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  • The Northwest, Round Two
    This month's travels take us to the Northwest United States, a fast-growing area of the country with an active self-storage market. Let's hear what our local experts have to say about their respective cities and regions. Joining us in this survey are our Northwest brokers: ...More
    July 1, 2002 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles
  • Shape-up Summer
    Outdoors The outside of your facility is where customers get their first impression. Here are a few guidelines to keeping your outdoor environment looking sharp. Landscaping Kill weeds with a commercial weed killer as soon as they appear, especially in cracks between the ...More
    July 1, 2002 Amy Campbell Posted in Articles
  • Premarketing Your Storage Facility
    You've invested a ton of money in your storage facility and it's going to open soon. "Soon" could be in the next 10, 30, 90 or even 120 days or more. What do you need to do to make sure your facility fills as quickly as possible when you do open? About three years ago, a ...More
    July 1, 2002 Fred Gleeck Posted in Articles
  • Protect Yourself From Tornado Disaster
    Many self-storage owners ask, "If my facility is well-built and secure, what could possibly happen? Why do I need insurance?" As we enter the stormy months of summer, one reason that comes to mind is tornadoes. Scientists are still trying to understand the phenomenon of ...More
    July 1, 2002 Amy Brown Posted in Articles
  • Land of Opportunity for Self-Storage
    Self-storage crossed overseas from the United States to the United Kingdom way back in the mid-'80s. So why, you ask, has it taken so long to catch on? And surely it cannot be such a great opportunity if it's taken nearly 20 years to get to just 400 centers in the United ...More
    July 1, 2002 Andrew Donaldson Posted in Articles
  • Asphalt Maintenance
    Your roadways and driveways are essential to the aesthetics of your self-storage facility. Considering the amount of roadway in many facilities, the need for proper driveway maintenance is apparent. But what causes asphalt pavement to fail, and what maintenance options are ...More
    July 1, 2002 Todd Slyngstad Posted in Articles
  • Facility Maintenance and Remodeling
    Retailers know the importance of keeping their stores looking fresh and well-maintained. If competition is nibbling at your occupancy levels, it may be time to consider a facelift before it takes a bigger bite. In the retail market, it is not uncommon for a store owner to ...More
    July 1, 2002 RK Kliebenstein Posted in Articles
  • Increase Productivity Through Computer Networks
    What if your staff could simultaneously answer questions, process payments and perform tenant move-ins? What if you could manage your payment specials, change rental rates and modify company policies from one centralized location? The vast majority of self-storage ...More
    July 1, 2002 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Janus International Corp.
    Janus ~ Roman god of passage, of doorways (januae), archways (jani), and of beginnings and endings. When searching for a name for his new company, David Curtis knew he wanted something different. "I wanted a name that meant something, a word that was translatable into every ...More
    July 1, 2002 Amy Campbell Posted in Articles
  • Vivilon Coatings Inc.
    How many times have you heard the business maxims "You never get a second chance to make a first impression" or "Image is everything"? We accept these statements' validity because they confirm our own experiences of making quick judgments about businesses based solely upon ...More
    July 1, 2002 Posted in Articles