You could be president of one of the major self-storage Reits who makes over 9 million dollars a year. Or you could be one of the 9 guys who work for the same company who make over a million dollars a year. Not likely to happen for you? I understand. I don’t want to work for 20 to 30 years and hope I rise the top management either.
Do you think you could build a single self-storage? If you could do that I am sure you could build one every two years if that was you your career. People are doing just that and making profits and that is why you see self-storage being sold at the certificate of occupancy (CO)
That is really what this article is about. How profitable is it to build a self storage and sell upon completion? Apparently very profitable. I have heard experts say a newly build Class A facility at the certificate of occupancy (CO) is worth up to 40% more than the total invested. If you build one of the mega 100,000+ square foot highrise’s it is clear it will put millions in your pocket if you sold it upon completion, even before you rented a single unit.
Let’s take a look at the numbers for a more reasonable project. Let’s look at a single story 60,000 square foot $5,500,000 project. First, let’s see how this looks with some estimated development numbers:
Construction cost & soft costs – $65/sf $3,900,000
Land cost: $1,100,000
Additional soft/caring cost $500,000
Total Development cost $5,500,000
At 40% profit, it would sell for $7,700,00O and leave a $2,200,000 profitless selling cost. Even if we are off by 50% that would leave a $1,000,000 payday.
I went on List Self Storage to see if I could find any facilities for sale at CO. I immediate came across a 69,000-sf facility being sold at CO in Colorado Springs for $8,700,00.
Using approximately the same unit cost from our example we would get:
Construction cost: 69,000 sf x $65/sf $4,485,000
Land cost $1,500,000
Additional soft/caring cost $500,000
Total Development Cost $6,485,000
If they got their asking price that would be $8,700,000 – $6,485,00 = $2,215,000 profit.
Wow! Now you can see there are a lot of variables and the only way to know the answer is to have the actual construction cost and selling price. But my point is all about sharing why self-storage is a good investment and has one of the lowest failure risks, if not the lowest, for real estate investments. I can not promise these types of profits. And I would be the first one to recommend a feasibility study early one by a third party expert to help you understand the cost and value of a specific project early on. I am certainly not advocating you build self-storage and sell at CO. In the end wealth is not how much money you make every year but how much you save. And owning self-storage naturally puts “money in the bank – retirement income” for when you do decide to sell and pays you well until that point. And of course, typically pays well once it is rented.
I believe you will make millions more by holding on to your facility for the long run than selling at CO and that it is the best way to build a lifestyle. I would rather see you fill the facility up and make $200,000 profit every year and down the road have an asset that could be sold or refinanced for millions more in profits. One of my goals is to help future self-storage owners become self-storage multi-millionaires so I can have few more fishing buddies around the US.
Marc Goodin is President of Storage Authority LLC. www.StorageAuthorityFranchise.com He owns 3 self-storages he designed, built and manages. He has been helping others in the self-storage industry for over 25 years. He can be reached at marc@StorageAuthority.com or directly at 860-830-6764 to answerer your self-storage franchise, development, marketing, sales, and operational questions. Storage Authority helps busy professionals make an additional six-figure income while keeping their current career.
The April 1-4 Inside Self Storage Expo in Las Vegas is a great place to learn everything self storage! And you get an opportunity to talk directly to the vendors and learn face to face about their products and services.
I would love to meet you there. Shoot me an email and we can make plans. firstname.lastname@example.org
I will be moderating the educational session on Using Data-Driven Technology to make self Storage Investing Decisions. If you are looking to build a self storage in 2019 you will not want to miss this session.
One of the recent improvement and availability of Data that is had major leaps in the past 2 years is information on the competition. Everything from their location, size, and pricing is available. It is important to understand how accurate the data is and other limitations fo the data when using this data.
The mini feasibility study can now be done in hours vs days due to this new data-driven technology. Here is a link to an article I recently wrote for the ISS magazine.
Every once in a while there is a technology that is fun, easy to use and cheap that every business has to have to first hit home run out of the park and them eventually just to survive. I believe voice command technology (especially combined with other technology) will be one of the big hits for self storage in 2019 and moving forward.
We are very exited to help Ed and his team become self storage experts. And we are also excited to see Alexa in action at a self storage for the first time. Self storage technology is swiftly evolving and everyone will need to include High Tech – High Touch platforms and systems if they want to have high end profits and Crush your Competition.
Alexa who was the last one on site? Alexa how many renters are on site? Alexa open the gate. And this is just the start of voice command opportunities to make your self storage managers job more efficient and to impress your renters for more self storage profits.
Alexa, can you answer Mr. Goodin’s question, Can we give him a discount?
