26 Aug 2011

The importance of storage during weather disasters

As much of the year 2011 has shown – in North America and many other continents as well – environmental disasters can occur anywhere and at anytime. Thus, it's important to know what items to keep in storage should there be an emergency. To help, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has put together a list of things property owners may want to move to their storage unit so they don't cause serious damage when a storm approaches. For instance, in windy conditions that can result from tornadoes and hurricanes, the source says homeowners should be sure to bring all outdoor furniture, decorations and lawn equipment into a safely sheltered area, as they may become projectiles. In addition to moving things to a storage unit, homeowners may also want to keep items in them that can be used before a storm hits. For example, FEMA says trees and shrubs that are well manicured are more resistant to wind. Thus, keeping extra…

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15 Aug 2011

At Jiffy Self-Storage, we put a premium on making sure our renters' belongings are secure. And we do it to avoid what happened to the tenants of two storage unit facilities in the U.S.According to the Gaylord Herald Times, 60 storage units were broken into by thieves on August 10 in Gaylord, Michigan.In an interview with the paper, Joe FitzGerald, the town's police chief, said he and his fellow officers have been trying to get in touch with the owners of the units to get an idea of what's been stolen.Robert Krupa, a state trooper investigating the break-in of a separate storage facility, told the source jewelry and a Moped had been taken from one of the units.Officers believe the…

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11 May 2011

A new report on the health of the self-storage market in Canada mimics that of the nation's economy: the industry is strong, stable and looks to improve in 2011.According to Foy and Co. Investment Real Estate Services and its National Self Storage Review, many markets in 2010 reported improvements in occupancy, with several companies expanding their services in order to meet demand.Toronto was no exception. The firm found that while occupancy declined somewhat in July 2010, several GTA companies are making up for what was lost, as companies say business has picked up and occupancy rates have grown.While the storage business in Toronto in 2010 was solid overall, Foy and Company said the city with the highest achievement was Vancouver.…

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26 Apr 2011

Recently, the city of Toronto has received recognition from various mediums about being one of the world's most successful cities in the present day. But a new study indicates it's also a city of the future.According to Foreign Direct Investment Magazine's 'American Cities of the Future,' Toronto is among the cities with the most potential for further advancement. New York City, Chicago and Houston topped FDI's list, which was determined by a five-member panel assessing data from 405 cities. The criteria included economic potential, human resources, cost effectiveness, quality of life, infrastructure and business friendliness.The future isn't the only thing that Toronto thrives in. According to FDI magazine, it's also a North American leader in infrastructure and overall quality of…

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15 Apr 2011

This being the season for spring cleaning, storage units often see spikes in activity as more people try to get organized. Even though this gives people the extra room they need, homeowners often want to clean things up further by throwing things away.But they may be throwing out more than they bargained for.According to a study conducted by Kijiji Canada, 40 percent of the country's residents throw out there belongings when they could be selling them for hundreds of dollars. But, the study, found, people likely wouldn't do this if they knew someone who needed the items or were told about an easier way to get rid of them.Whatever the reason for throwing things away, Jaclyn Ray of Kijiji Canada…

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7 Apr 2011

As watching any episode of "Storage Wars" will attest, people use their storage unit for any number of things. For most, storage units are a mixed bag of furniture, documents and clothing; for others, they're used exclusively as a protection zone for important valuables and collectibles.With the latter group in mind, Toronto residents have a unique opportunity in June, as some of the most famous gowns and dresses worn by Princess Diana will be put on the auction block.One of Canada's oldest auction houses that will be hosting the event, Waddington's, said 14 dresses will be up for grabs, including the one worn by the late Princess of Wales when she danced with actor John Travolta in 1997.As one might…

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1 Apr 2011

In case it wasn't already clear, storage units are available so people have another place to store or protect their stuff.With this in mind, what would a storage company be if it didn't offer a chance to win MORE stuff?Jiffy Storage is holding the GTA Jiffy Landmark Contest where, simply by visiting the website, people can win thousands of dollars in prizes.That's really all there is to it. Go to the website, enter the contest, then watch a short video of some Toronto landmarks and correctly match an audio clip to the appropriate landmark.Later this year, prizes will be given to winners of the contest through a drawing. There's a treasure trove of goods available, all of which won't be…

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30 Mar 2011

The rate of home sales and storage unit purchases didn't break any records in the first two weeks of March. In fact, when compared to 2010, the sales rate dropped.According to the Greater Toronto Real Estate Board, there were 4,138 home sales the first half of the month, a decline of 5 percent year-over-year. Furthermore, the number of homes being listed for sale also declined when compared to March 2010, dipping 15 percent.Bill Johnson, president of the TREB, said the numbers are actually a positive sign for how Torontonians are faring in today's economic climate."A positive economic outlook for the Greater Toronto area, including steady growth in jobs and incomes, has kept households confident in their ability to purchase and…

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1 Mar 2011

For residents of the Greater Toronto area that question whether or not they really need to rent out a storage unit, perhaps the installation of one in space will serve as a good example.Today, astronauts on the space shuttle Discovery will put the finishing touches on the International Space Station by adding a storage module.The storage unit, or as astronauts call it, the permanent multipurpose module, will hold warehouse equipment and spare components for the space station.The space is large enough to house a school bus, as it's 21 feet long and 15 feet wide."We're bringing the assembly of the station to a close," astronaut Mike Barratt told Space.com in an in-flight news briefing held Sunday. "We're bringing the last…

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18 Feb 2011

With the Toronto real estate market back on track, the city is looking to keep businesses in the black and storage units stacked by bringing some heavy-hitting residents to the Greater Toronto area.According to CBC…

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18 Feb 2011

The Toronto area saw significant growth in the real estate market in January, and the Canadian Real Estate Association believes the market will grow even more in the month of February, perhaps signaling renewed demand…

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15 Feb 2011

The number of people moving to the Greater Toronto area last month may be slightly off the pace when compared to January 2010, but the city's real estate market continues to move forward.According to the…

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14 Feb 2011

At more than 33 million, Canada's population has been on a steady increase for more than 50 years. And last year, there was a significant jump in economic migrants. Approximately 280,600 legal immigrants became permanent…

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