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  • The Fine Points of Boat/RV Storage
    As RV and boat storage develops an identity independent of traditional self-storage, it’s important for developers to educate themselves on the design and construction issues specific to this exciting product. Sit down at a design kick-off meeting, and several hot topics ...More
    October 1, 2005 Tarik Williams Posted in Articles, Development
  • Interest Rates
    What do we know about interest rates today? We know they’re very hard to predict in the short run. We know they’re currently at 42-year lows and have remained there longer than at any other time in the last century. We know low interest rates have a very positive (if not ...More
    October 1, 2005 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles, Finance
  • The Marriage of Records Storage and Software
    Here is a must read for anyone planning to purchase software for records-storage management. Finding the right solution requires a substantial investment of time and money. However, once you hit upon that accurate, flexible, secure, easy-to-use tool for accessing records ...More
    October 1, 2005 Ian Thomas Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Inside Self-Storage Magazine: Club Wet
    Vanette and Gary Christensen, owners of Club Wet Boat & RV Storage in Overton, Nev., have had ample time to mastermind their project. Due to water-pipe installation problems during early construction and eleventh-hour finance changes, the facility’s opening has been ...More
    October 1, 2005 Kimberly Hundley Posted in Articles
  • Monitored Surveillance
    One of this year's hot legal topics concerns any storage operator who advertises the security advantages of his facility. Ironically, by using certain words to convince customers of the safety features you provide, you leave yourself vulnerable to lawsuits—regardless of ...More
    October 1, 2005 Jeff Greenberger Posted in Articles
  • PhoneSmart Essay Contest
    PhoneSmart Director Tron Jordheim knows he’ll need Spanish-speaking employees to bolster his business in years to come. So will other companies. Rather than wait for Mohammed to come to the mountain, he’s done something better: He’s created a scholarship-essay contest to ...More
    October 1, 2005 Kimberly Hundley Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Car-Wash Necessities
    Business owners often think of ancillary products and services as optional, a luxury. The truth is they’re necessities! Any item that helps you operate efficiently, economically and profitably is critical to your business, whether you own a self-storage facility, a car wash ...More
    October 1, 2005 Fred Grauer Posted in Articles
  • Shipping Out, Moving Up
    Today, most self-storage operators carry a wide range of retail products in their on-site “stores.” It helps them grow their business and achieve a new level of service and profitability. But as customer needs become more sophisticated and the market grows increasingly ...More
    October 1, 2005 Roy Katz Posted in Articles
  • U.S. Self-Storage Performance Index
    After years of gathering data, Pasadena, Calif.-based Self Storage Data Services Inc. (SSDS) has introduced a tool that tracks site-level market conditions and operating results for self-storage. Through an exclusive arrangement with SSDS, Inside Self-Storage will publish ...More
    October 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Sovran’s Uncle Bob
    Not many companies can boast more than 400 percent growth in less than a decade. But Uncle Bob’s Self Storage is one of the fortunate few, expanding from 66 to 283 stores since 1995. Sovran Self Storage Inc. operates the facilities, and is a success story in its own right. ...More
    October 1, 2005 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Articles