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Self Storage facility owners have been hiring AAAA Self Storage Management Group to drive results and bring more money to their bottom lines since 1973. AAAA offers a proven business model for the self storage operator of one or multiple facilities that will improve efficiencies and increase profit. AAAA manages over 50 facilities from Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and others east of the Missisippi. Call us at (757) 998-8481 or click below.



Our full service management model includes total responsibility for your onsite management team. This includes hiring, training, payroll and benefits administration as well as dealing with governmental compliance issues.

Each manager completes a structured training and development program which includes live classroom sessions and onsite training with a AAAA Certified Trainer. AAAA Managers are fully trained in daily revenue management and are motivated with a proven bonus model that rewards revenue growth and other critical performance metrics. Having your managers properly motivated and trained to counter opposition to rent increases and compete with low-price competitors will set the stage for revenue growth without sacrificing occupancy.

AAAA staffs a 24 hour emergency line so your customers are never left without assistance. We are always on duty so an owner never has to deal with a phone call.


Our in-house, “Packed Planet” marketing department combines strategies which enhance your store's online visibility with onsite manager driven activities to improve your store's visibility in the local community. AAAA believes in a low cost / high reward approach to marketing that tracks the results of every campaign.

Maintaining a robust and visible website is cost prohibitive today for the small operator but the participation of our large portfolio of stores enables us to offer a highly visible and user friendly, nationally recognized website to the consumer which provides a clear focus on reservations and closing the sale. Our proprietary revenue management algorithms adjust rates based on demand and supply in real time, to maximize revenues without losing occupancy.

Maintaining a robust Social Media presence and taking a proactive approach to Reputation Management are top priorities. Online reviews are monitored, harvested and responded to immediately. Outcomes are tracked and used as training tools to improve future performance. 


The name of the game today in self storage is revenue enhancement and our team takes advantage of every possible strategy in this regard. Our managers and call center operatives are fully trained in daily rate management and our NOA software and its proprietary algorithms facilitate their ability to generate the maximum possible revenue per space rental. Our NOA software continuously “scrubs” each store’s rent roll to locate below market accounts, collections issues and over 8 other revenue related concerns while simultaneously notifying supervisors of their existence. We also have extensive experience with rental trucks, tenant insurance, POS sales and every other conceivable source of ancillary income.

On the expense side, our team of experienced bookkeepers, led by our staff CPA, carefully reviews every expenditure so we know where every penny of your money is being spent. A detailed income and expense statement is prepared and mailed monthly and quarterly meetings with each owner are arranged to review facility and management team performance.

Our group buying power and negotiated local and national accounts provide exceptional savings on purchases of many industry goods and services including property insurance, credit card processing, locks, packing and office supplies, operating software and more. 


NOA is our proprietary software application, built on Salesforce, that offers the self storage operator enhanced monitoring, control and efficiency over virtually every aspect of your business. NOA’s three current modules, Revenue Pro, Operational Suite and Career Evolution overlay your stores’ operational software to improve performance at every level.

NOA constantly scrubs each store’s rent role and monitors each store’s revenue metrics looking for deviations from maximum performance.

NOA tracks each manager's development and ensures progress is made and advancement occurs as planned. Store Audit results, manager achievement milestones or set backs, mystery shop scores and employee scheduling are all monitored. The operator’s Policy and Procedures manual, training videos, employee testing and much, much more are archived here.

NOA monitors marketing activity for each location to ensure your store is receiving maximum exposure and comparing results to dollars spent. The Quality Assurance program and Reputation Management activities and results are recorded here.

NOA also manages all vendor account information, contracts and renewal dates, and tenant insurance claims to ensure the business side runs smoothly.

Deviations from established norms, goals, etc set by the storage operator in any of the above areas are immediately reported electronically to the Owner or supervisory designee. Since NOA is web based, all personnel with proper permissions can access critical data at any time from anywhere so immediate action can be taken.

If you want to retain control over most aspects of your facility and just want assistance with periodic audits, employee hiring and training, setup and operation of a tenant protection program, marketing, a call center or something else; we offer it all to our clients.

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(757) 998-8481 


Evaluating a Self Storage Management Company
If you are considering engaging a management company to operate your self storage facility for the first time or are comparing management companies, this will be one of the most important decisions relating to the performance of your facility you may ever make. Amazingly, many owners attempt to shortcut this decision by putting together a spreadsheet listing services offered and fees charged. Meeting face to face and asking the following questions will assist you in determining if third party management is right for you and if so, which management company is most likely to be the best fit for you and your property. 

A. Does the management company’s approach to marketing demonstrate a concern for spending your dollars in the most targeted and efficient way and tracking the return on investment for each marketing dollar spent or do they use the “shotgun” approach and hope for the best.
B. Are you required or expected to participate in shared “institutional” advertising campaigns with dubious direct benefits to your facility? 
C. Is their marketing strategy one dimensional or does it combine effective online tactics with an active social media presence and community based onsite activities? 
D. Do they have a well-developed quality assurance program for their customers that ties to their reputation monitoring and management efforts.
E. How do they know if the marketing dollars spent are effective at making the phone ring? Do they have accurate, reliable statistics on how often their managers answer the phone? Are their managers shopped regularly on the phone and in person? Do they utilize a call center? If not, why not?
F. Are they relying on expensively outsourcing most tactics or are they orchestrating a cost effective and state of the art approach "in house"? What sort of technology do they bring to bear on the problem of tracking campaign results? 
G. If they say they do and track all these things don’t settle for vague answers. Ask for details. 

