Storage Units – Jiffy Self-Storage https://www.jiffystorage.com Mon, 24 Sep 2018 11:04:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 4 Benefits of Using Storage Units When Undergoing Home Renovations https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/4-benefits-of-using-storage-units-when-undergoing-home-renovations/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/4-benefits-of-using-storage-units-when-undergoing-home-renovations/#respond Mon, 23 Jul 2018 15:00:48 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186767 Undergoing home renovations is both exciting and stressful at the same time. During renovations, homeowners sacrifice their privacy and expose their home to contractors, crew members, and other workers. One requirement of getting the job done as efficiently as possible is to ensure that your personal belongings and furniture are cleared from the room, allowing
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Undergoing home renovations is both exciting and stressful at the same time.
During renovations, homeowners sacrifice their privacy and expose their home to contractors, crew members, and other workers. One requirement of getting the job done as efficiently as possible is to ensure that your personal belongings and furniture are cleared from the room, allowing enough room for contractors to work without any obstructions. It’s also beneficial for homeowners to move their furniture out of the way to avoid damage to them.

Renting a storage unit while undergoing home renovations can be one of the most convenient ways to ensure your belongings are secure, easily accessible, and safe from any damage. If you’re still on the fence about the added expense for a storage unit, take a look at these four benefits of using a storage unit when undergoing a home renovation.

It’s Inexpensive

Renting a storage is usually inexpensive, especially if you only need it during the time the renovations are happening. Home renovations can take anywhere from days to weeks, or sometimes a few months to complete. Some rental storage companies can offer flexible rental conditions and you can get daily, weekly, and monthly rates that best suit your needs so you’re not spending any more than you have to. This small expense can provide you with the peace of mind you need while such an important job is being done at your home. The last thing you need to worry about is the condition or whereabouts of your furniture; consider the unexpected expenses if you were to leave your furniture in your home and they were damaged. The cost to replace damaged furniture with new ones can easily be avoided by storing your furniture safely outside of your home.

It’s Convenient

Keeping all of your belongings in one place makes it easier for you to bring it back home in one trip and, it will take less time for you to organize yourself after the contractors leave your home. Once you’re ready to bring in your furniture again, you simply visit your storage unit and load it all up in one go. By using a storage unit as opposed to storing your furniture at a family or friends house, you won’t be disturbing anyone’s schedule when you want to pack and load your things whenever you want.

Most rental storage units are usually fully stocked with the packing and moving materials you need to move your furniture safely.

Protect Your Belongings

You could just move your furniture along the farthest wall in the room, but crew members can’t guarantee that your furniture won’t get scuffed with paint, dust, and debris. If they need to access electrical wires or pipes in the area that your furniture is being stored in your home, they will move it and it may not be in a place that’s favourable to you, and it could even delay work times.

climate-controlled

If you are worried about your furniture being affected by climate conditions, many rental storage units are climate-controlled. climate-controlled storage is heated during the winter months and kept cool in the summer so as to maintain a constant, moderate temperature level throughout the year. climate-controlled self-storage units provide a dry, comfortable, dust-controlled environment for your items.

When you’re planning your next home renovation project, consider self-storage solutions are part of the budget; that way it won’t feel like extra expenses are piling up. Plan for self-storage solutions and perhaps moving truck rental costs to be able to safely and securely move your furniture. The effort you put into clearing your home before beginning renovations can save you a lot of hassle and headaches in the future.

Jiffy Self-Storage is one of the most reliable and trusted self-storage facilities in the GTA. Some clients have even been choosing to store their trusted belongings with us for over 20 years. For more information, call Jiffy Self-Storage at (416) 745-4339 or contact us here.

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How to Store Furniture in a Storage Unit the Right Way https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/how-to-store-furniture-in-a-storage-unit-the-right-way/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/how-to-store-furniture-in-a-storage-unit-the-right-way/#respond Mon, 09 Jul 2018 15:00:45 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186757 Are you looking to move to a new home or office location? If so, you may have a good amount of furniture to place in temporary storage. To ensure your furniture remains in good condition, you will need to know a few tips and tricks before getting started. These can help protect any furniture you
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Are you looking to move to a new home or office location? If so, you may have a good amount of furniture to place in temporary storage. To ensure your furniture remains in good condition, you will need to know a few tips and tricks before getting started.

These can help protect any furniture you might have, regardless of the material or how much it might have cost in the first place. Who knows, educating yourself might just save your family’s precious heirloom!

Here are a few tips on how to store your furniture in a unit the right way.

  1. What Are Your Options?

    The decision of whether or not to keep your furniture in storage or to sell everything and start completely over needs to be weighed based on cost. To put your items in a storage unit can be very pricey, but it is often the most practical means of moving from one place to another. All storage units vary in cost, so estimating your fees is important when making your decision.

    Keeping your furniture and belongings safe from weather and other climate changes is also another thing to consider. If you know you will be needing to using storage over the hot months of the summer, or for a long period of time, it might be best to consider looking into the storage unit that has climate control.

    Choosing climate control will keep your items safe from humidity or other moisture sneaking in, as well as the extreme hot or cold temperatures. Another added benefit of using a climate controlled unit is that you will be comfortable when you go in to check on your things or unload belongings when it is time to move in.

    If you are storing a musical instrument, family heirloom, wood furniture, sofas, etc., this type of unit might be the best choice for protecting your items. If you are not close to a climate-controlled unit facility, make sure all of your items are clean and dry before putting them inside the unit for however long you will be in transition.

  2. Make Sure Everything Is Clean

    A great way to keep your items in great condition is to make sure they are clean before they are put in the unit. If something is placed inside that has not been cleaned, the odor could be very pungent the next time you pick up your things, or to others who are storing things close by. The cleaner your items are, the less likely they are to develop mold or develop a stench.

    If you are storing wooden furniture, use a gentle soap and water and wash down all of the surfaces. Using a wood cleaner will help seal in the finish of your piece and ensure that it stays in the condition you want it to.

    Use a fabric cleaner to wipe down your fabric-covered furniture. Again, make sure it has plenty of time to dry before placing it in the storage unit. Taking the time to get any hidden stains or smells out of the furniture will be worth it in the long run.

    If you have metal items, use a polishing cloth and cleaner to make sure you get them clean and avoid tarnishing while they sit in storage.

  3. Disassemble Your Furniture

    Take the time to disassemble your tables, desks, chairs, or any other piece of furniture that can be taken apart before you take it to the unit. Doing so will provide more room on the truck as you drive from your previous location and will also create more space in the unit itself. When you take the items apart, place a blanket or other protective layer between pieces to ensure that nothing gets broken or scratched.

    Take all of the small hardware associated with each piece of furniture and place it in a baggie. Label the baggie so you know exactly where it goes and tape it to the furniture pieces to ensure nothing gets lost in transit.

