Tips for Dealing with Winter Weather in North Texas

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With some parts of Texas expecting colder than average temps this winter, it is time to think about how you are going to get through the season and take care of all of your personal belongings. It’s time to think about storage.

You may currently be storing all of those things that won’t fit in your home in your garage or other area outside your home. This may be fine over the summer, but what happens when the weather changes? The leaks start to show and your belongings get damaged by the wet and the cold. In order to keep your belongings safe, no matter how big or small, you will need a weatherproof storage facility to ensure safety and security – at least until the weather improves.

If you are local, then Dallas self storage facilities will be the perfect place to store your things; alternatively a Lewisville or Coppell storage facility would be a better option if closer to you – you don’t want to move your belongings too far away if you are planning on using them over winter.

So what do you need to store over winter?

Liquids
If you are storing any liquids you will need to store them in a temperature controlled room. Remember, you may have novelty items such as snow globes or children’s toys that will be damaged if they freeze.

Electronics
If you are storing items with batteries they will lose their power very quickly in the extreme cold. Electronics will also become damaged if they get damp so they must also be kept dry. A climate-controlled storage unit will be perfect for storing your electronics.

Fragile Items
The cold winter may make any glass items you are storing brittle and prone to breakage. Remember to wrap them up well to keep them away from the cold and you will avoid coming back to broken vases, ornaments, and glass.

Vehicles
Storing a vehicle can be a difficult job over winter. You may not be able to find a storage facility that offers a climate-controlled unit suitable for a vehicle of any size, so it is important to carry out a complete check of your vehicle before and after you store it. Remove any excess liquids in your car such as windshield wiper fluid, to reduce any damage that may be caused by the liquid freezing.

Once you take your car out of storage in the spring you may be met with a flat battery, deflated tires or burst pipes. Make sure you check all of these before you drive your car away.

So if you are going to store any of these items over winter, just remember to choose a reputable storage facility such as North Texas Self Storage to ensure your items will be safe and secure over winter – leaving you to enjoy the snow.

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Renting or Reserving Your Storage Unit Online

Have you been shopping around for a self storage unit in Dallas, and been frustrated that you have to call around and listen to a long sales pitch just to get pricing? We feel your pain! When we redesigned our website, we wanted our customers to be able to easily shop around for the best price… and even to be able to reserve a unit without commitment.

When you go to northtexasstorage.com, just pick the property most convenient to you by clicking on the red tab at the top. We have six locations throughout the DFW Metroplex, including locations in Carrollton, Lewisville, Coppell, Denton, near Forest and Central, and near Addison Airport.

On each property’s page, you’ll see two large buttons right under the contact information. Choose the blue “Rent Online” property if you’re ready to pick a unit right now. If you’d like to see the storage unit first, that’s no problem at all! Just click the red “Reserve Online” button, and you can put a unit on hold for a day.

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After you click the button, you’ll be taken to a new page, where you’ll see a list of storage unit sizes and types. For example, you can see below that the smallest unit available is a 5′ x 10′ located on the first floor, and that it’s outdoors.

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After you press the “Select Button” unit, you will go to a new page where you enter your name, address, phone number, and email address. Then you’ll go to the next page, where you enter a credit card number. (This applies to both renting and reserving a unit online.) Then you’re done!

If you’d rather have a friendly face help you choose which unit is best for you, that’s our property managers’ specialty! Just give us a call and a North Texas Self Storage property manager will give you their best guidance, or stop in for a tour! We’re always happy to help.

Pay Your Bill or Check Your Account Online

Hey, did you notice some new buttons on our website that popped up a while back? You asked for it and we implemented it… that’s right… online bill pay! Now you can go to the page of the property where you rented your storage unit, and you can pay your self storage bill online!

Look for this button right underneath the red printable coupon on each property page:

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You’ll then be taken to this page, where you can enter your storage unit number and password. If you forgot your password, don’t worry; it happens to us all sometimes. Click the “Forgot Your Password” link, and you’ll get an email at the email address you used when you rented the unit. If that fails, just call your friendly neighborhood property manager, and they’ll be happy to help!

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There, you will enter your credit card number in our secure portal. It’s that easy!

