15 Feb 2011

Thousands of home transactions in Toronto area last month


The number of people moving to the Greater Toronto area last month may be slightly off the pace when compared to January 2010, but the city’s real estate market continues to move forward. According to the Toronto Real Estate Board, there were 4,337 transactions for resold houses in January. That’s 13 percent lower compared to this same time last year, but January 2010 was a record month for housing and demand for storage units in Toronto. “While off the record pace experience a year ago, the GTA resale market has started the year on a solid footing,” said Bill Johnston, president of the Toronto Real Estate Board. “Home buyers in Toronto and surrounding areas continue to benefit from a diversity of housing types for sale at many different price points.” The report says that the average selling price for a Toronto home in January was $427,037, approximately 4 percent higher than the average price in January 2010. The high rate…

16 Jan 2011

At more than 33 million, Canada’s population has been on a steady increase for more than 50 years. And last year, there was a significant jump in economic migrants. Approximately 280,600 legal immigrants became permanent residents of Canada in 2010. The number is 6 percent higher than immigration officials predicted and the most the country has seen since 1957. While the report considers all residents that move to Canada, the biggest portion was economic migrants who made up two-thirds of new legal residents. In a news conference, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said the country wants to bring more skilled immigrants to the country to stimulate the economy. By adjusting Ottawa’s points grid, the people accepted for the country’s skilled work…

30 Oct 2010

Often older married folks that are thinking about downsizing, look for a place to store legacy items without considering if the items being stored will have value when they pass to the next generation. They do not realize that items stored have built in obsolescence in our fast moving world so that even after a few years they are worthless. Take the example of a middle class retired couple that rented a Toronto storage locker for more than 15 years. When the children of the deceased couple opened their parents’ storage locker for the first time, they were taken back with items that they found. What greeted them were two 25 year old IBM XT computers with matching monitors, a…

11 Oct 2010

Helpful Packing Tips and Hints on Moving 1.       Pack Everything! Pack literally everything you have in good quality, filled and closed boxes.  Even if you have to spend some money on good boxes, you will save substantially.  Moving and stowing a box on the truck is much faster than moving individual items and having to find a secure place to store in on the truck.  Putting items in boxes also reduces damage, which will save you money too. 2.       Stage Boxes Something as simple as putting all of your pre-packed boxes in the front room or garage of your home can be simple to do and greatly simplify your move.  This is something you can do in little bits in…

24 Sep 2010

Jiffy Self Storage is so excited to offer every visitor a chance to win great prizes just for dropping by www.JiffyStorage.com. That’s right – nothing to buy; no purchase necessary. Just loads of fun playing The Great Toronto GTA Jiffy Landmark Contest. We are so sure that someone in your future will be needing self storage service and we want to be their Toronto storage company. So just for discovering JiffyStorage.com, we want to give you a chance to win an Apple iPad and other great prizes with retail values up to $1,000. Leverage your chances of winning Each successful contestant gets one free contest entry but can easily  bonus leverage their chances of winning prizes with up to 19…

14 Sep 2010

Jiffy Self Storage is helping to raise money for flood victims in Pakistan. According to the United Nations, the floods that began in late July have created “one of the largest humanitarian crises that the UN and its humanitarian partners have ever responded to.” According to the UN more than 200,000 houses have been demolished and in excess of 4.3 million persons are affected. To put it into another perspective, a flood of this magnitude would affect about 12% of the Canadian population or would be close to the entire population of Toronto GTA. Jiffy Toronto matches private donations for Pakistan flood victims. We are disappointed that the response from Canadians was not forthcoming in the…

10 Aug 2010

Since harmonized sales tax (HST) came into effect, increased costs for resale homes has put a damper on the market place. More people will try and buy resale homes in order to save the HST that is only payable on new homes.  Notwithstanding, increased pressure on resale homes, Canada is experiencing the largest decline in pricing since leading the pack in the first quarter of 2010 with largest increase in sales prices.  According to economist Adrianne Warren, “Demand and prices have softened alongside moderating global growth…The slowdown has been the most dramatic in Canada.” Average Canadian sale prices during the first quarter were up 16.6 per cent year over year, but in the second quarter, just 6.6 percent. What this…

27 Jun 2010

Where were you when the Richter scale measured 5.5? If you felt some trembling or shaking around you, probably you did not realize that there was a real earthquake in our area but when you found out that what you felt was an earthquake, you talked up the situation with everyone around you. When something goes wrong, we like to tell everyone about the incident. When something good happens, we like to tell people about the event. We also have a great story to tell about our Jiffy Self Storage Toronto building. There was a rumble from within the bowels of our Toronto storage building but our reinforced concrete building survived quake trauma entirely intact. Our 6-inch reinforced concrete floors,…

17 Jun 2010

Most people do not know or understand how HST is going to affect them. Even though there has been much publicity about HST, from the many people we speak to everyday at our Toronto self storage facility, the majority of these persons are misguided about their understanding or do not have any knowledge about the impending changes that are going to have major impacts on the daily lives of all Ontarians. Large businesses are ready for HST but many small companies have no idea how HST will affect them. Most businesses do not understand that they will be able to apply the full HST input credit for various costs and services so that HST will flow through for the full 13%…

