• Conquering Unfamiliar Territory
    In my last column, I suggested many self-storage operators have--perhaps unconsciously--concluded that product retailing and merchandising is "unfamiliar territory." As a result, they do not attempt retail; or if they do, it is in an uncommitted manner. What I would like to ...More
    September 1, 2002 Roy Katz Posted in Articles
  • Security in Construction and Beyond
    In the post-Sept. 11 world, security is on the top of everyone's priority list, and the self-storage industry is no exception. Actually, it's more important than with most other industries. Tenants are trusting facilities with their belongings. They demand a secure ...More
    September 1, 2002 Tony Gardner Posted in Articles
  • a solid foundation
    AT 23 YEARS OLD, I'D NEVER LIVED IN MY OWN APARTMENT. I'd lived with roommates, but never had a "room of one's own," so to speak. After college (and one very long summer at home with the folks), I decided to move back to Amherst, Mass., where I'd gone to school, get a job ...More
    September 1, 2002 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles
  • The Dangers of Mold
    In the litigious society in which we live, the insurance industry is concerned with an increase in claims relating to mold. There have been a number of cases where residential and commercial buildings have been contaminated with mold, causing bodily injury and property ...More
    September 1, 2002 Amy Brown Posted in Articles
  • Building Multistory: A Case Study
    There has been a tremendous increase in the number of multistory self-storage facilities. In the past, multistory facilities were generally conversions of existing buildings that were no longer being used for their original purpose. However, more and more multistory ...More
    September 1, 2002 Tom Berlin Posted in Articles, Development
  • Municipal-Use Approval
    In any land-development project, the journey from concept to completion involves a multitude of disciplines. Financial feasibility studies, design requirements, land-use and zoning ordinances, construction contracts, real estate law and transactional law all come into play ...More
    September 1, 2002 Nicholas Jodhan Posted in Articles, Development
  • Safe as Houses, Safe as Storage
    In these turbulent times of accounting scandals and plummeting stock markets, thank goodness for self-storage. Our industry is solid, safe and secure compared to the rest of the world. Our investments—in property, fixtures and fittings—are under our control. We ...More
    September 1, 2002 Andrew Donaldson Posted in Articles
  • Collecting Your Receivables
    Your tenant stopped paying rent two months ago. He won't return your calls, and his debt now exceeds $200. You cut his lock and discover the contents of his unit are nearly worthless. It's time to consider your remedy options. An auction will cost more than $100 to ...More
    September 1, 2002 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Attracting Commercial Tenants
    If you had twice as many commerical tenants as you currently have, how much more happy and profitable would you be? My guess is a lot more. Commercial tenants are great to have for three main reasons: First, they pay on time. Second, they tend to stay a lot longer. Third, ...More
    September 1, 2002 Fred Gleeck Posted in Articles
  • A Winning Team
    There is something very motivating about a success story. A quick trip to any local Barnes & Noble (or an evening viewing of "Biography" on the A & E channel) will verify there is no shortage of stories documenting the lives of people from Warren Buffet and Bill ...More
    September 1, 2002 Mike Parham and Jeff Eckols Posted in Articles, Development