  4. Cover Your Furniture

    When you first get to your unit, put a layer of plastic down on the ground. This might seem like a random thing to do, but it will help keep all moisture out of your personal items. Protecting the floor is important in any unit, but even more so if you are using one that is not climate controlled. The best way to protect your things is to cover everything completely.

    Whatever you are placing in storage needs to be covered with a sheet or other plastic layer to keep dust, moisture, and bugs out. You don’t want to tightly wrap your furniture in plastic, because moisture can sneak in and damage the item underneath. The best thing to do is to place a sheet over the furniture so it has the capability to breathe and keep moisture out.

  5. Label Your Breakables

    If you have any glass tabletops, be sure to wrap them in a layer of packing paper, keeping the tape off the surface of the table (this will save you from having to clean residue off once you unpack it and use it again). Place the tabletop in a layer of bubble wrap or in another box for another layer of safety and security.

    Any item that is breakable needs to be protected using towels or sheets and labelled “fragile” on the outside of the box where everyone can see. Clearly labelling all of your boxes is one of the best pieces of advice for using a unit. The boxes with breakables inside should be marked as fragile to help keep people from throwing it or treating it in a rough manner.

  6. Keep Things Off The Floor

    There are a lot of suggestions on how to store furniture, but a good rule of thumb is to never place anything directly on the floor. Using palettes or cinder blocks will help keep your items from potentially getting damaged from flood waters or other unforeseen things. If you do not have access to either of these items, a blanket or layer of plastic will suffice, as long as nothing touches the floor of the unit.

  7. Keep Food Out

    Any amount of food left in or on your furniture will attract bugs and cause a huge headache for you later on. Most storage facilities are sprayed for bug prevention regularly, but you need to do your part in keeping food out for your protection and for the unit’s protection as well. Double check your desk drawers or couch cushions to make sure there isn’t any food that got trapped inside.

  8. Pack Lightly

    If you shove all of your items inside a unit without taking the time to strategically place it all inside, you are asking for something to be damaged. Try to not overpack your unit and keep it organized along the way for your convenience. If you know where everything is, it will help when it comes time to unpack and move into your new location. Placing the largest items at the back and the smaller items towards the front will help make sure nothing is damaged or broken along the way.

    Being educated on how to store your items could potentially make your move a lot less stressful and more enjoyable. Make sure you know exactly how much space you will need in your unit before you start loading things in, as it is more of a headache to have to relocate to a bigger unit once you have already started.

    To learn more about how to store furniture in a storage unit the right way, call (416)-74-JIFFY(54339).

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10 Questions to Estimate Your Storage Unit Cost https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/10-questions-to-estimate-your-storage-unit-cost/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/10-questions-to-estimate-your-storage-unit-cost/#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:00:19 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186748 There are many reasons why you might rent a storage unit. You might be in the midst of downsizing to a smaller home, could be moving away for a while, or you could be hoping to get some of the clutter out of your home. Regardless of why you are thinking about renting a storage
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There are many reasons why you might rent a storage unit. You might be in the midst of downsizing to a smaller home, could be moving away for a while, or you could be hoping to get some of the clutter out of your home. Regardless of why you are thinking about renting a storage unit, you are probably wondering how much you can expect to pay for it. Of course, this varies based on a number of factors, but these are a few questions that you can ask to get a better idea of what your expenses will be.

  1. Where Will I Need to Rent a Storage Unit?

    First of all, you should consider the area where you’re renting a storage unit. Cities and towns with a higher cost of living might have higher rental fees. Additionally, storage units that are located in convenient areas of town might be more costly than those that are in more suburban or rural areas.

  2. How Big of a Unit Do I Need?

    Storage units come in a variety of different sizes. In most cases, the bigger the unit, the higher the price. Determining the size you will need will help you find a good starting point about how much you can expect to pay in rental fees.

  3. Do I Need a Climate-Controlled Unit?

    Some people choose climate-controlled units because they want to protect certain items — such as valuable artwork — from humid or cold conditions. Because of the additional cost of controlling these climates, the fees are generally higher for these units. For items that don’t need to be regulated, consider a traditional unit which is usually much cheaper.

  4. What Kind of Access Will I Need?

    Some companies offer 24-hour access to the storage units, which might be something that you would prefer. After all, you may want to access your belongings without having to wait for regular business hours. You may have to pay more for a storage unit at a facility that offers this option, however.

  5. Will I Be Using Additional Storage Options?

    Many storage facilities offer more than just storage units. They might offer portable containers that can be used for moving your belongings, and they may offer garages for storing recreational vehicles, boats and cars. If you need these services in addition to your storage unit, you may be able to get a good deal at a storage facility. Of course, this will generally cost more than if you were just renting a storage unit alone.

  6. Do I Need Drive-Up Availability?

    If you are going to be moving heavy furniture or other large items into your unit, then you may need a drive-up unit that has close access to the front, that is on the first level and that has a garage-style overhead door. This can be much more convenient but may cost more than a unit that doesn’t have drive-up availability, such as a unit that might be on the second floor of the storage facility.

  7. Do I Need Extra Amenities Inside the Unit?

    Some storage units are bare-bones. Others have ample lighting, plenty of electrical outlets for plugging things in and more. If you look for a storage unit with these amenities, you might have to pay a little more for the convenience. However, you might find it to be worth it so that you can work more easily and stay more comfortable while you’re in your storage unit.

  8. How Secure are the Storage Unit Grounds?

    Of course, you are probably going to want to look for a secure facility for storing your belongings. Some facilities offer superior security, even though they might charge a little more than storage companies that don’t offer all of the security perks. Some of the more secure facilities have access control systems, surveillance cameras, security systems and even on-site security guards to help keep their customers and their customers’ belongings safe.

  9. Do I Need Extra Services?

    If you are going to need extra services, such as a mailbox rental that you can use for your business, then this can obviously impact your cost. For many people, such as those who want to use their storage unit for business purposes or who are going to be out of town for a while, having these services available can be very convenient. If you are unsure of what is out there, just ask someone from your rental facility. Someone there should be more than happy to tell you about the extra perks and services that are available.

  10. Am I Prepaying?

    Many people are willing to prepay for their storage services. This is especially useful for those who know they need long-term storage. Some storage facilities offer a discount to customers who do this. For those looking to save some money and make things more convenient, this might be a good idea.

    On the other hand, if you would like to keep things more flexible or want to reduce how much you have to spend at one time, you may have to opt for a slightly more costly monthly storage rate. Even though this might come with a higher storage unit cost, it might be worth it to you.

    As you can see, there are a few questions that you can ask to help you determine how much you will have to pay for a storage unit. Of course, these costs vary, but by asking these questions and doing your research, you should be able to find an affordable price on a unit that will work well for your needs.

    For any questions about our costs, don’t hesitate to contact Jiffy Storage. Make the smart move today!

