• Reducing Lighting Costs
    LIGHTING CAN ADD CURB APPEAL, SECURITY AND AFTER-HOURS CONVENIENCE TO ANY SELF-STORAGE SITE. In the last 10 years, there have been several amazing and dramatic advances in lighting. These new technologies produce natural light with far less energy. Let's start with some ...More
    February 1, 2003 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • What's Valuable
    WHILE IT IS TRADITIONAL TO CONSIDER RESOLUTIONS AND EXPLORE AVENUES OF PERSONAL ENRICHMENT around the turn of the new year, I generally find I'm too distracted or worn out by the festivities and chaos of the holidays to focus at that time. But after the decorations come ...More
    February 1, 2003 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles
  • Self-Storage Portfolio Sales
    As the economy has weakened and scandals spread throughout the corporate sector, new and experienced investors are increasingly turning to the stable returns of income-producing self-storage. The self-storage market is experiencing a recent surge in transaction activity ...More
    February 1, 2003 Marc A. Boorstein Posted in Articles
  • Taking a Gamble on U.K. Self-Storage
    Las Vegas, the gambling capital of the world, makes its money against 50/50 odds. If you're at the Inside Self-Storage Expo in Las Vegas this year, don't lose too much money gambling—Europe's self-storage marketplace offers far better odds for success! But you can ...More
    February 1, 2003 Andrew Donaldson Posted in Articles
  • Valuation of Self-Storage Facilities
    Although the word "valuation" seems straightforward, thinking about the term will give us insight into ways of determining an accurate measure of value. The first question to ask is why someone wants to own a self-storage facility. The answer is almost always that they want ...More
    February 1, 2003 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles
  • The LockCheck™ System
    CONDUCTING UNIT INVENTORIES AT MOST SELF-STORAGE STORES HAS ALWAYS BEEN A PAPER-AND-PEN TASK FOR MANAGERS. But now the entire process has been automated with the introduction of the LockCheckTM system by CheckMate Technology Corp., headed by self-storage industry veteran ...More
    February 1, 2003 Posted in Articles
  • Success as a Team Effort
    NOW THAT WE ARE INTO A NEW YEAR, IT'S TIME TO TAKE A GOOD LOOK at your facility's bottom line from 2002 and ask yourself some important questions. Did you achieve the goals you set for your facility? Did you perform your best? Did your management company work well with you? ...More
    February 1, 2003 Pamela Alton Posted in Articles
  • QuikStor
    SINCE 1987, QUIKSTOR HAS PROVIDED DEPENDABLE SECURITY AND SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS TO THE SELF-STORAGE INDUSTRY. The company offers a complete system that integrates security, management and marketing. Its proven lines of affordable, forward-looking products give businesses a ...More
    February 1, 2003 Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Preparing a Facility for Sale
    There comes a time in the life of every self-storage facility when its owner decides to sell. The reasons for selling can vary considerably from one owner to the next. It may be for estate planning, the acquisition or development of another facility, the dissolution of a ...More
    February 1, 2003 Rob Schick Posted in Articles
  • Specialized Insurance Coverages
    THE SELF-STORAGE INDUSTRY HAS UNDERGONE A SERIES of tremendous changes over the past two decades, evolving from a core group of small, mom-and-pop facilities to a large, powerful organization of professional business people. The rapid growth of the industry has further ...More
    February 1, 2003 Posted in Articles