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.

 

Summer Storage

Summer and Storage go hand in handThe first week of March is full of very cold and inhospitable weather. The good thing is the cold will soon be long gone and be merely a memory very soon. Spring is on the way and before we know it summer will be out in full force. In Tennessee, we experience extremes in weather: very cold during the winter and very hot and humid during the summer. During the winter many people put life on hold and slow down a bit. Summer is a different story: people move, students go home for the summer and many people just get out and enjoy nature and the great weather. Renting a self-storage unit from StorPlace Self Storage can help with many of the activities that summer brings with it.

Below are a few examples of how renting a self storage unit during the summer months can help you and your family:

  • The summer months are the busiest time for moving and selling and buying homes. This is also the busiest time for the self storage industry. What do you do if you just bought a new house and are in the process of moving or you just sold your current home and need a place for your belongings during the transition?. A self-storage unit can be just what you need if you are waiting for your new house to be ready. Storage units can accommodate both short and long-term storage needs. Storage unit come in a variety of sizes from 5×5 to 10×30 for you store just a few of your belongings or the contents of an entire home. StorPlace Self Storage offers a wide range of units ranging from small to large but also standard units and heated & cooled units. Depending on the need, standard units are great for short-term storage or if you need a storage unit that you can pull right up to. Heated & cooled storage units are great for the long-term storage or if you have items that fare better in moderate temperatures.
  • Summer break is upon us, students are ready to return home. Students come from all over the country: some local while some travel from across the country. Students in school gather quite a bit of “stuff: including: fridges, microwaves, printers, televisions,clothes and even furniture. For students, a storage unit provides a safe and secure place to store their belongings while they are away from school for the summer months. Many students like to use smaller sized storage units such as a 5×5 or 5×10, which are great for your average student’s belongings.
  • With summer comes summer activities such as boating and camping. A storage facility such as StorPlace Self Storage is an excellent place to store your summer “toys”. Many people rent storage units to house jet skis and boats. Others like the convenience of parking or a covered parking space for larger boats and campers. People like having a place where they can park large recreational vehicles safely and securely. With 16 great locations in middle Tennessee and Bowling Green, Kentucky, there is always a StorPlace Self Storage nearby.

During the winter people tend to slow down a bit, but during the summer months people tend to go all out. Some people move homes, some are students going home for the summer, and many others just get out and enjoy summer. A self-storage unit or parking space like those offered by StorPlace Self Storage are great for whatever short or long-term storage needs you may have.

Holiday Storage at StorPlace Self Storage

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It’s that time again! Time for all the hustling and bustling around to try to find the best gifts for your loved ones!  Then it hits you: “My house is a mess! Where am I going to put all these awesome gifts?  I certainly don’t want the children snooping before Santa arrives. What am I going to do?”  StorPlace Self Storage has the perfect solution for your gift or decoration storing needs.  Whether you need to move some items out of your home just for the Christmas season to make room for the tree, the presents, and the abundance of family members that will be staying with you, or you just need to keep those little peepers from seeing what you bought; StorPlace Self Storage can definitely help to keep your items safe and secure until the big day!

There are different size storage units to meet your different size needs. If you have lots of family coming over and need to un-clutter the house, our 5X10 or even 10X10 for those big, bulky items would be the perfect size for you.  Our bigger 10X10 storage unit is great for storing large or small furniture pieces. There is plenty of room for those boxes of extra “things” lying around.  They can also be used for freeing up some much-needed space in your home or apartment.  Our 5X10 is a nice size unit for storing holiday decorations at any time of the year.  It also comes in handy for those who need to store big Christmas gifts, such as bicycles, play-sets, outdoor toys, or any other large items that you might have trouble hiding at your house. This storage unit is also great for those who volunteer their time and need space to store those gifts going to different nonprofit organizations such as Toys for Tots, The Salvation Army, or the Samaritan’s Purse for Operation Christmas Child.  For those who are a little more modest with their shopping, StorPlace Self Storage has a cozy little 5X5 storage unit that is just big enough to hold those presents and goodies you want to give to your loved ones on Christmas day.

