• As People Keep Moving
    A Resent association press story in the Wall Street Journal reported “262.4 million people, five years or older, move to a new address in the last five years of the 20th century." Twenty-five percent of those people moved within the same county. The same article quotes ...More
    December 1, 2003 Jim Chiswell Posted in Articles
  • Tough Times For Management
    The self-storage industry continues to see uneducated property owners building storage in saturated markets. On a weekly basis, I get calls from people who are building a selfstorage project but have not completed any due diligence in advance. These types of builders and ...More
    December 1, 2003 Carol Krendl Posted in Articles
  • Construction Corner
    Construction Corner is a Q&A column committed to answering reader-submitted questions regarding construction and development. Inquiries may be sent to construction@ministorage.com. Q: My retail office has large glass windows, and I am very concerned about vandalism. ...More
    December 1, 2003 Posted in Articles, Technology
  • On Being a Quality Manager
    Quality managers are quality people, from all walks of life, who have mastered the skills of managing a selfstorage facility. They are warm, friendly, honest, energetic souls who enjoy working independently and working with the public. They are relationship-builders who are ...More
    December 1, 2003 Donna May Posted in Articles
  • Winning Women
    They are business owners, consultants, company presidents and industry experts. Many of them have been working in self-storage for 10 years or more. While there are many wonderful women of note working in the business, for this special feature, ISS chose a few of these ...More
    December 1, 2003 Amy Campbell Posted in Articles
  • U.K. Storage Development: Leave No Stone Unturned
    What does it take to fill a facility? To those who ask me the question, I answer: Unearth every stone, chase down every opportunity, close every deal, and generate as many as possible leads and projects as you can—together with creating awareness of your brand and ...More
    December 1, 2003 Andrew Donaldson Posted in Articles, Development
  • Handling Market Saturation
    You did your feasibility study, went through the tedious trial of getting your plans approved, built your site, hired your managers and opened your doors for business. You have been open for several months now, but the rentals are just not coming as projected. Perhaps ...More
    December 1, 2003 Pamela Alton Posted in Articles
  • Choosing and Working With Your Lender
    Few partnerships are more important to business owners than those with their lending institutions and the lenders who represent them. When the partnership is working well, it’s the proverbial win-win for both. When it’s not, it’s a painful pairing. So how does the astute ...More
    November 1, 2003 Scott Weissmann Posted in Articles, Finance
  • In The Shadow Of $
    “Business? It’s quite simple. It’s other people’s money.”—ALEXANDRE DUMAS THE YOUNGER “Money is the seed of money, and the first guinea is sometimes more difficult to acquire than the second million.”—JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU We like to believe we have appreciation for the ...More
    November 1, 2003 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles, Finance
  • Loan Types And Lending Options
    Just as there are many types of self-storage facilities, there is a diversity of financing options available in the capital markets. Some self-storage owners seek floating rate financing, while others prefer fixed-rate loans. Some ownerdevelopers want construction financing ...More
    November 1, 2003 Eric Snyder and Jim Davies Posted in Articles, Finance