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02/16/2007

'You Can Sleep When You're Dead' He Says

A couple of weeks ago, we ran a press release about a Scottish entrepreneur, Alister Jack, who had just sold two self-storage businessnes for about £54 million. You think the guy would now choose to cuddle up in a Carribbean utopia somewhere and live out his days in peaceful bliss. Not so. In an interview with The Scotsman, Jack revealed that it's back to business as usual—he plans to start ...
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02/07/2007

Ready to Roll!

Two weeks from now, we'll be in the midst of conducting the industry's largest conference and tradeshow in history. Our competitors may be loathe to admit it, but the Inside Self-Storage Las Vegas Expo has come to be known by many as the event of the year for this business, and for good reason. Don't worry, I'm not about to spout off about all the features of this show, why you should attend, so ...
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02/05/2007

The Value of Limiting Value

A news release that ran in today's Santa Clarita Valley (Calif.) Signal is a case in point for the argument supporting value limitation in self-storage. It's also timely for our readers, since next week's free Legal Learning webinar addresses this very topic: "Limitation on Value Clauses for the Self-Storage Lease." The scoop is $18,500 worth of goods—three cars, a trailer and several tools—were ...
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01/29/2007

Mummy Dearest

What was last week's top self-storage story in the media? Yeah, total grotesquerie: a partially mummified baby found wrapped in newspaper and stuffed in a suitcase in a Florida storage unit. Just the kind of press we all relish, eh? The scoop is a 46-year-old New Jersey woman flew to Florida to empty her recently deceased mother's unit and found a dead baby boy wrapped in the Jan. 9, 1957, ...
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01/24/2007

Going Solar and Braving the Cold

On the coat tails of my last couple of blog posts, which addressed the issue of environmentally friendly building techniques for self-storage, I read a news item in the Novato (Calif.) Advance about a facility gone solar. North Bay Self Storage and Southpoint Lofts (a multi-use property containing storage and offices) has just completed the installation of a SolarCraft 35kW solar-electric system, ...
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01/18/2007

Getting Greener

After Tuesday's post about "green" building in self-storage, I received an e-mail from a gentleman who is currently in the due-diligence phase of his first self-storage project. He shared with me that the reduction of operating costs is certainly a motivating factor in the process, but he also said, "doing my part to be a better steward of my share of the earth's resources if also a core value of ...
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01/16/2007

Green Building

I'd like some input from self-storage builders and operators who support and/or use "green" building—energy-saving and environmentally friendly building techniques, technology and practices. I'm thinking about this today because while I'm sporting a wool sweater and socks to keep warm in Arizona, my family in New England has been reporting record high temperatures. What the hey? And people still ...
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