• Cardinal Self Storage
    When he converted an old pole barn into a building for subcontractors to store their equipment in 1990, Jim Bishop took his first unexpected step into the world of self-storage. Nine years later, Cardinal Self Storage of Grayslake, Ill., opened its doors on his five-acre ...More
    June 1, 2002 Elaine M. Foxwell Posted in Articles
  • Develop a Marketing Mindset
    A marketing mindset is severely lacking in the self-storage business. A marketing mindset is one that looks for clever and creative ways to maximize total profitability with a minimum amount of time and money. Self-storage owners and managers aren't generally a competitive ...More
    June 1, 2002 Fred Gleeck Posted in Articles
  • slimshady
    JUST THIS MORNING I RECEIVED AN E-MAIL from the Los Angeles Police Department's Art Theft Detail. The detective was seeking information about a burglary suspect who targeted self-storage facilities, taking unique movie memorabilia and other items. Once I followed the ...More
    June 1, 2002 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles
  • Part-timers, Attitudes and Victories
    A recent trip I made brought into focus a critical problem facing many self-storage owners: the gap that exists between the talents and skills of their managers, assistant managers and part-time employees. I had a full-time manager tell me he did not feel he could trust the ...More
    June 1, 2002 Jim Chiswell Posted in Articles
  • Security Overview
    Other than location, there is nothing more important to maximizing profits and increasing the value of your self-storage facility than installing a state-of-the-art security and access-control system. This article will identify the reasons to install a security and ...More
    June 1, 2002 Michael Frede Posted in Articles
  • $ecurity on a Budget
    A thriving business commands a marketing advantage. In the self-storage industry, that means offering a comprehensive access-control system and state-of-the-art video surveillance. To install a brand-new system, simply call any industry security vendor and ask for its ...More
    June 1, 2002 Doug Carner Posted in Articles
  • Individual Unit Alarms
    Recent events in this country and the world have changed the way people think about security. A certain level of protection is now expected and deserved. Although this may not affect the self-storage industry alone, the consciousness of the public has been altered forever. ...More
    June 1, 2002 John Fogg Posted in Articles
  • Secure Storage
    Security plays a big part in our everyday lives. Especially in large metropolitan areas where crime is more prevalent, becoming a victim is a genuine fear. It is essential for self-storage facilities to offer security that exceeds customer expectations in regard to safety. ...More
    June 1, 2002 Lance Comstock Posted in Articles
  • Remote Management
    You're across town having lunch with a business partner. You open your briefcase and, within seconds, you are both reading an up-to-the-minute analysis of the occupancies and delinquencies at your storage facility. You run a few revenue reports, review the profitability of ...More
    June 1, 2002 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • The Southwest, Round Two
    This month's roundup will focus on self-storage as an investment vs. other types of real estate. I surveyed our Southwest brokers for their insight: Kent Curtis, Thanksgiving Property Group, Provo, Utah; Joan Lucas, Joan Lucas Real Estate Services, Denver; Chuck Reiterman, ...More
    June 1, 2002 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles