Cleanliness, Maintenance, and Curb Appeal

Cleanliness is most important for self storage security

 

Cleanliness, maintenance, and curb appeal are some of the most important factors in any business. This really applies to a self storage facility. When prospective customers are searching for a place to store their belongings, most of the time they are looking for a facility that appears to be safe and secure. At this point you may be thinking what does security have to do with cleanliness, maintenance and curb appeal? Well it does! While keeping a property clean may not stop a criminal from doing what they do best, it does deter this behavior. A criminal is looking for the exact opposite of the smart shopper. They are looking for unlit and unkempt property so they are less likely to be caught in the act. Clean and maintained facilities are equated with security and a functioning camera system. Even a fresh coat of paint can go a really long way!

Taking pride in your property can go a very long way with customers. You need to keep the grass, trees and shrubs all trimmed and neat. Also, keep a close eye on the shrubbery around the property. If the shrubbery gets so out of control that it provides cover for criminal behavior,  then it is time to cut the shrubbery down or at the very least trim it. You never want to block the line-of-sight of customers or the employees with shrubs. It is pertinent for customers or tenants to feel safe on your property at all times. That means get out there and make sure that all of your inside and outside lighting is working properly. It is also a very good idea to come out to the property at night to make sure there are not any dark areas on the property. If there is, then you need to install more lighting. Cameras are also very important as they do deter bad behavior from criminals and yes even your tenants.

I know we would all like to think that we have the best tenants of any facility out there and I can honestly say mine are pretty good. However, tenants can be pretty messy, if you let them. One of the best ways to stop that messy tenant before he or she even thinks about leaving you a mess, is to keep the property clean to begin with. Let’s be honest here and think about ourselves. If you pull up to a business and the outside of that business is a trash heap are you really going to be that concerned about the cigarette you just threw down or the candy wrapper and water bottle that just fell out of your car? Now think about pulling up to a beautiful, clean business with nicely trimmed plants and shrubbery out front. Are you going to let that trash fall out of your car now? It all boils down to one fact, if you take pride in your property then others will too.

StorPlace Self Storage prides itself of the cleanliness, curb appeal and 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.

Thinking Ahead

searching for the right self storage facility

 

One thing most people don’t ever consider when storing their stuff is the importance of thinking ahead. It is always good to plan and prepare when you are storing in a self storage unit. Many times, the need of a self-storage unit is last-minute and stressful. If the need is not last-minute, then it is important to take some time and prepare. A careful thought-out plan for your storing needs will be less stressful and more beneficial to you. Planning starts with what, when, and where you are storing. After figuring out what things you need to store then doing a little research can save you time and effort.

Moving is one the main reasons people need self-storage. Storing starts with choosing the right storage location, which is conveniently located near you. Other things to think about then looking at storage facilities are: Does this storage facility offer what you may need in regards to a storage unit size or is the facility temperature controlled? Call in advance to  get information from any of the 16 local StorPlace Self Storage stores.  The staff can help you with all your storage needs. The StorPlace Self Storage managers are happy to answer questions 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 the rental process a little easier. With a simple phone call and a few minutes of time one can ascertain what they may need for their storage needs. Research is key to learning and making life easier; that goes for everything including storage.

The very first thing to do when you decide to store is analyze the things you plan on storing; what you have and what needs to be stored. Planning is essential to storing! An example of good planning is packing your items in boxes or totes in advance of your move date. Have your things ready to go, label boxes according to which room they belong in: kitchen, bathroom, or garage for example. Place priority items where they are easy to access in the front of your storage unit. Planning out your storage needs can save an immense amount of time and headache. When storing 30 minutes of planning can save you hours of frustration and agony. Moving or whatever causes your storage need is worth putting thought into. 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 something: ask. Storage professionals like those at StorPlace Self Storage are very insightful and always willing to help. Storage can be stressful and time-consuming, but with a little preparation the thing will go much easier.

Proper Packing

Packing Dishes for Storage

Many people do not think about the proper way to pack their belongings when they are moving. Most people are just in a hurry to get it done and don’t do much planning. Today we are going to share a few tips on moving and packing. For this blog post, we will focus on packing the kitchen.

 

Kitchen Packing Tips

The best items to start with in the kitchen are the glasses and plates. It is a good idea to clean your dishes before you pack them especially if you storing for more than a year. First, go to StorPlace Self Storage and pick up a kitchen box kit that includes 10 small boxes, 7 medium boxes, 25 feet of bubble wrap, and a 10 pound bundle of news print. This will get you started in the right direction. You may also want to pick up a dish packing kit and a glass packing kit. These two kits will fit into the small boxes that are included in the kitchen kit so no need to buy any extra boxes unless you want to pick up a few large boxes for large kitchen appliances. Starting with the glasses, you will notice that the glass packing kit has some small foam inserts. Put your glasses one at a time into the foam inserts and the put them neatly in the cardboard grid that comes with the glass packing kit.  Make sure to fill the box all the way to the top with the glasses and then newsprint or other filler material. If you do not fill the box completely then it can cause the box to collapse during the moving process.

