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  • Wanted: Young Property Managers
    Let’s face it: Baby boomers are retiring at a rapid pace. And while you likely still have a decent pool of near-retirees to choose from, that pool is getting shallower each year. Plus, today’s self-storage manager must be more than just a watchman. Duties ...More
    July 7, 2008 Amy Campbell Posted in Blogs
  • Keeping Your Castle: Self-Storage Maintenance for Resident Managers
    Many self-storage managers have the distinct advantage (or disadvantage, depending on how you look at it) of living on the property where they are employed. If this applies to you, I hope to give you some hints on how to make your home and business just a little bit nicer. ...More
    July 7, 2008 Mel Holsinger Posted in Articles
  • Determining Self-Storage Value in Europe
    Self-storage is increasingly considered an investment-grade sub-sector in the European market, thanks to industry growth and the success of the major operators. The business is fundamentally a retail operation that is closely aligned to the real estate from which it ...More
    July 5, 2008 Tim Edghill and Chris Stevens Posted in Articles
  • Celebrating or Working?
    Those of us who work as part of corporate America are on the cusp of a long weekend, thanks to the Fourth of July holiday. But employees of self-storage, now considered a retail business, may not share the same luxury. It all depends on the viewpoint of the facility owner. ...More
    July 3, 2008 Teri Lanza Posted in Blogs
  • Self-Storage Facility Checkup: Performance and Competitive Position
    When was the last time you took an in-depth look at your local market and your facility’s competitive position? Would you be prepared to compete against a new facility? In these uncertain economic times, a facility checkup is a crucial exercise to ensure a healthy ...More
    July 3, 2008 Amy Hitchingham Posted in Articles
  • A Robot’s Storing My Stuff
    RoboVault Self Storage is a fully automated robotic container retrieval facility in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., that generates it own power, retrieves units on command and identifies human presence through biometrics and heartbeat monitoring. ...More
    July 2, 2008 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Blogs
  • Self-Storage Maintenance Retains Customers and Property Value
    Because a storage owner sees his property daily, he may miss signs of deterioration. “A large percentage of your storage renters decide whether they want to rent from you based on the curb appeal of your facility,” says Brian Byrd, vice president of sales and ...More
    July 2, 2008 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Articles, Real Estate
  • Public Storage Opens Montreal Facility
    Canadian Mini-Warehouse Properties Co., the general partner of Public Storage Canadian Properties, opened an 800-unit, 84,000-square-foot self-storage facility in Laval, a suburb of Montreal. ...More
    July 1, 2008 Posted in News
  • No Apologies?
    A-American Self Storage seeks an apology from the Yellow Pages directory that mis-listed the company as a provider of adult entertainment. ...More
    July 1, 2008 Drew Whitney Posted in Blogs
  • 10 Simple Steps for Going Green in Self-Storage
    There was a time when the word “eco-friendly” was synonymous with hippies and tree-huggers. Today, green is mainstream. People tote groceries home in canvas bags, hybrid cars cruise alongside gas-powered vehicles, and recycling is at an all-time high. Even the ...More
    July 1, 2008 Amy Campbell Posted in Articles