Self Storage Industry Blog

8 blog posts that will help you get ready for the busy summer self storage season

Jana Haecherl |03 May 2019 |9 min read

Maximize your storage unit and parking space rentals this summer by getting organized and prepared ahead of time. Check out our most popular how-to articles for storage owners looking to make the most of the summer storage rush.


Wine storage made simple (Infographic)

Jana Haecherl |26 Apr 2019 |3 min read

Want to break into the wine storage space to drive premium-priced rentals at your storage facility? Check out this infographic to polish up your wine storage knowledge.


Why your next storage facility should be in the backyard of a McDonald's

Jana Haecherl |19 Apr 2019 |3 min read

What can self storage investors learn from the business success of McDonald’s? Find out why the old adage “location is everything” still stands in self storage investing in this short post.


Meet Team storEDGE: Paul Gill, Sales Representative

Jana Haecherl |29 Mar 2019 |5 min read

Get to know your favorite storage tech experts - like Sales Representative, Paul Gill - with the latest post in our Meet Team storEDGE series.


The books inspiring our self storage technologists

Jana Haecherl |15 Mar 2019 |6 min read

Interested in getting to know the technologists and self storage experts on the storEDGE, SiteLink, and SpareFoot team? Check out some of the books we’ve read lately to get inspired and find your next great literary adventure.


What we're most excited to see this spring at SSA and ISS 2019

Jana Haecherl |04 Mar 2019 |5 min read

Heading to a self storage trade show this spring? Check out what’s next for our industry and what we’re most excited to see and do at the spring 2019 conferences and trade shows in this post.


Meet Team storEDGE: Jana Haecherl, Marketing Communications Specialist

Jessica McFall |28 Feb 2019 |8 min read

Want to know more about the voice behind the storEDGE brand? Check out our Meet Team storEDGE spotlight on Jana Haecherl, Marketing Communications Specialist at storEDGE!


Is “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” boosting rentals at your self storage facility?

Jana Haecherl |28 Jan 2019 |3 min read

There’s a new show on Netflix about organization, and it’s the reason why all of your friends are suddenly into talking about folding towels and rearranging their sock drawers. How is the new tidying trend affecting self storage?


storEDGE interview: What new storage owners need to know to win in 2019

Jana Haecherl |02 Jan 2019 |4 min read

Looking to launch your new self storage business in 2019? Make more money and avoid costly technology mistakes with expert tips from storEDGE Director of Sales, Austin Jones in this short video.


Will minimalism eventually rise up and kill self storage?

Jana Haecherl |19 Dec 2018 |4 min read

Minimalism: the art of living on less. But what happens to self storage if everyone stops buying stuff? Check out this blog post to find out if minimalism will be the death of self storage as we know it.


People are sick of self storage. Here's what you can do about it.

Jana Haecherl |18 Oct 2018 |12 min read

In today’s saturated building climate, new self storage businesses aren’t exactly being welcomed by the community with open arms. So how can storage owners continue to build and expand their businesses without angering their future customers in the process? Read this post to find out.


storEDGE Interview: Our biggest takeaways from the SSA Fall 2018 show

Jana Haecherl |11 Oct 2018 |3 min read

It's an exciting time to be a self storage investor. Director of Sales, Austin Jones, talks the state of the industry and his biggest takeaways from #SSAVegas18 in this short video interview.


storEDGE® wins Inside Self Storage's Best Marketing Services award for the second year in a row

Jana Haecherl |07 Aug 2018 |2 min read

The polls are in! For the second consecutive year, storEDGE websites were honored as Inside Self-Storage’'s Best Marketing Services as voted by self storage owners and professionals.


Meet Team storEDGE: Lillian Wright, Product Manager

Jana Haecherl |24 Jul 2018 |7 min read

Get to know your favorite storage tech experts - like Product Manager, Lillian Wright - in our Meet Team storEDGE series.


10 more self storage moments in TV and film

Jessica McFall |29 Jun 2018 |4 min read

Self storage shows up in many facets of pop culture - often where you least expect it! Check out our blog for some memorable self-storage moments in TV and film.


Will the traditional self storage model win out against 'Uber for storage' and 'AirBnB for storage' startups?

Jana Haecherl |23 May 2018 |8 min read

Is the traditional self storage business model dying? Find out what’s trending with the latest startups in self storage and how to keep your traditional storage business thriving in the face of a changing industry.


