Contributing Editors



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]

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]

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]

Upcoming Webinar Can Help Self Storage Operators Interact Better With Customers

by John Stevens February 7, 2011 11:59 AM
The self storage industry has put a lot of time into pleasing customers and making transactions smooth and easy. Whether that be over the phone, on the internet, through a kiosk, or in person, it is the impression a customer gets from a business and its proprietor that can make or break the deal. Most consumers overwhelmingly like to give their business to people who are likeable and pleasant. [More]

As Businesses Close More Turn to Self Storage Conversions

by John Stevens February 2, 2011 8:23 AM
Finding a new use for an unoccupied building that has recently gone out of business can take a lot of thought in this tough economy. But with the strength of the self storage industry still riding high, there have been recent conversions of buildings into self storage facilities. The latest is a roughly 120,000 sq. ft. retail building that used to house a Toys 'R Us in Green Township, Ohio, being redeveloped into self storage space. [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]

Snow Buildup on Roof Tops Could Be Problem For Storage Facilities in Cold Regions

by John Stevens January 31, 2011 8:37 AM
It’s a literally growing threat for businesses and residences in the Northeast and other snow-ridden areas of the United States. What to do with all that snow growing higher on roof tops as storms hit again and again, building up layers of snow and ice above our heads? For self storage businesses it is of particular concern because of the flat roofs the facilities feature. [More]

PhoneSmart Highlights New Pocket-Sized Kiosk Technology for Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens January 28, 2011 9:14 AM
Imagine potential customers being able to go directly to your website or online bill-pay site or even be able to dial up your self storage facility or receive a text message all with one single step using their smartphones. It’s a new innovation that is picking up momentum in the self storage industry, particularly due to PhoneSmart, a marketing company for rental property owners that recently created an entire website showcasing this new technology carrying the message, “You have a self storage kiosk in your pocket.” [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]

Going the Extra Mile in Self Storage Helps Make Extra Bucks

by Holly Robinson January 27, 2011 1:37 PM
A common saying in business and in life goes something like this,” If you want to succeed, you have to be willing to go the extra mile.” That could not be truer for an industry than it is for the self storage industry. On the surface it may appear that succeeding in the self storage industry would be a pretty simple thing to do. All you need is a building with a bunch of storage units of various sizes built in to right? A facility that had just that would be one that had just the bare necessities and while it could make money; it will probably not be too profitable. [More]
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