Temperature Control Storage: The Ultimate Comfort!

Heated during the winter and cooled during the summer, temperature controlled storage makes the move as comfortable for you as for your belongings!

Ideal for:

  • musical instruments, electronic equipment
  • photographs, artwork and art supplies
  • furniture, books, and business files.
  • Long-term storage
  • Estate storage
  • Business inventory
  • During seasons that experience extreme temps/temp variation

 

Temperature Control Benefits:

Insulated:  More protection against extreme temperature changes for items being stored.

Well-lit hallways & Interiors: Lights inside the buildings are on motion detectors so it’s bright and welcoming as you enter.

Comfort:  Organize and sort through your items any time of day regardless of weather.  It’s always comfortable inside of our temperature control buildings.

Carts Provided: For your convenience carts are provided to move your items in and out of our temperature control buildings.

Stick With It! Choosing the Right Tape

Using Recycled content boxes? Not all tape sticks well to recycled fibers! Choose this tape to be sure your boxes stay sealed. Made in USA.

Protect your furniture with bubble wrap. Use this non-marking tape to secure padding and other protection to your items. It will not mark your items or leave residue like other tape will. Not for sealing boxes.

Made in USA of 100% Natural Gum Rubber. This tape will seal and stay sealed in the hottest, coldest, and even humid, wet conditions. The toughest tape we sell.

This tape is a shipping industry leader. You can write on it. You don’t need a tape dispenser to use it. Perfect for shipping and storing.

Drive Up Storage: Convenience & Value!

Drive Up Storage rooms are quick to load and unload, making them ideal for short-term storage.  Unlike our premium temperature control storage rooms, these do not have any insulation.  That means you can expect them to be a similar temperature as the outside temp on any given day.  Normally, we recommend our drive up storage for items that will not be effected by extreme heat, cold, or any fluctuations in humidity.  In the summertime, however, many people need storage for a month or two in between moves or while renovating a home.  Drive up rooms are a great value and we offer a couple great products to help further protect your items.

Use one of our Dust Covers or Drop Cloths to cover the floor of your room. If the concrete sweats due to humid, wet weather, you will have a plastic barrier between moisture and your belongings.

This “Green” refillable absorbs several times its own weight in excess moisture in the air. We recommend at least 1 per 50 square feet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drive Up Self Storage rooms are great for long term storage if the items you are storing are not affected by temperature or humidity shifts.

  • patio furniture
  • vehicles
  • bicycles and outdoor toys
  • tools and appliances
  • Items that can be exposed to extreme cold or heat without damage

Moving in Iowa this Summer?

It’s Moving Season!   3 Tips for a Stress-Free Experience

  1.  Pack Strategically

How you pack your moving truck, your storage space, and what order you unpack can make or break a stressful move.  By planning ahead you can be sure that the items that you need to access first (think kitchen essentials, toiletries, and the items to set up your bedroom) are easy to reach.  Labeling boxes (on the side, not the top) and packing in sections by room helps the process go smoothly.  Color code your boxes by room using stickers.  Use as many medium size boxes as you can.  It makes packing a moving truck more efficient than multiple sizes, it’s safer for stacking, and they are not too big to carry.  Small boxes are best for heavy items.  Be sure you consider extra tough boxes and good quality tape, especially for heavy items or fragile goods.

2.  Time-Savers

Consume your frozen and refrigerated foods in the days (or weeks) leading up to moving day.  Or, give your frozen goods to a neighbor.  The last thing you want to do is spend time cleaning out your freezer.  Defrost your fridge at least a day before.  Make child-care or pet-care arrangements so that your focus can be on the move.  Take pictures of your setup before you pack!  If you are having a moving company help, these pictures will help you set up your new space provided you want a similar layout.  In the event of any damage during the move, pictures will also be helpful if you need to make an insurance claim.  If you’re renting photos of your old place before you move out and your new place before you move in can help assure you get your deposit back.

3.  Be kind to yourself

Get enough sleep.  Drink enough water.  Eat balanced meals.  And don’t live on coffee.

 

If you’d like more tips, we’re always here to help!

 

It’s Officially Sweater Weather!

Hello Friends!

It’s that time of year again.  The wrap up of fall sports, the arrival of pumpkin everything, and just one week to go until it feels dark out by the middle of the afternoon!  There are several ways that Quality Care Storage can help you prepare your home, closet, patio, garage and even vehicles for the fall and rapidly approaching winter months.

