29 Feb 2012

Insurance company urges self storage renters to read up on...

As more people throughout the U.S. and Canada opt to store their valuables in self storage units, some insurance experts are suggesting renters think about how well their items are protected, the Waldo Village Soup reports."If an item is valuable enough that you are willing to pay for storing it, the item should be financially protected with the proper amount and type of insurance," Loretta Worters, vice president for the Insurance Information Institute, told the publication. "Even in the best managed storage facilities, theft, fire and other disasters can and do occur. That's why before signing a rental agreement, it is important to find out what types of losses will be covered by the storage facility and whether supplemental insurance may be needed."According to Worters, potential renters of affordable self storage in Toronto or anywhere else should consider looking into each facility's insurance policies right off the bat. She also advises renters who are also homeowners to talk with their…

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27 Feb 2012

Many people continue to use self storage units as a means to keep their trinkets and valuables safe. The spaces also take on new metaphoric meaning for one poet, who recently published her latest poem, Self-Storage, in The Monarch Review, KUOW.ORG reports.In the poem, artist Rebecca Hoggs describes a loss of love and uses self storage as a metaphor for the places she stores her memories and thoughts of her lost love."It’s all too real how I keep myself to myself. I have rented a self-storage unit on the edge of a natural depression," Hoggs writes in her poem in The Monarch Review. "I am the stuff I store. So sky, keep your bolts to yourself. If you don’t have…

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27 Feb 2012

The self storage industry continues to rise even in less than stellar economies in the U.S. and Canada, and the latest trend is helping interested buyers find auctions with ease, The Times Union reports.According to the source, the site StorageAuctionBoards.com is aiming to become the biggest online storage outlet in the States and around Canada as it hopes to provide a one-stop type of shopping for people interested in finding potential hidden treasure behind storage unit walls. This industry is becoming a profitable one, as it's estimated that every day more than 10,000 storage auctions take place in the U.S."People love hearing stories about finds or experiences had at storage auctions," Hunter Carr, the website’s administrator told the publication. "Those…

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24 Feb 2012

Reasons for using self storage may vary, but the number of people opting to use these outlets to store their valuables continues to grow. MSN Money recently reported that the industry as a whole continues to boom and many insiders believe the continued improvement has to do with what's going on with the economy around the globe.According to the source, even with the U.S. and Canadian economy looking like they are starting to take a turn for the better, people are still looking into storage facilities to keep their items until they are able to find a new home or a larger apartment."The impact of the decline in housing and a decrease in apartment occupancy rates appears to have ended,"…

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24 Feb 2012

Buying a new home can pose many unforeseen challenges and hurdles, making the process hard, yet worth it in the end. Closing costs are one aspect of buying that some may overlook, Moneyville reports.According to the source, potential buyers are advised to put aside one to three percent of the total purchase price of the home for payment of the closing costs. Buyers should also factor in between $600 and $900 for legal fees and another $400 for disbursements. Moneyville reports that this money will go towards registering the mortgage, completing a tax certificate and performing a title search on the home.With all of these hidden extra costs, it's important for buyers to look into affordable self storage in Toronto…

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23 Feb 2012

Most motorcycle enthusiasts cringe when the weather turns cold, as it tends to mean it's time to put the hog away for the winter. Although those who enjoy the open road may get depressed at the thought of having to hibernate their Harleys or street bikes, most would prefer to pick the correct storage method for their bikes rather than ruin them forever.TotalMotorcycle.com recently gave its advice for properly storing motorcycles during the winter. The first thing owners need to do it pick a location to keep the bike. Some might have ample room in their garage for the bike, while others might need to consider renting a unit at a nearby self storage facility. When looking at possible units,…

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22 Feb 2012

With the economy still struggling in both the U.S. and Canada, more homeowners are deciding to downsize and move into a condo or an apartment, which can cause problems with finding adequate storage for all their possessions. Condos tend to be bought by people, but in recent years the option of renting condos has sprung up, Moneyville reports.According to the source, some people who own their condos are against the idea of allowing renters into their buildings as owners understand that if they break something or create a mess, they are responsible for fixing the problem. However, with renters the lines are no so black and white. Owners who rent out their condos might also have a harder time selling…

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22 Feb 2012

As the new year is in full swing, some homeowners may be taking the time to try and de-clutter their houses in order to have an easier spring cleaning. Many are opting to eliminate the problem areas in their home by either tossing useless junk or using self storage units to be able to take a real look around at what is needed and what needs to go.According to the Mail Tribune, there are certain steps owners can take in order to achieve their de-cluttering goals with ease. First, the publication suggests people make a 30-day calendar of goals. This way, each day has just one task, so people will be less likely to get overwhelmed.Next, people should try to…

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21 Feb 2012

Times are still tough in Canada, causing many to downsize and keep items in storage. However, a new report suggests that baby boomers across the nation may soon be inheriting a lot – $1 trillion – from their parents, Moneyville reports.According to the source, boomers were born to parents who had survived the second World War, which made the elders smart savers after suffering through such difficult times. Because of this, many experts believe that boomers will see a lot of wealth after their parents pass, either through real estate or a sum of money because of their parents' simple lifestyles."Many of these people own their homes and the value has gone up significantly," Benjamin Tal, deputy chief economist at…

