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  • Building Without Brain Damage
    Starting a new self-storage project can be a very exciting time for a prospective owner. It can also be a very stressful time because there are many unknowns, and finding a trustworthy contractor is often just another headache. Following are a few tips on selecting a method ...More
    September 1, 2007 Tyson Hermes Posted in Articles
  • Media Watchdog
    As the self-storage industry permeates our communities, it receives increasing attention from mainstream media outlets—and not always favorably. As industry professionals, we should be aware of how self-storage is presented to the public. Media Watchdog is devoted to ...More
    September 1, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • News
    To include a press release in an upcoming issue, please send your info to the ISS News Center at Buchanan Raises $100,000 for Save the Music Foundation Buchanan Storage Capital’s parent company, Buchanan Street Partners, raised $100,000 for the VH1 ...More
    September 1, 2007 Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Green Up With Economic Occupancy
    When it comes to gauging success, many self-storage operators focus only on physical unit occupancy. Sure, it may be an ego boost when unit occupancy is high. Maybe you’ve even thought to yourself, “Things are going well because occupancy is at 94 percent.” Perhaps you’ve ...More
    September 1, 2007 Brad North Posted in Articles
  • 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
    September 1, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • Basics for the First-Time Builder
    My grandparents traveled to their home in South Dakota in a covered wagon, but my daughter has never seen a day when a cell phone was not readily available to call anywhere on the planet. What a dynamic world we live in! Even the self-storage industry has experienced ...More
    September 1, 2007 Donna May Posted in Articles, Development
  • Mixed-Use Development
    As a land use, self-storage has historically stood alone on its sites. But as the industry matures, owners and developers are finding new opportunities in mixed-use developments that incorporate other land uses. There are several reasons why this trend is increasing. The ...More
    September 1, 2007 Ariel Valli Posted in Articles, Development
  • Insurance Insights: Meth Awareness
    Methamphetamine (meth) is a highly addictive stimulant that can be injected, snorted, smoked or ingested orally. It is also used as an appetite suppressant. The drug is easy and cheap to produce, and the ingredients create toxic by-products. The Office of National Drug ...More
    September 1, 2007 Randy Tipton Posted in Articles
  • A Superior Site Layout
    Finding the ideal site for your self-storage project—one that boasts visibility from the road, easy access and the proper zoning—may seem like the hardest part of the development process. However, difficult decisions arise after you find your land, too. Now it’s time to ...More
    September 1, 2007 Jamie Lindau Posted in Articles
  • The Highs and Lows of Multi-Story
    The self-storage industry is growing up—literally. The construction rate is staggering. The demand for in-town property continues to grow, yet land is at a premium. So it’s no wonder storage developers are fully embracing the concept of multi-story facilities in major ...More
    September 1, 2007 Amy Fuhlman Posted in Articles