At StorPlace Self Storage, we strive to offer you the best service and storage for your needs.  Whether you are storing everyday items that can go in a standard drive-up unit or more sentimental, older items that need to be stored in a temperature-controlled unit, we have what you’re looking for.  With 16 different locations, you’re sure to find a StorPlace Self Storage near you for all your storage needs! Go online or give your nearest StorPlace Self Storage location a call today!

StorPlace of Bellevue Has Just the Storage Unit that you Need

StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue

StorPlace of Bellevue

It is hard to believe, but fall cleaning and the time to move your college student back on campus is here once again. It is time to re-organize the home and keep it organized during the chaos of the new school year. It is also the time for parents to decide if they want to repurpose their college student’s bedroom to a den, TV room, office or personal gym. With all of the changes that the back to school season brings it is important to remember that there is a solution to put all of the extra fall items that you have and to put away the summer “toys” for the season.

StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue is the perfect place to store those items, small and large, that you want out-of-the-way but don’t know what to do with. We have convenient locations in the Nashville, Murfreesboro and Bowling Green, KY areas.  StorPlace Self Storage has locations 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 location on Lebanon Pike. I am certain you can find a location that fits your storage needs.

StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue has heated and cooled units as well as the conventional non-heated storage unit. StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue’s smallest size unit is a 5 x 5. This storage unit size is available in both climate and non-climate controlled. The storage unit sizes go all the way up to a 10 x 40, with many other sizes in-between. The 10×40 storage unit is not climate controlled, but the majority of the units have the option for heated and cooled, it just depends on the size.  The smaller sizes and all of the heated and cooled units are in a hallway.  A common question is “Does the heated and cooled cost much more than the conventional storage unit?”  It does, but to have peace of mind that 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.

StorPlace Self Storage has many amenities to make your storage experience easier and safer. For your convenience, StorPlace Self Storage does have carts in the hallways to help move stuff from your car or truck to your storage unit.  We have a 1 time $25.00 admin fee, which does include a lock. This way you do not have to worry about purchasing your own lock and worrying if it will fit on the storage unit StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue also has parking spaces for cars, RVs and boats. We do have a few covered spaces for your vehicles, depending on availability.

We always recommend that you get a tour of our facility and the storage unit or parking space that you might be renting. When you are ready to rent a storage unit, there are some things that we do require. StorPlace Self Storage requires is a valid driver’s license to rent a storage unit. In order to rent a parking space, we require you to have a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and proof of ownership, such as a bill of sale or registration. For any of your storage needs, stop in or give a call to any of our 16 locations. We will be glad to help you with your questions and concerns and give you a tour of our facility.

How to Choose the Best Storage Facility

 

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

 

When storing there are many factors to consider, so do your research. The number one  factor when storing is choosing the right storage unit for your storing needs. Once you have decided what type of storage unit you will need, it is very important to pick the right storage location for you. Lastly, it is important to have the correct packing supplies for your belongings starting with boxes and tape. Hopefully, this guide will help you make an informed decision for all your self-storage needs.

First thing to do when storing is packing your personal goods. Boxes are the easiest and most convenient way to pack. Many people think that the bigger the box the better, but that is not always the case. 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 as these type items can get heavy very quickly. Larger boxes are great for storing lighter items such as towels, blankets, and comforters.  Also, many storage companies,such as StorPlace Self Storage, offer specialized boxes like mirror boxes, which are great for storing mirrors or paintings. Remember when storing items in boxes to properly secure them with tape and filler material like bubble wrap and foam peanuts.

