Saint Valentine’s Day is Upon Us

Happy Valentine's Day from StorPlace Self StorageWhile storage may not be the first thing you think of for St. Valentine’s Day it can be a time when people start thinking about changes in their lives. Number one change is the combining of two hearts and households. Valentine’s Day is when people start thinking about spending the rest of their lives with another individual.  When you start to clean out the childhood mementos and start thinking about making new memories as a couple. That is where StorPlace Self-Storage comes in handy. Even though our lives change it is still nice to hold on to some of those past memories. Especially the ones that bring a smile on your face when you look at them.

Knowing that these memories are in a safe and secure place will give you some joy and peace of mind. StorPlace Self-Storage is that place. We have plenty of heated and cooled storage units to accommodate any storage and financial needs that you may have. With seventeen locations in the middle Tennessee/Kentucky area there is always one near to you.

Our storage managers and assistant managers can assist you with all your storage questions and concerns at any of the StorPlace Self Storage properties. If the property where you are does not have the storage unit size you need they will assist you in contacting one of the other StorPlace Self-Storage properties to see if they can find the perfect unit for your storage needs.

While we don’t recommend that you stack your boxes and totes to the ceilings, we do not want anybody getting injured trying to stack boxes, we do have 8 to 12 foot ceiling space at all our StorPlace Self-Storage locations. So there is plenty of room to stack, arrange and organize.

We can also help you with all your packing supplies that you may need to store your treasures. We have plenty of good sturdy boxes, newsprint for wrapping, tape, bubble wrap, foam peanuts and foam sheets for protection. We also have labels to put on your boxes and totes to keep your storage unit organized. If you want to pass some of your stored items on to your children or grandchildren, you can be sure that they will still be in good condition after being stored in a storage unit at StorPlace Self Storage.

So remember new lovers young and old,  the storage professionals at StorPlace Self Storage are here to help you to collate your lives together into one happy home.

Winter Vehicle Preparedness

Tips for Preparing a Car for the WinterWinter has finally arrived and it is very important to be prepared for the cold weather. We prepare our homes by changing air filters and checking our heating and cooling systems. We prepare ourselves by getting flu shots or buying the necessary winter clothing. We make plans for power outages and winter storms. We store food that can be prepared in ways other than on the stove or in the microwave. We have bottled water on hand. If you have a fireplace, you make sure there is enough wood for heat. The one thing we do neglect to prepare is our vehicles.

Preparing a Car for the Winter

We need to start vehicle car preparation just as you do all other things.If you are not sure what to look for take your vehicle to a certified mechanic to have a complete check completed. Below are a few thing to check on your vehicle:

  • First, complete a check of your vehicles safety items.
  • Make sure your headlights and tail lights are working.
  • Check your emergency flashers.
  • Check your tires air pressure and tread wear, including your spare tire.
  • Visually check your windshield wipers.
  • Check your belts and hoses.
  • Check your fluid levels.

Vehicle Emergency Kit

Here are some items to place into an emergency kit to keep in your vehicle in case of a break down:

  • Place a warm blanket in your car to augment your car heater.
  • Have a set of emergency roadside flares. They are useful to warn oncoming traffic and also can assist in emergency crews locating you in case of a dire emergency.
  • Keep a one gallon jug of water. This could aid in keeping you hydrated.
  • Put a good flashlight where you can reach it.
  • If possible, place a shovel in your vehicle, just in case you need to dig yourself out.
  • Try to keep your vehicle half full of gas in case you get stranded and your engine still runs, you can use your car heater help keep you warm until help arrives.
  • Place your emergency roadside assistance number in your contacts list of your cell phone, so you won’t have to search for it when you need it the most.

The most important part of winter driving is YOU. There is nothing more important than YOU being aware of your situation. Practice or talk about what should be done in case of a roadside emergency. Most of all, if you are in an emergency roadside situation stay calm.

First Impressions

Cleanliness is most important for self storage securityCleanliness, maintenance, and curb appeal are some of the most important factors of any business. By instinct, we usually are prone to go towards a clean, well-lit, safe looking environment. We choose the same type of environment for protecting our belongings.

While keeping a property clean may not stop a criminal, it goes a long way to deter their behavior. A criminal is looking for the exact opposite of the smart shopper. They are looking for an unlit and unkempt property so they are less likely to be caught in the act.

