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How to analyze demand for a self-storage facility

How to analyze demand for a self-storage facility

Deb Hipp March 7, 2014 0

Thinking about opening a new self-storage facility or expanding the one you have? The days of “build it, and they will come” are over, according to Chris Sonne, executive managing director of the Self

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9 tips from the pros for conducting storage auctions

9 tips from the pros for conducting storage auctions

Deb Hipp February 20, 2014 2

Every self-storage operator dreads auction day. Auctions take time you’d rather spend renting units and, when it’s over, you’ll probably get yelled at by someone whose stuff got sold. “There is no facility that

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What to do if your storage facility gets sued

What to do if your storage facility gets sued

Deb Hipp February 19, 2014 0

You’ve been lucky so far. A past-due tenant threatened to sue you for auctioning off his stuff but took it no further. A woman slipped and fell on your icy sidewalk and just laughed

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Entrepreneur carves out cavernous underground storage facility in Kansas

Entrepreneur carves out cavernous underground storage facility in Kansas

Deb Hipp January 20, 2014 4

Not many people get into the self-storage business as the result of a joke. For Coby Cullins, though, that’s exactly what happened. Cullins, a small business owner, enjoys spelunking, the sport of exploring caves.

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6 steps to protect your facility from data breaches

6 steps to protect your facility from data breaches

Deb Hipp January 17, 2014 0

We’ve all heard about massive security breaches like the one that hit retail giant Target, allowing hackers to steal credit card data for millions of customers. Big companies aren’t the only ones at risk

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7 ways to keep your self-storage business out of legal hot water

7 ways to keep your self-storage business out of legal hot water

Deb Hipp January 16, 2014 0

In 2013, parties in a class-action lawsuit against SUSA California Storage and Extra Space Storage reached a settlement in a case claiming those companies locked out past-due tenants prematurely and charged illegal fees. Class

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NGKF Capital Markets’ Aaron Swerdlin: Self-storage real estate market ‘shines’

NGKF Capital Markets’ Aaron Swerdlin: Self-storage real estate market ‘shines’

Deb Hipp December 17, 2013 0

2013 has been a banner year for veteran self-storage broker Aaron Swerdlin. He joined NGKF Capital Markets earlier this year as the leader of its new national Self Storage Group, and he just wrapped

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10 Proven Tips for Dealing With Angry Customers

10 Proven Tips for Dealing With Angry Customers

Deb Hipp September 25, 2013 1

No matter what business you’re in, you’ll come across a few angry customers. They raise their voices, make demands and may even insult you and your staff. So, what makes self-storage tenants any different

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7 Tips for Boosting Your Organic Web Traffic

7 Tips for Boosting Your Organic Web Traffic

Deb Hipp September 4, 2013 1

If you’re a small self-storage operator, you’ve seen those pay-per-click advertisements at the top of online search results. Huge companies like Uncle Bob’s and Public Storage spend millions of dollars on them. So, is

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