Monthly Archives: May 2017

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The Newlywed Vancouver Storage Problem

A newlywed couple is a symbol of new beginnings, life, and a fresh start. No one can seem to help it when they gaze upon a beautiful bride in her wedding dress than to admire the adventure of life and love upon which she is about to embark… that is until you see where they are going to live! Most newlyweds who take this great step in their lives find themselves in small and cramped apartments, and it isn’t unusual to hear that a newlywed couple started out in a flat no larger than 500 sq ft.! Despite how glorious or beautiful their union may be, that is definitely a cramped space!

Iron Gate Storage Vancouver storage units are aware of this newlywed problem and are here to help. With so little space and so many possessions going into a new marriage, there simply isn’t enough space to keep it all. This is why we provide newlywed couples with an affordable space for their belongings as they move up in the world and begin to upgrade their space. If you are a newlywed couple in the area, consider how our self-storage units in Vancouver may be able to help you.

1. Wedding Presents

Family and friends are very giving at weddings. The stacks of gifts and presents to begin their life together really helps the bride and groom financially, and these presents can serve a very useful, practical, or sometimes just beautiful purpose. The problem with this, however, is that wedding presents take up a lot of space in a small apartment really quickly, compounded by another problem that some wedding presents are meant for after the couple has been together for a while, such as when kids come along. With so many gifts and not enough space for them, newlywed couples commonly turn to our storage units for help. They know they have a place where they can keep their belongings until they find a larger space or are able to use them.

2. Furniture

Some of the most common items that newlywed couples keep in a storage unit is furniture. It doesn’t seem like a newlywed couple, especially a couple right out of college may have that much furniture, but it in fact can be a lot. From bookshelves and desks to beds and dresser drawers, when two people consolidate their living space, these items take up a lot of room. Even a smaller sized unit can help to alleviate some of the space issues new couple face with furniture.

3. Extra Vehicles

What’s even harder than the lack of space inside a home is the lack of space outside. It is common that complexes or landlords only require one or at most two vehicles that can be parked in a lot. Extra vehicles may end up being a burden for newlyweds, but they don’t necessarily need to sell their vehicle just because there isn’t space for it. Our Vancouver storage facility also offers covered parking for extra vehicles in addition to storage unit spaces. If you are having trouble knowing what to do with your vehicles, consider renting a special unit just for them.

The Newlywed Storage Experience

Newlyweds and anyone else going through a significant life change will appreciate our Vancouver storage units. Call us today and inquire about our special move-in rates to get you started on your journey through life with one another.

Iron Gate Storage
802 NE 112th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98684
(360) 799-5090
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Types of Tech in Vancouver Storage Units

We live in a digital age, and Vancouver residents are no exception to this. It is highly uncommon that families and individuals as young as five years old are found without cell phones nowadays. Whether you believe this is a good thing or a bad thing, Iron Gate Storage is here to provide the city with superior storage units in Vancouver to make sure they have a space to keep their electronics and other types of digital media.

Why Store Technological Devices

It may seem weird that we suggest keeping your technology in a storage unit, especially when you intend on using your electronic devices as frequently as you do. What we are suggesting, however, is not putting your iPhone in a box and haul it into a unit. Technology storage is highly useful for people who are moving, experiencing newlywed life, are expecting a baby, or who are going through a hard time such as a divorce, loss of a job, or the loss of a loved one. During these times in life, our Vancouver self-storage units come in very helpful. We can help you if you are experiencing a significant life change by offering storage for your technological devices.

Televisions

Televisions can take up a lot of space, especially if you are moving. It is common that Vancouver residents will store their televisions in our units during a move because they know that the television won’t get broken, stolen, or ruined by outside elements. It is also common to see older, analog televisions, ones that used to stick out 5 feet from the wall, in our storage units. Many elderly loved ones who pass away leave their belongings behind for families to take care of, which is why it can be beneficial for those who are helping after the death of a family member to have a place to keep their belongings until other affairs are set in order.

Stereo Systems

Stereo systems are great additions to storage units. Many people who are expecting a new addition to the family, for example, are interested in baby-proofing their homes, which means that big speakers and sound systems are usually the first things that need to be packed away. Stereos are common items to see packed away in a storage unit because it allows parents to access them again once their children are a little older and loud music is less detrimental to their sensitive ears.

