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Summer Moving Tips (Self Storage Can Help)

Jun 10, 2019

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Summer Moving Tips (Self Storage Can Help)

Summer is here, and for many families, that means time to move. Relocating to Houston is common as more people discover this city and make it their home. In fact, an analysis of Census estimates indicates that every year, Houston welcomes about 15,000 new residents between the ages of 25 and 34 alone.

Whether for downsizing, work or school, many people move in the summer. If you're tackling a big move this year, you can make the job just a little easier with a storage unit. In fact, renting a storage unit can help you move on your own terms, rather than a moving company's. Explore our moving tips and tricks on how to use a storage unit to make your move simpler.

Using a Storage Unit for a Move Makes Sense

When you rent a storage unit, your move gets a little less stressful. You can reap the top three benefits whether downsizing or relocating:

Show Your House More Easily

When you have to sell your home before you move, the first step in the process is getting the home ready to list. It needs to look spacious, inviting and ready to move into. Yet if your home is full of clutter (or toys or seasonal gear), that's challenging. A rented storage unit gives you a place to put some of your belongings as you put your home on the market. Less stuff inside your home means it will show better and sell faster.

Make Downsizing Simpler

A storage unit also gives you a place to stash some stuff if you’re downsizing. When making the move from a home to an apartment, for example, you are going to need to unload some belongings, but you may need time to think about which ones. Renting a storage unit allows you to store some items while you make these important decisions, freeing you to make an informed choice later when you are less attached to items that have been in storage for a while. You just might find, after storing some of your belongings, that life is simpler without them.

Start Packing Earlier

Renting a storage unit also allows you to start packing early. Rather than waiting for moving week, you can pack those items you don’t regularly use and put them in storage, giving you the freedom to pack as slowly or as quickly as you see fit. Throughout your packing process, you always have somewhere to put your things until moving day.

How to Choose a Storage Unit

If you’re ready to enjoy some of the benefits of a storage unit for your move, you need to find the right one. To make this decision, you must first understand your needs. How much are you going to need to store? Take an inventory of your storage items, then choose the right size.

Storage units range from a closet-sized, 5x5 storage unit all the way up to garage-sized, 10x30 storage unit. For reference, a 7.5x10 unit will store the contents of a studio or one-bedroom apartment, while a large 10x30 storage unit can store the contents of a four-bedroom house. The bigger a unit is, the more it will cost to rent, so choosing carefully will help with your budget.

Next, consider the amenities you want. For example, some storage units are climate controlled, while others aren't. In Houston, where temperatures regularly soar above 90, climate control is important. Items, like candles, can easily melt in a non-climate-controlled storage unit, damaging your belongings.

Security is an essential consideration. While your items are in storage, you want to know they're safe and protected. Controlled access with defined hours, security cameras with monitoring and trained supervision during open hours are all critical security features that you may not find at all storage facilities.

Cleanliness is another important factor. Dirty storage facilities are an invitation for rodents and other pests to come on site. Pests put your belongings at risk, so you need to know that the facility is kept tidy.

Finally, consider access. You need to be able to get to your stuff at a time that works for you, without hassle. You also need to get a moving truck near the unit you rent for larger items, so you can load and unload your stuff without too much physical effort. And you may want to make sure there's a covered loading dock in case of rain.

Big Tex Self Storage offers all of these benefits, and more. If you're looking for a Houston storage option to help you during your move, Big Tex Self Storage is worth considering.

Find Out More About Big Tex Today

Big Tex provides a locally owned storage facility business with facilities in River Oaks, Montrose and The Woodlands. We offer benefits like month-to-month contracts, no hidden fees and no deposit requirements. When you rent form us, you even get a free truck available at move-in!

Contact Big Tex Self Storage today to learn more about our storage facilities or to reserve storage. You can also follow us on social media for more moving tips and tricks to make your relocation experience a success.

 


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How to Find Cheap Summer Storage for College Students

May 03, 2019

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How to Find Cheap Summer Storage for College Students

When you're leaving college for the summer and packing up your dorm room, what are your options for storing your stuff? You've got all the stuff you need to be a fully functioning student – furniture, appliances, books and bedding – but you likely won't need any of these things again until fall.  


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The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Check List

Mar 21, 2019

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The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Check List
The long and cold winter of Houston (the two weeks of 50-degree weather) has ended and we've moved into the beautiful warm and not so humid season of Spring. We find ourselves being joyful and productive and undergoing our annual spring cleaning. While we remember our every day to do list, some of us might forget the once a year cleaning duties. 

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The Procrastinator's Guide to Decluttering Your Home

Feb 28, 2019

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The Procrastinator's Guide to Decluttering Your Home

If you’re one of the many people inspired by the Marie Kondo Method, you’ve likely attempted to declutter your home. Maybe tidying up was your New Year’s Resolution, or perhaps you decided to start “spring cleaning” a little early after catching Marie’s new Netflix show. But whether your New Year’s resolution fell through or your attempts to get useless things out the door didn’t exactly “spark joy,” you’re not alone. One in four Americans has a “clutter problem.” Eighty-four percent worry their homes aren’t organized. The need for help with the insurmountable task of “decluttering” has exploded so much that the National Association of Professional Organizers has grown from 400 to more than 4,000 members since the 1990s. If you’re struggling to tidy up your life, you’re in the same predicament as countless Americans. Before we go any further, here’s a quick caveat: If your home looks like a magazine photo shoot and you’ve succeeded in tidying up using the Marie Kondo KonMari Method, this article might not be for you. But if you’re more like the average person, who has good intentions but maybe doesn’t have time to declutter the 300,000 items in their house, then The Procrastinator’s Guide to Decluttering Your Home is likely right up your alley. Here’s your five-step guide to decluttering, the procrastinator’s way. 


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How to Become a Minimalist

Jan 29, 2019

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People sometimes have mistaken ideas about what it means to become a minimalist. Perhaps you have heard some of the myths that minimalism means giving away nearly all of your belongings, selling your home, and living in the tiniest space possible. The reality is that minimalism is about much more than any specific action you can take and is more of a mindset that you embrace. If you have decided you want to become a minimalist, we offer several physical and emotional steps you can take towards this goal below. 


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Jan 15, 2019

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Hold on to Your Sentimental Collection of Items in Storage

Are you resolving to declutter your home in the new year, but having a hard time finding a place for your sentimental possessions? A great solution is to put items such as sports memorabilia, vintage vinyl records, old vacation souvenirs, or even your wine collection in a climate controlled storage unit. By placing them in storage, you can cut down on clutter in your home while still holding on to the possessions that are most meaningful to you. Here are a few tips to help you store those items safely and securely. 


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Dec 28, 2018

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Self-Storage in the Woodlands

Dec 18, 2018

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Self-Storage in the Woodlands

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Nov 30, 2018

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Nov 16, 2018

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