5 Nov 2012

Masonic Temple could be closed down

The Masonic Temple in Toronto could be closing down after 95 years of concerts and the building might be turned into condominiums. The building closing down reminds any home owners involved in moves or those who just want to free up some space to consider self storage in the Toronto area.Bell Media and CTV currently own the building and told the Toronto Sun that as of now, no more production will be done in the building and they are exploring options from where to go from here.“Staff were notified of it in September," Scott Henderson, Bell Media’s vice-president of communications, told the Toronto Sun. "The future of the temple has yet to be decided. They’re considering all opportunities, including potentially selling it."Henderson added that the future of the Masonic Temple lies in the hands of realtors at this point.Self storage can be a smart way to hang on to valuable items without taking up room in a house or apartment. For…

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23 Oct 2012

With small businesses increasing rapidly throughout Canada, a great way to cut down on employment costs is to hire unpaid interns.Toronto public storage can also be used in place for office space, especially for small business owners looking to get rid of the expensive cost of rent.Many younger individuals, in college or recent graduates, are quick to jump on unpaid internship positions, as they can offer experience that will set them up for a job later on.“Everything that I'm gaining – working with some of the city's top editors, seeing how a weekly magazine operates on a daily basis – is pretty invaluable for someone my age and at my stage in life," Sara Harowitz, an unpaid intern at Toronto…

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8 Oct 2012

The Canadian economy recently added 52,100 new jobs during September, five times the amount economists predicted and, even better, most of the jobs added were full time positions. The news bodes well for Canada but it was not all positive. In another surprise, the unemployment rate still increased one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.4 percent, as many Canadian workers lost their jobs.For individuals looking to save money on a move or are just looking to free up space in their homes, Toronto affordable self storage is available.“That is very unusual, to get a job gain of more than 50,000 and yet have the unemployment rate rise in the same month,” said Doug Porter, deputy chief economist at the Bank…

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4 Oct 2012

The value of a small business is worth what the market says it's worth, no matter how much an owner thinks it may be worth.For small businesses looking to cut costs, Toronto self storage can be used in place of expensive office space.For an entrepreneur looking to get the maximum buyout on their business, it is important to first do a review of the company. This means assessing management teams to ensure the company is capable of standing on its own after being sold. In addition, this means ensuring accounting information is accurate and reflects finances properly, the Toronto Star reported.Business owners also need to know they can't just up and leave the business behind after it's sold either.“You can't…

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19 Sep 2012

According to recent data from Statistics Canada, the average retirement age of public sector workers is not 60, but is 66 for self-employed Canadians.Canadians, especially self-employed and those closing in on retirement, should consider self storage units to run their business out of or store extra items that are cluttering up an office.“People who are self-employed often work into their senior years, if they can control their hours and client base,” Fred Vettese, chief actuary at the Toronto office of Morneau Shepell — the largest firm providing human resource consulting and outsourcing services in Canada, told the Toronto Star.“Many still want to be engaged in the workforce because it provides mental and social stimulation, plus they enjoy doing something that…

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30 Aug 2012

According to the recently released Teranet-National Bank Composite House Price Index, the mass amount of condos going up in Toronto is causing the three largest housing markets in Canada to experience "considerable softening."With fewer people purchasing property in Canada than in previous months, residents will look for affordable self storage in Toronto as a place to put some of their possessions, which they don't have room for in their homes. "Despite the string of fairly robust month-over-month gains, we do not expect this trend to continue especially as the impact of tighter mortgage regulations weigh on housing market activity over the balance of the year," Mazen Issa, Canada macro strategist at TD Securities, said in a research note.Marc Pinsonneault, the senior…

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20 Aug 2012

Americans who are looking to buy a house should think about making the move relatively quickly, as the housing cycle is long, and home prices are seemingly favorable right now. A recent article for USA Today outlined how the United States is beginning to recover from its recent housing crisis.Currently, home prices are at their lowest since 2003, according to statistics from the National Association of Realtors. However, the window for great deals is beginning to close, as values are beginning to tick upward in a number of markets.Although some experts said the housing market to the north, in Canada, may endure the same type of troubles as the United States has faced the past five years, a recent MarketWatch…

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16 Aug 2012

The Toronto Real Estate Board recently reported home sales fell 1.5 percent year-over-year in July, suggesting the Toronto housing market may be cooling down a bit. With fewer people buying homes, they may be seeking out a Toronto self storage facility to store their possessions until they find the right place to move in to. Although the market has slowed, contractors appear to know something others don't, as permits for new buildings rose 21 percent from June to July. The increase in potential new homes may saturate the market, resulting in a possible drop in values – a positive sign for buyers.But, the benefit for buyers may take some time to come to fruition, as reports show that prices remain…

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10 Aug 2012

Many married men in Toronto have to cope with the problems of getting a divorce. Whether it be finding a new place to live or moving back in with family, males need to find affordable self storage in Toronto to help them keep their belongings safe while going through divorce. Here are some other tips men can follow to help them get through a divorce.•Exercise to manage stress: It is widely known that physical activity through exercise can help males reduce their stress when going through tough times. Exercise can help men reduce tension and anger, while also getting healthier.•Find a distraction: When going through a divorce, many men tend to dwell on it every waking moment of the day.…

