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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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How Much Stuff Can Fit Into a Vancouver Storage Rental Unit?

Are you an inexperienced or first-time storage renter? If so, you may have questions about how much space you will need. This is a common problem as visualizing storage space is not an intuitive process. Of course, it is important to rent the correct amount of space. If you rent a unit that is too small, your things will quickly become cluttered and disorganized. On the other hand, if you rent a unit that is too large, you will be wasting money. Who wants to spend more than they need to? Fortunately, our team has the skills and experience necessary to help avoid either of these issues. We can help you determine the appropriate storage unit size for your belongings. To help you get started, we have provided a quick guide on some of the unit sizes available at our Vancouver storage facility.

5X5

A 5×5 storage unit is similar in size to a small walk-in closet. While this is one of the smallest units that we offer, it may be all of the space you need. In fact, many people are shocked to learn just how much stuff can fit into a 5×5 unit with proper planning and organization. For example, you may be able to fit a couple of disassembled furniture pieces, a mattress and a few standard sized boxes in this type of storage unit.

5X10

Our 5×10 storage rental units are similar in size to a large walk-in closet. Once again, with well thought out planning and packing, a considerable amount of stuff can potentially fit into this type of unit. Often, most or all of the contents of a small apartment will fit in a 5×10 unit. These units are usually perfect for college students, young professionals and newly married couples.

8×8

An 8×8 unit offers more square footage than a 5×10 unit and it also offers a different shape. Depending on the size and shape of your items, a square shape may be more desirable for you. The contents of a large apartment should be able to fit into an 8×8 storage unit.

9×20

Finally, a 9×20 storage rental unit is the largest size offered at our 57th Avenue location. Most of the contents of an ordinary house can usually fit into a unit of this size. If you are storing a large amount of items for your home or business, this unit may be the right one for you. Additionally, if you are in the process of moving or you are going through an extensive home renovation, you should consider renting a 9×20 unit.

Iron Gate Storage Can Help

If you need storage space in Vancouver, Iron Gate Storage offers solutions. Provide a list of your items to one of our dedicated storage professionals and he or she will help you assess your needs so that you can find your ideal storage space. To learn more about how we can assist you, please do not hesitate to contact our team today.

Iron Gate Storage
2900 NE 57th Ave.
Vancouver, OR 98661
(360) 328-7779
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Tips for Storing Computer Equipment in a Vancouver Storage Unit

You may find that you need storage space for your computer or other computer-related accessories. If so, your attic or basement is simply not the answer. When stored in damp basements, computer equipment can become seriously damaged. Your delicate and expensive computer needs to be securely protected in a dedicated storage space. Our Vancouver self storage units are the perfect place to keep computer equipment and other electronics. Of course, these items need to be handled and stored with immense care. To help guide you through the computer storage process, please consider our top four tips for storing computers and electronics in Vancouver.

1. Backup Your Data

You need to protect your computer. First and foremost this means protecting it in a physical sense. However, that is not the end of the story. You also need to ensure that you protect the intangible assets on your computer’s hard drive. If you have important files or data on your computer, please create a backup version of those files. In fact, you should usually create multiple backup copies of all important files and records.

2. Avoid Wrapping Your Computer in Tight Plastic

It is strongly recommended that you store computer equipment in boxes using the appropriate protective packing material. That being said, please do not wrap your computer in tight plastic. This needs to be avoided because you could unknowingly trap small amounts of moisture inside of the plastic. Even a tiny amount of trapped moisture could cause serious problems for your computer.

3. Screens Should Be Protected With Anti-Static Bubble Wrap

Computer screens are very fragile. They are also expensive to replace. The last thing you want to deal with is a cracked or defective screen. The good news is that you can protect your screen by using a special kind of anti-static bubble wrap. It is important to use anti-static packing materials because a static electric charge can destroy a computer’s screen.

You Need a Climate Controlled Space

Finally, the most important thing that you need to remember is that computers and computer accessories, along with all other electronic equipment, should always be stored safely inside of a climate controlled space. This is because computer equipment is so delicate. A computer can be damaged by high levels of humidity or by extreme temperatures. By renting a climate controlled storage unit, you can be fully confident that your computer will be protected from these elements. Our Vancouver climate controlled storage units regulate both temperature and humidity levels. The bottom line is simple: Do not store your computer in your attic or basement; instead, get yourself a climate controlled space.

Do You Need Storage Assistance in Vancouver?

