All Posts By

David Fisher

Storage Tips

By | Storage Tips

Storage Tips

After choosing the right storage facility that fits your needs, it is essential that you pack your belongings in the storage unit correctly. Here are some tips to consider for preventing damage:

  • Determine whether the goods you are storing will be better protected by placing them in boxes, totes, or other containers. You may need to purchase specialized boxes and other packing supplies to protect your items during the move and while they are stowed away.
  • Thoroughly clean, disinfect and dry refrigerators, freezers, stoves and other appliances. Appliances with doors can be stored with the door slightly open, and some can be stacked on top of each other.
  • Be sure to clean and dry all electrical equipment before storing in your unit.
  • Retard rust by wiping down all types of metal surfaces before storing. Use a few drops of machine oil to lightly coat these items for preventing rust and possible deterioration in the storage unit.
  • Pack all books, files, and documents flat, and use bubble wrap or newspaper to fill any empty spaces in the boxes or totes.
  • Store clothing on hangers before folding them into cartons. Make sure all drapes, curtains, linens and clothing items are washed and dry, or dry cleaned to avoid attracting pests.
  • Use bubble wrap and other packing materials when storing dishes and glassware. Pack similar items in the same box and fill empty spaces with packing peanuts, bubble wrap or newspaper.
  • Disassemble furniture and place pieces on a corrugated cardboard mat or plastic sheet before placing on a pallet.
  • Stack lightweight chairs “seat to seat”, but avoid stacking other types of furniture on top of each other. Cover all upholstery with light cotton dust covers.
  • Wrap lamp bases in padding and store the lamp shade and base separately.
  • Holiday decorations can be stored in their original cartons. Wrap glass ornaments and other delicate items in bubble wrap or newspaper before storing in boxes or totes.
  • CDs, tapes, records and other music items can be stored in boxes or airtight cartons to prevent damage.
  • Cover computer screens and large televisions screens with dust covers and wrap in bubble wrap if you are storing these items next to furniture and other equipment.

Prohibited Storage Goods
Even though you alone control access to your storage space, there are some items that cannot be stored in your unit at any time. These include:

  • Live animals
  • Perishables
  • Liquids
  • Explosives
  • Flammable liquids and fuels
  • Toxic materials
  • Any items that need to be in a controlled environment

Sources: Self Storage Association (SSA)


Imperial Storage Solutions

By | Storage Tips

Imperial Storage Solutions

Like most owners of multiple businesses, I do not micromanage. “I empower my manager and become a consistent resource to my leadership/management team so they have every reason to succeed. I give them complete autonomy to run the property as long as they follow my seven key performance indicators (KPIs), which include: selling retail items, keeping occupancy rates up and managing employees and cleanliness of the property. We go over the numbers weekly and the manager gets compensated based on the profitability of the store.

“Everything is tied together. If the manager decreases staff because he doesn’t want to pay enough people to power wash, then that wouldn’t work because the quality of the property would go down. But, I let him make his own schedule with his employees. We don’t operate as a hierarchy. This is a family-owned business. My cell phone number is on my business card and on the door of the facility. I don’t hide out from people. We also run that way with employees and they can call me anytime. However, if my manager tells you to do something that my employee doesn’t want to do, then I’m not going to help you.

Hiring Talent
“Interviewing is by far the biggest challenge I deal with. I look for leadership and job stability. If someone has 15 jobs in 10 years, that doesn’t fly with me. I don’t know why you would want to be the new kid on the block several times a year. I look to see if they’ve been promoted. I check references. I want to know why they left their last job.

“I want to know what have they done to improve themselves professionally and in life. It doesn’t matter to me if they have a college degree. I don’t have a college degree. I’ve completed a lot of things. I look for people who have demonstrated the ability to educate themselves and stay on their jobs, who are self-starters and don’t need a babysitter.

“I also look for people who are creative and are always looking for ways to do it better and be more of a servant leader to our customers.