At StorPlace Self Storage we take great pride in maintaining our properties to look and feel the best they can possibly be. We want our customers to know right from the start, they have chosen the right place.

We keep the grass, trees and shrubs all trimmed and neat and make sure it is never out of control providing cover for criminal behavior.  It is important to our employees that “our neighborhood” is and feels safe for our customers.

To the criminal mind, a clean, well-kept and maintained facility is equated with security and a functioning camera system.  StorPlace Self Storage takes many measure’s to deter and stop deplorable behavior, our high-tech security systems are just a part of the ensemble.

Good lighting is essential. We keep our inside and outside bulbs glowing for everyone’s safety. When necessary, we install extra lighting to help light  in darker, hazardous areas. A well-lit property also makes the common thief uncomfortable.

“Cleanliness is next to Godliness” as the old adage goes.  Storplace Self Storage keeps our 16 properties clean and comfortable.  It starts with us: sweeping and picking up trash as it happens. We hope our tenants will then follow suit and appreciate the look and feel of a clean property.

We wouldn’t throw trash in our own front yards, so we hope the on-site dumpsters and trash containers can help everyone work together keeping our neighborhood storage facility clean and well-kept.

StorPlace Self Storage prides itself on the cleanliness, curb appeal and the over-all look and feel of our facilities. We want our customers and employees to feel safe, well-tended and secure when they visit our locations.

After all, StorPlace Self Storage is your neighborhood storage facility!

Motorcycle Safety & Storing

Motorcycle Safety & Storing Tips

 

Now that the weather is so nice, it’s a great time to consider purchasing a motorcycle! Not only are motorcycles extremely gas-efficient, but they also provide a quicker mode of transportation. Off the bat, these are two major perks of motorcycle ownership, but what are the steps to becoming a licensed rider and purchasing the correct bike?

To become a licensed motorcycle driver, you must first pass a written test to receive your permit. A permit will restrict where and when you can ride, and will not allow for a passenger until you have upgraded to a license. To obtain your license, you must pass a driving test, similar to receiving a driver’s license for an automobile. It’s recommended that you take classes at your local motorcycle shop – this will help you become a better motorcyclist as well as give you insurance benefits.

How do you choose the right motorcycle for you? A few things come into play. You will want to find a bike that fits your height and weight. Starting out, you also need to evaluate how much power the bike has – you do not want to buy something you cannot control. Make sure to test ride a few bikes before you purchase to make sure you find one that is the perfect fit.

The summer, fall, and spring are seasons your bike will see lots of riding time, but for those cold, winter months, make sure to store your bike in a protected place away from weather, especially moisture. StorPlace Self Storage facilities offer heated and cooled units to help protect your motorcycle from moisture and extreme temperatures. Another great benefit of a storage unit is knowing that your precious cargo is kept safe and monitored regularly. At StorPlace Self Storage we have security cameras on-site and a locked entrance gate so you can have that peace of mind. The flexible lease plans are also great for limited storage during the cold season.

As a new or seasoned motorcycle owner, always remember to put safety first. If you educate yourself and are a cautious rider, you and your bike are sure to have a long-lasting relationship.

 

Safe and Secure Storage for All Seasons

StorPlace of Bowling Green, KYDuring  the cold winter months, customers can have a hard time trying to find a safe and weather proof place to store their belongings. Customers have shared that StorPlace Self Storage facilities give them peace of mind that their belongings will stay safe from the weather and secure with our the security measures including keypad entry security gates and video cameras.

Our customers feel they can leave their belongings in their storage units without having to check on them daily or even worrying about leaks when it rains or when heavy snow melts. This past winter we had a lot of snow and there were days it was hard for customers to get out and travel to their storage units to check on their belongings.

However, the customers did not have to worry about their storage units because they knew that their belongings were being stored in a safe and secure storage facility. StorPlace Self Storage has many security systems to place so our customers will feel that their belonging are stored in a safe and secure environment.

Our out-of-state customers feel safe enough to leave their belongings with StorPlace Self Storage without worry of theft. StorPlace Self Storage employees and management will look for suspicious activities by pulling our security tapes and checking the area of the property where the activity took place. Our customers appreciate that our gates are not open 24 hours a day. They like that the gates lock at 10:00 pm so that no one can get into the facility during the night. However, we can set up specific options that if you need to get into the unit after 10:00 pm. Many people and businesses store at StorPlace Self Storage of Bowling Green  because of our secure and safe storage units.

