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How Do I Improve My Move-In Rate?

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Move-In Rate is the ratio of rentals received from SpareFoot over your total number of SpareFoot Reservations. It is also an important part of how your facility is ranked in SpareFoot search results.

There are a lot of factors which contribute to whether or not a customer will move in. We know some of these factors, such as a change in plans, are beyond your control, but there are many ways you can influence and improve your move-in rate. As a benchmark, across the SpareFoot network we see an average move-in rate of 45-48%. Here are some ways that you can influence and improve your move-in rate:

Meet customer expectations. Make sure the information on your listing such as unit availability, hours, and amenities is complete and accurate. From customer surveys, we know inaccurate listing details and unit availability is a top reason for not moving in, so it’s important your SpareFoot listing reflects your current offering.

Integration makes keeping your listing up-to-date easy by automating updates to unit prices, availability and more. If you use SiteLink, Centershift, Domico, QuickStor, storEDGE or Self Storage Manager and would like to integrate with SpareFoot, just let us know by emailing support@sparefoot.com.

Be sure to reconcile accurately - Your move-in rate is dependent on what you report during reconciliation. Customers may move in under a different name than they reserved with which means that you will need to be careful when reconciling to check for these situations. 

Integrating your management software with SpareFoot makes this process much easier by saving you time and increasing reconciliation accuracy. On average, integrated facilities with auto-reconciliation see a 20% higher Move-In Rate than manual facilities. If you would like to learn more about integrating with SpareFoot, just let us know by emailing support@sparefoot.com.

Follow up with customers by phone as soon as possible after the reservation is received. Based on our customer research, you’ll be 100 times more likely to get a hold of them if you call within 5 minutes of the reservation being made versus waiting 30 minutes to call. On top of that, following up within the first 10 minutes increases the likelihood of the customer moving in by 25%. These calls shouldn’t be sales-oriented but should be an opportunity to answer any questions the customer may have and make the customer feel confident with their choice.

  • We notify you of new reservations by email as soon as the reservation is placed. We also place an automated Tenant Connect call to your facility during office hours. When you receive the call, just select “1” from the menu to dial the customer’s number and make following up super easy!
  • We created a follow up call checklist with some helpful pointers about what to cover on these calls.

Follow up by email if you’re unable to reach the customer by phone. Online shoppers may be more responsive to an email and storage customers are often in the middle of a life change which could make it difficult to reach them by phone.

  • If you’re not sure what to say in a follow up email, we’ve created a template to get you started!

Honor the price and promotion that was listed when the customer made the reservation. We know your rent rates and promotions change frequently, but SpareFoot customers are told that the price and promotion that they are offered at the time the reservation was placed will be locked in until their selected move-in date.

Offer promotions which lead to higher move-in rates.

Here are some of the most effective promotions used on SpareFoot:

  • The sixth full month free with six month lease agreement
  • 20% off for the first three full months
  • 50% off 1st month
  • The second full month free with one month pre-payment
  • 1st Month Free

If you have an integrated listing, keep these tips in mind when creating promotions:

  • Listings with promos that contain the word “SpareFoot” have a 15% higher move-in rate.
  • Promotions are over 20% more effective when the entire promotion is not capitalized.
  • Spelling and grammar are important. Promotions that use proper spelling, grammar and punctuation result in a higher move-in rate than those that don’t.

Provide outstanding customer service - Many storage seekers are going through a stressful life change such as a death or divorce or are in the process of moving. Show customers why renting at your facility is the best choice by being friendly and compassionate and easing any concerns they may have.

Make your facility location clear - If your facility is difficult to find or hidden from the main road, add directions or additional information in the facility details to help point customers in the right direction. Adding photos such as a view from the street can also be helpful as a visual queue.

 

 

Want to learn more? We’ve hosted some helpful webinars which cover topics related to move-in rate. Click the links below to view the webinar recordings.

Webinar: Turning Leads Into Tenants

Webinar: Listing Tips for Increasing Reservations and Move-ins

 

Where can I find my Move-In Rate?

We've created a handy graph on the Dashboard page in your MySpareFoot account that includes reservations and move-ins for the last three months. You'll see your Move-in Rate for each month as well as an average of those three months. The graph updates each month on the 15th to reflect data from the previous month.

First, log into your MySpareFoot account

Need Help Logging In?

Just go to www.mysparefoot.com from your internet browser. When you head to MySpareFoot.com, you'll see one of these two screens:

Dashboard

Great news! This means you're already logged in.

Login Page

Simply enter your username and password.

Next, select the facility you would like to view

The dashboard page shows facility level information, which means that if you have multiple facilities on your account, you'll want to select the facility that you would like to view from the dropdown menu at the top of the page.

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