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  • On the Record: Growing Your Records-Management Business
    So you’ve decided to expand your self-storage business and profit by getting into records management? Good decision, especially since some operators may be experiencing a little less business activity, resulting from the housing slowdown and markets oversaturated with ...More
    January 17, 2008 Christine Spisto Posted in Articles
  • Insurance Insights: The Circle of Storage
    When it comes to real estate investments, the primary consideration is generally location. When you look to build or acquire a self-storage facility, you consult demand studies to maximize the occupancy and revenue of your investment at a given site. Property valuation is ...More
    January 17, 2008 Scott Lancaster Posted in Articles
  • Special Operations: Profit Depends on Discipline
    Most self-storage operators fear new competition coming into their market. When it happens, they typically become reactive instead of proactive. For example, when a new facility pops up around the corner, most of them decrease rates and pump up promotions for fear of losing ...More
    January 17, 2008 Brad North Posted in Articles
  • Marketing Limelight: To Know Customers Is to Rent to Them
    Print Yellow Pages seems to elicit the least amount of excitement of all the advertising mediums. It doesn’t have the sex appeal of TV or the Internet, yet it still delivers the greatest number of new customers to storage facilities. As a facility owner or manager, you ...More
    January 17, 2008 Sue Weinman Posted in Articles, Marketing
  • Managing for Dollars: Getting Some Storage Muscle
    Self-storage can be a lonely business. The industry is comprised of many owners and operators who have a single location or handful of stores. Frequently, the site manager works by himself or with a very small team, and he may only see the owner or supervisor a few times a ...More
    January 17, 2008 Linnea Appleby Posted in Articles
  • Thoughts From the Road: Are We Heading for a Cliff?
    During the past six months, I’ve talked with countless owners who’ve seen occupancy rates drop to the lowest levels in years. “Are we at the end of the Great Self-Storage Run?” they ask. “Is the end in sight? Will we ever recover?” My ...More
    January 17, 2008 Jim Chiswell Posted in Articles
  • The 411 on CMBS
    Every think about money, honey? Sure you do! We all do: How much do we have? How much do we need? Where can we get more? What happened to the amount we had? Business owners think about it twice as much (or more). And with the shifts that have been taking place in the ...More
    January 16, 2008 Teri Lanza Posted in Blogs
  • Kevin Howard RE and Self-Storage Facilities Collect 8,900 Cans for Charity
    Kevin Howard Real Estate of Portland, Ore., and the 60 self-storage facilities the company manages collected 8,900 cans during its canned-food drive in November and December 2007. ...More
    January 15, 2008 Posted in News
  • Q&A Session at Inside Self-Storage Expo Features Info, Prizes and Fun
    The “Self-Storage Q&A: The Game Everyone Can Win,” at the upcoming Inside Self-Storage (ISS) Expo in Las Vegas, will provide storage-facility operators with a venue where they can get their management questions answered?and win great giveaways. ...More
    January 15, 2008 Posted in News
  • Of Doors, Silver Linings and Boxes
    [A guest blog spot by ISS Managing Editor Elaine Foxwell.] I’m a bit of a pessimist, which I don’t think is a bad thing. Instead of looking on the bright side, I tend to think doom-and-gloom. (I'm the Eeyore in my family). That means I often nag at a problem or see pitfalls ...More
    January 14, 2008 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Blogs