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  • U.S. Door Launches Virtual Design Studio for Self-Storage
    U.S. Door & Building Components introduced a Virtual Design Studio that allows users to see in real time how changing a project’s design will affect its unit mix and return on investment. ...More
    January 22, 2008 Posted in News, Construction
  • Offers Members Free Tele-Seminars, a firm specializing in online marketing for the self-storage industry, is offering a series of free monthly training tele-seminars to help its members increase occupancy. ...More
    January 21, 2008 Posted in News, Marketing
  • Inside Self-Storage Announces Winners of 2008 Scholarship Program
    Inside Self-Storage (ISS), the provider of a monthly magazine and bi-annual tradeshows for the self-storage industry, has announced the winners of its 2008 Scholarship Program. ...More
    January 18, 2008 Posted in News
  • Beacon-SIA Alliance Announces 2007 Results, Offers 2008 Market Outlook
    Allied companies Beacon Realty Capital and Storage Investment Advisors announced their combined self-storage transaction volume for 2007 as $311,754,300. ...More
    January 17, 2008 Posted in News, Finance
  • On the Record: Growing Your Records-Management Business
    So you’ve decided to expand your self-storage business and profit by getting into records management? Good decision, especially since some operators may be experiencing a little less business activity, resulting from the housing slowdown and markets oversaturated with ...More
    January 17, 2008 Christine Spisto Posted in Articles
  • Insurance Insights: The Circle of Storage
    When it comes to real estate investments, the primary consideration is generally location. When you look to build or acquire a self-storage facility, you consult demand studies to maximize the occupancy and revenue of your investment at a given site. Property valuation is ...More
    January 17, 2008 Scott Lancaster Posted in Articles
  • Special Operations: Profit Depends on Discipline
    Most self-storage operators fear new competition coming into their market. When it happens, they typically become reactive instead of proactive. For example, when a new facility pops up around the corner, most of them decrease rates and pump up promotions for fear of losing ...More
    January 17, 2008 Brad North Posted in Articles
  • Marketing Limelight: To Know Customers Is to Rent to Them
    Print Yellow Pages seems to elicit the least amount of excitement of all the advertising mediums. It doesn’t have the sex appeal of TV or the Internet, yet it still delivers the greatest number of new customers to storage facilities. As a facility owner or manager, you ...More
    January 17, 2008 Sue Weinman Posted in Articles, Marketing
  • Managing for Dollars: Getting Some Storage Muscle
    Self-storage can be a lonely business. The industry is comprised of many owners and operators who have a single location or handful of stores. Frequently, the site manager works by himself or with a very small team, and he may only see the owner or supervisor a few times a ...More
    January 17, 2008 Linnea Appleby Posted in Articles
  • Thoughts From the Road: Are We Heading for a Cliff?
    During the past six months, I’ve talked with countless owners who’ve seen occupancy rates drop to the lowest levels in years. “Are we at the end of the Great Self-Storage Run?” they ask. “Is the end in sight? Will we ever recover?” My ...More
    January 17, 2008 Jim Chiswell Posted in Articles