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Renting Out Your Home in Vancouver? You Need Storage Space

Many people in Vancouver rent out their home for large portions of the year. This may be because you have travel plans, because you need to temporarily relocate for work or school or because you simply live in another house or apartment in the area. Regardless, if you are renting out your house, you may find that you have a lot more stuff than you can handle. This is where one of our Vancouver storage units can help. A storage unit is a cost effective solution to your space problems.  

There are Drawbacks to Leaving Belongings In Your Home

If you decide to rent out your home, you may wish to leave some of your belongings within your house. While this can certainly be tempting, you need to consider the drawbacks of such an arrangement. First, depending on your prospective tenants this could make your property more difficult to rent. This means you could be left without a tenant for weeks or months longer than you expected. Alternatively, it might mean that you are forced to rent out your home for a lower rate. In this scenario, renting a storage unit may have actually saved you money. Further, leaving your belongings in your home is inherently risky. Of course you want to trust your tenant, but ultimately you will never know what happens when you are not there. You may not be able to get adequate insurance on all of the items you leave behind. It simply makes far more sense to rent storage space.

How to Select the Right Storage Facility?

There are many different storage facilities in the Vancouver area, and it is common to have trouble deciding which one is right you. When it comes time to select a facility, you need to ask yourself the following six important questions:

  1. Does the storage company have a good reputation?
  2. Is the location of the facility convenient for you?
  3. Does the facility offer the right size storage unit?
  4. How is the security at the facility?
  5. What are the facility’s access hours?
  6. Are the prices reasonable?

Why Should You Choose One of Our 57th Street Storage Units?

When conducting your storage facility search, you may find that our 57th Street facility can’t be beat. Our facility offers many important advantages and we always keep our customers coming back. A few of the key benefits of our facility include:

  • A sterling reputation as a reliable and honest business within the Vancouver community;
  • A convenient location, right near Vancouver Grocery Outlet;
  • A variety of different units offered, including 5×5, 10×10, 10×15 and 10×30;
  • Covered space available for RV and boat storage;
  • Top-notch security, including full fencing and individual unit security alarms;
  • Access hours seven days per week; and
  • Reasonable prices.

Contact Our Storage Professionals in Vancouver Today

If you are renting our your primary home or your are downsizing in Vancouver, our storage professionals are ready to help. At Iron Gate Storage, we offer a wide array of storage units all at a competitive rate. Please get in touch with one of our experienced managers today and we will find the ideal storage unit for your needs.

Iron Gate Storage
2900 NE 57th Ave.
Vancouver, OR 98661
(360) 328-7779
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Attic or Basement? Here is Why You Still Need a Vancouver Storage Unit

Many people throughout the Vancouver region have an attic, a basement or both. If that applies to you, you may feel that a storage unit is unnecessary. After all, you have plenty of space available right at home right? Not so fast. Dark and damp places like basements and attics are simply not the appropriate spot to store many common items. In fact, if you store things in these spots, you risk serious damage or deterioration. The good news is that there is an easy and cost-effective alternative. You are much better off renting a climate controlled storage unit. This type of unit regulates both temperature and humidity. This is critically important as it ensures valuable items will be properly protected over the long haul.

Six Items That Should Always Be Kept in a Climate-Controlled Storage Unit

 

  • Furniture: Both wooden and leather furniture should always be stored in a climate controlled space. While plastic furniture will generally do fine in any spot, wood and leather is far more fragile. Moisture and extreme temperatures threaten the long-term integrity of furniture made out of either of these substances.
  • Appliances: The vast majority of appliances contain delicate mechanical parts deep inside of them. If these parts are exposed to moisture, they will soon begin to rust. Once rust starts to form inside an appliance, that appliance is going to malfunction in the near future.
  • Documents: All paper documents must be kept away from humidity. Paper is one of the most  fragile items you can store. It will begin to deteriorate very quickly if not kept in the right conditions. If you are storing important documents or records, please always keep them inside protective boxes and within a climate regulated space.
  • Antiques and collectable items: Many people rent storage space to keep their valuable antiques or other collections. This includes things like artwork, vases, comic books and stamps. By their very nature, all of these items are highly fragile. They must be kept away from moisture and high levels of heat.
  • Photographs: Your photos are truly priceless. Even in a world of digital pictures, there is still nothing quite like holding a physical copy of an important memory in your hand. Remember: these photos are delicate. Never store your photos in a basement or attic. If you want to keep those memories for the rest of your life, you need a climate controlled storage unit.
  • Electronics: The internal components of electronics are fragile. If you are storing electronics for the long-term, you need to keep them in a climate controlled space. Once again, your basement or attic will simply expose these items to too much risk. Even a fully furnished basement is usually a relatively humid and damp place.

