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  • Self Storage Billing
    By Joel on May 22, 2011 | 146 Comments146 Comments  Comments

    Not all self storage sites were created equal. It is true that the different sites offer various features and benefits than other sites. When you are shopping around looking for the best facility to fit your needs, it is important to know how the facilities will do their billing. With this knowledge, you can truly understand how you are paying and also how much you are paying.

    If you move in during the middle of the month, most sites will prorate your move in so that you are going to pay for the remaining days of the month. This is good because you are paying for the time that you are there and not the entire month. It does not really make sense to pay for the time that you are not storing. Prorating your move in days is very helpful to your peace of mind and also your pocket book.

    If a site has 1st of the month billing, they actually will not typically prorate the move out. If you are only there a couple of days, then that could potentially be different. Very rarely you will find that a facility will prorate the move out and you only pay for the time that you are renting. In most cases the facility will ask that you pay for the rest of the month even if you are not there. Not all believe that to be fair, but at the same time, this prevents customers from abusing the self storage facility. Leases are typically month to month so you can leave at the end of your prorated time.

    Knowing how your billing works at your self storage facility is crucial. They will not send you a bill unless you ask for one. So just know that you will need to bring your account current each month on the first of the month if that is now it is set up. Before you leave, the manager will make sure that you understand the billing cycle.

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  • Growing Communities Need Storage Facilities
    By jeff on March 24, 2011 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    Hollywood Park storage units are located in the great State of Texas.  We have a lot of history with Texas and yours truly spent many years in the State.  Texas is vast and deep and there are many things we like about the place.  We like Galveston.  Our family enjoyed every trip we ever took to this beach side city and the more we went there, the more we found.  You will hear two different stories about this Southern city, one good, and one bad.  People here and especially in Houston, which on a good day is a little over an hour away, say a bad story.  Texas has built great wealth with the drilling of oil.  This oil has made Texas a very rich State and it boomed in the nineteen seventies.  The oil makes the ocean dirty.  The beaches in this city do not have big blue great and inviting water to swim in.  It is brown at times, and some say it is brown all the time.  Thousands of people still swim in it, and we have too.  The ocean water is warm here and it is very shallow for a very long time.  One can walk and walk in the ocean towards the horizon before you actually get a little deep.  This is great because even little children can go in the ocean and walk a little ways, and the water is still shallow enough for their parents to let them in the water.  It is also good for people learning how to swim or even surf.  The waves are small, maybe three feet and under most of the time.  So, if your glass is half full, the waves are a perfect size for one to learn how to surf.  On the other hand, good surfers or world famous surfers would not choose to ever surf here.  So there you go.  We liked the waves but once in a while you may get a taste of salt in your mouth and it does not taste very good.  People still fish here too and catch fish.  So how dirty is the water really if these good looking fish live in the water?  The hotels are great too.  We liked the swim up bar in one of the hotels we stayed in on a convention trip.

    Hollywood Park storage units are located in the great State of Texas.  Storage units were full during the boom of Texas and many companies came in to build.  Soon enough the industry was saturated and many companies stopped building in Texas because of that.  They could also get higher rent prices in New York and other cities.  It was pretty cheap to rent a self storage space in Houston, Texas in the nineteen nineties.  Many companies and self owned storage places were not very full either back than so it was a double whammy.  Prices were cheap, and still no one was renting units.  A lot of them fell under sixty percent.

    Hollywood Park storage units are located in the great State of Texas.  Austin has always been a growing city, boom or no boom.  It did not rely only on oil but on music scenes, computer and software business and electronics too.  They were more diversified and benefited from this.

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  • Best Practices of Self Storage Facilities
    By admin on September 8, 2010 | 24 Comments24 Comments  Comments

    I have become quite familiar with the best practices of self storage over the years, and I would not have it any other way.  I mean, if you are going to be paying your money to a self storage facility, you truly have to be sure that you are doing what it takes to get the most of it.  That much being said, you are going to want to bear a few things in mind when you rent your first self storage unit.  This article, here, is going to point a few of these things out.  Hopefully you will find it helpful.

    First and foremost, reader, you have to be sure that you are not renting a unit that is too big for you.  This, believe it or not, is how the majority of people waste money when they rent a self storage unit.  Of course, you can avoid all of this by getting a solid feel for how much space your belongings are going to require before you start calling around for prices.  IF you can, stack up your belongings in a spare room in your house and see how much space they take up.  Take a few rough measurements, and do not allow yourself to be bullied around when you are asking about sizes and prices.  If you come to the table with some knowledge of what you are going to need, then the chances of you getting ripped off are much, much lower.

