18 Apr 2012

Use self storage for valuables before an open house

Holding an open house can be an exciting time for those selling their home, as the event is a good chance to meet a variety of prospective buyers. All homeowners want their open house to go smoothly, but there are a few steps they must take in advance to ensure it goes off without a hitch, reports the Real Estate Council of Ontario.Unfortunately, theft has become a problem with open houses, and homeowners need to take steps to protect their valuables. Sensitive financial documents and small valuables like jewelry have been known to disappear during open house events in the past, according to the group.Self storage is one option that sellers should consider before an open house. Keeping financial documents and other valuables in a safe and secure storage container will ensure that you can focus on selling the house and not worry about theft. In addition, self storage units can help sellers get rid of clutter that may make…

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17 Apr 2012

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs has run several mock evacuations at nursing homes throughout the province in recent weeks, and the organization reports that most failed, according to the Toronto Star.The group is pushing province legislators to make sprinkler systems mandatory in all senior centers, and also want better training for staff members in nursing homes."We have a legal and moral responsibility to make sure the residents are safe," Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs spokesperson Jim Jessop told the news source.One option for seniors moving into nursing homes to consider is the use of a self storage facility. This will allow the senior to hang onto his or her personal items without taking up space in their new home.…

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13 Apr 2012

The real estate market in Toronto is booming, and bidding wars have become "the norm" for those seeking to buy a house in the city, reports Moneyville.ca.Brothers Jaff and Brad Robertson have seen this phenomenon firsthand. The two professional real estate developers frequently have to compete with other buyers in order to get homes at the price they want, according to the news source.Bidding wars can result in a major windfall for those selling the house, as was the case for one homeowner who got $110,000 more than the asking price after eight bidders began fighting over it. Those selling their house need to stage their homes correctly in order to get the best price possible.This is where self storage…

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12 Apr 2012

The Royal Canadian Mint has announced a new initiative that will allow consumers to pay digitally, rather than using paper or metal money.Dubbed "MintChip," the new system uses small microchips to complete transactions. Money is transferred from chip to chip via encrypted data, allowing quick transactions with no transfer of physical objects, reports The Toronto Star.The move will use Near-Field Communications (NFC), which is already seen in smartphones and some credit cards that have "tap to pay" features. The difference is that MintChip will not be tied to a bank account or credit card, making it more akin to money held in a wallet.The move to digital money is another step toward an increasingly paperless world. Already, many businesses are…

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12 Apr 2012

As technology continues to progress, the internet has become useful for everything from document storage to financial transactions. Many people are now finding it more convenient to manage their bank account online, for example. But just how safe is this technology?Most sites use 128-bit encryption when it comes to financial data, which is just about the most secure internet protection around. However, that doesn't mean an attack isn't possible, according to Moneyville.ca. While putting sensitive financial records online through cloud storage can make them easy to access, it's always a good idea to have physical backups.However, nobody wants to take up space in a home or office with unsightly filing cabinets. This is why many are turning to self storage…

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11 Apr 2012

According to Alzheimer's Disease International, 36.7 million people suffer from dementia worldwide, and that number is growing. This can be a difficult disease both for the sufferer and their caregiver. CNN recently offered some tips that caregivers should consider when dealing with a person who has Alzheimer's.Many Alzheimer's patients have trouble understanding the effect they will have on others by saying certain things. This can cause family members to quickly be at odds with each other, but the caregiver must keep in mind that it's the disease, not the person, talking. This also applies to situations where the person forgets where they are."Always remember to help the person with the illness 'save face,'" Alzheimer's researcher Darby Morhardt told the news…

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11 Apr 2012

Toronto is already home to a number of famous Canadian landmarks, such as the CN Tower, making it one of the best cities in Canada to visit or live in. The city was recently recognized by National Geographic for its diverse cuisine as well – specifically, the food offered at the St. Lawrence Farmers' Market.In a profile listing the Top 10 Food Markets in the world, the St. Lawrence Market was singled out as the absolute best. The magazine praised the market's diverse offerings as well as the setting. Originally started in 1803, the market area has been revived in recent years and local businesses from across the city come together to offer their food and drink. The market runs…

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10 Apr 2012

Recent months have shown that Vancouver is the top emerging real estate market in Canada, but new statistics show that Toronto could soon be the up-and-coming city in the country, reports The Vancouver Sun.A research note from BMO Capital Markets' Douglas Porter pegs Toronto as the real estate market to watch. Not only are sales of Toronto homes up by 7.8 percent year-on-year, but prices have also jumped by more than 10 percent. That's in stark contrast to Vancouver, where sales are down nearly 30 percent from a year ago and prices only rose moderately."That is the market to watch now, no two ways about it," Porter concludes.Those considering moving to Toronto may want to consider renting self storage space…

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9 Apr 2012

A new survey shows that Canadian businesses are more optimistic about future sales, reports the Toronto Star.The latest survey commissioned by the Bank of Canada shows that 58 percent of businesses believe that sales will improve over the next year. That's a sharp increase from the previous quarter, when just 37 percent had a positive outlook.Respondents pointed to an improving economy in the U.S. and reduced concern about the European debt crisis as reason for optimism in the overall global economy. The survey also indicated that companies planned to hire more workers and possibly invest in machinery or equipment.Businesses that are hoping to expand or move as their sales increase may want to look into business storage solutions, as a…

