Vacant Barn Earns Extra Cash
When John Beisel quit raising livestock a few years ago, he no longer had need for the big barn on his property. An empty barn is not much of an asset, so he decided to use it in another way.
Beisel rents out the space for storage of all kinds of recreational vehicles from bikes to camping trailers. He finds plenty of takers for the space by people in nearby towns who have no safe, dependable place to store antique cars and recreational equipment during the off-season.
Beisel's barn has a second floor of concrete so there is lots of storage space on the two stories. Most of the space is taken up year around with snowmobiles stored in summer, and boats and trailers in winter.
Rental fees are for a season of storage and are paid in advance. Equipment can be brought in at any time but spring and fall are the times for most activity. Some typical space rental fees for a season are $35-45 for tent trailers, $50-60 for boats or automobiles, and $15 for bikes. He also stores industrial equipment and riding mowers.
Beisel has insurance on his barn, but renters must insure their own equipment against any kind of risk. Located outside a small town, there has been no problem with vandalism and only the ordinary precautions are taken, Beisel points out.
He says that when you rent, you have to keep the building in good repair, and clean. One problem he has to watch for is humidity which can be corrected by opening up and yentilating the barn occasionally. For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Beisel Farms, Ltd.; Rt. 4; Elmira, Ont. N3B 2Z3 (ph. 519 669-8003).

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