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2015 is a good time to kick off self-storage development, industry experts say

2015 is a good time to kick off self-storage development, industry experts say

Liz Wolf February 9, 2015 0

Self-storage development is getting back on track after it practically came to a screeching halt during the recession. In a report issued last fall, commercial real estate brokerage firm Marcus & Millichap estimated 4.7

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Attracting tenants takes creativity and initiative—not necessarily a big budget

Attracting tenants takes creativity and initiative—not necessarily a big budget

Liz Wolf December 11, 2014 0

As competition in the self-storage industry heats up, finding ways to stand out becomes a make-it-or-break-it situation for some operators. However, you can do plenty of things to boost demand, occupancy and income. “And

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High-tech tools take video surveillance to another level

High-tech tools take video surveillance to another level

Liz Wolf December 4, 2014 0

Self-storage managers typically use video surveillance cameras to deter criminals and to review footage after a crime such as vandalism takes place. Now, some managers are taking protection of their facilities and their tenants’

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Lessons that independent operators can learn from self-storage call centers

Lessons that independent operators can learn from self-storage call centers

Liz Wolf December 1, 2014 2

Self-storage REITs brag that call centers give them a huge advantage over mom-and-pop operators. For instance, Uncle Bob’s reports that its call centers can reach a peak volume of 40,000 calls a month, and

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Tips for keeping your facility clean and germ-free

Tips for keeping your facility clean and germ-free

Liz Wolf November 10, 2014 1

With the height of the flu season approaching—and the continuing and alarming reports about Ebola—germs are certainly a big topic of discussion. Self-storage owners, operators and managers can take some common-sense measures to help ensure

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The 7 habits of highly successful independent self-storage operators

The 7 habits of highly successful independent self-storage operators

Liz Wolf November 4, 2014 0

Pushing your self-storage operation to the top takes discipline and consistency. The Storage Facilitator talked to industry experts and independent storage operators to find out their top tips for running a successful storage business.

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Lessons from 3 small independent operators that are battling the giants

Lessons from 3 small independent operators that are battling the giants

Liz Wolf October 28, 2014 0

While it may seem that the well-capitalized self-storage REITs have all the advantages—including huge marketing budgets, beefed-up staff and deeper market penetration—smaller independent operators are finding ways to compete, and even outperform, these powerhouses.

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Should you hire a self-storage broker when you’re ready to sell?

Should you hire a self-storage broker when you’re ready to sell?

Liz Wolf September 24, 2014 2

When Arvid Albanese decided to sell his eight-facility Best Florida Storage portfolio in South Florida, the first thing he did was call a self-storage real estate broker. More self-storage owners—from independents to REITs—appear to be

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OpenTech’s new XpressCollect designed to ease the pain of past-due collections

OpenTech’s new XpressCollect designed to ease the pain of past-due collections

Liz Wolf September 22, 2014 0

Self-storage managers spend a significant amount of time every month on the dreaded collections process while owners are losing money because customers are late on payments. Phoenix-based OpenTech Alliance, which provides products and services for

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