8 Aug 2016

Can I Store A Mattress In A Storage Unit?

Storage units are a great way to outsource your storage needs when you either don’t have the space at home, need something for a specific purpose, or a specific time of year, or are relocating to a temporary location and don’t want to bring your entire life with you. One question that people frequently ask is whether or not they are able to store a mattress in a storage unit. The short answer is: yes, but there are some considerations to keep in mind to make sure that you are storing your mattress properly and not doing damage to this expensive piece of furniture. Protect against the elements. Protecting a mattress from the elements, namely humidity, is key. If you are storing a mattress in a climate where you know humidity is a factor, make sure that the mattress is properly sealed with plastic wrap and eliminate the chances of it becoming damaged, or unusable because of mould and mildew.…

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5 Aug 2016

Moving away to college, especially if you are moving across country, usually means moving your entire life with you. However, moving with your family to a new home while you are young is a lot different than picking up and moving your entire life when you go away to school. Below are some of the reasons why students need self-storage units while they are completing their university, or college education. Free up space in your parents home. While you will most likely be going back and forth between the home you grew up in and your temporary housing while you are at school, going away to university marks the beginning of your departure out of your parent’s home and out…

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20 Jun 2016

There are many good reasons to rent a storage unit! Perhaps you move around a lot and need somewhere to store items you can’t bring with you. Maybe you’ve decided to go on an extended vacation. Or maybe you’ve just accumulated so many things your home no longer has enough space for it all! Here are some important things to research before you rent a storage unit: What kind of storage do you need? Rather than just renting a unit and assuming it will work out, look carefully at what you are planning to store. The size of unit and type of unit you rent will be dependant on what kinds of items you will be storing and how much…

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23 May 2016

Storage units are the ideal environment in which to place those old belongings you can’t quite bear to part with. With properties becoming smaller and more of us living in condos, many are now selecting self-storage units to ensure their property is safe over time. But to select the right storage facility for your precious items, it’s important that you take a range of elements into full consideration. Here, our experts offer their five tips for becoming storage savvy: Choose a Facility with 24-Hour Access Will you require access to your items on short notice? If so, you’ll need to choose a facility that can offer you 24-hour access. Many of the leading local facilities now present storage unit renters…

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17 May 2016

For owners of self-storage facilities, it’s coming to that time of the year when maintenance is critical to keep the area looking its peak best. Spring maintenance is a process all facility owners must undertake to help keep their organization running smoothly and to protect their clients’ belongings against damage from the elements. In this article, we’ll present a quick guide to spring cleaning for self-storage units. Conduct a Walk-Through of the Property The first step in any business maintenance process is to conduct a complete walk-through of the facility and determine the areas that require additional maintenance work. Look for the signs of potential safety and structural issues. You might find water damage within property areas, which may indicate…

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11 May 2016

Storage units can be a great way to protect your valuables and other belongings over several months. But as the weather gets warmer, some are finding that their stored items become ripped, broken or stained by animals. Pests such as rats and insects find ways to tunnel into storage units, making their nests with the belongings they found inside. It’s important to have a protection strategy to help mitigate this issue, and so in this latest post we highlight how to protect your storage unit from summertime pests. Seal Cracks Outside the Unit One of the reasons behind the growing number of infestation issues within self storage facilities is the ease with which insects and small creatures can make their…

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18 Apr 2016

Cleaning out your storage unit is not the most fun activity, but it is necessary. If you are a business person who holds inventory in your unit, you need to maintain a clean area so as to be able to show off this area to your clients when necessary. If you own your own unit, the last thing you want is for dust and insects to accumulate on your belongings. Cleaning out your storage unit comprises three main tasks: decluttering, cleaning and maintenance. Decluttering When you declutter, you are getting rid of things you don’t essentially need. Go through each item and decide if it of any value to you. Items of sentimental value such as old photos can be…

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4 Apr 2016

When people are in the process of moving, they often don’t have a backup plan in case things go wrong. Self-storage is the best back-up plan you can have when moving. In the event of an unexpected delay, a self-storage unit can be extremely convenient. Here are a few concrete reasons why self-storage and relocation go hand in hand: Emergency Any sort of emergency can arise when moving into a new place. The new office might need to be fumigated, there might be a need for some last minute repairs, or the place might have been flooded. If for any reason the new space is not ready to receive your items, then that could put you in a tricky situation…

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31 Mar 2016

A climate-controlled storage unit means your items are stored at a consistent, neutral temperature, with a consistent humidity level. Climate control protects your items from temperature shifts and humidity, both of which can be incredibly damaging to your valuable belongings. Here are some reasons you may need a climate controlled unit: Unpredictable Weather Here in Ontario, we’re no strangers to fluctuating weather. One day it could be -20º, and the next back up to 3º. We also get all kinds of extreme weather conditions such as heavy rain, snow, extreme heat, and humidity. Cold snaps and extreme temperature fluctuations can cause your items to expand and contract, especially if they’re made of wood or metal, which can cause them to…

