Building Types | Cost Segregation

Self Storage

In the evolving landscape of Self-Storage properties, the diversity in facility design—ranging from rows of traditional garages to multi-story climate-controlled buildings—offers a wealth of opportunities for fiscal improvement. Whether it’s the HVAC systems for climate-controlled units or security systems for ensuring safe storage, every asset within these facilities has its own depreciation schedule.

Cost segregation provides Self-Storage property owners with a strategic financial tool to maximize tax benefits and enhance cash flow. This approach allows for reinvestment in facility upgrades, technological enhancements, and customer experience, fortifying the property’s market position in an increasingly competitive industry.

Cost Segregation for Self Storage Facilities

Self-Storage properties have evolved over the years, ranging from rows of garage-like units to multi-story towers filled with lockers. Regardless of the format, these properties are cash cows, generating substantial taxable income. What makes them even more attractive for cost segregation is that their costs are defaulted into a 39-year tax life. Let’s examine why these properties are fertile grounds for cost segregation opportunities.

Whether it’s a converted office building in the heart of the city or an expansive single-story facility, the unique structural elements offer various points for tax savings. The variation also extends to land improvements, making each property unique in its cost segregation potential.

With growing customer demands for specific storage conditions, many facilities now offer controlled environment areas. The HVAC systems for these areas are typically classified as personal property, thus qualifying for accelerated depreciation.

The construction of interior walls that divide the lockers can also play a role in cost segregation. Depending on their construction, these walls could be considered personal property, adding another layer of potential savings.

From sophisticated locking mechanisms to digital access controls, self-storage properties are equipped with various security features, which can be classified as personal property for depreciation purposes.

Substantial Savings Potential

A converted downtown office building may not have any land improvements, while a traditional garage-style facility could allocate up to 10% of the property’s cost to 15-year land improvements. Personal property costs can range from 5% to 15% with a 5-year tax life, contingent on the construction of locker walls.

Don’t miss out on the cost segregation opportunities hidden within your Self-Storage property. Unlock significant tax savings and reinvest the windfall into expanding or modernizing your storage services. Whether your property is a newly converted tower or a more traditional setup, chances are high that you can optimize your costs and bolster your bottom line.

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Take Advantage of Cost Segregation with Source Advisors

Cost segregation is a strategic approach for self storage facility owners looking to optimize their tax benefits and improve their bottom line. By appropriately leveraging this strategy, property owners can significantly enhance their cash flow, ensuring they have the resources to maintain, upgrade, or expand their properties, ultimately maximizing their return on investment. Before embarking on a cost segregation study, it’s advisable to consult with professionals who have experience in both the real estate and tax sectors to ensure compliance and optimization.

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