20 Jan 2012

Organize your home for more storage

With the new year comes new challenges, and one main trend in resolutions this season is to de-clutter the home. Interior designer Shirley Meisels of MHouse Inc. in Toronto recently gave her tips on proper storage techniques and when to throw things out, The Globe and Mail reports.According to Meisels, many people think to use their spare room as a home office, though unless you work from home, a home office is likely a waste of space. This may be even more true now as banking and record-keeping can mostly be done electronically, meaning there's no need for ample space to store it. Instead, Meisels suggests finding one nice piece of furniture that can house all necessary office items – paper clips stamps, pens, envelopes and more and turning the extra room into a family area or something more useful.Another problem area in most homes is hall closets as these are typically home to the land of misfit puffy winter…

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18 Jan 2012

With the economy both in the U.S. and Canada still hurting, more people admit they are willing to relocate for the right job, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. This can lead to other stresses like selling a current home and figuring out storage solutions for valuables.The survey was conducted from November 9 to December 5, 2011, and was sent out to more than 3,000 employers and 7,000 workers.From the data, researchers noted that 32 percent of employers would be willing to pay for qualified workers to relocate, while 30 percent of workers said they'd be up for a move to "make a fresh start."According to the source, moving for a better pay has become the norm over the…

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17 Jan 2012

Life can be unpredictable and sometimes, people are left with having to either downsize their home, move for a new job or lose their living space due to an unforeseen disaster. Although these changes can be positive, finding the right place to store valuables can be a challenge, the Cape May County Herald reports.According to the news outlet, the self storage industry continues to grow across cities in America and in Toronto mainly because people always have excess items to store. Although more people understand the convince of keeping their unused items in portable storage containers, some might not fully understand how to find a good facility.Most people tend to jump on the computer to search out storage companies in…

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17 Jan 2012

An emerging trend in the self storage industry involves specialized facilities to appeal to a certain audience. A number of companies offer resources for a wide range of storage options, from small businesses who need more room to expand, to homeowners looking to sell their current houses. Now however, more companies are also starting to offer specific spaces for people to store certain valuables that require more care or amenities.According to Yahoo! News, a Chicago company recently opened its doors for businesses looking for a safe and secure place to store their records. The facility offers vault rooms, document and data destruction-proof spaces and file indexing services, so people can access their records without ever having to leave the office."It…

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16 Jan 2012

The self storage facility that caught fire in Toronto last week is still smoldering one week later and officials report what remains of the building will soon be demolished, CBC News reports.The Toronto storage building caught fire last Monday morning and firemen worked tireless through the night, all day Tuesday and well into Wednesday to contain the flames, though it still raged on deep inside the building."The hot sports are deep inside the building, trapped inside its walls," CBC's Trevor Dunn reported. "Engineers checked out the building and it’s a writeoff, far too much damage to salvage the structure."Because of the state of the building and the depth of the fire, the building will be demolished in the near future.According…

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16 Jan 2012

As the need for self storage continues to grow both in America and Canada, a new trend is emerging – going green, National Geographic News Watch reports.According to the news outlet, Toronto storage companies are the latest within the field to add solar panels to the tops of their facilities as a means to cutback on utility bills. However, because most of these businesses don't call for a lot of electricity as the units have individual lighting that only goes on when tenants are present, adding the panels are actually a way for the companies to turn a profit. Companies with solar panels are able to generate excess energy and sell it back to the electric companies, making the option…

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13 Jan 2012

More students continue to graduate each year, but with the Canadian economy still unstable, many are left jobless, stuck in limbo and living with their parents with most of their belongings secured in self storage units, The Star reports.Emily Kirsch, 22, graduated recently with a degree in communications, but after looking for jobs for several months, has found herself working at a restaurant in Mississauga."At least I have a job, some people don't even have that," Kirsch told the publication.She added that some of her other coworkers have degrees in public relations and respiratory therapy, though all ended up working in the restaurant industry.The Conference Board of Canada reports that unemployment rates between the ages of 15 and 24 are…

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12 Jan 2012

Growth within the self storage industry has risen so much that one mobile technology company has created new a new app for smartphones allowing people to get to their storage units even after hours.PhoneSmart, a leader in the self storage marketing realm, is responsible for making kiosks resembling ATM machines that are installed at storage facilities. The products gave unit renters the ability to pay their bills and get into their spaces during times when the facilities weren't open. Although these worked well, the cost of installing the kiosks and maintaining them were quite pricey – ranging from $10,000 to $50,000.To combat the high costs, the company recently came up with a new app for smartphones, with its website claiming,…

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11 Jan 2012

According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), a new trend in the Canadian housing market is rising – multi-family homes. This new trend may come with different challenges, like finding storage solutions for excess furniture and valuables from a single family home.CMHC found that in Vancouver, British Columbia, there were 17,867 housing projects started in 2011, this in comparison to 15,217 homes built in 2010. The growth may show signs that the economy in BC and areas like Toronto or Quebec is starting to pick up, or at the very least that citizens are getting wiser with their investments."Multiple-family starts fuelled growth in new home construction in 2011," said Robyn Adamache, CMHC's senior market analyst. "There were 14,181…

