• Spain's Growing Need for Self-Storage
    Since 2000, Spain has been experiencing a tide of immigrants leaving Northern Europe and the United Kingdom like no other time in its history. Nicknamed EUmigres, they are drawn by the warm climate and easy lifestyle of Spain. But finding housing has become a concise ...More
    December 1, 2003 Bridget Nemeth Posted in Articles
  • The Bugman Cometh
    Sooner or later, you're going to have to deal with me—no matter how new your facility, no matter how clean you keep it, no matter where you are located. You can use bug spray by the case. You can close your eyes and hope they just go away: but in the end, we'll meet. I am ...More
    December 1, 2003 Ken Berquist Posted in Articles
  • After The Storm
    Last September, in the wake of Hurricane Isabel, five states were declared federal disaster areas. Hundreds of businesses were damaged, and more than 30 deaths were blamed on the powerful storm. Hurricane Isabel started traditional rounds of severe fall and winter weather. ...More
    December 1, 2003 Amy Brown Posted in Articles
  • Planning Your Facility
    Planning your records-storage facility is the first issue to address after making the decision to enter the business. What size should the facility be? What shape? How big is too big? Where should it be located? What about security? How do you avoid fires? How does racking ...More
    December 1, 2003 Cary F. McGovern Posted in Articles
  • Mr. Right Manager
    Hire, train, motivate and retain great employees—it seems simple, but is it? How many times has this happened to you? You can’t believe your good fortune. You find the perfect candidate for the job. He looks the part and gives all the right answers during the interview. You ...More
    December 1, 2003 Tammy Ross Posted in Articles
  • Assorted Assets
    For the next two months, every magazine you put in your hot little hands will have something trite to say about the holidays, the impending New Year, resolutions and all that jazz. But what is so new about the New Year? The older you get, the faster the years go by—there’s ...More
    December 1, 2003 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles, Development
  • Signs of the Times
    In the storage business, signage is generally given little thought. But when used correctly, external signage can help you generate a lot more walk-in/drive-by traffic. Internal signage can help increase your profits and help you sell and promote ancillary products and ...More
    December 1, 2003 Fred Gleeck Posted in Articles
  • Knowledge Is Profit
    As the self-storage industry becomes increasingly competitive, we must realize the importance of staff training at our facilities. The lifeline of any group is its people. To grow any organization, you must grow the people who comprise it. The average self-storage customer ...More
    December 1, 2003 Brad North Posted in Articles
  • Managing for Maximum Results
    Congratulations! You got your facility approved, built and, finally, filled up. A lot of hard work, worry and effort have paid off, and you now feel like king of the hill. However, this success has created a dilemma. If you are too full, you can’t help the next caller; you ...More
    December 1, 2003 Jack Donner Posted in Articles
  • In the Valli
    Self-storage developers who want to build in the best possible locations are increasingly limited by a shortage of sites in the most desirable populated areas. Available land parcels are usually small, often irregular in shape and always very expensive. These obstacles to ...More
    December 1, 2003 Posted in Articles