9 Feb 2012

Can you store food items in self storage units?

More people around the U.S. and Canada are opting to start their own small businesses in hopes of making better pay than working for someone else. A large issue with starting a business is figuring out storage solutions for the products or supplies needed to run the shop.According to SelfStorageBlog.com, catering and baking businesses have become all the rage lately with popular shows like Cake Boss and DC Cupcakes having such success. Some amateur bakers might decide to store their supplies at their home, however others are turning to using self storage facilities as a means to keep their items safe and out of the way.The source reports that potential foodies looking to store their items in affordable self storage in Toronto or anywhere else should look for a business that offers climate controlled units. Interested renters might also benefit from getting a unit that's higher up, as it can help curb possible rodent or bug infestations.Modern Baking Magazine recently…

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8 Feb 2012

A self storage renter recently came across some exciting historic documents after bidding on a unit at a facility in Connecticut. According to the Associated Press, the renter found more than 1,000 documents and items, including papers that outlined the crimes that put civil rights leader Malcolm X behind bars in the 1940s.All of the artifacts and paperwork were found to have belonged to late musician Malcolm "Shorty" Jarvis. The AP reports that Jarvis spent time in jail with Malcolm X and later became one of his dearest friends.After coming across such historic information, the renter decided to contact The Malcolm X Memorial Foundation and the Black History 101 Mobile Museum to see if they were interested in the finds."Once…

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8 Feb 2012

Heading off to college for the first time can be exciting for everyone, however figuring out what essentials are actually necessary can be a struggle. This can be especially true when students get to their room and have next to nothing for storage, USA Today reports.According to the source, many people in the U.S. and in Canada are trying to cut back on spending, but when it comes to sending kids off to school, the sky seems to be the limit.Erin Foster Zsiga, assistant dean at Bates College in Maine, reports that she has seen kids show up in U-Haul trucks full of what they consider college "essentials.""If you have to bring a U-Haul, you're probably bringing too much stuff,"…

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7 Feb 2012

The self storage industry continues to dominate even in the trying economy. With more people opting to store their belongings at such facilities, it might be helpful to know what to look for, SelfStorageBlog.com reports.According to the source, some might assume that any old storage facility will do when storing items ranging from furniture to home theater systems. However, this is not the case and some valuables should be kept in specific units.As the market grows, more options in storage have also taken off and one of the top amenities is climate-controlled units. Keeping electronics or fine furniture in a heated portable self storage container might work best, as this can protect valuables against moisture or breaking due to extreme…

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7 Feb 2012

Most pet owners take pride in having all of the supplies their dogs or cats need to ensure they're comfortable and content. Over the years, many owners will purchase countless items for their pups or kittens ranging from dog beds and cat perches to pet food, bowls and toys. Finding storage for all of these items can be hard, however Better Homes and Gardens recently gave advice for keeping such supplies out of the way.According to the magazine, owners might want to invest in a large armoire or clean out some closet space to keep Fido's items contained. Not only can this make your current living situation easier, it might also help keep the dog stress-free as well.Storing a pet's…

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6 Feb 2012

With the self storage craze continuing, some have been found to use the space for practical reasons, while others might use it to fuel their shopping habits, BBC Magazine reports.According to the news outlet, a recent trend among people in the U.K. is to rent portable storage containers and proceed to keep their items there for months on end.In the U.S. the self storage industry started to boom in the 1960s and in 2011, the nation has over 50,000 storage facilities. Similar companies started to pop up in England in the 90s but didn't gain popularity until 2000. Now, not only has the number of people who use such spaces grown, but also how long they keep their items in…

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3 Feb 2012

The tough economy has caused many people to sell their homes to either relocate for better paying jobs or just to downsize. For people looking to sell their homes fast, there are certain steps that need to be taken including finding out how much a home is actually worth and finding affordable self storage in Toronto or anywhere else to stage the home successfully, Moneyville reports.When people are told bad news by a doctor, they tend to get a second opinion and the same should be done when dealing with realtors, experts advise.  Potential sellers should always interview a few realtors first to gauge what their homes are worth and to find one with qualities sellers feel will work for…

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2 Feb 2012

Home renovation and dream home shows have become increasingly popular over the past few years and give TV watchers glimpses into houses with ample storage and zero clutter. Now many in the realty business feel people are getting an unrealistic image in their heads about what homes should look like when they visit. Many are calling it the "HGTV effect," Moneyville reports.According to the source, when realtors stage homes now, they makes sure to tell clients to remove any and all clutter or personal touches, as these make houses less appealing since the era of HGTV came about."This generation's expectations of what's reasonable and livable in a house is significantly different than previous generations," John Pasalis, a Canadian realtor who…

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1 Feb 2012

With more people living well into their 70s and 80s, the question of whether to keep seniors in their homes or to move them in with relatives or to a nursing home arises, Moneyville reports. Moving an elder loved one out of the home they raised their families in can not only bring up some mixed emotions, it might also pose new questions, such as "How much storage is going to be needed for their stuff?"According to the publication, many times the question of selling mom or dad's house arises when they are no longer able to maintain their property. From this, some opt to sell their homes altogether in order to move into a retirement facility or a condo,…