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22 Tips for Organizing A Storage Unit https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/22-tips-for-organizing-a-storage-unit/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/22-tips-for-organizing-a-storage-unit/#respond Mon, 04 Jun 2018 14:00:09 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186726 When you’re ready to put your extra belongings in a storage facility, take the time to plan it out step by step. There’s an art to this, but you’ll be glad to know that it’s not too complicated once you get started. Take a look at these 22 tips to organize your storage unit. Make
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When you’re ready to put your extra belongings in a storage facility, take the time to plan it out step by step. There’s an art to this, but you’ll be glad to know that it’s not too complicated once you get started.

Take a look at these 22 tips to organize your storage unit.

Make a map

Before you begin moving boxes and furniture into your self storage room, plan out where things should be placed. Knowing in advance where your belongings will be stored should keep the process well organized. When everything has been moved in, verify that each section is as you had planned or make the necessary adjustments to the map. Post a copy on the inside of the unit so you can quickly find things when they are needed.

Create a spreadsheet

While this may sound like too much extra work, it could prove to be invaluable in finding a specific file or item when you can’t remember in which box it was stored.

Try to pack each box with contents that belong in the same room and list each item in the box. Once the packing and moving is finished, the list can be used to estimate the value of each box which insurance companies usually need.

Use one or two box sizes

Using boxes that have the same dimensions will make them easier to stack, to move and carry. There is also the risk of a larger, heavier box being stacked on top of one that is much smaller unless uniform-sized boxes are used.

Don’t waste space

It isn’t always easy to completely fill each box but doing so will make them more secure when other boxes are stacked on top of them. It will also keep the number of boxes you use down to a minimum. If there are small gaps left in the box, use packing peanuts to fill them.

Use quality packing tape

Cheaper rolls of packing tape or other types of tape do not have the staying power that is needed to keep a box sealed for months at time. A properly sealed box will help keep the items inside free of dust and mold.

Plastic bags are not a wise choice

Although these can be a quick and inexpensive option when moving directly from one place to another, leaving them in storage is not a good idea. Clothing or paper items can become damp and mildew can begin to grow when stored within plastic bags.

Items You May Need to Access

If there are certain items you will need to retrieve in a short amount of time, keep them towards the front of the storage unit. You will save time and you won’t need to shift several boxes and pieces of furniture in order to get to the needed items.

Label every box clearly

Each box should be labeled. According to your chosen system, write the designation on the top and on at least one side of the box, making it easier to locate when your moving or need to find something.

Don’t make boxes too heavy

Remember to pack the heavier things at the bottom. However, whenever possible add some lighter items at the top of the box so it doesn’t become too heavy, making the box unstable.

Box-up or cover everything

The best way to cut down on excessive dust is to make sure all your belongings are stored in boxes. For larger items such as couches and tables, make use of old sheets or towels to keep them covered.

Pack your books carefully

When you are storing a large number of books, pack them in smaller boxes so they won’t shift around. If you pack them on their sides, the spines will be secure and the books will not end up damaged.

Lay Pallets on the Floor

It might be a good idea to lay pallets on the floor before you start bringing in your furniture and boxes. Using raised pallets will keep them off the ground and hinder silverfish, mice and other such creatures from using your belongings as a place to hide.

Picture Frames and Mirrors

Large mirrors and frames should be stored upright. This can keep them from being broken. Wrapping them with bubble wrap or blankets will also help to protect them.

Fragile and Breakable Items

Choose to keep fragile items in a sturdy plastic container. They are more resistant to dust and humidity so these containers will keep your special items safer. Wrap breakable things with a lot of bubble wrap and consider using packing peanuts to add even more cushion. Also, be sure you choose a climate-controlled unit as extreme heat or cold can destroy some of your old documents, glass or electronics.

How to Shelve or Stack Boxes

If you know you will be using these storage units for an extended amount of time, you might consider purchasing some study shelving units to line one of the walls. With or without shelving, place the heaviest boxes at the bottom with the lighter ones on top. If the boxes will be stacked high, use a ladder to reach the ones at the top to prevent things from falling and possibly breaking. Boxes you will need to access often should be stored near the front of the unit to optimal accessibility.

Storing Equipment and Tools

When keeping equipment in a self storage facility, anything that runs on some type of fuel should be drained completely. Metal equipment should be oiled to keep rust from forming while it is lying dormant.

Food

Perishable foods cannot be left in a storage unit. Check with the facility to discover their rules on keeping unopened, non-perishable foods in their units as this may be allowed.

Electrical Appliances

Refrigerators and freezers should be completely defrosted and washing machines should be drained before they are moved into storage. All of these appliances should be allowed to dry completely to avoid the growth of mold or mildew within the machine.

Disassemble Furniture to Save Space

All storage units are limited by their size. In order to save space, disassemble everything possible. For instance, taking apart beds, desks and tables that have detachable legs will allow you to store more things

Box or cover everything

The best way to cut down on excessive dust is to make sure all of your belongings are stored in boxes. For larger items such as couches and tables, make use of old sheets or towels to keep them covered.

Store boxes under tables and desks

Not all of your tables or desks will be taken apart. Use the space underneath these and other pieces of furniture to store boxes or other items. This will save space and cut down on the number of boxes you need.

Create an aisle

As you are unloading your boxes and furniture, remember to leave a pathway that leads to the back of your unit. This will give you the access you may need to reach certain items while they remain in storage.

At Jiffy Self Storage, we offer professional, thorough, and cost effective storage services for homes and businesses alike. For more information, give us a call at (416) 74-JIFFY(54339) or contact us here.

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Items That Should Never Be Put In A Storage Unit https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/never-be-put-in-a-storage-unit/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/never-be-put-in-a-storage-unit/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186489 Self storage units are quickly becoming the solution not just for people’s storage needs, but for businesses and hobby needs as well. The versatility of self storage units make them ideal for keeping items that you either don’t have room for or don’t want around your home or office. There are, however, certain restrictions on
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Self storage units are quickly becoming the solution not just for people’s storage needs, but for businesses and hobby needs as well. The versatility of self storage units make them ideal for keeping items that you either don’t have room for or don’t want around your home or office. There are, however, certain restrictions on what you can and should keep in a self storage unit. Below are some items that should never be put in a storage unit.

Perishable Food Items

One of the biggest concerns for people storing anything is whether or not what they are storing is going to attract pests. While rodents and insects can be attracted to all manner of stored items, you are almost guaranteeing yourself a problem if you start storing perishable food items. Not only will the smell of these items eventually become an issue, but you might open your unit to find it infested and, more importantly, you might end up infesting adjacent units.

Flammable items

Anything flammable (such as fuels, oils etc.) should not be put in self storage units. You want to make sure that you are not putting your unit, or those around you at risk and keeping flammable chemicals, or compounds in a hot, confined space is a recipe for disaster. Ask your storage facility for a list of flammable items that you are not allowed to keep in your unit.

