14 Aug 2012

Selecting the right company for a move

Many Toronto residents have been taking advantage of the housing market in Canada and have decided to make the move to a new home. A recent blog post for the Toronto Star spells out some strategies for hiring the right Toronto professional movers and packers.“Moving is stressful and the last thing you need is added worry about your moving company," Margarett Best, minister of consumer services, told the newspaper. "Make sure that the company you deal with is reputable so your move does not turn into a nightmare."1. Get a written agreement with the mover: The contract with the movers should include what the mover will and will not be taking care of during the move, while also covering what will be done in case any possessions are damaged throughout the move.2. Make sure movers write up a quote for furnishings: No mover wants to damage any of the possessions that people are moving, but sometimes it is inevitable. Homeowners…

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13 Aug 2012

Many business owners in Toronto are looking to expand their firms into the new markets throughout Ontario, Canada and the United States. Keeping this in mind, these business owners need to consider Toronto public storage to help them store their new supplies and inventory. Improving the logistics of their firm is a great way to make sure business owners see success when expanding their operations. Here are a few tips from The Globe and Mail to make sure logistics are cost efficient.•Find cheap shipping costs: One way business owners can get lower shipping costs is to outsource their distribution centers. Larger distributions centers often have more cost-efficient shipping than smaller warehouses.•Automate processes: Many business owners will find they will save…

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10 Aug 2012

Many married men in Toronto have to cope with the problems of getting a divorce. Whether it be finding a new place to live or moving back in with family, males need to find affordable self storage in Toronto to help them keep their belongings safe while going through divorce. Here are some other tips men can follow to help them get through a divorce.•Exercise to manage stress: It is widely known that physical activity through exercise can help males reduce their stress when going through tough times. Exercise can help men reduce tension and anger, while also getting healthier.•Find a distraction: When going through a divorce, many men tend to dwell on it every waking moment of the day.…

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9 Aug 2012

Businesses throughout the world can serve as a driving force in their local economy, and can be a reason why many neighboring firms and business owners make a living, reported Forbes. This is no different in Toronto where small businesses can lead to social change and a positive shift in the economyStarting a small business can often be a painstaking, tedious process, but in the end it can lead to financial rewards, as well as a sense of accomplishment. Those planning to open up in firm in Toronto should research Toronto storage prices to make sure they have a place to store documents and extra supplies for their business. According to Forbes, opening up a small business is tough, and firm…

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9 Aug 2012

There can be a number of reasons that people decide to downsize their homes, which include reduced mortgage payments, less area to clean and children leaving the house. No matter the reason, people need a place to keep their possessions when moving into a smaller home.Homeowners who are downsizing in Toronto have a number of options where to store their belongings during and after a move to a smaller home. Toronto public storage will give homeowners a sense of security, knowing their possessions are safely locked away.Housing markets across the world seem to be cooling a bit, so people shouldn't expect to make a lot of money when they downsize, but the savings from a smaller home may be too…

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7 Aug 2012

The Toronto Star reports that individuals looking to rent may be able to benefit from the current condo market conditions in the Greater Toronto area.Renting can often be more volatile than buying because owners can have certain restrictions and rules that may lead to keeping some of their belongings in storage. By researching Toronto storage lockers, renters can be confident that they won't have to discard some of their things when moving into their new place..The newspaper stated there were 13 percent fewer condos sold this June than in the previous year, and there are many other that have been unsold for one to two months. These factors open up even more renting opportunities in the city and surrounding area.A…

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6 Aug 2012

The condominium market seems be be cooling slightly in Toronto with The Globe and Mail reporting statistics from Urbanation, a condominium market research company, which found a record high of 18,123 condo units remaining available at the end of the second quarter.The lack of condo sales in the second quarter may be good news for Toronto self storage pricing. Providers might be able to raise their prices as people will need to continue to store their belongings as they look for housing.Ben Myers, an executive vice president at Urbanation, told the news source that the average offering price for condos in the second quarter was $566 per square foot, which is the same as the first quarter, pointing to the…

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3 Aug 2012

Canadians are supporting local small businesses and believe they are one of the main drivers of their nation's economy, according to recent research from the Royal Bank of Canada.Small businesses in Canada should work to take advantage of the support they are receiving. The survey found 61 percent of respondents said they would pay more for a product or service to help a small business in their community. One way Toronto residents can support local firms is by seeking out Toronto self storage for when they need more room to store their belongings."This type of consumer insight can help small businesses find the success they're seeking," said Mike Michell, national director of Small Business for RBC. "For example, small businesses…

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2 Aug 2012

According to recent research conducted by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation, the average sales price for residential properties in Ontario has increased 17 percent in the past four years, proving that the real estate market remains strong in the province.A strong real estate market means more residents of Toronto may be looking to upgrade from their current homes. These people that are looking to move should research Toronto professional movers and packers that will take much of the legwork out of changing homes.“This report is good news for most Ontario homeowners," said Larry Hummel, chief assessor of the MPAC. "It shows the average sale price of residential properties in most communities has increased since 2008 and that the real estate…

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1 Aug 2012

According to recent research conducted by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, optimism among small and medium-sized businesses dropped again in July, with their Business Barometer falling more than a point to 60.9.The Business Barometer index in Ontario is slightly lower than than the national number, coming in at 60.1 in July. The decrease in SMB optimism could result in businesses looking for lower Toronto storage prices to keep their extra materials and supplies safe for cheap.Small business optimism has been trending up in recent years, and this lack of of confidence is a cause for concern, said Ted Mallett, chief economist and vice president for the CFIB. "The index's current position against GDP puts it very close to the…

