility is inspiration for movie
- Miami Heat puts their things into self-storage for off-season
The self-storage industry is booming in the background and has become a lucrative investment for anyone seeking to get into a business that will immediately pay for itself. Getting company information via social media will keep you abreast of contests and other fascinating facts that take place at these facilities. Believe it or not, people have become very inventive and use self-storage units for a variety of things that go beyond the typical uses.
It’s important to make sure that you read your contract carefully to make sure these things are allowed. Of course, when you have occurrences that involve firearms, that is illegal and the owner of the unit will be penalized and may be arrested. If you rent a unit for someone or allow someone to use your unit, take precautions to protect yourself. Claiming that you did not know illegal activity was taking place in a unit that has your name on it will not fly too well when it’s time to be held accountable.
There are certain self-storage companies that take pride in using their facilities to do good works. Having a carnival onsite or community auctions are surprising situations that do a lot to foster unity and is a great publicity and marketing tool. Checking with these facilities when you temporarily need a large space for an event could solve many of your problems. When people or organizations solicit these facilities for unconventional uses, it’s a win on both ends. A need is being met, but ideas for extra amenities and expansion are created.
If you have a creative idea for a self-storage facility that could meet a need, maybe it’s time to explore your options. Becoming a business owner has its perks, and also serves up surprising situations but it could all be worth it in the end. Crunch the numbers. You may be pleasantly surprised at what you’ll find. Self-storage is expanding not only in the states, but all over the world. You could be the first to start your own franchise in an uncharted territory. With that mindset, you’ll also be on the list of surprising situations – all the way to the bank.