Anything Living

Even if it is only for a short period of time, you should never put anything living in storage unit. This is not only against the rules of most storage facilities, but it is also inhumane. Storage units are confined, dark spaces that likely not breathe well and keeping something living in such a space is not permitted and not right.

Explosive

As with flammable items, anything explosive is also something to be kept out of self storage units. This includes things like fireworks, propane tanks and anything that could explode upon expansion and contraction due to large swings in temperature. You don’t want to risk damaging your own belongings, those in adjacent units or risk harming yourself or anyone else who enters the unit. Don’t keep explosive items in your unit.

Self storage units really have very few restrictions on what you can keep in them, but they do have some. If you are making a list of things to keep in your self storage unit and want to know what you should leave out, keep the above 4 classes of item in mind and make sure you are using your storage space responsibly.

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Unconventional Ways To Use Your Storage Unit https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/unconventional-ways-use-storage-unit/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/unconventional-ways-use-storage-unit/#respond Mon, 08 Jan 2018 15:00:11 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186466 Self storage units are used by millions of people all over the world to help them store things they either don’t want around their homes/offices, or don’t have the space to keep. They are affordable, offer protection from break-ins and the elements and can really free up space you didn’t know you had. They are
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Self storage units are used by millions of people all over the world to help them store things they either don’t want around their homes/offices, or don’t have the space to keep. They are affordable, offer protection from break-ins and the elements and can really free up space you didn’t know you had. They are also so much more versatile than that. People have found all sorts of creative uses for self storage units that go way beyond the traditional storage spaces they are known for. Below are some unconventional ways people use their self storage units.

Warehousing

Many small businesses choose to warehouse inventory in self storage units because of the incredibly high costs of traditional warehouse space. If you are a new business, or an established one simply looking for a way to cut costs, depending on the amount of inventory you have on hand, opting to keep it in a self storage unit might end up saving you a considerable amount on rent.

Workshop

If you are someone with a hobby, or even need a workshop as part of a small business, you can’t always count on there being space around your home to do your work. Some people go for shared creative spaces where they pool funds to rent a space with other creators/artists/innovators. Others rent self storage units and turn them into makeshift, but highly effective temporary workshops and work spaces.

Document storage

If you are a small business owner, you know that space is one of your most valuable assets. Becoming clutter can become bad for your psyche and, consequently, bad for business. If you are finding that a large amount of your floor spaces is, little by little, becoming dedicated to document storage, you might consider a climate controlled self storage unit to help alleviate some of the burden.

Vehicle Storage

Many people are using self storage units to store recreational vehicles. Whether it is a small boat, a fun collector automobile, a dirt bike, or an ATV, self storage units can make great alternatives to traditional vehicle storage that can cost an arm and a leg. Just remember to check the rules and regulations of your facility before putting anything like that into a storage unit.

Self storage facilities are versatile and affordable alternatives for many different space needs and requirements. All it takes is some vision, some ingenuity and a willingness to compromise and a self storage unit can quickly become a valuable part of your business, hobby and personal storage strategy.

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Living In A Condo? 4 Tips On How To Efficiently Use Your Storage Locker https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/living-condo-4-tips-efficiently-use-storage-locker/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/living-condo-4-tips-efficiently-use-storage-locker/#respond Thu, 04 Jan 2018 15:00:37 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186455 21st century living frequently means living in crowded urban areas in large residential buildings full of condos and apartments. Most new condos, especially if you are an owner, come with a dedicated storage space in the underground area of the building for all the things that won’t fit in your condo. If you just moved
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21st century living frequently means living in crowded urban areas in large residential buildings full of condos and apartments. Most new condos, especially if you are an owner, come with a dedicated storage space in the underground area of the building for all the things that won’t fit in your condo. If you just moved in, or are looking to reorganize an existing storage locker, below are 4 tips to help you do that.

Heavy Items At The Front

If you are about to begin organizing or organizing your storage locker, keep in mind that you should always have your heaviest items at the front. If you eventually need one of them, not having to navigate them around smaller, more fragile items will save you effort and also, potentially, damaging your other belongings in the locker.

Valuable Items At The Back

If you are storing anything in your storage locker that you would be devastated if you lost (family treasure, something you spent a lot of money on), it’s a good idea to put it in the back. Storage facilities will usually advise you to do this if you are a first time user, but having valuables near the back makes it less tempting for thieves because the longer they spend trying to extract something from a unit, the more likely the security cameras are going to catch them in the act.

Seasonal Items

One of the best ways to use your condo’s storage locker is as a seasonal storage unit. This means that anytime there is a change of season and, consequently, a change in the kind of clothing and apparel you are going to be needing, you can simply put the previous season’s gear in the storage locker and free up space in your condo for the things you will use on a daily basis.

Unknowns

Whether you are using storage facilities off-site or your condo’s storage locker, many people utilize these kinds of spaces for keeping things that they just haven’t had the time to consider if they truly need or not. If you don’t have the time to decide whether something is truly useful to you, a storage locker can keep it on layaway until you’ve had the time to decide if it’s something you should donate/sell/get rid of, or not.

If your condo’s storage locker is full to the brim and you still need more space, you can always look for additional storage space in your local storage facilities. If you are just moving into a new condo, or have been wanting to re-organize your current condo’s locker for some time, keep the above organizational tips in mind and get the most out of your condo’s dedicated storage space.

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4 Tips On How To Organize Your Storage Unit Properly https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/4-tips-to-organize-storage-unit-properly/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/4-tips-to-organize-storage-unit-properly/#respond Mon, 01 Jan 2018 15:00:56 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186451 Having a self storage unit is great. It can give you much needed extra space when moving, decluttering, renovating, or simply if you find yourself with a lot of extra things you don’t want lying around your home. Having a storage unit does, however, entail some organization considerations, lest your unit turn into simply an
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Having a self storage unit is great. It can give you much needed extra space when moving, decluttering, renovating, or simply if you find yourself with a lot of extra things you don’t want lying around your home. Having a storage unit does, however, entail some organization considerations, lest your unit turn into simply an extension of your household clutter. If you are setting up self storage units, below are 4 tips on how to organize your unit properly you are not going to want to miss.

Leave A Path

Many people are in such a hurry to get their belongings into their self storage units that they forget that, at some point, they are going to need to be able to access the unit and retrieve items. If you go crazy adding things to the unit, you might find yourself staring down an impenetrable wall of boxes and other belongings. If you suddenly realize you need to retrieve something from the very back of the unit and there is no way through, you will have to go through the hassle of removing the things in your way.

Heavy Items At The Front

Most storage facilities will offer you organizational tips if you are a first time storage unit user, but just in case they don’t, heavy items should go to the front. This will make unloading them much easier. Instead of having to lug a heavy, unwieldy item from the back to the front (and risk damaging other items in the unit), having it at the front means you can get it in and out fast.

