For first time self storage customers, there are a few mistakes that can make your stay here with us at StorPlace Self Storage harder than it has to be that I would like to address. We want to make your storage experience as stress free as possible and we take the time to maintain state of the art security and offer packing supplies in our retail centers. How great of a manager would I be and what kind of customer service would I be providing if I didn’t take the time to offer a few tips on how to load your unit?
First I will cover what you should never put into storage and why. Food of any kind, be it human or pet food, should never be placed in storage. It will bring a few uninvited friends to your unit and the smell would be horrible, just don’t do it. Donate any items to a local food bank or shelter or I am sure some friends and family would be happy to take any food you can’t take with you.
You should also never store any hazardous, flammable, or combustible materials. We simply cannot allow storage of fuels like gasoline, kerosene, or propane. You should also refrain from storing chemicals, batteries, or tires. Here at StorPlace self storage safety is a main concern and we do not want any fire hazards in our buildings for the safety and security of all of our tenants.
We also strongly urge that you do not place any high value items or irreplaceable items in your storage space. We do require that all tenants maintain their property insurance while staying with us, but it is never wise to tempt fate and run the risk on any item that simply cannot be replaced. Great Aunt Fern’s antique sewing machine and your mother’s mink coat really should be kept somewhere else. Any works of art or sensitive documents or photographs that may not withstand the repeated shifts in temperature may also need to find a more stable environment for long term storage.
Now, when it comes to packing your property you should take advantage of our discounts offered to tenants or the current retail special and try to pack as much as you can in the same size box. If you use just one or two sizes of moving boxes for everything you can stack much more securely and utilize all of your upward space in the unit easily, saving floor space for your larger items that cannot be stacked.
Be sure to place large items in the storage unit first, filling any gaps or spaces with boxes or bags. Stack up as high as you can safely as you work your way from the back wall out to the door. Make sure you leave any boxes or items you think you may need to access for the very last so that you do not have to unload your unit completely to find that one thing you realize you need. If you think you may need to access your space often, you may want to consider leaving a walkway through the center of yourstorage unit so you can easily find whatever you need. Use covers to help keep dust from settling on your items and check your unit monthly to make sure nothing has shifted or there are no issues you need to discuss with your manager.
Just remember as you move in here at StorPlace Self Storage that your manager is always available should you have any questions. I hope this helps and I hope your stay here with us is as easy and stress free as moving can be!
Please come visit me at 3986 Central Pike, Hermitage, TN 37076, or you can call us at 615-369-1998.