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Why You Should Rent a Storage Unit During a Move

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Studies have found that Americans consider moving the most stressful event in life — beyond marriage or even divorce!  That's why, when moving, it's important to do everything you can to reduce stress and make the process easier on yourself. While that's easier said than done, you should make a list beforehand of the things you can do. One thing that should be on that list is a storage unit. If you're wondering why you would need to rent a storage unit during a movie, here are all of the reasons it's a good idea. Your move will go much more smoothly with the keys to one in your hand. Decluttering Your Home for Viewings One of the biggest reasons to rent a storage unit is so you can stage your home for viewings without worrying about where all of your possessions will go. Staging a house can increase the dollar value from between 6% to 10%, so it's essential you take the time to make it look its best. This is because people like to see the house at its cleanest, as it makes it more attractive. It's also because staging it tends to depersonalize things, which means buyers can picture themselves living there more easily. If you have a lot of clutter you don't want to throw away or possessions that will fit better into your new home, renting a storage unit might be key. It gives you a temporary place to put them so you can open up the space in your home. Sorting Out What You Need Another great advantage of renting a storage unit is that it will give you the ability to sort out which possessions you actually need to take to your new home. When you put your things there to stage your old house for viewings, you'll be sorting through things — which gives you the opportunity to donate or trash things you don't need. Clutter can have a negative effect on your mental health, so this is huge. It's especially ...


Brennen Durka
May 3rd, 2022


Tips to Ensure Your RV is Well Protected

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Have you recently bought a new RV or are you thinking of getting one? The popularity of RV travel is growing. Recently, 68% of people stated they feel safer traveling by RV than by plane. While the RV lifestyle adds convenience to road trips, there are special considerations for storing your unit when not in use. Harsh weather conditions and sitting for months at a time will damage your RV. Optimize RV storage to keep your investment in tip-top shape! Follow these steps for RV storage to keep your 'home away from home' in great condition over the winter season. Why RV Storage Is Important Most RV users want to use their vehicle during the prime nice weather months. This means they need to provide motorhome storage for at least six months of the year. Not everyone has a large enough driveway for RV safekeeping. Finding a reputable storage facility that specializes in mobile home storage is essential for keeping your RV protected. While some RVers might scoff at the idea of paying for storage space during the off-season, the cost is worth it. A secured and gated storage facility ensures no one can get into your RV while you're not using it. For the best RV safekeeping, you need to get prepared for the weather in your region. In areas that experience heavy rain, it's best to keep your RV parked under a cover. Some facilities offer canopy parking, or you can purchase overhead shelters designed for RV use. RV Off-Season: General Storage Tips Using a carport or overhead canopy is the number one tip for RV storage because it keeps water and sunlight from directly hitting the exterior of the vehicle. Even if you follow these next steps perfectly, adding a canopy as the first layer of protection will extend the life of your RV. But, let's dive into the top five general storage tips for your motor home! 1. Drain the Plumbing Just like your house, the plumbing in your RV requires winterizing to survive the elements. ...


Brennen Durka
April 18th, 2022


Beginners Guide to Storage Rentals

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A First-Timers Guide to Storage Unit Rentals Do you have more items in your house than you know what to do with? Are you in the middle of an unconventional move and need a place to store excess belongings? If so, then you need to learn all that you can about storage unit rentals. Doing so can help you find the perfect fit for your needs. You'll find the right size of the unit, the right storage facility/service, and the costs that you might expect for certain types. See below for an in-depth first-timer's guide to storage units and everything that you need to know to make the best decision. The Different Sizes of Storage Units Different customers have different requirements for their storage units. For example, if you have items that can't get too hot or too cold, you'll want to invest in a climate-controlled unit to regulate the temperature. Meanwhile, some you might just be looking for a storage system you can drive up to, drop stuff off, and then drive away again.  Whatever your needs are, it all starts with finding the right storage unit size. Here at GreenFill Storage, we offer three different sizes: small, medium, and large. That said, the dimensions of those sizes can vary, so see below for a breakdown: Small: Offers 5'x5', 5'x10', and 5'x15' Medium: Offers 10'x10' and 10'x15' Large: Comes in 10'x20', 10'x25', and 10'x30' But how can you be sure of what size you need? We're happy to help walk you through it. If you'd like to get a quick estimate, then gather up all the excess items together in your house, then measure the length, width, and height. We offer different amenities for each size to ensure that the storage unit fits your budget, your security needs, and so forth. We want you to have full peace of mind! What to Look for in a Self Storage Service Even if you've never used a self-storage facility before, you know you have options. There are many different companies out there, but the quality of the ...


