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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
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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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Renting Out Your Home in Vancouver

According to the National Multifamily Housing Council, more than 100 million American residents rent their current residence. That is nearly one third of the population. Needless to say, there is no shortage of renter no matter where you go in the States. More and more homeowners have realized this fact, too, as the current trend of home subletting has grown ever-more popular. The other two thirds of the population, even including many residents in Vancouver, are finding more opportunities to rent out their homes and have found the process to actually be rather lucrative.

There are several reasons why homeowners have been more and more inclined to do this. One of the most prevalent is the escalating mortgage situation. Though interest rates for home loans may still be low, the inability of Americans to make full mortgage payments continues to skyrocket. Renting out a living space has been one way of paying a mortgage until more financial stability is achieved. The rent payments have greatly offset the cost of monthly payments. Though there are myriad other reasons why more and more people are becoming landlords, the decision to this yourself may prove challenging without taking a few things into consideration.

Thing to Think About Before Subletting

Renting out your home can typically involve a significant time investment in terms of finding the right renters, the real work starts when you do find your tenant(s) and you have to start clearing out various possessions in order to prepare the house to be sublet. Even though a property manager can help you manage the property while you are gone, they can’t really decide what stays and what goes in terms of possessions that need to be put in storage. Remember that not only should valuable possessions be put away, but removing items and placing them in your storage unit before showing the home to prospective tenants can also help you get the space rented out (because there’s less clutter) and better represent how the rental will be available to the prospective tenants.

If you are subletting your home, make sure you also do your homework in knowing what the specific laws are in your area. Here in Vancouver, Washington, that law is the Washington State Residential Landlord-Tenant Act. It is important to take a damage deposit and make arrangements for automatic payments to be deposited into your bank account. You will also want to check in on your homeowner’s insurance policy to make sure that changes do not need to be made in order to accommodate subletting.

Choose the Right Vancouver Storage Unit

Whatever your reasons are for wanting to rent out your home, renting out a storage space in Vancouver makes sense. We offer your belongings protection and security at reasonable costs. At Iron Gate Storage, our storage professionals are ready to help you find your storage unit at a competitive rate. Contact us today and we’ll help address your needs.

Iron Gate Storage
802 NE 112th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98684
(360) 799-5090
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Storing Your Vehicle in Vancouver Over the Winter

Many people decide to store excess vehicles or their boats in storage during the winter in order to protect them from the cold weather. In preparing your vehicle to be stored, there are some important considerations to make (in addition to choosing the right storage location):

Pest prevention

Plug any exhaust pipes and intake valves in order to keep small animals out (using socks typically work). Also be sure to throw out any trash that has accumulated and could draw in pests. If you are worried about small animals making their way into the vehicle, placing drier sheets or mothballs inside the car can also serve as a deterrent. Avoid using mouse traps or anything else that could result in a dead animal being stored in your vehicle all winter long.

If you plan to steam clean the inside of the car, make sure you don’t do this right before storing it, as this can cause moisture buildup and mildew. If you are worried about moisture, leaving desiccant in the vehicle can help.

Cleaning

Cleaning and waxing your vehicle before storing it is very important in order to ensure that it stays protected for the winter. By getting rid of dirt and any tree sap, you help ensure that the paint is protected. It can also be helpful to use rubberized undercoating and spray a protective coat on any unpainted metal parts under your car, but make sure you do not use these materials near any exhaust pipes because they are flammable. It’s also a good idea to remove the windshield wipers so that they do not stick to the windshield, as well as invest in a quality car cover.

Brakes

Do not use the emergency or parking brake during storage so as to avoid placing too much pressure to the brake pads and rotors. The parking brake could also end up freezing. Wedging wood blocks near the wheels can help if you are concerned about your vehicle rolling while in storage.

Fluids and Ventilation

It is important to top off all fluids, especially the gas tank, so that moisture does not build up while the vehicle is in storage. It’s also a good idea to change the engine oil before storing it and use fluid stabilizer to help prevent corrosion in the fuel lines and engine. It may also be wise to leave the window slightly cracked to allow for fresh air to circulate while the vehicle is in storage.

Tires and Battery

Make sure you increase the air pressure in your tires before you start the car, as tires lose pressure over time and due to temperature change. If you can get your car on a jack stand to take the pressure off the tires while it is in storage, that is ideal. Remember also to take the battery out before storing the vehicle so that it stays charged during the winter when the vehicle isn’t in use.

Storage in Vancouver Washington

If you need to store your vehicle, boat, or personal belongings, we are here to help. Our facility offers several benefits to our customers, including a sterling reputation, covered space for RV and boat storage, competitive prices, and other amenities. Contact us today and find out how we can help.

Iron Gate Storage
12406 SE 5th Street
Vancouver, WA 98683
(360) 799-5100
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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