 

Do You Need Storage Space in Vancouver?

Our storage professionals are ready to help. At Iron Gate Storage, we can help you find the unit that perfectly meets your storage needs. To learn more about what our team can do for you, please reach out to one of our professional storage managers today. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Iron Gate Storage
2410 E 5th St
Vancouver, WA 98661
(360) 362-8080

4 Tips for Storing Fragile Items in Beaverton

When you rent a storage unit, you are looking for temporary space for your items. Of course, if something is worth storing, that means you will want it again at a later date. If something breaks or is damaged during the storage process, the purpose of renting and paying for the storage unit has been defeated. The last thing anyone wants to deal with is broken items. Fortunately, with proper planning and care, you can be confident that even your most fragile belongings will be adequately protected in storage. Before moving anything breakable into a Beaverton self storage unit, please consider our top four fragile items storage safety tips.

1. Plan Ahead

When it comes to packing fragile items, you should never rush. Remember this rule: Rushing is when things get broken. We always recommend setting aside plenty of time to get the job done right. Further, you should set aside a designated space in your home to ensure that everything is packed properly.

2. Wrap Fragile Good in Protective Material

Fragile items should be always be packed in the proper protective material. For certain items, this could be something as simple as a newspaper. For example, if you have a stack of several dozens ordinary dishes, wrapping each one individually in leftover newspaper works just fine. However, for very fragile or valuable items, it is highly recommended that you obtain a stronger protective material. High quality bubble wrap or foam wrap can help ensure the protection of very fragile items.  

3. Clearly Label Boxes as ‘Fragile’

Small and mid-sized fragile items should be stored within boxes. This is important for two reasons 1) the box will provide an extra layer of protection 2) using boxes will help keep your storage unit well organized. When putting a fragile item inside a box, please always remember to label the box. If a box is not labelled, or if the label is too small or difficult to read, you may forget about the breakable good. Imagine this nightmare: You spent all day packing up fragile items very carefully, then you forgot which box was which and dropped a stack of glasses off of the side of the truck. This can be avoided with proper labelling.

4. Load and Unload Items Very Carefully

Finally, it is also important to ensure that you take great care with fragile items when they are in transit. Ultimately, this is when your belongings face the highest risk of damage. Once again, proper planning can make all of the difference. You do not want to be rushed. Take your time and treat your fragile belongings with the proper care that they deserve.

Contact Iron Gate Storage in Beaverton Today

If you are looking for storage space in Beaverton, the dedicated professionals at Iron Gate Storage can help. We offer well-maintained storage units at a reasonable price. Our experienced storage professionals can also help you find the best way to move and pack your items. If you have any questions about storage, please do not hesitate to contact our team today. We can’t wait to assist you!

Iron Gate Storage
4050 SW 160th Ave
Beaverton, OR 97007
(503) 649-7531
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Planning a Wedding in Orchards? A Storage Unit Can Help

Weddings are unforgettable. Whether you are planning your own wedding, or getting ready for the wedding of a child or close friend or family member, there is going to be a lot of work involved. You will want to make sure that everything goes exactly as planned. In the event that you are actually involved in planning the wedding, you may quickly find yourself running out of space to keep all of those wedding-related items. Further, it can be a real challenge to keep everything well organized and in good condition. This just adds one more layer of stress to an already hectic time. Fortunately, there is a solution. An Orchards storage unit can be the perfect tool to help with planning a wedding.

Storage for Wedding Planning

If you are planning a wedding for the first time, you will likely soon realize that a wedding involves far more stuff than you anticipated. For example, a short of list of items that you might need to obtain for the wedding includes:

  • Dresses or other clothing;
  • Supplies for invitations and thank you cards;
  • Wedding decorations;
  • Plates and other food serving items; and
  • Tables and chairs.

Now imagine that dozens (or even hundreds) of people are coming, and all this stuff can add up quickly. A storage unit can be the perfect place to keep these items until the big day.

