Choosing the Right Self Storage Facility for Your Needs

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StorPlace can help you find the best storage unit for your storage needs.

There are many factors that you need to consider when you decide to store personal or business belongings. It is important to do your research to find the best storage solutions for your storage needs.  Choosing the right packing supplies, including boxes, newsprint, bubble wrap and packing tape, is a very important starting point.  Next choosing the right storage facility location for storing your goods is very important. Lastly, the most important thing to consider is choosing the right sized storage unit for your storing needs. Hopefully, the following tips will help you make an informed decision on all your self-storage needs.

The first thing to do when you store your items is to make sure that you properly pack your personal goods. Boxes are the easiest and most convenient way to pack. When selecting boxes,  think about what you are storing and who will be moving it. Small boxes are great for heavier items such as books and dishes; these type items can get heavy very quickly. Larger boxes are great for storing lighter items such as towels, blankets, and comforters. Many places, such as StorPlace Self Storage, offer many specialized boxes like mirror boxes, which are great for storing mirrors or paintings. Remember when using boxes, properly secure them with tape and filler material like bubble wrap and foam peanuts for extra protection from dirt and dust.

When storing your personal belongings in self-storage, location is the most important factor to consider.  A secure and conveniently located storage facility is always a must have. If you are moving to a new town, it is best to find a storage facility closer to where you will be moving instead of one across town. The more convenient a location is to where you live, the easier it is to access your personal goods. StorPlace Self-Storage has 14 conveniently located and secure storage facilities in middle Tennessee and Bowling Green, Kentucky ready to accommodate all your storage needs.

Once you have packed your belongings and determined the right self-storage location for your storing needs, you must select an appropriate storage unit. Storage units come in many different sizes, with many different features. Selecting the right storage unit for your belongings sometimes can require a little extra insight. The storage professionals  at StorPlace Self Storage can provide the insight and help determine the storage unit that will best serve your needs. Some of the questions that the property management can help with when deciding on a storage unit size are:  Do you require a small or large unit, a drive up unit, or maybe a heated and cooled unit?

Every stop in prepping for and choosing a self storage facility is important.  To start off, you must choose the correct materials necessary for the packing job ahead. Another very important part of storing with self-storage is find a location that suits you best, a location down the road is better than across town. Finally, select the right unit for your storage needs, if you don’t know ask or check out the StorPlace Self Storage unit size guide.  A storage professional will help you determine what type of unit would benefit you the most and if that unit will be enough or not enough for your storing needs.

Boxes and Packing Supplies

Did you know that StorPlace Self Storage offers more than just storage units?  That’s right, StorPlace offers storage units as well as boxes and packing supplies.  Packing supplies is not limited just boxes.  Packing supplies includes everything from tape to mattress covers.

StorPlace Self Storage has a wide variety of boxes. First, there is the small box which measures 1.5 cubic feet. The small box is best for heavier items.  I know that sounds wrong, but the small box limits itself on how much you can put in it, in turn keeping it lighter for the person to carry.  Use the small boxes to pack books. The most commonly used box is the medium-sized box.  The medium-sized box measures 3.0 cubic feet. This sized box is great for toys, collectibles and small appliances.  The large box is good for larger household items.  The large box measures 4.5 cubic feet.  Cookware fits great in the large box.  The extra-large box is perfect for big lightweight items such as pillows and comforters.  The extra-large box measures 6.0 cubic feet.

StorPlace also offers a couple of odd-shaped boxes which are good for specific items.  There is a wardrobe box which comes with a metal bar to hang your clothes, You can just take your clothes right from the closet and put them into the box.  StorPlace also offers two types of mirror boxes: small and large.  These boxes can also be used for  paintings or pictures.  Also, StorPlace offers two types of box kits, a Regular Box Kit and a Kitchen Box Kit. The Regular Box Kit contains the following: 10 small boxes, 7 medium boxes, 1 mirror box, 25 feet of bubble wrap and packing tape. The Kitchen Box Kit is a great bargain! This kit contains: 1 small mirror box, 10 small boxes, 7 medium boxes, 25 ft of bubble wrap, 10 pounds of newsprint and packing tape. These box kits are a great start to all your packing needs.

