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How Accessible are our Storage Units?

By Marcus Walker

If you ask a person why they rent a storage unit, the usual answer is to reduce clutter in their home, or keep special items safe during the months that they don’t use them. But no matter what the answer is, it can always be summed up like this: people rent storage units because they want to make their life easier.

So when you’re shopping for a storage unit, keep that in mind. Before looking at prices, look at accessibility. Here are a few questions you should ask yourself before renting a storage unit:

  • What are the hours of operation? Are you going to be locked out when you need to access your unit?
  • Is a manager on hand? If someone isn’t there to let you in after hours, you could be in trouble!
  • How accessible is each unit? Are you going to be able to drive your car right up, for easy unpacking? Nobody wants to unload their stuff into an elevator and then unload it again to get to their unit! You will find all of our Secure Storage units on ground level for easy loading and unloading.
  • Is it open every day of the week? If you leave something in your unit, you need to be able to access it no matter what day it is!
  • What amenities do they offer? Do they have free moving trucks for newcomers?
  • How easy is it to open the doors of your storage unit? Is it going to be a struggle each time you need to take something out? Will you hurt your back or neck while trying to lift the door?

Benefits of Accessible Storage Units

They may not be the usual questions a potential renter would ask, but they’re the questions that need to be asked! If your storage unit isn’t easily accessible, there is no point in renting.

Thankfully, each of our Secure Storage locations is accessible, and we’re ready to make your life a little easier. Visit one of our locations in Redmond, Hood River, Hillsboro, Bend or Ashland today, and see how easy renting a storage unit can really be.

Hood River Storage

By Marcus Walker

People lucky enough to live in the Gorge know the importance of a good storage unit. Between the snow and summer sports, equipment can clog up garages and hallway closets to no end. With a Hood River storage unit, you don’t have to worry about any of that.

But our storage units aren’t just for people who already live in Hood River—for families considering a move to this part of Oregon, our Hood River Secure Storage location has units available in many sizes. From 5×10 to 10×30, we are capable of storing whatever your rental can’t handle!

One great aspect of our Hood River storage is the fact that we have climate-controlled units. There is no need to worry about your fragile items during your Hood River move—we have units at 5×10, 10×10 and 10×15. In addition, your RV can be stored in our outdoor spaces!

You can refer to pricing in the chart below, and contact our Hood River Storage Team when you’re ready!

Advantages of Our Hood River Storage

Prices are accurate as of 6.25.2012.  Please call for updated pricing.

Storage Organization Ideas

By Marcus Walker

Renting and filling a storage unit can be a daunting task if you’re planning to store a lot of your belongings. Storage unit organization doesn’t always work as planned, and you can end up with a unit stuffed to the door, and no way of knowing where you put your Christmas decorations box.

In order to avoid this scenario, there are a few storage organization ideas that we can offer—to help you make your storage unit easy to access (and locate boxes) in the future!

Organization tip #1 – Keep a Plan

This is slightly more complicated than what most people want when they’re organizing their storage unit, but it’s something that can be extremely useful in the future—even if it takes a little extra time now. Put together a sketch of your storage unit, and have different sections mapped out before you put it all together.

Organization tip #2 – Know What You Use

How to: Storage Unit Organization

When many people rent a storage unit, they’ll pack the easy things first—big boxes and heavy items. That’s a great strategy if you only need a temporary storage unit, but if you’re planning to have your unit for a while, you might consider a different option.

Pack according to what you use the most. From back to front, know what you use and might want in the next few months.

Organization tip #3 – Labels, Labels, Labels!

If you’ve never rented a storage unit in the past, or haven’t had to deal with overstocked garages, you don’t know how difficult it can be to look through box after box after box, trying to find that one item you need. Save yourself a lot of time and trouble by labeling ahead of time!

Need more information about renting a storage unit? Check out our best storage tips, or just go ahead and rent a storage unit at one of our Secure Storage locations today!

Are you planning a move to Hillsboro, Oregon?

