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10 Self-Storage Owner New Years Resolutions

10 Self-Storage Owner New Years Resolutions

Jay MacDonald December 9, 2015 0

What could be simpler than operating a self-storage facility, right? In theory, renting empty space should be the classic no-brainer. But in practice? It takes an iron will, determination, smarts, an eye for detail

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How to raise rates without losing face

How to raise rates without losing face

Jay MacDonald October 27, 2015 0

Next to latrine duty, raising rents ranks as the least appealing chore in self storage. But experts insist the sour taste comes not from raising rents itself, but how you go about it. In

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Is a self-storage conversion project right for you?

Is a self-storage conversion project right for you?

Jay MacDonald September 15, 2015 2

For those in the self-storage business, it is hard to pass by a vacant factory or skating rink and not picture it as the latest addition to your self-storage portfolio. Done well, repurposing an

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Targeting restaurant tenants for your storage facility

Targeting restaurant tenants for your storage facility

Jay MacDonald September 8, 2015 0

Whether we’re enjoying a restaurant’s spacious interior or the sights and sounds of nature on their outdoor patio, dining out is the perfect antidote to a night stuck at home. Of course, what restaurants

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6 ways to maximize self-storage revenue

6 ways to maximize self-storage revenue

Jay MacDonald August 21, 2015 1

Your units are filled, your rents are stable, your employees are happy and the phone’s ringing off the hook. Your self-storage facility is killing it, right? Maybe not. Complacency, better known as not minding

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Operating Blind: How a blind storage owner found success

Operating Blind: How a blind storage owner found success

Jay MacDonald August 10, 2015 1

David Talley never let his lack of sight stop him from doing anything–including opening and operating a self-storage facility for the last 25 years. The 64-year-old was born blind due to a hereditary condition

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What should you do if your storage facility is full? Follow this advice

What should you do if your storage facility is full? Follow this advice

Jay MacDonald July 10, 2015 0

Every unit at Cottonwood Self Storage in the Denver, CO, suburb of Thornton has been full for more than a year. Space remains scarce at its three local competitors as well. “I think it’s

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Messy vs. money: The importance of maintaining a clean self-storage facility

Messy vs. money: The importance of maintaining a clean self-storage facility

Jay MacDonald June 29, 2015 0

How important is a clean and inviting appearance to the success of a self-storage facility? A new academic study of the psychological effects of filth finds that disgust quickly translates into unethical, selfish behavior,

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Growth engine: Storage for collectible cars

Growth engine: Storage for collectible cars

Jay MacDonald June 2, 2015 2

Sure, that half-empty drive-up building or that extra acre out back might make a great place for car storage. But how can you tell whether the idea has wheels before investing serious money to

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