• ALL ABOUT STORAGE
    All self-storage owners must decide between self-managing a site or hiring a management company. How will you decide the best direction for your facility? Many lenders and partnership agreements require an experienced management company to operate facilities they finance. ...More
    April 2, 2007 Cheryl Kelley Posted in Articles
  • THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
    Second chances. Do-overs. Mulligans. Benefits of the doubt. These are all hallmarks of businesses and individuals that recognize that people sometimes make mistakes. however, at what point should compassion and understanding stop? You don’t want your business to be taken ...More
    April 2, 2007 Jim Chiswell Posted in Articles
  • Adventures in Storage
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    April 2, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • Facility Spotlight: Cornville Country Storage
    When Isaac Asimov wrote I Robot in 1959, he portrayed a future where artificial intelligence relieved humans of the day-to-day drudgery of life. Although not quite a robot, a talking self-serve kiosk is driving the success of two newcomers to the storage industry. Michelle ...More
    April 2, 2007 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Articles, Technology
  • People
    If you have a staff-related announcement such as a promotion, new hire or award you would like to include in the magazine, send an e-mail to storagenews@vpico.com. High-resolution, digital photos are appreciated. Lewis Joins BETCO Sales Staff Ryan Lewis has joined BETCO as ...More
    April 2, 2007 Posted in Articles, Construction
  • REAL ESTATE ROUNDUP
    Our roundtable of experts this month discusses the self-storage market in the Southeastern United States. William Barnhill, Representing the Florida Panhandle Omega Properties Inc., Mobile, Ala. Occupancy levels in northwest Florida have benefited from additional demand ...More
    April 2, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • Just Starting Out?
    Self-storage may look like a sure-fire cash cow to curious investors; but with land prices, insurance costs and real estate taxes skyrocketing, understanding the finely tuned operational needs of this real estate investment is key to a successful project. Using an ...More
    April 2, 2007 Linnea Appleby Posted in Articles
  • AT THE CAR WASH
    Is it possible to run your business remotely? expansion, multiple locations and absentee management are tempting scenarios as we grow and change our facilities. It’s said in the car wash business that “owning just one isn’t enough”—and many self-storage facility owners feel ...More
    April 2, 2007 Fred Grauer Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Media Watchdog
    As the self-storage industry permeates our communities, it receives increasing attention from mainstream media outlets—and not always favorably. As industry professionals, we should be aware of how self-storage is presented to the public. Media Watchdog is devoted to ...More
    April 2, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • Hungry for Development?
    People with a track record in other business types often think self-storage is no different than anything else. Investors who enter the business with an open mind and a willingness to learn from experts have a much greater chance to meet goals quickly and successfully. True ...More
    April 2, 2007 Ray McRae Posted in Articles, Development