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Common Questions and Storage Slang

Today, I’d like to define a few key terms in the self storage industry. Many of our renters have never used a storage unit before coming to us, or if they have, they haven’t used one as modern as ours. If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me if our building was heated, I’d have enough dollars to buy my wife everything on her birthday list (to be fair, I’m going to buy her all that stuff, anyways). Basically, we get asked that quite often, as well as a number of other seemingly obvious questions that have been muddled by the fine print or annoying stipulations. We fancy ourselves to be a bit more transparent than many of the other storage facilities with more recognizable names than us. So! Below I’ll share with you some common terminology and answer the questions we hear the most at our building.

Climate controlled: To us, climate controlled means we keep your things as close to the temperatures your things are used to being in as possible. We have thermostats on each floor, they currently read: 63, 65, 68, 66, and 67 (from the basement to the 4th floor). I don’t know about you, but I bet my golf clubs and patio furniture are much happier in 65 degrees than they would be at 24 and covered in snow on my little balcony!

Goldilocks likes her porridge like we like our storage: juuuuuust right.

What is an admin fee? These are found at almost all rental properties. The purpose of an admin fee mystified me before working at Interstate Storage. Our admin fee helps us find time throughout the week to keep up on the paperwork of all of our current and future tenants, without it, we might not be able to afford as much time in the office, where we keep our facility running smoothly seven days a week.

Why do I have to buy the lock you guys sell? Why can’t I get my own? We really want your stuff to be safe! Our cylinder locks keep deviants and hooligans from being able to bust into your unit without needing some serious hardware (our cameras and code activated doors also help)! A simple padlock can be clipped with a bolt cutter in mere seconds, I had fun learning that. Our cylinder locks can take hours, multiple drill bits, and a lot of patience to crack; that one was not fun to learn. A measly 15 bucks for permanent peace of mind is nothing if you ask me.

Lastly, we’re dying to give away some free money to our more charitable renters (non-renters too!) Through December 15th, if you drop off a toy in either of our toys for tots bins located in our office and in our drive-thru, and write your name/address down on a raffle ticket, you’ll have a chance to win either a 25, 50, or 100 dollar visa gift card! Also, through the end of the year (12/31), anyone who donates to The Open Door food drive, located in our office and drive thru, will receive ten dollars off of their next month’s rent! Happy holidays from your friends at Interstate Storage Lakeville!

Opening the Door for The Open Door

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and you know what that means; lining up for those sweet sweet Black Friday deals at four in the afternoon on Thanksgiving Day! But really Thanksgiving is about giving thanks, and giving to others. That’s why starting today, through December 22nd Interstate Storage is partnering with The Open Door, a local organization dedicated to ending local hunger through access to healthy food. You can help! We’ll have donation boxes located in our drive through and office, open seven days a week.

How would pilgrims have gotten grapes to the first Thanksgiving? Didn’t they spend months crossing the ocean?

The Open Door was founded in the hopes of helping those above the poverty line but just a few steps away from economic stability.

Below I’ll list a few of The Open Door’s most sought after items:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Tuna or Chicken
  • Vegetable oil (16-48 oz bottles)
  • 100% Fruit Juice (64 oz bottles)
  • Toilet Paper

That just a few, though! The Open Door also accepts dried goods like rice, pasta, or pancake mix; fresh and perishable items like eggs, potatoes, or oranges; and even toiletries like shampoo, toothbrushes, or deodorant!

If you don’t feel compelled to donate on your own, we’ll sweeten the pot for you: any new customer who donates to either The Open Door or our Toys for Tots drive will receive $10 in credit towards their rental, plus a ticket in our drawing for one of three Visa gift cards, one for $25, $50, and $100!

For more information on The Open Door just visit theopendoorpantry.org, or stop by either their Apple Valley or Eagan pantry locations!

October Tricks and Treats

October typically means things begin to change in Minnesota. Temperatures fall, as do the leaves on the trees and our hopes of ever seeing the sun again. Fall has its positives too, of course: Flannel! Leaf piles! Pumpkin flavored stuff! Staring at your TV with lifeless eyes for the next 17 weeks while you watch yet another Vikings season go down the drain! Maybe that last one is just me. My favorite part of fall is Halloween. That’s why if you happen to drive past our building this month, you’ll see ghosts and goblins and ghouls staring at you from the windows. We’ll have candy around the building for trick ‘r treaters all month long!

These little guys are smiling because they just stored their motorcycles at Interstate Storage.

Schedules get crazy as we round the corner from Halloween, to Thanksgiving, to the Holiday season. We intend to carve (get it? because pumpkins?) out some time for charity. From October 15th to December 15th, there will be a Toy’s for Tots donation box in our office! Upon donating, you’ll be entered to win one of three Visa gift cards for 25, 50, or 100 dollars! For each toy you donate, you’ll receive one entry. Donations are accepted during office hours. So come on in if you’re in the storage, gift giving, or Halloween spirit!

Three Easy Steps to Prep Your Vehicle for Winter

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Don’t let your classic car go the way of this unfortunate Popsicle!

Living in Minnesota, the winter months seem to drag on longer every year.  Getting the most out of the summer months is essential to surviving the great freeze that persists from November (really October) through April (really May).  For some, beach bumming seven days a week is all it takes. For others, the barbecue is where they have their fun. You? You’re different, you need the thrill of revving up a Harley, or the wind blowing through your hair as you cruise the streets in your convertible. That’s where we come in, to help keep your babies safe once that first frost hits on Halloween weekend. Listed below are a few short steps to help keep your precious summer toys safe in one of our climate controlled-drive up storage units throughout the winter months:

  • Check for leaks, make sure you have a drip pan or absorbent pad for the underside of your vehicle over the cold months (nobody likes a greasy floor)
  • Make sure your gas tank is at ¼ of a tank or less, the smaller the amount of gasoline, the better!
  • Double check for broken glass, rust that might flake off, and that all tires are properly inflated
  • Pro Tip: Throw a brand new air freshener in there the day you park it in your unit for the winter, come spring it’ll have that new car smell all over again.
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Our climate controlled drive-in facility is designed to keep your precious cargo safe through the frozen months

Boom. That’s it! Now your vehicle is safe, and you have that second stall in your garage back. No more worrying about icicles crashing down on the hood of your ’68 Mustang, or knocking over the Harley in the corner of your garage reaching for your backup shovel after your primary shovel snapped under the weight of sixteen inches of snow in the last day and a half, or is it just me that does that?

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