    Of course, you are also going to want to remember that you can stack your belongings when they are in your unit, which is going to save you quite a bit of space as well.  If you have large, bulky items, then you are going to want to move them into your unit first, thereby guaranteeing that they have enough floorspace.  Next, move your littler objects in, stacking them on top of the larger ones when this is possible.  IF you have a little bit of extra money, then you might choose to install some shelves in your unit, which will help you keep your smaller boxes and items out of the way.  A little bit of work can go a long way when it comes to maximizing your storage space.

    Finally, reader, you are going to want to be sure that you are making full use of the moving specials that are at your disposal.  Always remember to ask your property managers if they are willing to match prices, and be sure to ask them if they have any moving specials to offer.  If they do happen to have a moving special, then you are going to want to write it down in an organized fashion, guaranteeing that you are not going to run into any problems when it comes to comparing your options at the end of the day.  This is going to start sounding a bit like homework, but if you are ready and willing to commit to a bit of research, then you are only going to end up saving yourself money.

    It is a little bit of work to maximize the power of your dollar when it comes to self storage, but you are going to find that the extra work almost always amounts to massive savings.  Get out there and explore your options.

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  • Manage A Self Storage Property
    By admin on April 13, 2010 | 144 Comments144 Comments  Comments

    When it comes down to managing a self storage property, there is a lot that you have to keep in mind.  Indeed, as a property manager, you are not only in charge of making sure that your property is presentable.  You are also in charge of making sure that as many of your units get rented out as possible.  Of course, all that you are going to have to do to make sure that you are really selling your units, here, is practice a few sales techniques on a daily basis.  If you commit yourself to becoming a better sales person, then you are surely going to reach your goal before you even know it.  Keep this advice in mind as you are working, and you are going to see that your improvement comes fast.

    First and foremost, reader, you are going to want to be sure that you are treating each and every customer with respect.  The last thing that you are going to want to do, here, is lose a sale because your customer feels that you are not paying any attention to them at all.  Indeed, it does not take very much for you to lose a sale if you are not careful about how you present yourself.  Be sure that you are smiling when you greet your potential and existing customers, and be sure that you are looking them in the eyes as they talk to you.  There is no need to be intense, here, but you are going to want to make sure that you are letting them know that you are actually paying attention to that which they are saying.  If they do not feel like you are listening, then they are never going to trust you enough to rent one of your units.

    Moving on, here, you are also going to want to be sure that you are well aware of all of the specials that you can offer your oncoming customers.  Chances are that your customers are simply going to go with the cheapest facility that they can find.  You can talk them to death when it comes to security and cleanliness, but very few of them are actually going to listen to you at the end of the day.  Thus, you are going to have to know your specials well so that you can simply step up and save them some money.  By saving your potential customers money, you are going to make them more inclined to rent a self storage unit from you.  That is simply how it works the majority of the time, at least.

    Finally, here, you are always going to want to be sure that you are capable of explaining the ins and outs of your facility.  When it comes to your self storage security features, you are going to want to be sure that you truly know them like the backs of your hands.  If a potential customer asks you a question about your video surveillance methods, then you are going to want to be sure that you can answer it without a stutter.  The last thing that you are looking for, here, is to lose a customer at the very last minute because you could not answer a question about security in a satisfactory manner.

    So long as you understand your customer, your specials, and your property, you are not going to have an overwhelming amount of trouble when it comes to effectively selling your self storage units.  Just keep all of this advice in mind as you are selling your product, and you are going to find that your numbers will improve overnight.

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  • Self Storage Is Perfect For Moving
    By admin on February 22, 2010 | 9 Comments9 Comments  Comments

    If you know that you are going to be moving in the vey, very near future, then you are going to want to be sure that you are not forgetting about any of the basics.  You may think that moving is not all that hard, and I suppose that it does not have to be.  Really, though, when you are in the stress of the moment, and when you are trying to manage ten different things at once, it is easy to lose track of all of the little particulars.  Thus, you need to read articles like this one from time to time, as they provide you with a bunch of helpful tips.  Collected, here, are some tips that you are not going to want to ignore when you set out to move to your new home or apartment.

    The first thing that you are going to want to do, here, is be sure that you have a good feel for the truck companies that are in your area.  You are going to want to call around extensively, seeing if any of the major trucking companies are going to be able to save you some valuable money.  If you cannot find a good deal on a truck, then you might consider looking into a trailer.  Especially if you are just moving across town, then you are going to be able to make use of a trailer, and they are rarely going to run you more than half of what a full on truck rental would.

