Maintenance is Key To Self-Storage Success

StorPlace of Murfreesboro RdWhen self-storage companies are trying to save money by “holding off” on “minor” maintenance issues, they were really costing themselves and their customers time and money in the long run.

By not addressing minor issues–like a storage unit door sticking–as they arise, self-storage companies can create larger issues eventually like the door eventually breaking or causing a customer an extra 10 minutes to open. That is why one of our missions at StorPlace is to invest in maintenance.

Investing in maintenance is a direct correlation to investing in customer service. When the little things are not pushed off and in fact addressed right away, self-storage owners are helping to maintain a great experience for their customers. They are also saving themselves money by both investing in their property but also keeping customers happy and coming back.

A few dollar problem can turn into a one-hundred-dollar problem if it is not addressed. Even worse, it could lead to a bad customer experience that could have been avoided with a 20-minute repair. If the problem was held off and the door and the track kept getting damaged from an object, for example, then that would cause the company to pay to fix the track and/or door. On top of that it would cause the company to lose money because the unit would not be rentable under construction.

So, when a unit is not rentable and costing money in damages and repairs, money is being lost and customers are forced to go elsewhere. At StorPlace, we have learned from our experience that investing in the little things nets big results. A customer might not necessarily notice when everything is working properly, but they will notice when it takes extra time to access their storage unit for whatever reason. Get out in front and invest in maintenance if you’re a self-storage owner, you will get that back down the road.

Pokemon Go: What Your Business Needs To Know

Find the right storage unit size for your needs at StorPlace Self StoragePokémon Go is sweeping the nation. But can businesses capitalize on this growing phenomenon? The answer is yes, but you need to take the proper steps in order maximize its potential. Here are a few ways that Pokemon Go can impact your business:

Increased foot traffic in or around your business

More potential customers with people discovering you for the first time could result from Pokemon Go players. If you can accommodate that traffic in some way, you could get people to stay for a little while and invest in your services. Now this only really helps if you are a PokéStop.

What is a PokéStop?

A PokeStop is a place where a Pokemon Go player can go to get additional items for the game itself. It can also hold a PokéLure. This is a lure that attracts Pokémon to this particular location for 30 minutes. A PokeLure could be particularly helpful if you are a restaurant or a shopping center. What better way to get customer’s into your business than to attract them directly through the door!

What if you’re not a PokeStop but want to be? 

If your business one of these types of business, but you are not a PokéStop, in the near future you will be able to request to be one. Keep that in mind when you are thinking of ways to bring in new customers and keep your eye on releases or reports about how a business can apply to be a PokeStop in the future.

What type of business would not necessarily benefit from Pokemon Go?

On the other hand, there are some types of commercial businesses that would not benefit from having their business be a PokéStop. The main concern for me when it comes to businesses being PokéStops is security. If you consider yourself to be a secure facility, such as a storage facility like StorPlace Self-Storage, it might not in your best interest to be a PokéStop. This is due to the potential unwanted after-hours foot traffic, and possible trespassing. Also, places like cemeteries, factories, or businesses near large intersections might not want to be a PokéStop, either.

Safety first!

In either case it is on the player to understand when and where to play the game. Be respectful please! Who knows how long the Pokémon craze will go on for, but in the meantime, gotta catch ‘em all!

Tips for Storing Comic Book Collections

StorPlace of Murfreesboro RdComic book collections are a great investment and fun hobby. With the hundreds of comic book based movies that have been hitting the silver screen lately, it’s easy to get attached with the fun and engaging characters. Whether you can relate to the backstory, or you think their super power is really cool, being interested in comic book characters is what will keep you interested in the story as it grows and continues.

Most publishers have massive universes of thousands of characters – so keep your eyes open for the classics if you are beginning to build your collection: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, etc. Maybe a team of characters is more your speed – check out: The X-Men, The Avengers, The Justice League, etc. But for those of you who already have a growing collection–and are running out of storage space around your home–below are some tips for how to store comic books the right way while you continue to add more to the collection.

Comic Book Collection Storage 

Equally important to building your collection is protecting your collection. Comic books are generally stored in acid free mylar bags–you can even get them resealable with acid free adhesive. This protects your books from fingerprinting, scuffs, and–with the addition of some acid free tissue paper–moisture as well. A backing board is stored inside the bag, against the back cover of the book, to add rigidity which prevents bending and curling when books are stored together. We also recommend climate controlled storage areas as well to protect the collection from extreme temperatures.

