• First Impressions
    How many times have you driven into an area looking for a car wash only to be frustrated by not quickly finding it? What’s worse, when you finally pull into the driveway, you realize you drove by the place one or two times before recognizing it. Now you wonder why you ...More
    March 1, 2004 Fred Grauer Posted in Articles
  • Meeting Legal Needs
    I magine the following scenario: You know something is wrong with your computer, but you don’t know what; so you bring it to your local electronics store for repair. The salesperson tells you he will try to fix your problem—although he can’t guarantee a satisfactory result. ...More
    March 1, 2004 Joshua T. Kutchin Posted in Articles
  • Manager Care
    Now that spring is almost here and the long winter months almost past, it is time to take a deep breath and relax a little. This is the time to begin thinking about your facility manager, if you are an owner, or your own sanity, if you manage your own site. Being a storage ...More
    March 1, 2004 Pamela Alton Posted in Articles
  • Branding
    What is branding and what does it mean to self-storage operator? Before we answer this, I'd like to share an observation made by one of my company's marketing specialists. He said some storage operators approach their market brand in much the same way ranchers in the old ...More
    March 1, 2004 Roy Katz Posted in Articles
  • What Size Is That Space?
    Do you rent storage spaces by the square foot? It may surprise self-storage operators to learn the answer to this question is actually “no”— at least it should be. This does not mean larger spaces should rent for equal or less money than smaller ones. It’s just that rent ...More
    March 1, 2004 D. Carlos Kaslow Posted in Articles
  • Winning Women, Part 2
    Inside Self-Storage featured part I of “Winning Women” in its December issue. We recognize there are many amazing women working in the self-storage industry. Some are company owners and presidents; others work in less prominent but equally important roles. ISS works with ...More
    March 1, 2004 Amy Campbell Posted in Articles
  • The Art of Drafting Agreements
    I must confess, the contracts course was not my strongest effort in law school. I approached it as something to get behind me so I could go to court and do what I really wanted, which was trial work. It took a number of years (never mind how many) of doing that fun stuff ...More
    March 1, 2004 Joseph D. Joiner Posted in Articles
  • Industry Alert
    This is our annual legal issue, but I have chosen not to address that here. In light of recent changes to the steel market, which impact professionals across the spectrum of the self-storage industry, I thought it better to share with you a letter from one of our respected ...More
    March 1, 2004 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles
  • Legalities and Benefits of Cost Segregation
    As we close the books on another fiscal year, self-storage owners should be looking for ways to keep more of their money. If you are depreciating your facility over 39 years, you may be sitting on a financial windfall through the use of cost segregation. While the window ...More
    March 1, 2004 Kathleen Humen Posted in Articles, Finance
  • Occupancy Insanity
    I recently needed to rent a storage unit and visited a few of the facilities close to my house. I walked into the first place and asked the manager what she had available. All she had were a couple of 10-by-10s. When I got to another facility down the road, I got ...More
    March 1, 2004 Fred Gleeck Posted in Articles