When storing your personal belongings in self-storage, the location of the storage facility is important to consider.  A secure and conveniently located storage facility is always a plus. If you are moving to a new town, it is better to find a storage facility closer to where you will be moving to instead of one across town. It is more convenient to access your personal goods at a storage facility that is close to you.  StorPlace Self Storage has 16 conveniently located and secure storage facilities in middle Tennessee 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, and with many different features. Storage professionals, such as the ones at StorPlace Self Storage, can help determine the storage unit which will best serve your needs. Do you require a small or large unit? A drive up unit? A heated and cooled unit? These are just a few of the questions that a property manager can assist you with.  Your personal belonging are very important, you take great care of them, choosing a storage unit should be no different. Take the same care when selecting your self-storage unit.

There is no unimportant part of self storage. Start with the necessary packing supplies, such as boxes and tape, for the storing or moving job ahead. Another very important part of storing with self-storage is finding a location that suits you best; a location down the road is better than across town. Lastly, select the right unit for your storage needs, if you don’t know, ask. 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.

Stress Free Storage at StorPlace

Stress Free Storage at StorPlace Self Storage

Don’t let self storage stress you out!

StorPlace Self-Storage wants to make your storage experience as stress free as possible. Our staff takes the time to listen to your needs and do everything we can to help you with your storage needs during your time of transition. We strive to have the best customer service, while providing you with a top-notch storage facility. In addition to great customer service, we offer state-of-the-art security, including 24 hour camera surveillance, convenient gate-hours, free carts to help you move-in and so much more!   Peace of mind comes with knowing your things will be safe and secure when you store your personal belongings with StorPlace Self Storage. Stop in to one of our 16 convenient locations in Nashville, Murfreesboro and Bowling Green, KY, and receive 10% off of any moving/packing supplies.

Here are a few good tips to help you save money and get
“the best bang for your buck” when using self-storage:

1. Start by putting the large items in the unit first and then fill the gaps of space. This will allow you will use the storage space more efficiently. You can also safely stack boxes as high as you can starting from the back of the storage unit wall and working your way towards the door. Utilizing all of the storage space effectively will help you save money for the size of the storage unit that you will need.

2. Make sure to leave any boxes or items that you think you’ll need more frequently until the very last so you will have easier access to the items.  If you think you may need to access your space more often, you may want to consider leaving a walkway through the center of your unit so you can easily find whatever you need.

3.Another good tip is to use covers to help keep dust from settling on your items. StorPlace Self Storage has a variety of furniture and mattress covers, to protect these items while in storage.

4. Check your storage unit monthly to make sure nothing has shifted and that there are no issues that you would need to discuss with your facility manager.

When it comes to getting the best value for your storage unit, take advantage of our discounts offered to tenants or the current retail or internet specials at each facility.  StorPlace Self Storage understands that there can be a lot of stress and worry when there is some type of transition in life. Our storage solutions and great customer service helps make the transitions a bit easier.

 

Self Storage Storing Tips

StorPlace has self storage for all the seasons

 

Renting a storage unit and packing away your belongings can be a daunting task. Once you have packed the items that you want to store, follow the storage unit packing tips below to get more space out your storage unit.