Do you also see the red tab above that says “Check Your Account”? If you can’t remember if you paid your bill yet, just click that tab, enter your unit number and password, and you’ll see your account status.

Remember, there are NO administrative fees at North Texas Self Storage, and all of contracts are from month-to-month! We want to make the experience of self storage as convenient and up-front as possible for our customers, so we hope you’ll enjoy our new online bill-pay feature.

And of course, if you haven’t rented a storage unit yet, we would love to have you! Check out our blog post on renting or reserving a storage unit online, coming next month. Or give us a call right now! We have six locations throughout the DFW Metroplex, including locations in Carrollton, Lewisville, Coppell, Denton, near Forest and Central, and near Addison Airport, and our friendly property managers would love to help you find the self storage unit that’s just right for you.

 

Halloween Costumes out of Cardboard Boxes: The Return!

We loved talking about our favorite costumes made with cardboard boxes so much last year that we decided to do it again this year!

Don’t have a cardboard box sitting around? No problem; we sell cardboard boxes in a multitude of sizes that are sure to meet your costume needs at our six self storage locations throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Stop by and one of our friendly property managers would be happy to help you find the perfect box!

This one’s a North Texas Storage double-whammy costume, because we have boxes that are the perfect size, and you may even find styrofoam peanuts here! We accept package deliveries here, so we might well have some waiting to be reused. To make this adorable popcorn box costume, you can paint the box white, if it’s not already, and then use gaffer tape or red duct tape to make the stripes. The “popcorn” consists of styrofoam peanuts, piled high, and the text is cut out of red and white felt. Go to Real Simple for more detailed instructions.

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How cool is this Minecraft costume at Instructables? If you’re overwhelmed at the thought of needing Photoshop, sheetrock screws, Liquid Nails, and foam to create this costume, you could just make the head and call it a day, and no one would think less of you!

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Here’s another one from Real Simple, and true to the magazine’s name, it is indeed “real simple.” Behold the cardboard box s’more…

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We hope this stirs your imagination! Feel free to stop by any of our locations and scope out our cardboard boxes… we’d love to help you!

¡Bienvenidos al Norte de Texas Self Storage!

Did you notice the link at the top of our website that says “¿Español?” If you click it, you’ll be taken to a Spanish-language version of any page! It functions just the same as our English-language version website, so you can look up maps to our properties, read about our amenities, pay your bill online, check out our monthly self storage specials, or rent or reserve a Carrollton storage unit or a Dallas storage unit online.

We hope this will be a helpful addition  for our customers. If there’s anything else you’d like to see, please contact us! We are here to help.

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4 Top Tips for Choosing a Self Storage Facility

north-texas-self-storage-how-to-choose-a-storage-facilitySelf storage can be an obvious choice, but if you have never used it before it can also be a somewhat daunting experience. Not only may there be a number of self storage facilities to choose from in your area, they may all offer different services, at different prices, with different contract terms. So how do you know which company to choose?

Thankfully the team at North Texas Self Storage have come up with 4 top tips that will help you choose the perfect self storage facility for you.

What Will it Cost?

Choosing where to store your valuable possessions isn’t just about the price. Choosing the cheapest business may not be the best option for the future, especially if it is at the expense of important factors such as security or customer service.

Don’t forget to find out about any offers that are available to new customers, but remember to take in to account the full (after offer) price. It’s also worth noting the terms of payment. Do you pay monthly or weekly? Can you pay by cash? Ask all these questions before you commit to rent any space.

Pay a Visit to the Units

Although there is a great deal of information available online about many of your local self storage facilities, it is important that you visit your favourites before you commit to any contract. Like any purchase, it could be very different from how it has been described. Deciding factors such as security, customer service and contract terms may only be experienced in person at the facility.

Ask About Security

Whatever you are putting in storage, you will want to make sure it is safe and secure. Whether you are storing goods from your home or your business, the peace of mind that comes with knowing your property is safe is worth the extra money it may cost.

When visiting a self storage facility, don’t forget to ask about their video surveillance. Although most facilities will advertise that they provide video surveillance, you will need to know if it is recording 24 hour a day, if it is continually monitored and whether it covers the whole storage area or just the entrance.