Make An Inventory

If you are putting a wide variety of things into a storage unit, especially if many of those things are being boxed-up, it is a good idea to create an inventory of exactly what you are putting in. In 6 months time you might not recall what went into box A or B and having an excel spreadsheet, or any document you can access letting you know what went where will make your life easier.

A self storage unit should make your life easier and more organized, not the opposite. Keep the above storage unit organizational tips in mind when packing your unit and get the most out of your storage unit investment.

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How To Choose Your Storage Facility Location https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/choose-storage-facility-location/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/choose-storage-facility-location/#respond Thu, 24 Aug 2017 15:10:59 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186315 Self storage facilities are one of the most convenient ways to declutter your life, and keep valuables safe and sound. Millions of people throughout North America rely on their local self storage facility to help them keep their valuables, or even seasonal items that only make an appearance once a year, out of sight and
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Self storage facilities are one of the most convenient ways to declutter your life, and keep valuables safe and sound. Millions of people throughout North America rely on their local self storage facility to help them keep their valuables, or even seasonal items that only make an appearance once a year, out of sight and out of mind. If you are thinking about investing in a self storage unit, below are some considerations to keep in mind when choosing the storage facility location that’s right for you.

Customer Service

You can tell a lot about a storage facility by how attentive and friendly their customer service people are. If you start dealing with a company, and they seem like they aren’t willing to pay attention to you, or give you the time of day, what makes you think they are going to be that interested in ensuring your belongings are well attended to and safe?

Cleanliness

If you go to check out a potential storage unit and you see that the premises are not up to standard (there is garbage everywhere, rust, you spot insects or rodents,etc.), you should find a different location. Cleanliness says a lot about how much a storage facility cares about the welfare of your items, and a facility that is not squeaky clean is a bad sign, as well as potentially hazardous.

Good Security

If you go to check out a storage facility and the onsite security doesn’t seem to be paying much attention to what’s going on, or if their surveillance equipment looks out of date and poorly taken care of, you might want take your business elsewhere.

Drive Up Storage and Climate Control

Two of the most commonly requested amenities at self storage facilities are drive up storage and climate control. Drive up storage allows you to pull a vehicle right up to the door of your unit for easy unloading and loading of bulky items, and climate control allows you to ensure that temperature and humidity sensitive items are not going to suffer.

Choosing storage facilities that are right for you means doing some homework before jumping in. Keep the above considerations in mind when choosing where to spend your money and entrust your belongings, and make sure you are making the best choice possible.

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4 Items That Require A Climate Controlled Storage Unit https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/4-items-require-climate-controlled-storage-unit/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/4-items-require-climate-controlled-storage-unit/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:20:01 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186203 Self storage units are a great way to free up some space in your home and office for the things that are most important to you. Millions of people around the world invest in self storage units to help them store everything from seasonal cars and recreational vehicles, to important personal documents, family heirlooms and
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Self storage units are a great way to free up some space in your home and office for the things that are most important to you. Millions of people around the world invest in self storage units to help them store everything from seasonal cars and recreational vehicles, to important personal documents, family heirlooms and seasonal clothing and decorations. Many people, however, don’t realize that certain items require climate controlled storage to ensure that they are fully protected. Below are four items that require a climate controlled storage unit.

Items That Require Climate Controlled Storage

Appliances

Appliances like refrigerators and ovens require climate controlled storage to ensure that their internal workings and moving parts don’t develop rust, which can damage mechanical parts and end up rendering them useless. If you have old appliances, or need to get certain appliances out of the way for a home renovation project, and you are thinking about putting them into self storage, ensure that they are going into a climate controlled unit.

Leather and Wood Furniture

Leather and wood furniture are especially vulnerable to swings in temperature and humidity. If you put your wood or leather furniture into a storage unit that isn’t climate controlled for a long period of time, you might find out when it comes time to take it out that the structural integrity is not what it used to be, or that the wood and leather has rotted or cracked due to temperature fluctuations or condensation.

Art and Fabric

If you are putting art or fabric into self storage, in addition to making sure they are properly wrapped and covered to protect them from pests and temperature swings, it is a good idea to also invest in a climate controlled unit. Natural fabrics, such as wool and cotton, and valuable pieces of art can deteriorate quickly in high humidity, as well as be completely destroyed by insect infestations.

Musical Instruments

Any instruments, whether they be string, brass, woodwind or percussion, are easily damaged or even destroyed by wild temperature fluctuations. Humidity is especially damaging to musical instruments, which is why it often says expressly on the packaging, and in the instructions that come with an instrument, to ensure that it is stored in an environment where the humidity is not overly high.

A self storage unit is a great way to make your life easier, but if you don’t consider the special climate requirements of the items that you are placing inside of it, you might end up doing more harm than good. Keep the above tips in mind when deciding if you should opt for a climate controlled storage unit and ensure that your items are well protected while in storage.

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4 Tips For Organizing Your Storage Unit https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/4-tips-for-organizing-your-storage-unit/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/4-tips-for-organizing-your-storage-unit/#respond Thu, 01 Jun 2017 14:10:52 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186183 Self storage units help millions of people all over the world declutter their lives and securely store their valuables. Households and business owners alike use self storage units to get seasonal decorations and clothing out of the way, keep that summer vehicle safe and sound during winter, and store things such as family heirlooms and
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Self storage units help millions of people all over the world declutter their lives and securely store their valuables. Households and business owners alike use self storage units to get seasonal decorations and clothing out of the way, keep that summer vehicle safe and sound during winter, and store things such as family heirlooms and business inventory. If you have a storage unit, you know how important it is to keep it organized, so that it doesn’t become a chore just to get in and out when you need to. Below are four tips for organizing your storage unit.

Organizing A Storage Unit

Be Consistent with Your Box Sizes

When you put all of your stored items in boxes of the same size, it makes them much easier to stack. Solid, balanced stacks are easy to organize, so you can ensure that you always have access to all four corners of your storage unit. That being said, it still pays to practice good stacking and storing techniques, such as not stacking heavy boxes on top of lighter ones, or ones that have fragile items in them.

Identify Items that May Need to Come Out in the Near Future

Many people are so excited to free up space in their home or their office that they forget that they will need to access the items being stored at some point in the future. When they finally go to take the items out, they realize that they have put those items in an inaccessible corner of the unit. Identify the items that you think you might need in the short-to-medium term, and either keep a clear path in the unit so you can access them, or place them as near to the front of the self storage unit as possible.

Label Your Boxes

A storage unit can make your life easier, but only if you let it. One of the most important things you can do any time you are storing items is to label the boxes you place them in. If you place items haphazardly into boxes and then simply stuff them away into your self storage unit, in 3 months, 4 months, or a year’s time are you going to remember what, exactly, you put into each box? Probably not.

