The 5 Most Common Mishaps When Storing

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There are many common misconceptions about renting and storing in a self storage unit. Below are five common myths and mishaps that occur when storing. StorPlace Self Storage is sharing this information so these these mishaps don’t happen to you!

Not insuring your property

At StorPlace Self Storage, we require you to have some type of insurance protection on your stored property whether it is your own or through our property protection.  It is important to have your property protected. You never know when Mother Nature is going to hit. You might not think your items are irreplaceable until you lose them.

Using newspaper or other items not suitable for wrapping items

Using regular newspaper to wrap items such as plates and glasses is not recommended.  Over time the ink on the newspaper will bleed into your plates and other items wrapped in it. There is a better alternative, it is the newsprint.  It is newspaper without the ink. This way no ink bleeds onto your items.

Storing food and drinks

You should absolutely not store food or drink in a self-storage unit.  It will only attract bugs and other critters.  Also, when attempting to store canned drinks, you need to be extra careful where you store them. They could get too hot and burst.

Not having proper help or rushing

When moving or packing items, try not to rush the wrapping/packing process as it could cause damage to the items that you might not notice until a later time.  Also, when you are storing the items make sure to stack them carefully to avoid damage and other issue while moving them again, like boxes falling on you.

Not labeling your items properly

When packing items in boxes, make sure you label the boxes, so you do not get confused later.  Some may even want to make an inventory list and possibly number the boxes so that you will be able to find items easier later.  For example, boxes 1-3 are filled with kitchen items and boxes 4-7 are bathroom stuff.

Fall Storage Tips From StorPlace Self Storage

StorPlace Self Storage of BellevueFall cleaning and moving your college student back on campus  is here once again. StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue is the perfect place to store those items, small or large, you want out-of-the-way but don’t know what to do with. StorPlace Self Storage has a lot of convenient locations in different sides of town:  such as in Bellevue, downtown Nashville, 2 locations in Murfreesboro, Murfreesboro Rd, Antioch, Bowling Green KY, Rivergate, Hickory Hollow, Hermitage, Franklin, Cool Springs, Hendersonville and a new one on Lebanon Pike. I am certain you can find a location that fits your location and storage needs.

One fall cleaning project is putting your outdoor toys away after you winterize them.   StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue offers heated and cool units as well as traditional non-heated and cooled units. StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue’s smallest storage unit is 5 x 5 in both heated and cooled and non-heated and cooled. The storage unit sizes go up to a 10 x 40, which only is available in non-heated and cooled. However, there are many storage unit sizes in between which have the option for heated and cooled, depending on the size. The smaller sizes and all of the heated and cooled units are inside in a hallway. For your convenience, we do have carts in the hallways to help move stuff from your car or truck to the storage unit.  A common question we receive is “Does the heated and cooled cost much more than the non?”  It does, but to have peace of mind your belongings will be just like they were when you put them in there when you get them out, it can be a small price to pay. We do also have a one time $25.00 administration fee, which does include a lock. This way you do not have to worry about  getting your own lock and worrying if it’s the correct kind.

As far as storing those summertime toys, StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue has large non heated and cooled units as well as some indoor and outdoor parking spaces.. We have a few covered spaces if you can catch one when its vacant. We always recommend that your come look at the storage units and the parking spaces before you rent.

In order to rent a storage unit at  any StorPlace Self Storage location, we do require a valid driver’s license. To rent a parking space, we require you to have a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and some proof of ownership, bill of sale or registration. Just give any location a call and we will be glad to assist you!

‘Stuff’ at StorPlace of Greenwood

Stuff the Bus

 

At one time or another, most folks who place belongings in storage refer to their things as ‘stuff.’ This doesn’t mean the items don’t have personal value. It is just that the need to store is usually a bit overwhelming and most people see their things more as ‘stuff’.Even fine pieces of furniture can be downgraded to ‘stuff’ at stressful times that includes moving and storage.  Once back at home, items presumably return to their given names: the comfy couch, grandma’s end table, and the like. But on occasion, ‘stuff’ adequately describes everything in storage from beginning to end.

