Today’s managers are so much more than simple caretakers. Self-storage managers are responsible for a facility’s marketing, daily and monthly maintenance, signage, security, renovations, curb appeal, sales, customer service, site inspections, lien sales and auctions, community relations, website, ancillary services and products, and more. Day-to-day self-storage operation requires a different set of skills that includes the handling of operational essentials, customer-service savvy, phone etiquette, legal know-how, and sales and marketing finesse. Managers must define their markets, determine rental rates and concessions, deal with the media, choose effective advertising, and understand online marketing all while keeping an eye on the facility’s bottom line.
Is Your Self-Storage Facility Ripe to Attract Commercial Tenants?
Business owners and entrepreneurs is a market segment that should not be overlooked in self-storage. Find out if your facility is right for commercial users and how can you attract this target audience. ...More
Pipe Bomb, Explosives Removed from Self-Storage Facility in Odessa, TX
A pipe bomb and other potential explosives were discovered this week inside a unit at a CubeSmart self-storage facility in Odessa, Texas. The bomb unit from the Odessa Police Department was called in by narcotics officers who had issued a warrant to search the unit. ...More
2 Boys Discovered Living Inside Self-Storage Unit in Ewing, N.J.
Two boys, ages 5 and 10, were discovered yesterday to be living inside an unlocked 5-by-10-foot self-storage unit at an Extra Space Storage facility in Ewing Township, N.J. A single mattress piled on top of belongings, along with toys, buckets and some furniture, were also ...More
Self-Storage Operator LifeStorage Hosts ‘Spring Into Life Fair’ April 20 in Chicago
LifeStorage in Addison, Ill., is hosting a “Spring Into Life Fair” on April 20, featuring a variety of free activities for community members. The fair, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include a garage sale, food drive, blood drive, free wellness screenings and diagnostic ...More
Learning the ‘Matrix’ Way at the Inside Self-Storage World Expo
With a full slate of education sessions, networking events and exhibitors, the knowledge siphoned from the Inside Self-Storage World Expo can be a little like living through “The Matrix.” Guest blogger Robert Madsen offers his show strategy and a unique perspective as an ...More
Do You Feel Safe at Your Self-Storage Facility?
Most self-storage operators consider their facilities a safe environment for themselves and tenants. Yet, an angry customer who spirals out of control, a criminal using a facility to store illegal items, or any number of other scenarios can lead an operator to feel unsafe ...More
San Diego Self Storage Partners With San Diego Recycle on E-Waste Campaign
California operator San Diego Self Storage (SDSS) is partnering with Recycle San Diego (RSD) to host an electronic-waste (e-waste) recycling campaign in celebration of Earth Day on April 22. The free recycling event will be open to the public from April 21-27 at San Marcos ...More
StorageBattles.com Releases Version 2 of Self-Storage Online Auction Website
StorageBattles.com, an online-auction website serving self-storage businesses, has released Version 2 of its platform, designed to enhance services to meet increased membership, company officials said. The website currently includes more than 3,500 U.S. self-storage ...More
The Future of Self-Storage Signage: The Benefits of Electronic Message Centers
Technology has steered self-storage signage in a new direction that offers distinct advantages over traditional signage. Here’s a closer look at how electronic message centers can help self-storage operators gain more business. ...More
StorQuest Self Storage to Host Los Angeles Auctions Benefitting Charity Storage
StorQuest Self Storage, an operator with facilities throughout Arizona, California, Colorado and Hawaii, will hold two charitable events this month in Los Angeles to benefit Charity Storage, a nonprofit organization that raises money for charities through self-storage ...More