Our Ultimate Moving Checklist
29 Mar 2018

Jiffy Storage’ Ultimate Moving Checklist

Whether we like it or not, moving is something we all must undertake at least a couple of times throughout our lives. For many people, it is incredibly stressful and unnerving. Just the thought of picking up and moving an entire life with often decades worth of belongings, memories and…

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Getting Rid Of Things Before A Move
17 Aug 2017

Moving not only means deciding what you are going to take with you, it also means deciding what you are not going to take with you. Purging before a move is just as important as…

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How To Move In An Environmentally Friendly Way
14 Aug 2017

Moving often entails a lot of waste that many people might not even realize they are creating. But there is such a thing as an environmentally friendly move, and whether it be furniture storage, or…

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Protecting Your Belongings From Dust And Damage While Moving
4 Aug 2017

When you’re moving, it can often seem like you have entered survival mode. All you are concentrating on is getting your life from point a to point b, and very little else. This mindset is…

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20 Mar 2017

Moving is no easy task. That is why moving companies make a killing; they know that people will go to great lengths and invest a lot of money to avoid having to do all of the heavy lifting themselves. The stress and chaos of moving is unavoidable, but there are certain tricks you can use to help make the process as painless as possible. If you haven’t considered storing certain items during a move, you might want to. Below are some items you should consider for short term storage while moving and why it makes sense. Doubles The first task should be to scour your house for anything that you have doubles of. The kitchen is a good place to…

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30 Dec 2016

There is an unmistakable trend these days of adult children moving back in with their parents, if only temporarily. This is because life in the 21st century has gotten so competitive, and so expensive, especially in large urban centres, that many children, especially recent graduates, simply cannot afford to be living on their own yet. If you find yourself in the exact situation described above, below are five tips for moving back in with your parents that will help make the lifestyle change easier on both you and them. Remember Your Family Is Doing You a Favour This is perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind and will go the furthest towards making sure it is a pleasant,…

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21 Mar 2016

Whether it’s for work, education, or personal reasons, a temporary move overseas can leave you with the difficult dilemma of what to do with your things. While personal items like clothes, small electronics, and toiletries can be brought with you, what about larger things: furniture, art and home decor, book collections, televisions, bicycles, collectibles, or cars? If you’re only moving temporarily, it just doesn’t make sense to spend all the money to move these large items overseas. Additionally, you may be moving around a lot when you’re abroad, or living somewhere that’s already furnished. On the other hand, since you know your move isn’t permanent, you can’t justify selling or giving away your valuable belongings! You also don’t want to…

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18 Mar 2016

When moving with our furry friends, there’s a lot more we have to take into consideration. Animals don’t understand change the same way we do, and they can have a harder time travelling and adjusting. We’d do anything to keep our pets comfortable, so here are a few DO’s and DON’T’s when it comes to moving with your pets! DO’s Get your pet used to a carrier: Whether you are moving by car, or by plane, your pet will need to adjust to long hours spent in a small space. Many dogs are already crate-trained, or used to travelling in the car, but this can be particularly difficult with cats. Spend time before the move getting your pet used to…

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1 Feb 2016

Moving in with a spouse for the first time is certainly an exciting time in any relationship. However, it can present its own set of challenges, especially when it comes to blending accumulated belongings from two different lives into one. You can make the transition much easier and minimize your stress levels by following these tips: Downsize Belongings First. Taking an inventory of each person’s belongings beforehand is essential to ensuring that you both haven’t brought two toasters (and a lot of unnecessary clutter) into your new home. Before you move, decide what items will be sold, donated or thrown away. Measure Remaining Furniture. This will save you a lot of stress on moving day if you know ahead of…

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10 Dec 2015

Moving can be an enormous undertaking. You spend so many years in one place building a life and accumulating the things that help you live it, that it is often hard to nail down the logistics of it all, particularly forecasting the costs involved. Here are some tips to help you plan for a budget friendly move. Choose your moving company wisely. As with most endeavors, one of, if not the largest costs involved is the labor. If you don’t have access to a large vehicle or people able to help you move, paying a moving company and its employees to move your belongings from point A to point B is likely to comprise the largest part of your moving…

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30 Jul 2013

While there are a number of benefits to choosing trusted self storage facilities – whether the security is better or they are cleaner – one often forgot about advantage is their easy accessibility.The items being…

