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New Storage Facilities Opening Around the Country

by Tony Gonzalez September 28, 2011 5:22 PM
The economy is slowly picking up around the United States. More and more new self storage facilities are opening up and expanding their business. [More]

San Antonio Wildfires Barely Miss AAA Storage Facilities

by Winnie Hsiu September 14, 2011 9:59 AM
Wild fires are burning rampantly in Texas. A 1,700 acre fire near Alto has tenuously been contained. The Texas Forest Service has fought 110 new fires just this past week. Over 9,000 acres have been burned across the state. Thirteen helicopters and seventeen air attack aircraft and lead planes have flown over 1,800 hours and have dropped more than 5.5 million gallons of water and fire retardant. The Texas Army National Guard has used eleven Blackhawk and Chinook helicopters to assist in fighting the fire.

Through all of the fire and damage, AAA Storage facilities in Texas have remained unscathed. The six facilities in San Antonio have escaped damage. However, fire came to within three miles of one unit near Camp Bullis. [More]

Proguard Storage Gives Customers Tips for RV and Boat Self Storage

by Kim Kilpatrick September 13, 2011 9:24 AM
The hazy-lazy days of summer are dwindling. The kids are back in school. The days of using your RV or boat is numbered. Proguard Storage in Texas is preparing for a rise in demand for boat self storage services.

"We know that as the summer ends, fewer and fewer people will be out on their boats or camping out in RVs, and we're prepared for a higher demand for our larger storage units. We want our customers to know that they can leave their vehicles with us for the long haul - through the fall, winter, and early spring - and not have to worry about them," said Blenda Stapleton, a manager at one of Proguard's Texas storage facilities. [More]

Upcoming Webinar Explores New Texas Self Storage Lien Law

by John Stevens July 20, 2011 8:26 AM
The Texas Self Storage Association (TSSA) along with the national Self Storage Association (SSA) has worked hard to lobby for an update to the state’s self storage lien laws which had become antiquated and burdensome to facility operators. Last month, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a bill that modernizes the state’s 30-year-old lien law. To assist self storage operators with understanding the ins and outs of the new law, the TSSA is hosting a webinar on July 26 for its members. [More]

Texas Self Storage Association Prepares to Celebrate a Quarter Century in Business

by Winnie Hsiu June 21, 2011 5:56 PM
Turning 25 years old is a pretty big birthday for many people. Some insurance companies reduce your premium when you turn 25. It’s safe to say 25-year olds are no longer kids, but are now adults. The age-related legal hurdles are all in the past (driving, purchasing tobacco products, drinking). For people, the 25th birthday is a celebration of what is past, but more importantly what is still to come. [More]

Wide Array of Webinars Offered to Self Storage Community During Spring and Summer

by John Stevens May 3, 2011 7:41 AM
Educating yourself on the latest and greatest in the self storage industry is a sure way to develop and improve your facility. Both storage-focused businesses and organizations offer webinars, often free-of-charge, for those in the storage industry to come together in a convenient, high-tech way in order to collaborate and learn from experts in the field. A slew of webinars are filling out the spring and summer months covering topics that are timely and topical. [More]

Upcoming Webinar Focuses on Protesting Self Storage Property Taxes

by John Stevens April 11, 2011 10:15 AM
Paying commercial property taxes is a large expenditure that every self storage facility must contend with. And while you cannot protest the taxes themselves, you can, however, protest the assessment of your property. By learning the rules of the game, you can save thousands or even millions on your taxes. And with the help of tax expert, Jay Kanter of Realty Tax Consultants, you can learn the ins and outs of the process. [More]

New Doors For Self Storage Facilities Give Added Protection For Customers’ Belongings

by John Stevens April 8, 2011 7:31 AM
Self storage operators are always looking out for new innovations to improve their business. Lately that has centered around web technology, such as improving a ranking on search engines, implementing a social media presence or hooking up with an online booking search engine. But sometimes operators need only look at the basic elements of their self storage facility to make improvements. A rising star on the self storage scene is hinged and sealed doors replacing the traditional roll-up doors. [More]

Let Your Excellence do the Talking for You

by Kim Kilpatrick April 7, 2011 3:19 PM
When people go in to business, it is not uncommon to hear them say that they want to be the best at what they are doing and will become the No 1 in the land at their chosen specialty. As lofty and worthy a goal as it is, it does not matter a whole lot if people still don’t know that you exist. How do you beat the guys with an inferior product and a bigger marketing budget? [More]

TSSA Hits Ten Year Mark for Helping Children At Shriners Hospital in Texas

by John Stevens January 19, 2011 12:33 PM
For many of us in life, we put our children first. For someone else, especially a business, to help us do this is truly impressive. But that’s just what the Texas Self Storage Association (TSSA) has been doing for the past 10 years for the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Galveston, Texas. It has raised a total of $249,600 for the children in this hospital during the past decade. [More]
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