The development of a self-storage facility generally begins with a comprehensive market analysis of the proposed project area. New owners and/or developers will usually hire a third-party specialist to conduct a detailed feasibility study, which will identify market demographics and other key metrics to determine the viability of self-storage in a particular location. Once a site is chosen, an engineer and architect are hired to design a self-storage facility that will maximize the investment in the land, including the site layout and unit mix. The developer, builder and/or owner may need to meet with local residents and the planning and zoning board to discuss the community impact of the project and the aesthetics of the individual buildings, including landscaping, building height, door color, etc. Owners might consider a multi-story building to maximize their footprint, or converting a building from another use to self-storage to widen their options.
You Down With OPM?
Other peoples’ money (OPM) is the key to making commercial real estate yield the greatest return on investment. More important than capitalization rates, revenue management and expense control, cash is king. And never in the modern history of finance has there been a better ...More
What Makes a Good Deal?
In any business transaction, investors look for the right mix of critical elements. In self-storage, that mix includes an experienced management team, a good marketing plan, strong cash flow and an ability to adapt in a changing marketplace. At the heart of every deal is a ...More
United Stor-All Sante Fe
A vacant builder’s supply yard was transformed into a multi-story self-storage facility with a pre-engineered interior-mezzanine system. The result was a space-efficient and profitable business for the owner and an asset to the community.The United Stor-All project in ...More
U.K. Storage Attracts U.S. Dollars
I recently spent four pleasant days in New York, meeting U.S. institutional investors, analysts, traders and investment bankers interested in the U.K. self-storage market. The trip was a follow-up to interest expressed by U.S. investors, who are looking for a fresh way to ...More
The Beauty of Mixed-Use Development
In the mid -’60S, state-of-the-art self-storage facilities were generally in remote, industrial sectors. Land was cheap, construction aesthetics were nonexistent, and the “Field of Dreams” approach was the sole marketing strategy. Since then, all aspects of the industry ...More
The Fine Points of Boat/RV Storage
As RV and boat storage develops an identity independent of traditional self-storage, it’s important for developers to educate themselves on the design and construction issues specific to this exciting product. Sit down at a design kick-off meeting, and several hot topics ...More
The State of Storage in France
After 15 years of expansion, the French market is still in its infancy. There are 118 storage facilities serving the country’s population of 62 million. Compare these figures with those of the United Kingdom, which has about the same population and more than 400 ...More
The Cost of Storage Development
The recent explosion of self-storage building has left many developers— seasoned owners as well as neophytes—questioning if it is a prudent time to build. The primary issue is risk vs. reward. The days of yields in the 14 percent to 16 percent range are over. Even the ...More
Insight to a Great Site
Self-storage has changed dramatically over the past 30 years. The industry has become more refined, high-tech and competitive. In the '70s and '80s, the challenge was to convince potential customers they needed storage. Today’s goal is to convince prospects they should use ...More
Extreme Land Utilization
Self-storage facilities of three or more floors are becoming increasingly common in heavily populated areas where land is scarce and expensive. Economics and the law of supply and demand necessitate multistory building, often with one or two basement levels. But designing ...More