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  • Kentuckians Get Organized with Self Storage
    By jeff on January 27, 2011 | 2 Comments2 Comments  Comments

    While many people are drawn to Lexington for the horses and the renowned horse farms that you can find in Lexington, Mike came for the history of the town. Having a rich history and playing important roles in American history he was eager to explore everything that he could while living in Lexington.

    Graduating from college with a degree in library sciences with a minor in history he was excited to start working for one of the branches of the Lexington Public Library. With museums and historical land marks like the Mary Todd Lincoln House, the Henry Clay Estate, and the Lexington History Center on his list of things to do his first weekend in town there was little time for Mike to work on unpacking his boxes and settling into his apartment and he could not have been happier with how he spent his time.

    Monday he dug out his clothes from a box and dug around until he found his iron and headed off to work. He knew that procrastinating unpacking could not be kept off too much longer and that the museums and historical places that he longed to explore had been there for hundreds of years and would still be there when he was done unpacking. He needed to get everything put away and his clothes hung up so he didn’t look like a slob at his new job. Even though he was not looking forward to unpacking it had to be done.

    As Mike began unpacking that night he realized that his one bedroom apartment was getting cramped. He didn’t really have that much stuff but the stuff he did have was either big or there was a lot of it. Between his overstuffed leather couch that he refused to give up and the entertainment center holding his television and electronics there was little space left in the living room. With his bedroom holding his book cases and his bedroom furniture there was really no storage space to keep anything.

    Luckily for Mike on his adventures around town this weekend exploring he came across a nearby Lexington, Kentucky storage facility that was not too far from his apartment. Tomorrow he would stop by there on his way home from work and check out the location to see if he could solve his need for extra space.

    The Lexington storage unit was going to work out great for Mike. The location was great, the price was affordable, and there were safety and security measures set up so that he felt that his stuff would be safe there while he kept it in storage there. The manager gave his a tour of the facilities and showed him an empty storage unit that was just the right size for what Mike was looking for.

    By the end of the week Mike was loving his new job had his apartment all put together and had taken the things that he did not have room for in his apartment down to his Lexington storage unit. That left him with the weekend to do some more exploring of the museums in Lexington, and he was even considering visiting some of the historical spots that were farther out than Lexington. Mike was excited about the future and was loving his life in Kentucky.

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  • Paying the Price for Indoor Self Storage Convenience
    By admin on September 4, 2009 | 20 Comments20 Comments  Comments

    When you are looking for a space, you will have to make the decision whether you want to get indoor self storage or if you will want to get a space that is on the outside of the building. There are a lot of pros and cons to each situation and you will have a few things to think about before you make a decision on what you want to do. There are so many things that you will have to decide when you are getting a space and the last thing that you want to do is waste time figuring out where you want the location of the space to be on the property. If you think about a few things, you should be able to determine if you need to get indoor self storage or if a unit on the inside of the building will work just fine. Do not be considered with everything all at once, the key is to make one decision at a time.

    There are a few things that you will want to consider when you are looking into getting an indoor rental. A space on the inside of the building is going to be a little less convenient to access than a unit that is on the outside. Usually, the units that are on the outside of the building are going to be drive up access units, so you will be able to drive right up to the space to load or unload. This is obviously the most convenient of all of the spaces to access. You are typically going to pay a higher price to rent these units, so you should decide how important it is for you to be able to easily access your unit. If you are going to access the space on a regular basis, you may find that it is worth the extra money in rent to be able to do that. If you are going to put your things in a space and leave them there for a long time, then you may go with an inside space since it will save you money.

    There are also some other things to look at when you are looking at indoor self storage that will factor into the decision making process. If you are inside the building, you may find that the ground level units are going to cost more than the upper level and lower level units. There is usually an elevator to access the multi level units at most all properties that are in the area. This is something that you would want to verify before you agree to rent the space because there are still some properties that will require you to take the stairs in order to access the multi level units. For people looking to save money on their rent, the cheapest space in town would probably be one that you have to access by using the stairs since the demand for these units is extremely low. There are also reasons that you may need to get this type of rental space that has nothing to do with price or location. Some facilities only have units that are heated and cooled on the inside of the building. If you need this, then you may need to get an inside space.

