Features/Columns


  • Renovation Like Childbirth
    By Cecile Blaine When Jeff Silesky and Pat Reilly discovered that the Brodie/Dorhmann Building on 15th Avenue in Seattle was for sale, the two-story, 62,000-square-foot structure with 200 feet of frontage spoke to them. "Self-storage," it screamed. A few months ...More
    April 1, 1998 Cecile Blaine Posted in Articles
  • PhasingWhen and when not to delay construction
    PhasingWhen and when not to delay construction By John Wilson Phasing, as defined in terms of construction of self-storage projects, means delaying the start of one or more parts of a project beyond the earliest possible completion. When utilized properly, this technique ...More
    April 1, 1998 John Wilson Posted in Articles
  • Tax Reform '97: Relief for Investors, Families Through Life's Stages
    The following is the first part of a two-part article, reprinted from A.G. Edwards' Tax Saver, a special guide to the new tax law. The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 provides investors valuable tax breaks and introduces new ways to save for the future. But getting the greatest ...More
    April 1, 1998 Posted in Articles, Finance
  • Inside Self-Storage Magazine
    By David Wilhite What do you think is the most common natural disaster occurring in the United States today? Judging by the popularity of such recent blockbuster films as Twister, Volcano and Dante's Peak, one might easily guess that 200-plus mile-per-hour tornadoes ...More
    April 1, 1998 David Wilhite Posted in Articles
  • Moving to the Next Phase
    It's no secret that a lot of thought needs to be given to breaking ground on a new self-storage construction project. And before one spade of dirt is turned, a wise developer will have completed a thorough feasibility study to determine just how realistic the project looks. ...More
    April 1, 1998 Posted in Articles
  • Inside Self-Storage Magazine
    By William Mattern The self-storage industry has undergone many changes over the past 20 years, growing from a small family of forward-thinking people to a large, powerful group of savvy business professionals. The growth and maturity the industry has enjoyed has also ...More
    March 1, 1998 William Mattern Posted in Articles
  • Storage and Retrieval
    By Cary F. McGovern Abstract: To be successful in any business you must have a plan. Records management is a "horse of a different color." The typical business concerns are a bit different in this business than in other enterprises. It has been said that the ...More
    March 1, 1998 Cary F. McGovern Posted in Articles
  • Climate-ControlWhat it means for your business and your bottom line
    Climate-ControlWhat it means for your business and your bottom line By Dan Curtis Using the existing ceiling system for a conversion. Writing this article prompted me to take a look back at what has been said in the past about climate control in self-storage. In the '80s, ...More
    March 1, 1998 Dan Curtis Posted in Articles
  • 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