Mr Goodin I understand your concern, You want to get the best value for your money. I am sure you can agree we have the nicest facility in the area and provide exceptional value. And you know Sally the manager and I will work hard every day to earn your business. If we we started giving out discounts we could not be able provide our customers the service and value they deserve and expect.
Mr Goodin would you like to get that unit in your name today?
Storage Authority is happy to be partnering with Open Tech Alliance to insure we have the high tech that our clients want and deserve.
It is time to get past management and become self storage leaders!
The roofs are on at Storage Authority Walters Rd in Houston Texas. Time to start taking reservations! The typical feasibility study will have you renting 10 – 15 units in your first month. With Storage Authority’s pre-opening marketing plan we aim for 30 – 60 units rented in the first month.
Storage Authority Walters Road is a single story facility, but as you can see here it is important to beef up the office area to help provide that “just feels right” feeling.
The concrete pads have been constructed for Storage Authority Mulberry FL. This project will also provide vehicle parking including RV & Boats.
We are excited that our Storage Authority Franchise owners from the Tampa Fl area had their land offer accepted and are proceeding with their due diligence and site plan design. We helped them with preliminary concept plans on several properties before they decided on the above parcel.
Land clearing has been completed on the latest Storage Authority facility to start construction in Central NJ. We estimate a 6 month construction period.
Construction is exciting but preparing for construction and post-construction is what is going to make Storage Authority facilities premier facilities. Our customers will be able to open the gate simple by driving up to the gate with the StorageGenie. And it does a bunch of other great things like email or call the facility, or make a Payment from your cell phone. You can even get a notice when you ( or other you gave your codes to) have accessed the facility. We put the renters in control and they love it! Don’t think you can add it after construction because it does not work that way.
As part of our Dynamic Ease Self Storage Development Series, we help our franchisees around the development landmines, including finding land, designing, financing and building a premier self-storage facility and to understand the options and prepare accordingly.
If you want to learn more about Storage Authority Franchise there is a wealth of information on our website 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)
We are excited to announce that Storage Authority has partnered with the best self-storage management software available to our industry. With 10 years of first-hand experience working with Sitelink in the trenches, they are first in class with their innovative features and user-friendly platform. Their Cloud base platform is second to none when it comes to running an efficient smart connected facility that enhances the customer’s experience and reduces the facilities overall cost.
Here are just a few reasons why we went with Sitelink:
1.) Training: With Sitelinks certified professional training course with ongoing, training videos and webinars anybody new to the industry can be brought up to speed in a short amount of time. Even seasoned managers can polish their self-storage skill set.
2.) Support: The amount of real-time support Sitelink provides is unbelievable. During operation hours you or your staff can call in for real-time support to walk through any procedure or resolve any issue if need be they have a built-in tool where they can remotely log in instantly to assist you.
3.) SiteLink eSign is the legally binding signature capture component of eFile Management, allowing owners to execute, track and store leases, insurance forms, and other documents electronically. Sign in-store, on your website or send leases by email and track progress throughout the signing process, including quick lease audits to ensure proper completion.
4.) Customer Relationship Management (CRM), SiteLink delivers more leads and automatically saves reservations from all of your lead sources such as websites, listing services, and call centers. Automatic follow-up reminders for managers and notices sent to prospective customers turn more leads into rentals.
5.) Revenue Management: SiteLink Price Optimizer provides the industry’s best toolbox for managing price lists and tenant rates. You can set parameters to “push” unit rates based on occupancy percentages. Push rates are calculated daily, similar to the airline industry’s demand-based pricing.
6.) TOTAL Accounting & Reporting: SiteLink manages your financials and integrates with the accounting software of your choice. Track financials with confidence using cash or accrual basis methods. Reports are always just one click away. Access real-time reports on any computer or mobile device such as smartphones and tablets.
Overall, as Storage Authority grows and scales we are aligning our selves with the best in business and Sitelink Management software checks that box with their cutting-edge technology.
Industry News & Tips You Can Use Today
5 Tips You Can Use Now
1. Free Demand Studies: Now you can get the information on your 3-mile competition, including existing building square footage, rates, population, unit pricing, in minutes for more than a dozen locations FREE. Check out RADIUS here radius.unionrealtime and get your free credits now!
If you need help understanding the data take a screenshot and email it to Garrett@StorageAuthority.com
2. Get your own Storage Genie: Email email@example.com and she will tell you how. Let her know Marc from Storage Authority sent you.
3. Reduce your construction time by: including a construction schedule in your contract. And by requiring a detailed written update every week of the next two weeks schedule and completion date. The office is the last thing completed. Make sure the contract requires the office foundation and building to be done first.
