5 Self Storage Mistakes

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Self-storage is convenient for several situations, but people also make several mistakes when choosing self-storage. When people do not use self-storage correctly, they run the risk of putting their items in danger. Please continue reading to learn everything you need about self-storage mistakes that you can easily avoid. You do not need to lose money and important valuables when choosing a self-storage solution. However, if you are careful and avoid mistakes, self-storage is an excellent way to keep your items safe. Common Self Storage Mistakes Skipping the Storage Insurance Many people make the mistake of not getting insurance when they use self-storage. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that someone will not break into your storage unit and steal your stuff. However, when you have insurance on your items, you can at least get financial compensation back if your items get stolen. Also, self-storage insurance is affordable and can prevent you from losing money. The following are benefits to keeping storage insurance when you use self-storage. Protect yourself financially against theft and damage. Reduce emotional stress caused by losing important items. Have a sense of preparation when you use self-storage. Minimize business and personal losses. Skipping out on storage insurance can cause you great emotional and financial distress. Most people value the items in their storage units even if they don't make use of them every day, and losing these items can be detrimental to your mental well-being. It is important to remember that accidents and thefts do happen, and you need to protect yourself from those potential situations. Picking too Large of a Storage Unit The larger a storage unit you buy, the more money you will spend to rent it out every month. You should assess your space needs and then rent out a storage unit that properly suits those needs so that you don't waste money by picking a storage unit that's too big. Picking too Small of a Storage Unit Even though you can waste money when you pick too large a storage unit, picking too small a ...


Texas Mega Storage
June 27th, 2022


Different Types of Locks for a Storage Unit

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A storage unit makes a lot of sense for just about every type of person. If you are neat and tidy and want to keep your home that way, a storage unit will allow you to keep certain items safely hidden away until you need them again. Less mess and less stress. If you are someone who has a hard time giving up your possessions and throwing things away, a storage unit allows you to give a home to those pieces of property you just can’t say goodbye to. And if you are a member of a growing family, a storage unit lets you protect certain items that may not have a place in your home for now. There are plenty of people who need storage units - and plenty of reasons why they want them. But a storage unit is only a waste of your time and money if it isn’t secure. If your storage unit isn’t safe from the elements and outside intruders it serves no purpose at all. And what better way to protect your unit than a good, strong, high-quality lock. The thing is that there are so many locks on the market today and that means there are so many options for you when you are buying your storage unit. Which one is right for you? Which one will get the job done and work within your budget? Luckily, no matter what you’re putting in your storage unit, there is a lock that will keep it safe, secure, and comfortable for as long as you need. Storage Unit Locks Combination And Dial Lock You have likely used a combination and dial lock in your life. They are easy to use and they always get the job done too. They don’t require a key to use. Instead, all you need to do is enter a number combination via a dial. Similarly, you may dial a code into the pad to unlock it. This is easily one of the more popular ...


Texas Mega Storage
May 25th, 2022


What Not to Store in a Storage Unit

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Storage units are great for keeping items if you are moving, or if you don't have enough room at home. If you are planning to utilize a locker for yourself, it can be helpful to know what you should not keep inside a locker. This knowledge can prevent damage and regret down the line. Read on to learn more about items you cannot keep inside a storage unit. Even though it might seem simpler to lock them away, you should take care to avoid putting these things inside. Understanding what can and cannot be stored will help you make the right choices when selecting what to put inside your locker. What should I avoid storing in my storage unit? Flammable/Combustible Materials Flammable and combustible materials can be dangerous when placed in a storage locker setting. If they explode or catch fire, you might destroy your unit and the units of people around you. Flammable and combustible materials might even harm someone in the vicinity if something happens. Examples of these items include: Kerosene Compressed Gas Acid Propane Tanks Do not place these inside a storage unit, as they can be extremely dangerous. If it can explode, it should not be in your locker. You should never put these in your unit to stay on the safe side, no matter what. Flammable or combustible materials can cause more harm than good when placed in an enclosed space. Priceless Things There is too much risk with a storage locker to take a chance with valuable items. If you are not paying for a temperature-controlled unit, your heirloom could fall apart due to humidity or severe dryness. Light can cause damage, as well as dust and bugs. Keep priceless items out of a locker. Valuable pieces might include: Clothes or shoes that have been passed down Antique furniture such as sofas and cabinets Valuable rugs made of easily destructive materials These should be kept from storage units to prevent potential damage. If you need to store priceless pieces, keep them somewhere safer where you have control. Delicate items should not ...