Corporate Staffing and Controls
A. How many facilities does the management company manage and how is the corporate office staffed? Ask the representative to describe the corporate hierarchy that will impact your facility. Who are your points of contact and how accessible and responsive are they likely to be? Is your account likely to get and hold their attention?
B. How many facilities does the management company’s District/Area representative oversee? How often does he/she visit each facility and what does he/she do while on site? 
C. Visit the management company’s corporate offices. Are you impressed by the staff, physical plant and technology being brought to bear on your behalf? What activities do they engage in as a team or make available to individuals that build corporate spirit, keep morale high and make it a quality place to work, facilitating high quality hiring and retention?
D. At all companies, the work culture found at the Corporate Office sets the tone for the entire company. Ask the representative to describe the corporate work culture. Now ask to interview a couple of staffers at the corporate office. Do they describe things at corporate similarly? 

Hiring/Motivating Employees
A. Does the Company have an actual HR manager who ensures compliance with applicable State and Federal employment laws or does their Controller or another employee do double duty as an HR manager. 
B. Is there a written employment agreement in place with each manager to provide a layer of protection for you as well them from employment related legal actions. 
C. Does the Management Company measure the performance of the on-site management team separately from the performance of the facility or do they assume that high occupancy means high quality management? 
D. Are Store Managers on straight salary or are they on a performance based bonus plan that motivates them to go the extra mile?  
E. Ask the representative to describe how they measure property performance and how their managers’ performance is measured and how the bonus plan works in detail.

A. Ask to see the Management Company’s Policy’s & Procedures Manual or similar document. This is at the core of any first rate management firm and should be scrutinized closely. 
B. Ask the representative what initial and follow up training the management company provides to the onsite management team.
C. When you distill it all down, the quality of any management company is always reflected in the quality of their onsite staff. Visit several of the management company’s facilities and shop a couple of their Store Managers, at least by phone if you can’t get there in person. How do they compare to their competition? More importantly, how impressed were you with their poise and professionalism? Are they well trained in the art of persuasive selling or just giving out rates and availability?

Revenue Management
A. Implementing a rate management strategy, controlling discounting and collecting your money are the areas with the greatest impact on a facility's bottom line. What are the management company's specific tactics to deal with these issues and what technology do they bring to bear to accomplish the mission.  
B. What ancillary sources of revenue does the Management Company have direct experience with and recommend for your facility?

Expense Control/Economies of Scale
A. Does the Management Company have a portfolio of properties of sufficient size to obtain substantial discounts on facility insurance, credit card processing fees and other products and services?
B. What expenses does the Management Company work to control via negotiated regional or national accounts? 
C. Ask the representative to describe the review and payment process for invoices related to your facility. Is the Accounting department overseen by a staff CPA or is the Dept. Head a glorified bookkeeper? 
D. Tour the accounting department. Do the workstations and file areas look like a whirlwind of out of control paper or does it look like a place with tight controls? Ask to see their records room and look for the same things.

Property Sale/ Exit Strategies
A. Does the Management Company have experience in marketing and selling self storage facilities or will you have to hire another company when necessary?
B. Does the Management Company have access to a national sales platform to ensure visibility with the largest pool of potential buyers and to maximize the sale price for your property? 

Company Vision
A. Look at the management company's website and around their offices. Does the company have a Vision or Mission Statement? If so, is their stated primary mission anything other than to protect the interests of their owners?

Sounds like a long day doesn’t it? It is, but next to site selection, correct selection of your management company is arguably the most important decision you will make relative to the performance of your multi million dollar facility. We hope you’ll be willing to invest the time to visit us so we can answer all of the above questions for you.   

or call (757) 998-8481


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Feature / Service   Silver Gold Platinum
Each plan requires a 1 year agreement   Critical Operations the AAAA Way Full Service Mgmt
Discounted Products & Services (Vendor Discounts)  
Save with Corporate rates thru vendors, such as Sitelink, SpareFoot and Chateau        
Corporate & Employee Perks  
Discounts to thousands of online retailers & benefits for businesses & employees        
Revenue Pro  
Management of rent increases, discounts and revenue potential   bi-monthly bi-monthly
Resource Library  
Unlimited access to 40+ Years of resources, DIY Marketing, Training & Guides        
On Location Facility Audits (+ Travel Fees, if applicable)  
Onsite space audit, facility inspection, file audit, collections and manager performance evaluations   quarterly bi-monthly bi-monthly
NOA (Nicholson Operations & Analytics)  
Our custom SalesForce application suite designed for improving the overall performance of your store and management team   self use DM directed DM directed
District Manager    
Your store & manager reports to a dedicated supervisor for direction, development and conforms to the AAAA Way        
Marketing Director    
Guidance for your managers to execute all essential marketing tasks (or add Packed Planet Marketing service for best results)        
After-Hour Emergency Line for your Customers    
Monitored 24/7, 365 days year. You place our number at your site for customers to call in the event of an emergency        
Career Evolution (+ Travel Fees, if applicable)    
Remote and onsite (at a local Certified Training location) manager training and development programs        
Financial Management      
Your store is assigned a bookkeeper & full income / expense management including the annual budget        
Human Resources Manager      
 Applicant screening, testing, counseling and legal compliance        
Staffing / Payroll      
Your store’s manager is a AAAA employee with full benefits, development and payroll processing        

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