23 Oct 2015

5 Things To Look For In A Moving Company

Do you need to move some things into or out of storage? Here’s what to look for when hiring movers to come to your storage locker. Free Estimates Ideally, you should consider at least three estimates before choosing a moving company. Since there are so many ways of pricing moves, only a particular estimate for your exact situation can really tell you how much it will cost. There is no reason to pay extra for an estimate; if they want to charge you, just try a different company. Remember that estimates, even nonbinding ones, give you legal options as a consumer. You can sue in small claims court for compensation if the actual cost of a move is more than 10% higher than the estimate. Low Premiums for Extra Stops If you are just moving things into or out of storage, you will only need two stops. But, if you are also moving to a new place, you will need…

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19 Oct 2015

To make a budget for storage, you need to plan which things will go into storage, and for how long. Follow these steps to make a lean storage that will cost as little as possible. Inventory Everything Make a list of everything you might want to store. Organize it, roughly, by priority. Make the Hard Choices On your spreadsheet, find the cut-off points for different sizes of storage lockers. At what point do you think you will need to upsize? Which priority items would fit into the smaller size? If it helps, consider diagramming how you will store everything. Remember to leave an aisle or two to make it possible to access items stored at the back. After you have…

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16 Oct 2015

Storing a bicycle during the winter season makes a lot of sense, especially if the only other option is outdoor storage exposed to the elements. Storage lockers tend to be more climatically stable than garages, yards, or indoor rooms, keeping bikes in better shape over time. Still, there are some things to consider before putting a bike into storage to make sure that it lasts the winter without damage. Moisture Wrecks Steel Moisture will slowly eat all steel components of your bicycle. If your bike has a steel frame or wheels, these will get eaten too. You can fight moisture in a number of ways: Choosing climate-controlled storage, which also controls humidity. Placing your bike up on blocks or on…

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12 Oct 2015

An old joke says that used bookstores are just what happens when a collection gets too big for a house. Well, now there’s a good happy medium option between large collection and bookstore-ownership: storage lockers. Climate Control Books love a very specific climate. According to document conservation experts, the best environment for a book is between 30% and 40% humidity, with a stable temperature no higher than 20 degrees Celsius. Those parameters do not fit an attic or a basement, even finished or air conditioned ones. It is unlikely that even rooms on your main floor can keep the kind of climate that maintains old books. This is especially important if you have older books. Older books are often made…

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9 Oct 2015

Self-storage will save you a lot of money in the long run, and we can prove it. Try putting any of these ideas to the test in your budget spreadsheet- you’ll see how much they can help. Save Money on Office Space Savings on office space are the most significant benefits of self-storage. Storage space is much cheaper than office space. Depending on where you rent, a storage locker will cost you somewhere around $2/sq. ft per month, while office space, even cheap office space, will run you at least $8/sq. ft. As a result, every sq. ft of junk that you move out of your office and into storage will save you over $90 a year. Improve Office Aesthetics…

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5 Oct 2015

When children temporarily move out, it creates a difficult situation in your home. You’ve probably had dreams for years about what you could do with a little more space, and now you can make them happen- but for only 8 months. Then, your child is probably coming home. These days, it’s unlikely that a young person will be able to afford living away from home during summer, and might even need to spend a few years under your roof after graduating. You can make use of their room, but you’ll need to be able to easily put it back the way it was. Here are some ideas: Home Office The good thing about a home office is that you won’t…

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2 Oct 2015

Minimalism is the most important modern trend in home design, driven by articles on the beautiful minimalist homes of celebrities like Bryan Cranston. Some people simply want a simpler, cleaner, more “wealthy” look to their homes, while others are intrigued by the increased resale value provided by neutral tones and open floorplans. No matter your reasons, the following tips will help you succeed at a minimalist redesign. Reduce Minimalism simply cannot work with the amount of stuff in most homes. The first step of any move to minimalism is to go through all your things and categorize them into keep, store, recycle, and trash piles. Any items that you only use in certain seasons, or only a few times a…

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29 Sep 2015

Here at Jiffy Self-Storage, we’re proud to offer climate controlled storage solutions. Humidity and temperature shifts can be damaging to materials like metal, paper, laminate furniture finishes and electronic devices. Humidity control also keeps mould and mildew at bay, keeping your possessions safe from damage. Our goal is to have your items just as they were the day you brought them in. While not all items are as susceptible to climate or humidity damage, it’s important to know which ones are more than others, and for which items climate controlled storage is a necessity. Furniture Certain materials are very sensitive to changes in temperature. Wood is highly susceptible to humidity, and moisture can cause wood to crack, warp, or even…

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18 Sep 2015

Compared to other household items like furniture, electronics can be trickier to store. Electronics, such as computers, televisions, stereo equipment, CD players, handheld devices, and more, can be sensitive to water damage or temperature. Here are some things to take into consideration when storing electronics: Organize Cords and Wires You don’t want cords or wires to become damaged during storage, and opening a box of tangled wires can be frustrating. Make sure all detachable cords and other attachments are removed from the item. If you are dealing with lots of cords, you’ll thank yourself later for clearly labeling, organizing, and storing them! Remove Batteries Batteries can leak acid and damage an object. Remove all batteries prior to storage and either…

