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01/02/2007

Resolutions or Evolutions?

Today is day 2 of your New Year's Resolution ... Are you still holding fast, or have you already wavered? Every year on Jan. 1, people all over the world set themselves up for what I like to refer to as "the big fall." It consists of all the lofty promises we make to ourselves and loved ones regarding our shimmering, shiny vision for the upcoming year. Common commitments uttered as part of this ...
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12/27/2006

Insider Insight to Storage Condos

After my recent blog entries regarding storage condos (storage units for sale rather than lease), I'm pleased to share with you the following thoughtful letter, written by Ted Deits. Ted is the president of 20 Seconds and Building, the developers of Eucalyptus at Beaumont (referenced in THIS POST from Dec. 8th). By the way, I still have yet to receive any feedback on this subject from ...
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12/22/2006

Happy, happy, joy, joy ...

For those of you who celebrate holidays other than X-mas, this weekend may be just like any other (with the exeption of the fact that your favorite places to shop and eat may be overrun with highly volatile customers or closed altogether). In any case, all of us here at Inside Self-Storage wish you a safe and joyful weekend. We'll get through next week and the New Year celebrations, and then ...
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12/21/2006

Storage for Santa

Papers all over the country this week have been running an Associated Press story about self-storage serving as salvation during a time of year when kids (and spouses) tend to snoop for holiday gifts. Some storage facilities, like Abbott Self-Storage in Nashville, Tenn., even run specials for times like these: "Santa's Closets - $1 a day 'Til Christmas." The storage facility at the end of my ...
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12/19/2006

Insurance Is the 'Key'

You hate to read about a storage facility—its owner and employees as well as tenants—suffering damage by natural disaster or vandals. But it's particularly difficult news to read this time of year, when you generally feel an onslaught of good will toward your fellow Man (unless you're in a shopping mall). Just before Thanksgiving, a fire destroyed most of a 34-unit building at Allstore ...
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12/11/2006

Storage Condos Continued

On Friday, I posed an important question to the storage owners/operators/investors out there: Should those of you who run or support standard self-storage businesses in which units are RENTED feel threatened by the burgeoning storage-condo market in which customers purchase their units outright? We're not yet certain how the former will be affected in the long term. What we do know is this new ...
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12/08/2006

The Month of Standing Still

Ever notice how nearly impossible it is to get things accomplished during the month of December? A few religious holidays, and suddenly the entire country is paralyzed with some torporic fever. Need to get something fixed? Forget it. Trying to mobilize a project? Don't bother. Need to get somewhere, buy something, find something, talk to someone? No, no, no and NO. If you're a go-getter, the ...
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