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    This is my first forray into the self-storage unit business. We are located in San Antonio TX and TXDOT used emminent domain to take over and demolish our liqur distribution warehouse. We got a temporary restraining order against them, buying us some time to find a new location. There wasn't much available that was suitable for our needs, so we ended up buying a property with 2 warehouses, a residence and 9 self-storage units as well as some RV parking spaces. The warehouses and self storage units were in deplorable condition and it took a while to make the warehouses functionable and useable. I am now on to the storage units. I need to replace/repair doors as well as the insulation etc. I am looking for help on what is acceptable or deemed the bare minimum for lower end units. For example, our doors are not roll-up doors but apparently self-built doors with a steel frame and sheetmetal on the outside. Are people okay with that or do I need to have a roll up door? To make matters worse, none of the units are the same size. they all range from 13'x19' to 14'x19 with increments in several inches in between. Makes buying a roll up door difficult, I guess. I'll start reading on here and then post my experiences and calls for help. Thanks for letting me join.

  • #2
    Tenants will care that the door opens and closes and is secure when locked.
    They do not care if it opens like a swing door or a roll-up door.

    Tenants also care about cleanliness, security and customer service.
    Don't put off until tomorrow, what you can do today.


    • #3
      What lady said. Welcome to the forum.
      "Never let the inmates run the asylum!"


      • #4
        Welcome, Timmer! Sounds like an adventure. As long as they work the tenants won't care. You're one step up from last facility which was wooden walls and hollow core doors, so that's something.
        I want buns of steel.
        I also want buns of cinnamon.

        Newcastle, WA


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