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Storage Authority August Newsletter 2017

August 2017 Newsletter

 

Seven Basic Steps To Find Land for Your Self Storage Project.

1.) Look for the right size parcel of land.

Land size depends on the size facility you are going to build, the quality of the land, (shape, slope, easements, wetlands etc.) zoning, and if you are going to build a single story or multi story facility.  Typically, we recommend a new developer build 50,000 sf plus or minus since it is an efficient size for profits vs investment and has a much higher real sale value than small facilities.

Single Story – 50,000 square foot facility: look for 4 – 6 acres
Multi Story – 50,000 plus square feet facility: look for 1.5 to 2.5 acres.

2.) Look for land in the right location.

Many renters choose a facility because they have driven by it many times.  Self storage needs to be on a main street with easy access, high visibility and good traffic.  Start by thinking “would someone build a grocery store or retail plaza to find the best location.  In a rural/country area the traffic maybe between 10,000 – 20,000 vehicles a day.  In the metropolitan/city area the traffic maybe between 20,000 to 30,000 vehicles a day or even more.  We typically want to see the traffic on the property access road and do not consider traffic from a non access highway.

3.) Look for land based upon the cash equity you have available to invest in your self storage business.

Self Storage is very loan friendly due to the high profits and the lowest failure rate for real estate investments.  Banks typically require owners to provide total project cost equity of 15% for an SBA loan to 30% for a standard bank loan. A multi story building can require double or even more than double the owner cash equity requirements because multi story facilities cost more to build and can not be built in phases.

If your cash equity to invest in self storage is $400K to $1M we would recommend you build a single-story facility where you would need the 4-6 acres noted above.  If you have under $400K you may want to consider finding a partner or private investor.  Storage Authority does have a match program where we match Storage Authority Franchisees with other franchisees with at least $250,000.

4.) Look for land in the right zone.

Typically, self storage is not permitted in residential zones and is permitted in one or more Business zones, Commercial zones or Industrial Zones.  Typically zoning regulations will have a list of uses that include self storage and note specifically what zones self storage is permitted in.  If there are any question you should call the Town Planning or Building department and they can assist you.

We do not recommend a zone change for your first project as zone changes typically require additional time, money and add additional risks as well.

5.) Land features to be aware of.

Wetland areas and the wetland setbacks should not be considered part of the required 4- 6 acres.  To reduce your approval risks, time and cost we recommend you project be built outside of the wetlands and the wetland setbacks. Wetlands are not always detectable by the novice developer and as part of your due diligences determined in the field by an qualified expert.

100-year Flood plane area should not be considered part of the required 4- 6 acres.  To reduce your approval risks, time and cost we recommend your project be built outside of the 100-year flood plane.

Easements should not be considered part of the required 4 – 6 acres.


6.) Hire a Quality Broker to Assist You in Finding Land

There are several steps to hiring a professional that will help you get the best results. First, research brokers who work in your area and have experience in land transactions.

Determine which brokers:

  • Are active in the area?
  • Specialize in land acquisitions?
  • Have a good web presents?
  • Have access to demographics and local traffic counts.
  • Have access to major commercial listings sites such as Loop Net.

Next, choose two or three brokers to interview. Often brokers are skeptical of individuals looking land for self-storage because they have wasted time with tire kickers so let them know you are Partners with Storage Authority and provide them a copy of the Typical Land Requirements.

Any good broker will want to compete for your business.

Interview the brokers during the evaluation process. Listen, but also have some prepared questions. This is your chance to get into the nitty-gritty before you make a decision. Remember, people are generally on their best behavior during this phase, so if they don’t take the time with you on the front end, it’s doubtful they will once you’re signed up as their client.

7.) Other ways to find land and your check list.

There are several other ways to find Land.   At Storage Authority, we have found that around 50% of the land for new facilities is found “off line” and have devoted a significant section to our proprietary Dynamic Ease Development Series “Finding Land Through Pre-Opening Tasks”.  Your first step to finding land off line is to let everyone know you are looking for 4-6 acres for self storage.

You should develop a check list of the basics so record your findings.  As you get more experienced your check list will expand.

You found a possible parcel of land, now what?