As well as video security, it can be worthwhile checking how easy the facility is to access—do you need a pin code? Is the entrance manned 24 hours? How sturdy are the units themselves? At North Texas Self Storage we will be happy to discuss any questions you may have about our facility.

Location, Location, Location

Often as important as price, the location of a storage facility can make a difference to whether or not it will be suitable. Think about whether you will be using it regularly or only visiting it once in a while—this will make a difference to the location you choose.

With all the choice that is available for self storage units it is important that you are storing your goods in a facility that is secure, convenient and within your budget; and we are confident that these tips from North Texas Self Storage will help you to do that.

The Benefits of Climate Controlled Storage

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At the height of the summer months, many people will be seeing the necessity of storing their belongings in a climate controlled storage unit. Although not everything needs to be stored in a climate controlled unit, if you have an item that does then it is certainly worth the extra costs to ensure that your item does not become damaged.

To understand whether or not you need a climate controlled storage unit, you need to understand benefits of having one: so here are some of the top benefits for choosing a climate controlled storage unit.

A More Secure Option

Although not directly related to the climate within the units, choosing a climate controlled unit will also mean that you are choosing a more secure unit. The climate controlled storage units will typically be interior units. All of our interior units require a separate passcode, allowing you to enter the building; this adds an extra layer of security. Internally, all of the hall ways are monitored by security cameras which creates greater peace of mind among our customers.

Air Monitoring Equipment

At North Texas Self Storage all of our climate controlled units are monitored for air quality. The air quality of a unit is extremely important when bringing items into the unit and removing them. Poor air quality may lead to odors within the immediate area becoming trapped in your items, and you don’t want to return to your storage unit after a few weeks to find all of your items smelling musty or stale.

The air within a climate controlled unit is being circulated constantly which also means the moisture levels are kept down; so not only will your items remain fresh, they will also remain mold and mildew free.

Protection: Whatever the Weather

Whether it is boiling hot or freezing cold outside, a climate controlled storage unit will keep your items safe and protected. As you may have already found, you can store almost anything in your unit, from clothes and furniture to photos and books. If you are worried about your items being damaged by moisture or mildew due to condensation that could possibly develop in a non-climate controlled unit in certain weather conditions, then we highly recommend investing in a climate controlled unit.

A good rule of thumb is—if you wouldn’t store it in your garage, then store it in a climate controlled storage unit.

If you are unsure about any of your items or have any further questions about what to store in a climate controlled unit then please feel free to get in touch with the team at North Texas Self Storage who will be happy to help you out with any questions you have.

4 Top Benefits of Self Storage

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You may have driven past North Texas Self Storage recently, or seen one of our advertisements and thought to yourself “I wonder if I could benefit from a self storage unit.” If you think about it, there will almost certainly have been a time in your life when you really could have done with a self storage unit—whether it was to house your belongings when you were travelling, to use as a quiet space for a hobby or even just to store your Christmas decorations.

Self storage unit are becoming increasingly popular as a simple and effective solution to a variety of storage needs; so why do so many people use them and what are the benefits of storing your belongings in a self storage unit?

1 – Security

With video surveillance, entry codes and internal units, the North Texas Self Storage facility will easily tick all the boxes on your list of security requirements. Often, our self storage units are more secure than your home. You should never have to worry about your possessions being stolen or damaged, so if you have belongings that are valuable, either from a financial or sentimental point of view, then it may be worthwhile considering storing them in a secure, climate controlled storage unit.

2 – Availability

If you are looking for a high quality self storage unit then it is always worth dropping into North Texas Self Storage to find out what units we have available. Whether you are looking for long-term storage or somewhere to house a few items before you sell them then we can help you find the right space. Once you have rented the unit, all of your items within it will be available to you any time of day, so there is no need to worry about not being able to access your belongings.

3 – Flexibility

Your self storage unit doesn’t need to be limited to a place to keep your possessions. This flexibility allows you to use your unit as a storage area, workshop, gym, office space or even somewhere to hold a social event.

