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Getting Ready for the Move

Start with collecting packing supplies. Gather as many boxes as you think you might need, as well as tape, markers, labels, and other packing materials, such as foam shipping noodles, bubble wraps, packing paper, or towels.

Great places to gather packing supplies are liquor stores, fast food restaurants, Walmarts and Targets, and other chained stores. You can also use newspapers and old magazines to substitute packing paper.

While we don’t recommend putting too many into one box, you’d want to make sure your boxes hold at least 25-30 pounds. If possible, try to use uniformly sized boxes for easy stacking.

Also, label your boxes on all four sides and number them for easy record-keeping. Make a full inventory list somewhere safe outside of the storage unit.

Protecting Your Fragiles

Start with laying down a protective cover on the floor. If renting a drive-up/exterior unit, use boards or palettes to protect your items from dampness on the cement floor.

Stack fragile, like dishes and glassware on the very top and make sure to wrap everything in paper or bubble wraps. Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard, marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on the ends.

Never store any combustibles in your self storage unit!

Preparing for Long-Term Storage

Instead of plastic sheets, use cardboard or blankets to cover your stuffed furniture for dust-proof. Wipe any metal surfaces, such as bikes, hardware tools, and metal tables, with machine oil to prevent rusting.

Finally, if you stand mattresses on their sides, prop them up so they stand straight. Otherwise, they tend to bend out of shape and become lumpy.

Making the Most Use of Your Storage Unit

Plan your storage space to make the most out of it. Always rent the smallest space you’ll need and pack it all the way full.

Start by putting TVs and other electronics in the rear of your unit, followed by sofas and loveseats with cushions wrapped in plastic and placed on top. Large paintings, doors, tables with removable legs, and mirrors can be pushed to the four sidewalls, as long as they’re protected.

Now you can begin filling up the space. Stack heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top. Shovels, hoes, rakes, and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside each other. Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, knick-knacks, china, silverware, small items, etc. Wrap them in tablecloths, towels, or blankets to prevent breakage.

Finally, try to leave an aisle down the center of the storage unit for easier access. Leave a small space between the walls and boxes to allow for air circulation. Make sure to cover your appliances and furniture with towels or blankets for protection.

And don’t forget to always place items that you may need to access often in the front of the unit.

Storage FAQ

Where are you located?

Mount Storage provides self storage solutions for individuals and businesses across Central Texas. Our units are located near major highways with many venues, tourist attractions, and colleges around, perfect for all your storage needs.

  • 161 S. Arch Street, Aransas Pass, TX, 78336
  • 7272 Rattlesnake Trail, Belton, TX, 76513
  • 115 Blanco Avenue, Blanco, TX, 78606
  • 1060 Early Boulevard, Early, TX, 76802
  • 1491 N Main Street, Giddings, TX, 78942
  • 3630 Medina Highway, Kerrville, TX, 78028
  • 1419 Fleming Drive, Seguin, TX, 78155
  • 209 Commercial Drive, Taylor, TX, 76574

How do I contact you?

Please note that there is no onsite office at our facilities. However, you can easily reach us via phone, text, or email 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Monday through Friday, or 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on weekends.

For your safety, we offer a 100% contactless process. However, if you need help, we’re more than happy to schedule an onsite visit with you.

What is your rental process?

Our website provides easy online rental right at your fingertips. You can start the process on your desktop or smartphone. Our clients gain access to an online renter’s portal, where you can manage payment, set up autopay, and renew your lease.

See below for our process:

  1. Choose your move-in date and complete the renter’s form.
  2. E-sign your TSSA Lease Contract. $20.00 security deposit and prorated rent are due upon signing.
  3. Upload or email us a copy of your government-issued photo ID.
  4. You will receive an email with your gate access code, or you can call us directly for the code.
  5. You’re good to go! And remember your rent is due on the 1st of each month.

What size unit do I need?

Use our visual sizing guide or interactive storage calculator to determine the best unit size for you! Meanwhile, below are some popular unit sizes people use for personal storage:

  • A 5’x5’ unit is about the size of a medium closet, and can hold chairs, small desks, bookcases, lamps, or other small items.
  • A 10’x10’ unit is about half of an average bedroom, ideal to store items from a studio, or one-or-two-bedroom apartment.
  • A 10’x20’ unit is similar to a small one-car garage, and can hold everything from an average-sized house or be used to store offseason vehicles.

Most of our units are about 8’ tall. Multiply the dimensions by eight for estimated cubic footage, but actual sizes may vary.

Do you have drive-up access?

Yes. Our self storage units in central Texas come with drive-up access and save you from unnecessary hauling. Load and unload directly outside the unit and get everything done in one trip!

How safe are your facilities?

We distinguish ourselves from competitors with outstanding security precautions! Our facilities are guarded by fences and gates, with sufficient lighting at night. Some facilities require an access code to enter. Contact us if you have any concerns!

Is rental insurance mandatory?

Our lease requires you to have rental insurance. To make things easier, we also offer pre-approved Storsmart Bader insurance coverage for as low as $9.00/month, or you’re more than welcome to choose your own.

For policy questions, contact Storsmart directly at 888-223-3726.

Can I rent a unit now?

You sure can! Find a self storage unit near you, and choose the size you need to start the process. Our online rental system shows real-time availabilities. Move in as soon as the next day!

Do you offer any discount?

We offer referral discounts, and also discounts for first responders, medical & teachers. Call us for full details, or send an email to

Are there any admin fees?

If you enroll in auto-pay via ACH, there won’t be any admin fees. As long as you give proper notice and leave your unit in a broom-swept condition, you’ll get your deposit back. In other words, pay your rent on time and you’ll be just fine.

How do I pay my bills?

Mount Storage uses an online payment portal. You can also set up auto-pay and never worry about rent again. Prefer to mail in a personal check, cashier’s check, or money order? Our mailing address is:

PO Box 162624, Austin, TX 78716

How do I move out?

We require at least 14-day notice to vacate in writing, so please send us an email with your preferred move-out date. To get a full refund of your security deposit, make sure you leave no trash behind and leave the unit in a swept-clean condition. Leave the unit unlocked and move out by midnight on your move-out date.

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