What’s New at Hickory Hollow?

StorPlace Self Storage of Hickory Hollow

 

 

 

 

 

What you are looking at is the beginning stages of a brand new storage building at StorPlace Self Storage of Hickory Hollow.  We are located at 5251 Mt.View Rd, Antioch, TN behind Carmike Cinemas, the Global Mall and Southeast Branch Library. We are in the process of constructing a brand new building that will feature at least 43 additional units.

This brand new, state-of-the art building will have storage units ranging from 5 x 10 to 10 x 20. We are working diligently to provide the best storage facility with as many storage units as possible for those that are moving, downsizing, and purchasing new homes. We have a plethora of types of storage units such as heated and cooled, inside spaces, and parking spaces. If you have a need for storage, StorPlace Self Storage of Hickory Hollow is the place to visit.

The Antioch community is growing at an astronomical rate and we are eagerly waiting to fulfill any storage needs that may arise. Our convenient storage facility has storage units which feature large roll-up doors.  The unit’s are perfect for the storage of vehicles, boats, and motorcycles.  StorPlace Self Storage also features an array of packing and moving supplies such as lamp boxes, wardrobe boxes, and mattress covers. Our team of managers is on hand from 9-5pm Monday – Saturday to offer assistance by phone or in person to meet your storage needs. With hard work and persistence, this new building will be available in the next few months. We have a great team working hard every day to make sure these units are in tip-top shape and ready to rent.

Looking Forward to the Future

StorPlace of Murfreesboro Rd

Excitement is high at StorPlace Self Storage of Murfreesboro Rd.   By winter of 2016, we hope to be the new and improved StorPlace of Murfreesboro Road Self-Storage Facility.  The improvements and expansion will help StorPlace Self Storage beyond a doubt continue to meet the needs of our current and future tenants, not to mention our new face lift will add beauty and appeal to the neighborhood.

As the community grows, StorPlace Self Storage will continue to work hard to improve its facilities to meet the demands of the area.

Additional heated and cooled units will be added for the homeowners and apartment dwellers that need to store their precious treasures that are temperature sensitive. Items such as musical instruments, electronic devices, and antique furniture can be stored with no worries.

Showing a storage unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

We will also add the ever needed large convenient outdoor drive-up units for storing such items as vehicles and large house hold items. Being centrally located to so many apartment  and home developments, we find that the residents seem to never have enough closet space. Our drive-up, walk-in closet size storage units will help solve their space problems. These units are perfect for  the extra over flow belongings, such as outdoor grills, bicycles, and small garden tools.

Our new show room will feature a full line of moving and packing supplies and we will have additional dedicated staff on-hand to give valuable tips on how to pack and store your belongings. With every size box on hand for lamps, flat screened televisions, dishes, and boxes for every size picture and mirror, the worries of moving will all but disappear.

Moving & Packing supplies at StorPlace

 

 

 

 

 

As the time draws near, we would like to encourage you to join in our excitement and anticipation of our new expansion and I’m sure as we continue to work hand in hand with our neighbors, StorPlace Self Storage will exceed your storage expectations.

 

 

 

Home Renovating and Self Storage

Home Renovation and Self StorageRenovating a home is a huge undertaking. Coming up with ideas on how to improve the design and function of your home while also keeping within a budget and time frame is no easy task. Whether it is finding the right contractor, tracking down the materials, or simply finding the time to get started, it is a daunting endeavor.

One of the biggest headaches in starting such a large project is figuring out where to put all of the new materials that you are purchasing. Also, what should you do with the household items that need to be stored out-of-the-way to avoid damage during the remodeling process. At StorPlace Self Storage, we offer a range of storage spaces to help meet your specific storing needs from making sure you have somewhere to keep your furniture safe to a space to put all of the materials and supplies that you need for improving your home.

StorPlace Self Storage offers large outside first level outside access units, where you can store building materials and other items that are not temperature sensitive. This is a great way to store the many tools and materials for the job. These are the units that you can back your vehicle right up to for loading and unloading, which is a great time and space saver during the renovation process.  For your nice furniture, electronics, or other sensitive items, we offer a large range of affordable heated and cooled storage spaces. These storage units are perfect for keeping all of your important household items safe and secure while you are improving and updating your home.

Remodeling a house can be a huge hassle. During a remodeling project, living in the space amidst the chaos can be quite difficult at times. Let StorPlace Self Storage help make your life easier and more stress free, by stopping by one of our many middle Tennessee locations to check out our numerous storage solutions. Our friendly staff is always happy to help you find the right storage space to fit your every storage need.

