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More big box retailers closing – Think Self Storage Conversions!



More big box retailers closing – Think Self Storage Conversions!

Yesterday Kmart/Sears/Macy’s announced another round of store closings.

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If you type in kmart & sears closings into google search you will see round after round of store closings. Maybe there is one near you. In the past 5 years Sears has gone from over 2000 stores down to 12oo stores.

Here is a map of the latest round closings. The article above will give the Towns.

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While this is a sign that Amazon is killing the big box stores it is also a sign it time to consider conversions for self storage. I recent talked to one self storage developer and he only does conversions. He has done 4 and has each is doing very well. The big boxes are typically in areas of suitable, even high populations so it is a matter of confirming the available demand taking into consideration of the existing self storage.

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Conversions typically save you time because they are much easier to get approvals and takes less time to build. Grocery stores are a great conversion as well and they don’t have to be oversized. Often a 30,000 square foot self storage will have a large parking lot you can convert into another 30,000 sf of self storage.

Here is a quick web demand study on one site I randomly choose.  This is a great program everyone looking for self storage because what used to take a couple of days is provided in seconds.  send me an email at Marc@storageauthority.com to learn more about conversions or this web demand study

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If you look to the left you can see the existing self storage demand information. What is real interesting and what makes this site worth checking out is almost all the existing self storage is non climate control!

To More Success in 2018!

You can do it!

Marc

860-830-6764

Marc@storageauthority.com

Sample Self Storage Development Budget & Proforma

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Sample Development Budget & Proforma.

 You will do multiple budgets proformas for yourself along the way to a final one for your bank.  The first is one based on several assumptions and estimates so you can have some initial discussions with your banker.  The second, one after you have a site plan, so you can provide a proforma based upon your actual design plans, including the exact number and size of units to be rented to get an updated pre-approval.  And the final application with real construction cost from contractor bids and expenses from your feasibility report and other investigations, for the final loan approval.  Your loan request will include several items in addition to the proforma.  This information will help your banker make a positive decision on your application.  It will provide valuable information about yourself, your business plan and your expertise and an executive summary which help your banker quickly understand your project and find the major data they need without looking everywhere for it. It is one more item to let the bank know you are a professional day one.  Self storage is loan friendly because self storage loans have one of the lowest failure rates for real estate development. But part of loan decisions are based directly on you and how you present yourself, your project and your team.

There are no one size fits all standard construction cost, expenses or profits for self storage.  Typically, the first semi accurate development and operational cost and profits come after you have found land, obtained a conceptual plan and obtained a feasibility study by a self storage expert.  But it is important to understand the basic general magnitude of construction, operating expenses, rental rates and various financial information to determine if self-storage makes sense for you. The concept budget below is based upon assumed costs & expenses that may vary greatly.  Be cautious as it would be easy to tweak one or several factors to eliminate the profits or double them.  Many items and details are not included in this example such as carrying cost to get from empty to break even.

This is an example for educational purposes only and should not be used to make any final self-storage investments or development decisions.

 CONCEPT BUDGET & PERFORMA*

50,000 Square Foot New Single Story Construction   

TYPICAL LAND REQUIREMENTS*

Single Story Self Storage: Typically, 5 +_ usable acres when storm water detention is required and or subject to certain zoning restrictions.  Land requirements can vary on local zoning requirements and land quality.

Typical Construction Cost vary on many factors from design, amenities, locations, land quality and more and must be determined by actual construction bids.  Cost below have been assumed and will vary.

 PRELIMINARY DEVELOPMENT COST* – 50,000 SF Single Story

Land                                       $800,000 + –

Construction:                        $3,250,000 +_    $65/sf x 50,000 sf

Unusual land etc.**.                $0 if none

Unusual City regs. **              $0 if none

Soft cost                                  $400,000+_

Carrying costs                         $300,000+_

 Total                                        $4,750,000+_ Single story 1 phase

 

Phase 1 -25,000 sf                  $3,300,000+_  Note land/office/soft                                                                                                    carrying costs in phase 1

35% Bank

Loan  Equity                        $1,155,000 Phase 1 owners’ equity                                                                                              required

12.5%  SBA

Loan Equity                            $412,500 Phase 1 owners’ equity                                                                                              required

As you can see there is a vast difference in equity required between a traditional bank loan and a SBA loan.

Typically, when phase one occupancy reaches 70% it is time to get started on phase 2.  Most of the time you will use the same bank for both phases so you do not have to pay a prepayment penalty.  Often your equity in phase one will be enough for most if not all of the loan equity required for phase 2.  You should have these discussion with your bank when you apply for the phase one loan as this is not the case for every lender.

