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Self Storage is Worthwhile Worldwide

by Winnie Hsiu February 21, 2011 4:25 PM
Americans don’t always have the best of reputations in other countries. Many of them see us as consumer driven people that are all about the amount of stuff that we can buy and call ours. To them it is not too surprising that the United States is a place where businesses like the self storage industry, where people are simply renting space to store all their stuff, thrive. [More]

Massachusetts Church Got Its Start Using Help of a Storage Unit

by John Stevens February 21, 2011 6:27 AM
On the Discovery Church’s website there is a picture of the side of a storage facility with a “one way” sign featured in the foreground and in the background the shadow of a utility pole appears as the sign of a cross. It is the mobile church’s way of saying that there is a one-way path to God and the church will help guide the way. Church organizers, which for many years kept church belongings in a storage unit, have recently found a permanent home. [More]

Time for Self Storage Lobbying Efforts to Pay Off

by Tony Gonzalez February 18, 2011 10:46 AM
There is an old saying that parents like to use to motivate their kids into doing work for things that they want—if you want something done right you have to do it yourself. Basically, what it means is that if there is something that you want you can’t expect it to just come to you because you want it; you have to do something to go get it. This can also refer to making efforts to protect and enhance what is yours as well. [More]

How to Choose the Right Commercial Developer and Design Builder For Your Project

by John Stevens February 18, 2011 7:59 AM
In today’s competitive and sometimes desperate economic climate, it can be difficult to find the right developer and design builder for your self storage construction project. Many are willing to cut deals, but you don’t want them to cut corners. And the bottom line shouldn’t be the only consideration in choosing a company. The repurcussions to just focusing on cost can be serious, including poor service, time delays and hidden costs. [More]

'Storage Wars' Star Set to Offer Advice at ISS World Expo

by John Stevens February 18, 2011 5:35 AM
With popular self storage auction shows, Storage Wars and Auction Hunters, more people are
flocking to bid on abandoned storage units and more self storage operators are seeing their doors
flooded on auction days. But can facility operators handle the hordes of bidders and are they up-
to-date on knowledge of lien laws? [More]

Going Solar Becoming More Common in the Self Storage Industry

by Holly Robinson February 17, 2011 11:53 AM
For years there has been talk about the nation trying to break its dependence on foreign oil. With gas prices near or above the three dollar mark for the last few years there are more and more people becoming interested in electric cars. The need for alternative forms of energy reaches far beyond the automobile industry though. [More]

Self Storage Companies Support Education

by Tony Gonzalez February 16, 2011 10:53 AM
A person would be hard pressed to find anyone that would disagree with the phrase ‘education is key.’ Whether it is at your job, playing a new sport, or in the classroom the more learning opportunities that a person can take advantage of in life the better. However, sometimes people are not able to take care of the opportunities that are available for no other reason than lack of funds. [More]

Hawaii’s Un-Conference Promises Unconventional Seminars and Networking

by John Stevens February 16, 2011 7:59 AM
Some of the biggest names in the storage business, including Extra Space Storage, MiniCo, Storitz, and Mini-Storage Messenger, will be converging in Hawaii this summer to take part in PhoneSmart’s “un-conference.” While enjoying the unbelievable sights and sea of Kohala Coast, attendees will be given a unique opportunity to network with some of the top names in the business while attending custom-designed seminars. [More]

Self Storage for Much More Than the Individual

by Holly Robinson February 15, 2011 2:28 PM
Typically when people think of self storage units they think about that creepy guy at the end of the street with all the stuff stacked on his porch; when you look through the windows you can see that there is stuff everywhere. Rumor has it that the house and property were once beautiful, but the current occupant just has too much stuff. [More]

Experts Offer Advice on Negotiating Self Storage Acquisitions

by John Stevens February 15, 2011 7:27 AM
The strength of the self storage industry has stood tall through the windy storms of the recession. As a result, it has attracted a lot of attention from investors looking for a solid avenue to place their money. But how to negotiate and close the deal on a self storage acquisition is a step-by-step endeavor, experts say. Taking a systematic approach to negotiating is the best way to smooth the path to acquisition. [More]
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