Hurricane Tips

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Hurricanes and Self Storage We all see the news of the aftermath of a big storm or unpredictable acts of nature and how damaging it can be. Images of homes with roofs blown off, people’s belongings scattered all over the front lawn, water in every single room of the house. While these might be worst case scenarios, they can and do happen. If you live in Texas, then you know the weather can change in an instance, below are some tips to help put your mind at ease. Tough Decisions If you know you live in a hurricane prone area, or worse yet, if there are reports and warnings on the news about an imminent hurricane in your region, you might have to start making some tough decisions about what to do with your belongings. Many people have self storage units at the ready for just such an occasion, and you are going to need to decide what to store and what to leave in the house. Many people choose to transfer things with a lot of monetary and sentimental value (such as jewelry and family heirlooms), or pieces of furniture that are irreplaceable and have been in the family for generations. Choose Your Self Storage Facility Wisely Many storage facilities in hurricane prone areas offer self storage units that are specially designed to be able to withstand big storms, however, not all do. Look for a facility with covered loading docks, hurricane-proof windows, and back-up generators that will ensure your climate controlled self storage unit doesn’t all of a sudden become a hot, sticky swamp. Off the Ground. Even if you are storing things in a self storage facility which has the necessary contingency measures and precautions in place to protect your belongings during a big storm, you should always hedge your bets and make sure everything valuable is off the ground. If you have crates, or vertical shelving units, those can help minimize the chances of ...


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July 13th, 2021


Climate Control is a must in Texas heat

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Climate controlled Storage is a Must in Texas Heat You may not think you need climate-controlled units in Texas, but chances are you are you probably aren’t aware of the difference between climate and non-climate Write down this number . . . (281) 355-7000 . . . you might just need it after you read this article. When self storage units need to be climate control . . . Let’s talk about oxidation. Extreme heat causes oxidation. In Texas, summers can see 115 degrees. That qualifies as extreme heat and yes, it will cause oxidation. What is oxidation? Think of it as a change in electrons in matter, and think of a change in electrons as a change in the matter itself. And yes, extreme heat will cause oxidation, which means it will change the appearance of an object. Which materials are subject to oxidation damage? Get ready for a shock! The following are just a partial list of items in storage units which can be damaged by oxidation: Wood furniture Leather furniture Household appliances Special collections Coins Stamps Wine Musical instruments Artwork Clothing Business documents Photos Electronics In other words, practically everything that people normally place in a mini storage, can be harmed by extreme heat. Thus the need for air conditioned storage! Climate controlled storage is a must in Texas! So now that we understand the need for climate controlled storage, the next item on the agenda is finding the right size self storage unit you can count on, and that’s where Texas Mega Storage is here to get you exactly what you need. Locally owned and operated, Texas Mega Storage has been a name you can trust in the Spring, Klein area for a number of years now. Texas Mega Storage basically has everything you could want in a self storage unit: great rates, good move-in specials, 24/7 video monitoring, friendly staff, wide aisles for easy access, month to month contracts, drive up outdoor storage, indoor storage, RV storage, boat ...


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July 13th, 2021


Downsizing in 2021

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Downsizing in 2021 Self-Storage in Spring Let’s face it, right now we are all feeling a level of uncertainty. We are in the midst of a pandemic and trying to figure out what our new “normal” is. Texas Mega Storage is here for you to give you that calm peace of mind, when it comes to your belongings being stored safely. If you’re looking to declutter your home in 2021, here’s how the quick how-to: 1. Separate your belongings into three piles Take all the items you’re looking to clear out and separate them into three piles: one for those items you need or make you happy, one for those items you do not need but can be sold or donated, and one for those that need to be trashed. For the ones that you need or make you happy, determine how urgent you’ll need for them to be. Within this pile, make two smaller piles. Those you’ll need more urgently can be kept at home. Those that aren’t needed to frequently can be placed into storage later. As you make this pile for storage, document these belongings on a list whether on your phone or a notebook—maybe both—so you know which items are going into storage. Carefully pack and prepare them for your new unit. 2. Storage features to consider when decluttering When you’re storing these valuable belongings, you can select the right storage features to protect them. For instance, if you’re storing older family photos or documents, you’ll need climate control. This feature preserves sensitive materials from weather and high seasonal temperatures by maintaining a constant temperature and humidity level within the unit. And for those items that have more of a financial value, you can protect them at Texas Mega Storage with security features such as electronic gate access, which requires a keycode to enter, as well as video surveillance and onsite management. Now, if you’re decluttering and needing to store a lot of items, you may ...