Texas Mega Storage
April 12th, 2022


What to Look for in a Storage Unit Facility

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Storage units are a great way to keep all of the belongings you love without creating a huge eyesore in your home. A messy home isn't just unpleasant to look at, it can be downright dangerous too. It may result in fire hazards that prevents a safe exit from your home. A cluttered home also invites pests and other problems. If it is in your budget, you shouldn't second-guess the idea of renting a storage unit to store your personal belongings. But if you are going down that route, what should you do to make sure you only get the best storage unit for you. What should you be on the look-out for when you are hunting for your storage unit? What do you need and what do you need to avoid? Factors When Deciding on Your Storage Unit Facility Pricing No matter the size of your bank account, pricing is always a factor. When it comes to storage units, the amount that is charged can vary on a number of factors. This includes where the storage unit is located and the size. If there aren't a lot of options nearby or if demand is high, a storage unit company might charge more. It could be worth it for you to explore cities outside of your own when looking for an affordable storage unit. You probably won't have to venture too far since there are storage units in nearly every city but you shouldn't settle on a company that will be costing you too much. Remember that you are paying every single month for your unit so you should find a facility that fits your budget. Security You are putting some very personal and important items in your storage unit. That is why you need to be sure that the storage unit company you are trusting will do right by you and will make sure that your items will always remain safe. Remember that you won't be laying eyes on your items at all ...


Texas Mega Storage
March 28th, 2022


How Storage Units Help Spring Cleaning

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Spring Cleaning and Self-Storage Units It’s that time of year again. The days get longer, and it becomes easier to do something about those carpet stains, all the dust, and that stale air that has built up during the last few weeks and, perhaps, months. Finally, you can open all those windows and let in the spring fresh air without freezing. Now, get ready to freshen up your home with a good spring cleaning. Whether you’re doing a full-house cleaning once a year or once a month, you may want to think about renting a self-storage unit to get things out of the way during the process. Cleaning and organizing can also easily turn into redecorating. Renting a self-storage unit is a great place to store items for the long-term or short-term. Spring cleaning tips:  To keep track of where you have already cleaned start from the top and work your way down., Start with dusting and washing ceiling fans, light fixtures, and corners first. Then move on to wiping and washing walls, windows, counters, furniture, and floors. A similar method works with windows. Try cleaning the inside from left to right and the outside from the top down. This might make it easier to tell if either side has streaks.  Move on to replace your smoke detector batteries. Make sure to test the smoke detectors and give them a good wipe down.  Clear clutter from counter tops and shelves and wipe them down thoroughly. Clean all those knick-knacks and old dusty books. If you’re like me you probably have accumulated stacks of papers, receipts, and old bills. Now is a good time to file those important documents. Recycle junk mail, outdated magazines, and used envelopes. Shred or tear up any old bills and any other papers that contain personal information.  Pull out all those appliances and wash the sides and surface underneath ...


E. Scott
January 31st, 2022


Climate Control vs. Non-Climate Storage Units

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Choosing a Climate-Controlled Storage or Non-Climate-Controlled Storage Unit Do you know the differences between climate-controlled storage units and regular storage units? If not, no worries we’ve got you covered! Here are some of the important differences between the two. TEMPERATURE The temperature is the most important difference. Climate-controlled storage units are temperature-regulated, while standard storage units aren’t. Regulating the temperature is what will create the safe storage environment needed for the more sensitive items that might need to be stored. Climate-controlled units are typically kept within a temperature range between 55 and 85 degrees (F). This keeps the storage unit from getting too hot or too cold. This can be harmful to temperature-sensitive items like electronics, artwork, and furniture and even those precious family pictures. Without climate control, the temperature of a storage building is usually the same as the outside temperature or even higher. Air-conditioned storage units are popular in places with a high heat index where temperatures can reach into the 90s and 100s for days on end with little relief and Heated storage units tend to be more prevalent in parts of the country where bitter cold winter months seem to drag on endlessly before spring finally arrives. Regular drive-up storage units will follow the current outdoor temperature much more closely especially during the summer. Without climate control, the temperature of a storage building is usually the same as the external temperature or higher. Because there is no extra source of heat or air conditioning needed, these types of storage buildings are usually cheaper. STORAGE UNIT ACCESS TYPE Another important difference between climate-controlled units and normal storage units is how they are accessed. Climate control storage buildings are usually inside of a multi-level storage building containing many storage units. Some may have ground floor access, while others will be on a second or even third level. Storage units located within a building are often referred to as interior storage units. Interior storage units are typically exterior access storage units. This means that they function more ...


E. Scott
January 22nd, 2022


Picking The Right Size Storage Unit

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Before heading to a local storage facility make sure you have answers to what size storage will be right for you. You may be wondering what size storage unit do I need? The answer isn’t always plain since there are numerous types and sizes of storage units to consider. The availability, the intended use of and what you will be storing will help you decide on what size unit will suit your needs. How to Determine What Size Storage Unit You Need 1. Determine what you will be storing No one wants to rent a storage space only to find out that it is not large enough and that you’ll have to either rent another space or move your belongings to a larger space. You’ll first want to figure out how you will be utilizing the space. Questions you may want to ask yourself: • Will I be storing a vehicle? • Will I be storing for a business that may expand? • Will these be a temporary situation? • Will I be storing long term? • Will I be rotating items in and out of the unit? It’s important to know which of your belongings you will be storing and if this will be changing in the foreseeable future. For example, if you are renting a unit for your expansive business inventory you might consider getting a larger unit so you have room to grow if needed. If you are trying to do some spring cleaning or declutter your home you might want to allow for a little extra space up front to sort and organize. If this happens to only be a temporary move then you will want to pick out a unit that is appropriate size from the start. 2. Write out an inventory list Most people have a general idea of what they will be storing but sometimes you don’t realize how much stuff you have to store ...


