Questions to Ask When Searching for a Self Storage Facility

StorPlace of Lebanon PikeWhen it comes to renting a self storage space, there can be a lot of things for you to consider.  First and foremost, you want to ask yourself what matters most to you.  Are you looking for the perfect location? Are you looking for the best price or who offers the best features and benefits? These are just few  of the many questions that you need to think about when you rent a self storage unit. If you want to de-clutter your home and you have excess stuff you want to tuck safely away somewhere, then the location of your self storage unit in proximity to your home may be on the top of your list of questions. If not, you may be in transition and you want to store closer to where you may be purchasing or renting your new home. Whatever the scenario may be, please, please, please do your research before you sign a self storage unit rental lease.

More good advice for folks looking for self-storage would be: “Don’t be blinded by a cheap price.” Remember, we get what we pay for and in the self storage business that statement is very true. A cheaper rate is not always the best value for your money. A few questions to ask when shopping for the perfect rate for you would be: Does the self-storage facility prorate the move in? Is the facility completely paved and fenced in? Do they offer coded access? Does the self-storage facility offer digital surveillance? What times can you access the facility?  Of course it doesn’t mean that you can’t find these few features at a cheap rate, you’ll just have to do your homework to get the best value and the best self storage experience you deserve. Also, be sure to visit the self-storage facilities. Look at the cleanliness of the facility and how friendly the staff is. A clean facility is a very good sign that the staff is happy and they enjoy what they do. A dirty facility is a huge red flag, so beware. Visiting different self-storage facilities also gives you the opportunity to compare apples to apples, so to speak.

Also, look for loading docks and flatbed carts to move your belongings in/out of your storage unit. They are a major plus and very helpful. So if you’re reading this, hopefully it will help you somewhat figure out your needs. StorPlace Self Storage has 16 locations in the Middle Tennessee area. Stop in to see how we can help you with your storage needs!

Storage Solutions

StorPlace Self StorageYour local StorPlace Self-Storage has the options you’re looking for when it comes to storage units. With 16 locations in and around Middle Tennessee, you can be sure to find a storage facility near you. Did you know StorPlace Self Storage has moving and packing supplies?  We have everything from boxes to tape to mattress covers. We have just about everything you can imagine to pack up a household or send a package in the mail. If we don’t have it in stock, our suppliers can have it within just a couple of days. So for those large projects you have planned for this coming winter, stop by the store, and we will be sure to set you up with everything you will need.

We are the newly built, self storage place in town.  We call ourselves StorPlace of Lebanon Pike.  We are the most recent addition to beautiful Middle Tennessee and we are still growing! This fall, we broke ground on our newest addition: a 4-floor heated and cooled storage building with top security and the most convenience on the market. This new site is conveniently located on the corner of Lebanon Pike (Highway 70) and Central Pike in the heart of Hermitage, TN. We are excited to be serving those in the Hermitage/Donelson area outside. Check out our innovative showroom where we have anything and everything one could possibly need when planning a move. The products we have for sale in our offices are of the highest quality.  Our goods come only from reputable vendors with histories of recommendations from other properties.

Besides the new renovations that StorPlace of Lebanon Pike is implementing, our customers can experience the convenience of online bill pay, after hours payment dropbox, automatic credit card billing, after hours call center, and emailed invoices. StorPlace Self Storage strives to make the storage experience easy and convenient for our customers, which is why we recently added even more moving carts and dollies to our building entrances to make your move easier! The StorPlace Self Storage mission is to provide an excellent storage solution to our customers in need by incorporating Christian values of integrity, honesty, respect for each other, hard work, innovativeness, conscientiousness, cheerfulness, and friendliness. Every day we strive to show these values in our stores to each and every customer who walks in. Perhaps this is why the majority of our business comes from our repeat customers and referrals! Take a look at our reviews, and you will see that our customers have been pleased with the results.


