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  • Inside Self-Storage 2/98
    Over-and-Under in Oregon City By Cecile Blaine When customers see the two rows of self-storage buildings stacked on top of each other at Oregon City Secure Storage, some wonder "Where is the elevator?" Al Nichols, who manages the facility with his wife, Erma, ...More
    February 1, 1998 Cecile Blaine Posted in Articles
  • Is Now the Time TO BUY?
    Is Now the Time TO BUY? By Michael L. McCune Times are very good in the self-storage industry and, therefore, we in the real-estate industry are often asked, "Is it too late to buy or should we wait for a dip in the market to get into self-storage?" Our answer ...More
    February 1, 1998 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles, Real Estate
  • Accidents HappenRecognize and control your liability exposures
    Accidents HappenRecognize and control your liability exposures By David Wilhite Early in 1993, Juan Herrera, a truck driver, slipped and fell into an uncovered drainage hole while making a delivery, badly injuring his back. Herrera filed a liability lawsuit and, based on ...More
    February 1, 1998 David Wilhite Posted in Articles
  • Does Facility Size Matter?
    By Pam Alton When an owner or a management company calls me looking for a new manager for their facility, one of the first things I am asked is, "How much should I pay the manager?" First, let me stress that there is no right or wrong answer when paying wages. ...More
    February 1, 1998 Pam Alton Posted in Articles
  • Protecting Yourself Against Employee Dishonesty
    Protecting Yourself Against Employee Dishonesty By David Wilhite Are you aware of the benefits of employee-dishonesty insurance? Many self-storage facility owners aren't, although this coverage can be as important as fire or liability insurance when it comes to protecting ...More
    February 1, 1998 David Wilhite Posted in Articles
  • Inside Self-Storage 2/98
    Sydney James Chiswell, known better as Jim, is president of Chiswell & Associates Ltd., a Williamsville, N.Y.-based consulting firm that specializes in business development, sales and marketing, employee training, strategic planning and association management. A ...More
    February 1, 1998 Posted in Articles
  • Is Now the Time to Sell?
    Is Now the Time to Sell? By Mike McCune Great markets are wonderful, but we all know they will eventually end. What does that mean, in general, for self-storage owners? First of all, it doesn't mean you should panic. After spending 27 years in the commercial real-estate ...More
    January 1, 1998 Mike McCune Posted in Articles
  • State of the Industry
    State of the Industry Will the Boom Continue? By Cecile Blaine They say hindsight is 20/20. That's why we must look to the past in order to anticipate the future. It is especially true in gauging the health of the self-storage industry. Since self-storage is a real-estate ...More
    January 1, 1998 Cecile Blaine Posted in Articles, Development, Finance
  • A New Supervisor? Don't PanicTurn change into a positive for your position
    A New Supervisor? Don't PanicTurn change into a positive for your position By Kim Alton In an increasingly competitive and overgrown market, many self-storage owners take a hard look, not only at their facilities, but also at the team of people who help operate them. A ...More
    January 1, 1998 Kim Alton Posted in Articles
  • Waterwood Self Storage
    Waterwood Self Storage Edmond, Okla. By Jeff Sacks Bill Howard is a modest man to say the least. After all, he runs several successful self-storage facilities in Edmond, Okla., and attributes his good fortunes to nothing more than the fact that Edmond has virtually doubled ...More
    January 1, 1998 Jeff Sacks Posted in Articles