4 – Value for Money

Self storage is an excellent alternative to increasing the space within your home or having to rent or buy a larger home. It is often the case that over time you will accumulate furniture, ornaments and other household items that you do not have room for. If these items have sentimental value or you want to keep hold of them to any other reason, then putting them in a North Texas Self Storage unit is a low-cost and simple solution.

So call into North Texas Self Storage today to find out if we can accommodate yourself storage needs and requirements.

 

How to Successfully Organize and Store Your Possessions

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Once you’ve decided to organize your possessions and move them into self storage it is worth noting that this process can be made simpler and more cost-effective by having an efficient process for storing your items. Whether you are storing them short-term or long-term, a well thought out and well organized storage space will serve its purpose a lot better than hastily throwing your items together in your unit.

Following these hints and tips from North Texas Self Storage will help you to successfully organize and store your possessions in your self storage unit with very little hassle.

What Will Your Storage Unit Be Used For?

If you only need your unit for short-term storage—for example between house moves—that a small unit, fully packed may suffice. However, if you are looking for long-term storage which you may need to access periodically—for example if you are downsizing—that a larger unit which you can enter and retrieve items from may be more appropriate.

Will All Your Items Be in Boxes?

If you are planning on filling boxes with smaller items and storing them then it will certainly be worthwhile adding labels to those boxes. Rather than just marking them with the general idea of the contents inside, create a full list of what you are packing and whether the box will be fragile. This may seem time-consuming but will make the process of finding an item or removing the boxes much faster.

Storing Seasonal Items

Many people will often choose to store their seasonal items such as Christmas decorations, winter sports equipment, or summer clothes. If you will be using your self storage unit throughout the year to store a variety of different thing then it is worth storing your items in seasonal order so not only will you be easy to find your items, but your unit will remain organized all year round.

Storing Special Items

You may have a number of items that you would like to store that may be damaged if not kept a regular temperature and a dry environment. Personal belongings such as photographs, books, wedding dresses and shoes mail be affected by extremely high or low temperatures as well as damp environments. North Texas Self Storage have specialized climate-controlled storage units which allow for regular air flow as well is temperature-controlled conditions—meaning that no matter the weather outside, all of your items will be safe and secure in your unit.

When organizing your possessions to be put in your self storage unit, it is often worth getting extra advice from the professionals. The team at North Texas Self Storage are happy to help you when it comes to ensuring that you store your items correctly. So please get in touch with us if you have any questions; we will be happy to help.

Downsizing Solutions From North Texas Self Storage

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Although downsizing your home may mean selling a lot of your possessions that you no longer need, there will always be certain items that are of great sentimental value to you or that you may want to leave to family members once you have gone. If this is the case they may be incredibly beneficial to you to choose self storage as an option the storing those larger items until you are ready to use them.

If you have not considered self storage before, then it is certainly worth understanding the benefits of how a storing your items in a dedicated self storage facility can help give you peace of mind that they will be safe from damage and theft—which may not be the case if they are kept in a garage or shed.

Added Peace of Mind With Self Storage

There are a number of reasons for which storing your possessions in the self storage unit can give you added peace of mind. Firstly, the security within a storage unit will often be more thorough and reliable than that of your home. At North Texas Self Storage we have a number of methods for keeping your item secure and safe, including:

Video surveillance – our facility is under 24 hour video surveillance at both the entrance, exit and various points throughout the storage units.

Security codes – our facility has restricted gate access which required an individual security code to enter.

On-site managers – we have professional property managers who work and live on site which provides an extra layer of security to all of our units.

Climate controlled units – these units are especially beneficial to any items that may be damaged by mildew, condensation or strong odor.

Offering a Flexible Option to Your Storage Needs

All of our units are designed with our customers’ convenience in mind. We understand that you may no longer have room for some of your possessions within your home when you are downsizing, which means that we are constantly working to ensure that your items are just is available to you as they would be if they were in your loft or your garage.

As we have mentioned, our climate controlled units are available for any temperature or moisture sensitive items. You will also have unlimited access to your unit during business hours, so whether you need to add or remove items weekly or are happy to leave the unit sealed from month, the choice is yours.

For further information about what North Texas Self Storage can offer you, please do not hesitate to get in touch.