Self storage industry talks with fire safety agencies to enhance safety measures

The Self Storage Association Asia is in talks with the Buildings Department and the Fire Services Department to seek space-efficient solutions in a bid to meet building safety requirements.

In a statement released last Tuesday, January 17, SSAA executive director Luigi La Tona said, “We are proactively working with the government in order to find safe and sustainable solutions,” noting the industry is on its way to meet requirements on signage, improved fire exits, dead end elimination, and lighting.

When the FSD mandated a 2.4 meter gap between storage zones, the requirement was met by strong opposition from the industry. La Tona said they “could absolutely not meet” such a mandate and the rule would “drastically” and “negatively” affect the industry, which needs floor space. He added that up to 50 self storage facilities would close if such rules were implemented.

Trust Pond Springs Mini Storage in Austin to provide for your self storage needs and solutions. Call our representatives at (512) 335-1500 to learn more about what we do or to make reservations.



Self Storage During the Holiday Season

Many families love celebrating, decorating, and partaking in all the festivities that each holiday contains. These holidays create the culture that we live in today, and celebrating them reminds us of what it is to live in a diverse country. The fall and winter seasons encompass many different holidays, each with drastically varying themes and purposes. While celebrating the holidays may be easy, preparing for them is not so much.

A holiday only lasts a few days or weeks which can make storing decorations and ornaments for the majority of a calendar year seem tedious and unnecessary. Thankfully, with self-storage, a person or family will be able to purchase holiday decorations at anytime during the year and store them without impeding on home or work space.

Ben White Mini Storage is here to assist with all of our customers’ holiday storage needs. We understand first hand how inconvenient it is to have ornaments, lights, inflatables, and any other holiday decorations taking up limited garage space in your home after just being used for a few weeks of the year. Contact us at (512) 244-101 to learn more about the benefits of self-storage.



Airplane crashes at Uncle Bob’s Self Storage Facility

One of two small private airplanes that collided midair over McKinney in Collin County, Texas on Saturday, December 31 dropped into an Uncle Bob’s Self Storage facility, causing massive fire to the property.

Three passengers of one airplane lost their lives in the accident. Two of them were identified as retired Air Force pilot Gregory Barber and his son, Tim, who was home for the holiday vacation from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, a source informed. The third victim was yet to be identified. No one on the ground was injured.

National Transportation Safety Board officials combed through the wreckage at the facility while unit renters stood by to find out if their properties were burned in the fire. Custer Road was temporarily closed to traffic to make way for the second airplane’s cleanup and removal.

The airplanes both took off from Aero County Airport.



Entrust your possessions to a company you can depend on

When shopping for a self-storage facility, it may seem that conducting a thorough interview with the employees of your prospective self-storage company is burdensome, unnecessary, or superfluous. Trust us when we say it is necessary to entrust your possessions to a company you can rely on 100% of the time.

Before choosing a self-storage company to give your patronage, prepare a set of questions to ask the company’s personnel, such as asking about the company’s credentials, edge over their competitors, specialties and promos, and what they can bring to the table.

Aside from conducting an interview with the company’s paid publicists, conduct research of the company on your own. Be sure to visit online forums or ask people you know about the company’s quality of service. Check what you know against what the company’s personnel tells you.

Ben White Mini Storage in North Austin is one of the best self-storage companies to entrust with your most valuable possessions. With friendly and reliable staff, superb security and surveillance systems, and climate controlled surroundings, your belongings are safe in our units. Call our offices today at (512) 441-0101 for reservations or inquiries. We are here at your disposal for whatever you need.



StorageSeeker.com study shows 0.7% dip in average rents for self-storage units

Self-storage facilities finder StorageSeeker.com data showed that average rents for self-storage units dipped by 0.7% across the United States in November 2016, with rates dropping to 2.8% in Houston, Texas and even lower in the surrounding area.

StorageSeeker.com makes use of its Self-Storage Rent Index to compare monthly changes in prices in different cities all across the country. This drop was determined when November rates were compared with statistics recorded in the same areas in October.

The places where self-storage rents decreased were in Fremont in Alameda County, California (-8%); Buffalo, New York (-6.3%); and Garland, Texas (-5.5%). The places where self-storage rents increased were in Hayford, California (54.2%); Monterey, California (28.4%); and Daly City, California (18%).