4. Have some fun: Required your contractor to upload photos weekly to a private photo sharing site for your viewing. You can share with others like your engineer, Architect, and your family. Pictures tell a 1000 words so they often help between visits in many ways
5. Don’t end up with a sub-par website. Owners spend millions building their facility and are losing money every week because they skimped on the website. Make sure your web provider has built a few hundred self-storage websites and understand SEO. It is time to take online rentals! We recommend you call Christina at G5 for your website design at 541-306-3383.
Storage Authority experts are ready to help you every single step of the way, from finding land to operations, to driving your revenue year on year. If you have a question give us a call. Team up with the experts to save time and maximize your profits.
How much would it cost to buy huge forest of Oak trees? Likely more than you and I have to spend. But they all started with an acorn. An acorn that was free. To many people are wasting more and more good money trying to find the right “paid for marketing” that will make them oversized Self Storage Profits when they should be planting thousands of free acorns.
Take a look at this email I received from my manager last week. 8 Rentals in one day. Seven on the phone (notice the P for phone rental) and 1 walk in. Was this because we have a great manager? No, Kate is great, but this was just her third week on the job.
Was it because the nearby University of Connecticut is about to get out for the summer and all the students picked us because our prices are the lowest. Heck no, the guys right down the street rent a 5 x 10 for the summer for a total of $195 and we are $399 for the same summer rental.
So, what is the secret? We plant thousands of acorns every year. Here are just a few that led up to that one day of fun phone rentals. Which by the way are part of 150 rentals we will do in 45 days.
1 Our new manager of 3 weeks had a detailed manual that included rental scripts that must be followed.
2 Before she was hired Kate reviewed and practiced the scripts with us and agreed to use them word for word.
3 We did the hard work of role playing.
4 Our manual was clear it is our goal to rent over the phone to every caller. And if we do not, we get their number and call them back in 2 days.
5 On every call we promote our facility, “show them a unit on the phone”, confirm the size is the right size for them, provide the price and say “would you like to get one in your name before they are all gone”. Then we take a full month’s payments – we only rent – no reservations. FYI – next to none cancel and around 1 in ten transfers to a larger size.
6 Our manger is accountable daily and emails us every day detailing both the walk in and phone rentals and the walk ins and phone calls who did not rent.
To rent 8 units that day we had to more than be good at helping our clients finding the right unit for them. We had to get them to call or stop in, in the first place.
7 Month after month we add all move out emails and other town and university emails to our mail chimp site for our newsletter.
8 Two week earlier we sent out a mass email via mail chimp letting the UCONN students know we love them and would provide them a free lock if the prepaid for the summer.
9 Earlier in the spring we were the only self-storage to attended the University student fair. We handed out hundreds of cards and simply said have your mom or dad give us a call and we will take care of everything with them over the phone and they will just need to stop in and sign the lease.
10 For the last two weeks we had a table at two banks, one on campus and one in Town that highlighted our self-storage. We bought $200 of candy and other goodies to make sure we attracted everyone in the bank to our table. When my wife GP asked, did we really need to buy 50 lbs. of candy I reminded her each piece of candy is an acorn planted. If we rent just one extra unit because of the candy it will pay for all the candy. And many non-students will see our name one more time so when one day when they need storage they will think of us. And the great part is many students rent from us for 4 years!
11 We had already completed spring cleaning inside and out so both our employees and our renters are impressed.
12 Every morning we put out our Open banner and our sandwich board for thousands of people to see as they drive by. This month one side reads Spring is here! and the other “We love UCONN.
13 Not only do we have a huge candy bowl but we also have a premium candy like York Candy right next to it. Who could resist “Can you stop in this afternoon? I know you will be very impressed with our facility and I have York Peppermint Paddies with your name on them”
Have you been planting acorns day after day or just wasting money?
Why be motel 8 when you could be the Ritz?
By Marc Goodin
President of Storage Authority
Author of Cush Your Competition,
102 weeks of guerilla marketing for oversized profits for your self-storage.
From: Heidi Henderson, Executive Vice President of Engineered Tax Services
Many real estate investors are unware of how the top industry professional utilize the tax code to their benefit. And most think that their tax professional is aware of every aspect of the existing code to advise them of any applicable credits or deductions they are eligible for. In reality, the tax code is complex and expecting your CPA to know every aspect of it, is like expecting your family doctor to be able to perform heart surgery!
“Surrounding yourself with the right people and education on these topics are the keys to your success!
I am a real estate investor myself and through many years in tax and accounting I have learned from the best on how to apply every aspect of the tax code to create the most tax efficient real estate portfolio, leading to continued success.