PRELIMINARY PERFORMA*

STORAGE RENTAL INCOME* FOR A 50,000 NET RENTABLE SPACE

Rental income varies upon many factors and are very dependent on location, unit mix, managers experience, marketing and several other factors.  The SSA reported the 2015 national average rental rate for Q4 2014 was $1.18/sf for a 10’ x 10’ non climate control unit and $1.51/sf for a 10’ x 10” climate control unit.  It is important to get data from your local area.

Typically, we consider 90% rented at premium rental rates full.  For this example, 90% Rented at an assumed average rate of $1.35/sf is used.

50,000 sf x .9 x $1.35/sf = $60,750 monthly income = $729,000 Annual income

 PRELIMINARY OPERATION COST*

Operation cost vary on many factors. Often, they range between $5 to $6 a sf.

Use $5.75/sf for this example.

Assume $5.75/sf x 50,000 sf = $287,500/ year or $23,958/month (Before Debt Service)

NET OPERATING INCOME* (Before Debt Service)

 $60,759 – $23,958 = $36,729/month = $441,504/Year (Before Debt Service)

 VALUE*

 Assume 5 Cap rate – $8,830,080

Assume 6% Cap Rate = $7,358,400

 DEBT SERVICE*

 Assume/use a 4,000,000 loan at 5.5%, 25-year amt. = $24,563 month (P & I)

CASH FLOW AFTER DEBT SERVICE*

 $36,729 – $24,563 = $12,166 per month = $145,992 Per year cash flow before taxes.

 Will this be your cash flow?  Of course not.  There are too many variables.  Your land could cost more or less.  You could put in more or less equity.  Your rental rates may be higher or lower. Your expenses could be more or less.  You could do more or less marketing and sales then the typical self storage.

The goal is to build a self storage that provides a six-figure income while you can still continue your career if you want to and down the road to have a retirement nest egg that many people could never even dream of.  Once you have found a property that meets your initial review and requirements you will get a 3rd party feasibility study that will not only provide you with a demand review but also all the above financial information above based upon data to your specific location and facility size.

Disclaimers:  This informational and example is for preliminary education and overview purposes only and should not be used for investment purposes.   This is an over simplified financial review.  Once a property is located a detailed feasibility study, site investigation, site designs, construction costs and regulatory investigation are required in order to determine the feasibility of a project and projected profits.

*Development cost can vary widely based upon location, zoning, standards, your experience and a variety of factors. You should consult with a local self storage expert for development cost in your area. This is an example and there is no representation these numbers will represent your development costs.  Industry rental rates, income & expense can and do vary upon many factors including, competition, local property taxes, location and owners experience.  Typical rent up periods for the industry are between 18 months and 3 years and can be longer.

 ** Unusual construction requirements such as ledge, significant cuts or fills, retaining walls, unusual zoning requirements, off-site improvements, local pricing etc. are not included and can significantly increase construction cost.

Multi story facility cost more and typically can’t be phased, so they require significantly more capitol and initial equity. This is why first time self storages developers typically build one story facilities.  Many multi story self storages will even have a higher price tag because they are often in areas of higher populations and are larger to offset the development cost per unit, to get better returns.

A word of caution, never develop a parcel of land simple because you own it or the purchase price is low.  It must have several important features including significant drive by traffic and enough unmet demand for self storage.

Now based upon your liquid assets you can start determine the best options for your needs and investigate land, design, regulatory and banking requirements in more detail.  At this point you are either ready to charge forward or realize you don’t have the capital required.  If you don’t have the capitol don’t give up.  Finding a more aggressive lender and or finding a partner with either the land equity or cash equity may be a great option.

Working with an experienced self storage development expert can also help reduce the construction cost, operational expenses and increases profits. You can look at building a smaller facility but they tend to be significantly less profitable and more of a hobby than a business.

 

If you want to learn more about how you can start your own Storage Authority self storage Franchise send me an email.  Marc@StorageAuthority.com

Need help finding land for your self storage project?

We have you covered with Morrow Hill!

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We start by understanding you, your goals and your finances.  Unfortunately  most people and brokers start by looking on Loopnet.  Big mistake, as Loopnet is where we find about 10% off our self storage sites. If thats your plan or your brokers plan it could take you several months if not longer to find the right parcel for you.

Next we provided 30 minute driving maps from your home or from the center of where the you want your facility.  This map will also show the existing self storage facilities and the area road network. An areal view will also help you understand the population density.   From this you can start to understand the existing self storage density along with changes to the population density.

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We then typically choose an existing facility and draw a 1 & 3 mile radius.  This in turn allows you to understand the general size of the compitition impact area.