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19 Jul 2012

As summer continues on, many students are working at summer jobs hoping to save money for the school year. Moneysense.ca recently offered some tips for students in this position when it comes to saving their paychecks.It can be tempting to spend summer job earnings on entertainment or nights out with friends, but those who save wisely throughout the summer will be in a better position for the numerous expenses that come with a new school year.One tip the news source offers is automating payment transfers with the bank. Many do not realize they can set up an automated system that will deposit a percentage of their payments into their savings account. This way, the student isn't tempted by the money…

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19 Jul 2012

Businesses offering affordable self storage in Toronto can improve their revenues if they adjust the way they service their customers over the phone, according to a blog post for Inside Self-Storage written by Tron Jordheim, director of off-site sales company PhoneSmart.Toronto natives want to feel as they are valued customers, and not that they are being shipped off-site to call centers. Jordheim wrote that those fielding calls for self storage facilities should be aware of how to talk to Toronto residents. Talking to callers like they are from certain areas in North America, and not particularly Toronto, could lead to lower levels of customer satisfaction.The telephone sales force needs to be trained on talking to people from certain place. Callers…

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13 Jul 2012

The U.S. megastore chain Target has confirmed it will be opening locations in Canada next year, beginning with four stores in the Toronto area.Locations at Centre Point Mall, Cloverdale Mall, East York Town Centre and Shoppers World Danforth at Victoria Park Ave are set to open in March and April of 2013, but that's just the beginning of the company's expansion plans, reports The Toronto Star. In total, more than 125 stores will be spread across Canada throughout 2013, with more coming for 2014."Construction has already begun on our first set of stores and we are excited to see the transformation as the Target brand comes to life in Canada," Tony Fisher, president of Target Canada, told the news source.Target…

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11 Jul 2012

Toronto has a booming real estate market right now, but so many people wanting to live in one city is having an effect on the size of the available homes. According to a recent report by Urbannation, condos and apartments being built in the city are getting smaller, not larger.The report compares apartments and condos available for occupancy now with those that will be ready for 2014 (currently being built). In almost every category, the apartments are shrinking, reports CBC News.Currently, 63 percent of condos in the city are studios or one-bedrooms, reports the news source. By 2014, that will rise to 67 percent. What's more, the average size of these dwellings are on the decline. Studios average 438 square…

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20 Jun 2012

A recent survey indicates many Canadian small businesses are backing up their financial data, but many are leaving the critical files on-site, where they are not necessarily protected.The study, by Sage Simply Accounting, found that nearly all small businesses back up critical data. However, many are then storing their files within the building, which essentially defeats the purpose of having a back-up. A fire in the building, for example, would wipe out the original copies and the back-ups. With affordable Toronto self storage rates available for small business and document storage, owners should consider using off-site backup for their files instead."An overwhelming 98 percent of Canadian small businesses are backing up their financial data, but only 28 percent are doing…

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19 Jun 2012

Jiffy Self Storage, a leading provider of Toronto storage solutions, is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and helping the environment. The popular self storage facility has installed a number of "green" systems in recent years in order to reduce energy usage and help save the Earth.Perhaps the most significant change is the company's energy-efficient HVACs (heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems). Jiffy's HVAC system uses naturally cool air from outdoors to keep the temperature down in inside spaces. If the outside temperature is below a certain point, all air conditioning is automatically turned off and the outside air is filtered inside so no energy is wasted.Jiffy's new roof also serves to reduce energy usage. Insulation is typically measured by…

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14 Jun 2012

While the psychological condition known as hoarding has been around for some time, there's no doubt shows like A&E's "Hoarders" and TLC's "Hoarding: Buried Alive" have shed a new light on this problematic issue. Those who have seen the show know the people featured often treat their homes like self storage units, simply piling all of their items into rooms like the kitchen, living room or bedroom.The stories shown on these programs border on heartbreaking – often, hoarding is triggered by something like losing a loved one. It's not uncommon for hoarders to hold onto everything even remotely related to their deceased loved one in order to hang on to their memory.Other stories are quite quirky. An upcoming episode in…

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12 Jun 2012

Falls can be a treacherous hazard for many seniors, as the reduced mobility that comes with old age can make elderly people more susceptible to falls. Fortunately, the Mayo Clinic offers some advice for seniors and caregivers to consider to reduce the chance of a fall.Renting at a self storage facility may be very beneficial for those looking to avoid falls. According to the news source, removing clutter is a major way to help reduce falls. Clearing seldom-used items out of a home or apartment and putting them in an affordable self storage unit can help keep walking areas clear. Items that are used frequently by the senior should be stored in easily-accessible areas within the home.Lighting is another important…

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11 Jun 2012

Writing a will is an important step for those planning their estate, according to Moneyville.ca. Those who do not write out a will with their wishes could potentially lose some of their property according to the rules of their province. In addition, capital gains taxes and probate fees can also take nearly half of the estate if a will is not in place.Thus, Canadians should be sure to take the steps of estate planning seriously to ensure all items and holdings end up with the right people. One of the steps in drafting a will is choosing an executor. This is the person who will be responsible for carrying out the wishes of the deceased once they have passed on.…

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1 Jun 2012

The federal government has raised the spending limits for Canadians taking trips to America, allowing those coming back home a bigger budget for shopping south of the border.Previously, the spending limit for those visiting America for a trip of between one and two days was $50 worth of duty-free goods, according to Moneyville.ca. That limit has now increased to $200. Spending limits were also upped for longer excursions to America, with trips lasting more than two days eligible for $800 worth of duty-free shopping.There are still no duty or tax exemptions for purchases made during trips under 24 hours. The government does not want shoppers to simply pop over to America for reduced prices while avoiding Canadian taxes. The spending…

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