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Snow and Ice on Self Storage Facility Roofs Continue As Authorities Give Advice and List Warning Signs

by John Stevens February 14, 2011 3:22 PM
During the past six weeks, wherever snow and ice storms have hit hard throughout the United States, roofs have been collapsing. And hitting the news with more frequency, are reports of roofs collapsing at gas stations, athletic facilities and self storage facilities, mainly due to their flat rooftops which make them especially susceptible to buildup. Authorities are reviewing with business owners the warning signs of a collapsing roof and what should be done to keep roofs clear. [More]

How to Make Sure Your Self Storage Manager is Up to Speed on the Latest and Greatest Industry Tools

by Kim Kilpatrick February 14, 2011 12:03 PM
As an owner of a self storage facility, but not the operator, you entrust your business to the intelligence, experience, initiative, and drive of whomever you hire to become your manager. Like any good owner you want your manager to have the best tools that are available to make the job easier and more efficient. The trick can be in figuring out just how to get your manager trained and up to speed on new tools as they become available. [More]

SSA Lines up a Pair of Quality Speakers for Spring Conference

by Kim Kilpatrick February 11, 2011 4:35 PM
People have different points of view when it comes to going to trade shows. Some go to learn new things from the seminars and presentations. Others go to network among people within the same business industry. For some trade shows are a just a chance to get out of the house for a few days.However, there is one thing that everyone can agree they are interested in when it comes to conferences. Who are the speakers going to be? [More]

Sprinkler Fire Code Changed For Storage Facilities in Urbandale, Iowa

by John Stevens February 11, 2011 10:50 AM
Despite petitions from nearby residents and businesses, as well as the city’s fire chief, the Urbandale, Iowa, City Council approved an amendment to its fire code this week, allowing self storage facilities under 12,000 sq. ft. to be built without fire sprinklers. [More]

Self Storage Company Uses Local Sports Teams to Their Advantage

by Winnie Hsiu February 10, 2011 10:41 AM
There is one thing that can be easily said about our society—we love sports. The Super Bowl is proof of what people are willing to do for their favorite teams and the big game; some paid upwards of $15,000 a ticket and others paying as much as $400 just to watch the game on television outside of the stadium. [More]

Self Storage Impacted By Obama's New “Better Buildings Initiative”

by John Stevens February 10, 2011 8:26 AM
Commercial buildings, self storage among them, consumed roughly 20 percent of all energy in the U.S. economy last year, said President Obama during his Jan. 25th State of the Union address. In an effort to curb this energy-draining trend, Obama laid out this week a clean-energy agenda that includes investing in innovative clean energy technologies and doubling the share of electricity from clean energy sources by 2035. Part of this push is the “Better Buildings Initiative” that gives energy-saving, retrofitting incentives for commercial developers, builders and owners. [More]

Unique Promotions Can Be Key to an Effective Marketing Campaign

by John Stevens February 9, 2011 11:58 AM
It’s hard keeping up with the competition in the self storage industry. Especially with the strength of the market through the recession and with more and more facilities opening up across the nation. There is certainly a high demand for the storage of excess belongings. Americans sure love their stuff. And that is what gives the self storage industry strength. However, in competitive times it’s good to have a solid marketing campaign, which can often center around the most eye-catching strategy: promotions. [More]

Self Storage Company Comes to the Aid of Local Residents Again

by Kim Kilpatrick February 9, 2011 11:05 AM
Most of the world watched the affects that the recent winter weather had on the biggest football game of the year last Sunday. All in all it looked like not very much since the game went off without a hitch (minus the musical performances). While the game did go well, the fans and people in the surrounding area did not have it nearly as easy. [More]

Modern Technology is a Friend of the Self Storage Industry

by Kim Kilpatrick February 8, 2011 10:03 AM
“Computers are our friends.” The line is so iconic that it is difficult to figure out exactly where it originated. Over the years it has become not just computers, but modern technology that has been perceived as ‘our friends.’ Modern technology allows to do all sorts of things that as close as a few years ago people thought were impossible. The only problem is in figuring out how to use modern technology in order to see how friendly it can be. [More]

Self Storage Facility Construction and Modification Show More Companies Are Thinking Green and Saving on Energy Costs

by John Stevens February 8, 2011 7:33 AM
Looking for ways to cut back on energy costs is the eco-friendly wave of the future for self storage companies. It’s good for the environment, it’s easy on the wallet and customers like the idea of doing business with a company that is sensitive to the growing need for environmentally-friendly design and construction. More self storage facilities are going green and seeking LEED status or simply making modifications in new construction or additions that will help preserve energy. [More]
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