Protecting Valuable- Cards, Comics& Kicks

As we know, people store a multitude of items for scores of reasons. Everything from automobiles to baby pictures populate storage units across the nation. Another great use for storage units is storing collectibles and other valuable items.   There are many things you can do to preserve and protect the integrity and value of sports cards, comic books and sneakers while they are in storage. Below are a few tips to keep your collections in the best possible conditions.

Sports Cards Storage

Sport Card storage sleeves

Sleeves such as this are a staple for any sports card collector.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sports cards are typically stored in sleeves, such as the one pictured above. These sleeves are designed to go in three-ring binders. The sleeves protect sports cards from the rigors of the outside world and keep them in pristine condition. For those who want to raise the ante to total protection, there are hard sports cards storage cases. These cases are made of hard plastic and are available in a wide array of sizes and thicknesses.   Cabinet and briefcase style cases allow you not only store all the most valuable and well-protected of a sports card collection together, but they also will store well at home or in your storage unit.

Comic Book Storage

Comic Book Storage Tips

Bags & boards are great for protecting your comic books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comic books are long-time favorite amongst collectors. Comic books have been around since the late 1800’s and now are a multi-million dollar industry. Keeping a comic book in pristine condition is vital to the value of the book. There are many ways to protect your comic book collection while in storage.

  1. Boxes- specially built for comics. They come in two different sizes: long and short.
  2. Boards- The stiff board backing helps to keep the comics flat. However, the boards will need to be changed every 2-5 years to keep the board from changing the color of the comic.
  3. Bags- Made of polypropylene , or known as “mylar”, these bags protect your books from the elements.
  4. You are going to need somewhere to keep your comic book collection! They are best stored in a climate controlled setting. Avoid keeping them in wet, hot, or drafty areas.

 Sneaker Storage

Sneakers have exploded in popularity over the past decade. Lines wrap around stores nationwide whenever the latest Air Jordan, Lebron, or Kobe shoe is released. With this growth, came a resurgence of collectors as well as a secondary market catering to those who missed out on release day. As the demand for these items has increased, so has the prices they command on the secondary market. As the size of sneaker collections has grown over the past several years, finding places to store footwear has become paramount. Here are some tips for storing and protecting your footwear.

Tips for storing sneakers

Silica packs come in different sizes & are great for absorbing moisture

  1. The use of silica packets does help with keeping moisture away from your shoes. However if you are going to utilize them, make sure they do not touch the actual shoe, because they will dry out the leather or the midsole, which in some shoes will cause or accelerate the deterioration of the midsole.
  2. If the shoe has a clear outsole, remove the paper that comes with the shoes, if they are kept in the shoe box. The paper is acidic, and the acidity will cause the soles to yellow.
  3. Do not store sneakers in extreme temperatures, either very hot or very cold. In the case of very hot, it can cause sole separation, and very cold can also affect the glue and integrity of material components. It is best to store your sneakers in a climate controlled area, with the optimal temperature being 68-72 degrees farenheit.
  4. If they are stored in a climate controlled unit, add moth balls, particularly if boxes are sitting on the floor. You do not want any of nature’s precious creatures getting in to your shoe boxes.
  5. Take your shoes out of the box periodically and let them get some air.
  6. The most effective way to preserve your sneakers is to WEAR THEM! There is nothing worse than waiting years and years to wear a shoe, and the midsole crumbles the first time you put them on. Wearing them does help maintain their integrity.

When you store your collectibles, especially outside of your home, you want to take the necessary steps to ensure your valuables are not damaged. Following a few of these simple tips can keep your treasured items in great shape for years to come. Stop by one of the 16 StorPlace Self Storage locations to see how we can help with your collection storage needs!

 

Shake off those Winter Blues!

Beating the Winter Blues

It never fails. In mid-January, after all the holiday adrenaline has worn off, I enter this slump. All I want to do is go to work and then go home and sleep. This is really unusual for me, because I love being outdoors and keeping busy. One of my favorite places to go and look for activities is Ready, Set, Rutherford! This site is perfect not only for people visiting our community, but also for those of us in a rut and looking for a fun new adventure to embark on. As you peruse the pages of this site there are likely things that you didn’t know took place in our neck of the woods.

Just recently, I visited the page looking for something to get out of the house and do on the weekend. I noticed that Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU)  actually has an event area where different activities are held. Last week, I attended the SEBRA National Finals  at Miller Coliseum. What an exciting event! Coming up this weekend is a Truck and Tractor Pull. And boy am I excited!

