Features/Columns


  • Should You Consider Add-on Services?
    Should You Consider Add-on Services? By Ray Fisher To resolve the question of whether or not to offer add-on services, the self-storage owner should focus on his purpose of business, his manager's time and the rental office. Owners need to define their purpose of business. ...More
    November 1, 1997 Ray Fisher Posted in Articles
  • Protecting Yourself Against EmployeeDishonesty
    Protecting Yourself Against EmployeeDishonesty Employee dishonesty insurance, sometimes referred to as crime coverage, is one type of insurance that may be as essential for protecting your self-storage business as fire or liability insurance. Dishonesty losses in the United ...More
    November 1, 1997 Posted in Articles
  • Show Me the Money
    Show Me the Money By R.K. Kliebenstein Several types of loans and financing options exist for self-storage development. This article will outline a few of the most common types as well as offer some alternatives. New Development Construction Loan This is most easily issued ...More
    November 1, 1997 R.K. Kliebenstein Posted in Articles, Finance
  • Ask The Waldmans
    Ask The Waldmans Working for Free Dear Waldmans: I am an assistant manager of a self-storage facility, where I work a 27-hour work week. Because I live on the premises, however, my employer expects me to be on-call at all times for security reasons. I am required to live on ...More
    November 1, 1997 Posted in Articles
  • Handling Construction Disputes
    Handling Construction Disputes By Scott I. Zucker It appears inevitable, whether it's over the scope, quality, timing or payment for the work, that disputes will arise between owners and their contractors during construction projects. Eliminating these conflicts, or even ...More
    October 1, 1997 Scott I. Zucker Posted in Articles
  • The InternetAre you on board or just bored?
    The InternetAre you on board or just bored? By Jim Chriswell When I asked this magazine's editor for the opportunity to write a story on the topic of the Internet, I told her it was not just going to be about various self-storage Web sites. I wanted to provide a business ...More
    October 1, 1997 Jim Chriswell Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Limiting Your Liability Exposure, Part II
    Limiting Your Liability Exposure, Part II By David Wilhite Sale and disposal legal liability coverage is unique to the self-storage industry. As you may recall from Part I of this article, sale and disposal legal liability provides self-storage operators with protection ...More
    October 1, 1997 David Wilhite Posted in Articles
  • Building Self-StorageThe advantages of a full-service manufacturer/erector
    Building Self-StorageThe advantages of a full-service manufacturer/erector By Jim Combs When a property owner makes the decision to develop a self-storage facility, there are a number of important decisions to be made. In most cases, the first thing the owner will do is ...More
    October 1, 1997 Jim Combs Posted in Articles
  • Devon Self-Storage
    Devon Self-Storage Stone Mountain, GA. By Amber Nickell When Pace, a chain of warehouse stores, went bankrupt in the early '90s, it left dozens of spacious buildings empty. Kmart stepped in and bought the portfolio of properties--some were transformed to Kmart stores, ...More
    October 1, 1997 Amber Nickell Posted in Articles
  • Issues of Facility ConstructionSelecting a contractor and negotiating the contract
    Issues of Facility ConstructionSelecting a contractor and negotiating the contract By Scott Zucker A property owner deciding to construct a self-storage facility must address the same issues that all owners face, whether they're developing their properties for self-storage, ...More
    October 1, 1997 Scott Zucker Posted in Articles