Tips For Building A Self Storage Unit

Posted on Oct 25 2011 - 10:50pm by Kim Kilpatrick

Larry Haug is an expert when it comes to the mini-storage business. Not only has he built plenty of them, he also owns them. He is the owner of his own construction company, Haug Steel Construction, based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He is also the owner of 250 mini-storage units.


He first started building mini storage facilities in the 1980s for other people. Around 1990, he decided to build his own storage units so he built a small building with only 20 units. It took about a year to get full occupancy. When he built his second facility, it filled up much faster.


Over the years, his business as a contractor has had slow times and busy times. However, building mini-storage units has been different. As his units filled up, and as he had enough finances, he has been able to continually add to his storage units.


If you are considering building or expanding your storage facility, there are several things that you should keep in mind. The following tips will help ensure that you have a good building experience and have wise use of your space.


First and foremost, check with your city’s building inspector before you start building or adding on to your facilities. This will ensure that you know exactly what is expected of you before you start building.


If you are considering building a steel building, only place an order after are sure of what you need. Don’t let a pushy salesman make you sign a contract before you decide exactly what you want.


Once you have a blueprint, follow it as closely as possible. Changes increase your cost of building.


When ordering a steel building, make sure that you inventory everything as it is unloaded from the supplier’s truck. This way, you can easily catch and document if there was any mistake.


Carefully decide the floor plan for your storage units so that you can best utilize the space in your building.


Map out your property so that you will have wide enough driveways and ample room between units. This will help you avoid having damage when customers don’t have enough room to maneuver their vehicles between buildings.


Mapping out your property will ensure that you have the best use of your area. There won’t be any wasted space.


Make sure you have a maintenance program. Parking lots, driveways, and electrical lights will be your main issues.


 Sources Used:


“Lessons From a Mini Storage Owner.” Construction Management; 18 October, 2011.


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