Everyone loves tons of storage. It’s even one of the things people look for when buying a new house. Put your community above the rest by offering community storage areas, so residents have more storage options.
No one wants to move into a house and then realize they have no place to put half of their belongings. Seeing that a neighborhood offers community storage areas is a huge perk. Not only does it allow residents to keep those items they can’t fit in their house/condo, shed or garage, but it also makes it easier to access them. The alternative is to rent a storage unit somewhere in town, but having a unit right in the neighborhood makes it much easier to access. For example, if someone has no place to store their lawnmower, they can easily store it at the community storage area and still use the mower on a regular basis.
Makes the Neighborhood Look Better
Without storage, clutter tends to build up. People have to have a place to store their items, so they start to get crammed on balconies or in yards. This is especially a problem in apartments and condos, which offer not garage or sheds. Having a community storage area gives those people a place to keep their clutter, so the neighborhood looks cleaner and more inviting.
Another problem with keeping things outside is theft. Even in a good neighborhood, there’s a chance something may get stolen if it’s left unattended. Community storage areas give you a safe and secure place to store your belongings. Plus, they may even be safer than public storage units because everyone knows everyone, so they are less likely to try and break into someone else’s unit.
Improves Community Projects
Another benefit for community storage areas is that the HOA can use them for community projects. If the neighborhood decides to have a community garden, it’s much easier to create a community shed to store all the tools, seeds, etc. It makes it much easier than having to haul those items every time someone wants to garden, which may increase community involvement with projects.
Community storage areas are a great idea. You can even charge residents for using them, helping to fund the HOA. If you do decide to have a storage area, however, make sure to set rules and guidelines regarding use and post them so everyone can see them.