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    Our roundtable of experts gathered this month to discuss the Northeast United States. These are interesting times, and I’ve asked our local brokers straightforward questions about their regions that are pertinent to every self-storage owner—and potential buyers. Joining the ...More
    March 1, 2007 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles
  • Mobile Storage Goes Dutch
    This summer, along with tulips and warm days, mobile storage came to The Netherlands. When traditional self-storage was introduced to the Dutch nine years ago, the population was quick to grasp the concept. But some customers can’t or don’t want the trouble of ...More
    March 1, 2007 Erwin Fleer Posted in Articles
    The Fresno metropolitan statistical area (MSA) includes Fresno County in California’s Central Valley. Fresno has over a million irrigated acres dedicated to agriculture, making it a leading agribusiness hub. The area’s key location makes it a base for distribution and ...More
    March 1, 2007 Self Storage Data Services Inc. Posted in Articles, Development
  • On the Web
    Check out web-exclusive features available at, including fantastic freebies! Every month, ISS offers an array of online reader perks. Read more... ...More
    March 1, 2007 Posted in Articles
    The Price Is Right is one of those TV game shows that seem so easy anyone can do it. All you have to do is heed Bob Barker’s invitation to “come on down” and play games in which you guess the price of common consumer items. It sounds simple. You would think an informed ...More
    March 1, 2007 Neal Gussis and Minh Tran Posted in Articles
    It's almost impossible to imagine effectively running a self-storage business without equipment like telephones, computers, special accounting software and maybe even an access-control system. But what actually prevents you from renting to a tenant who will use his unit for ...More
    March 1, 2007 Jeffrey Greenberger Posted in Articles
    Whether or not your self-storage facility is near a military base, you have an opportunity to help military customers. As a self-storage manager, I often ask myself, what can we do for our troops that would be equally good for business? Well, we can certainly treat military ...More
    March 1, 2007 Mel Holsinger Posted in Articles
  • Taking the Sting out of Lawsuits
    Self-storage operators know too well that lawsuits are a harsh reality in today’s society and, whether you’re wrong or right, anyone with a $200 filing fee can sue you. Most Better Business Bureaus have instituted mandatory binding arbitration for members. This means you ...More
    March 1, 2007 Jeffrey Greenberger Posted in Articles
    Payment these days isn’t as simple as handing over a fistful of dollars or even accepting any card offered. A self-storage operation needs to consider a number of factors when deciding what methods of payment it will accept, especially if it owns more than one facility. ...More
    March 1, 2007 Ross Federgreen Posted in Articles, Finance
  • Save on Income Taxes
    Self-storage owners can reduce federal and sometimes state income taxes through proper depreciation techniques, using the savings to improve existing properties, pay down debt or finance additional investments. Cost segregation is an IRS-approved depreciation approach ...More
    March 1, 2007 Larry Brewster Posted in Articles, Finance