    Of course, just as you would do with a self storage unit, you are going to want to be sure that you are keeping track of all of the specials that come your way.  If you get a coupon that is going to make your moving situation a lot cheaper, then all the better.  Of course, what you may end up finding, here, is that you are going to save money if you rent your truck and your self storage unit from the same place.  You might also stand to save some money if you purchase your moving supplies from your trucking company.  Always be on the lookout for these combo deals.

    And at this point, it should be clear that you are going to want to be sure that you have purchased all of the moving supplies that you are going to need to move safely.  If you are not boxing up your belongings, then you are not going to be able to rest assured that you are keeping them as safe as possible when you are on the road.  Just buy some simple boxes, here, and be sure that you are also buying the tape and packing paper that you are going to need to keep them closed when they are in the back of your truck.  Likewise, be sure that you are buying some cables to keep your larger items secured in place while you are on the road.

    At the end of the day, you are going to see that there is not much to keeping your belongings safe when you set out to move.  And the whole moving process is not nearly as bad as people seem to say that it is.  Once you get started on some of your chores, and once you begin to pack up some of your belongings, you are going to see that the difficulty of the entire process is really, really overstated.

    Of course, if you do not believe me, just get in touch with one of the many self storage professionals that are in your local area.  Just ask them for a few pointers, and they are going to be able to get you moving in the right direction.

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  • The Convenience of Self Storage
    By admin on January 19, 2010 | 83 Comments83 Comments  Comments

    When you set out to find the self storage unit that is going to work out the best for you, there are a lot of things that you are going to have to keep in mind.  Indeed, there are tons of services and features that you are going to have to know about, as the last thing that you are going to want to do is rent a unit that does not keep your belongings entirely safe throughout the year.  Of course, if you have never looked into these services and features before, then you are going to find this article somewhat helpful.  Just be patient, here, and be sure that you are paying attention.  Before long, you are going to know exactly how to begin your search for the perfect services and units.

    First of all, you are not going to want to ignore the moving companies that are in your area.  Indeed, if you have a few extra dollars to spare in your moving budget, then you are not going to want to forget about these extra helpers.  I mean, when you think about it, this makes a great deal of sense.  The thing that people really dread when it comes down to moving is all of the heavy lifting.  At the end of the day, when you have struggled with all of your heaviest, bulkiest items, you just wish that you had found a better way to get everything moved.  You feel like you are truly spent, and that you are going to have to go to sleep before you can even think about dealing with your items again.  Of course, if you hire a good moving team, then you are not going to have to deal with this problem.  All that you are going to have to do is sit back and relax while the professionals take care of all of the heavy items.  And you do not even have to worry about them breaking your items, as you can supervise the entire process.  Truly, if you have extra money lying around when you set out to move, you are going to want to be sure that you look into your local moving services.

    Second of all, you are going to want to be sure that you are picking a facility that can actually offer you all of the services that you are going to need.  If you know that you are going to be busy with work a lot of the time, then you are probably going to want to find a facility that can offer Wi-Fi internet access.  If you know that you are going to be using a very large truck to move your belongings into your self storage unit, then you are going to want to inspect the property to make sure that you can get your truck in easily.  It is never fun to deal with that problem on the day of your move.  Also, you might want to keep an eye open for all of the little things that can add up to a much better self storage experience.  The properties that offer free coffee and doughnuts may seem a little bit silly, but you would be surprised how much they can improve your move when you are in the heat of the moment.

    Really, all that you have to do, here, is make sure that you are not forgetting about all of the convenient services and features that are at your disposal.  When you truly take advantage of them, you are going to forget what all of the fuss was about.

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  • Self Storage Facilities Unclutter Our Lives – Part Three
    By admin on September 18, 2009 | 4 Comments4 Comments  Comments

    Types Of Storehouses

    The self storage facilities providers have provisions for storing virtually every possible type of item you can think of. While some may be integrated facilities that provide household goods storing along with car, RV and boat storeroom, most often, specialized storing facilities are preferred for storing items such as cars, boats, RVs, documents, wine, etc. These units are geared towards providing additional services for that specific product.

    For instance a wine storing unit would typically have racks to store the bottles on their side as well as the right amount of lighting to allow the wine to mature without getting spoilt.

    Similarly, car storing units might also have a car washing facility that can come in very handy particularly when you are taking the vehicle out of storing after a significant length of time. Storing facilities for boats are usually located close to the waterfront so that the boats can be brought and taken to the water easily.