Not everyone enjoys the same types of activities, and that is what makes Ready, Set, Rutherford so great! You can see events for many different types of people: those with young children, those who love the outdoors, and also those who love the arts! For those of us who just get stuck and don’t know what we want to do next (or those of us who like to have the WHOLE day planned out), they even have sample itineraries that have step-by-step instructions on how to maximize a fun-filled day!

If you ever find yourself without a clue what to do on a cold winter day, check out the Ready, Set, Rutherford and plan away!

Welcome to 2015!

Welcome to 2015

It’s that time of year again when we all start making New Year’s resolutions!  One of the most popular resolutions made each year is losing weight. To be honest, it makes my list every year. Therefore, I decided to find more ways to be active this year. There are actually many different affordable activities to do in the Middle Tennessee area and many different fitness centers to choose from.

One place that I like to go to when looking for fitness and exercise deals is Groupon. Right now there are many deals available such as: barre fitness classes, martial arts lessons, boxing or kick boxing, rock climbing, yoga, dance lessons and so much more.

Murfreesboro also has many different fitness centers. Some of these include Planet Fitness, Gold’s Gym, Olympus Athletic Club, Anytime Fitness and Murfreesboro Athletic Club. My preferred gym is Planet Fitness. One of the best things about this facility is that it is a 100% Judgment Free Zone. It’s an environment where you feel accepted and comfortable going at your own pace without having to worry about others judging you. Planet Fitness is also very affordable. They have two membership types. The first is a $10/month plan which allows you unlimited access to their gym equipment and unlimited fitness training. The second option is the Black Card membership. This membership is $19.99/month and adds unlimited access to all Planet Fitness locations, use of tanning, and unlimited use of massage chairs, hydromassage beds and the total body enhancement machines. I suggest visiting each fitness center to see which will work best for you and your goals.

There are also many other ways to stay active besides joining a gym. Why not do something fun with your whole family like bowling, roller skating, paint ball shooting, or zip lining. There is something available for all ages.

Or if you prefer to exercise in the comfort of your home, Groupon also has many great deals for purchasing exercise equipment and tools to help you reach your goals. Don’t have enough space at home for bulky equipment? Why not clear out that spare bedroom and put it to good use. At StorPlace Self Storage we can find a perfect storage unit to match your needs!

May you succeed at all your resolutions and become a healthy and happier you! The staff at StorPlace Self Storage wishes our friends, family and customers a very Happy New Year!

Tips on Storage

StorPlace has self storage for all the seasonsThere are just some basic tips that most people do not think about when putting their belongings in storage. First, have a game plan! Take a look at the items that you are going to store and determine the approximate size of storage unit you will need. Then, check out the storage facility you would like to use and make sure it has all the features and the storage unit size that you need. You also may want to consider a temperature controlled storage unit if any of your belongings could possibly be affected by extreme temperature changes.

Now let’s take a look at the items that you want to store and decide the smart way to store them. As you box up your belongings, remember to use same size boxes so they can be evenly spaced when stacking in storage, so that they don’t collapse over time. That brings us to how to pack the items in the boxes so that they don’t collapse. ALWAYS pack the boxes full. Boxes will collapse if they are not fully packed with items and filler material. Packing paper that is available at StorPlace Self Storage.

If you are storing any appliances there are extra prepping for storage steps that most of the time are over looked.First, if storing ANY type of food appliance make sure you clean it extremely well. Keep in mind that just because they look clean does not mean that there is not any small food particles left that can attract bugs to your storage. Just in case, you may even want to use a non-toxic bug spray on those appliances. When storing a refrigerator, make sure you unplug it a few hours before you move it. This allows time for the fridge to defrost and drain, because you don’t want you items in storage to get wet not to mention flooding of the unit next to yours. If you are storing a washing machine or dishwasher, make sure you run a drain cycle before you unplug and unhook them from the wall. Also, make sure all the hoses are free of any water. Once you get these larger appliances in the storage unit, prop the doors open so that mold and mildew does not grow inside. Wipe down tools and metal objects with some oil or WD-40 to prevent rusting.