Winter Vehicle Preparedness

Prepare for winter drivingWinter is quickly approaching and now is the time to start preparing for the cold. We prepare our homes by changing air filters. We service our heating and cooling systems. We prepare ourselves by getting flu shots or buying the necessary winter clothing. We make plans for power outages and winter storms. We store food that can be prepared in ways other than on the stove or in the microwave. We have bottled water on hand. If you have a fire-place, you make sure there is enough wood for heat. The one thing we do not prepare is our vehicles.

We need to start that preparation just as you do all other things. There are a few things we may need to look at for preparing our vehicles for the winter months. First, complete a check of your vehicle’s safety items. If you are not sure what to look for take your vehicle to a certified mechanic to have an overall check completed.

  • Make sure your headlights/tail lights are working.
  • Check your emergency flashers.
  • Check your tires air pressure and tread wear, including your spare tire.
  • Visually check your windshield wipers.
  • Check your belts and hoses.
  • Check your fluid levels.

Here are some items to place into an emergency kit to keep in your vehicle in case of a break-down. Have a warm blanket to augment your car heater. Keep emergency roadside flares in your car. They are useful to warn oncoming traffic and also can assist in emergency crews locating you in case of a dire emergency. Keep a one gallon jug of water. This could aid in keeping you hydrated. Keep a good flashlight where you can reach it. If possible, place a shovel in your vehicle, just in case you need to dig yourself out. Try to keep your vehicle half full of gas at all times in case you get stranded and your engine can still run, you can use your car heater help keep you warm until help arrives. Place your emergency roadside assistance number in your contacts list of your cell phone, so you won’t have to search for it when you need it the most.

The most important part of winter driving is YOU. There is nothing more important than YOU being aware of your situation. Practice or talk about what should be done in case of a roadside emergency. Most of all, if you are in an emergency roadside situation stay calm.

Heated and Cooled Storage

StorPlace Self Storage of Hendersonville


With the cold weather just around the corner it is vital to store your goods in a safe place. That means the best way to keep your things safe from the weather is to put them in a heated and cooled unit. If this winter is anything like the last one, I would recommend using a temperature controlled unit. This will prevent any chance of your things being destroyed from the cold climate. StorPlace Self Storage is an easy and convenient way to protect your property. Self storage is an effective way of combating the seasonal items. It can provide more room in your house, or give you a place in your heart to know the things you treasure are safe and tucked away. Winter is too cold! And when dealing with our personal property it’s in our best interest to put them inside and away from the outside temperature. Self storage offers many solutions to whatever your storage needs are.

StorPlace Self Storage offers many different options for all your storage needs. The great thing is that it’s month-to-month. Therefore, you are not tied-down to long-term contracts. Who would want to be committed to a rental agreement anyways?  Standard units are also great for storing non-temperature sensitive items. These units are great for storing many household items such as toys, tools, and yard equipment. As I mentioned before, you have the option of storing in a heated and cooled unit or a standard unit. The standard units are convenient because you can pull right next to your unit and unload your items. StorPlace Self Storage offers a safe and secure place to store your belongings. We also have top-notch moving and packing merchandise in our state-of-the-art facilities. Come join us and put your trust in our hands. We will not let you down and we stand by our service by whatever steps necessary!

First impressions

First Impressions Count for Self Storage


Cleanliness, maintenance, and curb appeal are some of the most important factors of any business. By instinct, we usually are prone to go towards a clean, well-lit, safe looking environment. We then would responsively choose the same environment for protecting our belongings.

While keeping a self storage property clean may not stop a criminal, it does go a long way to deter their behavior. A criminal is looking for the exact opposite of the smart shopper. They are looking for an unlit and unkempt property so they are less likely to be caught in the act.

At StorPlace Self Storage, we take great pride in maintaining our properties to look and feel the best they can possibly be. We want our customers to know right from the start, they have chosen the right place.

We keep the grass, trees and shrubs all trimmed and neat, and make sure it is never out of control providing cover for criminal behavior.  It is important to our employees that “our neighborhood” is and feels safe for our customers.