Old Technology

There is something nostalgic about old technology, especially if the old technology still works. The only problem is that older pieces of technology take up much more space than our iHomes, smartphones, or Kindles. People generally store some of the following older technological items in their storage units when they are newly married or going through a separation because they know the value and integrity of these items will be kept intact:

  • Record players
  • Cassette players,
  • CD players
  • Boom boxes
  • Typewriters
  • Rotary telephones
  • Flip phones
  • VCRs
  • Books

You may not agree the last one is technology as we have come to know it today, but they regardless make great items to store in your unit.

Getting Vancouver Storage Units Today

Don’t be a luddite! Think about all the reasons why technology storage in Vancouver is right for you! Call us today and secure your own self-storage unit.

Iron Gate Storage
7920 NE 117th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98662
(360) 799-5082
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For the Aspiring Artist: Vancouver Storage Units

The arts and humanities play a big part in the community of Vancouver. With several museums, art classes, and theater companies throughout the city, the vibrant culture of art, music, and architecture comes to life for the city’s residents. Several artists, musicians, photographers, and others immersed in the humanities are always busy in Vancouver, which comes with no shortage of belongings specific to their passions.

At Iron Gate Store, we support all of our artists and humanities-lovers with premium storage units. We know that anything from art projects to instruments takes up a lot of space, but we make keeping your love of art and music easy by providing safe and accessible storage when you need it.

Paintings and Other Art Supplies

For Vancouver artists, trying to find a space to store their canvas creations can be difficult. Most painters dream of having their own art studio, but when this isn’t possible at the current time, that still means needing to find a place to keep their supplies or beautiful creations. Many Vancouver residents keep their art creations and other supplies in our units until they are able to use them for another project. This includes pottery tools, pallets, brushes, and the art projects themselves, such as pottery, paintings, or sculptures.

Photos and Photography Supplies

Many aspiring photographers that freelance for weddings or senior pictures quickly discover that their home or apartments are not large enough to accommodate all of their photography supplies. And if the space is in fact large enough, their equipment risks damage from children or general wear and tear from being in a livable space. From boxed studio lights and extra lenses to tripods and bags, photographers know they have a safe place to keep their supplies in our storage units. Many other residents, regardless their proclivity towards or aptitude for photography, will also store photographs in their Vancouver self-storage. This protects them from the risk of water damage and can help with decluttering home closets.

Musical Instruments

Vancouver residents also keep their musical instruments in our storage between gigs. This keeps garages and basements free from equipment and allows the musicians easy access to their belongings. In addition to drums, guitars, and bases, Vancouver bands also keep their subwoofers, amplifiers, and other instruments in their units. The security on our premises offers more protection for valuable musical items than simply a garage or the trunk of a buddy’s car.

Storage for all Vancouver Artists

It can be hard becoming a burgeoning musician or artist. It can sometimes mean unemployment or constant relocating, but these don’t have to be unnecessarily stressful life occurrences. For anyone in Vancouver going through a significant life change, in addition to art, photos, and musical instruments, make your transition easier by considering your furniture, extra clothes and books, and even cars in our units as well. We will support you while you get your dreams to take off. Contact us to reserve your Vancouver storage unit today!

Iron Gate Storage
2410 E 5th St
Vancouver, WA 98661
(360) 362-8080
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You and Ubiquity: Storing in Vancouver Storage Units

Vancouver is a diverse city. With a population of over 150 thousand people, the city is unique in its mix of ethnic backgrounds and blend of different cultures. Despite the different types of people you find in Vancouver, when it comes to storage, most people have very similar needs. Our Vancouver storage units are filled with many different individuals belongings, but the items you generally find in a storage unit are fairly ubiquitous. If you are in need of a storage unit in Vancouver, be sure to consider these common items you can store with us in addition to any other type of personal belongings.

Furniture

Furniture is a common thing many people keep in their storage unit, and there are a few reasons for this. The first reason is that many times, there are articles of furniture that simply don’t fit in a living space comfortably. Generally, people who find themselves in this position don’t want to donate their furniture to Goodwill, however, because they anticipate living in larger space later down the road. Another reason for this is that furniture is sometimes very costly or valuable. Leather couches or love seats and antique wood pieces are among these. Keeping these valuable items in a home exposes them to damage or even theft which simply doesn’t happen in a storage center. So whether it is for security or a lack of space, furniture always makes its way into our storage units.

