Lockers & Locker Rentals

Outdoor shoes, heavy coats, mittens and scarves. We aren’t talking about your lost and found loot; we are talking about lockers at your facility. We want our members to feel comfortable using the facility but we don’t want them tracking in the dirt and snow from the parking lot. Offering open lockers is great but what if your member is concerned about their steel toed work boots walking off? We asked the NIHCA Networking Group if they rent out lockers and how they keep the lockers cleared out of forgotten items (which have included everything from a single sock to car keys).

Renting out your lockers is a great way to bring in some additional revenue. An annual locker rental can range from $60-125 depending on size and availability. Renting out locker space could bring in $5,000-10,000 a year in additional revenue. Facilities tend to rent out no more than ¾ of their lockers leaving room for day usage as well.

Clearly state your policy. Whether the policy is that any locks left overnight will be cut and all items will be removed or that no locks are allowed. Be sure to monitor your locker rooms for unauthorized locks, locker use, and forgotten lockers.  See our article on “Lost & Found Policies”.

 

~”My actions are my only true belongings” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Lost & Found Policies

February 9, 2021

We’ve all been finishing up laundry and realize there is one missing sock. Talk about frustrating. What I don’t understand is, how can you leave the gym and realize you lost your keys and not go back to find them?

Today’s topic is a hot one – do you have a Lost & Found Policy?

Short answer, if you don’t have a policy maybe now is the time to make one for your facility.  We took the liberty of breaking down a memo and log from one of our clubs and generalized it for you to make it your own at your facility. Here is an example Lost & Found Policy and Item Log: Lost and Found Policy and Log.

Here is what our clubs said:

  • Hygiene items not claimed are tossed at end of each day
  • Clothing and general items not claimed usually end up getting donated
  • One facility has a rummage sale each year and donates the money (LOVE this!)
  • High Value items are logged, secured and kept indefinitely

I hope nobody loses their keys, wedding rings or minds! However, as George Carlin said, “If I ever lose my mind I hope some honest person will find it and take it to Lost and Found”.

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