29 Jan 2016

Hiring A Rental Storage Unit? 5 Things You Need To Know

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 under your door. Pallets are a great way to keep everything a few inches off the concrete, above the cold, sometimes damp ground, and out of harm’s way. Shrink wrap it. You can purchase large rolls of industrial grade plastic…

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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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27 Nov 2015

Parenthood is truly one of the greatest and most rewarding experiences one can have. If you are having your first child, you and your partner are probably running around in a mix of excitement and anticipation, and rightfully so. Bringing a baby into the picture changes a lot of things on the homefront, especially in terms of safety and space. It would be a good idea now to take the time to get everything in order for your new bundle of joy. To keep from stressing, make a checklist of what you need to buy and do before your due date. Below is a list of must-haves every parent should keep in mind! Household Prep Tips for the Baby on…

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23 Nov 2015

The number of shows centered around the storage auction industry has become increasingly prevalent in the last few years, but like anything on TV, what we see is not always accurate. The Hollywood effect instills plenty of entertainment value, such as suspenseful, intentionally-timed commercial breaks and the like. Nevertheless, there are some myths purported by the media that need to be dispelled. Many savvy, persistent auction attendees can and do make a decent living by profiting on the sale of rare collectibles, but it is important to not be misled by the promise of quick and easy cash! Common Storage Auction Myths Every Unit is a Goldmine Think about it, shows like Storage Wars would not be nearly as popular…

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20 Nov 2015

The process of selling a home consists of equal parts excitement and frustration. In a competitive market with thousands of other properties that prospective buyers are checking out, you need to do everything possible to come out ahead. Homeowners that enjoy the benefits of selling quickly and close to their target price are not always lucky; they simply know what buyers are looking for and take advantage of the situation. If you want to sell your property fast and make a profit, you have to step out of your seller shoes! From on the Market to Money in the Bank Make your house a blank slate Buyers need to envision the space as their own, which for you means cleaning…

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16 Nov 2015

The holidays are among us, and for many homeowners that means shifting into ultra-organization mode! Do not let all that clutter get you down folks, as all it takes is a few simple tips and some serious dedication to make your home holiday gathering-friendly once more. It is shocking how much junk can accumulate over the course of a year, and figuring out what to do with it all in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas can definitely feel like an uphill battle. The trick to getting your place ready for a household of activity is temporarily relocating belongings that are not necessary. That being said, before you bust out all those seasonal decorations, follow this fool-proof holiday storage advice! A…

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13 Nov 2015

Did you know every year an untold number of personal belongings are damaged while in storage as a result of owner error? Imagine what it feels like not being able to replace a multi-generation family heirloom, and knowing that you were directly responsible for its destruction. To put it simply, there are right and wrong ways to store household valuables. Given the serious ramifications that can occur, it bears knowing how you should handle yours. Remember, even if you have an insurance policy in place to cover theft or accidental loss/ damage, no amount of money can replace some belongings! Are you Making These Storage Mistakes? Weighted Items on Top The cardinal rule for stacking boxes is to ensure even…

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9 Nov 2015

If you’ve been longing to transform your garage from that dirty, cluttered catch-all into the organized, stylish space you’ve always wanted, then it is time to get creative and think outside the box. Striking the balance between aesthetics and functionality is what every homeowner strives for, but it is not nearly as difficult as you might think. You may have to make a few big changes, such as finally making the move to downsize and get rid of a few heaps of junk, but in the end it’s all worth it! The best part about creating a custom garage is that you can do so on virtually any budget; with a limitless supply of storage products and DIY ideas to…

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6 Nov 2015

If your business involves the use of hazardous waste or chemicals, you do not need to be reminded of maintaining a safe work environment. Protecting staff and visitors from harmful accidents should always be your company’s main priority, and a big part of that means knowing how to properly store these materials. One of the most common problems business owners face, however, is knowing what types of chemicals can be stored safely together. With countless kinds used in the manufacturing industry, determining where to place these items can be quite the challenge. As a general rule of thumb, keep similar chemicals together and ensure enough distance is between those which are incompatible. When working in close vicinity to dangerous combustibles,…

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2 Nov 2015

The only way to ensure your collectibles will retain their value is by keeping them in a safe place. Many homeowners mistakenly think putting items in a dresser drawer or on a closet shelf are sufficient for storage purpose, but this is not a risk you want to take. Of course, the rules for collectible preservation differ depending on the specific thing you are dealing with (e.g. baseball cards, coins, etc.), but there are some tips that apply across the board. For instance, no matter how safe you think household belongings are, never assume that someone might have their sights set on taking them. It is not uncommon for some collections, especially those which are complete and in mint condition,…

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30 Oct 2015

It is a good idea to visit your storage locker at least once a month, just to make sure nothing has shifted or accumulated mildew. While there, why not take some steps to keep things clean? Here’s a checklist to keep your unit looking (and smelling) great. Consider Purging Unused, and Aging, Items Many items do just fine in long-term storage, but some can degrade. Vintage clothing, especially if not stored in vacuum bags, can lose its value by accumulating mildew. Stuffed toys can eventually become un-donate-able due to the risk of infestations. If you notice a fabric item that you have not taken out in over a year, consider selling or donating it while it’s still useful. This will…

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11 Sep 2015

Self-storage is helpful for many situations. Whether you’re moving, downsizing, travelling, or de-cluttering, renting a storage unit ensures that your belongings are kept safe. Not everything, however, is meant to go into a storage unit. Here are ten items that should not go into a storage unit! Perishable Items Storing any perishable goods like human or animal food in a storage unit is a big risk for rodent or insect infestation. Additionally, any humidity or heat in the unit can cause the growth of mould or bacteria. Keep any food items out of storage units! Hazardous Material Hazardous materials include anything that can be toxic or dangerous if spilled or opened. Corrosive materials, toxic gases, kerosene, gasoline, propane, motor oils,…

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7 Sep 2015

Storage units are often home to unexpected treasures! Just look at all the TV shows dedicated to these unique finds. After a storage locker has been abandoned for a certain amount of time, the units are often auctioned off. In some unique stories, the winners get a whole lot more than they could have dreamed of! The thrill of finding storage unit treasure often comes from the element of surprise. Sometimes things that look plain on the outside, for instance, a stack of old newspapers, can be worth tens of thousands of dollars. On the other hand, a beat up car could be worth a million. There are many strange and obscure storage locker finds out there, but here are…

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