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, …

Self Storage Pest Control

April 23, 2019 Steve Hajewski

One of the tasks I handle at Trachte is helping our customers to be seen on search engines. Making sure your property shows up on Google is an important step in opening a self-storage business. Recently, I had an interesting call from a storage owner – this is about a five year old site… one …

Choosing a Site for your Self Storage Development

February 27, 2019 Steve Hajewski, Marketing Manager

One of the most critical decisions in developing a self-storage facility is choosing the right site. The best location depends on a number of factors, and each can influence your decision. Research and an understanding of market conditions are critical in your fact-gathering. Let’s examine some key components to site selection that will help you …

The Chicken or the Egg
(aka the civil engineer or the building manufacturer)?

November 9, 2017 Steve Hajewski, Marketing Manager

One of the best parts of my job is that I get to do many different things. Aside from being the Marketing Manager here at Trachte, I also serve as Regional Manager for one state. I speak to many clients as they develop their sites to walk them through some of the marketing, management and …

Have Camera, Will Travel

June 9, 2017 Steve Hajewski, Marketing Manager

One of the most enjoyable parts of marketing Trachte is that I get the opportunity to visit customers and see the variety of ways that people personalize their self storage businesses. This week I attended a ribbon cutting for a rural facility in Evansville WI, which features a converted barn. Instead of sheltering cows, the …

Happy 2017!

January 16, 2017 Steve Hajewski, Marketing Manager

As I write this post, we’re about halfway through an icy gray January in Wisconsin. It’s pretty bleak outside, getting dark around 4:30 pm, and mother nature seems confused lately, with rain pouring down on us while the temperature hovers at 25 degrees. Hardly a good time for anyone to move if they don’t need …