25 Apr 2016

How To Get What You Want At Storage Auction

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 example there might be age restrictions that do not allow you to bring children. It might also help to bring a friend along for support and occasional guidance in the bidding process. Be Prepared The most important thing you will…

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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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4 Mar 2016

Whether it’s your first time renting a storage unit, or you just want to learn to be more efficient, take note of these tips and tricks to get the most out of your space! Be Super Organized: If you pack your storage unit tight, it can be difficult to find things that you need. Or, maybe you can’t remember if you packed something in your unit, or in your attic. There are many reasons to keep things organized in your storage unit and you will regret it if you don’t! Label everything, and do your best to keep labels visible. In addition, create a list of everything you’re storing. Not only will it help you pack initially, but you can…

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1 Mar 2016

A lack of space in your home often has a lot to do with failing to utilize your current space in an effective manner – it is usually not simply a lack of insufficient space. For example, most closets can generally hold twice the amount that they do, but are just not utilized properly. However, there are some things you can do to rearrange your current space in a more effective manner, opening up much more space for you to take advantage of. If you’ve moved your seasonal or unused items to a storage facility and are still having a hard time making space in your home, follow these 10 tips: Utilize All of your Wall Space. The storage options…

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26 Feb 2016

Placing your wooden furniture in storage can be a great option for those who are looking to free up additional space in their home. However, while a lot of furniture can simply be placed in a storage unit without any additional care, wooden furniture is particularly prone to scratches, warping and rotting and therefore requires a little extra care. There are some simple things you can do to keep your wooden furniture in peak condition while in storage: Choose a Large Enough Storage Unit. Given that will be likely storing other items alongside your wooden furniture, it is important that you give yourself ample room in order to prevent scratches. Always remember to avoid packing items tightly into your unit…

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22 Feb 2016

You may find yourself no longer having the space to store your vintage car at home, or simply wanting additional protection if you don’t have a garage. Given that your vintage car is likely one of your most valuable assets, it is important that it receives the care and protection it needs. Whatever your needs may be, a storage facility is likely to have exactly what you are looking for. Below is a guide to vintage car storage, including the measures you should take while storing it. Types of Car Storage: There are generally three types of car storage that a storage facility will offer, including indoor, covered and outdoor. Indoor Car Storage. This type of storage refers to a…

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19 Feb 2016

Self-storage is a booming industry, which has seen a doubling of numbers in Canada in the past decade due to the condo boom, downsizing, renovations and growing children, to name but a few. To make the most out of your self-storage unit, here are several things to keep in mind: Compare Monthly Fees. It is in your best interest to shop around to find the best offer in terms of monthly fees as prices are often negotiable. Monthly fees can vary depending on the location and the size of the unit. Use the website’s size calculator to determine the size you need so that you don’t rent a bigger unit than necessary, as larger units will generally be rented at…

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