Finally, store your bagged and boarded comic book collection upright in a short or long box–depending on how many books you have–being sure to add foam inserts or large trade paper backs to fill the empty space to prevent your books from leaning too much in a forward or backward direction. Wear cotton or linen gloves when handling or placing your books in storage. Also, don’t store your comic books in a way that the ink on the spine cracks and becomes white, and always store your books, bagged and boarded.

In addition to those comic book storage tips, inspecting your books periodically while in storage is also highly recommended. Treat them like you’re handling historical documents in an archive similar to business document storage, because essentially that’s what you’re doing. Above all else, remember to enjoy your new hobby and continue to purchase new comic books after you have created space by storing your older items. For anyone with large collections in the Kentucky or Tennessee areas, consider StorPlace. Our heated or cooled units would be great for comic book storage, so stop by today to learn more!

Summertime Favorite: How to Make Strawberry Pretzel Salad Dessert

Storage Solutions at StorPlace Self StorageAre you looking for that special desert to beat the heat this summer? The StorPlace Self-Storage team is here to help! We included the recipe below for one of our favorite summer dishes–Strawberry Pretzel Salad. We also identified the ingredients needed and step-by-step directions for preparing this tasty treat!

The first step is preparing all the ingredients listed below:

• ¾ softened butter
• 3 tablespoons brown sugar
• 2 ½ cups crushed pretzels
• 1 (6 oz.) package strawberry flavored Jello-O
• 2 cups boiling water
• 3 cups strawberries, chilled
• 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese
• 1 cup white sugar
• 1 (8oz.) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

The next step you will take is actually preparing your dish:

• Preheat oven to 350 degrees
• Mix the butter or margarine, with the brown sugar.
• Mix in the pretzels and pat the mixture into the bottom of a 9″x13″ baking pan.
• Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes, and then set aside to cool.

Then, while the crust is baking, in a medium sized bowl:

• Dissolve gelatin in the boiling water and stir in the strawberries. Chill mixture until it starts to partially thicken up.
• Beat the cream cheese and white sugar together, it should become smooth. Fold in the whipped cream. Spread the mixture overtop of the now cooled crust while making sure the edges are covered and sealed.
• Chill, and then pour the gelatin mixture over top the cream cheese layer.
• After chilling the top, it should become thick and firm

We hope you get a chance to enjoy this wonderful dish with family and friends this weekend! Also, be sure to check out our helpful storage guide to learn about how we can assist with all of your self-storage needs. At StorPlace, we always want your storing experience to be easy, friendly & convenient.

Summertime in Nashville, Tennessee

StorPlace of Bowling Green, KYThe weather is heating up. Nashville’s economy is booming and people are flocking here for the summer. With so many exciting events and places to go, I can’t say I blame them. While some are planning vacations, those of us that live here are spring cleaning and landscaping too while enjoying the sun. Most college students are also home for the summer. So while this time is year is for fun, yardwork and catching up with friends and family, it’s also a season of transition. To assist across all these transitions for those in the Nashville community, consider StorPlace Self Storage.

StorPlace has a wide variety of storage units to choose from. If you are staging your home for the real estate market, we have Heated and Cooled units so you can feel safe storing your extra furniture. If you are relocating here for the summer, feel free to store your entire home or just the things you will not be using right now. One very special benefit you will receive for storing with StorPlace is the 10 percent discount when you purchase the needed moving and packing supplies. Each store has a full line of moving and packing supplies for your convenience.

The most popular type of storage unit is our outside drive up unit. This makes loading and unloading a breeze, with wide roll up doors. They come in a wide range of sizes from 10×10 drive-up units to 20×40 drive-up units. They all have at least eight-foot ceilings so you can stack as high as you would like. These units are large enough to store extra vehicles, tractors, jet skis, etc. We also have smaller inside units if you just need a little space. Most locations will have units as small as 4x4x4, this is perfect for college students.

For business needs, StorPlace also offers 5×5, 5×10, and 7×10 inside units which are great for storing small amounts of personal items. One thing you don’t want to forget is our outside parking. StorPlace has covered and non-covered parking that will fit the largest camper, recreational vehicle, boat, truck or car. The property is completely fenced and gated with twenty four hour camera surveillance so you can store your goods without any worry.

So whatever transition you are in this summer, call StorPlace to help make these months, safe, stress-free and enjoyable.

The Two Most Important Self Storage Questions To Consider

StorPlace of Murfreesboro RdThere are many factors that go into renting a self-storage unit. But there are two questions you must answer before anything else–where do you want to store your items, and how long will you need to have them in storage?

Once these answers are identified, our friendly team at StorPlace Self Storage will help with the rest. Below are some things to consider when starting down your path to renting a storage unit for the first time.

Where To Store Your Items? 