The new storage owners' mini-guide to buying, building, and acquiring storage facilities

Jana Haecherl |18 May 2018 |10 min read

If you’re eager to get started on your first storage investment, but not sure whether you should buy an existing property or build a brand new one, check out the tips and resources in this blog post to make your decision a little easier.


Read between the vines: 11 unexpected ways to wow your renters with wine storage

Jana Haecherl |15 May 2018 |5 min read

Ready to pop the cork on wine storage at your facility? Check out these 11 ways to create an unforgettable experience for wine collectors at your storage facility.


What does Warren Buffett think about self storage?

Jana Haecherl |09 May 2018 |6 min read

Want to take a page out of a billionaire's book for your self storage business? Check out these insights from the recent Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting.


When is the perfect time to open a storage facility?

Amy Daniels |30 Mar 2018 |7 min read

Winter, spring, summer, or fall, storage seekers need space year round. But what’s the best time of year for a new facility to open? Check out the pros and cons of each season here!


Storage by the bin: A new business model for self storage

Amy Daniels |29 Mar 2018 |8 min read

On-demand, full-service storage is the latest trend to hit the industry. Is it the new Netflix? Check out this blog post to learn more about the growing trend and its implications for traditional self storage.


5 of the most unique cultures in self storage

Amy Daniels |29 Mar 2018 |9 min read

Calling all self storage owners with a mind for innovation! Check out this blog post to learn how the right employees, a strong business model, and leading-edge technology helped these companies leave their mark on the storage industry.


Meet Team storEDGE: Katelyn Wyss, Account Manager

Jana Haecherl |19 Feb 2018 |7 min read

Get to know your favorite storage tech experts - like Account Manager, Katelyn Wyss - in our Meet Team storEDGE series.


Converting existing buildings for self storage

Jana Haecherl |25 Jan 2018 |6 min read

Building conversions are an increasingly popular method of self storage development. Find out the why behind this trend and how to get started in this blog post.


Meet Team storEDGE: Jeremy James, Client Launch Specialist

Jana Haecherl |24 Jan 2018 |7 min read

Get to know your favorite storage tech experts - like Client Launch Specialist, Jeremy James - in this edition of our Meet Team storEDGE series.


6 steps to resolve customer conflict

Andrea Hewitt |22 Jan 2018 |4 min read

When an upset tenant comes into your office, it takes skill to stay calm and resolve the conflict professionally. Check out these tips to smooth things over!


Meet Team storEDGE: Alison Renfro, Account Manager

Jana Haecherl |21 Dec 2017 |6 min read

Get to know your favorite storage tech experts - like Account Manager, Alison Renfro - in our new Meet Team storEDGE series.


5 things to know before you become a self storage owner

Jana Haecherl |20 Dec 2017 |6 min read

If you’re new to the industry and looking for some expert tips, you’re in the right place! Check out these insider tips from CJ Bardy, co-owner of Storage Place.


4 niche storage ideas to explore for your new build

Jana Haecherl |19 Dec 2017 |4 min read

Looking for ways to boost the profitability of your new build? Look no further! Check out these four tips on offering niche storage options at your facility.


11 things storEDGE is thankful for in 2017

Jana Haecherl |22 Nov 2017 |3 min read

Happy Thanksgiving! At storEDGE, we’re so thankful for our wonderful storage clients and our brilliant team. Read the top 11 things we’re thankful for here!


Meet Team storEDGE: Chris Lasiter, Business Development Executive

Jana Haecherl |17 Nov 2017 |7 min read

Get to know your favorite storage tech experts - like Business Development Executive, Chris Lasiter - in our new Meet Team storEDGE series.


Real life ghost stories? Tales of haunted self storage facilities

Jana Haecherl |31 Oct 2017 |3 min read

Happy halloween! Today’s blog post is all about spooky self storage hauntings. Are the stories real? Or just tall tales? Read more to find out.


Meet Team storEDGE: Eric Hankins, Senior Software Engineer

Jana Haecherl |31 Oct 2017 |8 min read

Get to know your favorite self storage tech experts - like Senior Software Engineer, Eric Hankins - in our new Meet Team storEDGE series.


10 ways your self storage brand can give back during breast cancer awareness month

Jana Haecherl |13 Oct 2017 |6 min read

It’s breast cancer awareness month! Check out this post to learn 10 creative ways your storage business can support this great cause.


