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Contractors Paying More for Construction Materials

by John Stevens June 16, 2011 6:40 AM
According to an analysis of producer price index (PPI) figures for construction that the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America released Tuesday, contractors suffered from price increases in May but were “largely unable” to pass their costs along to customers. Officials from the AGC trade group said the ongoing cost squeeze is the result of sluggish demand for construction. [More]

Good Land, Good Location, Good Timing Means Building RV/Boat Storage is a Good Idea

by John Stevens May 12, 2011 8:25 AM
If you’ve got a lot of land, a good location by water and good timing, then building a RV/boat storage facility might be a good business move. Today’s economy has made land costs cheap, steel prices low and concrete readily available and low-cost. Construction crews are also itching to find work. All of these factors combine to create a good time to construct a profitable RV/boat storage. [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]

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]

Maryland Self Storage Company Leading Way in High Standard LEED Certification

by John Stevens January 21, 2011 8:21 AM
Getting a self storage facility built to the highest eco-friendly rating by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is no easy feat. And it takes a commendable dedication to the preservation of the environment to achieve. But the energy savings down the road are in the range of 20 to 30 percent. A facility can save thousands of dollars each year on its energy bill. A newly constructed ezStorage facility located in Elkridge, Md., announced today that their facility received a Gold LEED certification. [More]

The Buy vs. Build Debate Is Becoming Clear in Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens December 7, 2010 2:27 PM
During the booming 1980s and 1990s and up until 2006, the most common path into the self storage business has been to build, however, the tides are beginning to change and from a financial standpoint, buying has become the safer bet. [More]

CA City to Use Federal Recovery Funds to Convert Racing Horse Barns to Self Storage

by Tony Gonzalez September 10, 2010 7:48 AM
City council members in Pomona, California, this week approved a proposal to convert six racing horse barns a self storage facility. The facility will become part of a business center, converted from another six racing horse barns, that will include office, warehouse, and light industrial space. Funding for the project will come from federal recovery bonds issued as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. [More]

Are Women Equal in the Self Storage Industry?

by Holly Robinson July 5, 2010 2:11 PM
According to a survey conducted this spring by the Pew Research Center, people worldwide say that women and men should have equal rights. But, researchers discovered, the same people who make this claim also believe that women are far from having achieved equality. Women living in the United States and Europe are especially discouraged by the lack of progress toward equality and women’s rights, the study showed....

How does the self storage industry stack up against other industries when it comes to equal rights between men and women? Are women members of the club? Women in the industry walk a careful line when they are asked about this issue. Many women in self storage, like Pam Alton of Mini-Management Services, and Nancy Gunning of Chesapeake Resources, feel strongly that they have not experienced any barriers to success as a result of being female. [More]

Local Governments Regulate Use of Portable Self Storage Units

by Winnie Hsiu April 30, 2010 11:16 AM
In several communities across the country, local governments are regulating the use of portable self storage containers in front yards, driveways, and on local streets. During the month of April, at least three cities have passed or are considering ordinances regulating the use of portable containers: Wausau, Wisconsin; Springfield, Missouri; and Baltimore, Maryland. [More]

Federal Funds Become Available for Cold Storage Loans

by Winnie Hsiu April 2, 2010 4:16 PM
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that its Farm Storage Facility Loan Program will now finance low-interest loans for farmers, to pay for the construction of cold storage facilities. The cold storage facilities must be used by farmers to store fresh fruit and vegetables. The cold storage loans are part of the USDA’s “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” program, a program promoted by the Obama administration to encourage Americans to eat food that has been grown locally. The money to finance the loans was authorized by Congress’ 2008 Farm Bill.

Although the statement released by the Department of Agriculture does not mention self storage, it does not specifically rule out the possibility that self storage facilities could be used to store the nation’s locally grown food. Facilities that apply for federal loans must, however, demonstrate a need for the storage provided by the facility, based on the average production from a particular acreage over three years and the borrower’s share of the production. It is probable that self storage facilities, if they were to apply, would have to enter a business relationship with a farmer whose acreage is in need of storage, and document that relationship for the USDA. However, self storage facilities seem like a natural choice for seasonal food storage, since they offer short term storage at reasonable prices, and can provide refrigerated and/or climate-controlled units. [More]
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