Knowing when and where you want to want to place your business or personal items in storage is the first step. At StorPlace of Franklin, we are proud to serve our neighbors and surrounding cities. Being able to access your items while they are in storage is important so keep that travel time in mind when you’re selecting a facility. But as long as you’re a reasonable drive away, our expert Franklin team would be proud to serve you!

How Long Will Your Items Be In Storage? 

It’s important to understand the temperature in the area you will be storing your items.
In middle Tennessee, for example, the climate can get very muggy and have lots of humidity. If you are planning on a short-term rental–maybe less than three months–an outside drive-up unit will be perfect for you. The drive-up units also make loading and unloading very convienient. But, if you’re thinking longer than three months, you may want to consider a heated and cooled climate controlled storage space or even a humidity controlled storage space.

Other Storage Tips to Consider

Here at StorPlace of Franklin we also offer ground inside units that are not temperature controlled but are inside the building to keep your items out of the elements. It is a little bit more work when you move in, but if you are concerned about staying dry or the cleanliness of your belongings it is well worth the extra effort.

Size is also important. Make sure you look at the space before you rent it. Seeing it will help you decide which size will work best for you. But any StorPlace associate can help you with this as well. So stop by and have a look. Even if you don’t need something today, we can put something on reserve for you. We’re here to make the storage process as simple as possible and looking forward to working with you! 

The Importance of Planning Ahead for Your Next Self-Storage Experience

Find the right storage unit size for your needs at StorPlace Self StorageWhen storing your belongings to eliminate clutter or maximize space within your home with a self-storage company in Tennessee like StorPlace Self-Storage, it is always good to plan and prepare well before moving day. In some cases, the need for self-storage is last minute and you do not have an opportunity to fully prepare. But in other instances, like staging your home for sale or putting away seasonal items for the winter, careful thought and proper planning will you eliminate significant stress.

Planning for self storage begins with what, when, and where you are storing. After figuring out what things you need to store, doing some research on how to store those items can help save significant time and effort. During this process, our friendly team of experts throughout our self-storage facility locations are available to discuss any questions you may have about your individual storage needs. Moving is one the main reasons people need self-storage, or maybe even just cleaning your house. Whatever the case, however, any successful storing experience starts with the right storage location.

A proper storage location is usually a location that is conveniently located near you. The amenities are also important–does this storage facility offer what you may need in regards to a storage unit size or temperature controlled unit? Call in advance get some information from any of the 16 local StorPlace stores they can help you with all your storage needs. Ask questions StorPlace managers are happy to assist and are very knowledgeable when dealing with storage. Inform the managers what and when you need to store and they can help provide guidance to make things a little easier.

With a simple phone call and a few minutes of time, we can help identify the storage solution that works best for you and your needs. Research is key to learning and making life easier that goes for everything including storage. Once you’ve identified what you are storing and which location you will be choosing, how you go about preparing for your move is also a critical step. Packing stuff in boxes or totes in advance of your move date is something we highly recommend for saving time with the moving truck. Have your items ready to go, label boxes according to where they go kitchen, bathroom, or garage for example. Place priority items where they are easy to access when storing in labeled boxes and place them in the front of your storage unit.

Planning out your storage needs can save an immense amount of time and headache. As little as 30 minutes of planning can save you hours of frustration and agony. Plan ahead do your homework, better to go into something ready instead of not ready. Thinking ahead on things in life can make things less bumpy, same goes for self-storage. Plan in advance, do your research, if you don’t know ask. Storage professionals like those at StorPlace are very insightful and always willing to help. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, our storage professionals are here to help! And don’t forget, planning ahead will always make life easier–self storage is no exception.

Learn Simple Ways To Support Tennessee’s Wildlife

StorPlace of Bowling Green, KYThere are three key elements involved in helping to maintain our beautiful wildlife throughout Tennessee–food, water and shelter. These three necessities of life are simple yet often overlooked when it comes to how we can support the birds and animals that share our Nashville, Tennessee community. Fueled by a personal passion to give back to Mother Nature, we took the following steps at our home recently that anyone can adapt to help Tennessee remain as vibrant as ever.

