Features/Columns


  • The Face of Change
    One of the inherent beauties of self-storage is its intrinsic simplicity. I have often advocated blending new technology with good real estate to make the best possible, or "best in class," self-storage project, but it isn't always easy to balance the two. The physical part ...More
    January 1, 2002 RK Kliebenstein Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Words of Wisdom
    A conversion of an existing building. There is a common misconception among new self-storage investors that Europe is one big untapped market with great opportunities, common requirements and regulations. While it is true there is great potential and the sector is growing ...More
    December 1, 2001 Jonathan Perrins Posted in Articles
  • Do You Have a Disaster Plan?
    People don't generally enjoy anticipating things that could go awry--in their businesses, their personal lives or otherwise; but nothing demonstrated with greater impact the importance of a disaster plan than recent, tragic events in this country. Although your occupancy ...More
    December 1, 2001 Jeffrey Greenberger Posted in Articles
  • Court Rules
    U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon's opinion in Herrington v. Verrilli (2001 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10168) is more than a humorous telling of the travails of the Adams Organ, a huge church organ that spent more than five years in storage after being replaced by another ...More
    December 1, 2001 D. Carlos Kaslow Posted in Articles
  • Turning Callers Into Visitors
    Storage is a simple business, but it's not an easy business. It's simple because the steps are obvious. First, you have to generate phone calls from prospects. These result from a strong and well-executed marketing campaign. Second, you have to get those who call to visit ...More
    December 1, 2001 Fred Gleeck Posted in Articles
  • Protecting Your Facility Against Winter Weather
    Winter weather can present severe exposures to your self-storage operation and the systems necessary to keep your facility running. Freezing temperatures, blustery winds, ice, sleet and snow can all cause extensive damage to your buildings and property, especially if you ...More
    December 1, 2001 David Wilhite Posted in Articles
  • THE SOUTHWEST
    This month's travels take us to the great Southwest, which has been a traditionally strong area for self-storage operators. Let's hear what our local experts have to say about their respective cities and regions. Our Southwest brokers join us in this survey: Mark Keys ...More
    December 1, 2001 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles
  • Self-Storage in the International Arena
    The first European self-storage facility was built in the United Kingdom in 1984, though the first self-storage facility in Continental Europe was built in Brussels at the end of the 1980s. At the beginning of the '90s, the first two French facilities were built. The first ...More
    December 1, 2001 Cesare Carcano Posted in Articles, Development
  • Your Rivals: Friend or Foe?
    Developing personal relationships with your competition may cause you to be conflicted. This is especially true if your entry into the self-storage business occurred after having particularly positive experiences visiting other facilities in your area. You may have felt ...More
    December 1, 2001 Harley Rolfe Posted in Articles
  • Jump-Start a Records-Management Business
    There has never been a better time to enter the commercial records-management business. There are several factors at work that make this the precise time for such a business opportunity. But records management is not for the faint at heart. It requires hard work and capital ...More
    December 1, 2001 Cary F. McGovern Posted in Articles