Around 10% of American households and millions of companies make use of self-storage units, data from StorageSeeker.com showed.

Mopac Self Storage in North Austin can be considered one of the best options for storing your possessions. Call our offices today at (512) 244-1011 to place a reservation or inquire about our services.



Self-Storage Facts in the Modern World

Business magazine Forbes said a reason why self-storage facilities are unpopular in many communities is because they provide little in terms of employment. According to the United States Census Bureau, in 2012, the self-storage industry gave jobs to an average of 2.46 people per establishment, a decrease of 8.2% from 2007’s records.

Even so, employers have proven that the industry is a recession-proof investment. With 24% of the United States’ population composed of the baby boomer generation, there is a sure customer base for the industry, as this group is interested in downsizing, procuring smaller housing units or opting to live in retirement homes while getting rid of very few possessions. Another key customer base for the industry are small businesses who need space for housing inventory.

If you want to be able to move in your possessions without hassle or trouble to a self-storage facility in North Austin, contact us today at Pond Springs Mini Storage by calling our offices at (512) 335-1500.



Choose a Self-Storage Company with Personable Employees

What would you consider the important characteristics of a self-storage facility? What would make you patronize one over the other? Say there are two self-storage facilities with nice reputations in the industry, and both boast of supreme services. What do you think would make you choose one over the other? Or, if you have no idea about what to expect from a self-storage company, what do you think would win you over, at least initially?

Most people answer these questions with good service. A person at the front desk of a self-storage facility who really listens to you while you are speaking with him or her about your needs and is not constantly interrupting you or trying to hurry you up may make you feel partial to the facility. You would feel the same about a company whose tour guide gives you a passionate tour of your location, rather than brushing you aside.

If you are looking for high-quality self-storage facility services in Austin, coupled with secure storage units and highly personable self-storage attendants, look no further than our services here at Ben White Mini Storage. Call our offices at (512) 441-0101 to learn more about your storage choices.



Pair charged with breaking and entering at CubeSmart self-storage facility

The Bossier City Police Department’s property crimes unit took 44-year-old Edward Truman Zoll and 30-year-old Lyndsie Victoria Howard into custody on charges of burglary for breaking and entering. They targeted several storage units at the CubeSmart self-storage facility in the 4900 block of East Texas Street during the overnight hours of Thursday, October 27, stealing items from the units they raided.

According to a press release from the police department, “Detectives began their investigation Friday [October 28] after employees came to work and noticed that someone had broken into some of the storage units.” Some of the valuables stolen by Zoll and Howard were found in Zoll’s vehicle. Many more possessions were found in his house as well.

If you patronize Pond Springs Mini Storage in North Austin, you can rest assured your possessions will be safe from burglaries. We have round-the-clock surveillance cameras and guards who will monitor your units every step of the way. Call our offices today at (512) 335-1500 to learn more about our services.



Bullard PD takes storage building burglary suspects into custody

The Bullard Police Department arrested two people after catching a burglary in action at Bullard Self Storage, located at 390 Highway 69, on Saturday, October 22.

According to a police report obtained by Bullard Banner News, BPD police officer James Bishop was able to spot four suspects attempting to burglarize one of the units at the storage building.

Relating the incident, BPD Captain Jeff Bragg said, “We have had a number of burglaries at this location in the past couple of months. The facility’s management and BPD have been trying to keep an eye on it as much as possible. Apparently, there were a number of individuals there that didn’t seem to belong at the facility. We received the call and Officer Bishop responded to the scene, when he saw them trying to break into one of the units.”

Pond Springs Mini Storage provides self storage services to residents of North Austin. If you decide to entrust your most valued belongings under our care, you can know your possessions will be safe from damage and secure from criminals. Call our offices today at (512) 335-1500 to learn more about our facilities.



Why is Self-Storage Booming in Texas?

Two of the most important factors that determine the demand for self-storage are population growth and percentage of renter-occupied housing. This is because the more people live in a town, the more potential customers there are.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Texas is the second most populous state in the country at 9.24%. To put that in perspective, the national average population growth rate is 4.1%. This means there is a possibility that a lot of people who might be interested in self-storage potentially live in Texas.

Get affordable, secure, and professional self storage with Ben White Mini Storage in North Austin. Set up an appointment with our self storage specialists or make a reservation for our self storage units by calling our offices today at (512) 441-0101.


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