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Self Storage Insurance Probe in Alabama

by Tony Gonzalez March 4, 2014 7:44 PM
House insurance. Car insurance. Life insurance. People who sell these types of insurance are required by law to have a license to sell it. A recent brouhaha is stirring in Alabama concerning self storage facilities that require tenants to buy insurance to protect their belongings that they store in the facility. Some of the people in Alabama are unhappy about this requirement. [More]

Self Storage Industry Wants to Help You Protect Yourself

by John Stevens January 21, 2014 11:40 PM
Deciding to entrust your stuff to another can be a hard thing to do. You hold on to things because you want them and you paid good money for them. However, when you start to run out of space you have to do something. You either have to start giving away/selling things or find more space at a self storage facility. [More]

MiniCo Offers Free Webinar to Discuss the SSA CoreHealth Insurance Program

by Winnie Hsiu October 29, 2012 7:00 PM
The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) was signed into law in March of 2010. As a result, many people have concerns and questions about their own insurance. While many of the biggest reforms will not kick in until 2014, many doctors, hospitals, and insurance providers and adapting and preparing and making changes because of this new legislation.

MiniCo will hold a free webinar for self storage professionals on November 13, 2012 that will discuss the features and benefits of the SSA CoreHealth Insurance. This plan is the new limited medical indemnity insurance program that the Self Storage Association offers in conjunction with MiniCo. [More]

Canadian Self Storage Helping Other Industries Grow

by Tony Gonzalez August 29, 2011 5:31 PM
“Space; the final frontier,” were the first words heard by Star Trek fans when they watched the original series during its three year run from 1966-69. From that original television series came the inspiration for 11 feature films, an animated series, and four other television shows that ran from 1987-2005. [More]

Change in Store for Georgia Self Storage Facilities

by Holly Robinson March 11, 2011 10:45 PM
Politicians love to promise one thing to their constituents more than anything else—change. They do not always specify whether that change will be good or bad, but they do promise that it will happen. One change that has been proposed by lawmakers in Georgia will mean a little more work for self storage facility operators, but could also mean an increase in profits. [More]

SBOA Begins Offering Tenant Insurance With Goal to Increase Policies Sold

by John Stevens March 4, 2011 7:28 AM
It is up to the self storage operator to decide whether to offer minimal tenant insurance for a fee or require the tenant to obtain outside insurance. Owners and operators should carry insurance for themselves as well. It is a matter of purchasing piece of mind in the event of fire, flood, rodent/insect infestation or theft. The latest business to offer a full-range of coverage is Storage Business Owners Alliance LLC (SBOA). [More]

Federal Website Lending Self Storage Owners a Helping Hand

by Holly Robinson February 2, 2011 1:57 PM
There is one thing that is really frustrating about the law. Even though it is in place to protect us from others and in some cases protect us from ourselves it can be a pain in the neck to understand. Too often, especially for small business owners like those in the self storage industry, we don’t know we did something wrong until it is too late and we have to pay for it (literally and metaphorically). [More]

As Self Storage of Valuable Belongings Increases, So Must Knowledge of Tenant Insurance

by John Stevens February 1, 2011 8:28 AM
With more valuable belongings winding up in self storage nowadays, tenants are increasingly aware and interested in insurance for their belongings. Self storage operators must decide whether to offer minimal insurance for a fee or require the tenant to obtain outside insurance. It is an issue attracting more attention as space in people’s houses decreases and purchasing of goods increases. How tenants should be advised on insurance is often up to the self storage operator. [More]

What is Tenant Insurance and Why Your Self Storage Facility Should Offer It

by Holly Robinson January 27, 2011 2:41 PM
There is one thing that people hate to spend money on, but would not ever do without—insurance. We get insurance for our health, our teeth, and our cars. We get insurance on packages we send through the mail of significant value. Depending on the type of work your in there are several other types of insurance that people buy all the time, often spending a lot of money too. [More]

Self Storage Facilities and the Importance of Insurance

by Winnie Hsiu January 12, 2011 11:28 AM
You have your own business. You are doing well; it is very successful. Your family is living comfortably and everything seems right in the world. That is until an accident happens at work and that person’s lawyer says you are liable. The next step will likely be him/her asking for the number of your lawyer and insurance company. [More]
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