• Trade Gloom for Opportunity
    Trade Gloom for Opportunity By Fred Grauer In Southern California, as May drew to a close, residents prepared for “June Gloom,” a time of the year when much of the state prefers to hibernate rather than go outside to wash cars and have fun. People are down in the dumps, the ...More
    September 1, 2004 Fred Grauer Posted in Articles
  • Climate Control
    Climate ControlKeep it simple By Bert Brown In business, it can be good to think outside the box. The thing to keep in mind, however, is the importance of knowing when to venture forth with new ideas and when to keep things simple. In self-storage, the area of climate ...More
    September 1, 2004 Bert Brown Posted in Articles
  • The Fairest Facility of All
    The Fairest Facility of AllThe new face of self-storage By Louis Gilmore For decades, the basic formula for successful self-storage development was, “If you build it, they will come.” Facilities built in the '70s and '80s lacked architectural flavor and used ...More
    September 1, 2004 Louis Gilmore Posted in Articles
  • Inside Self-Storage Magazine 09/2004: 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: I have heard about cameras that use existing 120VAC power lines for their video signal ...More
    September 1, 2004 Posted in Articles, Development
  • Storage Planogram
    Storage Planogram By Bill Meyers Self-Storage continues to evolve into a total service approach, and as a result, customers are looking for facilities that can do it all. Consumers want to save time, and they appreciate the advantages and convenience of one-stop shopping. ...More
    September 1, 2004 Bill Meyers Posted in Articles
  • The Construction Crew
    The Construction CrewA critical team down the stretch By Rob Wright When self-storage owners move into the final stages of building a new facility, the construction crew becomes critical. Why? The erection of the buildings is the final piece of the puzzle. Everything ...More
    September 1, 2004 Rob Wright Posted in Articles
  • 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