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  • Is Your Indoor Self Storage Unit Insured
    By admin on April 6, 2009 | 6 Comments6 Comments  Comments

    If you are looking for an indoor self storage spot, one of the most important things that you need to check on is whether the goods stored there are insured or not. After all, misfortunes do occur. The place for safekeeping could catch fire, or get damaged because of some other reasons. This means if the goods are not duly insured, you are at risk of losing them. The good news is that most companies offer insurance for the goods stored, but whether you should purchase the insurance plan or not will depend upon what you are storing, for how long, and whether your items are valuable enough.

    Insurance Is Not Automatically Applied To Your Belongings   

    The first thing that is very important for you to understand is that insurance in an indoor self storage is not automatic. Just because you are storing your goods there, it does not mean that your goods are insured for the period you use it for storing. You have to purchase the insurance plan separately. However, these days, you may find some companies that include the insurance plan as part of their policy, though this offer it is not free of cost. The amount of insurance premium is included in your rental. However, such instances are very rare because it eventually increases the rate to a much higher amount, which makes it difficult for the companies to defeat the competition in the market. Every place for safekeeping facility wants to offer the lowest rate possible in order to attract more customers and that is the reason why they prefer not to include the price of insurance in the rental they charge for use of cargo space facilities.     

    Getting Your Goods Insured Is Not Mandatory

    Another important thing that you should keep in mind is that purchasing insurance is not mandatory when you decide to keep your belonging in a place for safekeeping. It is entirely up to you whether you want your goods to be insured or not. If the goods you are storing are expensive, you are strongly recommended to get them insured. However, there are several things that you need to keep in mind before you sign up for the insurance policy offered by the company that maintains that place for safekeeping. For example, if you already have a homeowner insurance policy, all your precious possessions are probably covered under that policy. You must contact your current insurance provider in order to find more information about the scope for that policy. In most cases, a homeowner insurance policy covers all your possessions, no matter where you keep them – this includes the goods stored in an indoor self storage , as well.

    Likewise, if you are renting an indoor self storing unit to store your vehicle, it is probably already covered under your current auto insurance policy. If you do not have a policy, it is always advisable to purchase an additional insurance policy.

    In case, you do not already have an existing insurance policy, you will have to decide whether purchasing the rental unit insurance is worthwhile. Sometimes, even if the items are not very expensive in terms of money, they may be valuable to you because of personal reasons. So, think about all aspects when you decide whether you need an indoor self storing rental insurance plan or not.

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  • Especially Special
    By admin on May 2, 2006 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    Welcome to our call center blog, and insider diary of the self-storage industry.

    Angela Perry, call center trainer and operator sounds off about specials.

    In the storage industry specials cause a lot of confusion. Specials are really special and should be treated as such. By this I mean when there is a special offered, then it is important to explain in detail HOW the special works. The reason for this is because customers hear what they want to hear. Let’s say that there is a special that says “Move in today for $1” the caller will assume that this means that their 1st month is a $1. The customer will call and say “I saw your sign and it said that I get the 1st month for a $1.” What the customer has done was interrupt to fit their desires. It is up to the representative to explain in detail the special and how it works. Moving in for $1 is not the same as the 1st month is a $1. It states that $1 moves you in it never stated the time frame. Taking the few extra moment to explain the special will alleviate the potential problem when the customer comes to the facility. It is in the customer’s nature to use your name in vain “well ___________ told me that I could have it for a $1.” And at this point the person that is following up with the customer is placed in a bind. They are aware of the employee’s name that was just mentioned but they are unaware of the conversation that took place. This is a sticky situation. To avoid this problem, please take the extra moments and explain the special. After all our customers are special!

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