Brennen Durka
March 3rd, 2022


A Deep Dive into RV Storage Costs

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A Closer Look into the Details If you’re one of the 11.2 million households (and counting) of Americans that own an RV, you likely need a place to store it. When you’re not using an RV, it requires a large storage space to keep it secure and protected. But from indoor storage to outdoor storage, there are a lot of elements to take into account when thinking about RV storage cost. Are you wondering about RV storage costs for your vehicle? Below we explain the different RV storage options and what you can expect the cost to look like. Location Monthly storage rates will differ depending on the state. In areas that have a higher population or more demand, units will cost higher. So if you live in an area with a lot of people or with limited parking, RV storage will likely cost more. Also, consider if you're near an RV vacation site. RV vacations are up to 62% less expensive than other vacation types and they are growing in popularity. Parking your RV near a vacation spot will raise the storage price. Size RVs can vary in size. Short pop-up trailers can be as small as 8 feet, while large motor homes can exceed 40 feet. Based on the size of the RV, storage space will cost differently. A smaller RV storage space will usually cost much less than one for a larger vehicle. And finding storage for RVs that are 40 feet long is also more difficult to do. Type of Storage Storing your RV indoors will keep it the most secure, so it will come at a higher cost. Indoor units have more amenities and features which will then make the price increase. Indoor storage vs outdoor storage can also be more expensive when you have a larger RV. It’s easier to find storage indoors for smaller RVs and it will therefore be less expensive. Amenities Indoor storage units will often come with the option of adding certain amenities. These amenities will add cost to storing your vehicle. Amenities could include ...


Brennen Durka
February 5th, 2022


Your Boat Storage Guide: Tips, Tricks and How to Prepare

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Boating Storage Made Simple Recreational boating has been booming, with about 100 million Americans boating each year. More and more people have been reassessing how they spend quality family time, and boating seems like one of the best activities out there. If you’re a part of this group and new to this, chances are, you have no idea what goes into boat storage for winter. Unlike a car, you can’t just park your boat for a few months then pick it up where you left off. Boats are a little more sensitive and need more care if they’re going to run efficiently come spring. With that in mind, keep reading to find all the boat storage tips and tricks you need to know. Clean Your Boat Before Storage A little elbow grease goes a long way, and this is especially true when cleaning your boat before storage. This will help protect the finish while in storage and make it easier when you take it out of storage. Make sure to clean all surfaces of your boat- the hull, decks, gunwales, transom, etc. Use a mild detergent or boat soap and plenty of water to get the job done. Be sure to rinse off all the suds as well. If there’s any build-up of dirt or grime on any surface, use a brush or scouring pad to scrub it off. Disconnect the Battery If you’re storing your boat for an extended period of time, it’s a good idea to disconnect the battery. This will help prevent any corrosion from happening while the battery is sitting idle. To disconnect the battery, remove the positive and negative cables from the terminals. Be sure to store the cables in a safe place where they won’t come into contact with anything metal, which could create a spark and start a fire. You can also invest in a battery tender to keep the battery fully charged while it’s in storage. This will help prolong its life span. If you have an onboard generator, be sure ...


Brennen Durka
January 20th, 2022


5 Tips for Choosing a Secure Self-Storage Facility

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Best Tips for Choosing a Secure Self-Storage Facility Are you looking for self-storage items that can store your excess items while you move to a different house? Do you need winter storage for a boat or RV other than your home's current garage? If so, then you need to learn all about how to find the best secure self-storage options. Doing so can help you find the best fit for your needs. It's all about finding the right size, company, and features that self-storage units can provide. See below for an in-depth guide on choosing a secure self-storage facility where you can store your items for years to come. 1. Gather Your Items First Imagine if you purchased a house without first considering how many people were going to be living in it. As a result, you might get a house with too few rooms for the number of family members you'd have in the house. The same issue can occur for those that shop for secure self-storage before they gather the items up that they wish to be stored. Unfortunately, this can lead to a self-storage unit that's too small. Start by grabbing a pen and paper, then going around your house and listing all of the items that you're going to store. This will at least give you a better idea of how much space you will need. If you're looking for self-storage for a boat or RV, then this step will be simple. When you're going through this process, give yourself four options for each item in your house: keep it, sell it, donate it, or throw it away. If you choose to keep an item, will you be placing it in self-storage or keeping it on your property? We recommend that you don't store anything in a self-storage unit you can't replace. If an item is invaluable to you, then protect it in your home. 2. Know What Not to Store Before you go looking for the right size of the storage unit, it's important to know what you shouldn't ...


Brennen Durka
January 10th, 2022


Guide To Storing Your Toys For The Winter

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Cypress Texas: The Complete Guide To Storing Your RV, Boat, And Other Toys For The Winter The winter season brings with it many seasonal festivities. From smoldering delectable beverages to exhilarating snow activities, winter is a time defined by its frolic-filled days. However, this also means that summer and spring vehicles will be stagnant and at the mercy of the often-harsh winter elements. Before you unpack your skis, it's pertinent to make proper plans to store your RVs, boats, and ATVs safely. You may be caught up in the throes of winter, but summer is just as exciting, so don't leave your summer and spring toys and tools carelessly around. One of the best methods of protecting your boats, RVs, and ATVs is putting them in storage or, even better, a self-storage unit. Storage units have skyrocketed in prominence in the last few years, especially in Texas. According to Neighbor.com, Texas has the most storage facilities with an astounding 4,904 units. It is estimated that By 2026, the global self-storage market is expected to be worth 64.71 billion U.S. dollars, up from 48.02 billion U.S. dollars in 2020 according to research by Statista. It is without a doubt that storage units are the ideal option for storing everything from a few items to product inventory, vehicles, and even all the furniture for a two-bedroom home. Whatever your storage requirements, a self-storage unit can suit your needs. So don't be hindered by the size of your beloved boat or RV. If you reside in Cypress, TX, then you have the advantage of employing the services of leading storage company GreenFill Cypress Storage. But whether you're in Cypress, Texas, or not, the surefire way of keeping your expensive summer vehicles safe during the winter is tucking them away in a secure self-storage unit. Best Practices for Storing Your RVs, Boats, and ATVs In the Winter ...