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July 13th, 2021


How to Handle Moisture in Your Storage Unit

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Moisture can be a tricky problem in Spring, Tx, and something that needs to be avoided at all costs. The good news is that keeping moisture out of units isn’t all that hard if you know what to do. Continue reading to learn how to keep water and moisture at bay: Rent from the right storage Company: First things first, make sure you rent from a reliable storage company at Texas Mega Storage, you can rent a unit that’s kept in our climate-controlled building, free from any moisture whatsoever. In some cases, your goods may be in safer hands with us than they are at your own home! Check for leaks: If your storage unit is exposed to the outdoors, you should make a habit of checking it for leaks every now and then. Even a tiny crack can allow water to seep in, quickly leading to a major disaster. Inspect humidity levels: Rainwater isn’t all you need to worry about. You also need to think about the humidity level inside your unit. Normal humidity levels should be between 30 and 50 percent, as anything more than that can lead to mold and mildew growth. A hygrometer is a device that measures humidity, and we recommend using one before you decide to rent a unit. Never rent from a storage facility that has consistent high humidity. Only store dry items: This one’s a bit of a no-brainer, but you should never put anything in your storage unit if it’s not totally dry! Any damp items can quickly start to cause problems inside your storage unit. All it takes is one slightly wet item to damage everything else in the unit. Use desiccants: Silica gel, rice, kitty litter, salt and charcoal briquettes are your number one defense against moisture. These products are all called desiccants, and they’re incredible at absorbing moisture, even if it’s in the air. If your hygrometer says the humidity is high in your storage unit, we recommend purchasing some ...


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July 13th, 2021


Preparing for a Storm

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Preparing Your Storage Unit for a Storm Natural disasters everywhere happen and we can only do so much to control the damage. However, we can do our best to protect our belongings before the storm starts. Here at Texas Mega Storage, we want you to be as prepared as possible. Below are 4 tips on preparing your storage unit before a storm. Insurance. Texas Mega Storage has insurance available for their tenants for a small fee added to the rental cost. Insurance is one of those things that most of us don’t worry about. We usually think that nothing bad will happen to us and we don’t need it. However, especially if you are storing your belongings in an area with frequent natural disasters it is important to make sure your items are covered. Some facilities require insurance, but if they don’t your personal insurance company can likely help you. This is a great preventative tool that can save you the financial strife of purchasing all new items in case of a hurricane, tornado, or other natural disaster. Store items on top of pallets. If it is possible, when you move into your storage unit at Texas Mega Storage try to store things on top of pallets with a tarp underneath. The tarp protects the floor from scratches and the pallets protect your items from water damage in case of a flood or hurricane. You can usually get pallets for free or extremely cost effectively from local shipping companies. Check your unit before the storm starts. When you are aware that a storm is coming if it is still safe to do so, you should go to your unit and get anything extremely important out of it. For example, if you know you have stored birth certificates, or social security cards you should retrieve them before the storm. You should also check that the door is securely locked and things are as far ...


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July 13th, 2021


Storage 101

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Storage 101 How to Store: Storage Tips After choosing the right storage facility in Spring, Tx that fits your needs, it is essential that you pack your belongings in the storage unit correctly. Texas Mega Storage cares about your belongings. Here are storage tips to consider for preventing damage and how to pack your unit: Use quality boxes and always pack them completely so they don’t collapse when stacked. – We are a one stop shop with moving and packing items available for purchase Number or label boxes for easy identification. – You can purchase stickers or write detailed notes on the boxes to make sorting easier Place a protection barrier between the concrete floor and your belongings. Leave air space between items and the walls for ventilation. Clean all appliances thoroughly before storing them. Place items you are going to access the most in the front of the unit, and the ones you will never need during your stay, in the rear of the unit. For security purposes, place the most valuable items at the back of the storage unit. Shelving helps to maximize the access of your items. Make sure you secure your unit with a superior lock. Be sure everything you pack is clean and dry to prevent mold and mildew. Always put the heavy items on the bottom and light or awkward items on the top. Do not store perishables, such as food. Do not store flammable items such as fireworks or gasoline. Visit your unit periodically to check the condition of it and your possessions. Sweep out the unit at times. Thoroughly clean, disinfect and dry refrigerators, freezers, stoves and other appliances. Appliances with doors can be stored with the door slightly open, and some can be stacked on top of each other. You want to make sure, if space allows, to leave an aisle for easy access to the items in the rear of the unit. Be sure to clean and dry all electrical equipment before storing it in your unit. Remove rust by wiping down ...


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July 13th, 2021


Making your home a work space

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Making your home a workable office space Due to the recent pandemic, many of us in Texas are practicing social distancing and working from home to slow the spread of the virus. Turning your home into your office can be tricky, as it can be difficult to separate work and your personal life in the same place. This makes creating a space for your home office that is neat, organized, and away from other distractions a necessity. First, get out of those pajamas! Each morning, it is best to continue your usual routine as if you were going into the office. Now, you don’t need to throw on a blazer but getting out of your pajamas will help get you in the right head space for work. Choose your dedicated workspace Find a dedicated workspace in your home. Try to keep your bedroom as a sacred place for sleeping and relaxing. By separating your bedroom from work, it’ll help make the work-life divide a little clearer. Make sure that you have a sufficient workspace (desk) as well as a decent chair that will give you back support. Investing in a desk that allows you to work sitting or standing is a great, healthy option. It’s important to think about the work that you do as well. Does your work require a lot of computer time? Perhaps implementing wrist support or an ergonomic keyboard would be helpful. Light the Way to Success Working in appropriate light improves your mood and doesn’t cause strain on your eyes. If there are windows in your home office, make use of the natural light with sheer curtains that reduce glare but let sufficient light in. Softer light, as opposed to bright light, improves focus and lessens eye strain. It also makes the space more inviting. Organization is Key Staying organized is key to staying productive while working from a home office. There can be a lot of distractions when working from home, so keeping this ...