To the criminal mind, a clean, well-kept and maintained facility is equated with security and a functioning camera system. StorPlace Self Storage staff takes many measure’s to deter and stop deplorable behavior; our high-tech security systems are just a part of the ensemble.

Good Lighting is essential. We keep our inside and outside bulbs glowing for everyone’s safety. When necessary, we install extra lighting to help in darker areas that could be hazardous. A well-lit property also makes the common thief uncomfortable.

“Cleanliness is next to Godliness” as the old adage goes. Keeping our facilities clean and comfortable starts with us, sweeping and picking up trash as it happens. We hope our tenants will then follow suit and appreciate the look and feel of a clean property. We wouldn’t throw trash in our own front yards, so we hope the on site dumpsters and trash containers can help everyone work together keeping our neighborhood storage facility clean and well-kept for everyone.

StorPlace Self Storage prides itself on the cleanliness, curb appeal and the over-all look and feel or our facilities. We want our customers and employees to feel safe, well-tended and secure when they visit our locations.

After all, StorPlace Self Storage is your neighborhood storage facility!


Stress Free Fall Storage

Storing seasonal items in self storage

Store seasonal items in self storage


Unfortunately for all of us, “Fun in the Sun” is over. Our beautiful leaves are turning autumn colors, and will slowly fade away. For those of us who have children, like me, bringing in toys and all the summer outside play items, is a hassle. A lot of people do not have garages, so it becomes quite the game of Tetris, putting everything inside. Then the issue of the children thinking they can enjoy the large items inside the house arises, and chaos reigns.

So, instead of worry and confusion all winter long, why not consider renting a StorPlace Self Storage unit. For a reasonable price, you can store your outdoor items. This will relieve the stress and also makes more room for those holiday decorations in your home. Why have your spare bedroom filled with summer clutter, when you can make room for your family and friends to visit? As an employee of StorPlace Self-Storage, I have grown to understand the stress of having too many items, and not enough space!

For those who do have a garage, sometimes it becomes filled with so many seasonal items, there’s no room for your car, RV, or boat. Let StorPlace Self Storage offer the space you need. We have storage units of all sizes. So, bring your seasonal items to a safe, clean environment. We also offer heated and cooled units to help protect your belongings while in storage.We even have a full stock of merchandise needed for secure packing and moving, at 10% off for all tenants.

Don’t want to move your seasonal items because you want access to them now? StorPlace Self-Storage can offer you different options for parking your boat, RV, car, trailer, or even your motorcycle. We have different parking spaces as well as provide covered parking if needed. One of the greatest assets StorPlace Self Storage has to offer  is so many local locations, so you can have your storage needs filled close to home. StorPlace has 15 locations in the Nashville, and Murfreesboro area, and even one in Bowling Green, KY. With so many locations to offer, great pricing, availability, and smiling faces, how could you not take advantage of this stress free opportunity?

How to Store a Flat Screen TV

Storing Flat Screen TVs


Televisions (TV’s) present some of the biggest challenges when it is time to move or store. TV’s are often less sturdy, very thin, and sometimes can be the size of a couch or love seat. TV sets have “a face” of fragile glass that can be ruined by a scratch or too much pressure while picking it up to move it. The inside of the set is extremely complex and full of a variety of electronic components that is very vulnerable to temperature and humidity changes. Over the past few years, the designs of newer TV sets are often very wide and thin and often times do not fit in a standard moving box. TV sets are also very expensive, so it is important to transport and store one properly to keep it in the best condition possible. Below, you will find some tips to help you move and store your TV.

This first thing to do when moving the TV is to clean it properly. During this step, it is important to remove any dust that is built up on the screen or in the air vents in the back of the TV. The dust can be removed with a microfiber or cotton towel as well as using compressed air dust.  The removal of dust helps to prevent scratching, and clarity issues.