Every summer in Bowling Green, (Kentucky!) there is an event called “Stuff the Bus”. Sponsored by SAM 100.7 radio, locals are encouraged to donate supplies for children in need for the coming school year. For one weekend, Tony Rose, a popular on-air personality, lives on the bus and does live remotes for the station. Along with area school mascots, cheerleaders, local politicians and others, listeners are reminded to donate. This year for the first time, StorPlace Self Storage of Greenwood was asked to participate.

In late spring, StorPlace Self Storage was approached by folks from the Kentucky Savings Group, one of the organizations putting together ‘Stuff the Bus.’ It seems that donations of school supplies had already come in and were piling up in garages across town. They thought it would be great if they could consolidate the donations under one roof. Because StorPlace Self Storage is involved with the community, a 10×10 storage unit was provided to the Kentucky Savings Group at no charge. Immediately, carloads of pencils, notebooks, backpacks and other supplies were ferried in to be stored. From May to July additional donations were brought over, many in the back of a brightly detailed SAM 100.7 pickup truck.

On the weekend of July 25, the actual school bus was parked across the street, just down the road from StorPlace Self Storage of Greenwood. Tony Rose was in place, personalities waved at passing cars, and the spot was jumping. Items that were in the storage unit were brought over to help fill the bus. We have been told that the target goal for donations has been met. Just in time for the brand new school year that begins this week!

When we look up an account on the StorPlace Self Storage computers, we can type in a name, the unit number, or other information. This summer, when we typed in ‘stuff’, up came the ‘Stuff the Bus’ unit. ‘Stuff’ really did describe the unit contents this time out, and we are pleased to have been a part of a great cause.

Protecting your Belongings in the Heat

Protecting belongings in storage in the summer heatSometimes, we need to take extra care when we store our belonging in the heat of the summer. The best way to protect your belongings during the summer months is to place them in a temperature controlled space. However, that might not always be an option. As many storage facilities have noticed over the past couple of years, the housing market is in an upswing and is causing a higher than normal occupancy rate among some storage facilities and therefore, unit vacancies are few. Most people would like to have a temperature controlled space but sometimes it is just not available. So what can you do to protect your belonging in a non-temperature controlled storage unit? First, stay away from plastic coverings. A lot of popular moving companies take pride in a job well done.  A good moving company’s number one priority is the protection of the customers belongings during the move and most of them use shrink-wrap to protect the furniture during the move. I agree that this is a great idea, however, you have to remember to remove the plastic and shrink-wrap before the furniture goes into the storage unit. Shrink wrap and plastic furniture covers are a great idea to protect your furniture during a move, but it can trap moisture inside the wrap and damage furniture when it is in storage. The furniture must be able to “breathe”. With that said, the best protection from dust and pollen settling on your stuff while in storage is just a simple cotton sheet. It will allow the furniture to breathe and will not trap moisture but at the same time keep the dust off your nice stuff. Next, furniture placement in the storage unit is important. Do not place any porous materials against a concrete wall. For example, don’t place any wooden items, boxes or mattresses against the wall. Concrete sweats during periods of extreme humidity and can cause major problems in a storage unit when the items are placed up against it. Also, most storage facilities have concrete floors. It is very rare, but in some temperature extremes, the concrete floor can sweat also. This is a time when all of those extra boxes you bought can come in handy. Just flatten those boxes and lay the on the floor before you put your items in the unit. We all know that temperature controlled is best for any time of year; sometimes it is just not available at the time. If you follow the instructions listed above it will save you a lot of headache in the long run. Also, remember not to place electronics, photos or paperwork in a non-temperature controlled space. Stop by any of the 16 StorPlace Self Storage locations in Middle Tennessee and Bowling Green, Kentucky to find out more about temperature controlled vs. non-temperature controlled storage units.