Whether you are looking to store computer equipment, electronics, or any other items, we can help. At Iron Gate Storage, we operate many different storage facilities throughout the region. The satisfaction of our clients is our number one priority. To find the perfect storage unit, at an affordable price, please get in touch with our team today. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Iron Gate Storage
2410 E 5th St
Vancouver, WA 98661
(360) 362-8080
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Vancouver Storage Units Can Help You Declutter Your Kitchen

Are you a foodie who loves to cook at home? If so, you have probably developed an impressive collection of kitchenware. Whether you live in a small apartment or a larger home, all of this kitchenware can quickly add up. This can create some problems, as there is only a limited amount of cabinets, drawers and shelf space in your kitchen. Many people want to keep their collection of kitchenware, but they simply do not have the space. Fortunately, there is a solution. If you find yourself running out of space in your kitchen, a Vancouver storage unit can help. By renting storage space, you will be able to declutter your kitchen while still keeping your collection intact.

Our Top Three Tips for Storing Kitchenware

  • Wrap Your Fragile Items in Protective Packaging

Most kitchen items are fragile. Whether you are storing glassware, plates or even pots and pans, you need to take extreme care when moving these things in and out of your storage unit. Fragile items should always be individually wrapped in the proper protective packing material. The material that should be used depends on the specific item in question. For example, if you are storing some sturdy old plates, you can feel confident wrapping them in newspaper. On the other hand, if you are storing antique glasses that were handed down by your grandmother, you may want to use the best bubble wrap on the market. If you have any questions about storing fragile items and selecting packing material, the storage experts at Iron Gate Storage would be happy to help.  

  • Use Boxes

When possible, kitchen items should always be kept inside of a box or a bin. This is important for a couple of different reasons. Ultimately, this provides an extra level of protection for your items. You do not want anything getting lost or damaged. Additionally, boxes also make it much easier to keep your storage rental unit well organized. By neatly stacking your boxes on top of one another, you can maximize your space.

  • Know What’s in Your Unit

Finally, it is always recommended that you keep an inventory list of the items in your storage unit. Remembering every little item in your unit is difficult task. Why even bother trying? Instead, simply create a master inventory list. This will be an incredibly useful tool, and in the long run, it will probably save you money. After all, if you forget what is in your unit, you may buy something you do not even need.

Do You Need Storage Assistance?

If you need storage space to help clean out your cluttered kitchen, our team is ready to help. At Iron Gate Storage we offer secured storage space at a very reasonable rates. To learn more about our Vancouver units, please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our experienced storage managers today. We can’t wait to start working with you!

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Iron Gate Storage
2900 NE 57th Ave.
Vancouver, OR 98661
(360) 328-7779
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Vancouver Storage Units Could Save Your Business Money

Creating and managing a business is never easy. In fact, even the world’s most successful companies often operate with narrow profit margins. If there is an easy opportunity to save your company money, you will no doubt want to take it. Many business owners in Vancouver have found that renting a self storage unit is a simple trick to save some extra money each year.

Three Ways a Self Storage Unit Could Help Your Bottom Line

Less Space Means Lower Rent

Does your business rent commercial space? If so, then you know that renting space in the Vancouver region is expensive, and the rent continues to rise across our region. It is worth considering: do you need all of that space? Are you using high-cost rental space to simply store infrequently used equipment or excess inventory? If that describes your company, there may be a better way. By renting a storage unit, you may be able to downsize the amount of commercial space you need. You can trade in high-cost commercial space for reasonably priced storage space. This can produce a tremendous amount of savings on a per square foot basis.   

Lower Utilities Bills

Of course, rent is not the only space-related expense that business must pay. More commercial space generally means higher monthly utility bills. If you can limit your needed space, your utilities bills may be limited as well. This can produce major costs savings. If your company has a large amount of items that do not need to be on the site of your business, you may be better off keeping them in a storage unit.

More Efficiency

Finally, storage units can help Vancouver businesses stay well organized. An organized business is an efficient business, and an efficient business can become a profitable business. There are many different ways in which a storage unit can help your company achieve productivity. For example, a storage unit can help your company:

  • Save time: If you and your employees know exactly where all needed items are, a significant amount of time and energy will be no doubt be saved. This is critically important because at the end of the day, time is money.
  • Reduce the amount lost or damaged goods: Any important item that gets lost or damaged will need to eventually be replaced. In other words, lost items become sunk costs. Replacing an item comes right out of the bottom line of your business. While each little expense may be small, these costs will add up quickly over the long-term.

Contact Our Storage Professionals Today

If you are looking for storage space to help save your company money, the dedicated professionals at Iron Gate Storage are here to help. We offer a wide variety of storage units at our many different facilities throughout the region. Our team is committed to helping you find the storage solution that best meets your needs. To learn more about how we can assist you, please reach out to our team today.