Winter Vehicle Preparedness

Prepare for winter drivingWinter is quickly approaching and now is the time to start preparing for the cold. We prepare our homes by changing air filters. We service our heating and cooling systems. We prepare ourselves by getting flu shots or buying the necessary winter clothing. We make plans for power outages and winter storms. We store food that can be prepared in ways other than on the stove or in the microwave. We have bottled water on hand. If you have a fire-place, you make sure there is enough wood for heat. The one thing we do not prepare is our vehicles.

We need to start that preparation just as you do all other things. There are a few things we may need to look at for preparing our vehicles for the winter months. First, complete a check of your vehicle’s safety items. If you are not sure what to look for take your vehicle to a certified mechanic to have an overall check completed.

  • Make sure your headlights/tail lights are working.
  • Check your emergency flashers.
  • Check your tires air pressure and tread wear, including your spare tire.
  • Visually check your windshield wipers.
  • Check your belts and hoses.
  • Check your fluid levels.

Here are some items to place into an emergency kit to keep in your vehicle in case of a break-down. Have a warm blanket to augment your car heater. Keep emergency roadside flares in your car. They are useful to warn oncoming traffic and also can assist in emergency crews locating you in case of a dire emergency. Keep a one gallon jug of water. This could aid in keeping you hydrated. Keep a good flashlight where you can reach it. If possible, place a shovel in your vehicle, just in case you need to dig yourself out. Try to keep your vehicle half full of gas at all times in case you get stranded and your engine can still run, you can use your car heater help keep you warm until help arrives. Place your emergency roadside assistance number in your contacts list of your cell phone, so you won’t have to search for it when you need it the most.

The most important part of winter driving is YOU. There is nothing more important than YOU being aware of your situation. Practice or talk about what should be done in case of a roadside emergency. Most of all, if you are in an emergency roadside situation stay calm.

First impressions

First Impressions Count for Self Storage

 

Cleanliness, maintenance, and curb appeal are some of the most important factors of any business. By instinct, we usually are prone to go towards a clean, well-lit, safe looking environment. We then would responsively choose the same environment for protecting our belongings.

While keeping a self storage property clean may not stop a criminal, it does go a long way to deter their behavior. A criminal is looking for the exact opposite of the smart shopper. They are looking for an unlit and unkempt property so they are less likely to be caught in the act.

At StorPlace Self Storage, we take great pride in maintaining our properties to look and feel the best they can possibly be. We want our customers to know right from the start, they have chosen the right place.

We keep the grass, trees and shrubs all trimmed and neat, and make sure it is never out of control providing cover for criminal behavior.  It is important to our employees that “our neighborhood” is and feels safe for our customers.

To the criminal mind, a clean, well-kept and maintained facility is equated with security and a functioning camera system. StorPlace Self Storage staff takes many measure’s to deter and stop deplorable behavior; our high-tech security systems are just a part of the ensemble.

Good Lighting is essential. We keep our inside and outside bulbs glowing for everyone’s safety. When necessary, we install extra lighting to help in darker areas that could be hazardous. A well-lit property also makes the common thief uncomfortable.

“Cleanliness is next to Godliness” as the old adage goes. Keeping our facilities clean and comfortable starts with us, sweeping and picking up trash as it happens. We hope our tenants will then follow suit and appreciate the look and feel of a clean property. We wouldn’t throw trash in our own front yards, so we hope the on site dumpsters and trash containers can help everyone work together keeping our neighborhood storage facility clean and well-kept for everyone.

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

After all, StorPlace Self Storage is your neighborhood storage facility!

 

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.

What to Look For When Comparing Storage Facilities

Computerized Gate Access at StorPlace Self Storage

Every StorPlace Self Storage faciliy has computerized gate access.

When searching for a storage facility there are a few key things that you should look for during your search: location, availability, security, competitive pricing, cleanliness, and customer service.

Location is a major factor in choosing a facility.  The facility that is the closest to your home is the one you are more likely to choose.  StorPlace Self Storage has 16 facilities in and around middle Tennessee as well as Bowling Green, KY.  There are many different storage facilities in the area to choose from, but don’t base our choice only on the location.

