Features/Columns


  • Thoughts From the Road
    Thoughts From the Road By Jim Chiswell I am very glad that the editor for Inside Self-Storage has not imposed any editorial restrictions on this column. It gives me a chance to talk each month about issues that are near and dear to my heart. What Did You Really Want? As ...More
    February 1, 1999 Jim Chiswell Posted in Articles
  • TOO MUCH OIL!
    TOO MUCH OIL! DEAR WALDMANS: Please help me. My facility looks more like a tar lot than a storage facility--and I don't mean a car lot either. I manage a storage facility and really enjoy my work. The problem is that I am a neat freak and I want the entire business to look ...More
    February 1, 1999 Posted in Articles
  • Transition State
    Transition State When I drove cross-country from Connecticut out to Phoenix nearly four years ago, I did so in a Ryder moving truck with my car hooked in tow off the back. To this day I still get this quirky little twitch in the left side of my face when I see one of those ...More
    February 1, 1999 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles
  • Thoughts From the Road
    Thoughts From the Road By Jim Chiswell This column is providing the opportunity for me to voice my opinion about things that I am observing in our industry across the country. My goal with each column is a simple one: Whether you are a self-storage facility owner, manager, ...More
    February 1, 1999 Jim Chiswell Posted in Articles
  • High Maintenance
    High Maintenance You get out what you put in. Ever hear that? Of course you have. Whether you're talking about a class, a computer, a car, a relationship or your own business, if you don't take care of it, it won't take care of you. My first car was a 1973 Dodge Dart, lime ...More
    February 1, 1999 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles, Development
  • Thoughts From the Road
    Thoughts From the Road By Jim Chiswell Editor's note: The following is the first of a new bi-monthly column from industry advisor Jim Chiswell. The column, entitled "Thoughts From the Road," will cover a range of topics and opinions concerning the self-storage ...More
    February 1, 1999 Jim Chiswell Posted in Articles
  • From The Strip to Wall Street
    From The Strip to Wall Street The numbers are in, and it's a record. This year's Las Vegas expo was the largest and most successful yet, with just under 3,000 participants. We'd like to express our gratitude to all those that have contributed to and frequented the show for ...More
    February 1, 1999 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles, Finance
  • Holding Down the Fort
    Holding Down the Fort Did you play King of the Hill when you were a kid? I feel like I'm still playing. Getting older imparts a wider array of freedoms, but it also signifies the attainment of intensified responsibility, along with more things that require protection: your ...More
    February 1, 1999 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles
  • Automation Debate
    Automation Debate I used to be what you'd call a technophobe. In college, the wee hours of the morning would frequently find me writing out papers by hand and then reproducing and editing them via typewriter. My roommate, who had a Macintosh computer with a word-processing ...More
    February 1, 1999 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles, Technology
  • If You Build It...
    If You Build It... OK, so maybe your purpose isn't as noble as Noah's was, but does that make it any less important? Not when you're talking about your bottom line. There's a lot to consider when developing or building self-storage, whether it involves conversions, ...More
    February 1, 1999 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles