Dealing with Dead Zones: Maximize Rentals Using Relocatable Units

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Take a look around your self-storage facility and ask yourself:
“How much unproductive land do I own?”

The majority of self-storage facilities contain a percentage of land that can’t be developed through traditional means. Prohibitive costs, building restrictions, and tight footprints are all factors that can halt an owner/operator’s expansion plans.

So, how does one add rentable units to unbuildable zones?

Enter: relocatable units.

When transforming dead zones, relocatables are the ideal storage solution. Relocatables are flexible, dynamic, and easily moved via forklift. What’s more, relocatables are classified as “business equipment”, not “buildings”, meaning they work where traditional structures won’t.

Below, we will take a look at three common site conditions that are easily convertible into
revenue-generating storage units.


Whether you purchased an existing storage facility or you’re starting from the ground up, put your site’s perimeter to work with money-making rentals.

Line An Existing Fence
If there is a fence around your property, chances are you can’t build a permanent structure
along it. That land is valuable! Place moveable, relocatable units along fence lines to drastically increase the number of storage units at your facility.

Create A Fence Using Relocatable Units
Did you know that relocatable units can also be used in lieu of perimeter fencing? The units fit snugly next to each other and offer a solid barrier from neighboring properties. All fences improve security, but a fence made out of storage units pays dividends.


A major benefit of relocatable units is their ability to be placed on almost any surface with little to no site prep required.

Grass yards, aging asphalt lots, rocky roads – all can easily accommodate relocatables. What’s more, relocatables are delivered as a complete kit. This means there is no need for additional foundation, gutters, roofing, etc. Simply assemble your unit, then get to renting.


Historically, property owners have been forced to adhere to strict building regulations enforced by the city. Setbacks and easements can equate to vast areas of unusable land. Though every municipality differs, relocatables can offer a unique solution when it comes to utilizing this land.

Relocatable units are moveable and non-permanent. Again, because they are not buildings, they typically do not adhere to the same regulations as traditional, stick-built storage. Use this to your advantage by adding units to otherwise unbuildable land.

Eliminate dead zones and increase your profitable square footage with relocatable units.

Although the site conditions listed are common, this is by no means a complete list. Identify the underperforming areas of your property today, then capitalize on them using relocatable units.