Tips for safe and secure moving
25 Sep 2018

4 Essential Tips for Moving

Moving is a stressful and hectic experience for many Canadians, and unexpected complications or setbacks can be detrimental to your move. Beyond the physical stress of moving, families often find themselves facing unexpected costs, increasing the financial burden that comes with moving. This process can be even more taxing when…

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House Auction Tips And Tricks
9 Jul 2018

A quick-fire way of buying amazing real estate is by bidding at auctions. From providing the much-needed adrenaline rush to posing as a fun game, auctions are always interesting to attend. However, buying a house…

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24 May 2017

Moving overseas for work is stressful enough as it is without having to worry about what you are going to do with all your stuff. It can be especially stressful if you are leaving all of your stuff behind and you don’t know what you are going to do with it. If you are moving overseas for the long haul, or just for a little while, and you are using short term storage while you figure out what you are going do, below are some tips for moving your items. Break Down the Large Items If you are going to be storing the majority of your furniture, you are going to want to maximize your return on investment by breaking…

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9 Sep 2016

With that big move in the coming weeks, your mind is probably already focused on how you’re going to design the new space and integrate the family. But it’s also important to think about the moving process. It’s during this time that priceless belongings can be broken and even lost—so, in this post, we’ll help guide you with three tips for keeping belongings safe during a move. Commit to Smart Packing The packing process is the most important part of moving homes. It determines the safety of your belongings during transit. To begin the smart packing process, create an inventory of each of the items ready to be packed. This list can then be checked off as you pack each…

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1 Aug 2016

A temporary relocation for work, or simply for a change of scenery can be a great energy boost to your life, but it also inevitably means making plans to store anything that you won’t, or can’t bring with you. A temporary relocation is not the same as a permanent one and requires that you tailor your packing and planning to account for the shorter time period. Below are some tips for storing your items during a temporary relocation. Find out what’s included in your new accommodation. Before you decide to pack or store anything, you will need to find out what your new space includes in terms of furniture and space to store anything that you consider vital and would…

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10 Jul 2013

Self storage provides a number of benefits for homeowners looking for help during a home move or just wanting to free up some clutter. Storage unites can be a safe haven for your most valuable…

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25 Jun 2013

When deciding on whether or not you need a storage unit, don't let the common misconceptions influence your decision. Myth: My items won't be safeFact: Self storage provides a safe haven for valuables you do not…

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25 Jun 2013

According to a recent Canadian Real Estate Association report, Canadian home sales increased 3.6 percent in May on a month-over-month comparison, accounting for the largest gain in more than two years, while prices hit an…

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30 May 2013

As more people around the world immigrate to Canada, Toronto sees many families searching for cheap storage space.According to a recent article in The Star, the 2011 National Household Survey revealed that 2.5 million immigrants…

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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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5 Jun 2012

Sales in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) continue to be high after a red-hot streak in 2012, but recent trends have shown many buyers headed to the suburban parts of the city rather than the downtown areas, according to Moneyville.ca.Referred to as "905" properties due to the area code, sales of homes in suburban Toronto were strong in the month of May, thanks mainly to an increase in resale listings. In previous months, most were hanging onto their homes rather than selling, which was making the market very tough for buyers. The lack of listings meant demand was far outstripping supply, in turn driving up prices.According to the news source, 10,850 homes in Toronto were resold in May, with 6,720…

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1 Feb 2012

With more people living well into their 70s and 80s, the question of whether to keep seniors in their homes or to move them in with relatives or to a nursing home arises, Moneyville reports. Moving an elder loved one out of the home they raised their families in can not only bring up some mixed emotions, it might also pose new questions, such as "How much storage is going to be needed for their stuff?"According to the publication, many times the question of selling mom or dad's house arises when they are no longer able to maintain their property. From this, some opt to sell their homes altogether in order to move into a retirement facility or a condo,…

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18 Jan 2012

With the economy both in the U.S. and Canada still hurting, more people admit they are willing to relocate for the right job, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. This can lead to other stresses like selling a current home and figuring out storage solutions for valuables.The survey was conducted from November 9 to December 5, 2011, and was sent out to more than 3,000 employers and 7,000 workers.From the data, researchers noted that 32 percent of employers would be willing to pay for qualified workers to relocate, while 30 percent of workers said they'd be up for a move to "make a fresh start."According to the source, moving for a better pay has become the norm over the…

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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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22 Sep 2011

Some changes are coming to Toronto that suggests the city is growing at a prodigious rate: new area codes.Starting March 25, 2013, the Greater Toronto Area will have two new area codes – 437 and 365. The former number will service those who are in the the 416/546 area, while the latter will be for GTA residents in the 905/289 area codes.The new numbers result from a decision made by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, as demand for Toronto telephone numbers is quickly exceeding the supply.Glenn Pilley, director of the Canadian Numbering Association, said current GTA residents shouldn't be affected."The introduction of a new area code in a region enables millions of additional telephone numbers to be provided without…

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16 May 2011

The Toronto Zoo is bidding goodbye to some of its largest tenants. By a vote of 5-2, the Toronto Zoo Board of Management voted to move its three elephants to a wildlife park with a habitat that’s more amenable to pachyderm life. Though the Toronto Zoo has housed elephants for the past 36 years, animal rights groups such as Zoocheck Canada have been urging Toronto officials to move the elephants to a warmer climate for months. Former “The Price is Right” host Bob Barker is one of the more noted individuals lobbying for the move. There’s no indication the board bowed to the pressure, however, as board member Josh Colle told CTV Toronto that it would cost the zoo more…

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6 May 2011

As a storage unit business, few things would be better than bringing an NFL football franchise to the GTA, as nothing attracts visitors and residents to a city like America’s that sport does. But rumors about the New Orleans Saints relocating to Toronto, apparently, simply aren’t true. According to the Saints’ team spokesman Greg Bensel, there’s no truth to the suggestion that the New Orleans franchise is relocating. “Reports about the Saints as a potential team moving to Toronto are completely false,” Bensel said. “The New Orleans Saints are committed to the city of New Orleans.” The rumor got legs when Mayor Rob Ford’s brother, Doug, told the Toronto-based media company The Score that the NFL was considering moving the…

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28 Feb 2011

Integrating into a new society can be a difficult adjustment, particularly for immigrants. Not only do they have to find Toronto storage and housing for their belongings in an unfamiliar area, but they also have to adapt to a lifestyle that’s probably quite foreign to them. But according to the British Council and the Migration Policy Group, integration of immigrants is something Canada excels at. According to the group’s Migration Integration Policy Index, Canada has some of the strongest policies in place to ensure the successful assimilation of immigrants into Canadian culture. Of the 31 countries surveyed, Canada’s ranking was third, behind only Sweden and Portugal. The countries with the worst immigration policies, according to the study, are Cyprus and…

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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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