Its More than just Renting Storage Units

StorPlace Self Storage in Bowling Green KentuckyWhat makes working at StorPlace Self Storage meaningful? Well that is a great question! I’d have to answer: if someone would have told me 5 years ago, that I am going to be leaving Denver Colorado , retiring early from the state government,  move back home to Bowling Green, Kentucky and work at a storage facility,  I would have answered.. Dude?! Are you crazy?!

But here I am and there you have it! I love it. Working with StorPlace Self Storage has provided me insight on how efficient businesses are operated.  Running a storage facility is unique, as it has different stories and  dramas almost daily. The day-to-day operation is perfected to make all interactions streamlined.

Folks come into our store in Bowling Green as if we have a sign that says “no matter the question we have an answer”.  Mind blowing sometimes! I must admit before working at Store Place Self Storage, I never gave storage facilities a second thought. If they looked nice and were cheap enough I used them. I never realized the wealth of knowledge you could find at a self storage facility!

I had a lady come in a few days before Halloween, she started pulling bubble wrap off the shelf. I approached her and asked what was she wrapping? She said I’m not wrapping anything, but here is my dilemma. She showed me a picture on her phone of a centerpiece on a table, which was a “stuffed looking man” on the table, with his “guts” exposed. The guts were aluminum pans filled with sausage dogs and beans (looked like his intestines,) and beets in a pan, to look like his heart. It was very creative!  This lady however was trying to figure out how to stuff the arms of the shirt.  We decided on how to best approach this was bubble wrap and rolls of paper towel & toilet paper. She was so happy with the idea, that she gave me a hug before she left!

Yesterday, we had another lady come in and said, “I need to make 8 pairs of angel wings, how do I draw them and how many boxes do I need?” We didn’t bat an eye; we drew her out an angel wing pattern and told her how to cut them out! Sold her several small mirror boxes and suggested aluminum foil for flare!  She is sending us pictures once she has them all done!

It’s the little things that make this job fun, its making someone’s day with a simple suggestion! It’s caring enough to listen, and then doing your best to make life easier for them.

There is so much more to StorPlace Self Storage then renting out units! And that’s why I love what I do! Plus! It’s fun.



Winter Storage

Heated and Cooled Storage Units at StorPlace Self StorageThere are many different reasons for needing storage during the winter months. It may be nothing out of the ordinary like storing items because of a move or needing to clean up the clutter. Maybe it’s not just the normal. Maybe you have to clean up that extra bedroom because you have company coming in town for the holidays. You may need to store that nice car  or motorcycle that you only drive during the summer.Also, you might need to store all of the extra decorations that you bought this year without one thought of where you are going to put them after the holidays are over. Whatever your reason for needing storage, there are several things you need to keep in mind when you are storing.

I constantly have people come in and say that they don’t need a heated and cooled unit because it is winter. Well think again! Just because it is winter does not mean you don’t have a need for heated and cooled storage. Yes it is true that moisture and humidity is down in the winter but we have to remember that we are in Tennessee and the humidity is never completely down. Also, sometime the extreme cold can do the same damage to wood furniture as heat can. If you don’t want the mattress you are storing to turn into a giant sponge by soaking up all the moisture in the air, then place it in a heated and cooled storing unit. Another issue could be water left in appliances. Residual water in a washing machine or refrigerator could freeze and then expand causing possible damage to those items. If you are not absolutely positive that you have removed all of the water from these machines, then it is a good idea to store them in a heated and cooled storage unit.

Next, make sure that any type of motor vehicle is winterized before storing. If you have a boat or RV that you need to store, the owner’s manual should walk you through the process of winterization. If you are storing a car for the winter, always check your antifreeze levels. If you have to add some antifreeze to the radiator don’t just consider the job done. After the antifreeze is added, start the vehicle and let it run long enough to get the radiator up to operating temperature. This will allow the thermostat to open letting the new antifreeze you added get into the engine block so that the engine itself will not freeze. There is also a product called “HEET” that you can add to your gas tank that will dry up any water that is in your gas so that it does not freeze during extremely low temps. No matter what kind of vehicle you are storing, always make sure the tires are full of air. Tires do tend to go flat during colder times during the year so unless you want a not-so-pleasant surprise of flat tires when you return in the summer make sure to check those tires often during the winter.

