Category Archives: Pearson Airport

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Growing Etsy Businesses in Vancouver Encountering Space Issues?

More and more people are deciding to start their own business on Etsy, selling their own creative, vintage, and/or handmade goods. In fact, the company has literally changed the way we shop for handmade gifts, turning 1,000 customers into 1 million in a very short time.

As these self-start businesses become more popular, the inventory of materials inevitably increases, and storing everything at home while you try to run a business out of that home can be tricky (especially if you sell larger items, like large sculptures or furniture, and you have thousands of customers). For many of these business owners, renting a storage unit is the only option in terms of running your business professionally and staying sane.

Spaces Ideal for Small Businesses

For those running a business who have simply run out of room and are looking for a storage space, many find that a larger storage unit—with 1,000 square feet or so—allows them to have both their shop and storage needs met in one spot. A 10×40 unit typically provides 400 square feet (approximately the size of a small garage), so smaller businesses can always start out with that space and upgrade if necessary. And for businesses that simply want to store off-season materials, even a 120 square foot space can work for them. Fortunately, the storage units offered have built-in flexibility—you can get a 10×20, 10×30, etc.—whatever makes the most sense for you and your business.

The Benefits – and Necessity – of Having a Storage Space

Having a storage space just for your shop also allows you to show prospective customers what you have in stock without involving your personal home, which can result in your business maintaining a more professional appearance, as well. It also allows you to purchase inventory materials in bulk, which can save small businesses a significant amount of money.

In addition, for any businesses dealing with furniture, appliances, documents, antiques, collectibles, photographs, electronics, candles, art materials, and other sensitive materials, note that it is absolutely crucial to have a climate-controlled space to store these items. Moisture, severe hot or cold temperatures, or even drastic changes in temperature can destroy certain materials and cost businesses owners a significant amount of money. Storage units also feature the ability to control for pests, which, if they get into your materials, can also cause destruction and money loss.

Find a Vancouver Storage Unit That Works for You

Iron Gate storage has five conveniently located facilities in Vancouver alone. Our mission is to help small businesses in our community by developing strong relationships and offering a one-stop shop experience. We offer a variety of amenities to those operating their own businesses, including various supplies, fax services, internet cafes, truck rentals, and more. To obtain more information, contact us today.

Iron Gate Storage
2225 E. 5th St.
Vancouver, WA 98661
(360) 899-0030
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Vancouver Storage: The Perfect Solution for Black Friday

In the United States, just when we have finished one holiday, we are off to prepare for and celebrate another. Certainly that feeling sometimes accompanies Thanksgiving and Black Friday, when, just as we are finishing up dinner with our families, we start our holiday shopping in order to get the best deals possible. With millions of people shopping and billions spent the day after Thanksgiving, it is obvious that many consumers take advantage of all the myriad sales that day to get their holiday shopping out of the way. It has become such a routine, in fact, that some are even remarking that, to retailers, Thanksgiving has effectively become Christmas.

But when you have purchased many of your gifts one whole month before Christmas, where do you put all of them? And how do you ensure that your family members don’t find them, especially your kids, who, in most cases, are eager to find out what they are getting? You may be surprised to find out that many people actually rent a self-storage unit so that they can safely stash all of their Black Friday purchases.

Saving Money by Shopping Early

Every year, retailers make it a priority to offer consumers deals on the day after Thanksgiving. These deals tend to cover some of the most popular items that many of us purchase for family members, such as cameras, headphones, DVDs, kids toys, computers, TVs, Xbox gaming consoles, small appliances, and more. With the amazing deals that are offered on Black Friday, many people cannot afford to put off their holiday shopping. This year, some retailers have even gotten ahead of the game by starting their sales even earlier, as Amazon did on November 2nd.

The Need for Space

Who can forget how exciting the impending holidays were when we were kids—as well as how adept many of us became at sneaking into whatever packages our parents stored in the closet, attic, or basement, carefully ripping one corner of a package and then taping it up, just to peek at what we were going to get that year. At this point, it’s difficult for parents to find any space in the house that the kids can’t reach.

