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  • Police Seize $1.4 Million at Australian Self-Storage
    Fort Knox Self Storage has lived up to its name after a police swoop found $1.4 million in cash in the Australian self-storage facility. Officers also found 519g of heroin with a street value of $260,000 and a loaded 9mm pistol when they swooped on the Dandenong South ...More
    October 21, 2008 Posted in News
  • Décor and Marketing Appeal to Wine-Storage Aficionados
    Aesthetically speaking, self-storage has come a long way in the past few years. Whether it’s zoning ordinances or savvy owners who realize that sizzle sells, facilities are taking on a more elaborate look and feel. Certainly the growing trend of wine storage has upped ...More
    October 21, 2008 Ramey Jackson Posted in Articles, Construction
  • Are You Ready for an Emergency?
    While shopping at Lowe’s yesterday, an interesting thing happened. My husband and I were headed up the main aisle near the entrance when we noticed half a dozen employees standing around. As we got closer, we saw a man laying on his back at an odd awkward angle with ...More
    October 20, 2008 By Amy Campbell Posted in Blogs
  • The Four Pillars of Commercial-Records Centers: Expanding Self-Storage Services
    Today’s commercial-records centers continue to diversify and expand service offerings to accommodate the growing needs of their clients. This diversification has helped balance businesses by reducing dependency on one source of revenue, i.e., “the box on the ...More
    October 20, 2008 Scott Bidwell Posted in Articles
  • Reach New Markets with Mobile Storage
    The moving and storage industry is dominated by thousands of family owned and operated companies that have been in business for several generations and have weathered the many twists and turns of the economy. To help navigate the current economic situation, many traditional ...More
    October 19, 2008 Tom McCormick Posted in Articles
  • Six Things to Disclose to Tenants About Your Self-Storage Rental Agreement
    Every self-storage operator must provide well-written rental agreements for tenants to read and understand when renting units. It is not the manager’s duty to explain each provision within these agreements, nor is it necessary for renters to initial important ...More
    October 17, 2008 Jeffrey J. Greenberger Posted in Articles, Legal Issues, Management
  • Macabre Marketing
    It isn't always possible to be inspired by your work, particularly if your job responsibilities include tasks with which you simply aren't comfortable. Consider, for example, the many hats a self-storage manager must wear: customer-service representative, salesperson, ...More
    October 16, 2008 By Amy Campbell Posted in Blogs
  • Give Them What They Want
    Last night I participated in a focus group hosted by our local grocery store, the managers of which are worried about the possibility of a new, larger, bigger food store being developed just a mile away. This poses a huge threat to our local grocer, who likely cannot ...More
    October 16, 2008 By Amy Campbell Posted in Blogs
  • Canadian Trading Partners Buys Stake in InStorage
    A U.S. operator of self-storage facilities has taken a 19.6 percent stake in InStorage Real Estate Investment Trust and indicated it may increase its holding and make a takeover bid for Canada's biggest self-storage owner. Canadian Trading Partners LLC (CTP), part of ...More
    October 16, 2008 Posted in News
  • Self-Storage Finance: A Year in Review
    The current view from the street (summer 2008) is pretty grim. One only needs to browse daily business headlines to recognize the severity of the nation’s economic situation. The “credit crunch” has gone from Wall Street to Main Street, and is leaving the ...More
    October 16, 2008 Shawn Hill Posted in Articles, Development, Finance, Real Estate