• Set Your Sites on Security
    Kevin Nannis has owned and operated Security Products Unlimited LLC for nearly seven years. The company specializes in self-storage security. Based in Phoenix, with offices in California, Missouri and Canada, Security Products Unlimited offers one-stop shopping for keypads, ...More
    September 21, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Selecting a Computer System
    While most people developing a new facility consider computer-system decisions an afterthought, you’ll save time and money if you begin the process long before breaking ground. The computer system includes hard drives, network cabling, switches, routers, backup devices, ...More
    September 21, 2006 Tredd Barton Posted in Articles, Technology
  • If You Know Grace, Don’t Tell Everyone!
    The issue of grace periods for rental payments has recently come up with several clients. Many managers seem to believe one of the first things they need to point out to a new customer is, “Don’t forget, even though your rent is due on such-and-such date, you have a ...More
    September 21, 2006 Jim Chiswell Posted in Articles
  • Shield metal roofs with acrylic to win the war against elements
    Galvanized or factory-finished metal is the predominant roofing material used in self-storage construction, providing a low-cost, durable and easily maintained barrier from the elements. Metal’s rigid surface makes it susceptible to damage. Changing temperatures cause ...More
    September 21, 2006 Clint Whitsett Posted in Articles
  • In Training
    You’ve planned this day for years: the grand opening of your new self-storage facility. You’ve purchased software to track tenants and income, read through countless industry manuals and, with general knowledge of business operations, feel ready to dive in. It can’t be that ...More
    September 21, 2006 Pamela Alton-Truitt Posted in Articles
  • Is the Self-Storage Industry Overbuilt?
    Many real estate pundits claim the self-storage industry, which thrives on storing people’s clutter, is in danger of being cluttered itself. The perception stems from many reasons, the most dominant being that self-storage—having few infrastructural requirements—is easier ...More
    September 21, 2006 Andy Hyde Posted in Articles, Development
  • News From Around the World
    Depotium Sells Initial Site for $13.8 Million Public Storage acquired Quebec-based Depotium’s flagship facility, Cote De Liesse, in June for $13,850,000. The deal followed eight months of on-again, off-again negotiations. The facility comprises 216,000 rentable square feet ...More
    September 21, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Opening Doors to Success
    Although today’s self-storage doors come in a rainbow of hues, choosing doors is more complicated than settling on a color scheme. Testing ease of operation is important and a good starting point, but buyers should go a few steps beyond and research technical information. ...More
    September 21, 2006 Teresa Sedmak Posted in Articles
  • Keep Your Site Looking Bright
    Just as people will avoid shopping at a store where clerks are constantly rude, tenants will go to another facility if a self-storage business doesn’t meet their expectations. A facility that is secure, well-lit, clean and well-maintained is the retail-store equivalent of a ...More
    September 21, 2006 Andrew Fawcett Posted in Articles
  • Self-Storage Tax Advantages
    If it were possible to expense the entire construction cost of a new facility the year it’s incurred instead of capitalizing it, most self-storage owners would do so in a heartbeat. Although that’s not feasible, cost-segregation studies provide a good—and absolutely ...More
    September 21, 2006 Jerome Kootman Posted in Articles, Finance