Secondly and most importantly is packing the TV to either store in a storage unit or in a moving truck. If you are one of the few people who still have the original box the TV came in, you are in luck. All you need to do is put the TV back in the plastic, add some packing peanuts to the box for more stability, tape the box and off you go. If you throw everything away like me, you will need a few supplies which can be found around your home or at a store. You will need to wrap the TV in a thick comforter or blanket and secure it with bungee cords or a rope. Do not use anything that has zippers or buttons that could possibly damage the TV.Make sure you remove the stand from the TV prior to putting in the box and lastly fill the box with packing peanuts for more stability.

Your third and final step is STORAGE! StorPlace of Hickory Hollow has heated and cooled units that can be used to store your TV as well as other items that are sensitive to temperature change. Using a temperature controlled unit lessens the constant fluctuations in temperature and humidity changes. It is also important to only store the TV upright; do not lay it flat, or in a position that would cause any pressure to the screen.

StorPlace Self Storage has a variety of unit sizes such as 5 x 10 or 10 x 10 heated and cooled units that can be used to store TV’s. We are open Monday-Saturday from 9-5:30pm and can be reached at 615-731-1331 if you have any questions or are in need of a unit.

Managers Blog date October 8, 2014

Manager's BlogThe title makes you think that maybe I am a “Trekie” (Star-Trek  groupie). For those of you that are too young to know what I am talking about you can look it up on-line. Try visualizing storage in the future traveling on a starship will give a whole new meaning to the word “deployment”. Imagine instead of our troops going to a foreign country that they actually go to another galaxy. The men and women of the future will be no different from our brave soldiers of today. They will need to be able to store their belongings until they come home from serving. Now by that time storage may be a lot different. We may have heated and cooled units and for an extra price we will use a shrink ray so you can put your belongings into a smaller unit. That would of course be a onetime charge like a processing fee. We may be able to change the molecular structure of your mode of transportation so that you can store it in a unit along with your other memories. Perhaps your belongings will be in a unit where you can have online access to see video of your belongings to make sure they are okay. This may all sound crazy to you, but with things like Skype, you can have a Christmas morning with family members that are clear around the world …so who knows what kind of storage will be available in the year 2525….if man is still alive…..okay that is another blog. They will probably have some other way of getting the information out and people will not even have to write a Blog –  microchip us like we do our sweet pets and the computer will write it for us. We can only hope.  The point is that as long as humans are alive we will have some sort of need for storage. StorPlace Self Storage is constantly evolving to meet the needs of our ever- changing society.  Look at our new website; the times have changed where a higher percentage of inquires come from an internet search than phone inquires. People want to hunt down bargains without leaving the comfort of their office or home. The old saying of the Yellow Pages commercial was “let your fingers do the walking” that phrase has more meaning to it now than ever before since people are literally typing in information to get feedback from the endless possible links out there in cyberspace. At StorPlace Self Storage, we go the extra mile that is needed to make our customers comfortable leaving their precious memories in our safe and secure facilities. All  of our storage facilities have Managers and Assistant Managers that care about our tenants as individuals with different storage needs. You are in good hands with StorPlace Self Storage….I know another commercial!!!

