16 May 2012

Tips for a successful yard sale

Many homeowners may have used spring cleaning to organize their house, and it's not uncommon to find items that are no longer useful. One way to get rid of these items – and make a little cash in the process – is to hold a yard sale.Holding a yard sale isn't a major undertaking, but those who put more effort into their sale can walk away with a bit more money in their pocket and a few more items sold, reports Moneyville. A good idea is to get the entire neighborhood to throw yard sales at the same time – this will attract many more customers who can go from house to house. Even if you are the only one holding a yard sale, advertising is important. Putting signs up around town is a good idea, but don't forget to use free websites such as Craigslist or UsedEverywhere to get the word out.Even if your yard sale is very successful,…

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18 Apr 2012

Holding an open house can be an exciting time for those selling their home, as the event is a good chance to meet a variety of prospective buyers. All homeowners want their open house to go smoothly, but there are a few steps they must take in advance to ensure it goes off without a hitch, reports the Real Estate Council of Ontario.Unfortunately, theft has become a problem with open houses, and homeowners need to take steps to protect their valuables. Sensitive financial documents and small valuables like jewelry have been known to disappear during open house events in the past, according to the group.Self storage is one option that sellers should consider before an open house. Keeping financial documents…

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5 Apr 2012

The national unemployment rate in Canada was 7.2 percent in the month of March, though some cities had it better than others, reports The Canadian Press.While unemployment continues to be high in many major cities – 9.2 percent in Montreal, for example, smaller areas are beginning to recover. Regina dropped down from 4.4 to 3.9 percent, while Halifax and Victoria also posted good numbers. The area of Alberta seems to be doing well, with both Calgary and Edmonton offering above-average job prospects.Those looking for a job may want to consider moving to an area where positions are more plentiful. An affordable way to do this is to rent a small apartment in a new city while looking for work. Even…

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30 Mar 2012

New Jersey state police busted two suspects who allegedly stole more than $450,000 worth of department store merchandise after tracking the goods to a storage facility, reports the Somerset Messenger-Gazette.The two suspected thieves, Vincente Ponsoda and Konstantinos Hantsoulis, were reportedly stealing the goods from a distribution center for a major department store. Hantsoulis worked in the distribution center and handled "misdirected freight," or items that were mistakenly sent to the distribution center. Rather than send these items back, Hantsoulis arranged for Ponsoda to come pick them up and bring them to a self storage facility. Some of the goods were later sold for cash.Police were tipped off by someone working at the distribution center, who noticed the pattern of items…

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29 Mar 2012

A new survey has revealed that many British people would love to have more space to entertain their guests, and renting a storage container could be an affordable way to do so.A British self storage company recently conducted a survey asking which areas of a house homeowners would like to have a bit more room in. The most popular answer was the living room, although Scottish survey respondents would rather have more space in the dining room.Among those who said living room, the most popular answer overall was more space for sofa seating. In fact, 44 percent of women said this is what they would use the extra space for. Men, meanwhile, would rather use the newfound room to install…

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22 Mar 2012

The Feinstein Foundation is a non-profit organization involved in a number of charitable causes. Every year, the Foundation runs the annual Feinstein Challenge, which tasks local businesses and groups from across the country with raising money and food to fight hunger.The idea behind the challenge is simple. The Feinstein Foundation budgets $1 million for the challenge, but asks each group to fundraise on their own as an incentive. The business or group then goes and raises as much as they can in donations, with the money and food going to local organizations.Once the group provides proof to the Feinstein Foundation of how much they raised in food and money, the Feinstein foundation will then give them a donation – up…

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12 Mar 2012

Beginning March 15th, storage facilities will need to comply with the new rules instituted by the most recent Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which protects the rights of disabled civilians.According to the new law, five percent of the first 200 storage units much be handicapped accessible, reports Inside Self Storage. For any units over the first 200, only two percent must be handicapped-friendly. However, self storage facilities do not have to hold these units for disabled customers. If the other units are taken up and a renter wants one of these spaces, they can use them.In addition, the new law may not necessitate changes. If an owner is in compliance with the ADA standards set in 1991, they will not…

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8 Mar 2012

A Chicago self storage business is giving back to the community by hosting an event that will combine a blood drive with the city's annual Merchant Day, which is designed to highlight small businesses in the area.The self storage facility will be hosting a blood drive that is expected to draw interest from across the community. The blood drive will be held on Merchant Day, so the facility is also letting its tenants who use the facility for small business storage open up their containers and show their wares to the public."We wanted to include Merchant Day because we have a few tenants that have small businesses and wanted to help them out and also generate new business," said co-owner…

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8 Mar 2012

Last week, tornadoes stormed through Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana, leaving many homeless and with no place to keep their possessions. Fortunately, at least one kind self storage facility owner stepped up to the plate.Storage facility owner Bama Clines told survivors of the hurricane that they could store things in his facility for up to one month free of charge after the disaster, according to WAFF in Alabama. A number of people have already taken Clines up on his offer, though the storage facility owner said that their were still units available for those who needed them.Clines said that storage units were a good way to keep valuable possessions dry, which could be a big issue for those who had…