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11 Jan 2012

With so many self storage facilities in the Toronto area, it may be hard for consumers to know which company to trust. A good way to judge a respectable brand is to find out how long it has been in service and what amenities each one offers to best serve your individual needs.A brand that has both stood the test of time and values customer service is Jiffy Self Storage. This company has been in business since 1987 and has continued to make necessary updates to keep its customers valuables safe and in perfect condition.From having climate controlled self storage units to keep electronics and pricey furniture in mint condition, to the building itself featuring 6 inch concrete floors and…

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10 Jan 2012

A five-alarm fire that broke out in a Toronto storage facility early Monday morning is still going, as firefighters worked tirelessly through the night to keep it contained, City Toronto News reports.The main reason the fire is still raging is due to the restrictions fire crews are facing."We're going to have building engineers on site…to see if we can be more aggressive," Toronto fire division commander Mike McCoy, told the publication. "Right now, we're erring on the side of caution. No one's going inside. We can't get in…there's a lot of partial blockages."The news outlet reports that there is currently at least $1 million in damages.According to Global Toronto, most people who rent space at storage facilities only get a…

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10 Jan 2012

A recent five-alarm blaze at a Toronto storage facility left at least one fireman injured and many people worried about the status of their personal items, City News Toronto reports.Fire crews were called to the scene of the Safe and Secure Self Storage building around 6:15 a.m. Monday morning. Upon arrival, there was heavy smoke causing traffic build up for the morning commute. After gauging the severity of the blaze, firefighters worked to evacuate residents and businesses in the surrounding areas, according to the publication.A big concern among the firefighters was what exactly was in each self storage unit, as it is unknown if there were flammable items in there that could have been fueling the fire even more. Officials…

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9 Jan 2012

College is a great experience for most young adults, though finding storage to house all of their items from school during breaks can be a challenge for all involved. Piles of clothes, shoes and accessories also tend to come back during winter break leaving parents' heads spinning, Winona Daily News reports."We've done this a number of times," Lynette Meuller, told the publication as she helped her daughter move back in to Winona State University following winter break. "We've got this down to a science."Parents who want to avoid having unwanted clutter in their homes when their kids come back home during the summer and winter months, may want to consider using self storage facilities instead. This way all of the…

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9 Jan 2012

Many seniors in Toronto, Canada, and throughout the world are beginning to realize that it is impossible to stay in their homes safely. Some may decide to move in with their adult children, while others may opt to move into assisted living facilities. In either scenario, a huge question that comes with such a big move is, "where will all of my stuff go?"According to The Expositor, moving can be extremely stressful for seniors as their whole lives will be turned upside down."Moving is a life-altering event," Claudio Martin, who operates a small business that helps seniors move, told the publication. "It doesn't matter if it's voluntary or involuntary. The stress can be debilitating."A way to keep all of their…

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5 Jan 2012

The need for more self storage units continues to grow around the globe as population increases and more people are forced to condense into smaller homes, AsianOneBusiness.com reports. In Singapore alone, both small business owners and residents are looking to use portable storage containers as a means to house what they can not contain in their own personal spaces.Entrepreneur Nurhana Jamaludin owns an online business called Mad About Vintage. She used to store her classic pieces in warehouses, though the safety of her items were never guaranteed at such venues. Now, she keeps her valuables in portable storage containers and even uses the spaces as a showroom for interested buyers in the area."It is simply more convenient," Nurhana told the…

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5 Jan 2012

Public interest in portable storage containers has grown, thanks in part to the popularity of hit shows like Storage Wars on A&E. Although TV has sparked peoples' interests in what's behind the doors at storage facilities, the amount of people who use them jumped long before the shows first airing, Erie Times reports.According to the Self Storage Association, the number of families in the U.S. who use self storage units has grown 65 percent since 1995. Now, more than 10.8 million families store their valuables or extra furniture behind these safe walls.Many people use the facilities for different reasons. Some are college kids who need to store their furniture and other belongings during the summer months, while others looking to…

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4 Jan 2012

Great Toronto GTA Jiffy Famous Landmark Contest was a huge 2011 success. Over the year many thousands of contestants had fun playing the contest. Many people wrote back to say that they enjoyed the contest and asked when we will do another. Well here’s the good news. We have just launched a new contest for 2012. The contest grand prize is an Apple iPad. Second prize is a Dell Netbook. The early bird draw that takes place on April 30, 2012, is the world’s most popular eReader. To access the Toronto self storage contest, click here to win a prize. Everyone that plays, also wins a free coupon worth $25.00. Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti was kind enough to draw the grand…

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4 Jan 2012

With the holiday season finally over, many homeowners are probably putting decorations in storage and taking some time to relax and enjoy their new gifts. However, this may be the most important time to stay on your toes, as burglaries occur the most during this time of year, The Tallapoosa Journal reports."Thieves stake out neighborhoods to find out when the owners are home," Harrison County Sheriff, Eddie Mixon told the publication. "It's a good idea to tell a neighbor when you're away so they can be on the lookout for suspicious people and write down tag numbers of suspicious cars."Protecting your home and your valuables during this time may be a challenge, though getting a self storage container could be…

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