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Teri L. Lanza,
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Tony Jones,
Contributing Editor/Store Manager

Amy Campbell,
Editor
07/17/2009

Keeping It Crime-Free: Safety and Good PR

By Amy Campbell
Try as it might to battle a negative public image, self-storage just can't seem to "get clean" in the eyes of some people. But things are improving. I scour the Internet daily for news stories about this industry, and it's refreshing to see the number of positive stories increasing. Articles about robberies, crime and "victims" whose goods are sold at lien sale still make up the lion's ...
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07/15/2009

Health Care Reform Coming …

By Amy Campbell
House Democrats unveiled a plan for health care reform Tuesday, and employers could be required to help for their employees' insurance. Self-Storage Talk members weigh in on health care reform.
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07/14/2009

Competitive Bids: How a Simple Project Becomes a Real Chore

By Amy Campbell
When it comes to time to find the right company for a self-storage remodeling or repair project, just getting through the bidding process is often a chore. Blogger Gina Six Kudo takes a look at what it takes to maneuver through the bidding process.
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07/13/2009

AZ Victory: Now It's Official

By Amy Campbell
It's official: The bill that affects positive change to the self-storage lien law in Arizona was signed by Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday, after several weeks of its supporters holding their breath and wringing their hands.
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07/09/2009

Today's Self-Storage Outlook: Are Things Getting Better?

By Amy Campbell
The self-storage industry is holding steady in today's troubled economy. Self-Storage Talk members share their move-in and move-out ratios.
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07/07/2009

Curb Appeal: The Key to Luring in the Customer

By Amy Campbell
Most people checking out self-storage are looking for a place to keep items they care about. A properly maintained property shows the facility manager shares their customers' desire. Good curb appeal is a critical component to attracting new customers and retaining current ones.
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07/02/2009

Lien-Sale Notification Requirements: Old School vs. New School

By Amy Campbell
The issue of lien-sale notifications came to the fore in Arizona this week as the legislature passed HB2435, which will save the state’s self-storage operators money by changing the requirement for expensive Certified Mail notices and newspaper advertisements prior to sale. It's an issue that affects operators worldwide, however: How do you notify a tenant of the sale? At what point have ...
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