Book review: 'Hot Storage' brings steamy romance mystery to self storage

Jana Haecherl |29 Sep 2017 |3 min read

Ready for a hot take on a sexy self storage mystery novel? Check out our review of the latest fictional self storage read, ‘Hot Storage’ by Mary Mead.


Meet Team storEDGE: Matt Friederich, Strategic Business Development Team Lead

Jana Haecherl |28 Sep 2017 |7 min read

Get to know your favorite storage tech experts - like Strategic Business Development Team Lead, Matt Friederich - in our new Meet Team storEDGE series.


5 blogs every storage owner should subscribe to

Hannah Tennison |26 May 2017 |4 min read

Need a little light reading? Bookmark these five blogs to take your self storage business to the next level.


7 ways to boost the value of your RV and boat storage facility

Jana Haecherl |13 Feb 2017 |5 min read

Running a specialty storage business comes with unique renters and unconventional challenges. Read on to find out how you can offer more value to tenants at your RV and boat storage facility.


10 essential free iPhone apps for self storage managers

Jana Haecherl |31 Jan 2017 |5 min read

Check out the top ten best free apps for self storage managers, tried and tested by the team at storEDGE.


How to Build Credibility as a New Storage Business in Your Community

Jessica McFall |27 Dec 2016 |4 min read

So, what does Aristotle have to do with your new storage facility? If you want to be a credible business, more than you think! Read more in this blog post.


How your facility can give back to your community around the holidays

Jessica McFall |22 Nov 2016 |2 min read

Need some holiday spirit? Cheer up, Charlie! Check out these ideas on how your storage facility can give back to your community this holiday season!


5 macabre storage unit finds that will chill you to the bone

Jessica McFall |31 Oct 2016 |3 min read

Forget skeletons in the closet… what’s in the storage units at your facility? Read about the times human remains have been found in storage units!


4 practical ways to be a better self storage manager

Jana Haecherl |20 Oct 2016 |6 min read

Looking to improve your management skills? Check out this collection of some practical things you can start doing right away to be a better facility manager.


How to tap into the wine storage market at your facility

Jessica McFall |06 Oct 2016 |7 min read

Wine storage is a hot market right now. Read more to learn how you can tap into the wine storage market at your facility by making a few improvements!


Top 10 unforgettable self storage moments in TV and film

Jessica McFall |21 Jul 2016

Sooner or later, everyone needs self storage. Our favorite TV and movie characters need it, too! Read about our favorite on-screen storage moments!


What does climate-controlled storage actually mean?

Jana Haecherl |31 May 2016

We talk about climate control all the time in the self storage industry. But do you know the difference between climate-controlled and temperature-controlled storage? It may be more important to the success of your business than you think. Get the lowdown on important climate-controlled storage facts.


Interview: Self storage industry technology trends

Amy Daniels |23 Mar 2016

Two weeks ago I hopped onto a phone call with Nancy Deol, the marketing manager at Advanced Kiosks. We had a lot to talk about: the growth of self storage, the rise of mobile users, and the convenience of interactive kiosks and Rental Centers.


Happy Holidays from the Team at storEDGE!

Amy Daniels |23 Dec 2015

We had a busy year at storEDGE in 2015. If you read our blog or follow us on social media, hopefully you had plenty of fun as you learned new facts about marketing, watched our products continue to improve, and wondered what we would write about next.


Top 7 Facts About Building a Self Storage Facility

Amy Daniels |13 Nov 2015

Are you thinking about building a new storage facility? There are several factors that could affect how you move forward with your facility construction. Check them out, and be sure to download our five bonus facts!


October Client Spotlight: Eagle Self Storage

Erich Noack |31 Oct 2015

Long time client Eagle Self Storage is finding new ways to assist their customers with advanced technology. Find out how a better website and updated features are helping their business to grow!


Solar Power Provides a Boost to Cross Road Storage in Dartmouth, Massachusetts

Erich Noack |08 Sep 2015

Solar energy is well known for being clean, efficient, and abundant. Spurred on by tax incentives and the ability to sell stored, unused energy back to the local grid, Cross Road Storage is more readily looking toward solar energy as a viable alternative to traditional power sources.


September Client Spotlight: Absolute Storage Management

Erich Noack |01 Sep 2015

ASM manages more than 85 self storage facilities across the United States. In order to maintain and boost the local identities of their properties, ASM has worked with storEDGE to redesign their website.


August Client Spotlight: 10 Federal Storage

Amy Daniels |27 Aug 2015

10 Federal Storage, a storage operator in central North Carolina, is a company we consider to be one of the earliest adopters of the unmanned model of self storage. I got on the phone with Brad to learn more about his story and to understand the thought process behind his team’s decisions.


