Features/Columns


  • Refinancing Your Facility
    Refinancing Your FacilityLet the borrower beware By Scott Lee Shabel In this booming economy, you may be interested in refinancing the debt on your self-storage facility. If you are fortunate, you have contacted one of the handful of mortgage brokers who specialize in ...More
    November 1, 2000 Scott Lee Shabel Posted in Articles, Finance
  • Tech-Fast Metal Systems Inc.
    Tech-Fast Metal Systems Inc.Sharing knowledge, building trust and meeting expectations Tech-Fast Metal Systems is a Tacoma, Wash.-based designer, supplier and erector of low- to mid-rise commercial buildings specializing in pre-engineered self-storage structures. The ...More
    November 1, 2000 Posted in Articles
  • Thoughts From the Road
    Thoughts From the Road By Jim Chiswell This represents my final column of this year, and I find myself overwhelmed with so many things I would like to say. However, with this limited space, I've prioritized my list and will touch on just a few. Year-End Evaluations As we ...More
    November 1, 2000 Jim Chiswell Posted in Articles
  • Show Me the Money
    Show Me the MoneyPreparing yourself and your property for financing By R.K. Kliebenstein What should an owner do before refinancing or applying for a construction loan? What are the expectations? Are you ready? This article will help prepare you to work with a lender so he ...More
    November 1, 2000 R.K. Kliebenstein Posted in Articles, Finance
  • Delivering Customer Service
    Delivering Customer ServiceUsing design and operating guidelines to 'make good' on your promises By Jim Kane To Whom It May Concern: Please be advised that unit #3088 is now clean and unoccupied. For the record, I would like to state I am disappointed in your facilities. ...More
    November 1, 2000 Jim Kane Posted in Articles, Development
  • The Big Financial Picture
    The Big Financial PictureSelf-storage retains its advantages, bright future By Michael Parham True commercial development of self-storage began in the late 1960s by several industry pioneers who recognized a growing demand for residential and commercial storage. These were ...More
    November 1, 2000 Michael Parham Posted in Articles, Development, Finance
  • Inside Self-Storage Magazine 11/2000: A Top Shop!
    A Top Shop!Measuring results in self-storage By Jim Chiswell If you are not measuring results, can you really be certain you and your management team are as successful as you think? I have asked that question of many self-storage owners over the past 16 years. The usual ...More
    November 1, 2000 Jim Chiswell Posted in Articles
  • Protecting Your Facility Against Winter Weather
    Protecting Your Facility Against Winter Weather By David Wilhite Are you ready for winter? Freezing temperatures, blustery winds, ice, sleet and snow can all cause severe damage to your self-storage facility and property, especially if you are not prepared for them. Winter ...More
    November 1, 2000 David Wilhite Posted in Articles
  • What's in Store
    What's in StoreGetting a glimpse of the self-storage financing future By Neal Gussis The title of this article says a lot more than it's initial implication, because the financing "store" has changed quite a bit since this publication's last annual finance issue ...More
    November 1, 2000 Neal Gussis Posted in Articles, Finance
  • Records Management in Smaller Markets
    Records Management in Smaller MarketsA real opportunity for self-storage By Cary F. McGovern All markets, regardless of size, are good records-management markets in our paper-intensive environment. The only difference between markets is volume. The single best market ...More
    November 1, 2000 Cary F. McGovern Posted in Articles