Build a Map of Your Unit

It is always wise to map out your unit before you pack it, or at the very least, after you have packed it. This will cut down on the amount of time you have to spend rummaging around for things when you inevitably need to take them out. This, combined with the aforementioned labelling of your boxes, is a surefire way to build a well organized, easy-to-use storage unit.

A self storage unit can make a world of difference in your life. Once you’ve filled it with things you want out of your way, you will be amazed at just how much space has been freed up in your home or office for the things that really matter. Keep the above tips in mind when organizing your storage unit and get as much out of your extra space as possible.

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3 Reasons To Avoid DIY Storage Units https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/3-reasons-avoid-diy-storage-units/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/3-reasons-avoid-diy-storage-units/#respond Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:00:48 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186101 You may be thinking about investing in a self storage space to help you declutter your life, or simply because you have some valuable items that you don’t feel comfortable keeping around the home, yard or office. You may also be considering the best way to maximize your return on investment. While that is always
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You may be thinking about investing in a self storage space to help you declutter your life, or simply because you have some valuable items that you don’t feel comfortable keeping around the home, yard or office. You may also be considering the best way to maximize your return on investment. While that is always wise financial thinking, it is equally wise to keep in mind the old saying, you get what you pay for. DIY storage units are available, but they are not always the best option. Below are four reasons to avoid cheap, DIY self storage.

Why To Avoid DIY Storage Units

  1. No Security

    One of the biggest upsides to investing in professional self storage is that it comes with security. There will be people on-site, around-the-clock, making sure that only people who are authorized are allowed in the facility. There will be cameras, robust locks and actual human beings monitoring the premises and ensuring that your items are safe and sound.

  2. No Insurance Policies

    If the storage facility that you are using is entirely do-it-yourself, and for any reason, including negligence or poor decision making, some of your stuff is damaged or destroyed, there is going to be very little for you in the way of recourse to recoup your losses. A high quality storage facility offers insurance policies that will be useful in the event that something unforeseen happens on the part of the facility, or damage is caused by issues in adjacent storage lockers.

  3. Climate Control

    Most DIY storage facilities are not going to offer you the option of climate control. This means that anything valuable or delicate that you are storing that requires exact temperatures in order to maintain its functionality or its structural integrity is going to be immediately compromised when you put them into cheap self storage. If you are storing family heirlooms that you want to pass down to your children, important business documentation, or valuable electronics, you are going to want a storage unit that guarantees a constant climate.

Cheap self storage can seem like the best option, especially if it is your first foray into self storage and you are worried about spending more money than your storage requirements necessitate. Self storage is not overly expensive and for a bit more money, you get much more peace of mind and a hedge against unforeseen damage to your property. You can ensure that your belongings are placed somewhere where they will be well supervised and looked after, with the bottom line being that you spend less time worrying about your valuables.

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How To Efficiently Pack Items In Your Drive-Up Storage Unit https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/efficiently-pack-items-drive-storage-unit/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/efficiently-pack-items-drive-storage-unit/#respond Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:00:56 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186079 You have made the big decision to place some of your personal belongings in a self storage unit, now the task at hand is making sure that it is packed properly so that your belongings are secure, and it’s simple to get them in and out when you need them. A drive-up storage unit makes
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You have made the big decision to place some of your personal belongings in a self storage unit, now the task at hand is making sure that it is packed properly so that your belongings are secure, and it’s simple to get them in and out when you need them. A drive-up storage unit makes it so you can get to your items, especially heavier and delicate items, with ease. Below are some tips to help you efficiently pack items in your storage unit.

How To Efficiently Pack Your Storage Unit

Choose the Right Boxes

You typically are going to need four small to medium-sized boxes for every large box that you have. Pack heavier items in large boxes and place them nearer to the front so that you are not stuck trying to manoeuvre your heaviest, most unwieldy items out of the depths of the unit.

Store Clothing Vertically

If you are storing clothing, like seasonal garments, it is wise to go with hanging wardrobe boxes. These not only prevent wrinkling and other wear and tear that happens when clothes are stored folded-up, but they help to maximize the vertical space in your unit and leave floor space for things that cannot be stored vertically. You can also use hanging wardrobe boxes to store garden tools and other items that are best stored vertically.

Pack Efficiently

Storing your items efficiently means reducing everything to its minimum size. If the bed frame can be disassembled, do so, and wrap the individual parts together with tape or bungee cords to reduce the amount of space they take up in your unit.

Create Pathways

Your drive-up storage unit is made all the more useful if you can get in and out fast. This means being able to access items that you need without having to rearrange, or take out a bunch of things first. Keep in mind that a pathway to the back of the unit that lets you access every part of the storage space will help you do this. You will thank yourself down the road when it comes time to take that mattress out of the very back of the unit and you don’t have to unload 85% of the storage space to get at it.

A drive-up storage unit can be a huge help to people who simply cannot afford to store anything else in their home or office. It can also be a huge hassle if not packed and organized properly. Keep the above packing and organizing tips in mind and get the most out of your drive-up self storage unit.

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Tips For Improving The Security Of Your Self Storage Unit https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/tips-improving-security-self-storage-unit/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/tips-improving-security-self-storage-unit/#respond Thu, 06 Apr 2017 14:00:10 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186076 It is often the case that there is not enough room in your home or office to effectively keep all of the things you have accumulated in your day-to-day life. Seasonal decorations, family heirlooms, important documentation, and all manner of valuables often need to be kept in a storage facility in order to allow you
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It is often the case that there is not enough room in your home or office to effectively keep all of the things you have accumulated in your day-to-day life. Seasonal decorations, family heirlooms, important documentation, and all manner of valuables often need to be kept in a storage facility in order to allow you a little breathing room. One of the main things that people considering self storage need to keep in mind is the security of their belongings once they are in the unit. Below are some tips for improving the security of your self storage unit.

How To Improve The Security Of Your Self Storage Unit

Placement of Items

If you are planning on placing high value items in your unit, whether they have high market value, or are simply of high value to you, it is advisable that those items be kept at the very back of the unit, so that they are the hardest to see, reach and extract for any would-be thieves.

Choose the Right Lock

Many storage facilities give you options when it comes to locks, and it helps to know about them before making your choice. You need a lock that is going to hold up against bolt cutters (the break-in instrument of choice). Locks that are designed to withstand and thwart bolt cutters typically have short, thick necks (shackles) that make it hard to gain leverage on and wrap the blades of a bolt cutter around. Bolt locks and cylinder locks are both quite difficult to cut.

Personal Security

You can supplement the security system provided by your storage facility, by investing in your own wireless security system, one that you can place inside your unit and link directly back to hardware, such as your laptop or phone.