Packing supplies is such a broad term which includes everything from packing tape to foam packing peanuts. The bubble wrap is actually are a very good protective tool to use when packing. It is good filler and helps to protect delicate items. Mattress covers are also a very good tool to use when packing.  Placing your mattress in a mattress cover protects your mattress from the elements as well as dust and dirt.  Mattress covers come in all sizes from twin to king size.  Stretch wrap is also a very good thing to use when storing pieces of furniture.  The stretch wrap will help to keep the furniture from getting scratched during moving and storage.  These are just a few of the packing supplies that StorPlace Self Storage offers.

StorPlace Self Storage does do more than just rent storage units.  Boxes and packing supplies are also available for your purchase at each of our facilities.  Just a reminder, if you become a tenant of StorPlace Self Storage, you get 10% off on all boxes and packing supplies.  Please come visit us, StorPlace of Rivergate, at 2360 Gallatin Road North Madison, TN 37115.  Or call us at (615) 851-2500.


Storage Management in the Winter Months

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The management of a self storage facility is a year round process. In the summer months, the duties include tending to the landscaping and making any needed repairs on the exterior of the facility. The winter months also bring specific duties to our facility management team to make sure that the facilities are safe for our customers.

To start, we need to have the proper products on hand to remedy the problems associated with cold weather. These products include Ice Melt, De-Icer, White Lithium Grease, WD-40, and ice cleats. We always have to keep an eye on the weather forecast for the following day, so that we know when to use these products at the facilities to ensure they work properly. On the evening before extremely cold weather is due to arrive, we will spray the simplex locks (located on the entrance doors to the buildings) with WD-40 to remove any moisture that has formed inside the locks to ensure they will not freeze overnight. Also, we will spray the gate chain with White Lithium grease to protect the chain from freezing or breaking.  Another good idea is to  place your ice cleats in your vehicle just in case the parking lot is frozen upon arriving at the facility the next morning.

If the weather forecast shows that there will be snow or freezing rain, in addition to the processes listed above, we will also put out Ice Melt on the ground around the gate. This will help prevent a customer’s car from sliding into the gate.  We will also put Ice Melt on the walkways of the property because we do not want any customers to fall down and get hurt.  All StorPlace Self Storage managers keep a can of De-Icer readily available at the offices in the event that the customer’s lock freezes from the extremely cold weather.

We work hard every day to make sure that the customer is our number one priority. Taking care of the facility in good and bad weather is  just a one of the  many duties that the StorPlace Self Storage Managers do to ensure good customer service.  If you have any questions about winter storage, contact us at StorPlace of Rivergate. The phone number is 615-851-2500.


Better Protection For Your Stored Items

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At StorPlace Self Storage, we offer the best protection for your items in storage. StorPlace offers in-house property protection called StorPlace Protection. Most people don’t realize that even though you might have homeowners or renters insurance, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your belongings will be covered in offsite storage. Many homeowners insurance policies do not offer coverage for property that is not at the physical home. StorPlace wants to take better care of you. That is why we offer 3 different types of property protection for our customers.

Why are we calling it property protection and not insurance? Our property protection is better than insurance. First, our property protection is very affordable. For $8.00 a month your belongings will be covered up to $2,000.00. Even better, there is no deductible with our property protection. Most homeowners insurance policies have at the very least $1,000 deductible. The best part about StorPlace’s property protection is that it is done in-house. We don’t have a third-party company that has to look over the claim or approve it. If there is a need for a claim, we have a turnaround on the claim within the week. You can’t beat that with any other competitor.

StorPlace Self Storage Protection helps protect your stored items from things that could occur beyond your control, such as weather or fire. We all know that we can’t fully predict the weather and we definitely can’t control it. With StorPlace property protection, we have wind and water protection for those unexpected severe storms. The water damage protection protects against leaks from storm damage to roofs or doors. Floods are not covered in the protection coverage.  StorPlace property protection also covers fire damage and theft. We never want to see anybody’s property harmed, but if it happens the customers of StorPlace Self Storage have the peace of mind that their property is protected.

Ask how you can get StorPlace Self Storage Protection for your stored belongings at any of our 14 Nashville, Murfreesboro or Bowling Green, KY facilities.