Key Communication Techniques
“I put everything in writing. I take the time to put my thoughts down before a meeting. Then we have a meeting with my notes in front of them. I also ask my team to have written notes when preparing for a meeting with me so that we can cover everything in one sit down meeting versus spotty conversations throughout the day/week. I put my thoughts on paper so I don’t go all over the place when I have the meeting.

“Experience has taught me people hear differently than others. In that regard, I can say the same thing to five different people and each person will hear something different. When I have a meeting, I make sure when I communicate, everyone heard the same thing. That way, if something breaks down, we can figure it out. It creates clarity for others.”

Knowing When to Let Go
Sometimes, you just have to walk away when something isn’t working. “OMG have I ever! I must say, I have done so many times and some in very small ways and others after major investments of hundreds of thousands of dollars. I have, and I hazard to say, that I may again. Business is not a guarantee, and as such, it takes great planning, market research and so much more but even the best plans do not always work out.

“I say I am not a gambler and admittingly I do not play slot machines, buy stocks or even a lottery ticket, but what I do is play the game of business and I play it to win!

“One example is a moving company I started. I brought on a general manager with gobs of moving experience. The moving company was a lot of work and cost a lot of money. However, I noticed when I was in the business, the individual I hired didn’t have the qualities I thought he had, so I let him go.

“In the meantime, I filled in as general manager while looking for someone to fill that position. I was also running my core business and dealing with employees of the moving company. I learned I didn’t want to do that. I swallowed tens of thousands of dollars to get out of that business. My wife, who has the special title of CFnO (CF- no) said, ‘you are not doing this anymore.’ This time we were on the same page and when she said that, that was it for me.

“My wife and I are a good yin and yang. I’m an entrepreneur and I would do everything. I’m a bull in a china shop. She puts the brakes on. If it were up to her, we wouldn’t do things. I push to go down the alley and then she adds input. We make a good team.

“I know it is time to start over when I have invested all I am prepared to invest in an idea, strategy or concept at that time. It is time to start over when the direction I am headed in is not getting me where I want to go. It is time to start over when the benchmarks I have set out are not being achieved.”

Staying Motivated
“I’m motivated by a challenge. I’m a salesman. My biggest challenge is to sell, how to turn a no into a yes, or turning a small possibility into a big possibility. Everyone in my company is compensated based on commission. I like to take advantage of challenges that help drive revenue. I’m motivated by exceeding what I consider to be already aggressive goals.

“I’m also motivated to make my family (both my personal family and my business family) better off by my efforts. I want to do well for my family and myself. It’s always been about climbing the next rung on the ladder, challenge wise, not necessarily rank, title or compensation. Why do people climb a mountain? To get to the top. My mountains are sales, real estate and selling a corporate jet. People don’t fall out of the sky wanting to buy a jet. We currently have 60 aircraft listings and things are going well.

“I’m self-motivated. I have a little engine inside of me. I set higher and higher goals, diversifying my interests.”

Setting Key Differentiators
“I believe in the Peter Principle, which is promoting someone to their highest level of incompetence and then put them back down a notch. Everyone has that level. A dishwasher can be promoted to an owner, while a different dishwasher may only be competent as a short order cook because he or she may not have a tolerance for risk.

“I’ve taken a receptionist and put her in charge of marketing where she excelled. However, when I promoted her to sales, she failed. Then I brought her back to marketing so she can succeed.

“I also pay my employees a commission for everything they do, renting a storage space, renting a truck or trailer, selling moving supplies, insurance, and even a soda out of the refrigerator. We’re a UHaul affiliate so we rent trucks, trailers, etc. I want every employee asking, ‘Do you need boxes, locks, moving supplies?’ I pay a commission to anyone who logs into the computer to do anything that makes me money. It’s a win-win deal. Employees earn an hourly wage, except the manager who is salary, plus commission.

“My manager’s bonus is on achieving certain levels based on economic occupancy because it can’t be lied about. You can rent 15 spaces at 50 percent off, but you can’t lie because the system knows they should rent for $100 per month. If a manager cuts rates to show full occupancy, then they won’t hit their numbers. Economic occupancy must be above 90 percent unless there are extenuating circumstances. The manager’s goal is to make sure things run properly.