However, when you rent a self-storage unit, you never have to worry about finding that extra space or family members stumbling upon their gifts. In addition, the units are climate- and pest-controlled, ensuring that temperature changes, rodents, and insects cannot damage your gifts.

Iron Gate Storage Can Help You Today

If you have plans to shop this Black Friday, come down to our location and check out our storage space. Our Vancouver self-storage units allow you to rent your space on a month-to-month basis, which is perfect for preparing for the holidays. Contact us today to find out more.

Iron Gate Storage
2225 E. 5th St.
Vancouver, WA 98661
(360) 899-0030
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Saving Local Business Owners Money: Vancouver Storage Units

Is there clutter building up around your office? Do you sometimes have trouble finding things you need? Have you ever thrown something away only to wish that you had held onto it? If you are like most business owners, the answer to all of three of these questions is ‘yes’. That is why so many business owners can benefit from renting storage space. In many cases, renting a storage unit could actually even save your business money over the long run. At Iron Gate Storage, we serve many businesses, both large and small, throughout the Vancouver region. Many companies find that one of our Pearson Airport storage units is the best solution to their storage problems.

What Sets Our US Apart

1. Twenty-Four-Hour Access for Business Owners

Business owners need as much flexibility as is possible. After all, you never know what type of challenge will arise or what project will come up next. We help business keep that much needed flexibility by offering all  business owners twenty four hour access to their storage units. No matter what type of unexpected event occurs, you will be able to respond by getting into your unit.

2. We Offer a Wide Variety of Different Types of Units

We also offer a wide variety of different types and sizes of storage units at Pearson Airport. Do not be worried; we will have space that meets your unique needs. Additionally, we also offer units that are climate controlled. For some business owners, climate controlled storage space is a must. Finally, our facility also offers storage parking space for vehicles and small trailers.

3. Top-Notch Security

When selecting a storage facility, adequate security should be one of your biggest considerations. At Iron Gate Storage, we take security measures extremely seriously. Our Pearson Airport storage facility is equipped with many top-notch security features, including:

  • A fully secured entrance/exit gate;
  • A pin code access system;
  • Proper lighting in all sections of the facility;
  • All day video surveillance;
  • Individually alarmed storage units; and
  • Experienced on-site storage managers who always keep a close watch on the property.

4. A Free Move-in Truck

As an added bonus, if you are a business owner renting a space that is 7.5X10 or larger, we will offer you a free move-in truck for your convenience. Of course, access to these trucks is based on availability. Still, if you reach out to us today, we will do everything we can to assist you with your move-in.

Do You Need Vancouver Storage Assistance?

If you are a business owner in the Vancouver, Washington region, a storage unit may be able to save you space, time and money. To learn more about our Pearson Airport storage units, or storage in general, please contact the dedicated professionals at Iron Gate Storage today. Our team is looking forward to hearing from you!

Iron Gate Storage
2225 E. 5th St.
Vancouver, WA 98661
(360) 899-0030
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Storing Holiday Decorations at Pearson Airport

There is no doubt that holiday decorations add a lot of cheer to the season. Of course, after the holidays come to an end, these decorations will take up a lot of space. Holiday decorations are also quite expensive. You do not want to be replacing these items every year. This is where a Pearson Airport self storage unit can come in handy. By keeping your decorations within a storage unit, you will be able to free up room around your house and ensure that your items will be kept safe for many seasons to come. To help you with the process of storing your holiday goods, our team has put together a list of seven of our best storage tips.

