• Keeping Insurance Costs In Check
    The self-storage industry has undergone many changes over the past 20 years, evolving from a core group of small, mom-and-pop operations to a large, powerful organization of professional business people. The rapid growth of the industry has further created a variety of ...More
    October 1, 2005 David Wilhite Posted in Articles
  • Outdoor Toys Need Stuff Too
    Americans love their boats and RVs, their “babies,” which come with a world of needs. These vehicles must be prepared for each season of activity and later readied for storage. Enter the boat/RV storage facility that stocks a range of handy products to make life easier for ...More
    October 1, 2005 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Articles
  • Records-Storage Primer
    Records Storage remains a mystery to most self-storage entrepreneurs and consultants. This article demystifies and demonstrates the value of an ancillary service that benefits small and large storage operations in any size market. A decade ago, there seemed to be an ...More
    October 1, 2005 Cary F. McGovern Posted in Articles
  • Slide Gates
    Your security gate is your first line of defense against break-ins. It’s also the first security device your customers encounter, and one of the most used mechanisms on your property. So the gate has to work, plain and simple, 24/7/365. If your site has 300 units, your gate ...More
    October 1, 2005 Chester Gilliam Posted in Articles
  • The Fine Points of Boat/RV Storage
    As RV and boat storage develops an identity independent of traditional self-storage, it’s important for developers to educate themselves on the design and construction issues specific to this exciting product. Sit down at a design kick-off meeting, and several hot topics ...More
    October 1, 2005 Tarik Williams Posted in Articles, Development
  • Interest Rates
    What do we know about interest rates today? We know they’re very hard to predict in the short run. We know they’re currently at 42-year lows and have remained there longer than at any other time in the last century. We know low interest rates have a very positive (if not ...More
    October 1, 2005 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles, Finance
  • The Marriage of Records Storage and Software
    Here is a must read for anyone planning to purchase software for records-storage management. Finding the right solution requires a substantial investment of time and money. However, once you hit upon that accurate, flexible, secure, easy-to-use tool for accessing records ...More
    October 1, 2005 Ian Thomas Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Inside Self-Storage Magazine: Club Wet
    Vanette and Gary Christensen, owners of Club Wet Boat & RV Storage in Overton, Nev., have had ample time to mastermind their project. Due to water-pipe installation problems during early construction and eleventh-hour finance changes, the facility’s opening has been ...More
    October 1, 2005 Kimberly Hundley Posted in Articles
  • Monitored Surveillance
    One of this year's hot legal topics concerns any storage operator who advertises the security advantages of his facility. Ironically, by using certain words to convince customers of the safety features you provide, you leave yourself vulnerable to lawsuits—regardless of ...More
    October 1, 2005 Jeff Greenberger Posted in Articles
  • PhoneSmart Essay Contest
    PhoneSmart Director Tron Jordheim knows he’ll need Spanish-speaking employees to bolster his business in years to come. So will other companies. Rather than wait for Mohammed to come to the mountain, he’s done something better: He’s created a scholarship-essay contest to ...More
    October 1, 2005 Kimberly Hundley Posted in Articles, Technology