The next step is to do a mini demand study and a development layout sketch before you spend time and money on consultants.  On the Storage Authority blog/news room you will find blogs on how to do this and the other steps of a self storage business.  Most or our Storage Authority Franchisees come on board with us before they find land so we can help them find land, so they get the most value and end up with a much better facility.  If you want to learn more about Storage Authority there is a wealth of information on our web site www.StorageAuhorityFranchise.com  Don’t forget to check out “Why Storage Authority” and our blog/newsroom. Then the next step is to apply on our website or email or call Garrett Byrd (Garrett@StorageAuthority.com or Direct 941-928-1354)

 

 

Vendor Highlights

Storage Authority is excited to announce its latest Vendor Partnership with SelfStorageAuction.com

 

Storage Authority Auctions just got easier,  SelfStorageAuction.com is ready to revolutionize the storage industry by providing the most reliable, safe, manageable and efficient platform for online self-storage auctions.

 

One of the unique business features of Self Storage is having the ability to over lock non paying renters units, which provides owners collateral that helps insure renters pay their rent on time. And when they don’t pay it is a simple and quick process to “evict them”.  We even get to use the auction funds to pay for past due rents.

SelfStorageAuction.com provides Storage Authority Franchisees the best online self storage auction platform, along with the tools, and assistance to make the job easy.

 

Self Storage Industry News

Revenue in the U.S. self-storage industry

According to IBISworld, annual self-storage revenue was estimated to be about $32.7 billion in 2016. That figure is expected to grow at an annual rate of 3.5 percent over the next five years.

This boring sector crushed equities over two decades

4 Reasons self-storage is still a good investment

 

 

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Self Storage Planning……… Chapter 4 & 5

Planning-SiteSelection-Design-Build

Your Self Storage

Planning – Site Selection – Design – Build

Over 150 proven ideas to save you time and money and make you a success!

By Marc Goodin

Chapter 4

Why New Construction Vs. Buying Existing Facilities.

     1.Be Closer to Home.  There Are Very Limited Quality Facilities Presently for        Sale.

  1. Better Locations. “Build It and They Will Come” is a thing of the past. NOW: “Build It in The Right Location and Market it and They Will Come”.
  2. Many Existing Facilities Are Over Priced Due to Bidding Wars and REITs Paying New Record Prices Every Month. As A Facility Owner I Get Unsolicited Request at Least Twice a Month to See If I Want to Sell from Buyers Who Have the Cash to Buy Now.  Buy at 4 Million Vs. Build $2 Million = More Equity and More Profits
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  3. New Facilities Can Be Developed for 1/3 The Equity Requirements of Buying.
  4. You Reap the Rewards of Your Efforts Vs. Paying A Premium for Others Efforts.
  5. You Can Build in Phases So You Can Start Off with Lower Equity Requirements.

 

Chapter 5 

 Why Self Storage Now? – The Top Seven Reasons

  1. There Has Never Been a Better Time to Get Started.
  2. Extremely Profitable – 30% Plus Returns Vs. 0-10% Returns for Other Real Estate Development Like Apartments or Hotels. Self Storage Not Only Provides Present Day Income but It Also Provides Retirement Income.
  3. Abundance of Financing Options with Equity Requirements as Low as 10%. And interest rates at all time lows.
  4. Significant New Construction Is Required to Meet Pent Up and Surging Demand.
  5. Owner Life Style – Replace Your Income with A Manger Driven Self Storage Business with Automation: Franchising; Kiosks; Web Based Automation.
  6. No Painting, No Backed Up Toilets, No Midnight Calls and Just a Couple of Employees.
  7. You Can Keep Your Present Job with A Manger Driven System.
  8. Storage Authority Franchising Is Not Only Ready To Help You Compete With The REITs And Big Boys But Will Help You Surpass Them. They Are Ready to Provide You the How to Knowledge and Help You Need Get Off to A Fast Start and Provide You the Systems and Experience That Will Make a Difference.

 

If you want to have the complete book as a reference you can order it now for just $9.99 at www.SelfStorageMarketing101.com 

Chapter 3 Start Today!

Chapter 3

Start Today!

Thirteen things you can to do this week to get off to a fast start.

  1. Do a personal review to make sure you have sufficient time, energy and money to get off to a great start. After you read this book you will have a much better idea of the time, money and work it takes to build a self storage.
  1. Join your local State Self Storage Association and attend meetings.
  1. Subscribe to one or two Self Storage trade magazines: www.insideselfstorage.com or www.ministoragemessenger.com.
  1. Read the Zoning and Wetland regulations from the Town(s) you may purchase land in. Often they can be found online for free. Meet with the Town Engineer and Planner to discuss the permitting process for a self storage facility, where in Town they are permitted and the zoning regulations on self storage development.

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  1. Find a commercial realtor to help you with your search for land.
  1. Meet with your banker and ask about self storage loans.
  1. Meet with a local civil engineer to get rough time frames and costs for site plan design and approvals.
  1. Stop at every self storage you pass by and talk to the owners. Let them know you are thinking about starting your own self storage. Some owners will be reluctant to say much but many will be happy to give you tons of useful information.
  1. Join our LinkedIn group “Marketing Self Storage” for great marketing ideas and a forum where you can ask any questions you may have. Feel free to ask any questions you have too.
  1. Order your free developers “getting started packet” from http://www.trachte.com a premier self storage building manufacturer.
  1. Start a business plan folder today. A lot of the information you accumulate over the next several weeks will be used to prepare your business plan.  Your business plan will help you understand the costs, planning, work and risks associated with your new project.  When you apply for your loan the submission of a well prepared business plan will let the bank know you understand the self storage business and are well prepared. This can often help the bank make a positive decision in less time and often with better terms.
  1. Check out the fastest and most profitable way to get started in self storage www.StorageAuthorityFranchise.com  Don’t forget to read the blog for tons of great info you will need to build & market your self storage.
  1. Email me at marc@storageauthority.com when you have 3 of the above items completed for a free 1/2-hour phone consultation for faster profits.

You be amazed how quickly you start learning valuable information.

For the three self storage facilities that I built and presently own it took aprox. 1.5 years from when I initially decided (before I found the land) to finish building a facility.  The longest period of time for me was making the decision to build.  The rest went by quickly.  After you make the concrete decision to build self storage you have to find a piece of land that fits your needs, and negotiate an option to buy. If you already have a piece of land under consideration you are already off to a fast start. Then, your engineer has to design the project and get approval from the local municipal boards. After the regulatory approvals you have to do more detailed designs. Next, you have to choose a contractor(s) and, of course, you than have to build the facility. The more realistic you are about your time schedule the better prepared you will be, and certainly it will be a lot less stressful.

Need help – send me an email marc@storageauthority.com

 

 

Storage Authority July 2017 Newsletter

July 2017 Newsletter

Storage Authority Franchise Partnership Program

It is often hard to come up with the $400K – $500 minimum cash equity required to get bank financing. Or maybe even if you have it, you are not ready to spend your last dollar of savings. I know this because I was short on equity for my first self storage and took on a 50 – 50 partner. It was the best decision I ever made. This self storage made millions in profits and is still making me good money every month and I now own 2 more facilities. Not to mention the growing nest egg when we decide to sell it. It took me a couple of years of asking around to find a partner. To make it easier for you Storage Authority decided to help potential partners find each other via the Self Storage Partner Registry.
Partnership to success
Storage Authority is excited to announce its first of a kind self storage developer match program.  Everyday we hear from potential developers who are ready to move forward with their Storage Authority self storage but do not have the cash equity to get a loan.   The Storage Authority Match program will put two individuals together to create a joint venture team who will have the typical cash equity required to qualify for a self storage loan and move forward with their joint venture Storage Authority facility.   The program has just launched for the state of Texas and will launch for the rest of the US later this summer.  Typically, it is for individuals who want to be 50 – 50 partners.

To qualify for the program, you must have a minimum of $200K cash equity you are ready to invest in a Storage Authority self storage and:

  1. Apply and be approved for a Storage Authority Franchise. Apply on line at www.StorageAuthorityFranchise.com
  2. Complete your review of the Storage Authority Platforms & Systems with your Franchise Director.
  3. Complete a one page Match Program questionnaire that provides your geographical limitations and other basic information a potential partner would need.
  4. We then facilitate introductions and we are available to help you navigate a winning partnership and of course the development and operation of your premier Storage Authority self storage.

If you are an investor we also have multiple investment opportunities as well from investing in individual self storages or Storage Authority, LLC.

Parties Interested  in the Storage Authority joint venture program or investing in Storage Authority, LLC can email Marc at marc@storageauthority.com   for more details.

Inside Self Storage Article on Franchisee Partnership Program

Vendor Highlights 

Dream of owning a Storage Authority Franchise? Don’t let financing stand in your way!

Can Retirement Funds Be Used to Develop a Storage Authority Franchise?
By Marc Goodin

Absolutely!  Should they be used for a self storage development?  While I would not tell anyone how to invest their retirement funds for me the answer was easy. Absolutely!  Why not?

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Using retirement funds such as 401K, IRA, pensions, 403b, 457, or annuities, you can buy a business, pay for any business expense, and to pay yourself a salary without incurring personal taxes or penalties for doing so. You can use retirement funds for the equity required by the bank and take a loan for the balance.

You can pay yourself a salary as soon in the process as you wish, even before you reach profitability. Since this funding option is not a loan, these funds are actually used to buy stock in your business, and therefore are not a personal distribution or a withdrawal.

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The first decision is self self storage for you.  Self storage is an active business that will requires time and experience in addition to money. Where as, retirement funds are often invested in vehicles such as stocks and bonds that do not take time.   Of course the goal is much larger rewards due to your personal efforts.  I may be biased but the best way to get the experience you need for both development, operations, sales and marketing is with a Storage Authority Franchise

The major reason for a retirement funds is so you have funds for retirement.  If you could turn $600,000 in your retirement account into several million for retirement would it be worth it? Just like any retirement investment you need professional help insure it meets your investment goals and you understand the risks.

There are required procedures, rules and laws you have to follow and you will need an expert to help you with the process.  To learn more about how to use your retirement funds for a Storage Authority Franchise I recommend you contact:

Diane Rosenkrantz photo 2014Diane Rosenkrantz, Senior Consultant

Tenet Financial Group 

413-754-3298  

Diane@TenetFinancialGroup.com

817-887-1720 Fax

www.Tenetfinancialgroup.com    

Self Storage Industry News

Straight from the Bloomberg press, the article about self storage states
there are more than 50,000 storage facilities in the U.S, mom-and-pop operators control about 80 percent of them. While the publicly-traded landlords seek to maximize shareholder value, smaller landlords are less likely to worry about market dilution.

Bloomberg Article

The video is a bit more specific – $600,000 NOI – self storage rents for the same price per sf as apartments but expenses and headaches are much less.

Bloomberg Video

 

 

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Storage Authority Franchisee Partnership Program

Storage Authority Franchisee Partnership Program

 

It is hard to come up with the $400K – $500 minimum cash equity required to get bank financing. Or maybe even if you have it you are not ready to spend your last dollar of savings. I know this because I was short on equity for my first self storage and took on a 50 – 50 partner. It was the best decision I ever made. This self storage made millions in profits and is still making me good money every month and I now own 2 more facilities. Not to mention the growing nest egg when we decide to sell it. It took me a couple of years of asking around to find a partner. To make it easier for you Storage Authority decided to help potential partners find each other via the Self Storage Partner Registry.

Storage Authority is excited to announce its first of a kind self storage developer match program.  Everyday we hear from potential developers who are ready to move forward with their Storage Authority self storage but do not have the cash equity to get a loan.  Screen Shot 2017-06-28 at 2.52.40 PM The Storage Authority Match program will put two individuals together to create a joint venture team who will have the typical cash equity required to qualify for a self storage loan and move forward with their joint venture Storage Authority facility.   The program has just launched for the state of Texas and will launch for the rest of the US later this summer.  Typically, it is for individuals who want to be 50 – 50 partners.

To qualify for the program, you must have a minimum of $200K cash equity you are ready to invest in a Storage Authority self storage and:

  • Complete your review of the Storage Authority Platforms & Systems with your Franchise Director.
  • Complete a one page Match Program questionnaire that provides your geographical limitations and other basic information a potential partner would need.
  • We then facilitate introductions and we are available to help you navigate a winning partnership and of course the development and operation of your premier Storage Authority self storage.

If you are an investor we also have multiple investment opportunities as well from investing in individual self storages or Storage Authority, LLC.

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Parties Interested  in the Storage Authority joint venture program or investing in Storage Authority, LLC can call or email Marc at 860-830-6764 marc@storageauthority.com   for more details.

 

 

 

June 2017 Newsletter

 June 2017 Newsletter

 

 

 

Kamal & Pragati S. Site Plan Approved

Kamal & Pragati are excited the Planning and Zoning Board approved their site plans on May 24, 2017. The central New Jersey project consist or 5 single story buildings and 1 two story building for a total of 71,000 square feet. As typical in many towns a couple of more routine approvals have to be provided to the board before the final sign off signatures are provided.  The project will be built in phases with the first phase being is 30,000 square feet. The project is presently being bid as the final approvals are obtained.

Early on in the due diligence period the wetlands were delineated and wetlands were more significant than presented in the offering. We were able to determine the project was still feasible  with a reduction in the usable land from 6 acres to 5 acres. Once a new purchase price was negotiated due to the wetlands the project was back on track.

For many the Storage Authority assistance, guidance, systems, experience makes the difference.  Learn more at www.StorageAuthorityFranchise.com

 

 

Storage Authority News

Storage Authority is Excited to Announce 3 New Franchise Locations.

Welcome To Our Newest Franchises John G.

John came on board last week and is excited to get started.  He is looking for land to build a new facility in central PA.

New Company Facility
Storage Authority Co founder Scott House has just started the design for the third Storage Authority company store.  It will be located in Lakeland FL on an 8 acre parcel.  Construction for the 75,000 square foot Self & RV facility is slated to start construction late fall.

Existing Franchisee Edward O.

Ed’s offer for 4 acres in Houston was just excepted.  Houston is unique in the sense there are not the typical zoning regulations like most cities.   The 60,000 square foot facility is under design.  The facility will be constructed in two phases and phase 1 construction is slated for late fall.  Often you can purchase part of a parcel for sale reducing your land cost.  That is exactly what Ed did. With our help he was able to negotiate a 4 acre parcel purchase agreement leaving the 2.8 acre balance with the owner.

Vendor News

Storage Authority prides it self on staying on the cutting edge of technology in our industry.  We are proud to be partnering with Spider Door self storage app.  Storage Authority’s platforms and systems are based on high touch and high technology, partnering with Spider Door gives our customers one of the most convenient experiences as possible.

Here are some of Spider Door Technologies Features:

The convenience of a kiosk in your pocket

  1. Move in (24hrs a Day)
  2. Schedule move out
  3. Make Payment
  4. Open Gate from App
  5. Report issue to manager

 

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Chapter 2 Fun Self Storage Facts

Chapter 2     Fun Self Storage Facts

  • The self-storage industry over the past 35 years has been one of the most profitable and fastest growing business opportunities in the United States.
  • The self-storage industry in the United States grossed approximately 24 billion dollars in fiscal year 2013 and is projected to grow approximately 30 billion by year 2019. This is a projected increase in growth of one billion dollars per year for the next five years.
  • Self-Storage new construction is booming throughout the United States, with over $580M spent in 2014.
  • Key drivers impacting the explosive performance in self-storage include the fact that there is little need for tenant improvements or paying lease commissions, which results in a higher net rental income than other commercial alternatives. Low maintenance requirements also contribute to an increased bottom line in performance. Self-storage has a low level of revenue volatility meaning self-storage is generally consistent regardless of economic conditions.

There are over 50,000 self-storage facilities today in the US. Compared this to 1984 when there were 6,601 facilities. Owners who own just one facility comprise over 30,000 of the 50,000 plus self-storages in the U.S. today.  But the word is out and the large REITS and other wealthy organizations are pumping in millions and millions of dollars of smart money, buying recorded numbers of self storage facilities.

  • Increasing population, mobility and rising household formations, together with a limited pipeline, will keep self-storage conditions exceptionally tight.
  • Americans continue to store more stuff year after year. Approximately 9% of all American households currently rent a self-storage unit.
  • There are currently more self-storage facilities in the United States than there are McDonalds and Subways combined.
  • Some 68% of all self-storage renters live in a single-family household; 27% live in an apartment or condo.
  • Some 65% of all self-storage renters have a garage but still rent a unit; 47% have an attic in their home; and 33% have a basement.
  • The approximate self-storage demographic distribution of U.S. households are as follows: 32% urban, 52% suburban and 16% rural
  • The average revenue per square foot varies from facility to facility; however, here is the data for Q3 2014: $1.20 PSF for non-climate controlled 10′ x 10′ unit and $1.53 PSF for 10′ x 10′ climate controlled unit.
  • Some 47 percent of all self storage renters have an annual household income of less than $50,000 per year; 63% have an annual household income of less than $75,000 per year.Planning-SiteSelection-Design-Build
  • As the U.S. economy continues to build momentum, demand for self-storage facilities will continue to rise.

 

 

Bloomberg Self Storage News June 2017

Must Read, Bloomberg Self Storage News June 2017

Bloomberg news recently published this Self Storage video & article you need to check out.  I often skip videos but don’t miss this one to hear about how self storage and apartments rent for the same price per square foot but self Storage cost much less to build and operate for more profits.  ExtraSpace management talks about $600,000 NOI per store.

If a slow moving machine with little to no sales and marketing can make this much, imagine how much you can make with The superior Storage Authority systems and sale and marketing platforms.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/b/2136db56-6ba2-473c-b665-79baec538ae0    video

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-13/the-hottest-industry-right-now-is-storing-all-your-stuff article

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Cheers,

Marc

May 2017 News Letter Self Storage is Booming!

May 2017 News Letter.   Self Storage is Booming!
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May 2017 Newsletter

News From the Las Vegas Self Storage Expo

We had a great time at the show!   Co Founder Marc Goodin’s presentation on how you can do an initial layout to save time and money was well received by everyone.  The layout is one of the most important aspects to determine the feasibility of the site and of course to make the facility user friendly for the renters and manager.

The vendor convention hall was sold out!  One thing we noticed is the technology and software continues to grow.  In general this is good but I do see too many facilities trying to replace the high touch aspect of our business with more and more software “check lists” and other software options because managers are not trained well as sales and marketing experts.

Garrett & Marc enjoyed meeting old friends and making new friends at our Expo booth.  It was great to hear about everyone’s self storage plans.

Once again we heard knowing how to get started and having the confidence to get started continues to be the reason holding most newcomers form getting started. For many the Storage Authority assistance, guidance, systems, experience makes the difference.  Learn more at www.StorageAuthorityFranchise.com

Storage Authority News

Storage Authority has two new locations in the due diligence period.  One is in Florida and one in Texas.  Often Storage Authority will do a preliminary demand study and a concept plan  prior to a franchisees offer to confirm some of the basics.

Once the offer is accepted we recommend you immediately get the wetlands delineated on the site as they are often one unknown that can affect your development.  As you can see on this parcel, wetlands along the rear property line eliminated an acre of usable land.  Typically we are looking for 5 usable acres so we can develop 50,000 sf or more of self storage.

As you can see on the bottom of this sketch RV and boat storage takes up considerable area and is often used for your “extra land”

Vendor News

These guys have a lot going on, including a new logo and new products. In addition to their great self storage security options they now also provide video camera systems via a great partner.

My favorite continues to be their Gate App:

 EasyCode by PTI Security Systems.

EasyCode App will give your renters a simple touch interface to open gates and doors at your storage facility. Plus, they can view their access history, get notified of alarms and access activity, and more!

 

 

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Chapter 1 Should You Take Control of Your Destiny with Self Storage

Your Self Storage

Planning – Site Selection – Design – Build

Over 150 proven ideas to save you time and money and make you a success!

By Marc Goodin

Chapter 1

Should You Take Control of Your Destiny with Self Storage?

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So you’re looking for something different?  Maybe you were like me and enjoyed a great career but after twenty-five years doing the same thing you thought it was time for a change.  As a civil engineer I worked with a lot of business owners and entrepreneurs but most of them did not have the life style, flexible work schedule and income I desired.

There was one guy who had both time and money and he owned self storage.  His visit to my office over 26 years ago changed my life.  Please let me share what I learned from that visit and later experienced firsthand to be true.

Why Start a Self Storage Business When I Already Owned a Very Successful Business?  (Civil Engineering Company in my case)

Be Your Own Boss:  And just as important for me – there are next to no employees compared to most businesses and no company politics to deal with everyday.

 Flexible Work Schedule:  I was able to keep working at my engineering business full time. Then one day I had replaced my engineering income and retired from engineering.  Now my managers run the day to day business for my 3 self storages while I take care of the big picture and work in the office now and then for the fun of it.

Control Your Own Future and Security:  Even as an owner of an engineering business I was trading dollars for hours.  And there were never enough hours in the day.  Self Storage provides a kind of residual income for life once you get it running on all cylinders.  And all along you are building equity so you can have retirement income when you’re ready!

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Growth Opportunity and Limited Risk:  I was willing to work hard but I did not want to risk everything I had already accomplished so I looked for a growing industry, with high profits and high success rates.  If you check out the self storage industry like I did you will find:

  • Self storage has higher long term return rates of all the major real estate categories including; Apartments, Office buildings, industrial, and retail and cost less to build.
  • “The Self Storage Industry has been one of the fastest growing sectors of the United States Commercial real estate industry for the period of the last 35 years.” Self Storage Association Fact Sheet
  • Self Storage is presently a $25 Billion a year business and projected to grow a whopping Billion dollars a year over the next five years.
  • Self Storage customers are located everywhere and more and more people are using self storage every year.  Self Storage renters are as follows:
    • 41% Long term residential customers
    • 32% Short term residential customers
    • 19% Commercial Customers
    • 4% Military Customers
    • 4% Other
  • Many self storages are under managed or poorly managed, including the REITs, allowing a knowledgeable owner to do better than the industry incredible returns. (Crush The Competition)
  • Building, owning and developing operational systems for my three self storage facilities has made a huge financial difference for my life.  Just as important the personal fulfillment, enjoyment and satisfaction has been very significant.

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What Are Your Next Steps?

Don’t take my word; check out the facts on your own.  Visit a half dozen self storages and see if you can talk to the owners.  This book will give you some more information and places to get additional information as well.

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

The Ugly

Your success and your dreams are up to you.

We are ready to help but you have to make a decision to start and then pick up the phone and me (860-830-6764).

Unfortunately, we have to admit that perseverance is not the most human trait.  People often refuse the truth because it is inconvenient. Accepting average or status quo is the enemy of great success. Too many people have told me “I was going to build a self storage but you (or someone) beat me to it. There is always an excuse if you’re looking for one.

Don’t wait!  Get started today.  Action will give you the results and belief you need.

The Bad

Your success and your dreams are up to you.

I have so often heard people saying, “I understand” and then I see them doing the exact opposite of what they thought they had understood.  It is only when you put into practice what you have understood that you can really say that you truly understand.

Don’t wait! Get started today!  Actions will give you all the results and belief you need.

The entrepreneur, the professional, the self storage owner, the investor, you – anyone who wants to build a self storage facility and take control their destiny will value the ideas in this book.  It will provide a simple plan and required research that you can use to make your dreams come true; all you need do is make the choice to succeed.  In this book, there are over 150 practices that have been outlined to help you plan, design and build a better self storage facility and make more profits.

“Self storage is easy, does not take a lot of planning or time or out of pocket money and always makes money.” There is nothing further from the truth, but I hear this all the time. For a typical self storage facility of 50,000 square feet you may invest $400,000 or more of your own money, borrow over a million dollars from the bank, and will personally spend many hours learning and planning before you rent the first unit. But a properly planned, operated and funded self storage facility can be a very rewarding and profitable business.

As soon as your self storage business is under construction everyone is going to tell you “I was going to build a self storage” but I never got around to it.  You are taken the first step by reading this book.  The second step is to take action every day until your dream comes true. You Can Do It!

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Why do I mention Storage Authority in this book?

Throughout this book I am going to mention Storage Authority Franchising.  At first you may think my goal is to advertise my Self Storage Franchise company. But I hope you understand, what I have realized after helping others in the self storage business for many years. Plus there is tons of great free information on the Stoage Authority News Room Blog from how do a mini demand study to 150+ K Kamrts that are closing, maybe in your town, that would make a great self storage conversion project.  One out of a hundred people (or less) who read this book will start their own business.  While in many respects, self storage is easy it is not simple and getting more complex everyday with very little help out there to get you started.

If you are the one in a hundred that will start your own self storage business on your own you can skip the Storage Authority information.  Or better yet check out Storage Authority in detail and see how we are changing the self storage industry from customer guarantees, to apps, to reward programs, to internet platforms, to customer satisfaction, to sales and marketing and many other state of the art platforms so you do not get left behind and get crushed by the competition.  Either way I believe this book will help you save and or make tens of thousands or even more before you open your doors.  I know You will definitely get your moneys worth and will even use Storage Authority as your guide.

If you are not sure if you are the one in a hundred, then most likely you are not.  The good news is I have referenced Storage Authority so you can consider joining us and taking what I believe is the fastest way to oversized self storage profits.  Our time, expertise and experience becomes yours and together, your success can be just around the corner.

Chapter 2  Fun Self Storage Facts – coming next week

You can purchase this boo and other books by Marc Goodin at entire www.SelfStorageMarketing101.com