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My personal experience with storage

Everybody has their own ideal of what they want out of storage. Let me tell you about my experience. My friend came to me asking about where to store her furniture. Our conversation went on and off a couple of weeks. First of all, the storage facilities that she called her computer automated adding to her frustration. Moving out a big home that her family has lived in for 25 years was a huge undertaking for her. She felt that every storage that she called had an underlying deal – first month free + fees or 2nd month free + another month + insurance. They wanted to make her pay for insurance even though her homeowners already covered all her items. Again, she did not realize what she was doing so I told her I would help to make it easier for her to find a good storage facility with a reasonable price. I started calling around the area she lives in and I spent a whole day calling pricing out these storage places. I found one storage facility that actually had a real person answer the phone. Surprise surprise! She made my journey very easy. No hidden fees, month-to-month contract, and most importantly, 24-hour access. She even gave me a 6-month special. My friend and I drove to this storage facility and rented her units. It was such a simple and painless process. So I guess my point is, not all storage facilities provide great service like this particular one did. My friend will keep her items at this place for a long time!

Texas Style Climate-Control

Almost every storage facility today offers what they call “climate-controlled” units for rent. Many people are often deceived by what they think is climate for storing their items. It’s always a good idea to make sure and check that the facility you plan on storing with offers A/C in the warmer months and also HEAT in the colder months. If this is not the case, a problem can arise especially in states with a lot of humidity near the coast. I have heard many horror stories of people who have stored in so called “climate-controlled” units that were not cared for properly. These people came back months or even years later to find their precious items molded and mildewed. Unfortunately, we all know that in the Texas coastal area, the winter months tend to have high humidity as well. This continuous condensation will also most likely lead to mold and mildew. Here is a general rule of thumb to go by, if you have furniture inside your home, you would most likely want to store your items in climate-controlled unit. If you have items in your garage that you want put in storage just to clear up some space, then non-climate might be just fine for you. If you do choose to with a non-climate unit, here are some helpful tips on reducing moisture

  1. Use a product such as Damp Rid
  2. Open bags of regular charcoal throughout unit to absorb moisture
  3. Do not cover items in plastic (which tends to hold in moisture). If you wish to cover items, a cotton sheet works well
  4. Spray cloth items with Lysol disinfectant spray (which will help eliminate mold growth) but make sure you always test the area first

Most people who store house-hold items such as leather, electronics, photos, furniture, etc., should be recommended to store in climate-controlled. So just remember that when you store your grandma’s treasured heirloom, make sure it is climate-controlled Texas style.

Is it really only a $1 move-in?

Let’s answer this question in the most simplistic terms – there is no such thing as a $1 move-in special. I wish life was this easy and cheap, but the harsh reality is, it’s not. When searching online for where to store your items, big storage companies tend to offer a large amount of these types of specials. Therefore, it is easy to fall into the trap of price deception. It has happened to a number of us, including myself and I would like to share my experience with you. A few months ago, I was looking into storage facilities online so that my daughter would be able to store her things from her college dorm room. I looked on a variety of websites and found some really good deals. So I went to this particular storage facility down the road from me that was offering $1 move-in specials. It was a really nice facility – brand new, clean, and it felt secure. All the things you could want. That seemed like an AWESOME deal for just $1. However, when I was talking to the front office manager when signing my lease, she told me that my total for the day would be $41. This amount wouldn’t even include the next month’s rent which I was required to pay at move-in. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. $41???? That seemed like A LOT more than the $1 I was promised online. I couldn’t even follow thru with the lease. After getting home, I looked back on the website and in the tiny fine print it said – administration fees, insurance fees, and deposits not included.*** Also, when I looked further into the company’s reviews, some of them entailed that the company raised their rates continuously year after year. I discovered that the $1 move-in offering was just to nudge you in the door before the storage company squeezed every penny out of you. By this experience, I learned that it is so crucial that you do your research on storage facilities before making your move. Look at the prices very closely and make sure that the company won’t raise your rate often and that they don’t charge you for extra unnecessary fees. Don’t be deceived by the $1 move-in special – it sounds cheap, but in the long run, it’s very expensive.

What questions to ask when looking at storage size

You’ve decided you need to rent a storage space and the only question remaining is what size makes the most sense. At Challenger Storage, we are happy to share our knowledge and experience to assist in securing the appropriate size for each prospective tenant. For instance, knowing that a 10 x 10 will accommodate the contents of a one-bedroom apartment helps focus on certain sizes but many other factors are worth considering such as:

  • Will additional space be needed for items moved at a later time?
  • Will the tenant need to look through boxes or locate items during their stay and should space for a small walkway be considered?
  • How much more would this extra space cost?
  • Is the unit location convenient for the movers and will the small additional rental expense of a first-floor unit be offset by the reduction in time and fees that would be owed to movers?
  • Are there smaller units available if some items are removed during the stay and may a tenant transfer to a smaller unit without a fee?

Challenger Storage prides itself in providing numerous options both in unit sizing as well as downstairs and less expensive upstairs storage locations. 24-hour access 7 days a week is an amenity few others offer but all tenants at Challenger Storage enjoy. Let us assist you and answer any questions you may have to make your storage experience a little less stressful.

Storage – It’s the simple solution

Storage – to most people, this singular word does not arouse any sort of emotion or provoke the least bit of excitement. In fact, when most think of “storage,” they think of it as a rather tedious and painful process that involves a whole bunch of lifting and moving things that they honestly can’t bear the thought of doing because they don’t want to get their 4th hernia surgery. Let’s face it, we don’t really associate butterflies and rainbows with that particular noun. However, there is a world of storage that none of us really think about from time to time.

Storage is a practical solution for many of our daily struggles.

Let’s think of a few common scenarios that many of us face that incorporate storage. Your husband or wife has been nagging you for the past 6 months to get rid of your “junk” that you have left in your garage. Well this makes you highly upset because, to you, this is not just simply “junk.” These are one-of-a-kind collectible baseball cards and your old high school memorabilia. You just can’t get rid of that. Let’s also say that your homeowner’s association has been hounding you about that big boat you keep in your front driveway. You’re thinking to yourself, can’t they just let up? It’s just a boat, nothing dangerous. These are just a few reasons why you should turn to a reliable storage facility. Storage can be an incredibly long and stressful process for those who are not aware of how helpful it can actually be. Storage should be straightforward and simple. We, as a facility, that has had an established and credible reputation in the south Houston area, are here to make your life easier. We hope you choose Challenger Storage as your space solution.

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