E. Scott
January 6th, 2022


Christmas is over

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Texas Mega Storage 12/28/2021 HOW TO STORE YOUR HOLIDAY DECORATIONS The holidays are almost over. Now we have to properly pack all those decorations up and figure out the best place to store them until the next holiday season rolls around. Here's a few tips on how to properly pack and store your decorations. WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO STORE MY DECORATIONS? You may have an attic, basement or even a storage shed in your backyard to store those holiday decorations in. If you don’t than renting a storage unit can be really helpful for storing your holiday decorations. If you have a lot of electronics or decorations that are older and maybe sentimental you might consider a climate-controlled unit. Otherwise, a standard unit will probably suit your purpose. WHAT SIZE UNIT SHOULD I GET? In most cases a smaller storage unit, such as a 5x5 or 5x10, should be plenty of room to store almost anyone's holiday decorations. A 5x5 is about the size of a walk-in closet, so it has plenty of space for inside and outside decorations, your holiday lights, and that artificial Christmas tree. If you have larger outside decorations than the 5x10 is probably the right size for you. HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR STORAGE UNIT Before storing your holiday decorations figure out what you have and how you would like to organize them in your self-storage unit. You may want to consider putting some shelving up in your unit to help keep things organized. If your storage unit is smaller, like the 5×5 consider using plastic bins instead of boxes. This makes for better stacking. HOW TO PACK YOUR HOLIDAY DECORATIONS FOR STORAGE 1. Fragile ornaments should be wrapped in bubble wrap or packing paper. Then gently placed in your container of choice. You may even consider a dish pack box with dividers. Make sure to label the box fragile. 2.Put the non-fragile ornaments together in a zip-top bags. Place them in your container and then fill any empty space with crumpled paper or bubble ...


E. Scott
December 28th, 2021


Storage Tips

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Typically, you don’t start thinking about additional storage until it becomes essential. Then, you make the mistake of visiting or calling the most convenient location without giving much thought to services and amenities. Here at Texas Mega Storage we have a courteous, professional staff that is always ready to explain your options and provide you with an outstanding storage experience. The following tips and suggestions will help you to organize your ideas, prioritize your needs, and find storage that is the best fit for you. Storage Unit Tips to Make the Most of Your Space Gather Materials Estimate the number of boxes you’ll need as well as packing material (packing paper, bubble wrap, foam shipping noodles), tape, and markers. We are a one stop shop and sell packing and moving supplies so we can help you every step of the way. Use strong, new or almost new, boxes. Don’t use boxes from grocery and liquor stores. They may be harboring insects or rodents and they’re probably in a weakened condition. Inventory Create an inventory list of your items and keep copies in a safe place away from the unit. Identify which items you may need to access while they are in storage. Prep Your Space Measure and estimate the collective packing size of the items you plan to store. To keep items off the unit floor, use furniture pads or cover the floor under your belongings. Arrange Boxes for Convenience and Safety Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds (don’t overpack) Account for extra space to provide ventilation and ease of access. Think about arranging for easy access. Plan for anything that you use think you need frequently to be placed in the front of your unit. Place boxes that contain fragile or delicate items on top of boxes packed with heavier, sturdier things. If you’re storing business files, leave a pathway for easier access. List contents on all four sides of boxes and seal tightly with good quality ...



September 1st, 2021


Back to School Tips

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Moving to a new area can be scary, Texas Mega Storage would like to share some tips we found to make that transition into a new school easier. Here in Spring, we offer self-storage with our customer in mind, we are here for you every step of the way. Whether you need to rent or drop off a Penske moving truck, get storage for a couple of months while transitioning or just to stop in and see a smiling face Texas Mega Storage is here. The following health and safety tips are from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Making the First Day Easier Back to School Tips from Texas Megas Storage in Spring, Texas Parents should remember that they need not wait until the first day of class to ask for help. Schools are open to address any concerns a parent or child might have, including the specific needs of a child, over the summer. The best time to get help might be one to two weeks before school opens. Many children become nervous about new situations, including changing to a new school, classroom or teacher. This may occur at any age. If your child seems nervous, it can be helpful to rehearse entry into the new situation. Take them to visit the new school or classroom before the first day of school . Remind them that there are probably a lot of students who are uneasy about the first day of school. Teachers know that students are nervous and will make an extra effort to make sure everyone feels as comfortable as possible. If your child seems nervous, ask them what they are worried about and help them problem solve ways to master the new situation. Point out the positive aspects of starting school to create positive anticipation about the first day of class. They will see old friends and meet new ones. Talk with them about positive experiences ...


Texas Mega Storage
August 16th, 2021


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