“The manager also has to meet commitments we’ve made to UHaul and reach other KPIs to a bonus. We can see what everyone is selling and if anyone is underperforming because everyone must log into the computer. We can see who rented a space, who sold insurance, etc. If someone is underperforming, then that is an opportunity to train.

“As a U-Haul affiliate, we have access to UHaul University which teaches you to do everything. It’s phenomenal training at no cost. Without them, we wouldn’t have the numbers. We went from 65 percent to above 90 percent occupancy.

“Our location is hidden. Even Google Maps can’t find us! We took UHaul on as something else to do. I had no idea the impact it would have on our infrastructure, the training and coaching they provide, our increased traffic and their software. It was so good, we wanted more and more of it.

“Our involvement with UHaul also afforded me the ability to add 1 ½ employee. Without them, I couldn’t have justified the expense without them doing those jobs associated with UHaul and additional functions. We’re one of highest volume U-Haul dealers in our area.

“But our key differentiator is that in everything we do, we put our customers first. I believe in empowering our employees and they, in turn, empower our customers. We empower them by laying out rules of property and letting them manage that. Most of our customers intermingle on the property. A lot of businesses operate out of our property. I empower them to operate without being interfered with and encourage them to connect with people on our property for needed services so that it serves as a business network as well.

“I coach my employees rather than dictate enabling them to make this business better and in doing so, I request that they stretch themselves as much as possible.

“It’s all tied together. My employees win when they can exceed our customers’ expectations and I win when they win.”

Make Room for Your Seasonal Clothes

By | Storage Tips

Your Seasonal Clothes

Sometimes we tend to misjudge the amount of space we have in our homes or apartments when we’re shopping for clothes to add to our wardrobe. In the midst of an exhilarating shopping spree, one can become lost in the thrill of the proverbial shopping hunt and purchase items without thinking about how they’re going to make room for them. However, at Voss Rd Storage, we offer storage in Sugar Land that can make your quest for a larger wardrobe a far easier task to tackle.

And over shopping isn’t something we do intentionally. Sometimes it seems as if a myriad of clothing suddenly found its way into our homes and apartments without our knowledge and, the next thing we know, we’re navigating through a seemingly endless sea of garments and barging our way through jam-packed closets. A simple solution to this lack of space is by storing your seasonal clothes into storage in Sugar Land.

We offer various sized storage that can accommodate the space equal to a single room, an apartment or condo, a mid-sized home, and a large home in order to meet your unique storage needs. We even have climate controlled storage available if you feel that your clothes or any other items may need to be stored at a regulated temperature. We aren’t the premier storage facility in Sugar Land, TX for no good reason. Aside from the wide array of storage options we make available, the state of the art security system we implement, and the on-site management we provide, our main emphasis is on customer service.

How to Prepare Your Clothes for Storage

This is why we’re taking this opportunity to let you know how storing your winter clothes and accessories with us can have a dramatically beneficial effect on the amount of space you use in your home. With the summer season upon us, storage in Sugar Land has never been a more obvious choice to store your winter wear.

Before you store your winter clothes in one of our storage, it’s a good idea to wash them. This way, any dirt, pet dander, or other particulates won’t damage your clothes during the summer season. Also, instead of storing your clothes in cardboard boxes, using airtight plastic storage containers will help to ensure the integrity of your garments while also allowing you to see through the containers so that you can quickly know which articles of clothing are in your storage. To keep your winter wear from being squished or distorted, packing the heavier containers on the bottom of our storage is also a good rule of thumb.

Using our storage to store seasonal clothing and accessories is one of the best ways to optimize the space in your home or apartment. You’re simply not going to be wearing that Christmas sweater this July or any of those extra bathing suits in December, so let Voss Rd Storage safely and securely store your seasonal garments while you focus on having a great summer!

Climate Controlled Storage

By | Storage Tips

Why Do You Need Climate Controlled Storage?