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1 Mar 2012

How many boxes of Girl Scout Cookies can fit into a self storage unit? Troop 346 and 475 of Chicago, Illinois, hope to find out when they host a massive sale this weekend at a nearby storage facility.Troop Leader Camille Allen approached the owners of the facility about helping the Girl Scouts raise money by selling the famous cookies. The owners thought it was a great idea and offered up some containers for the girls to use. They also emailed tenants at the facility, urging them to come by and pick up some cookies. Advertisements for the big sale have also been placed in local publications.The Girl Scouts will take over the units this weekend for several hours, storing the…

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24 Feb 2012

Reasons for using self storage may vary, but the number of people opting to use these outlets to store their valuables continues to grow. MSN Money recently reported that the industry as a whole continues to boom and many insiders believe the continued improvement has to do with what's going on with the economy around the globe.According to the source, even with the U.S. and Canadian economy looking like they are starting to take a turn for the better, people are still looking into storage facilities to keep their items until they are able to find a new home or a larger apartment."The impact of the decline in housing and a decrease in apartment occupancy rates appears to have ended,"…

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24 Feb 2012

Buying a new home can pose many unforeseen challenges and hurdles, making the process hard, yet worth it in the end. Closing costs are one aspect of buying that some may overlook, Moneyville reports.According to the source, potential buyers are advised to put aside one to three percent of the total purchase price of the home for payment of the closing costs. Buyers should also factor in between $600 and $900 for legal fees and another $400 for disbursements. Moneyville reports that this money will go towards registering the mortgage, completing a tax certificate and performing a title search on the home.With all of these hidden extra costs, it's important for buyers to look into affordable self storage in Toronto…

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22 Feb 2012

With the economy still struggling in both the U.S. and Canada, more homeowners are deciding to downsize and move into a condo or an apartment, which can cause problems with finding adequate storage for all their possessions. Condos tend to be bought by people, but in recent years the option of renting condos has sprung up, Moneyville reports.According to the source, some people who own their condos are against the idea of allowing renters into their buildings as owners understand that if they break something or create a mess, they are responsible for fixing the problem. However, with renters the lines are no so black and white. Owners who rent out their condos might also have a harder time selling…

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21 Feb 2012

Times are still tough in Canada, causing many to downsize and keep items in storage. However, a new report suggests that baby boomers across the nation may soon be inheriting a lot – $1 trillion – from their parents, Moneyville reports.According to the source, boomers were born to parents who had survived the second World War, which made the elders smart savers after suffering through such difficult times. Because of this, many experts believe that boomers will see a lot of wealth after their parents pass, either through real estate or a sum of money because of their parents' simple lifestyles."Many of these people own their homes and the value has gone up significantly," Benjamin Tal, deputy chief economist at…

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17 Feb 2012

As more news regarding the popularity of the self storage industry spreads, it's no wonder that people also continue to come up with new and strange items to keep within such facilities, the Hartford Courant reports.According to the news outlet, the storage industry has become a "you never know what you're gonna get" type of business. A company in Newington, Connecticut, reported having a group of teenagers rent out portable storage containers only to find out later (by hearing it) that they were using the units for band practice.Bob Rogers, the owner of a facility out of Phoenix, Arizona, told the publication about the strangest renter he's ever heard of."One lady showed up at a California place with a big…

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16 Feb 2012

Some young couples throughout Canada and the U.S. are starting to settle down into their first homes. Although there may be plenty of storage for two, when a bundle of joy is on the way, it may be hard to find enough space to keep all that comes along with a new baby, Tech-Army.org reports.According to the source, many young people starting out live in cramped homes or apartments that barely affords enough room for two people to share. When a new baby is on the way, there needs to be even more consideration and many families are opting to store their unnecessary items in self storage  for the time being.Although it may seem like a burden for some to…

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14 Feb 2012

The self storage industry continues to grow despite many countries around the globe facing financial hardships. China is the most recent country to adopt the Western practice of storing excess items outside of the home and many are taking to it with ease, China Daily reports.Chen Yu, the executive customer manager at a Yangpu district storage facility, told the news outlet that since its doors opened last August, business has been booming. People come in to keep everything from household items to products for their businesses."Sometimes our clients store their household wares here so that they could rent out an extra room," Chen told the publication. "We've got both individual and corporate clients, and the majority of our customers are…

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10 Feb 2012

Most parents give their kids some leeway when it comes to keeping their stuff at home in "storage" after they move out for the first time, but some parents may be wondering when it is OK to take back their homes.According to The Sydney Morning Herald, this trend is occurring all around the world. Some parents opt to continue to store items like their kids' old story books and toys to one day show their grandchildren in the future, while others continue to wait until their adult children find space in their own homes for their junk.The source reports that many people just shift the items from one room to another, rather than throw it out. However, there needs to…

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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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