How to Store Holiday Decorations

 

  • Always use boxes or bins: You should refrain from storing too many loose small items within your storage unit. Loose items risk becoming lost or damaged. Further, loose items also take up far more space than items that are neatly packed into boxes.
  • Label your boxes: Each box should have a detailed label. Your goal should be to know exactly which decorations are in each box without actually opening anything. No one wants the hassle of digging through box after box looking for that one important item.
  • Keep decorations organized by season: When it comes time to grab those Thanksgiving decorations, you will not want to be dealing with Fourth of July themed stuff. Always take the time to keep your decorations organized by the holiday season.
  • Stacking boxes saves space: Try to ensure that all of your boxes are uniform in size. It is best to invest in many identical (and strong) boxes or bins. This will make the process of stacking much easier. Not only does stacking boxes keep your unit well organized, but it will save you a tremendous amount of space.
  • Wrap fragile items carefully: Many holiday items are very fragile. You do not want to open a box to discover the remains of a shattered Christmas ornament. Please take the time to wrap all of your fragile holiday decorations with care.
  • Save the things you can use again: The great thing up having a self storage unit is that you will have plenty of space to keep any reusable items. For example, there is no need to throw away the rest of that wrapping paper. Put it in storage and use it again next year!
  • Keep an inventory list: Finally, it is always best to keep a basic list of the contents of your storage unit. As time passes, it can be difficult to remember exactly what items you have saved. Instead of looking through your unit, or buying something that you do not need, you can simply refer to your list to see what you already own.

 

Are You Looking for Storage Space in Vancouver?

Our Pearson Airport location may be perfect for you. At Iron Gate Storage, our facilities are always secure, well-maintained and fairly priced. If you are looking for a place to store your holiday decorations, or any other items, please reach out to us today. Our team is looking forward to hearing from you!

Iron Gate Storage
2225 E. 5th St.
Vancouver, WA 98661
(360) 899-0030
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Vancouver Pearson Airport Storage Units Helping Online Businesses

There are many different unique challenges involved with running an online business. Though, if you are selling items online, you will also face a very traditional challenge: Where do you put all that inventory? All business owners know that excess inventory can quickly pile up. This is where a Vancouver storage unit at Pearson Airport comes in. A storage unit can give your business the space it desperately needs at a reasonable price.

Five Important Storage Tips for Online Businesses

1. Know How Much Space You Need

Before selecting your storage unit, you should carefully consider how much space you actually need. After all, no one wants to overpay for space they will never actually use. Alternatively, you do not want the hassle of being forced to move all of your items into a larger space either. You need to get the unit size right the first time. An experienced storage professional can help you do this. If you bring a detailed list of your items to a manager at Iron Gate Storage, he or she can help determine exactly how much space you will require.

2. Consider a Climate Controlled Unit

Climate control will keep the temperatures and humidity level of the storage unit within an acceptable range. Many items risk damage if they encounter extreme temperatures or high humidity. While a climate controlled unit is slightly more expensive, it is well worth it in many cases. Be sure to ask a storage professional if your items would be better offer with climate control.

3. Create a Detailed Inventory List

Online business owners need to know exactly what they are putting into their storage unit. Further, they should know exactly where in the unit each item is located. Do not assume that you will be able to remember this information. Take the time to write it down. This will save yourself a lot of wasted time and headaches in the future.

4. Do Not Overfill a Storage Unit

One of the biggest storage-related mistakes people make is over-stuffing their unit. While it can certainly be tempting to try to squeeze everything into one small space, you will come to regret this. Overfilling your unit will significantly increase the chances that your items will get lost or damaged. Further, it will force you to spend a considerable amount of time locating items. It is always better to simply rent a second small storage unit.

5. Pack Everything Extremely Carefully

Finally, the importance of packing and handling all of your items carefully needs to be highlighted. Any item that is lost or damaged will cost your business money. By taking proactive steps to ensure that items are handled with care, you will significantly reduce the chances that any product will suffer damage during the storage process.

Contact Iron Gate Storage Today

Whether you are managing a mid-sized company or simply making some extra money on the side, we have storage space that can help your online business. To learn more about what the passionate professionals at Iron Gate Storage can do for you, please do not hesitate contact our team today.

Iron Gate Storage
2225 E. 5th St.
Vancouver, WA 98661
(360) 899-0030
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Pearson Airport Storage: How to Prevent Rust

There are few things more unsightly than the orange-brown discoloration of rust. To make matters even worse, rust will also quickly corrode metal, causing serious structural damage in the process. Many everyday household items are susceptible to rust. This includes appliances, kitchenware, car part and even firearms. In fact, virtually all metal objects have the potential to rust. When you are placing an item with metal into a Pearson Airport self storage unit, you need to take proactive steps to prevent damaging rust.

