Here at StaxUp Storage, we know our success is due to our wonderful team. The care they give our renters is unparalleled and we want to highlight their milestones along the way. Below is an interview with Murrieta, CA team member Caleb Garrett, who is celebrating his 1-year anniversary with StaxUP Storage this week.
Caleb is the Assistant Manager at StaxUP Storage – Murrieta.
Peter: Hey Caleb, awesome to talk with you and congrats on your 1-year anniversary with StaxUP Storage. How did you first get into the self storage industry?
Caleb: I was fresh out here. I had just moved out to California and had some money that I had saved up and was just looking for something new. You know? I saw that they had a craigslist ad out and it stood out to me more than anything else, so I sent in my resume to that and then received a phone call and that’s where the story started.
Peter: How is working in self storage different than other jobs you’ve had?
Caleb: Well, before this, I’d done every kind of job in the restaurant industry. It’s different. Of course, it’s not dealing with food, but, still, the customer service part of it is quite the same. It’s a much different product.
Peter: For sure and even though it’s still customer service, it’s people’s things instead of their food.
Caleb: Right and, also, there’s property maintenance. That’s new and I like it a lot.
Peter: Have you learned anything specific to self storage you didn’t think you’d learn?
Caleb: Proper lock cutting, haha.
Peter: Haha, that is very specific to self storage for sure.
Caleb: Yeah, absolutely. I’d say that would be a pretty big one on my list.
Peter: What else do you have to do regularly?
Caleb: We regularly blow the property to clear debris. We’re surrounded by trees, so we get a lot of leaves and stuff like that. We’re right next to the freeway too. We catch a little bit of debris from all directions. That and sweeping up a little garbage debris.
Peter: I hear that keeping the grounds clean is one of the more difficult things about running a self storage facility. Like, it wouldn’t seem like it, but it is.
Caleb: It can be if you let it go, but if you stay on top of it, it’s a piece of cake.
Peter: A year is a good amount of time to know if you like something or not. How are you liking working for StaxUp?
Caleb: Oh, yeah. I enjoy it. I’m liking my job. It’s been a blessing honestly.
Peter: I’ve found StaxUP Storage in general to be easy to work with. Have you found that to be similar to your experience?
Caleb: Yeah, even though I would say that it comes with more responsibility than my previous jobs, I’d say it comes easier to me than anything I’ve done before.
Peter: You must enjoy dealing with people then, because I know that is a very face-to-face job and people come in for all sorts of reasons, sometimes negative ones.
Caleb: Right, right, all different kinds of stories and scenarios.
Peter: Do you live in the area?
Caleb: I do, I actually live on site here at Murrieta.
Peter: Do you feel like you’re always on the clock or do you get some privacy?
Caleb: No, I don’t have a problem with privacy. Mostly it’s just during business hours when I have to work with tenants. Every now and then we’ll have a tenant honk and they’ll be trying to get into the gate after hours and I’ll just have to come down and tell them, “I’m sorry, gate hours are from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. There’s not really much I can do for you, come back tomorrow at 6 a.m. when we’re open.” That’s only happened twice and I’ve lived here for about 6 months now. It’s not that big of a deal at all. I really like the tenants we have here at Murrieta; they’re pretty nice and laid back, easy going people.
Peter: Outside of work do you have any hobbies people at StaxUp Storage may not know about?
Caleb: Oh, some of them probably know about it. I’m in a band and that takes up all my time. When I’m not working that’s what I’m doing: practicing or playing shows.
Peter: Nice, what do you play?
Caleb: I play guitar in a, it’s kind of a punk band, it’s called Throwed Off
Peter: Do you guys play gigs in Murrieta and the surrounding area?
Caleb: Not really. I’m the only one who lives in the Inland Empire. The rest live more so in the East LA area.
Peter: Ah, so you play shows out there.
Peter: I bet it’s pretty wild playing in a punk band in this part of the country.
Caleb: Yeah, it can be crazy at times. We just has a show Saturday in Ontario that as pretty fun.
Peter: That is awesome. So, living out in the IE, do you have any favorite restaurants?
Caleb: Oh, what’s that place over off of Murrieta Hot Springs? Is it Noodle Land? It’s a Thai place.
Peter: Nice, so you’re a fan of spicy Thai food?
Caleb: Oh, absolutely, man. I’m from Louisiana. We’re all about some spicy food.
Peter: Why did you move from there to California?
Caleb: Pretty much to start playing with this band. They were called a different name before and when I came on we changed our name and started fresh. They had something going and they needed another guitarist. It had been something I wanted to do for a long time, so I got the opportunity, saved up money and moved out here.
Peter: Dude, that takes guts.
Caleb: Haha, yeah. It’s been pretty extreme. It took a long time to do so, but it’s been an adventure ever since.
Peter: Yeah, man. I have mad respect for anyone who has the courage to take a leap for their dreams like that.
Caleb: That’s all I can do, man.
Peter: Those were all of my questions. At the end of these, I like to ask if there’s anyone at the company you would like to give a shout out to. Do you have anyone in mind?
Caleb: Rick Davis, my manager. Without him I would not be able to get all the stuff I need done done. I think we have a good team-work buddy system going. We kind of trade off, so one person’s not always outside or one person’s not always in the office. We just kind of switch around and keep the cycle rotating.