• A Time to Excel
    How does discounting my rental rates affect length of occupancy?Is a $1 move-in special more profitable than giving rental discounts?What percentage of my tenants pay a discounted rent?When does offering automatic rent collection make financial sense?How many hours a month ...More
    July 1, 2003 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Ambitions
    Award Winning sculptor R. David Mattiza Once a key player in the tight-knit self-storage industry, R. David Mattiza now spends his days elbow-deep in clay, sculpting renowned works of art. Mattiza spent 17 years in the self-storage business, designing and building ...More
    July 1, 2003 Amy Campbell Posted in Articles
  • Three Generations of Door Maintenance
    A first-generation door the owner attempted to repaint, with poor results. The best time to think about maintenance of your doors and hallways is at the point of purchase. Wise purchasing can do much to prevent future maintenance problems. All products are not the same. ...More
    July 1, 2003 Dan Curtis 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 husband and I are thinking about purchasing some land to build our first ...More
    July 1, 2003 Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Security as a Marketing Tool
    When storage renters are surveyed as to why they chose a particular facility, two reasons are always at the top of the list: proximity (convenience) and security. If you're right around the corner from where someone lives, you're probably going to get his business. If you ...More
    June 1, 2003 Fred Gleeck 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. What should I look for in an access-control keypad for my site? I currently have about 25 ...More
    June 1, 2003 Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Facility Communications Systems
    In today's competitive environment, exceptional customer service is what makes a self-storage facility stand out from the rest. One of the most effective ways to promote exceptional service is a state-of-the-art communications system. The quality of the security system you ...More
    June 1, 2003 Karen Genualdi and Courtney Doerfler Posted in Articles, Technology
  • What's New in CCTV Technology
    Three words can describe the new technological innovations happening in the CCTV industry: digital, digital, digital! Everywhere you look there is some sort of new digital product or technological innovation on the market that offers to make a video-surveillance system ...More
    June 1, 2003 Jon Mitchell Posted in Articles, Technology
  • SnoBlox
    SnoBlox is a clear snow guard, molded of polycarbonate, which sits in the flat part of a metal-roofing panel. SnoBlox is a scrutinizing owner's choice for an inconspicuous, high-quality and economical solution for controlling the dangerous release of snow and ice on glossy ...More
    June 1, 2003 Posted in Articles
  • Think Before You Install
    Many initial plans for self-storage projects have one thing in common: They give no forethought to the type or placement of security equipment the facility will use. In most cases, the owner wants a security system, but has no real concept of what it takes to put one in ...More
    June 1, 2003 Chester Gilliam Posted in Articles