As a side note many people look at the above map of Sarasota FL Area or their home town and think all the good places are gone.  I have to laugh because many great successful self storages will be built this Sarasota FL area in the next couple of years.  Until you compare the population density to the existing square footage of self storage you can not generalize.  Here is the same 30 minute driving time map for Houston TX.  See a much higher density of self storage?   We have a new Storage Authority just about to start construction in Houston and expect many many more.

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The next step is choosing a broker and educating them on self storage. This can take time. The Storage Authority Dynamic Ease Development Series has multiple sections to help you and your brokers find land.  And of course we are there every step of the way as well.   I hate to say it but many of our franchisees have told us they often do not even get call backs from agents for days.

To reduce the time to find land we have added Morrow Hill as our preferred national brokers.  They understand Franchisees, Storage Authority and know how to find land.

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If you have a great commercial land broker thats great just make sure they have the land requirements and work sheets from our Dynamic Ease Development Series and have the expertise to use all the tools required to find land fast.  One of the many questions I would ask is, excluding loopnet how would you help us land.

The second pit fall in finding land is understanding if you need 5 acres of land, that any 5 acre parcel may not meet your needs for so may reasons and takes substantial investigation.  This is because there are so many things that can reduce the usable area including wetlands, flood planes, easements, deed restrictions, utilities, zoning, stormwater detention, endangered species, topography, and even neighbors.  And of course the 3 mile population density and amount of existing self storage in 3 miles , traffic counts, visibility, access, pricing are critical in the decision making process..  As a civil engineer and site plan designer for 30 years I learned site development in the trenches and am ready to share them with you and your team.  Of course in many respects I am a part of the Morrow Hill team because we started by sharing our ideas on land and we will continue to so.

If you have questions about Storage Authority Franchising or finding land for your next self storage project give us a call.  You can also sign up for our news letter and get our white paper on finding land.

Marc Goodin  860-830-6764

Why not you? Why not now?

This is a great question?  If self storage is so good why isn’t everyone developing self storage?  If being rich (vs poor) is a good idea why isn’t every one rich?  For starters not everyone is prepared to do the work or take the risks either one would take.  And for many they simple have other goals.

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Here is a slide show from a recent presentation we did for a large franchise consulting group.  It is clear most individuals will not build self storage on their own for one or two reasons.  One they do not have the money required. (often $400K) or they do not know how to get past the Road Blocks and Minefields.  But now for the first time the is a path to get past the Road Blocks and Minefields.

 

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Where Else can you get help on all 4 main items it takes to get develop and operate you self storage Business?

 

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Why not you? Why not now?

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Ready to start your own Self Storage give us a call or get pre qualified by applying on line.

Marc Goodin   860-830-6764

 

 

Who Should Own Self Storage?

Who Should Own a Storage Authority Franchise?

Entrepreneurs

who want a solid real estate investment for both income & retirement.

Business Owners & Professionals

who want to build a second reliable six figure Income.

Families

who want a retirement they can count on and a generational business.

Couples

who want to have a business where they can work together.

Self Storage Owners

ready to take their business to the next profit level and crush the competition.

 

Why doesn’t everyone take advantage of the Storage Authority opportunity?

Because 99 percent are waiting for the “right time” to start a business.  They are waiting for the perfect business.  Don’t believe me?  Just tell your neighbor you are going to build a self storage and they will tell you how lucky you are and  “I was going to do that but………………..”

So that leaves us with the 1 percent who Declare “now is the time.”  They took the time to research self storage and understand self storage is  a solid business that can provide both a great income and a great retirement income.  And they are ready to work to make it happen for them.

Self Storage development is just hard enough to keep it very profitable.  Typically it takes $400,ooo liquid cash equity to get started.  And takes time and work to get it built and profitable.  Storage Authority Makes Self Storage Easy.

If you are a 1 percenter we would love to talk with you.

To Success!

Marc Goodin

Founder & CEO Storage Authority

860-830-6764 direct

 

How & Why Storage Authority was Started

Now is one of the best times ever to join the self-storage industry. I hope you have a minute to read a little about my self storage story and Storage Authority. I became a self storage expert by learning in the trenches. As a professional engineer I designed my first self storage over 30 years ago and many more since then, including 3 personal self storages I designed, built, own and manage.Screen Shot 2016-01-02 at 9.01.40 PM

GP & I relaxing on the concrete slab of one of our self storage buildings.

I have helped many people get started in Self Storage. Quickly I learned everyone was asking the same questions over and over so I wrote a couple of self storage books, to help with some of the common questions and sold thousands. But only 1 in over a thousand readers ever got started. For most there were too many unknowns.

