• Flint Creek Seeks JV Partner for Private Mini Storage
      Private Mini Storage Ventures LLC retained Flint Creek Partners LLC to identify an institutional partner for a $50 million programmatic joint venture. With a significant pipeline of investment opportunities already reserved, the proposed partnership will focus on ...More
    May 22, 2005 Posted in News, Development
  • Correction
     In the May issue of Inside Self-Storage, in the article titled “Rich Client or Thin Client?,” incorrect contact information was provided for the author, Markus Hecker, and his company, SMD Software Inc. The company is based out of Raleigh, N.C., and the correct phone ...More
    May 22, 2005 Posted in News
  • Marcus & Millichap Release National Self-Storage Report
    Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Brokerage Co., a real estate investment brokerage firm, released its 2005 National Self-Storage Research Report, which indicates investors are gaining interest in self-storage, due in large part to a favorable lending ...More
    May 22, 2005 Posted in News
  • Online Payment Processing
    Online payment processing is supposed to be easy, right? But recent modifications to rules and regulations by credit-card companies have caused confusion about what merchants can and can’t do. Navigating the dos and don’ts may not be easy, but being able to accept ...More
    May 1, 2005 Brent S. Hoffmann Posted in Articles, Finance, Technology
  • The Future of Self-Storage Technology
    “The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades.”This well-known song excerpt sums up the future of self-storage technology. The next few years promise better and simpler management software that tightly integrates with advanced security systems; wireless ...More
    May 1, 2005 Tom Lewellen Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Facility Rules and Regulations
    Somewhere along the way, most self-storage operators have developed a set of rules and regulations for their facility that is meant to work in addition to their lease agreement. These guidelines serve an important purpose, but many operators use them wrong way, i.e., to ...More
    May 1, 2005 Jeffrey Greenberger Posted in Articles
  • Customer Service: A Good Fit
    I’ll confess that, for me, clothes shopping falls in the same category with wallpapering the bathroom and having a tooth drilled. So when the mood does hit me, I put on my best smile and head out to the store. Surprisingly, the last time I went shopping, I had fun. The best ...More
    May 1, 2005 Jim Chiswell Posted in Articles
  • Five Steps to Effective Sales
    Unless you completely understand and implement all of the elements of an effective self-storage sales program, you are merely going through the motions. Missing any one of them will diminish your facility’s overall success. Following are five key steps to running a ...More
    May 1, 2005 Brad North Posted in Articles
  • Site Graphics
    Are you doing everything you can to secure your self-storage facility and market your security efforts to prospective tenants? Site security has become the pinnacle concern for many customers. They want to know their property will be safe, so you must do everything possible ...More
    May 1, 2005 Owen Runnals Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Management Software for Multiple Sites
    The self-storage industry has experienced brisk growth, and many companies operate multiple facilities. Having more than one site involves unique challenges, such as how to generate new business, reduce labor costs, impose better operational controls, manage technology ...More
    May 1, 2005 Kat Shenoy Posted in Articles, Technology