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  • Legal Basics of Vehicle Storage
    So, you’re looking at that vacant lot adjacent to your facility and thinking, “Boy, we could sure add to the bottom line if I were to put some vehicle storage over there. It should be a piece of cake—just park ‘em, and rake in the dough!” Not so fast. Cars, RVs, boats and ...More
    March 1, 2006 Joseph D. Joiner Posted in Articles
  • Speaking of Sales...
    From what I understand, not every storage facility offers tenant insurance, and those that do don’t require it. This makes no sense. As a storage operator, you’re doing tenants a disservice by allowing them to go uninsured.Should there be an unfortunate incident at your ...More
    March 1, 2006 Tron Jordheim Posted in Articles
  • Which Entity Is Best for Your Business?
    A Glossary of Business EntitiesSources: AllBusiness.com and CT-clik.com Corporation —A state-approved organization that acts as a separate legal entity and can provide owners and shareholders with certain rights and privileges, including protection from personal liability. ...More
    March 1, 2006 Will Farrar Posted in Articles
  • The Pursuit of Self-Storage Nirvana
    From an initial association in transcendental meditation (TM) to their ongoing partnership in self-storage and real estate, Jeff Quinn and Ken Weiner are living proof you can combine operation of a thriving company with a higher purpose in life. TM is a combination of Hindu ...More
    March 1, 2006 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Articles
  • Records Mangement: Levels of Storage and Service
    Since its inception in the 1950s, the records-management industry has been perceived by many to consist of simple storage and retrieval services. But these days, the business is extremely multifaceted. As a provider of records storage in a self-storage environment, you have ...More
    March 1, 2006 Cary F. McGovern Posted in Articles
  • Post-Storm Recovery
    After witnessing the destruction wrought by the hurricanes of 2005, self-storage operators are more aware than ever of their vulnerability to natural disasters. Whether you’re an owner, manager or part-time employee, it’s essential to understand your role and responsibility ...More
    March 1, 2006 Universal Insurance Facilities Ltd. Posted in Articles
  • Creative Marketing Concepts: Attracting Commercial Tenants
    How much happier would you be if you had twice as many commercial tenants as you do now? My guess is quite a bit! Commercial renters stay longer and almost always pay on time. They’re also more tolerant of rent increases and are generally easier to deal with. So it makes ...More
    March 1, 2006 Fred Gleeck Posted in Articles
  • A Pair of Protective Programs
    We’re well into the first quarter of 2006, and I’m willing to bet that some of your New Year’s resolutions disappeared faster than the holiday leftovers. It happens to all of us—we make big goals to start fresh in January, and then life goes back to its hectic pace. Grand ...More
    March 1, 2006 J.R. Lewinson Posted in Articles
  • Insurance Insights: Key Provisions of Your Rental Agreement
    When you apply for insurance for your self-storage business, the insurer will usually ask for a copy of your current rental agreement. Why is this document part of the underwriting process, and what is the insurance company looking for? Key lease provisions reduce ...More
    March 1, 2006 Scott Lancaster Posted in Articles
  • Auction Rules
    It always surprises me when self-storage operators don’t have written rules about conducting their statutory lien sales. They all seem to have guidelines in mind, but very few prepare and disclose them to their auction buyers. Having a well-planned, written set of rules ...More
    March 1, 2006 Jeffrey Greenberger Posted in Articles