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  • Why We Love and Hate Metal Roofs
    Let’s face it: The self-storage industry has a love-hate relationship with metal roofs. We love them because metal roofs can usually be built at a lower initial cost. They provide fire resistance, are easy to maintain and, when installed correctly, can provide many years of ...More
    July 10, 2006 Michael O’Bryant Posted in Articles
  • Sound the Alarm!
    Without security systems, self-storage facilities don’t have a prayer of keeping tenants’ belongings safe and sound. Systems need to be maintained, checked regularly for damage and repaired whenever necessary. In time, systems and components may need to be upgraded or ...More
    July 10, 2006 Chester A. Gilliam Posted in Articles
  • Keep Doors Looking Their Best
    The best time to think about door maintenance is at the point of purchase. Wise buying decisions will save you money and prevent future operational problems. Always evaluate quality, value and the long-term consequences of anything you buy. Being thrifty means getting the ...More
    July 10, 2006 Dan Curtis Posted in Articles
  • Door Maintenance
    Doors are the trademark of the self-storage industry. When people see a series of doors, they think storage. Moreover, the condition of your doors plays a role in your facility’s overall appeal. A well-maintained facility attracts more customers, operates more efficiently ...More
    July 10, 2006 Teresa Sedmak Posted in Articles
  • Remodeling Trends
    New facilities are built with every convenience in mind, so how can older sites compete? It’s not as difficult or costly as you may think. Safety, accessibility and price are all key factors customers consider when shopping for self-storage space. To meet demand, owners ...More
    July 10, 2006 Amy Fuhlman Posted in Articles
  • Pay Now or Later
    The following is an excerpt from Mr. Kliebenstein’s new book, How to Make Money in Self-Storage, set for 2007 publication. Reducing maintenance costs begins while the project is still on paper, in conceptual drawings. Important decisions about materials, from exterior metal ...More
    July 10, 2006 RK Kliebenstein Posted in Articles, Development
  • How to Hire a Contractor
    Depending on your skill level and experience, you may decide to perform many self-storage maintenance tasks yourself. Or maybe you’re fortunate to have an on-staff person handle them. Either way, be honest about your own abilities or those of your employees. Many ...More
    July 10, 2006 Andrew Fawcett Posted in Articles
  • Preventive Maintenance
    When most self-storage owners erect their new buildings and open for business, the furthest thing from their minds is maintenance—particularly the preventive variety. They’re concerned about more immediate issues such as increasing occupancy, lease rates, staffing and ...More
    July 10, 2006 Terry Campbell Posted in Articles
  • Show You Care
    A good maintenance program is a two-fold blessing that protects curb appeal and lowers long-term expenses. It’s also a bit of a pain and easily overlooked until something is “suddenly” in shambles. Gutter maintenance is a good example. As the primary recipient of roof ...More
    July 10, 2006 Donna May Posted in Articles
  • Overbuilding
    Overbuilding in self-storage doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. Owners need to focus on why it occurs, the repercussions, and how to avoid overbuilding in local markets. Overbuilding is a market condition in which self-storage supply exceeds demand at any given ...More
    July 10, 2006 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles, Development