Post-Wedding Storage

The need for wedding-related storage does not necessarily end on the day of the wedding. If it is your own wedding, you may have a large amount of keepsakes that you want, but do not currently have room for at home. Additionally, many people receive numerous gifts at their wedding. Of course, soon after the wedding the couple may want to head off on their honeymoon or on another trip. It can take quite some time to actually get a chance to deal with all of the wedding gifts. In the meantime, a storage unit can be the perfect place to keep those items. This is especially true if you are moving into a new house or apartment soon after your ceremony.  

Consider a Climate Controlled Unit

A lot of delicate and valuable items are needed for a wedding. The last thing you want is to have anything damaged or degraded. This is a particularly important issue when it comes to the bride’s wedding dress. Many brides intend to keep their wedding dress for the rest of their lives. A storage unit can be a great place to keep a dress. Of course, you must keep in mind the fragility of the dress. Delicate clothing should always be stored in a climate controlled space. A climate controlled unit will regulate heat and humidity. High temperatures and humid conditions both present a serious threat to the long-term integrity of a wedding dress. By renting a climate controlled space, you will be able to ensure that your dress, and any other delicate wedding keepsakes, are fully protected over the long-term.

Do You Need Orchards Storage Assistance?

If you are looking for storage space for a wedding or any other type of large event, we can help. At Iron Gate Storage, we have helped many people throughout the Orchards region find the perfect storage unit. Please feel free to contact one of our storage managers today if you have any questions. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Iron Gate Storage
7920 NE 117th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98662
(360) 799-5082
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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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Tips for Decluttering Your Vancouver Home Over the Holidays

Many families invite relatives and friends to visit over the holidays, and sometimes this forces us to take a look at our homes and figure out how we can declutter the space in which we live. Furthermore, this may even prompt us to perhaps do something new with them, such as setup holiday decorations or turn a storage room into a study. But where do you begin? How do you decide what you can and cannot throw out, especially if you are storing belongings for family members who no longer live there, such as kids who have gone off to college?

Figuring out where to start can be challenging. But there are some tips out there offered by professionals, and one of the most important initial choices you should make in deciding to declutter your home is to rent a storage unit. Indeed, this will ensure that you can easily clear spaces without first taking time to figure out what you can throw away.

Organizing Comes First

If you organize your belongings first before purchasing containers, this can be helpful in planning out your space and ensuring that you aren’t stuck with a bunch of unused containers when you’re finished.

Don’t Do It All At Once

It can be beyond overwhelming trying to tackle an entire room or house in one day. Rather than aiming to spend eight hours decluttering, instead try to do two or three hours at a time..

In addition, once you’ve decided that a particular item is going to the storage unit, take it there. Do not keep boxes and bags lying around your house with the intention of taking them at a later date. By completing the process and following through to completion, it will help you continue to work on decluttering your spaces.

Be Prepared For Upkeep

Keep in mind that decluttering is a lifelong process, which is why renting a storage space makes sense. In a month, that beautiful, decorated space may very well be cluttered with items again. By having a storage space continually available to you, you always have a place to put the extra items that you don’t use every day, but can’t toss.

Contact Us to Rent a Storage Unit in Vancouver

If you live in or near Vancouver, we are here to meet your storage needs with one of our numerous storage units available to you today. Spaces in your home can be decluttered and turned into game rooms, playrooms, offices, or even family gathering spaces for the holidays. Come visit our storage location today and find out how we can help you get started remaking your home as you have always wanted it.

Iron Gate Storage
1200 West Fourth Plain
Vancouver, WA 98660
(360) 419-4200
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Storing Books? Think Twice Before Choosing a Basement

Today’s modern reality has most of us moving around from city to city; perhaps first to college, then onto somewhere else (for work, graduate school,etc.), then maybe across the country for the perfect job, etc. For many people graduating from college, the books that they purchased are extremely significant, since they act as proof that they did all the work and developed an expertise in a particular subject. For others, holding onto their books may be directly relevant for their next step in life, especially if they need to refer to those textbooks in their professions.

If you do have to move back home, or move across the country or into a smaller space, your first thought might be: Perhaps I’ll ask my family members to store my books under the house in the crawl space—or in the basement—just until I move into a semi-permanent location where there’s room to store them. But what’s the problem with this? This could result in your precious book collection being absolutely destroyed by mildew, mice, rats, insects or all of the above. If your books are important to you, instead, think about storing them in a temperature and pest-controlled storage unit.