Iron Gate Storage
2410 E 5th St
Vancouver, WA 98661
(360) 362-8080
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Did You Inherit Property? An Orchards Storage Unit Can Help

It is always incredibly difficult to lose a loved one. Unfortunately, it is a difficult part of life that we all go through at some point. When it happens, it is time to focus on yourself, your family and your friends. The psychological health and emotional well being of everyone comes first. Of course, at this time, there are often some complex logistical issues that you will need to address. For example, you may have inherited a considerable amount of property from your loved one. An Orchards Vancouver storage unit can help you manage this complicated situation.

It Can Take a Long Time to Go Through Inherited Items

If you have inherited a large amount of property, you likely feel extremely overwhelmed. Do not worry; this is normal. In fact, many people report having similar feelings. The fact is, you will already have a lot to deal with at this time and you may not feel like you have enough time or space to sort through all that property. By renting a storage unit, you will give yourself all of the time or space that you need to give your loved one’s possessions the full attention they that truly deserve. If you have inherited many items, such as a parent’s entire estate, the things you inherited will likely fit into one of three categories.

  • Things to keep;
  • Things to sell; and
  • Things to throw out.

Without a storage unit, you may not have enough time to go through the estate to determine exactly which category each item belongs in.

How to Choose the Right Storage Unit for Inherited Property: The Two Questions to Ask Yourself

 

  • How Much Space Do You Need? Self storage units come in a wide variety of different sizes. At our Orchards facility, we will have a space available that fits your unique needs. When selecting a space, you need to find the perfect size. You should avoid overstuffing your unit, as that is how items get lost or damaged. At the same time, you do not want to pay for more space than you will actually need. Our experienced storage managers will be able to comprehensively assess your individual situation and can help you find your ideal storage unit.
  • Does the Storage Facility Have a Good Reputation? You should always pick a facility that has developed a good reputation within the Vancouver community. This means selecting a facility that offers proper security and well-maintained grounds and offers their services at a reasonable price. At Iron Gate Storage we operate many different facilities within the region and we have a proven track record of success.

 

Contact Our Vancouver Team Today

At Iron Gate Storage, we have extensive experience helping people solve their storage problems. If you have inherited property, or you need storage space for any other reason, our team is ready to help. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us today. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Iron Gate Storage
7920 NE 117th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98662
(360) 799-5082
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Leaving Vancouver for a Temporarily? What to Do With Your Stuff

These days, many people find themselves having to leave home for a temporary work assignment. In fact, many of the new jobs created since the financial crisis eight years ago are in the form of contract or temporary employment. Whether you’re in the military, or your job otherwise requires travel on a regular basis, what to do with all your things, especially your valuable possessions, when you have to leave Vancouver can be perplexing.

If you have to leave Vancouver for a work assignment, placing your important belongings in a storage unit can provide you with peace of mind and security when you’re out of town. Not only will your belongings be safe, but being stored in a temperature- and pest-controlled unit will also prevent damage to sensitive items such as photographs, sensitive documents, antiques, etc.

Important Features for Your Storage Unit

When choosing a storage facility to store your belongings in while you are away for work, there are several features you will first want to ensure are in place, such as:

  • Security: video surveillance, a locked gate surrounding the facility, perhaps the option of individually alarmed storage units, on-site management, etc.
  • Short-term lease agreements: the length of time you may be on your work assignment varies and may not last a full year, etc.
  • Unit size: you will need a particular type of storage unit if you are looking to store a car, RV, boat, etc. People who live in heavily-populated cities often have no choice but to store their car when they go out of town because it could otherwise be towed if it is parked on the street for too long.

For many, a temporary work assignment means they only plan to take a suitcase that includes the bare necessities with them, so a larger storage unit—housing most-all of their belongings—is necessary (especially if that unit has to serve as a family storage unit for all the other members in your family).

If That Temporary Assignment Turns Permanent…

Even individuals who end up moving for a permanent work assignment often find that storing a lot of their possessions and only bringing the necessities with them initially can be helpful when they first get to their new location so that they can choose the perfect home before undertaking the move.

Storage Units in Downtown/Westside Vancouver

If you are getting ready to leave town for a work assignment, you likely have a lot on your mind. Making sure that your home isn’t vandalized should not be something you have to worry about. Come check out our storage units at your convenience—we offer the very best amenities to busy people who don’t have the time to worry about their belongings.

Iron Gate Storage
1200 West Fourth Plain
Vancouver, WA 98660
(360) 419-4200