What is Rust and Why Does it Occur?

In the most simple terms, rust is the result of a chemical reaction. Also known as iron oxide, rust occurs when iron and oxygen interact under a particular set of conditions. It is important to note that iron is a very common element in consumer products. The majority of metal products contain at least a small amount of iron within them. Of course, oxygen is everywhere as well. This raises the question: why doesn’t rust occur all the time? Well, there is one more element that is required in order for rust to occur: water. When iron and oxygen are mixed with water, rust will quickly begin to form. Remember, rust is corrosion. That means that when you see rust beginning to show up, substantial damage has already been done to your item. It is imperative that take steps to stop rust before it starts.

Three Things You Can Do to Prevent Rust

Store Items in the Right Place
The best way to protect your metal belongings is to store them in the right place. For many metal items, the ideal spot is a storage unit. By storing your item in in a well maintained storage unit, you can go a long way towards ensuring that all moisture will be kept away. Further, you may be best off storing sensitive metal objects inside a climate controlled unit. These units regulate both temperature and humidity.
Protect Items from Moisture Inside Your Storage Unit
You should also take steps to protect items once they are inside your unit. Some items do best wrapped up in a light cloth. Additionally, you need to be sure that you do not put any wet or damp items into your unit. It is a best practice to thoroughly clean and dry any metal objects before placing them into a storage unit.
Treat Items Before Storage
For some delicate metal objects, it may be best to treat them with an appropriate oil or wax before placing them into long-term storage. A wax or oil coating can help provide an extra layer of protection against water. However, these coatings may not be appropriate for all items. Ultimately, you should always refer to the instruction manual of your specific item in order to determine if any protective treatment is advisable.   

Do You Need Storage Space at Pearson Airport?

At Iron Gate Storage, our team of dedicated professionals can help you find a storage unit that best suits your needs. We offer many conveniently located storage facilities throughout the Vancouver region, including at Pearson Airport. If you have any questions about self storage, please do not hesitate to contact our team today. We look forward to assisting you!

Iron Gate Storage
2225 E. 5th St.
Vancouver, WA 98661
(360) 899-0030
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Storing Your Boat at Pearson Airport

Once again, the summer has flown right by us. It is hard to believe that it is almost time for changing leaves and earlier sunsets again. For many people in the Vancouver area, the changing season also means that it is time to make preparations for their boat. A self-storage facility can be a great place to keep your boat during the offseason. If you have any questions about Pearson Airport boat storage, please do not hesitate to contact the dedicated professionals at Iron Gate storage today.

Four Tips for Winter Boat Storage

  1. Clean your boat: Similar to other big ticket items, you should thoroughly clean your boat before putting it into storage. This will help protect your boat from any potential damage and will ensure that it stays in great shape over the winter. Put simply, left over water can cause damage. You need to eliminate that risk.
  2. Make your repairs now: In the event that your boat does need some repairs, it is best to take care of those issues now. By doing so, you can be confident that your craft will be fresh and ready to go once spring rolls around.
  3. Winterize your boat’s motor: Most likely, you will need to add a fuel stabilizer to your boat’s motor before you can place into winter storage. The process should always be done in accordance with your boat’s operator’s manual.
  4. Flush out the cooling system: Finally, your boat’s cooling system should be thoroughly flushed out before you place it into storage. Flushing the system will remove debris and ensure that your boat is better protected from potential damage.

Choosing the Right Storage Facility for Your Boat

Before you select a storage facility, you always need to be sure that the facility can truly meets your needs. This is especially important when it comes to boat storage, as not every storage facility can handle a boat. Some places may try to make special arrangements to accommodate you, but it is much better to select a facility that has extensive experience handling boats, RVs and other motorized vehicles. At the Pearson Airport location of Iron Gate Storage, we know how to store your boat. Our facilities are always well maintained and we can ensure that your boat will be properly protected. Even better, will can do it all at a reasonable price. Our team has devoted a tremendous amount of effort to providing a safe and secure premises for our customers. At Pearson Airport we offer:

  •      A secure gate that surrounds our property;
  •      An entrance that is fully protected by a secure pin code system;
  •      24/7 video monitoring throughout our property;
  •      Individual alarms for all self storage units; and
  •      An on-site manager who will always keep a close eye on your unit.

