23 May 2016

How To Be Storage Unit Savvy: Our Experts Offer 5 Tips

Storage units are the ideal environment in which to place those old belongings you can’t quite bear to part with. With properties becoming smaller and more of us living in condos, many are now selecting self-storage units to ensure their property is safe over time. But to select the right storage facility for your precious items, it’s important that you take a range of elements into full consideration. Here, our experts offer their five tips for becoming storage savvy: Choose a Facility with 24-Hour Access Will you require access to your items on short notice? If so, you’ll need to choose a facility that can offer you 24-hour access. Many of the leading local facilities now present storage unit renters with their own private access card, allowing them entry to their unit throughout the day. Consider Insurance Options While the storage facility might offer basic coverage against instances of theft of fires, you may find you require additional insurance to…

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17 May 2016

For owners of self-storage facilities, it’s coming to that time of the year when maintenance is critical to keep the area looking its peak best. Spring maintenance is a process all facility owners must undertake to help keep their organization running smoothly and to protect their clients’ belongings against damage from the elements. In this article, we’ll present a quick guide to spring cleaning for self-storage units. Conduct a Walk-Through of the Property The first step in any business maintenance process is to conduct a complete walk-through of the facility and determine the areas that require additional maintenance work. Look for the signs of potential safety and structural issues. You might find water damage within property areas, which may indicate…

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11 May 2016

Storage units can be a great way to protect your valuables and other belongings over several months. But as the weather gets warmer, some are finding that their stored items become ripped, broken or stained by animals. Pests such as rats and insects find ways to tunnel into storage units, making their nests with the belongings they found inside. It’s important to have a protection strategy to help mitigate this issue, and so in this latest post we highlight how to protect your storage unit from summertime pests. Seal Cracks Outside the Unit One of the reasons behind the growing number of infestation issues within self storage facilities is the ease with which insects and small creatures can make their…

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6 May 2016

A common collector’s item for theatre enthusiasts, playbills are a great way to keep a little piece of history in your home and, depending on the play and actors involved, they can be worth a fair bit of money as well. The most important value of any collectible is the personal value it is for its owner but there are certainly some playbills with more universal appeal than others. Popular Playbills by Year Before 1940: Dracula; Romeo & Juliet; Porgy and Bess; Hamlet; and Madame Butterfly are among some of the most collected playbills from this era. 1940-49: The 1940s were a good decade for theatre. Some favorites include: The Glass Menagerie; Oklahoma!; The Skin of Our Teeth; A Streetcar…

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2 May 2016

Coca-Cola is more than just a tasty beverage – it’s an ubiquitous, iconic brand, that for some has become closely associated with a classic North American upbringing. And, as with almost every brand that manages to evoke so much sentimentality, Coca-Cola memorabilia has been around for nearly as long as the brand itself. If you have some of this memorabilia you might have a few questions: How much is my Coca-Cola memorabilia worth? Is it even worth storing? Should I be selling my memorabilia at an antique shop for a premium, or should I let it go for twenty-five cents at my next garage sale? Depending on the characteristics of the memorabilia you have, the answers to those questions could…

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25 Apr 2016

Storage auctions present golden opportunities to acquire valuable goods that have been abandoned by their previous owner. Although it might sound like a simple process, you need to do some preparation before going into the auction. Failure to do this could result in not getting what you want or paying too much for an item that you succeed in getting. source:fortressstoragesantamaria.com Here are a few suggestions to make sure you get the most out of a storage auction. Choose Your Auction There are many auctions you can choose from. The one you eventually pick should be the one that is most convenient for you to attend and benefit the most from. Be familiar with the rules of that auction. For…

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22 Apr 2016

Your storage unit is meant to keep your items safe, but over time a lot of unwanted things can find themselves there: dust, mould and rodents. The last one is the trickiest to deal with, but with some precautions and a little work you should be able to keep your items not only secure but rodent free. Here are a few things you can do: Go with a trusted company The small choice of choosing a respected and reputable company will make a big difference in the cleanliness of your company. For example, you can read dozens of reviews online about Jiffy storage units being pest free, but you may not find the same glowing reviews for other companies. Rodent-proof…

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18 Apr 2016

Cleaning out your storage unit is not the most fun activity, but it is necessary. If you are a business person who holds inventory in your unit, you need to maintain a clean area so as to be able to show off this area to your clients when necessary. If you own your own unit, the last thing you want is for dust and insects to accumulate on your belongings. Cleaning out your storage unit comprises three main tasks: decluttering, cleaning and maintenance. Decluttering When you declutter, you are getting rid of things you don’t essentially need. Go through each item and decide if it of any value to you. Items of sentimental value such as old photos can be…

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15 Apr 2016

When moving your belongings whether valuable or otherwise, it’s important to utilize proper packing materials to ensure nothing gets damaged when going into storage or while moving into a new home. However, not everyone chooses to go the traditional route when packing up their home. For those who don’t have proper packing materials, we’re taking a look at alternative packing supplies you can find right at home. Newspaper Before you throw them into recycling, you can use newspaper for wrapping and stuffing. It will come in especially handy for fragile items like glass or ceramic. Magazine Paper Magazines work just like newspapers and you can crumple them to use as separators for your fragile items. Old Clothing If you’ve got…