The next item on the list is how to keep dust off of your furniture and mattresses. Most people will use a plastic mattress cover, couch cover or tarp to cover their items in storage. The only problem it that plastic will hold in moisture and heat, which can damage furniture. The plastic coverings are great for moving because you don’t want to get you furniture or mattresses dirty, but they are not so great for protecting items in storage. A good idea is to use mattress or furniture covers for moving, but once the item is in storage, slide the cover down to the floor but leave it under the item so that when you move the items again you can just slide the cover back up and go. This will also apply to any shrink-wrap that you or your movers may be using. Just make sure to remove it when you put it in the storage unit.

StorPlace Self Storage has 16 locations in the Middle Tennessee and Bowling Green, Kentucky area to serve all of your storage needs. Stop in to one of our facilities to see how we can help you with our many storage solutions!

Staging a Home?

Staging a home and self storageWhen you are ready to sell your house most of the time you will be told to “stage” the house.  What does this really mean? Well staging your house can mean a number of different things from removing big pieces of furniture to cleaning out the garage.  Both of these tasks can be stressful, but having a place to store everything could help relieve some of that stress.  That is where StorPlace Self Storage comes in to save the day.

If your realtor tells you that you need to take some of the bigger pieces of furniture out of your house to help stage it, well finding a place to put the furniture can be tough.  You can’t put it in the garage because that needs to be cleaned out too. This is one of the many reasons why there are storage units. There are many different sizes of storage units that can fit almost any need.  Storing can vary from just a few boxes to an entire house full of things.  If it is just a few items than maybe a smaller unit will do, such as a 5×5 or 5×10.  Or, let’s say that you needed to store the contents of an entire house.  There are bigger units available for that need as well, such as 10×25 or 10×30.  Also, there are a variety of storage sizes in-between the 5×5 and the 10×30 will accommodate most needs if it is a little bit of both furniture or extra clutter.

Reducing the clutter and removing big furniture can help make the house feel bigger.  This is a major selling point for potential buyers.  This is another reason that storage is a big need for sellers everywhere.  If you are in the Middle Tennessee area or even in Bowling Green KY, StorPlace Self Storage is the place for you to store your belongings where they can be safe and secured.

If you have any questions regarding anything that was mentioned above please give us a call at StorPlace of Hendersonville.  615-826-1700.

Building a Good Rapport with Customers

building good rapport with your customers

Building a good rapport with your current and future customers is very important for a self storage facility team.  For some people being a great salesman comes naturally; they are very positive, outgoing, and friendly. However, some people have to really work hard at developing the skills necessary to become that trust worthy salesman. Even those that are a natural salesman always can learn more to “polish” their skills.

First, start by learning about your tenants and customers. Don’t be afraid to ask questions like “What is creating your need for storage?” or “What brings you here today?”. These are good conversation starters and will also allow you to pick the right type of storage unit they will need. The conversation will usually lead to a very detailed answer that will allow you to find out a little about their personal situation. If your computer program will allow notes, then place a note on the account to remind you to ask. Also, make a mental note of this conversation so that later when they come by to pay the next month’s rent, you will be able to ask questions like “The last time you were in, you were having some troubles with your grandmother. How is she doing?”. You will be surprised how much people appreciate you asking and it will also be at the start of a great business relationship.

The best way build a trusting relationship with your customers and tenants is to always do what you said you would do. If you tell the customer that at 10:15am you will call them, then at 10:15am you better give them a call. Never let your customers have to wait on you or wonder if you are going to call them back. This also applies to email! If they send you an email, respond immediately even if you don’t have an answer for them. Let them know that you received the email and that you will get them an answer as soon as possible. Try not to make promises that you may not be able to keep. Just because you don’t say “I promise” does not mean that your customer didn’t hear it that way. So if you say “I will get it done” then you better get it done!

Learn your customer’s personality. This takes time but eventually you will be able to do this pretty easily. If you have a customer that is always in a hurry when he comes in to pay his rent and never has much to say, he is probably not the customer you want to start a conversation about the weather or his kids. Do what he appreciates, fast service. Let’s say the customer is very quiet and when you ask them a question you only get a short one word answer, then you may want to keep the conversation to a minimum. You don’t want to make them feel uncomfortable or end up on the dreaded one-sided conversation. If the customer is chatty then let them chat. The most important thing is to try to connect with the type of personality you are dealing with. You don’t ever want to act in such a way that your personality comes across as the complete opposite of the customer standing in front of you.

Follow these rapport building suggestions and you will be on your way to a great long-lasting relationship with your customers. They will appreciate the good customer service and will continue to send you future business long after they are no longer your customers. StorPlace Self Storage prides ourselves in great customer service! Stop in to any of our 16 Middle Tennessee locations to see how we can help you with your storage needs.