20 Sep 2012

Families more diverse in Canada

Statistics Canada recently released the third tranche of the 2011 census, showing a divergence from the once nuclear family norm in Canada found 50 years ago. Now families show more complex household trends including living alone, remarrying, having stepchildren and multiple generations under one roof, the Toronto Star reported.For families with too many belongings under one roof or those in need of storage for a move under this wide array of households, self storage can keep them safe."Just a quarter of our households now are that traditional mom, dad, the kids and the dog at home," Doug Norris, chief demographer at Environics Analytics, told the Toronto Star. "A lot of people still think that’s the Canadian family. We have more households with couples without kids and a little over a quarter of the people living on their own."The census showed that there were 9.4 million families in Canada in 2011, up 5.5 percent from 2006. Couples with children have declined…

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31 Aug 2012

Aspiring Canadian business owners have an opportunity to be in charge of their own franchise with a recent opportunity presented by Jan-Pro Canada, a global leader in commercial cleaning.The company recently announced there are right master franchises throughout Canada that are currently available to be franchised. This opportunity is perfect for small business owners who want some experience before opening up their own firm."It means investing in a business that will create an annuity for life," said Colin Bates, vice president of franchise operations for Jan-Pro Canada. "The territories we have available create significant business opportunity for people looking to run their own business based on a proven model that will pay them back for years to come.”Toronto residents interested…

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31 Aug 2012

Many business owners across the world want their children to take over their firm when they are ready to retire. But it requires mutual interest between parent and child to have a fruitful succession plan, reported the Toronto Star.Business owners in Toronto that are ready to pass down their firms need to look into Toronto storage rates in case the new business owner wants to quickly get operations off the ground and change the look of the company.Keeping the business mostly the same is generally why parents want to pass down their company to their kids. While it may be convenient, these children must be prepared and willing to take over the firm, said the paper.“Parents often want their kids…

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30 Aug 2012

With the growing number of condos going up in Toronto and the surrounding area, people with the money to buy one and rent it out to others need to be sure they are ready to be a landlord. A recent article for MoneySense outlined some things people need to consider before expecting to prosper as a property owner.One of the first things landlords in Toronto should think about is forming a relationship with trusted Toronto professional movers and packers that are courteous of time and mindful of walls and door frames.New landlords should also be prepared to deal with bounced checks, faucets that need to be replaced and all of the taxes associated with owning a property. While being a…

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30 Aug 2012

Many small business owners in Ontario have already looked into prices of Toronto storage lockers anticipating there will be a high demand for their products and they will need extra space to store their inventory. In order to grow their customer base, these firms need to improve their website search rankings. Here are a few tips from the Toronto Star for how small businesses can get noticed on the web.•Use relevant keywords in page titles: Page titles that relate back to what the business is about should also include a keyword that many people will type into search engines. Firms that include keywords will rank higher in searches when keywords are entered.•Keep content fresh: Businesses that fail to post content…

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28 Aug 2012

Before packing up and moving out of their parents' house, young Toronto residents need to be sure that they have found the right living situation, whether it be a condo downtown, an apartment in in the suburbs or a new home. Many of these young people will be looking to rent their first place, which will require them to sign a rental agreement with their landlords.When moving out, young Toronto natives not only need to deal with their new landlords, but they will also need to invest in Toronto professional movers and packers who will help them get their belongings from their our place to their new place.After getting everything set up and ready to go into the new place,…

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21 Aug 2012

Young couples in Toronto may want to jump right into homeownership, but that might not be the best idea until their finances are set in stone. A recent article for MoneySense by Bruce Sellery described why renting may be best for young people who are moving in together.•Potential costs: Young couples may believe that they will save money in the long run if they plan to buy now, however, that's not always the case. Renters need to worry about rent and utilities instead of all the other costs associated with buying such as property taxes, maintenance and interest payments on loans. Purchasing Toronto storage lockers may be more cost efficient.    •Shorter commutes: Couples that rent an apartment, condo or home together…

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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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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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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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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

There's no doubt that saving up enough money to make a down payment on a home can be a tall task. That's why the Canadian government has introduced the Home Buyer's Plan (HBP), a smart way for young professionals to get the money needed to buy their first home.Nearly all employees pay into a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP), and it's important to one's financial future to begin contributing to this tax-free account as soon as possible. For those having trouble coming up with a down payment, however, it can be difficult to choose between planning for the future and purchasing a house now.The HBP offers the best of both worlds, according to Moneysense.ca. Buyers can contribute to their RRSP…

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