After a brief, pandemic-induced hiccup, self-storage development continues its forward momentum—but not without impediments. The cost of raw materials is on the rise and orders can take longer to ship, plus there are labor shortages. These issues will likely resolve in time, but there’s one obstacle poised to grow still more obtrusive: a lack of suitable sites on which to build. Between market saturation and increasingly restrictive zoning, builders and owners are struggling to find promising parcels. It’s a process that’s often taking longer and generating more frustration.
In this thread on Self-Storage Talk, the industry’s largest online community, members are sharing how long it took to them to discover a buildable site and the strategies they used to do so. Read what they say about their self-storage site-selection journey and add your story or advice.