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31 Jul 2012

The global economy remains in flux but Canadian manufacturers are having a more positive outlook than those in other industries. The Globe and Mail referenced a recent KPMG study that found 85 percent of Canadian companies are optimistic about the next two years.While manufacturers in Canada are planning to roll out new products, companies may need to seek out cheap storage in Toronto to keep their extra inventory. Many Canadian manufacturers are motivated by increased innovation in the workplace.   “We do feel optimistic about our business and our industry,” Joey Khatri, president of a light-fixture manufacturer in Blainville, Quebec, told the news source. “Our plan for the next number of years is to launch new products once a year at least.”Canadian…

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30 Jul 2012

Commercial lending is increasing again as the Bank of Canada has introduced low interest rates in an effort to gauge the interest of small business owners in the country, reported The Globe and Mail.With businesses throughout Canada seeking out lending opportunities, it may lead to more firms looking at Toronto storage prices for a safe place to store their leftover materials.“We are seeing within our own business a spike up in volume,” Steve Murphy, head of commercial banking for Bank of Montreal, said in an interview with the news source. “They are starting to come out of it.”The Royal Bank of Canada is one of the banks that expects to lend more in the upcoming quarter. By offering lower interest…

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26 Jul 2012

According to a recent survey conducted by Canadian accounting and advisory firm Grant Thornton, 70 percent of respondents said they were feeling optimistic about their firms throughout the second quarter.  Increased optimism could lead to many companies looking to upgrade their office space in the upcoming months. By researching Toronto storage rates, businesses in the area can find the right place to store their documents throughout the move.The research found 25 percent plan to invest in new buildings, while 40 percent have been looking into ways to upgrade in plant materials and machinery throughout Canada.“It’s clear that global economic uncertainty continues to weigh on short-term business growth prospects around the globe, but it’s encouraging to see that Canada’s optimism is once…

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25 Jul 2012

Condominiums are becoming a more popular housing option in Canada, according to recent research from the Royal Bank of Canada, and the increased interest in condos in Toronto does not necessarily mean prices for the housing option will keep growing.The booming condo market in Toronto can mean many things, one of which, is that people will be soon moving to condos in the city. With more couples, individuals and families moving, there will be an increased need for portable storage containers in Toronto.Although the condo market is strong, economist Robert Hogue noted in the report that the market will begin to cool because the prices for single family homes are beginning to fall, with fewer condos being built in the…

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24 Jul 2012

The Globe and Mail recently answered a question from a small business owner in Toronto who was wondering if it makes sense to bring in a recruiter.With concerns about her budget, the small business owner was unaware of a recruiter was worth the investment. Much like cheap storage in Toronto, recruiters free up a lot of time for small business owners who are faced with a number of different tasks on a daily basis.According to the news source, many small business owners simply don't have time to screen all the candidates, evaluate their resumes, schedule interviews and check references; this is why bringing in a recruiter is a good idea because they are professionals in completing those tasks.The best practice…

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24 Jul 2012

Attitudes on living are changing in the Greater Toronto Area as residents are entering different stages of their life. According to a joint study conducted by the Royal Bank of Canada and Pembina Institute, 81 percent of respondents said they would give up a larger home for better access to transit and less time spent driving.Purchasing a small home could force Toronto residents to need to find a place for some of their belongings. By investing in affordable self storage in Toronto, families will know the things they can't fit in their houses are in secure storage."Location and life stage matters when deciding the type of home you live in and where you live," said Claude DeMone, director of client…

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23 Jul 2012

Although the housing market is beginning to cool slightly in Canada, there are many Toronto residents that are looking into all the aspects that go into moving into a new home.One of the first things homeowners must do is look for Toronto professional movers and packers that provide affordable rates for those who want to change homes. With that out of the way, homeowners should consider what prospective homebuyers will look for when checking out their home. Here are some tips from Houzz on catering homes to a younger demographic of potential homebuyers.Invest in new appliances Homebuyers don't want to walk into a home and see that the appliances need to be updated. They will be much more inclined to…

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20 Jul 2012

The costs associated with accepting credit cards are piling up for Canadian small businesses and they are affecting their bottom line, causing them to fight back against Visa and Mastercard.“It could cost me as much as 15 cents to take Visa for one coffee," Sam James, a retailer in Toronto, told the Hamilton Spectator. "That’s 20 percent of my profit margin. I think it’s totally unfair that the merchant pays for the benefits the card companies offer.”The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is asking for changes to a regulated code of conduct for the credit and debit card industry, which would give Canadian merchants greater levels of flexibility when accepting various forms of payment.In a recent interview with The Canadian…

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20 Jul 2012

A new survey indicates the majority of Canadian small businesses are not prepared in the event of a crisis, according to Sage North America.Many Canadian business owners are taking the responsible step of backing up their critical data. For example, 98 percent back up their important financial documents, with 78 percent updating their back-ups on a weekly basis.However, a whopping 72 percent of owners are backing up their data on-site. This leaves the data susceptible if the main office or storefront is damaged by a natural disaster, fire, or other event."The important part about off-site back-up is if you had some kind of disaster… if you only back up on-site and your back-up is there in your office location, it…

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