The self-storage industry has become very profitable over the past decade. With an annual industry income of $39 , it’s no surprise that approximately 9 percent of American families are using a self-storage facility at any time, considering most self-storage units run at a 92% occupancy rate. As far as other real estate investments, self-storage is at the lower end of the maintenance spectrum. That doesn’t mean it can be neglected, however. Units still need to be taken care of to have a sustainable business.

Perhaps the most essential component of a unit is the door. Not only because it…


Michael Ruge, based out of Vancouver Island, Canada, is one of the world’s foremost experts in self-storage and records storage, as well as a bonafide jack of all trades. Over the past three decades, Michael has successfully founded and sold several companies, written multiple books, acted as a consultant and marketing advisor to numerous companies, and assisted dozens of CEOs in finding solutions to problems no one else knew how to fix.

Above all, Michael is a deal maker who does what it takes to get the job done. He prefers to refer to himself as an “intrapreneur” rather than…


As the pandemic continues to unfold, many people continue to try to find ways to remain active while stuck at home. One of the most common trends of 2020 has been decluttering and rearranging. Amidst all these cleanings, people have found that there are still plenty of objects they want to preserve but don’t have space within their homes to maintain all their stuff. Unfortunately, this leaves many people throwing out both essential or useful items. One of the more significant reasons people throw away so many of their personal belongings; the many myths surrounding self-storage facilities keep individuals from…


When it comes to natural disasters, they are an inevitable force, and almost everyone will be affected by one sometime in their lifetime. Fires, floods, tornados, hurricanes; they don’t discriminate on who they affect. But what happens when they involve your storage unit? This concept is not widely discussed among those who have gotten units and had damage to their things in the event of a natural disaster. So who’s at risk? Who pays the damages?

If you happen to live in an area that is commonly prone to natural disasters, you are probably pretty knowledgeable about keeping your belongings…


Whether you are moving or just looking for a little bit of extra space, storage units can greatly maximize your space. When looking for units it’s important to do your research and get organized as efficiently as possible and know what is going into every box if you have to find it later on down the road.

Packing

When you are going through your items that you are preparing to put into your storage unit, you want to organize the items as efficiently as possible. This is where categorizing your items can come in handy. …


Sometimes when you are moving, or even in the process of remodeling part of your home, you may come to a time where you just need a little bit of extra storage space to store some of your belongings.

But, how do you know which company will provide you with the right space for the right price?

Look no further. We’ve compiled a list of the top 4 storage unit options to give you the most comprehensive overview of the market, so you can make an informed decision.

1. PODS
PODS is a storage/moving company that is ideal for those moving…


The task of moving is always a stressful situation, especially when you have a ton of your things just lying around. This can often put them at risk of being damaged, but they can also considerably slow down the process of moving, and nobody wants that. This is why so many homeowners and businesses alike take the time to store their items away at a storage facility. Although it’s certainly simple to do, there are a few things you should keep in mind before collecting your items. …


The life of living in tiny homes has become a massive trend in recent years. With no particular age limit, many have made the decision to simply reduce the amount of space in which they live, which also means having fewer material things. The homes typically contain less than 500 square feet of space while coming in all shapes and sizes. They may be stationary on a solid foundation or constructed on wheels for portability.

Financial Advantage

Conventional homes have grown larger and larger, which means they cost more to buy and maintain. As millions of people find themselves with…


When self-storage has been abandoned for some time, they often go to auction. The show Storage Wars gave light to some of these fantastic finds. These excellent storage lockers have their own stories to tell when they come into possession, but you are never really sure what you may get when you buy one.

Beach Boys Collection

In Florida, during the late 2000s, a radio station decided to get in on the storage locker buying action. They purchased a locker during a blind auction for only $300. The locker had initially been rented out during the 1970s, but around 2006…

Michael Ruge

Michael Ruge, based in Vancouver Island, BC, is a business owner and entrepreneur specializing in self & records storage. Learn more @ https://michael-ruge.net

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