Exercise Equipment

A lot of Vancouver locals also keep their exercise equipment in a storage unit. Exercise equipment, like furniture, can take up a lot of space, which can be difficult when you downgrade your space or live in an apartment. The other reason exercise equipment, such as weights, home gyms, or treadmills, end up in storage is because of injury or illness. Vancouver residents who fall ill have a hard time working out like they used to, and that room can be converted into more livable space if the equipment is removed. Getting rid of exercise equipment is an expensive choice, and selling it gives you much less than you pay for it, so many people turn to our self-storage to get a better deal and save their exercise equipment for when they are able to use them more at a later time.

Cherished Memories

Vancouver families, though varied and different, all hold sentimentality toward special items. Our storage units are great for keeping cherished memories safe, from knick knacks to photos to antique jewelry. The reason many people keep these in storage units instead of at home is out of practicality and security. A lot of  cherished memories, if not kept in storage unit, clutter up closets and basements, risking the integrity of these mementos. Our storage facility also offers top-notch practices in security with 24-hour video monitoring and a gated, keypad-access only premises. Storing your cherished memories keeps them cherished and protected.

Get Iron Gate Storage Today

If you have any of these common items or other belongings you would like to store, contact us today. We will accommodate anything you need within our guidelines to make sure you go away feeling happy.

Iron Gate Storage
2225 E. 5th St.
Vancouver, WA 98661
(360) 899-0030
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Recreational Storage with Beaverton Storage Units

There are a lot of things to do in Beaverton, Oregon. The city caters to the many different people that comprise its population of 95 thousand through many business opportunities, education, and the most important: recreation. Residents of Beaverton are never short on things they can do, from enjoying hiking trails to rafting the Willamette River. Iron Gate Storage supports the community by offering premium storage units in Beaverton that accommodate your items, including everything you use for pastime recreational pursuits. Find out the most commonly stored recreational items others have kept in their storage units to get a better idea how we can help you.

RVs

On of the most popular uses of our storage facility is the use of our RV storage. Those who own an RV know how much fun it can be until it comes to parking it or trying to find a space to keep it safe. The vehicle’s sheer size makes parking an RV at your home a difficult pursuit, especially if your driveway space is limited. Most residential neighborhoods in Beaverton also have laws prohibiting an RV from being parked on the street for prolonged periods of time. RVs can also fall victim to vandalism when they are kept in neighborhoods. At Iron Gate Storage, we eliminate these problems by giving you an affordable place to store your RVs for an extended period of time. Our specific RV storage spaces make getting your RV off the street an easy pursuit, and you reduce the risk of break ins or vandalism to your RV because of our secured facility, equipped with video monitoring and excellent security measures.

Bikes

Beaverton belongs to a large biking community. The city is organized easily for bikers to commute to and from work, and on the outskirts of the city, you can even enjoy beautiful biking trails. With biking as one of the most popular pursuits in the area, many enthusiasts will rent a storage unit from us in part to have a place where they can store their spare bikes and biking equipment. Different bikes for different occasions – such as road bikes, electric bikes, mountain bikes, trick bikes, and more – can take up a lot of space in a garage or shed. This doesn’t also account for everything else bikes require, such as spare tires, wheels, repair kits, or pumps. Using a storage unit exclusively for your biking equipment will greatly reduce the amount of items you have to look after in your home but will still give you easy access to them anytime.

Other Recreational Belongings

Beaverton residents will commonly keep their ATVs, golf carts, or other recreational vehicles in a storage unit to easily access for a weekend of fun. These are big items that take up a lot of space in the home, which makes our units a respite from clutter and a lack of space. Many people will also access their storage units for items such as backpacks, sleeping bags, jet skis, kayaks, or any other recreational item that makes life in Beaverton fun.

Iron Gate Storage in Beaverton

Don’t hesitate to store your belongings with us. Whether you are a looking for a space to store your recreational possessions or need some extra space for boxes after a move or other significant life change, give our Beaverton facility a call and secure your own storage unit today.

Iron Gate Storage
4050 SW 160th Ave
Beaverton, OR 97007
(503) 649-7531