Climate Controlled Storage: A Comprehensive Guide

June 14, 2024 Steve Hajewski, Regional Manager

Whether you are building your first facility or expanding, the decision of whether to include climate-controlled units in the project is a common question. Higher rent, better land coverage, and the elimination of moisture and dust in the storage units serve as incentives to build. However, climate-controlled storage presents some unique considerations.   Does my …

Self Storage: Mastering Site Layout and Unit Mix

April 5, 2024

In the self-storage industry, the design and layout of a facility are as crucial as its location. A well-thought-out site layout and unit mix can significantly enhance operational efficiency, customer satisfaction, and ultimately, profitability. In this article we will review some important factors that influence what you will build and how you will design your …

Why Does Everyone Want to Buy My Self-Storage Site?

June 14, 2022 Steve Hajewski

If you are a current self-storage owner, you have probably noticed your phone has started ringing more. No, I’m not talking about rental customers, I’m talking about brokers, buyers, and investors. Nearly every day, often multiple times, I’m asked if I would consider selling my self-storage properties. The requests come via phone, email, text, mass …

Boat/RV Storage Planning and Construction

February 24, 2021 Jamie Lindau, Product Development Manager

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a big impact in the Boat/RV storage market. The pandemic has basically changed the thought process and spending habits of the average American. In a year that shut down many businesses it has ignited a wave of buyers who have purchased a RV’s Boats and other recreational vehicles. Per RV …

Self-Storage Construction: What’s the Cost?

February 23, 2021 Steve Hajewski, Marketing Manager

If you have decided that you want to invest in your own self-storage project, creating a construction budget is going to be one of your first tasks. It will also be ever consuming. Many new developers end up with a classic chicken and egg problem. You want to know if a project is worthwhile before …

Self-Storage Lending in the Coronavirus Climate

June 15, 2020 Live Oak Bank

Trachte Building Systems does not offer financing, but it’s an important part of the development puzzle for most of our clients. This blog is shared from our friends at Live Oak Bank with their permission.  Businesses can still secure financing amid this crisis. In fact, it may be the very lifeline they need to successfully …

Security Cameras for Self-Storage Development

April 13, 2020 Steve Hajewski, Marketing Manager and Self Storage investor

A few months ago, I discussed exterior lighting on this blog, since most of our clients ask us for a recommended light fixture. In this post I’m going to talk about the next question that usually comes up: Security cameras. Whether or not you should install cameras is not even a question. Every self-storage facility …

How to Choose Exterior Self Storage Lighting

January 7, 2020 Steve Hajewski

In this post I’m going to cover the basics of what you are looking for when choosing wallpack lighting for your self-storage facility. To start, let’s be clear: Trachte does not sell exterior lighting. However, almost everyone who buys a self-storage building is going to need it. And for the purposes of this article, I …

Preventing Ice Dams on Storage Buildings

December 9, 2019 Steve Hajewski

In most of the country including here in Wisconsin, winter is here. And with that comes the annual discussion that we all have. No, I don’t mean the one where we question why we live in Wisconsin. And no, not the one where we discuss how old Aaron Rogers is getting but dang the guy …

Sorting Out Who Does What in Self Storage Development and Planning

August 29, 2019

The Regional Managers in Trachte’s sales department work with a wide variety of customers. Some of the largest names in storage purchase Trachte Buildings; but many of our clients are new to self-storage. In fact, many of our clients have never built a commercial grade project. This means not only are they learning about self-storage, …