February 28, 20242 mins read

Storage Solutions Company Seeks Support to Complete 188 Utility Account Transfers in 7 Days

Storage Solutions Company Streamlines Utility Account Transfer Process


A privately held self-storage acquisition, development, property, and asset management company based in Santa Monica, CA. Since its inception in 1994, its focus has been on investments in major metro markets across the United States that offer significant cash flow, revenue growth, and long-term appreciation opportunities. 


The developer needed to complete nearly two hundred property acquisitions in a matter of days. But the sheer number of storage unit locations and short time frame quickly made the transfer process unmanageable. Dealing with delayed supplier response times, negotiating rate structures, managing documentation, and navigating legal requirements became too time-consuming and unproductive for the company’s internal team. Moreover, missing utility turnover deadlines would result in shutoffs, costly restart fees, inspections, customer service disruptions, and lost revenue. 


Given that the costs of mismanaging utility transfers can add up fast, the company selected SIB’s utility services experts from  Cost Control Associates to bring speed, efficiency, and savings to their process. As part of our process, we delivered the following services to ensure a successful, on-time transition of utility account ownership, including: 

  • Reviewing all account information for accuracy to resolve discrepancies before initiation.
  • Gathering necessary documentation, such as deeds, Articles of Incorporation, and usage needs per location.
  • Negotiating with utility providers to waive or lower opening deposits.
  • Securing the most beneficial rate schedule.
  • Uncovering rate and service discounts.
  • Verifying the first invoice and any credits or refunds due.


Real estate acquisitions are hard enough without adding utility management to the task list. That’s especially true for rapidly evolving companies that need to open and close utilities for multiple locations every month or even every week, such as storage facilities, telecommunications, car washes, dental offices, restaurants, and retail stores. 

By partnering with our utility account transfer team, our client completed a seamless utility account transfer for 188 locations in 7 days. Outsourcing saved valuable time that enabled their internal team to focus on other initiatives that would move the business forward. And by keeping the energy flowing, they avoided costly delays and service disruptions that could negatively affect their storage unit customers—and the bottom line. 

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