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  • Entering the Storage-Condo Market
    Just about any kind of real estate can be turned into condominiums, including apartments, detached homes, offices, hotels, airport garages and even grain-storage buildings. Vehicle storage is no exception. The storage condo is an emerging niche within the rapidly growing ...More
    October 1, 2007 Jim Stratton Posted in Articles
  • At the Car Wash
    Anytime two or more owners of a similar business get together, the question that usually comes up is, “What are you doing to survive the latest (fill in the blank) crisis?” Inevitably the discussion becomes intense, varied and often confusing. Part of the confusion stems ...More
    October 1, 2007 Fred Grauer Posted in Articles
  • Thoughts From the Road
    It may sound odd to be asking a new customer if he’d like ice, but if you follow up on this suggestion, I know it will bring you benefits. Let me explain. An organization by the name of In Case Of Emergency (ICE) was launched in May 2005. This alliance is the brainchild of ...More
    October 1, 2007 Jim Chiswell Posted in Articles
  • Retail Results
    Does your self-storage facility offer protective kits for renters to store fragile keepsakes? What about top-quality boxes strong enough to protect goods? Will customers have peace of mind when they purchase packing materials from your facility? If you are truly concerned ...More
    October 1, 2007 Bob Strenk Posted in Articles
  • Table of Contents - October 2007
    Pack and Ship = Profit for Self-Storage! Consider the addition of packing and shipping services to your storage operation to increase revenue, traffic flow and property value.By RK Kliebenstein The eBay Drop-Off Service eBay auction sales made on behalf of self-storage and ...More
    October 1, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • What’s So Special About Boat/RV Storage?
    Just when you think you’ve got self-storage figured out, boat and RV storage slips in with a new twist. Many facilities have had a few boat and RV spaces all along, so what’s the big deal? Making the numbers work on a facility primarily provides boat and RV storage may be ...More
    October 1, 2007 Donna May Posted in Articles
  • Facility Spotlight
    This investment was originally a land bank. Weber and I are land brokers/investors who’d been buying land in the area for about two years. We originally chose the area because of its natural beauty and proximity to Lake Mead. Overton, in the Moapa Valley, with a population ...More
    October 1, 2007 Randy Milmeister Posted in Articles
  • Outside the Box
    A dozen years ago, when Marty Kosmynka entered the self-storage industry and developed his first project, good fortune meant financial success. Nowadays, his focus is more about overcoming challenges, cherishing family and seeking reward through helping others. Kosmynka’s ...More
    October 1, 2007 Drew Whitney Posted in Articles
  • Insurance Insights
    Our industry has changed a lot in the last 30 years, with the addition of ancillary products and services. Self-storage is certainly evolving. The business itself is defined similarly by many state laws. For example, in Kansas, “self-service storage facility” means “any ...More
    October 1, 2007 Scott Lancaster Posted in Articles
  • Boat & RV Storage: Cruising Toward Profit, Product Diversity and Customer Approval
    Self-storage operators around the country are realizing the phenomenal profit potential of offering boat and RV storage on their sites. The rise in recreational-vehicle ownership and use combined with tightened municipal codes in residential communities has bolstered the ...More
    October 1, 2007 Posted in Reports