• Protect Yourself From Tornado Disaster
    Many self-storage owners ask, "If my facility is well-built and secure, what could possibly happen? Why do I need insurance?" As we enter the stormy months of summer, one reason that comes to mind is tornadoes. Scientists are still trying to understand the phenomenon of ...More
    July 1, 2002 Amy Brown Posted in Articles
  • Land of Opportunity for Self-Storage
    Self-storage crossed overseas from the United States to the United Kingdom way back in the mid-'80s. So why, you ask, has it taken so long to catch on? And surely it cannot be such a great opportunity if it's taken nearly 20 years to get to just 400 centers in the United ...More
    July 1, 2002 Andrew Donaldson Posted in Articles
  • Asphalt Maintenance
    Your roadways and driveways are essential to the aesthetics of your self-storage facility. Considering the amount of roadway in many facilities, the need for proper driveway maintenance is apparent. But what causes asphalt pavement to fail, and what maintenance options are ...More
    July 1, 2002 Todd Slyngstad Posted in Articles
  • Facility Maintenance and Remodeling
    Retailers know the importance of keeping their stores looking fresh and well-maintained. If competition is nibbling at your occupancy levels, it may be time to consider a facelift before it takes a bigger bite. In the retail market, it is not uncommon for a store owner to ...More
    July 1, 2002 RK Kliebenstein Posted in Articles
  • Increase Productivity Through Computer Networks
    What if your staff could simultaneously answer questions, process payments and perform tenant move-ins? What if you could manage your payment specials, change rental rates and modify company policies from one centralized location? The vast majority of self-storage ...More
    July 1, 2002 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Janus International Corp.
    Janus ~ Roman god of passage, of doorways (januae), archways (jani), and of beginnings and endings. When searching for a name for his new company, David Curtis knew he wanted something different. "I wanted a name that meant something, a word that was translatable into every ...More
    July 1, 2002 Amy Campbell Posted in Articles
  • Vivilon Coatings Inc.
    How many times have you heard the business maxims "You never get a second chance to make a first impression" or "Image is everything"? We accept these statements' validity because they confirm our own experiences of making quick judgments about businesses based solely upon ...More
    July 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • mudslinging
    I JUST RETURNED FROM THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, where I spent a rather decadent several days shopping for vintage clothing, eating gnocchi in North Beach, camping among Red Woods and sipping my way through Napa Valley. While in the town of Calistoga, I decided to take the ...More
    July 1, 2002 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles
  • Marketing Made Easy
    As an industry, self-storage has witnessed incredible growth in the last decade. This expansion has necessitated the need for more sophisticated marketing and sales/advertising plans to stay competitive. Without physically and strategically upgrading older, ...More
    July 1, 2002 Anne Ballard Posted in Articles
  • Upscale in Tulsa
    When asked by one of her customers why she doesn't retire, Nell Booher replied, "I am retired--I just get paid for it." She and her husband, Don, are the managers of South Tulsa Self Storage, a facility introducing a new concept to the industry in Tulsa, Okla. Can you call ...More
    July 1, 2002 Elaine M. Foxwell Posted in Articles