Have you heard about the ESS Access Control?

One of the most common issues we deal with over at Easy Storage Solutions has to do with gates. Whether it being them not syncing, problems with the computer controlling the gate or even it just being broken. We decided it was time to come up with our own solution to better help serve our clientele. What we decided on was to partner with the company 'PDK' to help our customers get the best service we can possibly provide.

Our system is called 'ESS Access Control'  it is a web-based we found that the old gate software and hardware's out there have been become very archaic and just don't provide the customer support that's needed to help keep your gates up and running properly like they should be. Now that we have partnered with PDK we can now help our customers even more than we could before. 

Here are some of the benefits that our new system gives to our customers:

  1. All you need is an internet connection! We send you the hardware -Cloud Node Gate Controller - Ruggedized Keypad - Pedestal - Power Supply - Backup Battery - Wires - Cables.
  2. No more dedicating a Windows PC to your gate software! Windows firewalls and constant updates often cause problems communicating with your gate. This solution eliminates those problems.
  3. Seamless integration with Easy Storage Solutions Software! Manage gate codes directly from your Easy Storage Software. Codes are sent to the gate controller instantly! Customers can choose and change their own gate codes!
  4. Never lose your data! Being a web based software you will never have to worry about hard drive failures.
  5. Backup battery! Keep your gate codes useable even in a power outage.
  6. Great customer service! It's no secret that other gate software companies don't have a reputation for good customer service. With the web-based gate software, you will get help Directly from us!

If you're interested in the ESS Access Control gate system feel free to call Easy Storage Solutions at 888-958-5967. We have a dedicated staff waiting to hear from you. To get a quote we need the following information:

1. How many access points (gates or doors) do you need access control on?

2. How many readers to you need at each entry point? 1 or 2? (One on entry and one on exit) The gate controller(Cloud node) can have 2 readers connected to it

3. What kind of pedestal do you want for your reader(s) http://pedestalceo.com/pedestals/height/ you can choose (42-9C-BLK is the most common)

4. What kind of hood would you like? (6x6 fits the best) http://pedestalceo.com/hoods/shape/

5. Do you have an office where you can install the Cloud Node? If not is there a climatized unit with power near the gate?

6. How many feet will be between each reader and the Cloud Node (so we can price out how many feet of 22/6 conductor cable (reader wire) you need. How far from the cloud node to the door opener? 18/2 (gate opener wire)

7. Who is installing your gate that will be opening and closing? Does that installer have a gate opener they will be installing?  Note: The gate opener/motor needs to be wired to the Cloud Node.  We are not providing or selling gate openers at the current moment

8. The weather/temperature rating for the cloudnode is 32-122 degrees Fahrenheit and 0-95% relative humidity non-condensing.

9. Does your area require an "SOS" or "Siren Operated Sensor"?

10. Shipping Address

11.  If you have multiple doors/gates, will the other gate/door have access to a power outlet? If not, you will need a high voltage power converter.  Power into the Cloudnode is 12VAC

Here at Easy Storage Solutions we're always looking for the best way to serve our customers.  

Finding the Facility that Suits your Needs

Finding a storage facility to rent at isn't as easy as you might think. There are a lot of things to consider before signing that contract. Say you bust open that dusty old phone book that's been lying around your house for the past few years and you open it up to 'Storage units'. Calling the first one you see in that book and renting then and there might not be the best decision. Since who knows how that facility is really running their business? In this article I'm going to list some ways to find the storage facility that's right for you.

First things first. We need to get online and actually search up the storage facilities that are in your area. Doing a quick Google search is fine to find some of the facilities in your area. Not all of them might not be on that list so you might have to look around more than just the front page! But at a quick glance you'll see some ratings ranking the best rated facilities in your area. This is a good way to get an idea from other actual customer reviews to see what will best fit for you. Since you're already on our site; 'Storage Units Near Me' you must be on the search for a unit! If you use our site you'll be able to see every storage facility in your area. What services they provide, pricing, customer reviews, and even renting out a unit online then and there! 

Before you rent out that unit let's go over some tips to find that perfect fit.
You need to know what size of unit to rent. A college student renting out a storage unit shouldn't be needing more than a '5x10' to store all of their belongings. Any bigger than that may just be a waste of space and money. A family, depending on what they plan on storing will probably need something a bit bigger than that. A '10x15' will actually fit around 3 bedrooms worth of storage. Which would be plenty for any small sized family. For the larger families we would recommend going for a '10x30' you can store an entire 5-7 bedroom home in this unit type!
(This is a size of a '10x30' you'll be amazed how much you could actually store in here!)
10'x30' Storage Unit
Thinking back to those reviews you saw from earlier. Did any of them mention any rodents or pests at the facility? If so it might be best to move on. No one wants to move into a roach-ridden facility. Cleanliness is a huge factor for this. If they keep their facility clean and keep the pests out is a huge plus in my eye!

Going back to the phone book from earlier it might be time to finally give that store facility a call that you think will be the best fit for you. When you call them be sure to ASK QUESTIONS! If they seem shady about anything or wont answer your questions you should probably think about calling a different facility instead. A manager that's friendly and upfront about everything is a key part of finding that perfect storage unit. Having an owner or manager that's willing to help you anyway they can is huge! Nobody wants to be stuck inside the gate because of a gate malfunction or lockout. An owner that's willing to talk to you is and always will be a big deal.