Lost and Found

It was a warm summer evening in South Nashville.  I had just finished my shift at StorPlace Self Storage. I went to get into my vehicle and there he was: a medium-sized tan and white dog sitting, panting, practically directly in front of me, just staring onto Old Hickory Blvd.  I did not know where he came from, but I knew he didn’t belong here. StorPlace of Old Hickory Blvd. is adjacent to a huge intersection, nowhere near any houses. So I did the only thing I knew to do; take this dog home with me. Helping others doesn’t stop simply because you have clocked out for the day. Lost Dog       He smelled like he was freshly bathed, and was super friendly.  He was neutered, not malnourished, and even knew tricks!  It was at that point that I knew this was someone’s baby.  I scoured the Metro Nashville Animal Control page for any possible LOST dogs.  I liked several local animal rescue pages on Facebook and posted his photo to each of them.  I also posted a FOUND ad on Craigslist.  I was willing to do anything to get him back to his owner.  It was at that point I found a post on Lost a Pet website           A dog named Max had been missing for over two months from the same area.  Max looked familiar in the face, but looked a bit younger than our pup.  I then began comparing features of Max to features of our pup; we compared toenail color on each paw, where the ears fell in relation to his face, the unique white spot on his chest, the black and white pattern on his nose.  If this wasn’t Max, it was likely his brother, they looked that much alike!  I contacted the owner and gave them my personal contact information. Then it was time to play the waiting game. StorPlace Lost and Found Dog                 I waited all of the next day for a phone call.  I thought the owner might think I was playing some cruel trick contacting them after two months.  I’m sure they thought Max was long gone.  Later that evening, I got a call from a strange number.  It was a young girl who was skeptical at first.  I told her I would send her all of the photos I have from different angles and see if this was her dog.  After about five minutes I get a call from her, our pup is Max!  She sends me some additional photos so I know she is who she says she is.  Turns out, she had just left for an out-of-state college the day before.  She assures me Max is a family dog and to bring him over to her Grandma’s house. A family member had let him out without a leash and he went missing. This was it, after two months he was finally going home!  An enormous feeling of relief and joy came over me as I was getting Max into the car.  The thought that just 24 hours before he was standing alone and confused in the middle of an unfamiliar place and now he is getting to go back to the place he calls home, nothing can compare to that. The drive to Max’s Grandmas house was longer than I anticipated.  It was over 5 miles away from where I discovered him! I pulled up at the townhouse; Max’s Grandma was waiting for us. As she walked out of the screen door, Max was overjoyed!  He practically broke the window trying to see her!  We opened the car door and he went sprinting up to the screen door, and that was when I knew, I brought Max home. It was a blessing to be able to reunite that sweet boy with his family.

Fall Festivals

Fall Festivals in Murfreesboro area At StorPlace Self-Storage of Murfreesboro we are always looking for fun ways to enjoy time with our family.  Are you looking for something fun to do near Murfreesboro this fall? Why not take your family to one of the many local events/festivals. Here is a list of just a few of the great events in the area in the fall:


Old Timers’ Festival in LaVergne will be held September 12-13, 2014

  • Make sure you come out early to enjoy the country ham breakfast from 6am-10am and then the parade at 11am!
  • There will also be many new and exciting additions to the festival this year including 7 new carnival rides and the festival’s first-ever Battle of the Bands.
  • There will be also be many craft and food vendors.

Fall Festival: The Dog & Pony Show on September 27, 2014 at the Thompson’s Station Park

  • This year’s festival will feature some new pet activities and demonstrations. The demonstrations include equine dressage and reining demonstrations and the “pup scouts” agility and flyball demonstrations. There will also be a pet & owner look-alike contest! Also the festival will feature some great locally made products, live entertainment, carnival games and kids’ activities. The entertainment lineup includes; Mike Farris & The Roseland Rhythm Revue, The Wood Brothers, The Mables, Casey Wasner, The Granny Whites and Zig Zag Mojo.

 Franklin Annual Pumpkin Fest on October 25, 2014

  • There will be many activities for the entire family at this year’s Pumpkin Fest! For children, there will be free activities such as games and pony rides.  Another crowd favorite is the costume contest for children, adults, and pets. You definitely don’t want to miss the Great Pumpkin from Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada. There will also be live entertainment, arts and crafts, and plenty of food available to purchase from the many vendors that will be set up during the festival.

Harvest Days Celebration at Cannonsburgh Village, Murfreesboro on October 25, 2014 from 10am-4pm

  • There will be live entertainment such as clogging and bluegrass music. There will also be many artisan and crafts exhibits including pottery, broom making, and blacksmith demonstrating. There will also be hayrides, arts and crafts vendors as well as food vendors at the festival.  For all those car lovers out there, you’ll definitely want to stop by to check out the antique auto show.

At StorPlace Self Storage, we believe in working hard but also saving time for quality time with family and friends. So go out there and make memories!