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July 13th, 2021


Business Self Storage

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Business owner benefits of Self-Storage Are you a business owner looking for an extra tax write off or have you just run out of space where you are at? Texas Mega Storage offers great amenities and plenty of reasons why self-storage and business owners go hand in hand. 1. No matter what field you are in when it comes to owning or operating a business, we all know tax time and auditing is a real thing. If you need a place to store those confidential records or customer history, we have the perfect smaller units available for just that reason. 2. Inventory, right now times are unpredictable just like business openings and closures. Were you effected by COVID and forced to shut down? Need a place to store the extra inventory until businesses are running smoothly and regularly again. 3. 24-hour access, you won’t be held within the confinement of strict entry and exit hours at Texas Mega Storge. We offer 24-hour access for no additional fees. 4. Work vehicle needs to be stored? Hoa sending notices or fining you about an extra vehicle or trailer in your designated spot? We can accommodate a wide variety or work vehicles and trailers including but not limited to construction, lawn and landscaping, smaller dump trucks, bobtail trucks, tow trucks, semi tow trucks, medical vehicles, plumbing or moving trucks as well as hot sot trailers and utility trailers. 5. Are you a company that’s needs to have freight or shipments delivered without being available to be present during the delivery time? We also allow deliveries to the units or the office. 6. Conference Room, do you need a common space to have a meeting or presentation. We have you covered at Texas Mega Storage, we have 2 large rooms available to rent by the hour or day during our regular office hours. Call to ...


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July 13th, 2021


10 Tips for Self- Storage

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Top 10 Self Storage Unit Tips and Tricks Did you just send your youngest kid off to college? Now might be the perfect time to downsize your home. There are many benefits of living in a smaller house including less cleaning time and lower property taxes. But what do you do with that second refrigerator that’s in the garage or the small couch in the basement? These are things you might want to save for your kid’s first home or when they get that off-campus apartment in college. 1. Use Dryer Sheets One of the most important storage tips is to make sure your belongings are safe from pests. That’s right, spiders, moths, and rats can all find their way into units and wreak havoc on your stuff. One way to repel them is by using dryer sheets. Place them in the corners of your unit and inside boxes. The smell will keep unwanted critters away while leaving your belongings smelling fresh and flowery. Unfortunately, this isn’t a once and done trick. It’s recommended to replace the sheets once a month. 2. Stack to the Ceiling When it comes to renting a storage unit, you’ll want to maximize your space. The smaller storage space you can use, the more money you’ll save. The best way to fit all your belongings is to utilize vertical space. Stack your boxes on top of each other until they reach the ceiling. If your worried about putting too much weight on bottom boxes, consider using a shelving unit – you’ll still take advantage of all that vertical space, but you’ll be putting less pressure on your boxes. 3. Protect Your Valuables When your packing for storage, you may not think to take extra precautions to protect your belongings. After all, they’ll just be sitting in storage. However, you’ll be stacking boxes on top of each other and moving them around periodically as you dig through your unit. This increases the chance that something ...


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July 13th, 2021


Storage Fees Explained

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If you’re looking for a storage unit, your first thought is: how much does it cost? And then your second thought is: yeah, but how much does it really cost? Storage units are designed to be affordable, but sometimes those low prices seem like they’re too good to be true. Some storage facilities might conceal hidden fees behind a crazy-low monthly rent, but at Texas Mega Storage, we’re all about transparency. When budgeting for a storage unit, it’s important to consider rent and a few other additional fees. Don’t worry; these additional fees are small and often either a one-time thing or totally optional. Here’s a little more information on the fees Texas Mega Storage charges. Admin Fee This is a one-time fee that you will pay when you rent a storage unit. Where admin fees can vary from facility to facility, here at Texas Mega storage our fee is $15 and if you are a first responder, active duty or a veteran that fee is waived. Insurance Unlike homeowner’s insurance, health insurance, auto insurance and, well, pretty much every other type of insurance, you don’t hear much about self storage insurance. If you rent a storage unit, however, self storage insurance is important and fortunately very cheap. When you rent a storage unit at Texas Mega, you also have to sign up for insurance. This adds approximately $9 a month to your rent. For about the cost of two fancy coffee drinks, you have $2,000 in coverage. This insures you against a wide range of hazards including fire, burglary and ice. Late Fee Now we get into the optional fees. Late fees at a storage facility certainly fall under that category. You’re never going to get charged one by Texas Mega if you pay your rent on time. If you are late on paying your rent, here’s what it looks like: The grace period lasts for five days after the rent is due. Once those five days are ...


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July 13th, 2021


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