Availability of storage units is another big factor when it comes to choosing a facility.  Not all storage facilities have the same number and size of units available at a certain time.  Storage unit availability varies from location to location.  A good way to check availability is to call the facility you are thinking about storing at or you can go to the website to check to see if the storage unit size that you need is available. At StorPlace of Hendersonville, you can check availability of certain size storage units on our website. 

Security is a feature that all potential customers should focus their attention on.  Most places will have a couple of cameras and a gate. At StorPlace Self Storage, we offer multiple security options.  We have surveillance cameras that record 24 hours a day, a fence that is surrounding the entire facility, gated access, and high security lock for the units.

Pricing is probably the most important thing that people think about when choosing a storage facility.  Competitive pricing is available at just about every storage facility. The thing to look for is the most “bang for your buck”.  This can be done by comparing multiple facilities prices along with any specials or coupons you can find.  Typically, a heated and cooled space is going to cost more money than your standard outdoor garage style units.  This may not be true in all cases though.  Pricing also depends on availability of the units.

The Cleanliness of the storage facility is probably the most important factor for me.  You should always ask for a tour of the property and ask to be shown the unit you are thinking about renting before committing to the rental.  This way you can check out the property for yourself and make sure you are getting a clean unit.  Also, a good question to ask is if the facility has an exterminator that comes and sprays the property for bugs.

Good customer service is important for everyone. At StorPlace Self Storage, we pride ourselves on our great customer service.  We try to help the customer in any way possible.  If you have any additional questions you can call any of our 16 locations to get more information.

Storage Tips

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Why heated and cooled storage?

Heated and cooled storage maintains a steady temperature of 55–80° using central air conditioning during the summer months and heat during the winter months, as well as dehumidifiers to control the temperature. This insulates your stored items from the damage that severe hot or cold weather can cause.

What should or should not be stored in a self storage unit?

Self storage is an excellent option for storing the overflow of many different types of items or belongings from your home or business. StorPlace Self Storage frequently gets questions about what is acceptable to store so we have compiled a list to provide more information on what works for storage. Stop in to any of StorPlace’s 16 locations to see the list of items that should not be stored in a storage unit.

Security options for storage

When selecting a self storage facility, it is important to understand the security system of the facility. Since security measures vary according to facility policy,cost, and even geographic location, StorPlace Self Storage has put together a list of some things to keep in mind when looking for self storage. Ask for this list when you stop in to get a tour of our facilities. You can also learn more in this video.

Self storage tips for business owners

At StorPlace Self Storage, we find that most of our business owners make use of self storage not just for long-term, but also for short-term solutions. If your un-used business equipment or files are taking over your office, it is time to think about renting a self storage unit!

Choose the right size self storage unit

Estimating how much space you will need for your storage items can be easy if you know what you want to store. StorPlace Self Storage has an handy storage unit size guide to help you decide what size storage you will need for your belongings. It is important to choose the right size storage unit, so you are not wasting space and money.

Insuring your stored items

Whether you are planning to store business or personal belongings, it’s important to ensure the items while stored in a self storage unit. Homeowners or rental insurance might not cover items that are in storage. Make sure to check your insurance policy before you decide to rent a self storage unit.  StorPlace Self Storage offers our own Property Protection to help cover stored items.

Vehicle self storage

Any type of vehicle can be stored in self storage to free up space in your garage. StorPlace Self Storage does offers RV outside storage. There are special considerations and prepping that need to be done before a vehicle is placed in storage. If you prepare you car, boat or RV for storage, then it will run properly when it time to remove it from the storage unit.

Hints for packing and storing

StorPlace Self Storage has created videos to help with everything from packing boxes to packing your storage unit safely and efficiently.

Comparing outdoor, indoor and drive-up storage

The are the three most common types of space for self storage are outdoor, indoor and drive-up storage. Our friendly and informed staff are able to answer all of your questions about the different types of storage and what would work the best for your storage needs.

Choosing boxes and packing materials

Once the decision to move things into storage is made, the next step is to decide how to pack them correctly. StorPlace Self Storage has a variety of packing and moving supplies at each of our locations from boxes to packing tape to furniture protection.  We have 16 convenient locations in the Middle Tennessee and Bowling Green, Kentucky areas to serve your storage needs. We look forward to seeing you soon and giving you a great customer service experience!