• A Controlled Business Environment
    A Controlled Business Environment By Brad North One effective way for self-storage owners to combat competition in their markets and enhance the profitability of their facilities is to create an appropriate atmosphere of order and discipline in their operations. This will ...More
    September 1, 2004 Brad North Posted in Articles
  • Unit-Mix Menagerie
    Many changes in construction and unit mix have taken place in self-storage over the last 35 years, and a lot can be learned from past experience. Take, for example, three older projects: one in New Jersey with 600 units, all 5-by-10s; another in South Florida with 600 ...More
    September 1, 2004 Dan Curtis Posted in Articles, Development
  • Building Modernizations
    Building ModernizationsOptions to upgrade any storage facility By Doug Carner Your storage facility has an established community presence and is nearly full. So why should you care about modernization? It makes financial sense. Upgrading is a capital investment that ...More
    September 1, 2004 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Site Layout and Unit Mix
    Site Layout and Unit MixTwo great hits By Victor Lopez You have probably seen those infomercials selling the “best of the '70s and '80s” music collection. If you pause to listen to some of the hits being advertised, it’s probably because you have a fond memory associated ...More
    September 1, 2004 Victor Lopez Posted in Articles
  • Inside Self-Storage Magazine 09/2004: The Wild West
    The Wild West By Michael L. McCune This month, I gathered real estate experts to discuss the state of self-storage in the West. Let’s hear what they have to say about their respective cities and regions. Our panel of brokers includes: Clifford Crowe, Lee & Associates, ...More
    September 1, 2004 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles
  • Storage Development: Cleary Defined
    Storage Development: Cleary DefinedCost-effective solutions to the construction process By Bret Ellis The most important aspect of self-storage construction is proper planning. Building should be treated like any other business venture and pursued with a complete ...More
    September 1, 2004 Bret Ellis Posted in Articles, Development
  • Inside Self-Storage Magazine 09/2004: Clever Vicars and Other Victories
    Clever Vicars and Other Victories By Jim Chiswell Most of you can probably empathize with my feelings of being ripped off every time you buy ink cartridges for your office printers. I know it is a cost of doing business, but it still upsets me to pay hundreds of dollars a ...More
    September 1, 2004 Jim Chiswell Posted in Articles
  • The Acid Tests
    ... The Acid Tests By Tron Jordheim I like to play a game whenever I travel to a seminar or conference. I open the local Yellow Pages and call every storage facility with a display ad, from the biggest to the smallest. When someone answers, I try one of my two “acid tests” ...More
    September 1, 2004 Tron Jordheim Posted in Articles
  • Facts on Builder’s Risk
    Facts on Builder’s Risk By Amy Brown When constructing a new facility or expanding a current one, it is critical to include insurance in the planning of the project. Construction sites involve unique risks that may not be included in a standard business-insurance policy. It ...More
    September 1, 2004 Amy Brown Posted in Articles
  • Inside Self-Storage 09/2004: Small-Business Packages
    Small-Business Packages By Cary F. McGovern Small records-storage accounts have two unique attributes. First, they are the easiest to handle; and second, they are by far the most profitable. The question has always been how to attract these small accounts without high sales ...More
    September 1, 2004 Cary F. McGovern Posted in Articles