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5 signs that your facility’s rental rates are too low

5 signs that your facility’s rental rates are too low

Deb Hipp May 6, 2014 0

Are you afraid your facility will see a mass exodus of tenants if you raise your rental rates? If so, you’re not alone. Most self-storage businesses take a “fear-based approach” when it comes to

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7 ways to thwart terrorist activity at your facility

7 ways to thwart terrorist activity at your facility

Deb Hipp May 1, 2014 0

In 2011, FBI agents arrested Rezwan Ferdaus, a Northeastern University graduate with a degree in physics, at his storage unit in Framingham, MA. What they found inside was alarming: 25 pounds of C-4 explosives, three

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How will your storage facility cope with a break-in?

How will your storage facility cope with a break-in?

Deb Hipp March 18, 2014 1

Max Vallotton thought he’d done everything right to keep criminals away from Gate 5 Self Storage, the storage facility he owns in Hephzibah, GA. Gate 5 has a fence, security cameras and a locked

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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 1

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 4

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 5

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 1

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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