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  • Construction Corner
    Construction Corner is a Q&A column committed to answering reader-submitted questions regarding construction and development. Inquiries may be sent to Q: I am an area manager for five sites in New Mexico.We are having continuing problems ...More
    April 1, 2004 Posted in Articles
  • Customers’ Goods, Sale and Disposal
    Many people are familiar with the term “underinsured.” You have no doubt read stories about personal loss and tragedy that occur in the aftermath of a wildfire or hurricane. Following such events, many businesses and homeowners are surprised and distressed to learn they do ...More
    April 1, 2004 Scott Lancaster Posted in Articles
  • Sign or Status Quo?
    European lenders and investors, who are unfamiliar with the risks associated with self-storage, might be questioning their investment decisions, given the soft performance recently reported by U.S. storage operators. During the past 24 months, self-storage in the United ...More
    April 1, 2004 Charles Ray Wilson Posted in Articles
  • Conversions and Deck Systems
    There isn’t an old mill or large empty building I drive by that doesn’t make me immediately think, “What a great conversion opportunity!” Most of these under-used buildings are well-suited for selfstorage and can be converted. Benefited by lower cost, swift up-fit and an ...More
    April 1, 2004 Kurt Conlon Posted in Articles
  • Retail = Big Returns
    Although the implementation or management of a retail-supply business at your self-storage facility may seem like unfamiliar territory, if you put on your real estate-investor hat, many of the same measurement formulas would apply. Just as real estate has a language rich ...More
    April 1, 2004 Roy Katz Posted in Articles
  • Andy and Me
    “At the Car Wash” is a monthly column written exclusively for self-storage operators interested in providing a mixed-use development including a car-wash facility. If there are particular topics you would like to see addressed, feel free to contact the author or e-mail ...More
    April 1, 2004 Fred Grauer Posted in Articles
  • Limitations on Value and Property
    One lease clause I consistently urge storage owners to include in their leases is a limitation on the type and value of property that can be stored in a unit. There are two distinct concepts in this type of clause. One is a dollar value on the property the tenant agrees to ...More
    March 1, 2004 Jeffrey Greenberger Posted in Articles
  • The Best Offense Is a Strong Defense
    The topics of this month’s issue are storage law and insurance. What these subjects have in common is protection: How do you protect your business and yourself? While it is necessary to understand the law and have comprehensive insurance, nothing protects you more ...More
    March 1, 2004 Scott Duffy Posted in Articles
  • Beyond Your Tenant
    Now that the embryonic nature of our business has passed and we’re “all grown up,” self-storage operators deal with issues that were not necessarily worth contemplation at the time of facility construction. Once a site is fully operational, legal issues crop up involving ...More
    March 1, 2004 Kenneth M. Piken Posted in Articles
  • Who Is Knocking at Your Door?
    Typically, the only people a self-storage owner wants to see in his facility are tenants or potential customers. However, there are always people coming and going, and many are not the tenants themselves but those on their behalf— people who work at the tenants’ businesses, ...More
    March 1, 2004 Scott I. Zucker Posted in Articles