Facility Automation

Automated Self-Storage: Reinvent Renter Experiences

May 16, 2023
4 minutes

Straight off the bat, automated self-storage can offer the following benefits:

  • Seamless, contactless access to units.
  • Round-the-clock convenience for renters.
  • Enhanced security measures to protect facilities.
  • Improved space utilization for greater efficiency.

Self-storage operators must embrace the potential of automation to keep up with the industry trends and ensure the experience offered by their facility is on par with their competitors. With the support of the latest automation tools, creating seamless renter experiences is remarkably simple. Let’s dive further into the potential benefits of automated self-storage tools.

Automated Self-Storage Tools (6 Key Benefits)

1 - Seamless, Contactless Access

Automated self-storage tools can enable you to build a contactless access system. Renters can reserve a storage unit, sign contracts, and make payments online, all without having to interact one-to-one with any facility staff. This makes accessing the unit as simple as using a unique access code. Creating these types of experiences is possible using automated tools.

2 - Round-The-Clock Convenience

With the traditional storage facility model, renters often faced restricted access hours. This made it difficult to access their belongings outside of work hours. Automated self-storage facilities can operate round-the-clock and provide renters with 24/7 access to storage units. Complete flexibility around access to the facilities can elevate the value proposition.

3 - Advanced Security Measures

As you would expect, security is a top priority for any storage facility. Automated self-storage facilities can deploy state-of-the-art security systems to protect renters' belongings. From high-definition security cameras and motion detectors to individual unit alarms, facility operators can utilize a wide variety of automated solutions to create an ultra-secure environment. Some operators are even piloting the use of drones to do perimeter sweeps within their facilities. 

4 - Climate-Controlled Units

Automated self-storage solutions can enable you to elevate the value proposition of using your facilities. For instance, you can implement automated climate-control systems to protect items from damage due to extreme temperature fluctuations or high humidity. This additional layer of protection can enable renters to store a broad range of different items in the units.

5 - Improved Space Utilization

Automated self-storage tools can enable operators to efficiently use the space available. You can implement digital platforms that monitor occupancy levels at any given time and enable operators to make data-backed decisions. At the same time, these systems can also support online booking by enabling prospective renters to choose from the best units for their needs.

6 - Cost-Effectiveness

With automation taking care of repetitive administrative tasks, self-storage facilities can reduce operational costs. You could potentially pass these savings on to renters in the form of lower rental rates. It also gives operators the chance to reallocate human resources and get team members at the facility working on tasks that are uniquely aligned with their specific skill sets.

Building An Unmanned Self-Storage Facility With Automation

Are you interested in learning more about building an unmanned self-storage facility with automation? We have created an Operator’s BluePrint to “Building an Unmanned Facility” — the all-in-one resource of all the tools accessible to an operator to run their self-storage business efficiently. Grab a copy of the PDF blueprint today.

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