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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


5 DIY Tips to Personalize your Storage Unit

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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


Self-Storage: The Development Process

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Learning about Self Storage – The Development Process So, you're thinking about constructing a self-storage facility. To be a financial success for you and your investors, your first self-storage property must be a financial success. A potential developer should be aware of and adhere to a few fundamental principles. You must select the best location, conduct a market feasibility analysis, and decide on the best unit mix and layout for your project. The self-storage industry got its start in the late 1960s when a few foresighted individuals recognized the growing need for residential and commercial storage. Each decade, the industry has more than doubled in size. Returns on investment have been very impressive, frequently exceeding those of other types of real estate investment. Market Analysis Your Market Analysis will determine the self-storage demand for a specific location. In most cases, the time required to complete a project from acquisition to completion ranges from 5 to 24 months, with 18 being the average amount of time required to obtain conditional use permits. This timeframe is extended for projects that require a zone change; depending on the community you are developing in, a zone change can take 9-12 months. As with any real estate-related analytical report, the markets are constantly influenced by demographics, economics, and other factors that may have a material impact on the viability of a project. It is critical to constantly monitor the market for new competitors who may enter the market so that the project can be phased if the market changes. Self-storage, on the other hand, is a sub-sector of the commercial real estate market. This industry's growth is expected to be positive during the forecast period, owing to trends of increased urbanization and improved economic outlook across countries. The performance of self-storage properties is primarily influenced by the rising demand for additional storage space as families accumulate more material possessions. Furthermore, as baby boomers begin to downsize, the demand for ...


Steve Cox
August 16th, 2021


Rethinking Today's High Housing Costs

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How incorporating self-storage in your housing budget gets you more bang for your buck. In all my time spent studying real estate investments, I have served three formidable mistresses. In my youth, my family was heavily involved in the business of entry level home building. Put plainly, this is the first house you buy when you decide it is time to be a homeowner as opposed to just a renting. My father and uncle had me do everything. My first job occurred over the summers during middle school, shoveling and moving dirt with a wheelbarrow. Progressing to my summer job in high school of swinging a hammer and helping build the houses framework. Then transitioning to working in the sales office, my college and first ‘wear a suit to work’ job. Finally, graduating to project management in my first full time career post college graduation. This was my first mistress: delivering hundreds of homes to new home buyers. Eventually, I developed a severe case of career wonder lust and several years later I left the family business. Eventually I found myself in the arms of my second mistress, multifamily property investments. I started a real estate investment firm of my own in 1991 and by the time I sold it in 2018, with the intention of retiring, it had grown just shy of a billion dollars in assets. This was my second mistress, and I still own many of these property assets today. It took me awhile to realize that I did not know how to retire. Perhaps, I did not want to retire. So, I found my third mistress, self-storage. The funny thing is, self-storage when you think about it, is kind of an extension of my other two mistresses, housing, and multifamily properties. Housing/renting is the necessity of a roof over my head and protection for the stuff in my daily life from the outer elements. Storage is just an extension of the necessity of protecting ...


Michael Anderson
July 19th, 2021


When is a Storage Unit More Than a Storage Unit?

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When is a Storage Unit More Than a Storage Unit? The excerpts below are from an Interview, March 23, 2021 with: Mike Howard, Managing Member, AKA Partners Adam Ibarra, CFO, AKA Partners; also co-owner of Michele Beck Accounting and Rickey Chavez with Gary Greene Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. How GreenFill Storage Centers Create Value For Customers, Investors, and Communities We Serve In At some point every consumer asks, “What has my storage unit done for me lately outside of storing my stuff?” Mike Howard, the CEO of AKA Partners, the parent company of GreenFill Storage has some insight. Increasing Value to our Customers Mr. Howard: Asking the question “When is a storage unit more than a storage unit” is not a philosophical conundrum to wonder. It’s more of a pragmatic query. A majority of people think of a storage unit as only consisting of four walls, a garage door, a floor and a roof. This logic seems straightforward enough; however, it’s not that simple. Take the roof for example, we see the roof as much more than the covering that protects the important contents from the outside elements. The roof can be much more than this, in fact we see it as one of our greatest assets. Let me explain. When solar panels are added to the top of that roof, the generated power produced from the sunlight is available at a fraction of the cost, as opposed to purchasing it from a local utility company. We pass these savings down to those who store their possessions with us at budget-friendly rates. Our solar panels generate most, if not all, of the electrical needs of our storage facilities. This solar energy can be a tremendous benefit considering the high demand for climatized storage space. We make this temperature-controlled environment affordable, which can be a considerable cost savings when you consider the amount of electricity that type of space consumes on a daily basis. ...


Michael Anderson
July 19th, 2021