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  • Financial FeasibilityStarting point or best guess?
    Financial FeasibilityStarting point or best guess? By Jim Oakley When a developer locates a potential site, he has a gut feeling about its profitability based upon his experience. The first step is to then establish zoning entitlements and get a site plan approved. Next, he ...More
    April 1, 2000 Jim Oakley Posted in Articles
  • The Need for Customers' Goods Legal Liability
    The Need for Customers' Goods Legal Liability By David Wilhite If there is one absolute truism in the self-storage industry it is that you, as a facility owner, do not take possession of your customers' property; you act as a landlord and not a warehousemen. That is why you ...More
    April 1, 2000 David Wilhite Posted in Articles
  • Universal Insurance Facilities Ltd.Introducing an Affordable Medical Plan for You and Your Employees
    Universal Insurance Facilities Ltd.Introducing an Affordable Medical Plan for You and Your Employees Have you always wanted to offer medical benefits to your employees but been put off by the high cost? Now it's easier and less expensive than ever to offer the benefits your ...More
    March 1, 2000 Posted in Articles
  • After a Loss: Filing An Insurance Claim
    No one likes to contemplate the consequences of fire, wind or other perils, but it's a fact of life that disasters can and do happen. Therefore, as a responsible self-storage facility owner, you need to have an action plan to ensure the safety of your operation. For ...More
    March 1, 2000 David Wilhite Posted in Articles
  • Roof MaintenanceKeeping it covered
    Roof MaintenanceKeeping it covered By Rick Dodge Roof maintenance is one of the most overlooked issues of a building project, yet it's the simplest maintenance to perform. Like most other major purchases, such as a car or your home, in order to increase the life of the ...More
    March 1, 2000 Rick Dodge Posted in Articles
  • Delinquencies, Collections and Liens
    Delinquencies, Collections and Liens By D. Carlos Kaslow Ultimately, self-storage is about collecting rent. The overwhelming majorities of customers pay their rent when it is due and cause very few problems for facility owners and site managers. A relatively small number (3 ...More
    March 1, 2000 D. Carlos Kaslow Posted in Articles
  • Virtual Records Management
    Virtual Records Management By Cary McGovern Records-management services can be outsourced in a self-storage facility to a great extent. I consider a virtual records-management facility as one where all the parts are outsourced with a residual profit. This article discusses ...More
    March 1, 2000 Cary McGovern Posted in Articles
  • Handling That Irate Tenant
    Handling That Irate Tenant By Pamela Alton The holidays have passed, and we are in a new year. As always after the holidays, people tend to be in a less friendly mood. Why? One of the reasons is because those charge-card bills are now coming due, owners usually choose to ...More
    March 1, 2000 Pamela Alton Posted in Articles
  • Suds and Stuff
    Suds and Stuff I bought my first piece of real estate last year, but unfortunately, it lacks something, a certain set of luxury items I swore I would never be without, a certain fundamental convenience no home should lack--a washer and dryer. And since there always seems to ...More
    March 1, 2000 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles
  • Services on the SideAncillary products reap profits for owners, convenience for customers
    Services on the SideAncillary products reap profits for owners, convenience for customers By Teri L. Lanza There's no more gratifying feeling than when hard work pays off. You know you've reached that brass ring when you can kick back at the end of a long day to sip an ...More
    March 1, 2000 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles