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It is not cheap for a self storage company to convert to a solar powered facility. Between the equipment and installation just getting them in cost a pretty penny. However, thanks to a little help from various government entities the sting is not nearly as bad as it could be. Factor in the benefits—all the benefits—and you can almost call them a bargain. When...

Sometimes first impressions are very important. For cities and towns, the entrance to their city is important because the city fathers want the city to make a good impression on businesses that are considering locating there and for families who are thinking about moving into the community. So, it’s important that the gateway to the city is appealing and well kept. Those...

Fowlerville Mini Storage in Fowlerville, Michigan, is supporting a community-based garage sale that will be held on March 29. Donations for the garage sale will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 22 and 23 at the Fowlerville Mini Storage, 7074 Grand River Avenue in Fowlerville. Members of the community are encouraged to make donations to support the event. This...

I love watching the TV show Extreme Makeover with designer and host Ty Pennington. I love to see how they renovate and fix up homes – and how much the less fortunate families appreciate all of the work that the Extreme Makeover team does to their home. Following after a similar theme, Manhattan Mini Storage held an extreme apartment makeover contest. They announced...

Mike Cox owns 4 acres in Commack, New York. He wants to rent his property to Mobile Mini. Mobile Mini wants to use the property to store some of their empty mobile storage boxes. That sounds straightforward and shouldn’t be any problem. Right? Not really. That parcel of land is in an area that is zoned for light industry, which allows trucking stations as a special...

Having a customer default on payments for a rental unit isn’t unusual in the self storage business. Typically, items left behind in those units consist of things such as furniture, household appliances, and clothing. Occasionally something unusual or intriguing turns up. Such is the case at Derrel’s Mini Storage in Modesto, California. Recently, three urns...

A mini self storage business. A state penitentiary. The Salvation Army. A supermarket. A trash and recycling business. A newspaper agency. Put them together and these make for rather strange bedfellows. But then, it’s not so strange when you know that Christmas is just around the corner. These businesses from Bismarck, North Dakota, are working together on a Christmas...

The saying ‘the only thing that is constant is change’ is so true. Business owners know that over time city laws change, zoning ordinances change, and the status quo changes. Greg Theriault, owner of One Stop Mini Storage, recently discovered that the status quo for part of his business has changed. His business is in Biddeford, Maine. In 2012, the city had...

Larry Smith, owner of McPherson Mini-Storage in McPherson, Kansas, wants to add three more buildings to his self storage business. That should be a pretty straightforward process: get a building permit and then build them. But in this situation, it’s not that easy. The business was originally built under an R3 residential zoning permit. At that time, all was well....

Monday night, the New Kent County Planning Commission (in Virginia) approved to forward a conditional use permit (CUP) for a mini-storage facility to the Board of Supervisors. Monte Brown was the person applying for the CUP. The planning commission voted 9-0 in favor of the permit. Even though the vote was unanimous, some commissioners expressed some concerns. One concern...