Repeat these steps for the dish kit as it works the same way as the glass packing kit. If you have any of the foam inserts left after you finish the kitchen, make sure you hold onto them because they may become very useful for smaller items.

Once you have finished you glasses and dishes it is time to tackle start the pots and pans. Again, make sure that the pots and pans are extremely clean before you pack them. Start with the medium size box and put your biggest pots first and then put a layer of newsprint on top of the pot and then put the next size smaller pot inside of the bigger pot. You will have lots of extra space in this box so try putting some smaller odd-ball items that are in your kitchen in this box to fill in the empty space. After you get this box full, then fill up any small gaps with the newsprint and then tape up the box.

We hope that these extra tips help you get the most out of storage. We look forward to seeing you at one of StorPlace Self Storage’s locations.

Hydration

Hydration is very important     Why is hydration so important? According to Family Doctor.org your body depends on water for survival. Water makes up more than half of your body weight. Your body uses water to help maintain body temperature. You are losing water every day through sweating and even breathing and you lose water faster the hotter it gets.

Conventional wisdom is you should drink 6 to 8 8 ounce glasses of water a day. Although, this thought has yet to be scientifically proven. For some people more than 8 glasses may be required and for some people less than 8 glasses is sufficient. Older adults are at a higher risk of not getting enough water, which may lead to dehydration. Some symptoms of dehydration may be little or no urine; dry mouth; sleepiness or fatigue; extreme thirst; headache; confusion; dizziness or no tears during crying.

You may need to increase the water intake if you have certain medical conditions, are pregnant, or are going to be outside in the heat for an extended period of time. Sports drinks may be helpful to replace your electrolytes, but choose them wisely. Some sports drinks can contain high levels of calories, sugar, or sodium.

Some tips for staying hydrated are keep water with you at all times. Start and end your day with a glass of water. If you are feeling hungry, drink water. Sometimes hunger can be confused for thirst. Drink water at scheduled times of the day to ensure you are getting the proper amount.

StorPlace Self Storage of Old Hickory Blvd. takes the health and safety of our customers seriously. The management team at StorPlace of Old Hickory Blvd. routinely go around our property offering cold bottles of water to our customers. We also monitor our property for tenants who may be on-site and are showing some signs of distress. We want our tenants experience at StorPlace of Old Hickory Blvd. to be a pleasurable and safe one. So, remember while out in the heat, hydration is the key to staying safe!

Celebrating the 4th of July

Celebrating the 4th of July

 

July 4th is always a special time in Nashville, Tennessee. Residents of Music City can momentarily forget the terrible summer heat and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon gathered around barbecues and pools followed by a trek downtown to enjoy one of the nation’s largest fireworks displays and concerts. Many patriots that prefer not to fight the traffic can still enjoy the sights and sounds from their own backyards. Featured in Yahoo! Travel and MSN Living, many fireworks enthusiasts have praised the 4th of July festivities that downtown Nashville has to offer.

“Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing” begins on Friday at noon at the Family Fun Zone on 5th Avenue at Broadway where everyone can enjoy fun games, inflatables, and live music. Musical performances include Jason Eskridge and The Farewell Drifters. At 1pm, a Guinness World Record will be attempted to celebrate the nation’s 30th National Ice Cream Month by scooping the most cups of Dippin’ Dots in 3 minutes. Cups of Dippin’ Dots ice cream will then be served to the crowd at no charge. Later in the evening at the main stage at 1st Avenue and Broadway, a concert will be given featuring Striking Matches, Ashley Monroe, Billy Currington, and the Nashville Symphony. Fireworks will commence at 9:45pm and are said to be the longest in Nashville’s history and the biggest in the south.

Another fireworks celebration taking place near Nashville is located at Providence Marketplace in Mt. Juliet, TN, about 15 miles east of Nashville. The Independence Day celebration at Providence is a local treat for those looking to stay away from the large crowds and traffic of downtown Nashville. The festivities at Providence begin at 4pm with free activities like inflatables, obstacle courses, a balloon artist, face painting, video games, and live music. Musicians include Jack & Diane and The Tim McDonald Band featuring Johnny Hiland. Finally, the night will wrap with the fireworks display beginning at 9pm. Retail stores will be open during this special event with great options for patrons celebrating the 4th of July.

If you are staying  in the Murfreesboro area to celebrate the 4th of July, McKnight Park will be holding the city’s “Celebration Under the Stars”. Activities begin at the outdoor pool at 10am with a pool party, games, and prizes until 4:30pm. The evening activities begin at 5pm where there will be games, activities, and inflatables. Following the presentation of the colors at 8pm by the Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department Color Guard and singing of the national anthem by the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra will present a night of traditional patriotic classics. Families can bring picnic baskets, lawn chairs, and blankets. Food vendors will be serving as well.

The employees of StorPlace Self-Storage live and work in the communities of Middle Tennessee and will be participating in the 4th of July activities with family and friends. To honor this special day in our nation’s history, all StorPlace Self Storage stores will be closed on Independence Day. Our stores will resume business the next day on Saturday, July 5th. Thank you for making StorPlace Self Storage your neighborhood storage center.