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17 Jan 2013

One of the Toronto Zoo’s most beloved animals, the 15-month-old polar bear Hudson, will soon be leaving its birthplace. According to the Toronto Star, the young cub will soon make the Assiniboine Park Zoo his new home. The new zoo, located in Winnipeg, recently completed its International Polar Bear Conservation Centre, which is why the cub will be relocating. Animal lovers throughout Toronto who used to collect Zoo Books might not have enough space to keep them in their homes, but don’t want to throw them away. In order to avoid tossing them, they can rent a Toronto storage space to store their classic publications. Hudson will be the first polar bear to live in the new conservatory, however, researchers…

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21 Dec 2012

Experts are anticipating a tough economic year for Canada in the upcoming year. According to recent separate reports by the International Monetary Fund and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), Canada's GDP is expected to grow just under 2 percent in 2013.Homeowners trying to save money during uncertain economic times may want to explore self storage options. By using a self storage unit to free up space within a home, people may be able to rent out a room or even operate a small business without paying for costly real estate.According to the experts, the fiscal cliff in the United States will also affect Canadians, as commodity prices are expected to fall.“Having earlier tapped fiscal stimulus and a housing boom…

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17 Sep 2012

In May, Bryan Tuckey took over as president of the Building Industry and Land Development Association, a move that is expected to change how people are living in the Greater Toronto Area, as the population is expected to increase from 6.3 million people to 8 million people by 2031, the Toronto Star reported.Under the 2006 Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Tuckey and the association are required to create new developments accommodating at least 50 people, tightening the reigns on urban sprawl. This housing plan encourages residents to consider self storage for their belongings, as it would seem single family homes are going to be few and far between in the future. Freeing up space in a condo will…

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26 Jun 2012

Many young Canadians are moving into cities and urban centers, which might explain high real estate prices as of late and why so many are looking into Toronto self storage facilities. Unfortunately, the rural communities these youngsters are abandoning are being hurt by the migration, according to a new study.A report released by the BMO Bank of Montreal finds the mass shift away from rural areas toward urban centers is having a big impact on agriculture in Canada. Approximately 62 percent of family farms say they're being negatively impacted by young adults moving away from home. In many cases, farms that would have once passed down to the next generation instead see the kids moving to different career paths in…

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31 May 2012

With many seniors in need of round-the-clock care, caregivers are quitting their jobs in order to take care of mom and dad at alarming rates, according to Reuters.Recent research by Metlife indicates people lose more than $300,000 in potential earnings and retirement savings by quitting their jobs to care for an aging relative. The company estimates $3 trillion is lost annually by people who give up their careers in order to provide better care.Often, those who make such a decision struggle financially. In fact, geriatric care expert Susan Fleischer tells the news source decisions are often "reactive" and people don't fully consider the financial impact.Rather than quit your job, it might be a good idea to move your elderly loved…

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2 May 2012

Those considering moving to Canada from another country have likely encountered the point system the country uses to determine qualified applicants.Professionals who have a formal education have a good chance of being accepted to Canada through their skilled workers program. Essentially, this is a series of questions that each award the applicant points. Applicants with 67 or more points qualify for immigration, according to WorkPermit.com. Similar systems are used in the United Kingdom and Australia.Points are awarded in a variety of categories. Education can earn up to 25 points for a PhD, or at least 20 points for most college graduates. Those who speak both English and French can earn 24 points, although fluency in one of these languages still…

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2 May 2012

Canada is a very welcoming country when it comes to immigrants, and there are hundreds of thousands of people who move to Canada every year. There are a few things those seeking to relocate to Canada should keep in mind before doing so.For starters, nearly everybody can visit Canada for six months on a temporary visa. Much of Canadian immigration is tied to whether or not the person in question has a job there. So those seeking to move to Canada permanently may first want to visit the country on a visa and look for employment, if they don't have a job in Canada already.A good way to save money during this time is to rent a small apartment and…

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27 Apr 2012

The federal government of Canada has moved to control the hot real estate market through new legislation that would give the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions oversight of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp (CMHC).CMHC provides mortgage insurance on high-risk borrowers taking out home loans, according to The Toronto Star. With prices high for Canadian homes right now and interest rates at record lows, the risk of defaults is high for many taking out loans. With the federal government controlling CMHC, the country can monitor the situation and ensure that insurance is being given only on the loans that really need it.Since the insurance is backed by the government, taxpayers could ultimately be shouldering the burden if a…

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