Features/Columns


  • Insurance
    By Scott Zucker The following article is reprinted from the Mini-Storage Law Commentary, which is published by the law firm of Shapiro, Fussell, Wedge, Smotherman & Martin, Suite 1200, One Midtown Plaza, 1369 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309. The words "fire" ...More
    March 1, 1998 Scott Zucker Posted in Articles
  • Attracting Business With a Discount
    Attracting Business With a Discount DEAR WALDMANS: I am an avid reader of your column and enjoy reading about the different experiences of storage operators. I have owned a facility for about two years. It is evident that I need to do something different from the normal ...More
    March 1, 1998 Posted in Articles
  • Inside Self-Storage Magazine
    They may not be Sanford and Son, but Bob Skinner and Scott Wieser do collect used items. Large, cargo containers to be exact. Skinner and Wieser are principals in San Francisco-based TMS, a joint venture between Triton Container International and International Equipment ...More
    March 1, 1998 Posted in Articles
  • Retrofit
    By Cecile Blaine Self-storage facility developers used to ask themselves when it made financial sense to offer climate control. Today, they ask themselves when doesn't it make sense to have the amenity. In this article, we'll take a look at recent trends and changes in ...More
    March 1, 1998 Cecile Blaine Posted in Articles
  • ONE on ONE
    ONE on ONEAn Interview With Randy Tipton Randy J. Tipton is vice president of strategic planning for the Universal Insurance Facilities Ltd., making her the person most responsible for setting the direction and focus of the company's insurance programs. Ms. Tipton formerly ...More
    March 1, 1998 Posted in Articles
  • Let's Get Started
    By Jim Chiswell Conducting a feasibility study should be looked at as more than just determining the viability of a specific location or market area. It should also be viewed as a complete process of determining if you really want to be in the self-storage business, and if ...More
    March 1, 1998 Jim Chiswell Posted in Articles, Development
  • The First Step: Preparing Your Resume
    By Pamela Alton For one reason or another, the time has come for you to begin seeking new employment. You have searched the newspaper classifieds, contacted the employment agencies and asked other people in the industry. Now what? Before you go any further, you must be ...More
    March 1, 1998 Pamela Alton Posted in Articles
  • Multilevel Design Considerations
    Going Up? Multilevel Design Considerations By Cecile Blaine Twenty years ago, the mere mention of self-storage conjured up an image of a long line of one-story, garage-like units. Today, however, the typical self-storage facility might be housed in a one-story, two-story or ...More
    February 1, 1998 Cecile Blaine Posted in Articles
  • Evictions and AuctionsLimiting your liability exposure, Part II
    Evictions and AuctionsLimiting your liability exposure, Part II By David Wilhite Sale-and-disposal legal-liability coverage is unique to the self-storage industry. As mentioned in Part I of this article, sale-and-disposal legal-liability provides self-storage operators with ...More
    February 1, 1998 David Wilhite Posted in Articles
  • The Real-Estate Market at the End of the MillenniumWhere are we and where are we going?
    The Real-Estate Market at the End of the MillenniumWhere are we and where are we going? By Michael L. McCune The last few years have been very good for the owners of self-storage facilities. Clearly, the market for the ultimate product has been strong and growing. ...More
    February 1, 1998 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles, Finance