Packed Closet?

Chances are your closets are still full of all of summer’s clothing essentials. However, it’s time to start thinking about sweaters and jackets. We are here to help! Make room in your closets and dressers by renting one of our new Aromatic Cedar Closets in North Liberty.  Complete with a hanging rod and shelf, these small storage rooms feature the wonderful smell (as well as pest-deterring properties of Cedar wood.)  Aside from clothing, these rooms are a perfect size for small collections or memorabilia that you do not have a spot for in your home.

Who Wants to Park the Car They Drive Daily Outside in the Freezing Cold?

Make room in your garage for your car!  If you are anything like us, scraping your windows on a frosty fall morning or getting soaked from a torrential fall rain is not your idea of a good start to the day!  To make sure that your car windows will never be frosted over, consider clearing out your garage of the excess sports equipment, camping gear, and other things you will not use again until spring.  We have spaces large and small and great winter specials for seasonal storage.

Wishing you had an EXTRA garage stall?

Maybe your prized classic car is a mint condition ’61 Corvette? Or is it possibly a not so mint, but still equally prized ’67 VW Bus? No matter what make or model your classic car might be, keeping it out of the winter elements is always a top priority. Come in today and take a look at one of our drive up temperature controlled storage rooms Quality Care Storage in Tiffin. The Tiffin location is conveniently located just off of Exit 237 on Interstate 80 westbound. Stop by any time, we would love to show you some storage rooms to house your prized classic car.

 

You asked, we listened! Introducing a brand new type of storage!

Many guests have commented over the years on how they love standard drive up storage rooms because they make the move quick and are a great value.  Others praise temperature control for the extra protection for belongings that standard uninsulated storage simply cannot compare to.  After all, we do live in the Midwest.  Weather is a large part of our every day lives and we adjust to it all the time.  Some prefer that their things in storage don’t have to.

“Drive Up Temperature Control” is a brand new type of storage solution that we are so excited about.  For the first time, our guests can store items (like a piano!)  that would not go into traditional temperature control storage because they were too large to fit into walk in doors.  Now in both Tiffin and North Liberty guests have the option to choose temperature control storage with the easy access of a roll up insulated door.

Which is best for you?

Temperature Control with indoor access:

Stay out of the elements when you visit your storage space!

Stay out of the elements when you visit your storage space!

Carts are provided to help move your items from your vehicle into your storage room.  The building is insulated and kept a moderate temperature year round for your comfort.  The roll up door to your room is accessed through a walk in door.  Hallways are well lit and on motion sensors.  Whatever the weather is outside, you will be comfortable inside.  Great for:

  • Organizing and Sorting items
  • Long term storage
  • Those who are moving a little at a time

Temperature Control with drive up access:

Drive up temperature control storage solutions are the best of both worlds!

Drive up temperature control storage solutions are the best of both worlds!

A benefit of drive up temperature control rooms is being able to pull up to the door, unload your vehicle, and complete the move without having to make trips down a hallway to get to your room.  It’s the convenience of standard storage with insulation to offer greater protection for your things.  Great for:

  • Extra business inventory that you need to get to quickly and easily
  • Pianos
  • Store your antique vehicle and more

If you wish you had extra room in your insulated garage or more square footage for your business without the high costs of moving, come take a look at our drive up temperature control storage in Tiffin or North Liberty.  Sizes range from 10 x 10 to 10 x 30.

Storage Tips for Students

Welcome Students!  Congratulations on finishing up your year.  If you have been with us before, don’t forget to bring in your lock to be entered in a fun drawing.  If you are new to storage, we have some tips to help you put your things away for the summer.

Choosing a Room Size
A 5×10 storage room is perfect for most students. A 5×10 comfortably fits a mattress and box spring, a futon, a few boxes or totes, and a mini-fridge. Looking to save a little money? Consider sharing a storage room with a friend. Only have books or a few items? Ask about our locker options for a great deal!

Temperature Control or Drive Up Access?
Our temperature controlled rooms are kept at a moderate temperature and are great for an added level of protection for more delicate and treasured belongings. We recommend temperature control storage when storing leather furniture, electronics, musical instruments, books, photographs, and artwork. Our drive up rooms are super convenient and are great for storing most household items.

Preparing Your Stuff
Make sure you defrost and clean your fridge and microwave before storing and wipe it completely dry. The defrost process can take a couple days so be sure to plan ahead. Always store your refrigerator in an upright position to protect the compressor. Leave the door slightly ajar when you place it in storage. Following these precautions will protect your appliances so that you can rely on them next year when you return to school.