  1. Bird Baths – By taking shallow plastic trays that can be purchased for as little as one dollar, we are able to help our birds find water they need to stay clean and hydrated. After starting with trays, we now have two concrete baths in our backyard that many birds swoop down to use on a regular basis. If you are looking to do the same, be sure to keep them clean and free from Algae, mosquitos and other unwanted larvae.
  2. Food for the WildlifeWe have a multitude of different kinds of feeders since all birds don’t eat in the same manner. Doves like to eat on the ground, but will eat from a feeder. Cardinals and Chickadees will eat from anything. Titmice like dinner from a feeder, while Gold Finches prefer thistle. When choosing your feeders, have fun! We try to mix our own bird seed with fruit and nut mix. You can also slather peanut butter on the side of a tree, and stick some bird seed to it. Wood Peckers love this little treat, as do other birds and squirrels.
  3. Finally, Shelter – We try to provide a variety of lodging for our furry friends, keeping in mind, we don’t want them on our back porch. Bird houses are usually fine to put close to your house, but we’ve had more success with houses made from natural colors. In our yard, we also witness dear, squirrel, raccoon, possum, a large variety of birds, including a few stray Turkeys, and Chicken. These animals are being forced to live in our world, but few steps can go a long way to help insure their survival.

For all your self-storage needs in Tennessee, consider StorPlace Self-Storage. We take pride in the community we serve, offering the best in self-storage solutions for home, business and everything else in between!

How Self-Storage Helped Me Pursue My Passion

StorPlace of Hickory HollowSelf-storage units can help you pursue your passion. For me, as a furniture collector and carpenter, its opened a whole new world of possibilities. The truth is, you never think about a lot of things in your life until you need it. In many cases, that’s how it is with self-storage for your home, business or hobby. Preparing to move out on my own recently, I realized just how much stuff my hobby helped me accumulate over the years. It seems, in retrospect, that I may have an addiction to purchasing items every time I enter a home decor store or thrift shop.

The reason I’m brought back to self-storage in all this is because I’m not quite ready to give up on these items, but they also will not fit into my new home. In search of safe and secure storage in the Cool Springs area, I walked through the doors of StorPlace. The Manager was amazing in every way–very knowledgeable about the units she had available as well as the amenities and features that would best fit my needs. She even offered me Property Protection for my storage unit which makes me feel even more confident that my belongings are safe and sound as I settle into my new home.

Now that I have plenty of space, I can further pursue my passion of building and repurposing furniture. I am a huge thrift store and yard sale junkie but due to my lack of space I had in the past I was limited in what I could bring home and work on. Now that I’ve found StorPlace, the sky is the limit! Or, at least as high as the 10 foot ceilings. I love finding that diamond in the rough and seeing the beauty in its potential and now I can continue to accumulate old pieces in search of that next project like the coffee table set I just wrapped up.

Recently, I was at a local thrift store and I came across a metal coffee and side table set. I purchased all three tables for $15 and drove over to a nearby home improvement store. There, I bought a can of cooper color spray paint and some wood for about twenty-four dollars. When I got home, I painted the legs and made new wood tops for all three tables, staining them a dark Walnut finish–and BAM! Magazine quality furniture pieces easily worth $200 or more. The only problem now is I could see myself needing another unit for my next masterpiece.

Gladys the Goose and Getting to Know our New Neighbor

StorPlace Self StorageOne of the things I love the most about working at our StorPlace Rutherford Blvd location, is that there is always the opportunity to see wildlife. In the field just across the street, we have an opportunity to see deer, different types of birds, and other animals making their way through the week on a regular basis. This spring, we also have the pleasure of seeing a goose across the street. One of my morning rituals, while I am stocking the packing supplies we keep on hand for our self-storage clients at StorPlace on Rutherford Blvd, is to check in on what “Gladys” is up to.

When I first noticed the goose, I was kind of curious as to why she was hanging around and sitting in one spot. I see them frequently at the pond near my house, but they always fly away and return. It wasn’t until I saw some little hatchlings one morning on the way to work that I realized that Gladys must be with her nest. This prompted me to do a little research into birds in Middle Tennessee. I believe that she is a Canadian Goose. I looked at the Tennessee Ornithological Society’s list of Birds of Tennessee and out of 409 species the Canadian Goose is listed as one that inhabits our wonderful state (disclaimer: this is just my speculation about the species, out of respect for the wildlife I have not gotten close enough to confirm).

Upon further Google searches, I found an interesting article about Canadian Geese and their habits. One thing that grabbed my attention was that the mate for the female goose will guard her and the nest while she is incubating. I have noticed a second, slightly larger, goose that will fly in periodically. Meeting Gladys from across the street at our self-storage location in Tennessee also prompted me to learn about the incubation period for Canadian Gees. Turns out, the nesting period last for 42-50 days and the incubation period for the eggs is 25-28 days. I have been noticing Gladys out there for about three weeks, so hopefully this means we shall be seeing some goslings (baby geese) soon.

While I don’t claim to be an expert, I have really enjoyed getting to observe Gladys over the last few weeks. It may inspire me to do a little more research into bird watching in Tennessee. For now, I look forward to seeing Gladys until the hatching of her goslings!