By Marcus Walker

As exciting as it is to be in a new place, meet new people and live in a new house, moving is almost always a draining and stressful experience. Having people ready and willing to help you with your move is necessary, and the folks at Our Secure Storage Hillsboro location are just that!

Storage For Move to Hillsboro

Secure Storage Hillsboro Managers

Dan and Barbara Chambers have been managers at our Hillsboro storage branch for over five years, and they love what they do! Because they live onsite and have so much experience, they’re able to provide the service and friendliness that many Hillsboro storage locations aren’t able to give.

Along with the friendly and helpful service, our Hillsboro storage center offers a free move-in truck—because we want to ease your moving process as much as possible.

Hillsboro Storage Unit Sizes and Availability

If you’re moving your family with you, we have units up to 10×30; if you don’t have quite as much to store, our units come as small as 5×10. We also have climate controlled units for your fragile valuables, and enclosed RV storage, if you can’t take your motorhome to your new home just yet.

If you’re planning a move to Hillsboro, or are currently in the process, give us a call and see what we can do for you! (503) 693-6844.

For more information, check out our Hillsboro storage unit prices and sizes!

Our Safe Self-Storage IS All It’s Cracked Up to Be

By Marcus Walker

Many people who are looking for a self-storage facility have storage security top of mind. Luckily for us, this isn’t a problem. From day one, our company has made security a priority with multiple safeguards in place for our customers.

By choosing to pay for storage, customers say to us, “This item or these items mean something to me.” So we do our best to protect their belongings by offering safe self-storage.

First Safeguard:  Facility-Wide Safe Storage

Security cameras monitor our well-lit self storage facilities all day and night and high fences keep out unwanted visitors. We also employ on-site managers, so that each of our safe self-storage locations has additional protection by having someone physically on the grounds who know the customers.

We Offer Safe Self Storage

Second Safeguard: Self-Storage Security Codes

Each of our customers is given a unique security code, allowing only them—and other customers with other security codes—to enter the premises through our secured gates. Once activating their self-storage security code, their personal unit is disarmed for entry. Once they vacate our safe self-storage and reenter their security code, their unit automatically rearms itself.

Third Safeguard: Strong Steel Walls

Each of our secure self-storage units, regardless of size, is made with galvanized steel—a material that is almost impossible to break through. Besides not showing any wear, the material offers customers an additional protection between any intruders and their valuable items.

So you can see our safe self-storage is all that it’s cracked up to be. If you’re currently at a facility that isn’t, switch today. Or if you’re contemplating having the need for storage, do yourself a favor and choose a facility based on storage security. Hands-down, ours will win. We haven’t had a break-in at any of our locations for more than 20 years.

Choose a safe storage facility—by selecting one of our five Oregon storage locations.

Utilizing Winter Storage in Oregon

By Marcus Walker

Now that winter has hit Oregon, people are starting to fret about leaving their vehicles outside. The harsh weather conditions can wear on the paint; the time it takes to warm it up extends; and the life of your vehicle’s battery can diminish the more it’s left outside. These kinds of problems can be fixed by utilizing a winter storage unit.

With all the things that we Oregonians collect over the years, it’s no wonder that we’re not able to keep our cars in the garage or in storage units. However, when the temperature goes below freezing, it’s possible that your vehicle could get hurt by the conditions—a possibility that can be easily avoided by utilizing winter storage.

This option that we offer at Secure Storage will protect your car in the long run, and save the time and money it takes to winterize your vehicle! Rent a mini storage unit at one of our five Secure Storage locations, and keep your summer items with us, so your car can have the garage.

Winter Storage Units Available

Our 5×10 storage unit (offered at each of our 5 storage facilities in Oregon) is the perfect size to Winter Storage Unit Oregonhold your lawn mower, motorcycle, bikes, children’s play things and other outdoor equipment thatyou don’t use in the winter. This winter storage can help you with organization, as well as protect your vehicles.

For winter storage around Oregon, call Secure Storage first. Protect your belongings by utilizing our winter storage during the cold months.

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