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2023 Self storage trends to be on the lookout for

Self storage has become increasingly popular in recent years, as more and more people look for ways to store their belongings securely and conveniently. As we head into 2023, there are several trends that are expected to continue shaping the industry.

One trend that is likely to continue is the rise of online rental and reservation systems. These systems allow customers to easily browse available storage units, compare prices, and even rent and pay for a unit entirely online. This not only makes the rental process more convenient for customers, but it also streamlines the management process for storage facility operators.

Another trend that is expected to gain momentum in 2023 is the growth of "smart" storage facilities. These facilities feature advanced security systems, climate control, and even remote monitoring and control capabilities. By providing these additional features, smart storage facilities are able to attract customers who are looking for more than just a basic storage unit.

Climate-controlled units are also expected to become more popular as more people are looking for ways to protect their valuable items from extreme temperatures, humidity and other environmental factors. Climate-controlled units are also beneficial for storing items like electronics, musical instruments, and art.

The demand for self-storage units is also expected to continue to grow as people move more frequently and downsizing their homes, this trend is also related to the rise of the sharing economy, which is making it easier for people to rent out their homes or apartments on platforms like Airbnb, and this is leading to an increase in the number of people who need a place to store their belongings.

In addition to these trends, there is also expected to be an increased focus on sustainability in the self storage industry. This could include the use of renewable energy sources, recycling programs, and other initiatives aimed at reducing the environmental impact of storage facilities.

Another trend that is expected to gain traction in 2023 is the rise of "multi-purpose" storage facilities. These facilities go beyond just traditional self-storage units and offer a variety of additional services such as retail space, co-working spaces, and even event venues. This allows customers to use their storage unit for more than just storage, and also provides them with a convenient location to conduct business or host events.

In 2023 the use of virtual tours and 3D modeling to showcase storage units. This technology allows customers to take a virtual tour of a storage unit before renting it, which can help them to better visualize how their belongings will fit and how they can organize them. This can also help to reduce the number of customers who need to visit the facility in person before renting a unit.

Finally, the trend of self-storage facility consolidation is also expected to continue in 2023. This trend is driven by the desire to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and improve customer service. Consolidation can take many forms, such as mergers, acquisitions, or partnerships between storage facility operators.

In conclusion, the self-storage industry is expected to continue to evolve and grow in 2023, with new technologies and trends driving innovation and making it easier and more convenient for customers to rent and manage storage units. From online rental systems to smart storage facilities, multi-purpose units, and virtual tours, the industry is expected to continue to adapt and change to meet the needs of its customers. As always, it's important to stay informed and adapt to the changes in the industry, in order to stay competitive and make wise investment decisions.

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