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  • The Four Pillars of Commercial-Records Centers: Expanding Self-Storage Services
    Today’s commercial-records centers continue to diversify and expand service offerings to accommodate the growing needs of their clients. This diversification has helped balance businesses by reducing dependency on one source of revenue, i.e., “the box on the ...More
    October 20, 2008 Scott Bidwell Posted in Articles
  • Reach New Markets with Mobile Storage
    The moving and storage industry is dominated by thousands of family owned and operated companies that have been in business for several generations and have weathered the many twists and turns of the economy. To help navigate the current economic situation, many traditional ...More
    October 19, 2008 Tom McCormick Posted in Articles
  • Six Things to Disclose to Tenants About Your Self-Storage Rental Agreement
    Every self-storage operator must provide well-written rental agreements for tenants to read and understand when renting units. It is not the manager’s duty to explain each provision within these agreements, nor is it necessary for renters to initial important ...More
    October 17, 2008 Jeffrey J. Greenberger Posted in Articles, Legal Issues, Management
  • Macabre Marketing
    It isn't always possible to be inspired by your work, particularly if your job responsibilities include tasks with which you simply aren't comfortable. Consider, for example, the many hats a self-storage manager must wear: customer-service representative, salesperson, ...More
    October 16, 2008 Teri Lanza Posted in Blogs
  • Give Them What They Want
    Last night I participated in a focus group hosted by our local grocery store, the managers of which are worried about the possibility of a new, larger, bigger food store being developed just a mile away. This poses a huge threat to our local grocer, who likely cannot ...More
    October 16, 2008 Drew Whitney Posted in Blogs
  • Canadian Trading Partners Buys Stake in InStorage
    A U.S. operator of self-storage facilities has taken a 19.6 percent stake in InStorage Real Estate Investment Trust and indicated it may increase its holding and make a takeover bid for Canada's biggest self-storage owner. Canadian Trading Partners LLC (CTP), part of ...More
    October 16, 2008 Posted in News
  • Self-Storage Finance: A Year in Review
    The current view from the street (summer 2008) is pretty grim. One only needs to browse daily business headlines to recognize the severity of the nation’s economic situation. The “credit crunch” has gone from Wall Street to Main Street, and is leaving the ...More
    October 16, 2008 Shawn Hill Posted in Articles, Development, Finance, Real Estate
  • Michigan Self-Storage Businesses Benefit From Small Tax Victory
    On Oct. 2, the Michigan Senate took a step toward annihilating the 21.99 percent surcharge on the Michigan Business Tax (MBT), which will benefit businesses of the state, including self-storage facilities. ...More
    October 15, 2008 Posted in News
  • Mobile Self-Storage Survey Report Released by MiniCo and MS-SA
    MiniCo Publishing, in a joint initiative with the Mobile Self-Storage Association (MS-SA), has released the "2008 Mobile Self-Storage Survey Report," the only report of its kind focused the mobile-storage industry. ...More
    October 15, 2008 Posted in News
  • StorageVault Canada Plans to Purchase Winnipeg Facility
    StorageVault Canada Inc. signed an Option to Purchase Agreement to buy a self-storage facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, from an arm's length vendor. The right to exercise the option to purchase begins Jan. 1, 2009, and continues until Jan.15, 2009. The aggregate ...More
    October 15, 2008 Posted in News