• Economic Rain
    The elections are behind us, and the Fed is going to inch up interest rates. How much do the resulting political, social and economic gymnastics affect car washes? Very little. During the 40-plus years in which I’ve been a participant in the car-wash industry, I’ve ...More
    March 1, 2005 Fred Grauer Posted in Articles
  • National Mini Storage
    Rap star Eminem immortalized 8 Mile Road in a song and movie about life on this street that divides the Detroit area’s suburban and urban populations. The road is also home to National Mini Storage of Southfield, Mich., which is doing its part to help revitalize the ...More
    March 1, 2005 Kimberly Hundley Posted in Articles
  • Insurance Overview
    One of the most challenging tasks associated with owning or managing a profitable self-storage business is securing proper insurance coverage. The multiple liability exposures unique to this industry create an uncommon need for adequate protection. In addition to defending ...More
    March 1, 2005 Amy Brown Posted in Articles
  • An Overview of Self-Storage Law
    By now, you’ve read dozens of articles recapping or reminiscing about the state of self-storage in 2004, and New Year’s resolutions may have come and gone. Nonetheless, I would be remiss in my duties as this publication’s legal columnist if I did not ...More
    March 1, 2005 Jeffrey Greenberger Posted in Articles
  • The Northeast
    This month, I gathered real estate experts to discuss the state of self-storage in the Northeast. Let’s hear what they have to say about their respective cities and regions. Our panel includes: Mike Bellinger, Pyramid Brokerage, Syracuse, N.Y.; Linda Cinelli, LC Realty, ...More
    March 1, 2005 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles
  • Self-Storage & Homeland Security
    Security is on everyone’s mind these days, including that of the self-storage operator. Whether it’s a concern for tenant safety or the risk of criminal activity at their facilities, owners are being forced to carefully consider who their tenants are and what rights they ...More
    March 1, 2005 Scott I. Zucker Posted in Articles
  • Spring Legal Cleanup
    It's ironic that while this industry reaps the benefit of customers who practice "spring cleaning," sorting through their possessions and moving items into storage, most self-storage owners fail to do a spring cleanup of their own. Many do not perform an annual review of ...More
    March 1, 2005 Kenneth M.Piken Posted in Articles
  • How to Conduct a Lien Sale
    This article could have been titled “How to Conduct a Lien Sale (Not!)." Though the title presupposes you are actually going to conduct a sale, it's probably the last thing you want to do, for many reasons. Let’s examine the whole process, asking ourselves the really ...More
    March 1, 2005 Joseph D. Joiner Posted in Articles
  • A Rare Offering
    Europe’s love and appreciation for wine is well-known. But does it present a viable market for wine storage? Here in the United States, a few self-storage facilities branched into this niche in the mid-’80s. Demand grew as the baby-boomer generation embraced wine-collecting ...More
    March 1, 2005 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Articles
  • Economic vs. Physical Occupancy
    Not many self-storage owners understand the difference between the economic and physical occupancy of their facilities, not even those who have been in the business a long time. A savvy operator understands that 100 percent occupancy is not the goal of your business. The ...More
    March 1, 2005 Fred Gleeck Posted in Articles