Important Storage Factors

According to the experts, the most important factor when storing books is to ensure that they are in a pest-free location with ventilation that isn’t subject to drastic temperature changes. Any dampness will result in mold and serious damage. Similarly, storing your books in plastic bags or other packaging (not bins) should be avoided because plastic bags allow moisture to get in.

Before you store books, you want to ensure that there’s no evidence of mice or insects where you plan to store them. This includes ensuring that there are no boxes nearby that may have, at one time, stored food.

Some people also find that wrapping each book in a material like bubble wrap or paper can be helpful in providing that extra protection for any particularly special books. Books should also be stored lying down or standing upright with the paper edges facing upward and the heaviest books at the bottom of the bin or box. It is also wise to pack paperbacks tightly and seal all of your boxes or containers.

Other Items That Do Not Belong At Your Childhood Home

Other items that shouldn’t be stored in a random location inside your family’s home, where they could be subject to moisture, temperature problems, or pests, include:

  • Delicate fabrics (this includes wedding dresses, baby clothes, Halloween costumes, etc.);
  • Any furniture or decorations that are made out of natural materials, such as wood;
  • Any important documents such as birth certificates, marriage licenses, medical records, photographs, etc.;
  • Electronics;
  • Candles; and
  • Cleaning supplies, art materials, paint, etc.

Iron Gate Storage in Vancouver Can Help

Vancouver, Washington gets its fair share of moisture. Don’t risk losing evidence of all your hard work by storing your books in just any random location. Storage facilities are temperature and pest controlled, allowing you to safely store your books until you want them with you. Contact us today and find out how we can help you with your next steps.

Iron Gate Storage
12406 SE 5th Street
Vancouver, WA 98683
(360) 799-5100
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Cleaning Up (And Clearing Out) After Halloween

Every year, Americans spend billion of dollars on Halloween supplies, including all the costumes and decorations for kids and adults alike, as well as providing for trick-or-treaters, parties, and neighborhood celebrations, like haunted houses. As an obviously fast-growing consumer holiday, it is inevitable that the supplies are going to build up, and may not be relevant again to you and your family until next Halloween.

Given how expensive costumes and other supplies for this “holiday” are, it doesn’t make sense to simply throw them out or give them away, especially since kids sometimes like to wear their costumes for days (or even weeks) after Halloween is over. And for parents who spent hours putting together the right costume for their child, holding onto that costume can also sometimes mean holding onto the memories of that year, or passing that costume onto a sibling in the future.

Storing Costumes

While packing up Halloween decorations to prepare them for storage may seem straightforward, costumes need to be stored in an appropriate manner so as to be usable in the future. It is important that they are first cleaned appropriately (sometimes this requires dry cleaning to ensure that all stains are removed) and stored in a plastic container or garment bag instead of anything that can trap moisture and end up causing damage, such as a trash bag. If one or more parts of the costume needs to retain a particular shape, you can use Styrofoam or bubble wrap to hold it in place.

Storing Decorations

Just as with costumes, it is important to ensure that any and all decorations going into storage are also as dry as possible first. In addition, do yourself a favor and be sure to label everything so that it is all easy to access next year. Some people also find it helpful to section out the decorations into different categories and store those as one instead of just throwing everything into bins randomly. Fragile items (i.e. glass) should be stored at the top of bins instead of at the bottom.

Storage Units Are Versatile

It might be wise to color-coordinate as you pack away your Halloween materials in case you want to store other holiday decorations in your unit as well. The problem with relying on basements or attics for storage is that moisture and/or too much sunlight can become an issue.

Iron Gate Storage in Vancouver Is Here To Help

Iron Gate Storage is a local small business that specializes in storage and truck rentals for our local communities, business, and government customers. Our mission is to make storage and moving easy and convenient for everyone. Contact us today to find out how we can help you safely store your Halloween supplies until you need them again next year.

Iron Gate Storage
802 NE 112th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98684
(360) 799-5090
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Planning an Estate Sale with the Help of a Vancouver Storage Unit

The last thing anyone wants to do after someone they love passes away is take a journey through the belongings that person has collected over their lifetime. Unfortunately, it is something that must be done and someone has to do it. With a little help from a Vancouver storage unit and our tips here, you can plan and host an estate sale seamlessly.