  • Plan the layout before storing anything. If possible, leave an aisle down the center of the storage unit so you won’t have to move around as much when you need access. Put items in the front of the storage unit that you will need to frequently access. The back of the storage unit should be reserved for the least needed stuff. Make a diagram of where things are stored and tape it to the front wall; it will help you find what you are looking for.
  • Keep an inventory of your unit’s contents. Take digital photos and make a list of items before storing  or packing them,so you can remember what you have stored.
  • If you are storing items in cardboard boxes, tape the bottoms securely. Do not just fold the flaps on the bottom or the top of the boxes on themselves. Fill the boxes to the top, (use packing paper, if needed), before taping closed. Boxes that are not full can collapse when another box is placed on top of them. Stack the heaviest and largest boxes on the bottom with lighter boxes on top. Similar sized boxes will be easier to stack and are more stable.
  • Label all of the boxes. If a stored item is not identifiable by sight, indicated the room and description of the contents of the box on the outside. This should be written on all four sides of the box, so you can quickly identify the contents. If you put a label on the top of the box, the list can’t be seen if something is stacked on the box.
  • Maximize the vertical space in your unit. Sofas and mattresses can be stored vertically, so their footprint is smaller. Consider purchasing free-standing shelving units to stack boxes and other items within the storage unit. Select shelving units  that are deep enough for your needs. Also,choose storage units that are strong and are a good value, because no one will really see them.
  • Fill all empty spaces in other stored items such as appliances, dressers and shelving units. Place things inside of drawers and cabinets, such as cushions, clothing, stuffed animals, lamp shades and linens. Put boxes under and on the top of chairs and tables.
  • Disassemble large items like beds and remove legs from tables to save on space. Place any screws or hardware in a plastic bag and tape securely to the furniture.
  • Safeguard your items from damage and breakage. Place blankets between or around furniture to prevent scratches. Do not store mirrors or art lying flat, store them vertically within a special sized box or with protective packing material.
  • To protect your belongings from damage in humid conditions, leave some space between your stacks of boxes and the walls so air can circulate. Placing pallets on the floor will allow air to flow underneath and prevent the build-up of condensation. Rub a small amount of oil on anything metal like tools and bikes to help prevent rust. Use an old sheet to cover stored furniture or individual items to protect them from dust.
  • Check with your particular storage operator regarding what items that can not be stored in storage units.Under no circumstances should you keep anything flammable or combustible in your storage unit. Also, do not keep live plants or animals in a storage unit.

StorPlace Self Storage has 16 locations in Middle Tennessee and Bowling Green, KY that can help you with all of your storage needs from storage units to packing supplies. Stop in to any of our locations to see how we can help you through the self storage process. You can also check out “How to” videos that StorPlace Self Storage has created to help you properly pack your belongings.

Summertime Storage Blues

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Guys, if you are anything like my husband you already have the Summertime Storage Blues. Has she been on you as much as I have been on my husband to finish his HONEY DO LIST? Girls: talking, whining, bribing, and threatening will do no good. Now it’s time for a not so gentle nudge.  The first thing you need to do is to RENT A STORAGE SPACE for all of the extra things you want to get out of the house or garage.
Summer is a great time to complete those spring cleaning projects that didn’t get completed such as moving the items that you cleared out of rooms to a storage unit.

Summer brings different challenges when you are renting a storage unit. It is also the busiest season for storage facilities and moving companies!  Face it, summer is hot and sticky–not exactly the best time of year to cram your things into a small space! Fortunately, there are many ways to keep your belongings cool and dry while you store them in the sweaty summer months. Below are just a  few tips to keep in mind when you are storing this summer.

•Use a heated and cooled unit. If you will be storing clothing (especially leather or fur), wood furniture, photographs, or electronics, your safest option is to rent a heated and cooled unit. Extreme heat and high humidity that is typical of the summer months can cause mildew, mold, rust and decay. Heated and cooled storage will maintain a steady temperature between 60 and 80 degrees in the storage unit protecting your belongings.

•Make sure that everything is clean and dry before storing it. Storing damp items will contribute to the moisture in the air and cause damage to your belongings. Make sure all clothing is washed (and thoroughly dry) before storing as well. Dirt, oils, perfumes or stains on unclean clothing will attract pest infestations, especially in high temperatures.

•Make sure everything is adequately packed. Make sure all furniture and mattresses are wrapped and covered with furniture blankets, then covered with a plastic sheet to keep out moisture. Never place plastic directly against furniture as this can cause moisture build-up on the mattress. Clothing and furs should be cleaned before going into storage and hung inside wardrobe boxes. You should also place your possessions on top of wooden pallets if your unit has a concrete floor. This will keep them away from condensation.

Stop by any of the 16 Middle Tennessee and Bowling Green, KY StorPlace Self Storage locations to find out more about storage tips for the summer months. StorPlace Self Storage’s friendly and knowledgable staff are here to help you out with your all of your storage needs from moving and packing supplies to storage unit rentals.

