High Tech Storage Topekan Crystal Reuter saw a need for a service in the capital city and made it a reality.
PLEASE see our article in TK MAGAZINE. Picture Front of Building Photos by: JOHN BURNS Like many great business opportunities, Topekan Crystal Reuter saw a need for a service in the capital city and made it a reality. TopCity Storage opened the first week in June at 4600 S.W. Topeka Blvd., just south of the Kansas Turnpike. This isn’t your typical selfstorage arrangement—the whole high-tech operation is contactfree, and Reuter says it’s the first to use NOKĒ smart entry technology to fully automate storage in Topeka.“Everything can be done from your smartphone. No padlock or physical key to lose. Your phone is your key,” said Reuter, the owner and only employee of the business. “Contactless rentals are the way the industry is moving.” The brand new 84-unit, 14,000 square-foot, well-lit facility gives clients 24-hour access to their units and has an emphasis on clean and safe storage. “I just kept seeing people posting that their storage got broken into,” Reuter said. “I thought if we’re going to do this, I wanted to build something that was secure. And unique. Not just a boring, standard storage building.” To rent, customers visit the TopCity Storage website, choose a unit, e-sign an agreement and provide payment information. Then a digital key is sent via email with download and accessibility instructions. PIC PHONE No locks are needed; the mobile app logs who is coming and going, and smart technology knows if it’s locked or not. All units have motion sensors inside, and the digital key can be shared with movers, family members or friends as needed. “I have an 80-year-old customer that loves the facility’s ease of use. It’s pretty simple,” Reuter said. Reuter said it’s extra difficult to break into the units as the electronic locking mechanism is on the inside of the unit as opposed to the outside. Additionally, any time motion is detected, or someone is trying to break in, a message is sent to the unit renter to notify them. The renter ...
Eric Smith-Contributing Writer
January 12th, 2022
The holidays are here and it is the most exciting times of the year. The best thing is when you get to see extended family and friends. After not seeing eachother for so long, it’s a great to be able to spend some quality time with the most important people in your lives. It’s important to make sure you’re setting up your home in a way that welcomes your guests. A lot of work can go into preparing your home for guests, but where do you begin? Here are a few helpful hints. Declutter Everywhere You Can-The last thing your guests will want to walk into is a messy, cluttered house. If you take a look around and see that there’s room for improvement, you should tidy up certain rooms well before company arrives. If you’ve used your guest rooms in your home for storage, consider moving any boxes and bins into your garage or a local storage unit. If your living room is filled with laundry that has yet to be folded or toys that the kids have scattered everywhere, take a few minutes to put everything back where it belongs. In Your Bathroom/Bedroom-You’ll want to stock up on the most important bathroom necessity: toilet paper. Besides toliet paper, we have all been traveling a forgot items at home. It is always nice when you go to hotels or other places and they have a basket with toiletries in a basket of things you may of forgotten. For example, toothpaste, shampoo etc. It is a great way to show your loved ones you care. In the bedrooms and bathrooms it is important make sure everything is picked up, closets and a few drawers are decluttered and emptied out. It maybe best to put some items in storage or a garage for a bit so that traveling guest can utilize this space. No one likes living out of suitcases when they’re traveling, especially when they’ll be there for an extended period ...
November 5th, 2021
What is the difference between 'temperature-controlled' storage and 'climate-controlled' storage? Renters come in and ask the question, do you have climate-controlled storage? However, there seems to be some confusion, the terms for climate and temperature controlled units are not the same but when potential buyers ask about the temperature or climate they are meaning the samething. Let me help break it down for you. Temperature-controlled facilities, like Topcity Storage only manages the temperature, while climate-controlled facilities manage the temperature and humidity. Climate-controlled facilities manage both temperature and humidity. Inside a temperatrue controlled facility, temperature is controlled within a range. The ideal temperature-controlled storage ranges between 55 and 80 degrees. You cant really control the 'climate' as you can temperature. Thus is why you are hearing more people say temperature controlled units over climate depending on where you live. ...
February 13th, 2021
Cell phones are used in our everyday life, have you ever looked at your settings and seen how many times you actually pickup your phone in one day? We use our phones for everything, we use them to buy plane tickets, order us drivers to go anywhere, schedule doctor's appointments, and even use them to turn on our smart TV's. By downloading an app on your cell phone, you can change the channel, control the volume, and do everything your remote control. Cell phones are basically our remote controls for everyday life. This innovative app technolgy business also is now coming into self-storage. There are now ways you can unlock unit doors and digitally share your key by an app on your smart phone. Here's how it works and the benefits that comes with it: How it Works: Through cloud-based technology, tenants are able to enter the facility and their units with their mobile smart devices. No more of the frustration of losing keys and forgetting combinations and codes. With Tesla technology included inside every unit controller and electronic smart lock, this security solution is changing the way that storage is being done. Rental Process Made Easy: The rental process is now as easy as buying a plane ticket. Tenants can handle the whole process on their own online or by using the mobile app. No more having to speak to a manger. Giving the customer the option to do rent units on their own anytime of the day. Digital Key Sharing: This amazing feature allows customers the convenience of granting temporary access to friends and family – then revoking access whenever you chose, you are in control. Notificatons: This new technolgy gives customers more security, all units are equipped with motion sensors, and will give the customers notifications if motion is detected. Not only that customers will recieve notifications right to their phones when the doors are left unlocked. We are used to doing everything on our phones this past ...
November 13th, 2020