StorPlace Self Storage has 16 locations that can help with your winter storage needs. Stop in and ask our storage managers how we can assist with any of your storage questions.

enjoy the holidays!


Welcome to Nashville

Welcome to NashvilleIn 2014, CNN named Nashville as one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, with over 80 people moving here per day. The city offers a “small-town feel” while offering some of the country’s best restaurants, like Rolf & Daughter and Husk, live entertainment at famous venues like the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Theatre, and sporting events like the Nashville Predators and the Tennessee Titans.

With so many new residents in the city, many new condos and houses are being built. However, someone who is new to Nashville may not want to purchase a home or condo right away. Part of moving to a new city is discovering which parts of town you like best, and renting a condo or house for a short time is the best way to explore and familiarize yourself with your new city.

Those who choose to rent before making the plunge and purchasing property may find that they need a place to temporarily store their extra belongings. If the place they rent is smaller, or if they only plan to spend a short period of time in the rental, they can use a storage unit to keep seasonal items, or items not as frequently used, in a safe, secure place.

Moving to a new city is filled with lots of decisions, but don’t let the decision of where to keep your valuables safe be a tough one. StorPlace Self Storage offers heated & cooled units, as well as regular drive-up units, that are monitored 24/7 and only accessible by a personal gate code. No matter where you find yourself living in Nashville, StorPlace Self Storage offers great facilities and benefits in various parts of the city.

When to Use a Temperature Controlled Unit

heated and cooled and non-heated and cooled storage unitsMany people ask, “I’m not sure if I need a heated and cooled unit.. Why would I need one?”  There are actually a few good reasons why heated and cooled storage unit would be needed for one’s belongings. Storplace Self Storage can help you with your storage unit decision making.

First of all, how long you will be storing your items plays a big factor in deciding if you need to rent a heated and cooled or non-heated and cooled unit. Typically, if your belongings are going to be stored for more than three months, you will definitely want to use a temperature controlled storage unit.  These units are well insulated. They also provide protection from outside elements, such as humidity during the summer months and extreme cold during the winter months.

Secondly, if you are storing any electronics, antiques or antique furniture, leather or suede furniture, pictures or paintings, or tools; you will want to rent a temperature controlled storage unit for these items. These items are, what we call “temperature sensitive” and can easily be ruined if left to the extreme outside temperatures. Temperatures that we feel may not be very extreme for us can be extreme for the items previously listed.  If any of those items are left outside for long periods of time, considerable damage could be done to them. Electronics with cords and wires can short out if they come in contact with humidity or dew.  Antique furniture can warp with humidity and possibly develop mold if left outside too long. If leather and suede furniture are left to the elements over a period of time, they will actually start to expand with the summer heat and contract in the winter cold, causing them to start cracking and possibly peeling. We certainly all know that a leather or suede couch does not look appealing when it is peeling and there are cracks all over with the insides of the couch poking through.  Pictures and paintings, depending on what material they are made of, can warp, peel, turn color, or possibly grow mold when left to the elements over several months.

Metal tools left in a humid climate where dew could possibly develop on them can develop rust. Storing tools is not typically thought of when thinking about a heated and cooled unit. But for someone who has invested many, many dollars into their tools for their profession and have good quality items, they most certainly do not want their tools rusting. When that happens, the tool cannot be salvaged and hundreds of dollars go down the drain.

When thinking about renting a storage unit, think about what all you want to put in the unit. Make a list and think about each item’s sensitivity to extreme temperatures. Also when making the list, estimate how many boxes and big pieces of furniture you will store. Look to see what pieces can be broken down and what pieces have to stay together. Knowing all of these things ahead of time will make it easier to find what size and type of storage unit you will need.  Come in or call the StorPlace Self Storage facility closest to you and let us help you get the right size and type of storage unit you need for all of your important items.