Recent tax changes under the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act expound on the benefits of real estate investing. Taxpayers can now capture immediate deductions for business related tangible property, your depreciation can be front loaded, and for energy efficient buildings the available credits and deductions were renewed in February of 2018 and assets removed during demolition can be written-off or donated for a charitable contribution on your tax return.
These are just a few of the complex tax code sections which can make the difference between a profitable business, and a losing proposition. Below is an article outlining 11 Frequently Asked Questions about Cost Segregation, which is one of the methods you can apply to your property.
We partner with business owners across the U.S. and have worked on thousands of self-storage properties nationally. Give me a call today for more information and to discuss the some of the tax strategies that might be applicable to your business or property. I can be reached at (801) 689-0325 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
11 Frequently Asked Questions about Cost Segregation for Self-Storage Properties
By: Heidi Henderson, Engineered Tax Services
1. What is Cost Segregation?
Cost Segregation is the process of identifying personal property vs. real property, and individual building components for tax purposes, rather than treating a building purchase as one large asset. This determination allows a property owner to depreciate their assets over the useful life of each asset instead of assuming that the entire purchase amount applies to one long-term (39-year) asset.
2. Does my property qualify?
All investment properties, including self-storage properties qualify for cost segregation. When a cost segregation study is applied, you are telling the IRS that you are simply choosing one acceptable method for depreciation (MACRS*) vs. another approved depreciation method (straight-line). Both are acceptable, however MACRS requires an analysis to identify the value of each individual asset you own, rather than looking at your property as one large asset.
3. When does it makes sense to do a Cost Segregation study?
Cost Segregation can be applied to a newly purchased building, a newly constructed building, or a building you have owned for around 15 years or less. If the property is not fully depreciated (39 years is the length of normal depreciation), then there is an opportunity to change the method with cost segregation. Although any property can be depreciated under MACRS, the costs of performing a cost segregation study may outweigh the benefits if the property was acquired for less than approximately $300,000.
4. What items are reclassified via Cost Segregation?
Under straight-line depreciation a property’s total cost (less an allocation for land), is depreciated evenly over 39 years. Under MACRS the assets are identified and reclassified in 5-year, 15-year, and 39-year class lives depending on the IRS determination of its actual useful life. And whether the assets are used for your business use, or the basic function of the buildings use as a structure. Examples of 39-year property include; windows, walls, doors, roof, HVAC systems, plumbing, and electrical. Examples of 15-year property include exterior improvements such as; fencing, exterior signage, asphalt, curbs, landscaping, and exterior lighting. And examples of 5-year property are; carpet, appliances, specialty lighting, woodwork, unit partitions, individual unit locks and security, and business specific heating and ventilation systems.
5. Does the type of property affect the tax savings?
Some property types will have a higher reallocation percentage than others. Interior, climate controlled self-storage properties will see a higher amount than a shed-row or boat and RV storage type. The allocations are based on actual assets and values or each of the components within the property.
6. What information is required to do a Cost Segregation study?
Surprisingly, the information required to perform the study is limited. For a recent purchase, the closing statement or HUD is the only requirement. Blueprints are helpful but not necessary. New Construction projects require cost breakdowns and total costs for construction and development, but individual invoices are not required.
7. How do I choose a Cost Segregation provider?
Choosing a reputable firm is a vital to ensuring that every aspect of the IRS requirements are met, and in the case of an audit the report is upheld without disallowances or associated interest and penalties. The IRS Audit Technique Guidelines dictate that a physical site visit is performed, the analysis is performed by a professional with cost-accounting or engineering expertise, and the method of determining asset value is an approved methodology. Make sure that audit defense is included in your study, and that the final report offers complete detail over every aspect of your property. Choosing a low-cost provide may be tempting, but the ultimate savings, detail and support of a reputable provider will far outweigh any additional costs. And finally, ask for references!
8. Will I get audited if I do a Cost Segregation study?
Cost Segregation is not a “trigger” for audit. The IRS issued automatic consent for deprecation whether applying a change from straight-line to MACRS at the time of purchase or retroactive for a property you bought 10 years ago. This means that taxpayers are allowed to make this change with the approved forms offered by reputable cost segregation firms. However, in the rare case of an IRS review, rest assured that a detail report with the proper IRS approved methods and audit support will affectively defend your tax filing position.
9. How much does a Cost Segregation study cost?
The cost is usually based upon the type and use of the building, size, and location of the property. Beware of cost segregation providers who charge a percentage of the tax savings. The tax savings is relative to the entity type, number of owners, the year of acquisition and other factors, so the actual cash benefit can vary. Most providers will offer a quote along with projected tax savings, so you and your CPA have the information necessary to make an educated decision.
