• Preventive Maintenance for U.K./Europe Storage Facilities
    "Prevention is better than cure," or "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Which do you believe? I suggest both are equally correct and, at the same time, incorrect. Paying for regular maintenance vs. paying for replacement is often a dilemma. A regular program of prevention ...More
    July 1, 2003 Graham Lomax Posted in Articles
  • KEEP IT UP
    When I was two years old, my parents purchased a lime-green Dodge Dart with dark-green interior. It had a beautifully smooth bench seat in the back on which I would slide from one end to the other every time we went around a sharp turn. It had a black hard top and sweet ...More
    July 1, 2003 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles
  • Levels of Service
    Records-management in self-storage operations has always included minimal service options. Today, with new methods and technology, you can offer higher levels of service if you choose. This article discusses the value of adding services to your records-management portfolio. ...More
    July 1, 2003 Cary McGovern Posted in Articles
  • Choosing the Right Contractor
    Licensed vendors and professional contractors are hired to provide materials, equipment, supplies and services. Vendors contribute to the daily operation of every facility. For example, trash collectors properly dispose of garbage. A lawn service may be used to cut grass ...More
    July 1, 2003 Amy Brown Posted in Articles
  • Lights, Cameras Action
    How many self-storage facilities can boast openings with guest appearances by pop icons Marilyn Monroe, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Katherine Zeta-Jones, Lucille Ball, Dorothy Gale, Cleopatra, Charlie Chaplin and Fred Flintstone? Only one. On Wed., March 19, Conejo Valley's ...More
    July 1, 2003 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles
  • International Business Forum
    At the 2003 Inside Self-Storage Expo in Las Vegas, three U.S. self-storage veterans discussed their perspectives on the growing self-storage market in the United Kingdom and Europe. In a unique International Business Forum, Ken Nitzberg, chairman and CEO of Devon Self ...More
    July 1, 2003 Posted in Articles, Development
  • A Time to Excel
    How does discounting my rental rates affect length of occupancy?Is a $1 move-in special more profitable than giving rental discounts?What percentage of my tenants pay a discounted rent?When does offering automatic rent collection make financial sense?How many hours a month ...More
    July 1, 2003 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Ambitions
    Award Winning sculptor R. David Mattiza Once a key player in the tight-knit self-storage industry, R. David Mattiza now spends his days elbow-deep in clay, sculpting renowned works of art. Mattiza spent 17 years in the self-storage business, designing and building ...More
    July 1, 2003 Amy Campbell Posted in Articles
  • Three Generations of Door Maintenance
    A first-generation door the owner attempted to repaint, with poor results. The best time to think about maintenance of your doors and hallways is at the point of purchase. Wise purchasing can do much to prevent future maintenance problems. All products are not the same. ...More
    July 1, 2003 Dan Curtis Posted in Articles
  • Construction Corner
    Construction Corner is a Q&A column committed to answering reader-submitted questions regarding construction and development. Inquiries may be sent to construction@ministorage.com. Q: My husband and I are thinking about purchasing some land to build our first ...More
    July 1, 2003 Posted in Articles, Technology