Choose the Right Storage Facility

All storage facilities are not created equal. Some invest more money, time and effort into their security policies and features to make sure that their client’s belongings are well protected. Do your homework before you go with a storage facility. Find out what their policy is. How many employees patrol the grounds? How sophisticated is their monitoring technology? What is their history with break-ins and lost and damaged goods?

It can be tough to part with things that are important to you and entrust their security to a third party that you have no experience with. That being said, there are many things you can do to ensure that your belongings are well kept while they are not in your possession. Keep the above storage facility security tips in mind and rest assured that your personal items are well cared for, no matter where they are.

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5 Weird Things Found In Storage Facilities https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/5-weird-things-found-in-storage-facilities/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/5-weird-things-found-in-storage-facilities/#respond Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:18:40 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186028 Anyone who has spent any time watching TLC or the Discovery Channel knows that there is a wild and wacky world of abandoned storage units out there. People put their belongings in storage facilities and either completely forget about them, can’t afford to pay the lease anymore, or simply cease to care and the units
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Anyone who has spent any time watching TLC or the Discovery Channel knows that there is a wild and wacky world of abandoned storage units out there. People put their belongings in storage facilities and either completely forget about them, can’t afford to pay the lease anymore, or simply cease to care and the units go up for auction to the highest bidder. Upon opening them, strange things are frequently found. Below are five weird things that have been found in storage units.

Some Of The Weirdest Things Found In Storage Facilities

The James Bond Submarine Car

In 1989, a Long Island man paid less than $100 to purchase the contents of an abandoned storage locker. Upon opening it, he discovered a slightly damaged, wheel-less submarine car. While driving home, he was informed by other drivers on the road via CB radio that the strange vehicle he had on the back of his truck was one of the original promotional vehicles used in the The Spy Who Loved Me. The car was subsequently purchased at auction by Elon Musk for almost a million dollars.

Human Appendages

In 2007, Shannon Whisnant was shocked to find that, inside of the meat smoker he found in a locker he had purchased, lay a mummified human leg. The story gets even stranger. Shannon found out that the leg actually belonged to a man who had lost his leg after a plane crash in 2004 and, falling behind on his rental fees, was forced to abandon the unit with his leg still inside.

A Rocket

There are typically strict rules about keeping dangerous items inside a storage unit, especially if they are flammable or explosive in nature. In 2011, Auction Hunters stars Allan Haft and Clinton Jones purchased a unit in Miami, Florida that contained a NASA rocket and countdown clock. Oddly enough, NASA didn’t even want their rocket back.

A Dead Body

In 2012, a family in Florida found out that their grandmother’s remains were being kept in a family storage unit, after a deathbed confession from their mother revealed that she had been unable to afford to pay for a burial, and instead opted to keep their grandmother’s dead body in a storage facility.

Storage facilities often reveal the stranger side of human nature. They are safe, secure and private, so many people feel comfortable keeping any and everything inside of them, certain that no one will ever find out. But hard times can strike and not being able to pay the rental fees might mean that your storage locker becomes someone else’s, with whatever deep, dark secrets are lurking inside.

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5 Creative Tips For Your Storage Unit https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/5-creative-tips-for-your-storage-unit/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/5-creative-tips-for-your-storage-unit/#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:46:50 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186025 Self storage units are incredibly useful when space in your home or office is at a premium. Keeping seasonal goods, excess inventory, even seasonal vehicles safely stowed away in a self storage unit provides great peace of mind when you just don’t have another square foot of space to spare. But many people have found
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Self storage units are incredibly useful when space in your home or office is at a premium. Keeping seasonal goods, excess inventory, even seasonal vehicles safely stowed away in a self storage unit provides great peace of mind when you just don’t have another square foot of space to spare. But many people have found more creative ways to get a lot out of their storage facilities. Below are some tips for helping you get creative and get the most out of your self storage unit.

How To Get Creative With Your Storage Unit

Private Office Space

There are countless tales of people starting a multi-million dollar, even billion dollar (think Apple) business in their garage. Well, why not a self storage space. Storage facilities are fast becoming popular alternatives to traditional office space, what with the much lower cost per square foot, flexible rental contracts and round the clock security.

Photography or Art Studio

A self storage facility is a great alternative for artists seeking something much less costly than traditional studio or gallery space. One of the best things about using a storage unit for this purpose is that they are completely distraction free. Any artist or photographer who has ever tried to set up a home studio knows that there are often just too many things getting in the way of their work to truly be successful.

Workshop

If you are someone who likes to do things themselves, you know that the process often entails quite a lot of mess. It feels great to complete a new project, but not so great when the collateral damage ends up making a mess, or a wreck of your home. Self storage facilities are great alternatives to a home workshop because the space is simple and designed to stand up to wear and tear.

Inventory Storage

Many businesses, especially small businesses run out of people’s homes, are turning to self storage as a way to avoid storing inventory at home. Not only do storage facilities allow you to store important pieces of your operations in a safe, secure place, but if you are operating out of a limited space, they can provide extra room that will allow you to keep more inventory in stock and grow your business confidently.

Private Sales Showroom

If you are in the business of buying and selling goods online and would like the option of a physical show room or traditional brick and mortar location where people can see what you are offering, up close and in person, a storage facility offers exactly that. If your buyer is in the same city as you and would like to see an item before making a purchase, or even purchase something on the spot, a private sales showroom in a self storage unit may be what you need.

With a little creativity and a willingness to experiment, you can turn a storage unit from simple storage space into a place to pursue your hobbies, store your inventory and grow your business. Keep the above creative self storage tips in mind and realize the full potential of a self storage unit.

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What Size Storage Unit Do You Need? https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/what-size-storage-unit-do-you-need/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/what-size-storage-unit-do-you-need/#respond Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:41:52 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186011 A self storage unit can make life a whole lot easier, especially if space in your home or business is hard to come by. Seasonal items and decorations, summer cars, old furniture, and things from the kids’ rooms while they are away at university, are some of the things storage facilities can help you to
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A self storage unit can make life a whole lot easier, especially if space in your home or business is hard to come by. Seasonal items and decorations, summer cars, old furniture, and things from the kids’ rooms while they are away at university, are some of the things storage facilities can help you to get out of sight and out of mind. That being said, it’s important to know what type, and especially what size storage unit is going to work best for you. Below are some tips for choosing the right storage unit size.

Choosing The Right Sized Storage Unit

Estimate Your Needs

Before you put anything in a storage facility, it’s a good idea to make an inventory of everything that you plan on storing. Itemize your list based on how much square footage you think things are going to take up, and plan accordingly. Storage pricing varies, by facility and by size. You want to make sure you have enough space for what you know you are going to store, while leaving yourself enough space to manoeuvre things in and out of the unit comfortably.