Looking for Storage Space at Pearson Airport in Vancouver?

Whether it is storage space for your boat, or any other item, we can help. Please do not hesitate to contact Iron Gate Storage to learn more about what our team can do for you. We would be happy to hear from you!

Iron Gate Storage
2225 E. 5th St.
Vancouver, WA 98661
(360) 899-0030
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Pearson Airport Storage: Your Guide to Packing Boxes

While boxes are certainly not the world’s most exciting topic, there may be no more important issue when it comes to moving or storing items. A properly packed box will help keep your items free from damage and will ensure that nothing gets misplaced. Even better, properly packing your boxes will save you a tremendous amount of time when it comes to loading, unloading and finding your belongings. If you are moving or looking for storage space in Vancouver, please consider the following list of tips that will help you pack your boxes more effectively.

Six Tips to Help You Pack

 

  • Plan ahead: Taking the time to plan ahead will always pay major dividends in the end. It is best to make a list of all of the items that you want to put into boxes ahead of time. This way, you can be sure that you have enough boxes and that you have properly organized your items.
  • Label every box: You do not want to be forced to open up a box just to find out what is inside of it. The great thing about storage boxes is that you can write all over them. You should write detailed descriptions on the outside of each box. Ideally, this will allow you to know the contents of each box without opening it up.
  • Use fragile stickers: If you have something fragile within a box, you need to put bright, easily visible, marking on the outside of the box. Of course, we always want to make sure that all of our belongings are handled with care, still, it is important to know when you are handling something breakable. Extra care must be taken so that nothing gets damaged in storage.
  • Use bubble wrap for especially fragile items: If you have something fragile inside of a box, wrap that item up in protective bubble wrap. Fragile items should always be individually protected.
  • Use the same-sized boxes: Some people get their hands on assorted boxes by going to a local restaurant or liquor store and grabbing whatever is left over. While this might be tempting, it is a bad idea for storage. It is well worth the cost to acquire new boxes that are meant for storage purposes. These boxes will be clean, stronger and more reliable. Further, you can ensure that they are uniform in size. This will allow you to use your storage space much more efficiently. As a general rule, it is best to use no more than two different sizes of boxes.
  • Boxes should be full, but not too full: You should fill your boxes up. This will help protect your items by ensuring that nothing will slide around during transit. Though, it is important to note that you should never overfill a box. If the lid cannot fit on the box any longer, it is time to get another box.

 

Need Assistance with Your Pearson Airport Storage Unit in Vancouver?

Our team is ready to help. If you are looking for storage space in the Vancouver area, or if you have any questions about self storage in general, please contact Iron Gate Storage today. We operate several different conveniently located facilities throughout the region, including at Pearson Airport. We look forward to hearing from you!

Iron Gate Storage
2225 E. 5th St.
Vancouver, WA 98661
(360) 899-0030
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Storing Your Bed in a Pearson Airport Storage Unit

Many people throughout the Vancouver region find themselves with an extra bed. You may not want to get rid of that mattress and frame just yet, but you might not have anywhere to put it. In this situation, renting a self-storage unit at our Pearson Airport location can be the perfect solution. That being said, mattresses must be handled with care. Before placing your mattress into storage, consider the four following tips.

Beds Must Be Carefully Disassembled

When you are putting your bed into storage, you need to disassemble first. This is important for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that this will give you significantly more storage space.

It is also important to note that you should take tremendous care when taking apart your bed. Anyone who has ever done that task before knows just how many little parts are involved. Losing even a single screw could turn into a real hassle. You may have a hard time finding another one that works as a suitable replacement. Be sure to not lose any parts during the process and that each piece is properly labelled.

