• Creatures Running Everywhere
    Creatures Running Everywhere Dear Waldmans: I own a storage facility and have an insect problem. I think the little guys know when I am trying to rent a unit because all of a sudden they show up with their siblings and parents, too. It's embarrassing, especially when I ...More
    May 1, 1998 Posted in Articles
  • How does your software feel about......the year 2000?
    How does your software feel about......the year 2000? By Ramona Taylor "The Millenium Bug." That's what they call it in Australia. And they're just as worried about it as we are about our "Year 2000 Bug." Almost any software problem that pops up these ...More
    May 1, 1998 Ramona Taylor Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Self-Storage SoftwareFacility management becomes automated and auspicious
    Self-Storage SoftwareFacility management becomes automated and auspicious By Teri L. Lanza Next year is 2000. A new millennium begins. Didn't you think, when you were a kid, that by the time the year 2000 rolled around, we'd be flying around in hover crafts, robots would ...More
    May 1, 1998 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Selling Your Self-Storage Facility
    Selling Your Self-Storage Facility By Michael L. McCune Selling a storage facility is a complex task, and one that is not a frequent course of business for the average self-storage operator or owner. The process can be confusing, frustrating or even seemingly hopeless, yet, ...More
    May 1, 1998 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles
  • Inside Self-Storage Magazine
    Dear Waldmans: Most of my adult life I have worked in the self-storage business, and I presently manage a facility. Recently, I attended a management seminar hosted by several different speakers. I found the first speaker to have great concepts. In fact, he was so ...More
    April 1, 1998 Posted in Articles
  • Prohibiting the Storage of Hazardous Materials
    D. Carlos Kaslow Self-storage operators know the importance of a well-drafted rental agreement. This knowledge is either the result of direct experience or from the legions of lawyers who repeat this axiom at every opportunity. However, the importance of the rental ...More
    April 1, 1998 Posted in Articles
  • Litigation Avoidance
    Abstract: Why do businesses and organizations keep records? We will discover that requirements from government, protection from litigation and sound business practice are just a few reasons that records are not a choice but a requirement. In a sea of paper and computer ...More
    April 1, 1998 Posted in Articles
  • Follow the Competition
    By Jim Killoran The following is excerpted from Self-Storage Startup, a manual for the development of self-storage properties. For order information, contact LeManx Information Products, P.O. Box 542, Shelton, WA 98584; (800) 764-1909. While there are at least five ...More
    April 1, 1998 Jim Killoran Posted in Articles
  • 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