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.
Maximizing Profit With the Right Self-Storage Unit Mix
In maximizing the amount of rentable space, the most overlooked factor is the unit-mix layout. Since income is derived from renting storage space, it is fundamental to maximize rental areas. Learning a few basic rules about layout efficiency, can move self-storage owners ...More
Neighbors Oppose Self-Storage Project in Lake Elsinore, Calif.
Despite opposition from neighbors, the Lake Elsinore Planning Commission in Lake Elsinore, Calif., continues to back plans for a self-storage facility bordered by mobile homes and a park. ...More
When to Hire a Self-Storage Real Estate Broker
In this tumultuous real estate market, using the services of an experienced, third-party intermediary is more vital than ever. Acquiring qualified buyers for self-storage properties has become more difficult as buyers have become much more selective, scrutinizing every ...More
Mixed-Use Development: The Next Frontier for Self-Storage
The mixed-use combination of retail businesses and self-storage is gaining favor in desirable commercial and retail corridors. Retail outlets acting as demand generators are attracting increased traffic to self-storage properties. Subsequently, self-storage operators are ...More
How Will Self-Storage Owners Survive the Credit Crisis?
Borrowing will be more difficult for everyone in 2009, including self-storage developers, who will have to work extraordinarily hard to obtain commercial real estate financing. The good news is interest rates are still reasonable and some banks are still making loans on ...More
Self-Storage Call Tracking and Conversion: Maximize Marketing Dollars
By using call tracking and conversion techniques, self-storage managers and owners can maximize marketing budgets and ensure every dollar spent contributes to the bottom line. ...More
Marketing Self-Storage Facilities in a Rapidly Changing World
To compete in today’s competitive self-storage environment, storage owners need to re-invent, re-position and re-work their marketing strategies. ...More
New Dublin Facility Raises the Bar for Self-Storage in Ireland
Mini Storage’s new facility in Dublin, Ireland, developed by George Bulman, includes state-of-the-art security, a children’s playground, covered parking and more customer-friendly amenities. ...More
Understanding Self-Storage Real Estate Value During a Credit Crisis
The decline of commercial real estate values during the current credit crisis does not accurately reflect self-storage values. Self-storage owners are counseled to evaluate all facets of the market before determining their facilities’ true worth. ...More
Supplier Spotlight: eGad Design Group
Atlanta-based eGAD Design Group was founded by Bert Brown as an architectural and engineering firm specializing in the self-storage industry. Although only four years old, the firm will have completed more than 50 projects by the end of 2008. Brown’s career in ...More