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  • Improve Your Storage Company By Attending Trade Shows
    By jeff on February 4, 2011 | 66 Comments66 Comments  Comments

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    Everyone if the Queens self storage industry would benefit from traveling to a trade show sometime this year. Everyone in New York needs a little tune up on their storage practices from time to time. It is also a great way for many in the Queens self storage business to get a little time away from their property which can give a little perspective. You will be able to come back to your property after the show and apply a lot of the new ideas and concepts that you learned at the trade show.

    One of the best things about trade shows is the fact that everyone is in it together. Competition in the Queens self storage industry can be pretty tough and it may seem like everyone is out to get each other. Trade shows are a time when everyone that deals storage in New York can get together to share ideas that will improve the storage industry as a whole. Trade shows usually fly by pretty quick so it is important to plan ahead so that you can get the most out of the experience.

    There are going to be a lot of great speakers that can offer great advice on how to make you Queens self storage business even better this year. You may want to research the speakers and determine which ones you absolutely need to see. Make a little priority list because there will be about four speakers going at all times of the day for the entire trade show. If you know which ones you want to hear, you can plan your schedule accordingly. You will be able to get advice on how to sell your facility more effectively over the phone and in person. This is advice that you can put in place when you return and see immediate results. There are also speakers who focus more on the business side and discuss topics related to property management.

    Aside from watching important speakers, you will also get a chance to see new advancements in the storage industry. This is where new products that can benefit your Queens self storage operation are unveiled. You will get an opportunity to see things before other stores in your area will have a chance to. By attending a few trade shows a year, you will ensure that you are ahead of the competition.

    Trade shows are also an excellent way to get to know others in the storage industry. The relationships that you develop at trade shows can benefit you in the future. They are also good for companies that sell things related to the storage field. You will know what they latest trends are. In the economy right now, customers are very interested in finding the facility that offers low prices. You still need to offer quality units because that is vital to long term success through customer retention. You will find tips on how to save money so that you can offer the lowest possible prices to your customers. You should do an internet search so that you can find out what trade shows are coming up. You could even sign up for an electronic newsletter to keep you up to date on what is scheduled for this year. Find the best trade show for your business today.

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  • Lien Amendments Rock California Self Storage Community
    By admin on October 6, 2010 | 45 Comments45 Comments  Comments

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    In case you haven’t heard, the California self storage community is about to be rocked by some pretty major changes.  Contrary to what you might think, though, all of these changes are good!  That’s right: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has amended the laws surrounding self storage lien disputes—amended them in such a way that all self storage properties (both big and small) are going to see some major savings in the coming year.  Switching from certified mail to certificates of mailing (when they send a lien notice) is going to save California’s self storage industry nearly $2 million (just about $480 per store); likewise, settling lien disputes in small claims court (rather than the superior courts) is going to save them a genuine fortune—all told, about $8 million dollars.  Truly, if those aren’t some major changes, then I don’t know what they are!

    But what, you might ask, does all of this mean for the consumer?  If you’re not a self storage owner (or a larger real estate company), are any of these changes going to have an effect on you?  Might you, yourself, get your fair share of the savings?  Are the savings going to affect your self storage experience?  The honest answer, reader, is a solid maybe.

    If I had to speculate on how these savings are going to affect the market for self storage (and please bear in mind that these are only speculations), I’d have to make the following admission: I would not be the least bit surprised if these savings led self storage owners to improve their properties a bit—you know, to patch up some of the rough spots.  That’s right, reader:  I’m telling you to raise your expectations.

    Bear in mind, here, that the self storage industry isn’t saving all of this money by lowering its operational costs—not in the slightest bit.  They’re saving this money because the lien system has changed—because they don’t have to pay quite as much for certified mail and attorneys.  Think of these savings, if you will, as a bonus of sorts.  Think of them as capital that can and should be reinvested into self storage properties for the sole purpose of improving the quality of the service.

    I implore you, reader, to exercise a bit more discretion when you’re shopping around for self storage in California.  Now that the savings are in, you shouldn’t have to label things like video surveillance cameras as luxuries.  You should not have to worry about whether or not the pot hole in the parking lot is going to pop the tire of your moving truck.  You should not have to worry about whether or not your self storage property has an adequate selection of locks—good, safe locks that are going to keep your belongings safe when you’re gone.  These facets of the service are not luxuries; they’re the very things that define it!

    There’s no need to be overly critical, so I’ll have to cut myself off at this point.  My simple message is that when you hear about a local industry that’s set to save around $10 million dollars in operational costs (without changing the nature of the service that it provides), you should be able to expect some major changes in the near future.

    It’s the simplest points that we’re inclined to forget, wouldn’t you say?

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