With these few tips we hope you can find that storage unit that's right for you. Using Storage Units Near Me, Google and other search sites will help you get on your way!

Seven tips to make your tenants move-in easier

When people start packing and moving it's almost always going to be done quickly and haphazardly. Many people throw all their belongings in big boxes and stack them with no rhyme or reason.

Self-storage operators will be able to help their tenants from this headache by providing some tips and suggestions on organization and ideas to make their unit more structured. These 7 tips will help your tenants fix and organize their belongings and avoid any stress during moving in or out of your unit.

Provide Label Makers

Boxes clearly marked with labels are much easier to organize and find. A way to encourage this organization system is to invest in a label maker and loan them out to your new tenants. It could be a way to make some extra cash and provide a nice service others might not. One large label on each box can go a long way. You could also provide an inventory sheet that your tenants can use to keep track of their belongings. Another way of helping your customers is offering your tenants "fragile" stickers. These can give them another layer of protection so the items don't get damaged in their move. You should suggest to your tenants that moving the most fragile boxes towards the back so they won't be moved around or damaged if the tenant needs to sort through their belongings in the future.

Sell Packing Materials

Many self-storage facilities offer packing materials. This provides your tenants with a valuable service and also offers you to make some extra money. During their move-in, a lot of people find out they need to repack their belongings in order to stack them without harming any of the contents. This is where you come in! By providing your customers with an array of packing materials, tapes, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and protective sheeting. Or even moth balls if the customer wants to store a lot of clothes. You can help their move become so much easier.

Offer a Variety of Boxes       

Whether they need plastic tubs to keep items airtight or plain cardboard boxes, providing customers with a variety of options gives them flexibility to organize all their goods as efficiently as possible. When deciding what boxes to offer, think about what sizes will fit best in your storage units. Smaller boxes may be preferable, as they help keep items in organized groups that can be quickly sorted through. Stock hanging-clothes boxes that tenants can use to organize their clothing efficiently, and keep their wardrobe clean and wrinkle-free.  

Consider Shelving Options

Help your tenants get the most out of their unit by providing shelves. Find out what sizes are able to fit your units and have them on hand to be rented out. You could also provide them a service of installing the shelving for them. For a fee of course! Shelving can make so much more space available in a unit and make it much more organized. Renting out wooden pallets is also a good idea. Pallets keep their belongings from being on the floor to better protect them from the elements. They can be pricey though. Suggest them to renters that plan on staying for a long time.

Create Layout Maps for Units

Encourage your customers to use that inventory sheet we mentioned earlier in the blog. With this they can have a detailed and clear assessment of everything they packed. Print out a diagram of the unit as well. Having a visual reference your tenants can see can make things so much easier. Many first time renters can be very confused of the layout of a unit. Having these things ready will make their move-in easier, faster, and pain free.  

Offer Advice on Storing Heavy-Duty Equipment

As a storage facility owner you’ve seen a lot to know whats best for packing and arranging boxes in a neat and orderly and safe manner. Use your experience to help your tenants with larger items. Storing items like lawn mowers or power tools can be hazardous if not stored or taken care of properly. These items can cause damage from fluid drains and not being cleaned before being stored. Hardware such as this should be stored onto a plastic sheet or tarp to protect the storage unit from any damages. Another sheet should be placed on-top to protect any of their other stored items from damage as well. Always let your tenants know which items are not allowed to be stored in your facility before renting the units.

Refer Tenants to Dependable Moving Companies

Many of your customers have no idea who to trust or if they’re actually going to be geting a good deal from a moving company. By providing a list of moving companies that you consider to be reliable or trustworthy, you can give your customers more peace of mind during their move. Try talking to the companies you deem reliable before though. In return these companies could refer you new customers to your facility for their storage needs. By providing your experience and knowledge to your new tenants and offering these services listed above will make everyone happier. It makes you look good and also keeps a smile on their faces.

Should I be sending out text messages?

Self storage owners need to make paying for a unit for their customers as easy as possible. One way to do this is through text messages. SMS text messages allow the facilities managers or owner be able to get into contact easier, and usually faster. Everyone is now living in a virtual world and always on their phones. Sending alerts through text is the way to go in today’s society. There are some things to consider though. Before you set up automatic text messages to your customers
You need to let your tenants know that they’re going to be receiving these messages. They have the right to know which messages that are being sent.. The tenants have a right to opt out at anytime. The system should only be sending out texts at certain times too! (9AM-8PM) for example. No one wants to be woken up by texts in the middle of the night! Please don’t bombard them with messages either!  Maybe an invoice and or a late fee text is enough!    Texts are an awesome way to get your customers attention and are usually appreciated. The messages you send out have a link to pay their bills or just even a link to their statement. A timely payment reminder can help customers avoid late fees, which they’ll appreciate! Your younger tenants, (college students) are much more likely to be reading your texts then answering your phone calls to them. So while it’s a great feature to have. Just don’t abuse it! Easy Storage Solutions is currently working on a two-way text messaging system. We should have some news on it in the near future.