13 Feb 2012

Storage fire in Georgia destroys Gone With the Wind memorabilia

A recent fire at a storage facility in Atlanta, Georgia, has left renters worried and fans of the classic film Gone With the Wind saddened, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.According to the source, the fire that broke out last Thursday night destroyed or damaged 200 or the 400 self storage units at the facility. One of those units contained $200,000 worth of Gone With the Wind items. Pieces of movie history, such as foreign ads for the film and pieces of the set, are now gone forever.The items were being kept there as overstock of the nearby Road to Tara Museum in Jonesboro, Georgia. Luckily, many of the more famous collector's items and memorabilia from the movie, such as wardrobe that cast members wore, the original script and the original copy of the acclaimed book were in the museum at the time of the fire.Although losing movie memorabilia is a shame, many other families who stored their belongings at the building…

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10 Feb 2012

The self storage industry continues to thrive despite economic hardships throughout much of the world. Most recently, the need for more storage solutions has risen in Nova Scotia, The Chronicle Herald reports.All throughout Canada, people are looking for new ways to rid their homes of excess furniture and clutter and keep them somewhere safe. People living in Nova Scotia are no different and the recent purchase of new properties for just this purpose is exciting to everyone, according to the source."We're behind pretty drastically and there hasn't been a premium product available for consumers," Ian Rankin, the property manager at one of the new sites, told the publication.Although people in Atlantic Canada are anxious to have a reliable place to…

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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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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

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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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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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

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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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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28 Dec 2011

Among the many reality TV shows on the air, storage auction shows have drawn a large audience this year. The programs follow people who bid on abandoned storage units with the hopes of turning up valuable items that will make their purchases worthwhile. Most of the time, the winners will wind up with a few items that they can sell to recoup their profits, but there are the occasional hidden gems that can really make one's head spin.According to StorageAuctionCentral.com, there were a few doozies that were uncovered in self storage facilities this year, including a 1966 Ford Shelby Mustang, valued at around $200,000, that was once owned by its designer, Carroll Shelby. When a unit contains a rare or…

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27 Dec 2011

There has recently been a lot of growth in the Ethiopian communities in Toronto, as evidenced by an increasing number of Ethiopian cathedrals being built in the city. The Globe and Mail points out that the churches are not just a sign that Ethiopian people are immigrating to Toronto, but they are also beautiful examples of traditional architecture that juxtapose the modern skyscrapers of the city.One such building is being constructed in an industrial neighborhood, coloring the landscape of factories and warehouses with its elegant architecture. When construction is complete, the church will be open to the public. Storage facilities can provide the church officials with a place to keep the furniture, decorations and any other items that will be…

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19 Dec 2011

Thomas Braswell, a 30-year-old construction worker from Florida, decided to try his hand at a storage auction, and the unit he won contained some pretty interesting stuff. The Tampa Tribune reports that Braswell outbid three others and won a 6-by-10-foot storage unit for $25, and inside it he found a TV that would recoup the money he spent. He also came across five boxes of photographs, legal documents and family trees that date back to the early 1800s, according to the news source."I wasn't thinking we hit the jackpot," Braswell explained to the Tribune reporter. "I want to find the family and give it back. If it was my family heirlooms, I'd want them. I know there is somebody out…

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31 Oct 2011

Whether people are downsizing, renovating their homes, in the midst of moving to a new location or looking to add more living space, storage units are rented for all types of reasons. Similarly, given that tastes and preferences differ, storage units are often loaded with a wide variety of items, many of them that require special handling. To help, 123Movers.com, a U.S.-based internet company that helps individuals find long distance moving companies, offers a few packing suggestions. For instance, major appliances – such as refrigerators, stoves and washing machines – should be clean and dry before storing them. In addition, their doors should be locked in a secure position to prevent them from opening, which can be a safety hazard.…

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11 Oct 2011

The number of homes beginning construction in the metro-Toronto area in September declined markedly on a monthly basis, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation reports.Both multifamily and single-family home starts decreased from August, which may indicate the GTA's real estate sector is slowing down somewhat. More than 10,000 single-family residences began construction in September, while slightly more than 22,000 multifamily properties broke ground.Overall, the rate of housing starts reached its lowest point in 2011. However, an analyst with CMHC doesn't seem too concerned by this development."The moderation in new home construction was welcomed following prior levels that were higher than expected population requirements", said CMHC senior market analyst for the GTA Shaun Hildebrand. "Housing development in Toronto should stabilize near…

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5 Oct 2011

While social media websites like Facebook and Twitter may have gotten their start in the U.S., in many cases, the use of these websites by Canadians outpaces the number of Americans who log on.According to a 2010 study from eMarketer, some of the world's highest social networking usage rates come from Canada.Statistics gathered by the data publishing firm indicate that since 2008, social media use has jumped by leaps and bounds. For instance, three years ago, Canadian users of websites like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and LinkedIn totaled 11.4 million. Last year, that number jumped to 15.1 million.As for this year, the study projects 16.1 million users will come from Canada. If the rate of increase continues on its current path,…

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12 Sep 2011

While there are a variety of considerations to weigh when deciding which storage company to choose to house one's belongings, a significant factor should be the security system it uses. All too often, burglaries take place at facilities that could have been prevented had the owners used a more sophisticated lockdown procedure.One such incident happened last week in the U.S. According to a local Arkansas newspaper, The Log Cabin Democrat, a storage unit facility manager arrived to work and found that seven of the units had been burglarized.As one might suspect, expensive items were stolen from the units, including a 32-inch Emerson flat-screen television and a stereo system furnished with a turntable and mixer, the paper reported.Had the owners used…

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