Perhaps you’re simply running out of room at home. Or maybe you’re in the middle of a big move. No matter the situation, there are times in our lives when we need extra storage for our belongings. And, with summer in full swing and temperatures reaching well above one hundred degrees, AC storage in Sugar Land, TX from Voss Rd Storage could be your saving grace.

The climate that your belongings are stored in can have significant effects on them; especially here in Sugar Land, where we get seemingly endless summers with record-busting temperatures. Some of our most prized possessions can be greatly affected by high temperatures. Wooden family heirlooms, musical instruments, photographs, videotapes, leather, and other organic material, can be damaged if not stored in one of our storage here in Sugar Land, TX.

High-Temperature Damage

High temperatures can cause wood to bend and crack, photographs to stick together, videotape to warp, and leather goods to crack. Along with high temperatures comes humidity. Humidity can also greatly affect your belongings; especially the 100% humidity we see from the GulfCoast. The excessive moisture produced when the environment becomes too humid can damage electronics, artwork, and musical instruments like pianos, violins, and acoustic guitars. Anything that has the ability to soak up moisture can be severely damaged by humidity, so leaving your most prized possessions in a safe environment is key.

Our climate control in Sugar Land, TX help to ensure that your delicate belongings remain in an environment free of excess heat and humidity. So, even if you’re not looking for extra space, it’s a good idea to store your most prized possessions in a place where you can rest easy with the knowledge that they won’t be damaged by extreme heat and humidity levels. Anything you consider priceless, irreplaceable, or extremely expensive and susceptible to humidity levels should be stored in one of our climate controlled storage. We can even make access to your storage available to suit your unique schedule and our on-site management helps to make sure that your belongings are safe and secure.

If you’re interested in storage in Sugar Land, TX, contact us at 281-988-8677!

Making College a Little Less Stressful

By | Storage Tips

Making College a Little Less Stressful

Storage in Sugar Land, TX can greatly benefit college kids. As college students, young adults have to quickly get used to keeping their heads screwed on straight amidst an often hectic schedule and substantial workload. Whether their parents are paying their tuition, they’re taking on large student loans or working as much as possible to pay for classes themselves, the pressure to do well in college can be significantly overwhelming. And a knee-jerk reaction to this idea may cause one to think “Man up, kid! Just wait until you’re in the real world!”

Well, actually, the challenges that college students face can stand up to a great majority of anything you’ll find in the “real world.” It’s not just homework, studying and finals that students have to worry about, but finding a place to live during college semesters is a daunting undertaking in itself. A student can find themselves in between living quarters much of the time, and storage in Sugar Land, TX can be just what they’re looking for.

In Need of Space

During summer breaks, it’s not uncommon for the average college kid to be actively looking for a new place to live. Some college students commute from their parents’ home and use the summer break to find an apartment to move into. Others decide that dorm life simply isn’t for them and need the summer break to find a new place near campus. And still, others are just in between leases. No matter the situation, there are times when college students need a place to store their belongings during times of transition. This is where storage in Sugar Land, TX can be a welcome relief.

We have a variety of storage sizes that can accommodate the needs of any college student in the middle of a move. We also offer climate-controlled units if necessary. And, working with Voss Rd Storage, a college student can rest easy knowing that their belongings are safe and secure because of the state of the art security system we implement. Our managers live in the facility and can work with our customers to give them special access to their belongings if necessary. We also offer moving supplies to make the transition as seamless as possible. With storage in Sugar Land, TX, college students can cross off one more stressor and focus on keeping that GPA up!

If you’re interested in storage in Sugar Land, TX contact us at 281-988-8677!

Easy Summer Cleaning with Sugar Land Storage Units

By | Storage Tips

Voss Road Storage and U-Haul: Easy Summer Cleaning with Sugar Land Storage Units

While we’re in the middle of the summer season, Sugar Land storage units can be a big help when it comes to summer cleaning. Self storage comes with a great deal of benefits; especially when you’re planning on giving your property a deep cleaning. Whether it’s for residential or commercial purposes, taking time during the dog days of summer to give your property a thorough cleaning is something you’ll thank yourself for doing when the weather isn’t all clear skies and sunshine.

