• Anticipating the Refinance
    The fall marks the season when many people focus on time ahead. The kids are back in school, summer vacations are over, and the days are getting shorter. This is the time when I start the house projects I put off over the summer. Have you ever noticed the first 80 percent ...More
    November 1, 2002 Neal Gussis Posted in Articles, Finance
  • 8 Keys to Dollar Squeezing
    GIVEN THIS IS THE ANNUAL FINANCE ISSUE, I FELT IT WOULD BE valuable to give you some ideas to increase your bottom line. There are only two ways to increase profits: One is to increase sales, the other is to reduce expenses. For most self-storage operators, the majority of ...More
    November 1, 2002 Fred Gleeck Posted in Articles
  • Finance Techniques and Alternatives
    Facility owner and real estate broker C. William Barnhill did some interesting research on loans he was refinancing for his own account. I asked him to share his findings with our readers. TRADITIONAL, FIXED-RATE, COMMERCIAL BANK LOANS HAVE BEEN the mainstay for ...More
    November 1, 2002 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles, Finance
  • European Storage: Services on the Side
    I HAVE A GOOD FRIEND WHO IS A REAL GO-GETTER, and generally gets what he wants. If he says "Jump," people ask, "How high?" Why? Because he's a driver who gets things done—just like an entrepreneur in self-storage who spots an opportunity and grasps it. If this friend ...More
    October 1, 2002 Andrew Donaldson Posted in Articles
  • The East and Northeast
    Our roundtable of local experts gathered this month to discuss the East and Northeast United States. Let's hear what they have to say about their respective cities and regions. This month's brokers are: Linda Cinelli, Insignia/ESG Inc., East Brunswick, N.J.; Joe Mendola, ...More
    October 1, 2002 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles
  • Mobile Maneuvers
    EVER THE PAST YEAR, MOBILE STORAGE, often provided by self-storage facilities as an adjunct, is making a significant impact on the marketplace. "We are seeing a coming together of four industries--mobile storage, large 40-foot containers, public storage and moving and van ...More
    October 1, 2002 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Articles
  • A Complete Rental Package
    AS THE ONSITE MANAGER AT A STORAGE FACILITY, YOUR MAIN GOAL is to rent those units. You should be prepared to lease the units in an orderly, timely fashion. That means having all your paperwork in order and at your fingertips. Following is a list of all the items that ...More
    October 1, 2002 Pamela Alton Posted in Articles
  • Hollywood Storage Center
    THE recent debut of Hollywood Storage Center, in Newbury Park, Calif., marks a pioneering effort in an industry catching on to the concept of tenant-centric service. The $6.4 million center is an expansion of the formerly named Thousand Oaks Self Storage, opened 20 years ...More
    October 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • When the Alarm Sounds
    WHO WILL ARRIVE TO RESCUE YOUR SITE WHEN THIEVES BEGIN TO BREAK INTO STORAGE UNITS? What evidence can your security system provide for police detectives and insurance investigators? Can your security system defend your site and stop the criminal? A classic cliché states a ...More
    October 1, 2002 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Specialty Storage in the U.K.
    SELF-STORAGE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND EUROPE is so new that many prospective customers have yet to hear of it. And as progressive as U.K. and European self-storage entrepreneurs are, they are still trying to convey the message to the public of alternatives to storing their ...More
    October 1, 2002 Graham Lomax Posted in Articles