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6 Apr 2012

A recent survey shows that Canadian executives are optimistic about the state of the economy, both in their own country and the United States.The survey, commissioned by the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, found that optimism has improved compared to the fourth quarter of last year. For example, the last edition of the survey saw 40 percent believing the U.S. would slip back into a recession within six months, but now only 22 percent feel that way.Within Canada, most feel neutral about the state of the economy, but those describing their outlook as "positive" rose to 32 percent, up from 20 percent the previous quarter."Governments are looking at businesses to lead a resurgence…

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5 Apr 2012

The national unemployment rate in Canada was 7.2 percent in the month of March, though some cities had it better than others, reports The Canadian Press.While unemployment continues to be high in many major cities – 9.2 percent in Montreal, for example, smaller areas are beginning to recover. Regina dropped down from 4.4 to 3.9 percent, while Halifax and Victoria also posted good numbers. The area of Alberta seems to be doing well, with both Calgary and Edmonton offering above-average job prospects.Those looking for a job may want to consider moving to an area where positions are more plentiful. An affordable way to do this is to rent a small apartment in a new city while looking for work. Even…

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5 Apr 2012

The pharmaceutical company Valeant has announced that it will be moving its global headquarters from Toronto to Montreal, thanks to funds from the Quebec government.The Quebec pharmaceutical industry has seen numerous job losses in recent years, so this is a sign of good news for the region. Valeant is building a new research facility north of Montreal that will focus on dermatology projects.The move is being funded in part by $6 million from the Quebec government, with $2.5 million of that total expected to be repaid over time – although the loan is interest free."The Quebec government was quite generous and accommodating," Valeant chief executive officer Michael Pearson told the Globe and Mail. "We plan to keep growing, and the…

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3 Apr 2012

A recent survey indicates that Canadians who recently bought their first home or are intending to buy in the next few months are in the best shape financially.Genworth Canada and the Canadian Association of Credit Counselling Services recently ran a survey asking 1,533 Canadians about their overall financial health. The results showed that those who recently bought their first house were strong financial planners: nearly 60 percent saved for their down payment in under two years, while 64 percent said they enjoy planning out their finances."First-time homebuyers are the engine that will drive the housing market in the next few years," says Brian Hurley, Chairman and CEO of Genworth Canada.One way for first-time homebuyers to save themselves some money is…

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30 Mar 2012

New Jersey state police busted two suspects who allegedly stole more than $450,000 worth of department store merchandise after tracking the goods to a storage facility, reports the Somerset Messenger-Gazette.The two suspected thieves, Vincente Ponsoda and Konstantinos Hantsoulis, were reportedly stealing the goods from a distribution center for a major department store. Hantsoulis worked in the distribution center and handled "misdirected freight," or items that were mistakenly sent to the distribution center. Rather than send these items back, Hantsoulis arranged for Ponsoda to come pick them up and bring them to a self storage facility. Some of the goods were later sold for cash.Police were tipped off by someone working at the distribution center, who noticed the pattern of items…

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30 Mar 2012

A leaked image has revealed that Google plans to offer customers 5GB of free cloud storage through its upcoming Google Drive service, which is expected to launch sometime in April.TalkAndroid obtained a screenshot that shows the details of the new system, which has been heavily rumored for awhile now. The tech blog says that Google Drive will likely launch the week of April 16th.Many technology companies are realizing the need for digital storage away from hard drives, and are launching services to compete with each other. Google's 5GB of free storage is on par with Amazon's Cloud Drive and better than Dropbox's 2GB. Microsoft currently offers a whopping 25GB of free storage through its SkyDrive.While businesses may be moving to…

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30 Mar 2012

A new Canadian association is championing small business and entrepreneurship across the country, with a massive national tour that hopes to bring together small business owners from all over Canada.Startup Canada is currently touring across the country, putting on presentations and engaging with business owners, reports The Financial Post. The idea is to garner feedback about what startup companies and small businesses are looking for to help them succeed, and to trade tips and ideas among people in similar situations.The six-month tour began in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on March 19th. Attendees discussed ways that small businesses could collaborate together for the betterment of all. The goal is to create an "entrepreneurial culture" that will tie small companies together.One issue that…

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29 Mar 2012

A new report shows that Canadians are generally satisfied with their current mortgage situation, but could be in trouble if interest rates begin to rise.The study, by BMO Bank of Montreal, finds that Canadian homeowners are generally "stress-tested," meaning that their budget would be able to handle a 2-point increase in interest rates. In total, 57 percent of respondents indicated that this was the case with their finances. However, 43 percent said they would be left on shaky ground if interest rates rose."Stretching the limits of your budget by choosing the maximum amortization period and a minimum down payment leaves you little wiggle room to deal with an unexpected financial challenge," said Katie Archdekin, head of mortgage products for BMO…

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29 Mar 2012

A new survey has revealed that many British people would love to have more space to entertain their guests, and renting a storage container could be an affordable way to do so.A British self storage company recently conducted a survey asking which areas of a house homeowners would like to have a bit more room in. The most popular answer was the living room, although Scottish survey respondents would rather have more space in the dining room.Among those who said living room, the most popular answer overall was more space for sofa seating. In fact, 44 percent of women said this is what they would use the extra space for. Men, meanwhile, would rather use the newfound room to install…

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27 Mar 2012

The A&E series "Storage Wars" has kicked off a wave of people who are interested in bidding on unused storage lockers. There's always something exciting about buying a large amount of mysterious items, and the show has demonstrated that it can pay off in a big way if someone finds a particularly valuable object.Fans of the show know the bidders typically crowd around each storage locker as the auctioneer opens the door to give them a glimpse inside. The live bidding can be exciting and forms some of the dramatic backbone of the television series. Now, those interested in self storage in Canada will have their own chance to buy up storage units, as the website YouBidLocal has added online…

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