Brennen Durka
December 20th, 2021


Living on the Road

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Living On The Road: A Checklist For Road Trip Enthusiasts Very few things in life can compare to the thrill that comes from embarking on a road trip. The unadulterated feeling of sunshine washing over you, hair whipping wildly with an assault from the wind, and the sense of calm that can only be derived from taking on the open road is unmatched. For others, the advantages garnered from a few road trips just aren't enough, so they opt instead to pack their homes, mount their RVs, and live life from one zip code to the next. No more are people being tied to archaic tradition laid out by society to dictate when and how they live. But like everything else in life, before you undertake your subsequent open road adventure, preparation is paramount. Nothing stands truer than the adage "If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail," and this applies tenfold to road tripping or living on the road. Before you map all the sunsets and national parks you intend to witness, you need a checklist that covers your essentials and those of your vehicle. After all, you can only truly have a great time when you take all the necessary steps to maintain safety. Nothing turns a roundtrip from frolicking to despair as quickly as circumstances that effective planning could easily avoid. The Ultimate Road Trip Checklist For You Clothes - Now, while this may be an obvious no-brainer, many road trippers still fall prey to ineffective pacing. As a rule of thumb, don't pack for where you are, but instead, for all the possible places you may end up. Weather is fickle, and temperatures can change on a whim, so it's prudent to pack a wide variety of clothing items. Light, airy, comfortable clothing for more humid temperatures. Thicker insulated clothing for the colder weather. Additionally, you never know when you will come upon ...


Brennen Durka
December 9th, 2021


Tips to Personalize your Storage

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5 DIY Tips to Personalize your Storage Unit Managing your belongings can be a tedious task and if you’re one of those people who feel that your storage space is running out, you've come to the right place. Even the biggest storage units can feel crammed if you don’t sort and manage your items properly. Before you head out to get another self-storage unit we’ve got some excellent ideas that will maximize the space in your store while also making it aesthetically pleasing. 1. Manage the Shoes Managing your storage starts with making the most of your floor space, and nothing wastes more floor space than unorganized shoes. You can opt for a shoe closet and you might find some excellent options when you shop for one, but in our experience shoe hangers are a great way of freeing up some much-needed extra floor space. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing and give a very organized look, but shoe hangers are also a perfect cheap storage solution to making the most out of the space available to you. If you’ve got a dozen pairs (or more), then investing in a hanging shoe shelf can help reclaim that much needed space. Regardless of whether you’re storing alone or have a family of shoe collectors, shoe organizers can help make things look organized and orderly. Shoe shelves can even teach children proper organization skills. Moreover, you won’t have to worry about finding your shoes every now or then if your pets are fond of playing with your older pairs of shoes. 2. Storage Ottomans Ottomans are an excellent piece of furniture that has a high demand because of their looks and their versatile functionality. If your storage has high shelves that are difficult to access, then investing in storage ottomans is an excellent option to solve that problem. Storage ottomans look and feel the same but have a hidden storage compartment that will reclaim some much-needed space in your self-storage. You can ...


Brennen Durka
November 8th, 2021


Not Too Big, Not Too Small, But Just Right

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Not Too Big, Not Too Small, But Just Right: Finding the Perfect Self-Storage Storage Unit Self-storage units provide a convenient economic storage option when you're relocating, traveling, need somewhere for seasonal storage, or you have just watched Marie Kondo and have been bit by the decluttering bug. No matter how small your possessions may seem, there is a storage unit out there with your name on it. The self-storage industry is fast rising, and with it, a slew of prospective customers who aren't really sure how to determine the type and size of self-storage unit that will best suit their needs. In addition to personal storage, there has been a steady rise in business storage. Picking The Right Storage Unit For You While it may seem daunting to determine the proper storage unit for you, it doesn't have to be. Choosing the most efficient unit really boils down to what you're storing, which will ultimately determine the size as well. When trying to choose the unit, you have a few things to consider. According to Life Storage, you must first determine if you intend to store any vehicles. Then decide whether it will be long or short term, or even indefinitely. Most importantly, ask yourself how frequently you plan to rotate items in and out of the unit. If the unit will be utilized for business storage, then seriously consider if you will need more space in the event you start housing more inventory. Another factor to consider is the time frame. You can have long or short-term storage. The short term is one to two months, and the long term is over three months. This is vital as the length of time can help to shape your choice as longer storages require more upkeep and attention to temperature. Types Of Storage Units: Storage Units can be indoor, outdoor, climate-controlled, and even customized to accommodate hobbies ...


Brennen Durka
November 2nd, 2021


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