• Classic Mistakes in Self-Storage Development
    On paper, self-storage development seems like an easy project. The buildings are simple in nature, with only a roll-up door and metal partitions. The buildings have no real HVAC, plumbing or electrical components other than in the office. But the reality is several mistakes ...More
    July 1, 2000 Jamie Lindau Posted in Articles, Development
  • Breezing Through Hurricane Season
    Breezing Through Hurricane Season By David Wilhite In any given year, during the months of June through November, an average of three hurricanes will strike the United States. In 1995, hurricanes accounted for more than 100 deaths and caused billions of dollars in damages. ...More
    July 1, 2000 David Wilhite Posted in Articles
  • Getting StartedSelecting a good site for a new self-storage business
    Getting StartedSelecting a good site for a new self-storage business By Harold Leslie In today's market, it is more important than ever to do your homework before investing in a new self-storage project. Unlike the early days of self-storage when you could build a project ...More
    July 1, 2000 Harold Leslie Posted in Articles, Development
  • Coach or Player?
    Coach or Player? By Harley Rolfe The dilemma is that a commodity business like self-storage doesn't breed "hard-nosed" marketers. Yet the day may arrive when marketing is a necessary discipline in the successful operation of a storage facility. Without the ...More
    July 1, 2000 Harley Rolfe Posted in Articles
  • One on OneWith Michael Skrentney
    One on OneWith Michael Skrentney Michael Skrentny is currently president and part owner of Mystic Systems Technology Corp. (MSTC), a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company that provides management software, access and alarm systems to the self-storage industry. He has been with ...More
    July 1, 2000 Posted in Articles, Development
  • Why You Lose Business to Commercial Record Centers
    Why You Lose Business to Commercial Record Centers By Cary McGovern In my last two columns, I described why records management is always cost justified and that self-storage is an easy mark for traditional commercial records centers as a source for new business. This ...More
    July 1, 2000 Cary McGovern Posted in Articles
  • One on OneWith Rick Crumley
    One on OneWith Rick Crumley Rick Crumley has spent the past 17 years working in the communications industry. He has spent five years in the self-storage business, including a partnership with Eddie Bell running Lubbock, Texas-based Magnetic Marketing as well as two storage ...More
    July 1, 2000 Posted in Articles
  • Canadian Development and/or AcquisitionIt's a whole other country up there
    Canadian Development and/or AcquisitionIt's a whole other country up there By Jeff Kinder If it wasn't for the Academy Award nomination for the song "Blame Canada," from the grunge animation flick South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, most Americans probably ...More
    July 1, 2000 Jeff Kinder Posted in Articles, Development
  • Artistic Builders Inc.Following in its sister's footsteps
    Artistic Builders Inc.Following in its sister's footsteps By Barry Morris Most people in the self-storage business are familiar with Capco Steel, which has designed, engineered, constructed and erected steel self-storage buildings for 15 years. The name Artistic Builders ...More
    June 1, 2000 Barry Morris Posted in Articles
  • CCTV Security and Your Bottom LineKeeping crime at bay and money in the bank
    CCTV Security and Your Bottom LineKeeping crime at bay and money in the bank By Arden Thoburn The self-storage industry is growing at such a rapid rate, crime can hardly keep up. As the industry grows, so grow the many ways for criminals to take away from your bottom line. ...More
    June 1, 2000 Arden Thoburn Posted in Articles