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11 Apr 2016

You found an old guitar in your attic or basement and you’re wondering what it might be worth. A guitar’s value depends on a number of factors such as age, condition, rarity and the prominence of its users. Even if a guitar is in good condition, that doesn’t mean it has a lot of value. Manufacturers might design guitars to give them a vintage look, but that doesn’t mean it’s the real thing! There are a few steps you can take to properly assess whether your guitar is something worth selling or simply a family keep: Evaluate the guitar’s features Unless you’ve got a trained eye, you won’t be able to tell the difference between a vintage model guitar and…

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8 Apr 2016

Now that spring is here, you can take off the heavy winter jackets and boots. But what do you do with them? It’s important to be methodical in how you store your winter clothing as it can take up a lot of unnecessary space and become damaged or smelly. They are also more susceptible to insects that are present in warmer weather. Here are a few tips to make sure that your winter clothing is in top shape when the winter season comes again: Consider donating If you buy new clothes regularly to keep up with the trend, then there might be no point in keeping your old jacket. Consider donating your winter clothing to charity or give them away…

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4 Apr 2016

When people are in the process of moving, they often don’t have a backup plan in case things go wrong. Self-storage is the best back-up plan you can have when moving. In the event of an unexpected delay, a self-storage unit can be extremely convenient. Here are a few concrete reasons why self-storage and relocation go hand in hand: Emergency Any sort of emergency can arise when moving into a new place. The new office might need to be fumigated, there might be a need for some last minute repairs, or the place might have been flooded. If for any reason the new space is not ready to receive your items, then that could put you in a tricky situation…

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31 Mar 2016

A climate-controlled storage unit means your items are stored at a consistent, neutral temperature, with a consistent humidity level. Climate control protects your items from temperature shifts and humidity, both of which can be incredibly damaging to your valuable belongings. Here are some reasons you may need a climate controlled unit: Unpredictable Weather Here in Ontario, we’re no strangers to fluctuating weather. One day it could be -20º, and the next back up to 3º. We also get all kinds of extreme weather conditions such as heavy rain, snow, extreme heat, and humidity. Cold snaps and extreme temperature fluctuations can cause your items to expand and contract, especially if they’re made of wood or metal, which can cause them to…

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28 Mar 2016

Spring has sprung and it’s time to declutter! A garage sale is a fun, and even profitable way to clear your house out of items you no longer need or use. It’s also a great way to meet neighbours, and perhaps make someone’s day. Remember, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” ! Use these tips to ensure your garage sale is a big success! Pick the Right Date Garage sales traditionally fall on a Saturday or Sunday. You may also want to coordinate with your neighbours and throw a street sale, which will draw more traffic to the area and can also be a fun neighbourhood event. Advertise When it comes to throwing a successful garage sale, advertising is…

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21 Mar 2016

Whether it’s for work, education, or personal reasons, a temporary move overseas can leave you with the difficult dilemma of what to do with your things. While personal items like clothes, small electronics, and toiletries can be brought with you, what about larger things: furniture, art and home decor, book collections, televisions, bicycles, collectibles, or cars? If you’re only moving temporarily, it just doesn’t make sense to spend all the money to move these large items overseas. Additionally, you may be moving around a lot when you’re abroad, or living somewhere that’s already furnished. On the other hand, since you know your move isn’t permanent, you can’t justify selling or giving away your valuable belongings! You also don’t want to…

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18 Mar 2016

When moving with our furry friends, there’s a lot more we have to take into consideration. Animals don’t understand change the same way we do, and they can have a harder time travelling and adjusting. We’d do anything to keep our pets comfortable, so here are a few DO’s and DON’T’s when it comes to moving with your pets! DO’s Get your pet used to a carrier: Whether you are moving by car, or by plane, your pet will need to adjust to long hours spent in a small space. Many dogs are already crate-trained, or used to travelling in the car, but this can be particularly difficult with cats. Spend time before the move getting your pet used to…

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14 Mar 2016

From the creepy to the fantastically valuable, all sorts of strange things have been unearthed in storage units. As we can see from shows like Storage Wars, old storage units can be an absolute goldmine. In some of these cases, they were, well in others, maybe less of a goldmine than a horror movie! A Body Unfortunately, this one’s true. After falling on hard times, and perhaps dealing with some personal issues, a woman in Florida failed to bury her mother’s body and instead stored the remains in a storage unit. There are other stories of people keeping cremated remains of family members in storage units, but those can’t really compare to an actual body! Space Equipment This is a…

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11 Mar 2016

The popular website Etsy allows individuals all over the world to run personal stores. Shopkeepers can sell items ranging from arts and crafts, to clothing, to jewelry, to furniture, to books, to decorations, and pretty much anything else you can think of! Etsy allows users to place their items for sale online, shop online, and have items delivered all over the world. If you’re running an Etsy store, you may be faced with the issue of space. Your vintage clothing store may have outgrown your apartment, or all the tools you use to handcraft furniture may be getting in the way. What can you do? An option some Etsy shop owners have turned to renting storage units, an idea we…

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7 Mar 2016

There are many reasons to rent a storage unit. Perhaps you’re moving and can’t take your furniture or other belongings with you, maybe you’ve had to downsize and no longer have storage space at your home. Storage units are useful in many situations, but here are some things you should know, especially if it’s your first time! Climate Control is VERY Important! Climate control may not seem like a big deal to you at first, but for your items to remain in good condition, it’s essential. Climate control means that things like extreme temperature changes will not affect your items. Temperature swings and humidity can ruin items like furniture, upholstery, electronics, metal, clothing…well, pretty much everything! Before you store, make…

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