Protect Your Belongings
By following some simple best practice recommendations for self storage you can ensure that your items are protected. Pack all your smaller items into boxes or totes. We have some great specials for discounted boxes and supplies and would be happy to help you pick out the essentials. In hot and humid Iowa summers damp checks are a life saver! For each month you plan to store we recommend using one damp check for every 50 square feet. We also suggest using mattress covers when storing your mattress. Before placing your items in storage, it is important to put a plastic drop cloth down as a barrier between the concrete and your belongings and/or to place your items on pallets.

Do I Need Insurance?
Yes!  If it’s important enough to store, it’s important enough to insure! Our rental agreement asks that all guests have insurance on their belongings for your own protection. Almost all of our student guests choose the $9.00 a month premium for $2,000 worth of coverage.

Opening and Closing Your Storage Room
The door to your storage room is similar to a garage door and will roll up when lifted. First you will need to slide the latch to the left to release the door. If the latch feels tight and won’t move easily then step on the handle. Putting pressure on the handle with your foot should allow the latch to move with more ease. Once the latch is released you can pull up on the door to open it. When you are done pull down the door and reengage the latch by sliding it the the right. Make sure you get the latch slid all the way over before putting your lock on. Questions? Give us a ring and we are happy to assist!

Parking

Please park parallel next to your storage room rather than perpendicular.  That allows other guests to easily drive around your vehicle and there is less risk of damaging the building.

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When you return for the summer and are ready to move out…

Please take everything out of your room, including trash to avoid a cleaning fee.  The lock and keys are yours to keep.  Please take them with you so that we know you are finished with the storage space.  Stay tuned for a great special to continue to rent your 5 x 10 for the winter months.  Store your scooter or bike when the weather gets cold or to store items you cannot fit in your apartment or residence hall.

 

Mailbox Solutions Are Here!

Do you run a small business from your home and want to protect your privacy?  Will that package left on your front porch be there when you get home?  We’ve all been there, expecting a document or package only to find a pastel colored notice in our mailbox or stuck in our door reminding us we weren’t home to sign for it.  We understand and we think we can help!

Consider renting a mailbox at our Tiffin, Coralville, or North Liberty store!

Personal Mailboxes

 

Here’s some food for thought:

  • 24 hour access lets you pick up your mail whenever it’s convenient.
  • A real street address can be more beneficial than a P.O Box.  The U.S. Postal Service doesn’t accept mail from carriers such as UPS, FedEx, and DHL.  Any carrier can deliver to your mailbox with us.
  • We accept mail and packages and sign on your behalf so you never miss a delivery.
  • Our stores are staffed six days a week.
  • Mailboxes are available in three sizes in Coralville and one size in North Liberty and Tiffin.
  • If you move (locally anyway!) you don’t need to change your address.
  • Keep your business and personal mail separate.  Having a separate business address away from your home can prevent unsolicited sales “drop-ins” and help preserve your work-home balance.
  • If you’re new to the area and not sure where to settle down, our mailbox rental terms start at 3 months.  We also offer a 6 month or 1 year option.  They’re super easy to set up and with the first two months absolutely free right now, it’s worth a try!

Tiffin Update

Hey Iowa City!  Need extra space?  Check us out in Tiffin.  We’re practically your neighbors just down the street (I-80).  You’ll be able to see us from the interstate, and we’re just minutes from downtown and so many Iowa City Neighborhoods!

Don’t have memories for us to store just yet?  Keep is in mind for when you do.   Even if you don’t need extra space just yet, it’s worth the trip to come take a ride on this guy!  (Bring your child—or your inner-child.)

Ride Trigger!

Ride Trigger! (dime provided)

Thanks for checking in!  See you soon!

Coming Soon!

We are pleased to announce that we are extending our self-storage solutions to our neighbors in Tiffin! Construction has started at 202 Village Drive, just off Interstate 80. We will post updates this summer as we make progress toward our opening in September!

Tiffin will be home to some of our largest-ever storage rooms on a semi-friendly property. We’re very excited to soon offer drive-up storage options with amenities better suited for car and boat storage.

We are now accepting inquiries for Tiffin and would love to take your name if you’re interested in storing with us! Please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@qualitycarestorage.com, or by calling our stores. We look forward to hearing from you!