 

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My book covers many of the basics but there is nothing compared to having Storage Authority on your Team.

One day a hotel franchise expert, Scott House, gave me a call. He had searched everywhere to find someone to help his hotel and apartment clients get started in self storage, where they would make much better returns. He could not find anyone until he read my books and decided to call me. I agreed to help. After about 2 months he was amazed at how complex it was to get started and how each project is both similar and unique and suggested we develop a self storage franchise. And Storage Authority Franchising was created, the only self storage franchise in the US. Scott got so excited about self storage and Storage Authority that he is presently building his first personal self storage in FL

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This is the first draft elevation of Scotts office.   The place is going to be beautiful.

Getting started with Storage Authority is easy and the best way to ensure your success in the self-storage industry. You will benefit from our many years’ of experience as we advise and assist you in all phases of self storage ownership, from land acquisition, design, construction, marketing, operations, sales and on-going support. We not only eliminate the need for a costly learning curve but provide your business with the latest technology, operating systems, marketing strategies and ongoing training that will not only allow you to compete in your market but dominate!

Many franchisees want to take advantage of additional profits by building their own self storage vs. buying an existing self storage. This route also allows many new franchisees to get started with $400K liquid cash equity, less than half the typical cash capital investment.

It is a complex maze between finding the right parcel of land, banking, design, obtaining regulatory approvals, construction, and pre-opening marketing and preparations with minefields, delays and cost overruns at every turn. Storage Authority is the Solution. We have learned self storage in the trenches and are ready to help you jump over the minefields.

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You don’t want to be feeling like this guy!  And that is why we have your covered!

We have created the Storage Authority proprietary “Dynamic Ease Development Series” Finding Land Through Pre-Opening Tasks. This step by step process along with our one on one expert guidance helps our franchisees throughout the land discovery and development phases, get started faster, go around the minefields, save money and be ready to open with a modern, premium facility with clients at the door waiting to move in day one.

We look forward to explaining more about how this optional premium development service will help you build your state of the art facility for less money and in less time, with confidence. The great news is we are waiving the $50,000 fee for this premium service for franchises awarded in the next 2 months.

I would love to sit down over a cup of coffee and tell you the rest of the story.  Send me an email and I would be delighted to meet you in Sarasota FL

To Your Success!

Marc Goodin

Ps Don’t forget to sign up for our free news letter on our website. Every month you get the latest Self Storage news and tips you can use. www.storageauthorityfranchise.com

Storage Authority proprietary “Dynamic Ease Development Series” Finding Land Through Pre-Opening Tasks.

Many franchisees want to take advantage of additional profits by building their own self storage vs. buying an existing self storage. This route also allows new franchisees to get started with less than half the cash capitol investment.  The problem is they do not know how to started.

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It can be a complex maze between finding the right parcel of land, banking, site plan design building design, obtaining multiple regulatory approvals, construction and pre opening marketing and preparations, with minefields, delays and cost overruns at every turn.  Marc Goodin, our founder, has learned self storage by being in the trenches and is ready to help you jump over the minefields.  He is a professional engineer who designed his first self storage over 30 years ago and many more since then, including 3 personal self storages he designed, built, owns and manages.

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We have created the Storage Authority proprietary “Dynamic Ease Development Series” Finding Land Through Pre-Opening Tasks. This system along with our one on one guidance helps our franchisees get started faster, go around the minefields, save money and be ready to open with a modern premium facility, ready to rent up.  Our Strategic Development Systems consists of an integrated step by step process where our expertise provides guidance and support throughout the land discovery and development phases.

Here is a partial list of items covered in our dynamic Ease Development Series.

Chapter 1      Introduction

 A     Building Your High Performance Team

B     First 30 Days

C     Development flow charts

D      Chapter 1 Worksheets

  • Storage Authority Competition Review.
  • Storage Authority Developer Secret Shop Review.
  • Storage Authority Partial Designer and Vendor List

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 Chapter 2     Land

 A      The Basics of a Good Location

B      Typical Basic Land Requirements

C      Hiring a Quality Broker to Assist You with Finding Land

D     Additional Ways to Find Land

E     Initial Land Review Prior to An Offer or Feasibility Study

F       Making the Offer & Due Diligence

G      Feasibility Study

 H      Chapter 2 Worksheets

  • Example letter for contacting a land owner.
  • Questions for first meeting with town planner & staff.
  • Individual land parcel info worksheet.
  • Site drive by worksheet.
  • Initial zoning review worksheet.
  • Land offer worksheet.