A Mattress Cover is Worth the Investment

Not many people have a mattress cover lying around their house. However, if you are storing a mattress for the long-term, you should get one. A proper cover should be light enough to allow your mattress to breathe but also strong enough to provide protection. They are certainly worth the investment as they are typically inexpensive. You can find them at most storage unit facilities or major retail stores.

Do Not Store Anything on Top of Your Mattress

If you are pressed for storage space, it can be tempting to store something else on top of a mattress. After all, if you lay it down it is like having another shelf, right? This is a big mistake. Storing something for long periods of time on top of your mattress will cause significant and unnecessary wear and tear. If you are taking the time to put a mattress into storage, it is worth keeping it in good condition.

Never Store a Mattress in a Basement

As a final tip, you should always avoid storing your mattress in a basement. Even if you do have the space to do so, it is not a good idea. Basements, even if they are well maintained, are usually damp, dark, musty, and prone to flooding. By their very nature, mattresses are fragile and delicate, so exposure to these damaging conditions could leave your bed utterly ruined if you aren’t careful. Further, you will want to keep them especially clean and odor free. Those conditions can cause a mattress to sustain damage and can cause it to pick up unfortunate odors.

Need Storage Space in our Pearson Airport Vancouver Location?

At Iron Gate Storage in Vancouver, our team has significant experience helping people find solutions for their storage problems. If you are looking for storage space for your mattress and bed frame, or if you have any general self-storage questions, please do not hesitate to contact us today. We offer many great storage units throughout the Vancouver region, including at our Pearson Airport location.

Iron Gate Storage
2225 E. 5th St.
Vancouver, WA 98661
(360) 899-0030
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Tips for Storing Business Documents in Vancouver Storage Units

More and more, business is being conducted electronically. That being said, it seems that most companies have just as many important hard copy files as ever. Your business can quickly run out of space for these documents. A Vancouver self storage unit can provide an ideal and cost effective solution. If you are looking for storage space for business records, please do not hesitate to contact Iron Gate Storage today. Our experienced storage professionals would be happy to assist you.

Inventory Everything  

Proper organization is the key to a well maintained storage unit. Organization is especially important when it comes to storing business related documents. You may have a large amount of files to store, and you will likely need quick access to them in the future. A comprehensive inventory of your files can help make efficient future access happen. After all, it will be very difficult to get to an important document if you do not know exactly what you have and where you have it. A thorough inventory of your records will undoubtedly save you considerable time in the future.

Pack Your Documents Carefully

The careful packing of documents is important to ensure the safety and accessibility of your records. The following five tips should always be kept in mind when packing documents for storage:

  1. All documents should be kept in boxes; you should never store loose documents;
  2. Your storage boxes need to be full. An underfilled box will likely cause documents to shift around and become a mess; at the same time, do not overfill a box as that could cause it to break;
  3. Use airtight boxes for your documents. This will help ensure that your files are protected from potential damage caused by moisture;
  4. You should always be sure that each box is adequately labeled. Ideally, you should be able to tell what is in a box without opening it; and
  5. When it comes to particularly important documents, you should obtain backup copies.

A Climate-Controlled Unit is Best

Business documents should be stored in a climate controlled unit. Extreme temperatures and high humidity are serious threats to the long term integrity of any document. In fact, exposing a document to high levels of humidity will quickly lead to discoloration and deterioration. A climate controlled storage unit will help ensure the long-term quality of your documents.  

You Need a Storage Facility With Adequate Security

Security is extremely important for business records. Before selecting a storage unit, you should review the security features offered by the facility. For quick reference, the following is a list of five security features that you should look for:

  • Secure fencing that surrounds the premises of the facility;
  • An entrance gate protected by a PIN code;
  • Good lighting;
  • A 24-hour video monitoring system; and
  • Active on-site management that keeps close watch on the property.

Do You Need Storage Space for Your Business?

If you are looking for business related storage space, the passionate professionals at Iron Gate Storage can help. Our team has many years of experience helping local businesses find cost effective storage solutions. To learn more about our Pearson Airport location, or any of our other great storage locations, please contact our office today. We look forward to hearing from you!

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