Have a Long Term Plan

If you are planning on putting things in a storage unit for a short amount of time, you don’t need to think about extra space. But if you think your items may stay in the unit for an extended period of time, ventilation is important, and giving your items room to breathe will help protect them and keep everything in decent shape over the long term. This also means planning out the layout of your unit so that you have easy access to the things you are going to need in the short term.

Know the Options Before You Put Money Down

As mentioned, storage pricing is based on a number of variables, the most important of which is size. Contact local facilities and compare pricing on square footage. Certain square footage in one location might cost more than another, especially if they are more centrally located, or if the units come with other amenities like climate control or drive up access.

Your storage unit is an investment and like any investment, you want the best return possible. Don’t settle for the first storage facility you come across, make sure that you balance the convenience and cost factors, and put some time and consideration into planning what you will store and how you will organize your items. Keep the above tips in mind and choose the storage unit that makes sense for your needs.

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Advantages Of Drive Up Storage Units https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/advantages-of-drive-up-storage-units/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/advantages-of-drive-up-storage-units/#respond Mon, 06 Mar 2017 14:29:21 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186008 There are all kinds of personal storage options available on the market. The size of the space, climate control and allowances for certain kinds of materials all factor into the decision of what kind of storage to purchase. Convenience of access is another important determining factor that people often overlook. This includes the ability to
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There are all kinds of personal storage options available on the market. The size of the space, climate control and allowances for certain kinds of materials all factor into the decision of what kind of storage to purchase. Convenience of access is another important determining factor that people often overlook. This includes the ability to drive up directly to the unit for easy unloading and reloading. Below are some of the advantages of drive up storage units.

The Advantages Of Drive Up Storage Units

Parking Right at the Door

Much of the damage that is done to goods being put into self storage occurs, not while the goods are being stored, but while they are being moved from the vehicle to the unit. Drive up storage helps to mitigate this threat by allowing you to pull your vehicle right up to the entrance of the storage unit, making unloading and loading easier, less stressful and less likely to cause damage or injury.

Easier to Transfer Heavier Items

With drive up storage, you don’t have to worry about damaging your back or breaking a foot moving furniture or appliances from the car to the unit. Simply lift the item out, carry it the short distance into the unit and you are done. No worrying about a trip to the doctor after you’ve dropped a recliner on your toe.

Eliminate Moving Companies

Many people forget that they might need to hire a moving company to help them move heavy items in and out of storage. Movers are not cheap and you can’t be sure that they are going to take the time and precautions with expensive, heavy items that you would like them to. With a drive up unit you often don’t have to worry about hiring outside help because the ease of access makes it much easier to get the job done yourself, or with one extra set of hands.

A drive up storage unit can make a world of difference. When you need to be able to get in and out of your storage unit, quick and hassle free, a unit that lets you basically back your car, truck or van into it is ideal. If you are wondering what kind of storage unit might work best for you and aren’t quite sure where to start, consider the above benefits of a drive up storage unit.

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The Benefits Of Having A Storage Unit During A Divorce https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/benefits-storage-unit-divorce/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/benefits-storage-unit-divorce/#respond Thu, 26 Jan 2017 14:30:26 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=185925 Going through a divorce is a hard enough process without having to worry about what you are going to do with all of your stuff. People can split up and start the process of divorce, often without very much warning, meaning that rapid-fire decisions must be made about what you are going to store and
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Going through a divorce is a hard enough process without having to worry about what you are going to do with all of your stuff. People can split up and start the process of divorce, often without very much warning, meaning that rapid-fire decisions must be made about what you are going to store and where. If you or someone you know is currently dealing with the emotional stress of a divorce, the below benefits of having a storage unit during the divorce could help.

The Benefits Of Having A Storage Unit During A Divorce

Protect Your Stuff

One of the most uncomfortable parts of a divorce is figuring out who is going to get what. It’s painful to go through your entire inventory of things and decide what belongs to who. It’s convenient to have a self storage unit during a divorce so that you can store, and protect the things that are unambiguously yours, and then decide on how you are going to split up, or liquidate the rest.

Downsizing Is Easier. When two people who have been sharing a life for a long time part ways, one of things that usually happens is that each party goes and finds their own place. Typically this involves downsizing into a smaller house or apartment as you no longer need enough space for two. A self-storage unit can help you store all of the things that you aren’t able to fit into your new place while you figure out what to do with them.

Keep Documents Safe. Another one of the most convenient uses for a storage locker while you are going through a divorce is to keep all of your important documents safe. Often, the madness and the emotional stress of a divorce can cause things to get lost, go missing, or end up in the trash. Decide early that you are going to make sure this doesn’t happen to your important legal documents and put them in self-storage.

A divorce is already difficult enough as it is, why shouldn’t you do something that takes a bit of the emotional load off? If you are currently experiencing this emotional turmoil and are looking for a solution to make the transition as comfortable as it possible can be, why not consider the benefits of a self-storage unit and make sure that you and your ex are able to move on with your own lives as quickly, and as painlessly as possible.

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3 Tips For Choosing A Storage Unit https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/3-tips-choosing-storage-unit/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/3-tips-choosing-storage-unit/#respond Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:03:09 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=185730 You’ve made your final decision and you’re ready to move home. But with so many belongings to pack you might be considering moving some of your precious items into a storage unit. This is not always a simple decision to make, but our experts have many years’ experience in this area. And so within this
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You’ve made your final decision and you’re ready to move home. But with so many belongings to pack you might be considering moving some of your precious items into a storage unit. This is not always a simple decision to make, but our experts have many years’ experience in this area. And so within this latest post, we present our three tips for choosing a storage unit.

Expert Tips For Choosing A Storage Space

  1. Initial Response

    Once you’ve made an enquiry to several local storage facilities, it’s important that you consider how they respond to your interest. The leading facilities will be able to respond within a quick timeframe with clear information on their working process. They will provide you with guidelines on their security system and on the prices for storing items within their facility. If the company is slow to respond or otherwise unhelpful in how they respond, you might be best to choose an alternative storage option.

  2. Security Features

    The storage facility should have in-place a comprehensive security system. They should be able to tell you exactly how they will protect your items while they’re within the facility. Any storage facility security system should include CCTV cameras, which are recording 24-hours a day to help catch any potential activity that could lead to the loss of property or damage of property. The company should also have implemented a rigid system for accessing the storage area, whether this involves pin codes or having access cards only the property owner can use.

  3. Price and Location

    Both the price you’re willing to pay and the location of the facility are also important factors in your decision. Before you begin communicating with various facilities in the area, consider your storage budget and then start to compare each facility by price. It’s also critical that the storage facility you choose is close to your home. This will mean you’re easily able to visit the facility to remove one of your stored items and you can also go to the facility on short notice if you have a question for their team.

By following the tips highlighted within this post, you can make sure your stored items remain in peak condition while in the facility. To learn more on how to choose the right storage unit for your belongings, speak with our experienced team now!

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