10. How much will a Cost Segregation study save me?
The tax savings realized with a cost segregation can vary depending on the type of building, your total acquisition cost, and length of ownership. Self-storage properties vary in type and size and may see reclassification percentages from 15% to as high as 40%. Request a detailed benefit analysis from a qualified and experienced firm who has a history with self-storage properties.
11. What does the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (TCJA) passed in December of 2017 mean for my tax return?
The Trump administration passed the TCJA which is the largest tax reform bill passed in over 30 years. There are significant changes that offer tax cuts for real estate investors. The largest change being the adoption of 100% bonus depreciation for tangible personal property acquired after September 27, 2017. Tangible personal property is defined as assets with a useful life of 5, 7 or 15 years. Therefore, when cost segregation is performed to identify the personal property (5, 7 15-year property) apart from real property (39-year assets), it allows the property owner to capture bonus depreciation on those reclassified property and immediately expense the entire value in the year purchased!
*MACRS: Modified Accelerated Class Recovery System
Ed, you must be excited to have started construction on your self-storage facility?
Ed: Absolutely. We have put substantial time and research into this project and the team is excited to open Storage Authority Houston-Walters Rd.
Marc: First I want to congratulate you and your wife Jenny. It was not that long ago we met as strangers in a Houston hotel lobby and you shared your goals with GP & I. Now we are friends and you are well on your way to making your self-storage dreams come true.
Can you provide us a short background on yourself?
Ed: I do remember that meeting with you and GP and it has been a pleasure working with you all on this project. I have been in the transportation industry working in an executive role for many years and I have also been involved in a few technology startups, but I always have had a passion for real estate.
Marc: I know you are all ready to starting your marketing for your grand Opening. What is your projected construction time?
Ed: Approximately 6 months
Marc: How helpful was the Storage Authority preferred Houston Area real estate broker Richard Anderson?
Ed: Richard was both a resource and an advisor through the entire process. He has an extensive commercial real estate and development background, so his experience was invaluable.
Marc: How many acres did you buy? And How many square feet of self-storage did you get approved?
Ed: We bought four acres of land and will be building a 60,000 sq ft facility in two phases.
Marc: You and I did some conceptual early on and then once your offer was accepted we worked together with your architect & engineer to come up with the final layout for both the buildings and the individual units. It’s a tradition civil engineers (like myself) get a little tough on Architects but other that did you feel the Storage authority process helped you understand the options and choose the right layout for you?
Ed: Yes indeed. You were involved in all reviews of the design process and we made many updates to the plans that gave us a much better final layout that I am confident is positioning us for a strong opening.
Marc: You actually had a very smooth design and approval process but what surprised you the most about the design or approval process?
Ed: Although the internal side of the design/approval was manageable, like any real estate deal I believe staying creative and alert to the details of the transaction is critical. We encountered several hurdles finalizing the deal that brought us to the close.
Marc: What advice would you offer a new franchise owner starting the design process?
Ed: Tap into Storage Authority’s experience and knowledge, while being sure to be mindful of local storage development trends. Bounce ideas off of Marc and collaborate to develop the best solution.
Marc: Obviously getting a loan is one of the very important steps of self-storage development. How does it feel to have your first multimillion-dollar loan?
Ed: Exciting and challenging. I believe the due diligence that we performed, feasibility studies and local research were all keys to forming a solid working partnership with my lender.
Marc: Many people don’t realize there is a lot of work between the site plan design and having the final construction bid & permits the bank requires. Sometimes inexperienced developers wait until after final site plan approval to start, the building design by the Architect and getting complete bids. You had your Architect and Contractor on board during the site design process. Do you agree this was critical for your project?
Ed: It was essential. I believe the site design process is essential to understanding the full scope of a deal’s feasibility.
Marc:What did you find the most challenging so far and why.
Ed:Keeping a detailed checklist, timeline and prioritizing all of the items was a challenge as we neared the final stages of the project. Large companies have teams that manage this process, and, in our case, it was me and the Storage Authority team.
Marc: Did Storage Authority meet your expectations? And what can Storage Authority do better to assist the next Storage Authority Owner?
Ed: Storage Authority exceeded my expectations. As for what can be improved, you all are already doing it. From enhancing your web platform to providing new operating guidelines your team is innovating to help me the other Owners be successful.
Marc:Thanks for share your experience and thoughts. One last question for now. Are you excited to start your self-storage marketing and renting up your facility?
Ed: Marc, we are ready to get this one leased up, so we can get back to work with you and the team on our next project.
Here is a map of the latest round closings. The article above will give the Towns.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.