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3 deferred maintenance nightmares and how to avoid them

3 deferred maintenance nightmares and how to avoid them

Emmet Pierce January 4, 2016 5

One of the worst mistakes a self-storage facility operator can make is to defer property maintenance until routine repairs become very costly to address. Putting off repairs may temporarily save you money, but delays

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9 New Year’s Resolutions for Self-Storage Tenants

9 New Year’s Resolutions for Self-Storage Tenants

Jay MacDonald December 28, 2015 3

Some customers can be absolutely clueless when it comes to self-storage. This uncomfortable truth acts as both job security and sanity stressor for storage managers and maintenance crews, most of whom have a pretty

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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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4 keys to securing your self-storage facility

4 keys to securing your self-storage facility

Deb Hipp November 19, 2015 1

Is your storage facility secure enough to attract quality tenants and scare off the bad guys? Security is the number two factor in choosing self-storage, according to a 2014 consumer survey conducted by SpareFoot,

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12 things you must do now to prepare your facility for winter

12 things you must do now to prepare your facility for winter

Liz Wolf October 27, 2015 1

It’s that time of year for self-storage managers and operators to catch up on maintenance needs and prepare for the onslaught of unforgiving winter weather. “It starts with the property manager conducting a full

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How to know it’s time you need a call center

How to know it’s time you need a call center

Rachel M. Hartman October 20, 2015 0

From answering questions to making sales, the phone plays a key role in the self-storage industry. Being communicative with customers is more important than ever, call center experts say. “Consumers aren’t very patient these

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Brisk business for storage condo developers

Brisk business for storage condo developers

Bruce Goldberg October 13, 2015 0

As a small niche within the self-storage sector, the developers of storage condos continue to find success building units for sale instead of for rent. Also known as garage condos, these spaces sell individually for

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Chris Jernigan: The new dynamics of self-storage development

Chris Jernigan: The new dynamics of self-storage development

Chris Jernigan September 22, 2015 2

A version of this article originally appeared on ListSelfStorage.com The self-storage industry is currently in the beginning stages of an unprecedented development cycle for the sector. For many years, new construction starts of self-storage

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How to compete head-to-head against the REITs

How to compete head-to-head against the REITs

Bruce Goldberg September 21, 2015 1

What does it take for the independents to compete with the REIT giants in the self-storage industry? For starters, it’s good old-fashioned customer service and strong facilities, according to a cross section of small,

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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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