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31 Jan 2012

In today's trying economy, more people in the U.S. and throughout Canada are trying to down-size their homes in order to spend within their current means. When attempting to sell a home, there are certain tricks to up the buyers' interest, such as placing clutter in storage, or putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls in each room, MoneyVille.com reports.According to the source, staging the home correctly is the best way to sell it. This means removing any trinkets or specialty furniture and putting it in self storage facilities, as sellers need the home to look like anyone could live there. In the same regard, sellers will want to keep the rooms neutral and appealing. A buyer might…

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30 Jan 2012

More businesses are being run online these days, as the cost of retail space continues to go up. With online businesses, owners are able to increase their profits without having to pay for storage, or upping the marketing costs, Off the Grid News reports.According to the source, many companies nowadays are looking into cross-selling – "the practice of promoting complimentary products or services in addition to selling items." Amazon.com is a leader in this field.In order for other businesses to thrive in this department, the source reports it's important for them to remain relevant to what consumers want. They need to make sure all product suggestions are carefully marketed to buyers' interests to avoid clutter or disarray.Cutting costs on retail…

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30 Jan 2012

With the self storage industry continuing to thrive, some might be wondering what all these renters are actually using the space for. According to SelfStorageBlog.com, portable storage containers are a valuable commodity for a number of reasons.The source reports that everyone can benefit from de-cluttering their homes. Whether people are getting ready for a move, are looking to stage their home or are simply trying to get rid of unnecessary items, storage facilities offer a safe place to keep belongings.According to International Business Times, when selling a home, it's important to weed out what to keep and what to get rid of. Storing certain pieces of furniture that you aren't sure whether to keep or give up gets the items…

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27 Jan 2012

As the self storage industry continues to grow, more people in the U.S. and Canada may be hearing more and more about affordable portable self storage containers. However, because of the increased popularity from shows like A&E's Storage Wars, some think such facilities have become a bigger target for criminals and thieves, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.Provo, Utah, police Sgt. Matthew Siufanua, recently gave his best advice to potential renters on picking the most secure storage facility in their areas."Using good crime-prevention steps can reduce your fear of crime and help prevent you from becoming an easy target," Siufanua told the publication. "How can you protect yourselves? One thing you can do is choose a business that focuses on security."According…

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26 Jan 2012

Many people enjoy going for a bike ride during the warmer months, however finding storage for these two-wheeled rides off-season can pose certain challenges, The Independent reports.According to the source, bikes are some of the most difficult items to store as they are very awkwardly shaped. They also need to be protected against the elements as they are prone to rust which can break a chain or lock-up gears.Those living in an apartment setting are limited in where they can store bikes – some opt to keep them chained outside of their buildings in the warm weather and store the heavy forms of transportation inside their homes during the winter. This means climbing the stairs with it, bringing it down…

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25 Jan 2012

With hit shows like Storage Wars on A&E and more realtors looking for safe spaces to store people's valuables during house staging, the self storage industry is currently on cloud 9, The Wall Street Journal reports.There may be a recession in the U.S. and Canada but one market that continues to grow due to consumer need is the storage industry.Profits within self storage, "far exceeded where most thought they would come in,"  Michael Knott, an analyst at Green Street Advisors, told the publication. "Almost every situation in life can create demand for self-storage, like moving, divorce and getting married, [that is] irrespective of where the economy may be."Insiders also reported that most people are drawn to newer facilities or ones…

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24 Jan 2012

Most women dream about their wedding day from the time they are young girls, fantasizing about the location, the decor and most importantly the wedding dress. When the time comes for the big event, many brides see some of their visions come to life, however after the event is over, it's back to reality, and the question of storage comes into mind.Although some ladies might display their wedding gown proudly in their home, most opt to store it away for a rainy day. However how they store it is important, the Minnesota Historical Society reports.According to the organization, in order to preserve the gown, certain steps need to be taken. First, it's advisable for women to have the dress cleaned…

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24 Jan 2012

Many within the self storage industry might refrain from checking over their inventory during the winter months, as most people prefer to avoid moving boxes and updating facilities until the weather is nice. According to InsideSelfStorage.com, staying away from units can mean big trouble when it's time to go through items in the spring, as buildup of dirt or debris and lack of maintenance can be an eyesore for new and current tenants.The source reports that making simple updates to portable storage containers throughout the year might make the facility more appealing and easier to navigate. Those within the industry should always keep the front office in tip-top shape – shiny clean floors and counters, fresh scents and friendly employees…

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23 Jan 2012

Open houses and for sale signs can be seen more frequently in Canada during January and the reasons behind it are surprising, The Globe and Mail reports.More sellers list their homes and condos during January if they live on a busy street. The reason, according to the news source, is because holding an open house during the colder months means less activity from neighbors and passers-by, which can help a house on a noisy street sell faster. Also, windows tend to be closed up, so noise levels are typically at their lowest in the winter.Another reason to start selling in the early months of the year is to get people interested in the homes before spring arrives. The lull in…

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20 Jan 2012

As the lull in the economy continues, more families in Canada are deciding to downsize or relocate for better work opportunities. In order to sell faster, some sellers may opt for an open house, though this can mean finding a quick storage solution to hide those knick-knacks and valuables, Moneyville reports.According to the source, there are two types of open houses. The first kind is solely set up for real estate agents to view, as a way to see if the home matches what their own clients are looking for. The second type is when a house is open to the general public.The news outlet reports that the second option can bring in anyone from nosy neighbors to potential buyers,…

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