• Collecting Your Receivables
    Your tenant stopped paying rent two months ago. He won't return your calls, and his debt now exceeds $200. You cut his lock and discover the contents of his unit are nearly worthless. It's time to consider your remedy options. An auction will cost more than $100 to ...More
    September 1, 2002 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Attracting Commercial Tenants
    If you had twice as many commerical tenants as you currently have, how much more happy and profitable would you be? My guess is a lot more. Commercial tenants are great to have for three main reasons: First, they pay on time. Second, they tend to stay a lot longer. Third, ...More
    September 1, 2002 Fred Gleeck Posted in Articles
  • A Winning Team
    There is something very motivating about a success story. A quick trip to any local Barnes & Noble (or an evening viewing of "Biography" on the A & E channel) will verify there is no shortage of stories documenting the lives of people from Warren Buffet and Bill ...More
    September 1, 2002 Mike Parham and Jeff Eckols Posted in Articles, Development
  • Self-Storage in the U.K. and Europe: From Planning to Reality
    Generally, someone wishing to open a self-storage facility engages the services of an architect, who will do the design work that creates a facility according to specified requirements (and incorporates as much of his artistic flair as he can get away with—he is an ...More
    September 1, 2002 Graham Lomax Posted in Articles, Development
  • Steel Prices Continue to Rise
    Self-storage is just one of the many industries hit hard by the increase in steel prices. Inside Self-Storage asked metal-building experts why steel prices are on the rise and how it has affected their businesses. Our panel comprised of Dave Cook, president of Tech-Fast ...More
    September 1, 2002 Amy Campbell Posted in Articles
  • Negotiating Your Construction Contract
    You have found, negotiated and purchased the piece of property. You have counted cars, researched demographics and developed a positive pro forma. You have convinced yourself, your family, your banker, the zoning board, the neighbors and the environmentalists. All of this, ...More
    September 1, 2002 L. Bruce McCardle Posted in Articles
  • Steelbuilding.com
    What if purchasing a steel self-storage building was as easy as buying a CD off the Internet? No trading phone calls with a sales rep or waiting several days for a quote. What if you could even choose color schemes and unit configurations and make the down payment from the ...More
    September 1, 2002 Amy Campbell Posted in Articles
  • Centershift Inc.
    One doesn't need to look far to find some New Age pundit extolling the virtues of the Internet and e-commerce. The problem is it takes large sums of capital to secure the hardware infrastructure and technical staff necessary to develop and maintain leading-edge ...More
    September 1, 2002 Bill Hoban Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Site Design and Unit Mix
    Too often, the words "site design" and "unit mix" are used in a single phrase referring to one activity or used interchangeably as if they were the same thing. This is not so. Think of site design as "site planning" and unit mix as "unit-mix formulation." Both affect the ...More
    September 1, 2002 Victor Lopez Posted in Articles, Development
  • TRACHTE ANNOUNCES PROMOTIONS, NEW HIRES
    TRACHTE ANNOUNCES PROMOTIONS, NEW HIRES Sun Prairie, Wis.-based Trachte Building Systems, a manufacturer and supplier of pre-engineered steel buildings to the self-storage industry, announced the following promotions: Jeff Seefelt was appointed president and chief operating ...More
    July 7, 2002 Posted in Articles