 

 

Store at StorPlace Self Storage

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The weather shifts and so do our moods! Spring is here and what better time than to empty out those attics, garages, and cluttered closets?  StorPlace Self Storage offers a variety of packing essentials, from industrial-quality boxes to peanuts and bubble wrap, geared to meet your every moving need.  Current and new tenants can receive a 10% discount of all packing and moving supplies that are in the store.

Once you have done your spring cleaning projects, sorted the items in the rooms, where, you might ask, will you put all the items that don’t fit back into the room and that you can’t throw out? Renting a self storage unit for these leftover items would be a great option. It helps relieve the clutter in your home after you have done your spring cleaning projects.  Visit your nearest StorPlace Self-Storage facility and take a tour of the property!  We have units in every shape and size, from 5×5’s to store those bulky Christmas totes, up to 10×30’s ready to house a car!  You can be reassured that a StorPlace Self Storage employee will take personal interest in matching you with the most appropriate unit, putting the safety and security of your items at the top of their agenda.

Need a closer look?  StorPlace Self Storage is an entirely fenced-in property.  Tenants enter/exit through our main gate, using their own personalized and unique gate codes.  24/hr-video surveillance and a well-lit grounds make moving-in after dark a worry-free exercise.  You can access your storage units 7 days a week from 6am to 10pm via our gated entrance. Our friendly staff are available 6 days a week to serve any of your storage or moving needs, even opening early at 8am on Saturday to help you get an early start on your move!  Reserve a unit online today to receive a discount on your unit rate, as well as check out any other special internet offers we’re running!

It’s one thing to store your personal items in a storage facility, but it’s another to store with a facility that prides itself on customer service, customer appreciation, and customer happiness.  Our goals are simple: to provide you with a safe and secure atmosphere, as well as friendly service, so that your stay with us can be one free of hassle and worry. Don’t hesitate to call, don’t hesitate to move, get a jump on your spring cleaning and store with StorPlace Self Storage.

 

Storage Tips and Questions from StorPlace

There are many things to consider when renting a storage unit. The questions and answers and tips below will help you decide which storage facility to rent from and what type of storage you might need:

Why heated or cooled storage?

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

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

Self-storage is an excellent option for storing overflow of many
different types of materials from your home or business. StorPlace Self Storage  frequently gets questions about what is acceptable to store in a storage unit. The most important thing to remember is not to put combustible items such as paint in a self storage unit. Also, do not place living items such as animals or plants in self storage.

Security options for storage

When selecting a self storage facility you’ll want to understand the different aspects to self storage security including alarmed storage units, computerized gate access, video surveillance and more. Security measures vary according to facility policy, cost, and even geographic location. Security is very important in your choice of a self storage facility.

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 business is running out of storage space for unused equipment or files, then self storage is a great option.

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.
Check out our unit size guide to give you examples of the sizes of the storage units that we have and how much of your belongings can fit into which size storage unit.

Insuring your stored items 

Whether you are planning to store business or personal belongings, it is
important to insure the items in storage, since items in self storage are not generally covered by homeowners or rental insurance policies. StorPlace Self Storage offers Property Protection to help cover stored items
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Vehicle self storage

Any type of vehicle can be stored in self storage to free up space in
your garage.
There are specific details that have to be done to prep a boat, car or RV for storage in order to keep the vehicle in running order. StorPlace Self Storage has RV/boat/car parking spaces at our facilities.

Packing efficiently for self storage

StorPlace Self Storage has created videos with description on the proper way to pack your belongings or business inventory for self storage. If you properly pack for self storage you will be able to optimize the space in your storage unit.

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 offers a variety of box sizes, filler material and other packing necessities for all your packing needs. To make things easier, StorPlace also offers box kits which include different box sizes and packing material.

When you need storage just remember StorPlace Self Storage for your storage needs. We can also help you with  packing supplies that you may need to get everything ready for storage. We have 16 convenient locations in the Middle Tennessee Area and one location in Bowling Green, Kentucky. We look forward to giving you a great customer service experience at StorPlace of Cool Springs in Brentwood. Please feel free to contact us at 615-373-3006.