• The Danger of Creating a Bailment
    The Risks of Boat, RV and Vehicle Storage By Jeffrey Greenberger Ten years ago, people who wanted to store vehicles at self-storage facilities found themselves relegated to a grassy or muddy lot along the back fence or had to place their vehicles in a standard storage unit. ...More
    October 1, 2004 Jeffrey Greenberger Posted in Articles
  • Trees and Potential Property Damage
    Trees and Potential Property Damage By Amy Brown Trees and shrubs contribute to property value by enhancing appearance, reducing noise, cutting energy costs and blocking unsightly views. Unfortunately, trees meant to be part of a facility’s permanent landscape are often ...More
    October 1, 2004 Amy Brown Posted in Articles
  • Trade Gloom for Opportunity
    Trade Gloom for Opportunity By Fred Grauer In Southern California, as May drew to a close, residents prepared for “June Gloom,” a time of the year when much of the state prefers to hibernate rather than go outside to wash cars and have fun. People are down in the dumps, the ...More
    September 1, 2004 Fred Grauer Posted in Articles
  • Climate Control
    Climate ControlKeep it simple By Bert Brown In business, it can be good to think outside the box. The thing to keep in mind, however, is the importance of knowing when to venture forth with new ideas and when to keep things simple. In self-storage, the area of climate ...More
    September 1, 2004 Bert Brown Posted in Articles
  • The Fairest Facility of All
    The Fairest Facility of AllThe new face of self-storage By Louis Gilmore For decades, the basic formula for successful self-storage development was, “If you build it, they will come.” Facilities built in the '70s and '80s lacked architectural flavor and used ...More
    September 1, 2004 Louis Gilmore Posted in Articles
  • Inside Self-Storage Magazine 09/2004: Construction Corner
    Construction Corner is a Q&A column committed to answering reader-submitted questions regarding construction and development. Inquiries may be sent to construction@ministorage.com. Q: I have heard about cameras that use existing 120VAC power lines for their video signal ...More
    September 1, 2004 Posted in Articles, Development
  • Storage Planogram
    Storage Planogram By Bill Meyers Self-Storage continues to evolve into a total service approach, and as a result, customers are looking for facilities that can do it all. Consumers want to save time, and they appreciate the advantages and convenience of one-stop shopping. ...More
    September 1, 2004 Bill Meyers Posted in Articles
  • The Construction Crew
    The Construction CrewA critical team down the stretch By Rob Wright When self-storage owners move into the final stages of building a new facility, the construction crew becomes critical. Why? The erection of the buildings is the final piece of the puzzle. Everything ...More
    September 1, 2004 Rob Wright Posted in Articles
  • A Controlled Business Environment
    A Controlled Business Environment By Brad North One effective way for self-storage owners to combat competition in their markets and enhance the profitability of their facilities is to create an appropriate atmosphere of order and discipline in their operations. This will ...More
    September 1, 2004 Brad North Posted in Articles
  • Unit-Mix Menagerie
    Many changes in construction and unit mix have taken place in self-storage over the last 35 years, and a lot can be learned from past experience. Take, for example, three older projects: one in New Jersey with 600 units, all 5-by-10s; another in South Florida with 600 ...More
    September 1, 2004 Dan Curtis Posted in Articles, Development