With Sugar Land storage units from Voss Road Storage and U-Haul, you can easily store furniture and other furnishing from your home or office while you clean. Voss Road Storage and U-Haul has a wide variety of different sized storage units that can easily accommodate any of your storage needs. With cleaning, like most things, if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right. So you’ll want to shampoo rugs, buff hardwood floors, scrub tile floors, dust walls, and basically get all of your large items out of the way to do so.

We make moving easy as well by offering moving labor and moving supplies at reasonable prices. And, if parking’s an issue for you, we also offer parking for vehicles, RVs, trucks, and trailers that can help facilitate any move you’re making or if you simply need a secure place to store your vehicle.

We Have Plenty of Room for You

As you can see, our Sugar Land storage units offer much-needed space to anyone looking to do some serious summer cleaning. With enough room for any furniture, furnishings, or other belongings that you don’t want in the way of your cleaning, our storage units are perfect.

You’re going to want a clean palette to begin your summer cleaning with so simply move all of your large pieces of furniture into one of our storage units and you’ll see that the seemingly daunting task of summer cleaning isn’t as hard as you thought it’d be. The summer time also means a smaller work load for many home maintenance companies, so take advantage of carpet cleaners, furnace inspectors, pest eliminators, hardwood floor refinishing companies, and even overall cleaning companies if need be. With all your large belongings safely stored away in one of our storage units, summer cleaning can be a snap!

If you’re interested in Sugar Land storage, contact us at: 281-988-8677!

Five Ways to Use a Storage Unit

By | Storage Tips
Five Ways to

Use a Storage Property

Storage, which is actually shorthand for storage, serves as a place-holder for many people, allowing them to gain extra needed space at a time in their lives when decisions are being put on hold. Although there is some historical evidence of publicly available storage in ancient China, storage is primarily a modern phenomenon emerging in 1958 and booming by the late 1990s. Today, according to the Self Storage Association (SSA), there are approximately 48,500 storage places in the United States. These numbers not only indicate the demand for storage, but also point to the fact that many people at one time or another have had a need for storage.

Know What Your Storage Needs Are

Before renting a space in Sugar Land, Texas; or anywhere else, ask yourself a few defining questions. Do you need:

• Long or Temporary Storage?
• Big or Small Space?
• Climate Controlled Sensitivity?
• Access 24/7?
• Packing and Moving Assistance?
• Vehicle Storage?
• Fully Secure?

Know what your specific demands are for storage before you price check for rentals, and it’s recommended that you be prepared to shop around with a checklist of requirements.

Five Ways

The possibilities for storage spaces are endless, and as individual as the people renting them. One of the advantages of renting storage space is just that, it’s what you make of it, and it can serve any need for which you choose, as seen in the following five examples.

SCHOOLS: Rent a storage room to house excess furniture or equipment worth saving, or for materials from school fundraisers that can be used again, or items that you are saving for future fundraising drives. A storage space is particularly helpful to school parent organizations.

INDEPENDENT ENTREPRENEURS: While you start up a new business, increase your space without costly investment in an office or warehouse.

CHURCH GROUPS: A storage space is a cost-effective way to store folding chairs and tables, signs, serving equipment, desks, portable stages, and other materials used for community events, without a capital investment in expanding parish buildings.

STUDENTS: Whether you’re storing items from a dorm room while you’re at college, or after you’ve graduated, renting storage space is the perfect temporary solution for your life that is in dynamic transition.

HEIRS: If you have inherited furniture and or memorabilia from loved ones, storage space is a practical choice. It allows you the time to thoughtfully decide whether to keep these sentimental items or divide them amongst the family.

Storage in Sugar Land, Texas

Voss Road Storage, a state of the art storage, is your local headquarters for storage and U-Haul moving and moving supplies. Voss Road is complete with drive-up and climate controlled rentals of every size, plus RV and Boat storage. Contact them today for solutions to all of your storage needs. Voss Road is always there to assist you with space and price points for every budget.