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  • Do-It-Your-Self-Storage: Kiosks!
    To compete in today’s economic environment, many self-storage operators are turning to technology to lure customers to their facilities and provide superior service once they sign on the dotted line.Industry studies show the increasing usage of technology in ...More
    May 15, 2008 Russ Norris Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Self-Storage Legal Questions: Is a Garage Sale a Good Idea?
    A question was asked at the recent Inside Self-Storage Expo in Las Vegas about using a self-storage facility for garage sales, flea markets or charitable events. One operator answered that he has had a lot of success with garage sales vs. going through the lien-sale ...More
    May 15, 2008 Jeffrey Greenberger Posted in Articles
  • ASHRAE Releases Energy-Design Guide for Small Warehouses, Self-Storage
    The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has released a new publication titled The Advanced Energy Design Guide for Small Warehouses and Self-Storage Buildings, which gives guidance to architects, engineers and building-design ...More
    May 14, 2008 Posted in News
  • Launching a Website That Won’t Sink
    Ah, the Internet ...These days, it’s all about the Web. Without a virtual presence, your business pretty much grinds to a standstill.   The concept of a universal means to promote your product is not new. Shakespeare managed to get endorsed by Elizabeth I, and ...More
    May 14, 2008 By Amy Campbell Posted in Blogs
  • On the Road
    Last week, I took respite from the desk and computer and traveled to Springfield, Mass., for the Greater Northeastern Tradeshow hosted by the Massachusetts Self Storage Association. It was a short drive and a short stay, but I left with the same feeling I leave with after ...More
    May 13, 2008 By Amy Campbell Posted in Blogs
  • Self-Storage Insurance: Changing With the Times
    I have a love/hate relationship with technology. I love it when it works, saves me time and money. I hate it when it breaks down, wastes my time and costs me money. Sometimes the same piece of equipment or software program that was the apple of my eye one week will become ...More
    May 13, 2008 Scott Lancaster Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Extra Space Storage Launches Public Offering of Common Stock
    Extra Space Storage Inc. is beginning an underwritten public offering of 13,000,000 shares of its common stock, with all shares being offered by the company. Extra Space intends to use the net proceeds from the offering for debt repayment and general business purposes, ...More
    May 12, 2008 Posted in News, Finance, Real Estate
  • Tenant Insurance for Canadian Self-Storage
    Times are changing for the self-storage business in Canada as it becomes more sophisticated and consumer-savvy. Thirty years ago, making an insurance product available to your tenants was probably not on your radar but it may be likely today. Self-storage tenants expect a ...More
    May 12, 2008 Toby Struewing Posted in Articles
  • Do-It-Yourself Marketing
    There may be no free lunch, but there are some freebies in life—if you’re willing to do a little work to get them. Case in point: a new book, Street-Smart Advertising: How to Win the Battle of the Buzz by Margo Berman, shows you how to use today’s online ...More
    May 12, 2008 By Amy Campbell Posted in Blogs
  • Web-Based Management Software in Self-Storage
    When self-storage facilities switched from DOS to Windows, they instantly enjoyed better functionality and integration with hardware such as gate systems, scanners, printers or cameras. Some systems even provide ties to other platforms, such as Peachtree Accounting and ...More
    May 11, 2008 Markus Hecker Posted in Articles