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14 Sep 2015

Maximizing your home’s storage capacity means maximizing your home’s spaciousness. The less clutter there is, the more spacious your home will look and feel. You don’t want to just shove everything in the closet! Here are some innovative ideas for maximizing your home’s storage potential. Multi-Tasking Items Items that look like unassuming pieces of furniture, but have hidden storage capacity are a great way of making your home appear more spacious. Storage ottomans double as a footrest, and as storage for DVDs, CDs, or whatever else you like. Many coffee tables also have shelves or storage underneath. De-cluttering the living room is a great way to impress guests. For your home’s entryway, consider a bench that opens up to storage…

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1 Sep 2015

The ways we might store electronics, dishes, and clothing are all very different! Fortunately, there are many different options for storage boxes to accommodate and protect each and every one of our items. Plastic Storage Boxes Plastic storage boxes are a lightweight, inexpensive storage option. The good thing about plastic storage boxes is that they keep moisture out. However, that can be a negative because plastic storage boxes don’t breathe, and therefore will trap any moisture inside. In case of this happening, it is a good idea to place silica gel packs in with your storage. Silica gel is a dehumidifying agent, which can absorb any excess moisture that may harm your belongings. The types of plastic storage boxes vary…

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31 Aug 2015

Storing artwork is one of the trickiest tasks. When it is stored improperly, the artwork can suffer damage which will ruin it or greatly depreciate its value. As an avid art collector or maybe even an artist, it is important that you store away the artwork safely and securely. There are several things you must do in order to preserve the art without depreciating the value in any way. Make sure that you are cautious while following the advice below. Wear protective gear when necessary and make sure you have a safe, cool, and dry place to store everything. Tips and Advice for Safe Storage and Preservation Encapsulate the artwork if it is on paper or canvas. Cover the work…

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24 Aug 2015

Storage units are one of the best ways to store away and pack up items in a residential or commercial property when you don’t want them taking up space. There are all types of self storage companies, but the key is to find one nearest to your home that offers a variety of different sizes and features. Renting a unit with humidity control is always best because it is important to keep your items dry and cool to prevent them from molding. When Is a Storage Unit a Good Idea? When you are amidst relocation When you have no room, but do not want to get rid of your belongings When you have a vehicle that isn’t being used presently,…

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14 Aug 2015

Every single one of us has items that we store away and refuse to get rid of. Most of the time, we store these items away in boxes. Depending on what is being stored, you may have an assortment of box sizes you use. These boxes are usually made from cardboard and aren’t necessarily meant for long term storage When you intend on storing your items for a long period of time, it is wise to be aware of the kinds of boxes you are using to pack them away. Where you are storing them will also take precedence in the decision of what type of box you use to pack your belongings. Cardboard can breakdown over time. Weather changes…

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24 Jul 2015

Pillows and blankets require special storage techniques. Natural fibers attract insects and suck up dirt, while synthetic ones are mold and mildew’s favorite environment. The closed dark insides of comforters and pillows is a breeding ground for bacteria. You know how a linen closet develops a smell after a little while? That’s a tiny amount of mildew that builds up in water droplets left over from the washing machine. That mildew is unavoidable, but can be washed out. Without additional water getting into your fabrics, the mildew will eventually die out. Your job is to protect the blankets from any more moisture, as well as from insects and other pests. The Best Option The best option to use is a…

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7 Jul 2015

Summer is finally here! You can walk outside, free of any bulky jackets! But this freedom is your closet’s loss, as that jacket is going to uselessly take up space for the next six months. Why not move it out of your space entirely? While we’re at it, why don’t we find a place for those boots, snowboard in the corner, and snow shovel as well? 1) Group Similar Clothing Items Together Organize winter clothing in a way that makes it easy to find later. As the winter gets cooler, you might take out winter items gradually, starting with gloves and hats, working up to coats and boots when the first blizzard hits. This makes mixed-type bags of clothing inconvenient.…

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22 Jun 2015

Between toys, shoes, makeup, utensils and more, our homes are cluttered with stuff. Your drawers are bursting. Your cabinets are full. Your closets are in chaos. You’re running out of space. Instead of trying to shove more things into a cupboard, organize your space with repurposed items. With these ideas you’ll be able to find new uses for old items and keep your household in top-shape! Front door/vestibule: Keep this area clean by suspending a wire mesh utensil organizer near your door. Store keys, sunglasses and other essentials you need to grab before you leave the house. Fashion nails with small heads through the organizer’s mesh and hang hats, purses and gloves. To prevent indoor puddles in the winter months,…

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8 Jun 2015

Where do you put all the ‘stuff’ in your house that doesn’t have a proper home? If you’re looking for space-saving concepts that will turn any room into a work of art – or at least keep your things organized – here are five innovative storage ideas: Convert a wine rack into a towel holder. Take a wall-mounted wine rack out of your cellar and in to your bathroom. Wine racks make the perfect storage compartments because you can roll your towels up neatly inside each slot. If you don’t have a free wall in your bathroom, try a smaller freestanding wine rack instead! If you’re like everyone else on this country, you’ve probably got shoes for every season. From…

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18 May 2015

Although storage units often come with extra security not found in your own home, some people still prefer to keep their valuables at home. Nonetheless, it is important to keep your valuable possessions hidden for safe keeping. Should your home be burglarized, you don’t want the items to be left out in the open, nor do you want people that enter the home to ever be tempted to take them. So what are the best places to hide valuables in your own home? A wall installed mirror with a storage unit behind it is a safe place to hide valuables. Even though the installation process is more tedious than other storage places throughout the home, it is worth it if…

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