    Apart from the type of goods which each store house keeps, such facilities are also distinguished based on the types of units they offer. Therefore units can vary according to size the smallest ones hold clothes that fit into one closet, while the really big ones can hold all furniture and other goods of a large house.

    Units can also vary according to the type of service provided, climate control being an important feature. The presence of this feature in self storage facilities prevents goods from getting damaged by mold or mildew. Items which lose their sheen and color because of excessive heat and humidity are best stored in climate controlled units.

    Security features are another important consideration. The most basic units are located in a gated complex. From that level on, you can rent a unit with digital access control, video surveillance cameras and even laser grid control.

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  • Self Storage Facilities Unclutter Our Lives – Part Two
    By admin on September 18, 2009 | 2 Comments2 Comments  Comments

    What Can You Store In Such Units

    There is no restriction on what you can store in these types of storing units. Anything illegal whose possession is outside the law is of course disallowed. Items which are generally not recommended for storing in self storage facilities include perishable items and items which have enormous sentiment value to the renter. Perishable items can be stored in refrigerated facilities which are specifically designed for such products.

    Items that cannot be replaced can include stamp and coin collections. Not only do such collections have significant value but are also irreplaceable if damaged. Damage can occur to items stored in a self storage facilities from factors outside of the control of the owner of the property. If there is an unexpectedly severe storm that blows off part of the roof the storehouse, goods placed in storing can be damaged from the resulting flooding. Insurance cannot take care of such eventualities. You might get a payout from the insurance company but you can never get your stamps back.

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  • Self Storage Facilities Unclutter Our Lives – Part One
    By admin on September 18, 2009 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    Self storage facilities are the answer to all our woes relating to not having enough space. With cities becoming increasingly crowded and homes getting smaller, storing space is decreasing rapidly. There was a time when basements and attics were common every house had them unfortunately that is not true any longer.

    These store houses are rooms that can be rented and secured by the renters own lock. These are places where we can store some of our belongings. The availability of this facility has greatly eased the space crunch in our lives.

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  • Self Storage Facility Instead Of An Attic
    By admin on July 15, 2009 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    In America, renting a self storage facility has become as common as owning a car. The reason why such a concept got so popular here is because of the American mobility. An average American household shifts more than 10 times in their whole life besides, things like home renovation require people to store their bulk of goods at some secure place.

    However, it will be wrong to say that mobility alone is responsible for the steady rise in the demand for storing spaces in America. Another factor that has contributed substantially in making the storing industry a prosperous one is the consumerism nature of Americans. Perhaps no other nation in the world is as fond of hoarding consumer goods as Americans. A survey conducted between 1996 and 2004 had revealed a 3.9 percent annual growth in expenditure on consumer durables by the US citizens. Elsewhere, it was found to be around 2.2 percent.

    Owning things has become a status symbol. But, it comes with its own set of problems as you do not know where to keep the things since you cannot dump them at just any corner of the house. They are needed to be kept in top condition. Here comes the need for self storage facility .

    These places are no ordinary ones. They are built keeping in mind safety and security of the goods. The units are equipped with security systems and have measures taken for providing a favorable environment for storing goods. There are units for almost all kinds of goods, even perishable ones. These units are guarded so closely and with such hi-tech systems that it becomes no less than a mini white house. 

    When we talk of self storage facility , its almost a sin to think of them as some neglected warehouses where people dump their items and forget about them. In fact, nobody would want to store his or her items in such a unit. The items that people store here are not scrap. They are prized possessions. So what if they are old and useless, they are priceless in the sense that they have great emotional value attached to them – grandmas rocking chair, a 70s leather jacket, antique sofa, your kids first bicycle, extra appliances, memorable paintings, and what not. You cannot keep them in the garage either. They require a place that protects them from the damaging elements, including dust, mites, mold and mildew, and weather elements. Besides, they need to be protected from thieves.

    No other place can match the security and damage-free environment than that provided by a self storage facility . Today storing units are sophisticated places that would give even a custom home some tough competition. Some units even feature 55-degree wine cellars, voluminous shelves for yachts and RVs, and other amazing facilities. In fact, these units have become some of the classiest buildings in town.

    The age-old American attic has lost its charm. There was a time when kids used to spend hours in the dusty, creepy attic to dig into the treasure hidden there. It was fun but, due to the change in the design of houses, attics have disappeared in many modern residences. The hottest trend is to store extra stuff at a self storage facility .

    A well-known proverb says you cannot take everything with you. But, Americans believe that you can definitely stash everything away.

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