Make a List of Inventory

Go through everything in the estate to get an idea of what you will be working with. Often the junk drawers and miscellaneous items are the most daunting items to deal with. Organize like items together to keep things sorted and placed where you know where they are.

Consult with Interested Parties

Make sure to consult with anyone who may be an interested party. It is difficult to know if a piece of jewelry was a gift from a daughter of the decedent or a Tupperware set originally belonged to the decedent’s sister. There might be other keepsakes in the estate that you would otherwise know nothing about. Not only will this cut down on the amount of stuff you need to get rid of, it will also cut out any potential drama and avoid stepping on the toes of someone else in the family.

Group Items for the Sale

People who frequent estate sales prefer to skim over the items for sale, rather than dig through them. If you group similar items together, you will appeal to buyers who are searching for specific items, making items sell faster. Additionally, leftovers will be easier to sort through and donate.

Keep Pricing Reasonable

In estate sales, the saying is “priced to sell.” Sure, you don’t want to give things away so that the estate benefits as much as possible financially. However, you don’t want to be left with a bunch of items that do not sell, either. If items need repairs or are outdated, do not hesitate to be negotiable to get rid of the items. Most estate sale buyers are looking for incredible deals, so you need to make sure you price things to sell – and sell quickly.

You have a few goals when you host an estate sale. The first is to make a profit for the estate, which is typically split between the next of kin of the decedent. The next is to sell as many of the items in the estate sale as possible. After that, you must decide what you need to do after the estate sale. That means that if you can get rid of something during the estate sale, do it. The last thing you want to do after the estate sale is spend significant amounts of time dealing with leftovers from the sale.

Iron Gate Storage in Vancouver

Sometimes, estates cannot be handled as quickly as we would like. If for some reason, the items in the house cannot be sold until after the home is sold, many people will choose to rent a Vancouver storage unit and store the items until they are released to be sold in an estate sale. Feel free to contact us here at Iron Gate Storage in Vancouver if you have been left with the task of handling an estate. We are here to make things as easy as possible for you during this difficult time.

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Iron Gate Storage
2900 NE 57th Ave.
Vancouver, OR 98661
(360) 328-7779
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Turning Stressful Moves into a Fun Travel: Vancouver Storage Units

When you think about having to pack up all of your belongings and move them to a new home, the first feelings that most people experience are stress and anxiety. However, moving can be fun. Why not make the best of it, rather than letting yourself get stressed out, and turn it into a fun time? A Vancouver storage unit could help to decrease that stress, as well.

Last Minute Bail-Outs

You know that no matter what, you are always there for your friends, but when it comes to needing help moving, you hear some of the most otherworldly excuses come out of their mouths. Even your family members seem to have other commitments pop up at the last minute. Why does everyone seem to back out of helping each other when moving day comes? Indeed, nobody seems to have figured out the art of moving and how to make it fun.

Gear Up for Fun

You need to break out of the mold and show your family and friends how moving day is done. You can change the obligation part of moving and make the day seem like a celebration. How do you do that?

Here are some tips to make moving a tad more fun for everyone involved:

Music for All Ears

When you go grocery shopping and hear a song playing, it makes shopping a little more exciting, doesn’t it? Put together a great playlist of music that everyone will like and it will make the day so much easier. Your help will remain motivated as the tunes play and may even move faster to get you moved into your new abode.

Get Food. Lots of It!

There is one major thing that parties, celebrations, and other fun get-togethers always have – food. And usually, the more food, the better the turnout and the longer people will stick around. This could be as easy as ordering some pizzas for your crew.

Have a “Dibs” List

Incentives work in so many different situations and under a variety of circumstances. Use incentives when you move by having a “dibs” list. Let the people you have asked to help you move know that they will get first choice on anything you do not want. However, they have to participate in helping you move to make it on this list. .

Vancouver Storage Unit

To make moving day less daunting, rent a Vancouver storage unit well before your moving date and move items that you will not need for a while into the storage. You can do this over several weeks before you have to move. This will leave behind just the items that you need on a daily basis to move on moving day, making the strain of moving much less daunting. Contact us at Iron Gate Storage in Vancouver to find out the self-storage options we have to offer. We are eager to hear from you today.

Iron Gate Storage
2410 E 5th St
Vancouver, WA 98661
(360) 362-8080