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17 Feb 2012

As more news regarding the popularity of the self storage industry spreads, it's no wonder that people also continue to come up with new and strange items to keep within such facilities, the Hartford Courant reports.According to the news outlet, the storage industry has become a "you never know what you're gonna get" type of business. A company in Newington, Connecticut, reported having a group of teenagers rent out portable storage containers only to find out later (by hearing it) that they were using the units for band practice.Bob Rogers, the owner of a facility out of Phoenix, Arizona, told the publication about the strangest renter he's ever heard of."One lady showed up at a California place with a big…

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16 Feb 2012

Some young couples throughout Canada and the U.S. are starting to settle down into their first homes. Although there may be plenty of storage for two, when a bundle of joy is on the way, it may be hard to find enough space to keep all that comes along with a new baby, Tech-Army.org reports.According to the source, many young people starting out live in cramped homes or apartments that barely affords enough room for two people to share. When a new baby is on the way, there needs to be even more consideration and many families are opting to store their unnecessary items in self storage  for the time being.Although it may seem like a burden for some to…

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16 Feb 2012

Many people might not understand the full potential of having a self storage unit, but with so many options and specific amenities, it seems there actually might be a need for storage solutions for everyone.According to SelfStorageBlog.ca, there are a plethora of options when it comes to filling the need of renters at most facilities. First, people should address what they will be needing the space for. Some people might be looking to use the space to store family heirlooms after the passing of a parent or other relative, while others might use the unit to keep their collection of old dolls or toy cars.Next, renters will need to consider if the items they're looking to store require any specific…

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16 Feb 2012

Even amidst financial hardships worldwide, one industry that continues to prove its worth in terms of stability and longevity is the self storage market. According to Inc. Magazine, the housing market has faced a huge crisis in the U.S. and Canada, but storage facilities continue to see a profit.Some experts believe that more people have been trying to sell their homes in order to downsize and the best way to show a presentable home is to remove clutter and trinkets. These items must be stored somewhere, so many opt for convenient and safe affordable self storage in Toronto or anywhere else.The Self Storage Association reports that there are currently 2.21 billion square feet of self storage in the U.S. alone. Inc.…

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15 Feb 2012

The wine industry continues to flourish and more people are taking to collecting bottles to enjoy during the week or on special occasions. According to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, annual consumption of wine among Canadian residents increased from 11.3 liters in 2000 to 14.6 liters in 2006 – a growth of total domestic market consumption of 470 million liters in 2007.With more people drinking and collecting wine, it's no wonder that many are looking for creative storage options to keep their fine spirits.Food.ca reports that there are certain requirements for storing wine properly, as wine spoils very easily. The temperature of the space is the most crucial element to keeping wine safe. The best temperature for storing wine is between…

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15 Feb 2012

Some potential self storage renters might be concerned about the safety of their items, as they are putting their trust in the hands of the facility. Although security is a real concern, many times finding the right storage company is key to having a positive experience, The Universe reports.According to the source, some portable storage container renters feel they have little control over how well their items are taken care of, especially since most don't visit the facility or check on their valuables very often. This can cause anxiety or stress for some, but with certain precautions, many can find peace of mind.The news outlet suggests potential renters start by finding facilities that offer 24-hour video surveillance and possibly even…

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14 Feb 2012

The self storage industry continues to grow despite many countries around the globe facing financial hardships. China is the most recent country to adopt the Western practice of storing excess items outside of the home and many are taking to it with ease, China Daily reports.Chen Yu, the executive customer manager at a Yangpu district storage facility, told the news outlet that since its doors opened last August, business has been booming. People come in to keep everything from household items to products for their businesses."Sometimes our clients store their household wares here so that they could rent out an extra room," Chen told the publication. "We've got both individual and corporate clients, and the majority of our customers are…

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13 Feb 2012

A recent fire at a storage facility in Atlanta, Georgia, has left renters worried and fans of the classic film Gone With the Wind saddened, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.According to the source, the fire that broke out last Thursday night destroyed or damaged 200 or the 400 self storage units at the facility. One of those units contained $200,000 worth of Gone With the Wind items. Pieces of movie history, such as foreign ads for the film and pieces of the set, are now gone forever.The items were being kept there as overstock of the nearby Road to Tara Museum in Jonesboro, Georgia. Luckily, many of the more famous collector's items and memorabilia from the movie, such as wardrobe that…

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10 Feb 2012

Most parents give their kids some leeway when it comes to keeping their stuff at home in "storage" after they move out for the first time, but some parents may be wondering when it is OK to take back their homes.According to The Sydney Morning Herald, this trend is occurring all around the world. Some parents opt to continue to store items like their kids' old story books and toys to one day show their grandchildren in the future, while others continue to wait until their adult children find space in their own homes for their junk.The source reports that many people just shift the items from one room to another, rather than throw it out. However, there needs to…

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10 Feb 2012

The self storage industry continues to thrive despite economic hardships throughout much of the world. Most recently, the need for more storage solutions has risen in Nova Scotia, The Chronicle Herald reports.All throughout Canada, people are looking for new ways to rid their homes of excess furniture and clutter and keep them somewhere safe. People living in Nova Scotia are no different and the recent purchase of new properties for just this purpose is exciting to everyone, according to the source."We're behind pretty drastically and there hasn't been a premium product available for consumers," Ian Rankin, the property manager at one of the new sites, told the publication.Although people in Atlantic Canada are anxious to have a reliable place to…

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