Vote for storEDGE in the 2015 ISS Best of Business Awards

Amy Daniels |16 Jun 2015

The Inside Self-Storage Best of Business polls are now open, and the team at storEDGE couldn’t be more excited to receive nominations in four categories. We wouldn’t be where we are without you!


3 Buzzwords that Help You Win Customers

Amy Daniels |13 May 2015

With new technological developments comes new jargon and a slew of experts eager to throw it your way. It can be difficult to muddle through all your options and determine which pieces of technology will actually enhance the facility you run – much less how they can.


10 Ways to Stay Busy during the Slow Periods at Your Storage Facility

Andrea Hewitt |10 Apr 2014

If you ever find yourself with downtime as a self storage manager, here are 10 ways for you to occupy your time. You could better yourself by reading a business management book or checking Facebook.


Should You Do a Rent Exchange at Your Storage Facility?

Andrea Hewitt |03 Apr 2014

Bartering was the first form of currency humans ever used. Although new, innovative ways to pay for goods and services have been introduced, bartering is still a staple of American business practices.


Is Bitcoin Right for the Self Storage Industry?

Andrea Hewitt |20 Mar 2014

Maybe you heard about bitcoins when they made their debut in 2009. Many companies in the United States and beyond already accept bitcoins as payment for goods and services. But how do you know if you should, too?


Should You Challenge Your Rival Storage Facility to a Charity Competition?

Andrea Hewitt |13 Mar 2014

Two facilities in Washington just ended a food drive competition. The bet? Whichever manager collects the least amount of food has to add two more bags of food to the collection and wash the other’s car.


How to Design the Perfect Business Card

Andrea Hewitt |09 Jan 2014

Business cards are a great way to get new renters to your business and fill up those empty storage units. They allow you to really capitalize on word-of-mouth marketing and cost-effective advertising by putting the card in people’s hands.


How to Organize a Toy Drive at Your Self Storage Facility

Andrea Hewitt |06 Dec 2013

With the holidays right around the corner, many self storage facilities are holding toy drives for youngsters in need. Toy drives can be a great way to give back to your community, but also a great PR opportunity for your business.


How to Deal with Negative Customer Reviews

Tyler Fallon |19 Sep 2013

We know that having 5-star reviews across the board can look “spammy” to many consumers, but excessively negative reviews, both founded and unfounded, can have a negative effect on business. Having direct control over your reviews gives you a lot of power choosing what to include and exclude on your website, but there are still external rankings found both on sites like Google+ as well as tied to your Maps listing that are easily found by potential customers.


Storage Facilities: Take Advantage of the Back to School Season

Sara Heins |11 Sep 2013

To most of America, September means boot season, football games and pumpkin spice Frappucinos, but fall offers other types of perks to storage facility owners and operators: the fact that college students move back on campus.


What StorageAhead Learned at the ISS World Expo

Sara Heins |10 Apr 2013

StorageAhead employees left Kansas and ventured off to Vegas for the ISS trade show. Here's what we learned.


What You'll Learn at the 2013 ISS World Expo in Las Vegas

Sara Heins |27 Mar 2013

Pumped for the ISS Expo in Las Vegas, but not sure what events to attend? Check out the list that the StorageAhead team is most excited about - we've handpicked the Expo's best web marketing presentations to help you boost your online presence.


Selling Self-Storage: My Perspective After Seven Months

Austin Jones |27 Mar 2013

What's it like to work as a sales guy for StorageAhead? Our very own team member, Austin Jones, shares what selling websites and self storage subscriptions is like, and why he wants to help you, the facility owner, succeed.


Build a Strong Social Skills Foundation

Peter Soto |27 Mar 2013

In my last post, I talked about how having a genuine interest in people leads to quality relationships between account managers and the clients they serve. This time I’m going to give you a few resources partly to show you why this happens and partly to show how you can develop these social skills. This is by no means an exhaustive guide. The question is too big and our attention spans are too small.


The Growth of Self Storage: Market for Improved Visibility

Kendra Bozarth |27 Mar 2013

In the last two decades, the self storage industry has evolved rapidly, and the United States makes up almost 90% of the global market with more than 50,000 locations nationwide. The most substantial growth occurred in the early 2000s when the total quantity of properties doubled in size from one billion square feet in 2000 to over two billion in 2005.