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14 Mar 2016

From the creepy to the fantastically valuable, all sorts of strange things have been unearthed in storage units. As we can see from shows like Storage Wars, old storage units can be an absolute goldmine. In some of these cases, they were, well in others, maybe less of a goldmine than a horror movie! A Body Unfortunately, this one’s true. After falling on hard times, and perhaps dealing with some personal issues, a woman in Florida failed to bury her mother’s body and instead stored the remains in a storage unit. There are other stories of people keeping cremated remains of family members in storage units, but those can’t really compare to an actual body! Space Equipment This is a…

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11 Mar 2016

The popular website Etsy allows individuals all over the world to run personal stores. Shopkeepers can sell items ranging from arts and crafts, to clothing, to jewelry, to furniture, to books, to decorations, and pretty much anything else you can think of! Etsy allows users to place their items for sale online, shop online, and have items delivered all over the world. If you’re running an Etsy store, you may be faced with the issue of space. Your vintage clothing store may have outgrown your apartment, or all the tools you use to handcraft furniture may be getting in the way. What can you do? An option some Etsy shop owners have turned to renting storage units, an idea we…

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7 Mar 2016

There are many reasons to rent a storage unit. Perhaps you’re moving and can’t take your furniture or other belongings with you, maybe you’ve had to downsize and no longer have storage space at your home. Storage units are useful in many situations, but here are some things you should know, especially if it’s your first time! Climate Control is VERY Important! Climate control may not seem like a big deal to you at first, but for your items to remain in good condition, it’s essential. Climate control means that things like extreme temperature changes will not affect your items. Temperature swings and humidity can ruin items like furniture, upholstery, electronics, metal, clothing…well, pretty much everything! Before you store, make…

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19 Feb 2016

Self-storage is a booming industry, which has seen a doubling of numbers in Canada in the past decade due to the condo boom, downsizing, renovations and growing children, to name but a few. To make the most out of your self-storage unit, here are several things to keep in mind: Compare Monthly Fees. It is in your best interest to shop around to find the best offer in terms of monthly fees as prices are often negotiable. Monthly fees can vary depending on the location and the size of the unit. Use the website’s size calculator to determine the size you need so that you don’t rent a bigger unit than necessary, as larger units will generally be rented at…

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29 Jan 2016

Sometimes, there is just no more room, and all of the ingenious space-saving techniques in the world are not going to conjure it out of thin air. Sometimes, you need to look to outside help. Hiring a rental storage unit is often the solution. They are reliable, secure and hassle free. There are, however, some tips you can utilize to get the most out of your rented storage space. Here are 5 things you need to know. Invest in pallets. Keeping most items off the floor is essential. There is no way to predict when and where rain and bad weather will strike, or when the neighboring tenant’s waterbed will split open, spilling its contents out into the corridor and…

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22 Dec 2015

It goes without saying that items with greater sentimental and monetary value should receive a considerable amount of extra care and attention when going into storage. Having an accurate overall idea of what the total value of your storage unit is worth on paper, both for insurance and personal purposes, is peace of mind. If you watch shows like “Storage Wars,” it is always amazing to see some of the items people encounter in abandoned storage units. Heirlooms that have been in families for generations with tremendous market, not to mention, sentimental value, one-of-a-kind antiques that previous owners may not have even known where there or just how special they were, collector items that had been passing off a junk…

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17 Dec 2015

Storing business related documents, especially if the documents contain sensitive client details like bank accounts and tax related information, is something into which you are going to want to put careful consideration. The potential financial and even legal implications to losing or damaging records and operational information are not ones to take lightly. Here are some recommendations when you run out of office space and need a self-storage unit in which to keep business files. Make sure you choose a company with a reputation for secure storage and one which is close to your business’ location. Ease of access is very important when it comes to storing business documents. A unit with camera surveillance, keypad entry, electronic gate access and…

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13 Dec 2015

A self-storage unit is a convenient and secure way to store items that you either don’t have the space for, or currently do not have a use for. That being said, there are certain items that you should not store, and may even be prohibited from storing in your storage space. Here are 5 categories of items you should not keep in self-storage. Source: stor-age.co.za Hazardous materials. For obvious safety reasons, there are just some things that cannot be stored safely in most self-storage units. Toxic or flammable substances such as gasoline or crude, explosives such as fireworks, bio-hazards, weapons and ammunition need to be stored safely and in accordance with provincial and federal laws. Organic matter and perishable food…

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8 Dec 2015

You have decided that you want to move, now what? The accumulation of appliances, gifts, clothes, furniture, kitchen gadgets etc. over the last X number of years can make organizing your life, pre-move, seem unbearably overwhelming. You need to declutter. Here are some simple and effective tips you can use to declutter your house and make your move simple and easy. Don’t procrastinate. Packing and coordinating a move is going to take up the bulk of your time, as it should, so having a head start on sifting through your belongings to see what will make the cut and what will be cut is key. It can be very stressful if you wait until you are actually boxing up items…

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30 Nov 2015

We live in a world dominated by consumerism, so it is not at all surprising that a vast majority of households contain a great deal of clutter. Most people buy many things they do not need, items which tend to collect in the recesses of their basements and garages. The fact that there is a term called “Spring cleaning” says it all! In the spirit of hoarding stuff, we have gathered a few intriguing statistics on clutter. So without further ado, be prepared to be amazed! Facts about Clutter For better or for worse, Americans follow the 80/20 rule – the premise of the Pareto Principle is that 80% of outcomes are the result of 20% of the causes (the…

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