 Chapter 3   Purchasing an Existing Self-Storage Facility

A      Seven Primary Steps of a Real Estate Transaction.

B      Investigating an Existing Facility

 Chapter 4   Banking/Lending

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 A         Loan Options

B         Loan Considerations

C         Often Over Looked Expenses

D       Chapter 4 Worksheets

  • Loan request sample

Chapter 5   Design & Regulatory Approvals

 A      Finding Design Consultants

B      Site Plan Design

C      Regulatory Meetings

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D     Building Design

E    Security Design

F   Video Surveillance Design

G      Chapter 5 Worksheets

  • Additional Site Plan Design Items to Consider.
  • Additional Building Design Items to Consider.
  • Site Details
  • Owner to do during the Design process.

Chapter 6   Bidding and Construction

 A      Finding a Contractor

B      Construction Specifications & Bidding

C      Construction Review

Chapter 7   Pre-Opening Preparations

A      120 Prior to Opening

B      30 Days Prior to Opening

C      Pre Opening Marketing

D      Chapter 7 Worksheets:

  • First product order
  • Managers book table of contents
  • Business cards & marketing cards
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You may even have experience in some or many or these items but you will be surprised how many items are just different in the self storage world and because of that our assistance will make a huge difference.  For example you may have a good relationship with your bank and getting a bank loan may not be a huge concern but there are a couple of standard bank loan clauses such as requiring a Debt Coverage Service Ratio ( DCSR) of 1.3 in the loan.  This could be risky as self storage start empty and may not meet this prevision in the beginning.  But even a good loan request presentation will make you look very professional and experienced in self storage and this along with the Storage Authority Franchise program you may get you a better loan.

Our well timed reminders and explanations will often save you money and give you the proper time for coordination which means fewer delays.  You may have many of them on your check list like, wetlands delineations, maximum impervious surface zoning check, sight line check, soil borings, existing water service pressure test for sprinklers, site sign design, photos & reports for regulatory meetings etc. etc, etc, it easy to forget one or two or several get the wrong results or over pay if a clear explanation is not provided.  Just for your engineers we provide over several dozen items for them that are often overlooked and typically multiple dozens more as we review their plans.  And of course the better your plans are the more accurate your constructions bids will be with fewer problems and cost overruns.

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One major area we provide detailed guidance on is your site layout.  Often this saves multiple weeks in the process and gets you a better layout and even more square footage.

The best way to learn more about our proprietary “Dynamic Ease Development Series” Finding Land Through Pre-Opening Tasks and our various systems and platforms is to complete our online application to become prequalified for a franchise as soon as possible and start discussions with your franchise director. We look forward to explaining more about how this optional  development service will help you build your premium facility for less money and in less time with confidence.

We are ready and excited to help you succeed!

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And while your questions may intialy be about development soon your questions will be open and sales, marketing and operation.  The good news is we are ready to help you Crush Your Competition! 

You Can Do it!

 

Self Storage Development Disasters Waiting to Happen

 

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Storage Authority President Marc Goodin Shares Self Storage Development Disasters Waiting to Happen

 

By Garrett Byrd

 

There are many things that often go wrong during the development and construction of a self-storage facility. Franchising helps to avoid the pitfalls trusting in the expertise and guidance of the franchisor.  Marc Goodin (President of Storage Authority) is a civil engineer at trade and has been designing and building self storage facilities the last 25 years, that’s experience you can trust in.   Storage Authority helps and assists the franchisee examine some of the key difficulties that often go unpredicted by owners and developers, that often create significant cost overruns, lengthy delays and even project shut downs that could have been avoided with the proper research, planning, and design. The most overlooked disasters occur because of poor or incomplete investigations or lack of understanding of the following categories:

 

 1 Initial investigations

2 Environmental issue

3 Permits/approvals

4 State Department of Transportation (DOT)

5 Site Plan & Architectural Design

6 Budgets

7 Construction

Keep an eye out for Marc’s latest article in the September 2017 issue of Inside Self Storage; he is giving tips to developers on avoiding development disasters.  With Storage Authority franchising you get the guidance and expertise first hand.

If you haven’t already, here is a link to subscribe to Inside Self Storage.

SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION:

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Storage Authority Franchising is about owning your own hometown self storage business. And having the professional systems and knowledge to assist and guide you. We like to say You are in business for yourself but not by yourself.  If you are thinking about self storage you owe it to yourself to contact Garrett Byrd at 941-928-1354 or Garrett@StorageAuthority.com to learn more about the Storage Authority Franchise opportunity.

www.StorageAuthorityFranchise.com

Self Storage Planning……… Chapter 4 & 5

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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