Leesport is home to many fine apartment complexes. In the current economy, renting is becoming a more common and reasonable solution for individuals with living space needs. The only catch is that apartment living can come with certain size constraints, especially for individuals who are moving in from out of town or who are downgrading in size.
If you have found yourself in a situation where you intend to rent but can’t comfortably fit all your possessions in your space, consider an affordable self storage solution.
Why Self Storage is Right for Renters
One of the most important factors of living in an apartment is avoiding a cramped and crowded sensation. This can take careful planning and tough choices regarding decorating and inclusion of things like furniture. Often renters will acquire things over the years as well and simply run out of storage space to put it.
DAK Self Storage is an optimal solution for individuals in this situation. DAK offers a wide variety of storage unit sizes, ranging from the size of a locker to the size of a large garage bay. This means we can accommodate small temporary storage needs or large long-term needs. Renters frequently end up with extra vehicles, furniture, tools, and other equipment that they need nearby but can not have in the rental unit. Fortunately DAK is located right off of highway 61 in town center, so their belongings are never more than a few minutes away.
Ready for Bulk Items or Sensitive Items
Even if you have lots and lots of items that need storage (short term or long term), we have wide drive up bays leading to large storage units. This makes it easy to transfer your possessions right from the moving truck into your space. If you happen to have sensitive items like art, wine, books, etc. we offer indoor climate controlled storage as well.
Our entire facility is fence enclosed and video monitored. You can rest easy when you store with DAK.
How to Get Started
If you think storage might be right for you, the next step is easy! All you have to do is click here and you’ll be taken to an online selection of units we have available and the monthly rate of each unit. If you need to learn a little more about what each unit size can accommodate, read this guide.
There was an interesting article posted on Inside Self Storage the other day. The author Jim Chiswell was exploring the idea that while technology is improving our ability to perform self storage tasks, it should not replace the personal touch that makes tenants feel welcome.
Here is a quick summary of his concept:
I’ve realized over the past few years that the performance of many managers has started to suffer as a result of using…various technologies as crutches. They are looked at by some as substitutions for old-school customer-service principles. Nothing will ever replace a warm smile, a confident handshake and a sincerely delivered message during your conversation with a prospect that tells them, “I am someone you can count on to help solve your storage problem.” – Jim Chiswell
As private owners of a storage facility with an investment in the area we serve, we have found Mr. Chiswell’s sentiment to be quite true.
Large storage conglomerates may have such high through-rate that they needn’t pay particular attention to each customer. Furthermore, tenants of those large facilities may not expect much. However, in smaller towns (like our Leesport) it is beneficial for both tenant and owner to pay attention to relationships.
With a limited marketing budget in our modern economy word-of-mouth is still a critical method of gaining new clients. Word-of-mouth can be spread online or through the verbal grapevine. Either way, experience is what drives the story of a brand.
We have paid attention to our online visibility and the type of image we present to customers. Our desire is to express attention to detail, easy usability, and attractive design. At the same time we try to express the simple fact that we are paying attention to tenants and have invested in becoming a reliable resource for local residents and businesses.
We have stayed reachable via phone, online contact, and in-person visitation. When you call DAK you will be able to communicate with one of the owners (Joe or Donna Krezdorn). We are also the ones there to help individuals at our in-house packing/moving store.
Of course, a “personal touch” requires more time and effort and can be unrewarding at times (some tenants like to abuse hospitality and then spread negativity about the business). These types of situations can’t be avoided entirely, and it is up to the owners to power through and focus on the positivity resulting from their effort.
If you are a small business owner, especially in the storage industry, do your best to keep the personal touch. If you are a potential client for a self storage facility, realize that you can find places that will treat you as more than a locker number.
Divorce is a difficult subject to discuss, especially from a practical perspective. With so many heavy emotions it is a topic we all generally like to pretend won’t effect us.
The truth is that divorce effects an exceptionally large amount of couples and there are a handful of ways divorcees can make the difficult process a little easier.
With the myriad of bills and issues to sort through, including who gets what in the settlement, it’s easy to overlook what you’ll actually do with the items you end up with. After all, there is a strong possibility you may have to move out of your current residence. This article is here to remind you that self storage is a practical and ideal temporary solution for all your possessions.
How Divorcees Use Self Storage
One of the most difficult parts of the divorce process is splitting up money, belongings, and custody time (should it apply). Splitting up belongings is the only aspect that requires significant physical labor and hiring of outside parties to do moving and storage.
When the decisions have been made as to who retains certain possessions, clearing those possessions avoids any incidences such as theft, breaking, or selling on the part of the other party. To avoid complications, it is recommended that divorcees take their legally granted possessions to a secure location as quickly as possible.
Some individuals wonder if they might be able to hide belongings before a divorce is started (or completed). Often the law will track down all assets so this tactic is not one that is recommended.
The Benefits of Short Term Storage After Divorce
Sometimes when getting divorced one or both parties will be forced to vacate their current home. When that happens it can be difficult securing a full time residency somewhere else before the divorce hits and movement of possessions is required. In those instances short term storage is the ideal solution for keeping belongings and avoiding liquidation while in transit.
The amount of items retained by an individual is fairly inconsequential as storage units come in a wide variety of sizes, both indoor and outdoor, capable of handling furniture, vehicles, and more.
Privacy and Sensitivity During Storage
Divorce tends to be a very private matter and individuals do not want their “dirty laundry” aired around the neighborhood. DAK Self Storage is a locally owned business with an invested commitment to local tenants. Individuals who live in Leesport, Reading, or Berks County can trust DAK with their privacy.
More and more small businesses owners are realizing the affordability of using self storage as an alternative for small business operations. Buying a warehouse or office (or even renting either) can be a costly proposition filled with fees and taxes. For some businesses a well exposed, professional space is integral to success. But for many other businesses a simple protected space is more than enough to augment the business.
Extra Space Storage recently reported on some individuals taking self storage integration to the next level by moving their entire business into their space:
“When the Galmont Ballet Center moved into the Viera Business Centerin Rockledge, Florida, it may have seemed like a strange idea at first, but when they were done with renovations on four 800 square foot units they had a pair of dance studios complete with wooden floors and a nice lobby.
The lease here is not so expensive like a commercial lease,” Frank Galvez, co-owner of Galmont Ballet said. “And we’re artists. We’re dreamers. We’re not business people. So for us, this is working very well.
Americans are not the only ones that are taking advantage of the low cost of self storage space. At a Safestore facility in the UK Phillip Else is living his dream inside one of the storage units.”
Of course space restrictions and township zoning laws greatly affect a businesses ability to move a business into self storage space. However the major lesson here is that with a little effort and foresight a self storage space becomes highly functional for business.
Most storage spaces lack amenities like electricity, running water, heat, windows, etc. As such, not every business is suited for primary operation out of a storage unit. However most small businesses require a significant amount of storage for equipment, files, material, and projects. For these kinds of business self storage is an excellent potential solution.