• In the East
    This month, I gathered a roundtable of experts to discuss the state of self-storage in the Eastern United States. Let’s hear what our local experts have to say about their respective cities and regions. Our panel of brokers includes: John Lisowski, Grubb & Ellis, ...More
    December 1, 2003 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles
  • In the Valli
    Self-storage developers who want to build in the best possible locations are increasingly limited by a shortage of sites in the most desirable populated areas. Available land parcels are usually small, often irregular in shape and always very expensive. These obstacles to ...More
    December 1, 2003 Posted in Articles
  • Managing for Maximum Results
    Congratulations! You got your facility approved, built and, finally, filled up. A lot of hard work, worry and effort have paid off, and you now feel like king of the hill. However, this success has created a dilemma. If you are too full, you can’t help the next caller; you ...More
    December 1, 2003 Jack Donner Posted in Articles
  • 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
  • After The Storm
    Last September, in the wake of Hurricane Isabel, five states were declared federal disaster areas. Hundreds of businesses were damaged, and more than 30 deaths were blamed on the powerful storm. Hurricane Isabel started traditional rounds of severe fall and winter weather. ...More
    December 1, 2003 Amy Brown Posted in Articles
  • Planning Your Facility
    Planning your records-storage facility is the first issue to address after making the decision to enter the business. What size should the facility be? What shape? How big is too big? Where should it be located? What about security? How do you avoid fires? How does racking ...More
    December 1, 2003 Cary F. McGovern Posted in Articles
  • Mr. Right Manager
    Hire, train, motivate and retain great employees—it seems simple, but is it? How many times has this happened to you? You can’t believe your good fortune. You find the perfect candidate for the job. He looks the part and gives all the right answers during the interview. You ...More
    December 1, 2003 Tammy Ross Posted in Articles
  • Spain's Growing Need for Self-Storage
    Since 2000, Spain has been experiencing a tide of immigrants leaving Northern Europe and the United Kingdom like no other time in its history. Nicknamed EUmigres, they are drawn by the warm climate and easy lifestyle of Spain. But finding housing has become a concise ...More
    December 1, 2003 Bridget Nemeth Posted in Articles
  • The Bugman Cometh
    Sooner or later, you're going to have to deal with me—no matter how new your facility, no matter how clean you keep it, no matter where you are located. You can use bug spray by the case. You can close your eyes and hope they just go away: but in the end, we'll meet. I am ...More
    December 1, 2003 Ken Berquist Posted in Articles