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  • I found this old thread after searching the site and am curious if anyone has tried the radiant heat option? My plow guy is contracted to get 18" from the doors of the units and having an option for the rest would be nice. I also have some "trouble" spots that I am constantly de-icing....
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  • Going through old threads, learning from the masters and I ran across this one...

    I installed a ZMODO SPOE wired camera system last October. The big feature here (for the store bought, DIY systems) is that the cameras are all powered over ethernet cable. So one cable handles power and data....
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  • tonaselfstore
    replied to 2nd or 3rd Month for $1.00
    I have a personal distaste for "new customer" deals. As a long time customer, shouldn't I get a deal? So we offer a buy 5 months get 1 free that is open to anyone. They need to be 5 FULL months tho, so if they are pro-rating their first month they need to buy 5 more full months upfront to...
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  • tonaselfstore
    replied to Cash Control At Your Facility
    When I started, there were issues with cash going missing so we now have a "No Cash" policy. The only thing I have to deposit every day are checks or money orders. It can be a little bit of a pain but all customers know about it when they sign up

    Matt
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  • tonaselfstore
    replied to Auction time
    When I took over the day to day management of the facility, we had upwards of 50 units that might go to auction. I managed to get a hold of about half of them to settle but the thought of doing around 20 auctions onsite, all the people here, etc had me dig into researching online auctions. It worked...
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  • tonaselfstore
    started a topic Hot Dogs

    Hot Dogs

    So here's a weird one...

    I was approached today by a hotdog vendor looking for a weekday lunch location to serve.

    I have a few commercial customers that are onsite daily, am located on a busy street and I guess it looks appealing for the guy.

    What do you think?...
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  • tonaselfstore
    replied to Dusk to dawn lights
    I overhauled all the lighting last year and went with 2 different kinds of lights

    For the aisles above the doors placed every 50 feet I used 100watt wall pack LED lights set to dusk to dawn. They were inexpensive but are bright enough and have been reliable
    https://www.amazon.com...
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  • tonaselfstore
    replied to Requirements for Car Storage
    I recently ran across this as well.

    We are a manned site part time with 24 hour access. I currently tell people on move in that if they are storing any kind of motor vehicle (boat,car, ATV, etc) inside one of our units, they need to disconnect the battery before leaving.

    The...
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  • I am not sure of the state rules but this was handed down to me by the owners. Amazingly, we have very few people who leave at the end of the month before paying....

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  • We overlock on the 1st of the month. So if they missed their August Payment, it will get locked out Sept 1.

    Over the 240ish units, I have 5 locked out. It's way down from when I started but pretty typical the last 6 months

    Matt
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  • tonaselfstore
    replied to Storage software
    I know this is an older thread but figured I'd pipe up...

    I use 6Storage for my ~250 unit complex. I have never used other software other than for the initial 15-20 day trial period. That being said, I've been impressed at what 6Storage offers for $30 per month. When I have issues or ideas...
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  • tonaselfstore
    replied to Do you waive late fees?
    I understand what you are saying. Maybe A little background on this facility will help...

    When I took it over 18 months ago, the manager was a little flaky on record keeping and never charged late fees. When I took over and righted the ship (40% vacancy rate to full, 35% late every month...
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  • tonaselfstore
    replied to Unexpected Inspections
    Wow, that is crazy. I would've told them that now is not a great time but I'd be happy to help you setup an appointment through the ownership group!

    I would've then called the town Fire Marshall office and suggested the same thing as well as request whatever documentation they could provide...
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  • tonaselfstore
    replied to Pest and Bug protection kit
    Thanks everyone! Like you, I address the issue of Mice upfront. I point to the large open field next to us and highlight the part of the contract that stipulates no edible storage. I also suggest totes and covering/ sealing all upholstered furniture.

    If there is a spray available, I'd...
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  • tonaselfstore
    replied to Do you waive late fees?
    Late fees kick in on the 10th of the month for us. I will typically extend it slightly so if the 10th is on a Tuesday, I'll give them til Friday. But once the grace period is over, the fee goes on. The only time i will give them a break is the first time they are late. After that, it's $20 every time....
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  • tonaselfstore
    replied to Cap Rates
    I read the article with interest along with quite a few other articles I have found. They all seem to leave one thing out: Everything else that can be used to negotiate the price.

    There is a facility I am looking at that a 7% market cap shows is worth 1 million. Unfortunately, there are...
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  • I started 18 months ago as a consultant to the absentee owners. They were having issues and needed someone to figure them all out. I did over the course of a month and got things on the right track (vacancy rate from 40% to 2%, all pmts accounted for, etc). They then hired me to run the facility for...
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  • tonaselfstore
    replied to Pest and Bug protection kit
    This is an interesting topic. We are located next to a large open field and from time to time, get reports of mice infilitration. I am curious what you spray to keep them away?

    This would be an easy thing to do when units are vacated

    Matt
    Tonawanda Self Store
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