9 Jun 2010

This morning, I had the pleasure of chatting with Toronto’s legendary king of self storage, Allan Barkin, president of Jiffy Self Storage. Barkin recently received the Consumer Choice Award for Business Excellence at a televised Global TV presentation at Stage West, in Mississauga, ON. He is only one of small handful of Toronto businesses ever to achieve this honor 14 consecutive times. Donna: Allan, I’m delighted to have the chance to learn more about you and your business. Tell me, how did you first get involved in Self Storage? Allan: I had been watching the self storage industry in Canada for some time and found that self storage service here was lagging years behind the Americans. Being an opportunist and…

1 Jun 2010

For companies in the process of making warehousing and storage decisions, there is a broad spectrum of options that should be considered. For those in need of large-scale complex materials handling, the warehousing function is often better left to a third party specialist. On the other end of the spectrum are unserviced spaces, which offer little more than 3 walls and a loading door (if you’re lucky). Between the extremes lies a unique option which is proving to be highly effective for a growing number of companies. A new breed of self-storage facility has emerged, designed explicitly to meet the needs of businesses. With a range of basic services including internet connectivity, security, climate-controlled warehouses, meeting space, and parcel reception and handling,…

15 May 2010

As a successful international speaker, Jeff’s travels take him all over the world to various speaking engagements. Jeff has published a number of books related to his expertise. (more…)

14 Apr 2010

I don’t know a single person that’s in love with moving and storing – but sometimes life shattering events happen that result in radical changes for households and businesses. Persons going through separation, divorce, executors managing estates, sudden illnesses, forced downsizings, persons retiring from businesses – all of these are individuals going through unexpected life disruptions and Jiffy Storage can manage all their problems of moving and downsizing – from supplying boxes and in-home moving packers, arranging for trucks and movers to money saving packing tips that go along way for reducing storage costs. We are more than just another Toronto storage company  –  Jiffy Self Storage has staff with expertise to deal with other peoples’ storage problems so they don’t have to. Many…

28 Mar 2010

Allan Barkin is sharing his considerable storage knowledge and experience at the Doubletree Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel, where he will speak at the launch of the 2010 Consumers’ Choice Awards for Business Excellence program on March 31st, 2010 http://bit.ly/dp92UC. Unprecedented feat in Toronto Self Storage The research firm Léger Marketing has named Jiffy Self Storage a winner of the Consumer Choice Awards for the 14th consecutive year! According to one very satisfied customer, Jiffy Self Storage is “Absolutely excellent, I wouldn’t go anywhere else.” You can see why when you check out the question below. Question: “Does your Toronto storage facilities have mail boxes for personal or business use?” Answer: “You can rent a personal mail…

10 Jan 2010

Part 1 on other people’s Toronto storage problems was read by so many persons that we have compiled an updated list of Toronto GTA mini storage requests covering the period from Nov 2009 through Dec 2009. Completed email forms for self storage “help” came from many Toronto neighbourhoods: Mid-Town Toronto, North York, Forest Hill, Downtown Toronto, Markham, Rosedale, Etobicoke, Bloor West, Leaside, Woodbridge, Vaughan, Mississauga. And we are ready to help them all. We have a self storage space ready in our Toronto storage facilities ready for each of their personal storage needs. Jiffy Self Storage in Toronto is equipped to handle virtually every public self storage need. See if you recognize a self storage need here that is similar to yours. I am looking…

1 Jan 2010

Funny how fast the holidays have come and gone…Even though Toronto mini storage seemed to be the last thing on everyone’s mind during yearend celebrations, the period between Christmas and New Years was extremely busy with the public needing storage. I guess it comes to a point when you just want to veg out and not worry about mini self storage problems anymore, but then the time comes when you finally decide you have to get on with where you left off. Jiffy Self Storage was ready with a self storage solution for each self storage problem during the holidays and now that we are in 2010, this year we want to be there to help you with your every…

6 Dec 2009

Almost before our eyes the year 2009 is vanishing and we will be starting a brand new year. I know many clients and acquaintances are also asking themselves how the year has gone by so quickly.  This year was a trying year for almost every business but as a self storage business in Toronto we survived quite handily. In spite of continued bad news about the economy last year, in 2009 we initiated many new upgrades to enhance our Toronto self storage services, like new security  systems, additional storage units, new heating and ventilation systems, extra coverage for client inquiries and more smoother and streamlined operations to make GTA mini storage easier to book and we simplified our Jiffy Toronto Self Storage…

30 Nov 2009

Jiffy Work Spaces are especially adapted for small upstart businesses, upgraded with air conditioning, heating, power, light, phone and of course, Internet access, all at a no frills office price. An entire suite of services can be had for a budget office price…and once the commitment is there for small, inexpensive office/workspace, then personal business cards become the next necessity.  To meet this business card need, Jiffy Self Storage in Toronto GTA has partnered with one of the best known, wholesale “design online” business card firms in North America. Just access the business card design interface and often in less than 5 minutes, a professional custom design can be ready for purchasing. Many of our trades and business persons (including general contractors, independent business…

9 Nov 2009

Or self storage secrets that OTHER Toronto storage companies keep to themselves.  5. Reduce storage size by reducing total volume of items stored by filling all voids in appliances, washers and dryers, dressers, cabinets, etc. Often by doing this you should be able to reduce down to the next smallest or second next smaller size. 4. Reduce storage room size by stacking high. A little more exerted effort could reduce your storage unit size up to or more than 20%. 3. Leave items that need immediate or frequent access (like tools, personal hygiene, important  papers) that will be moved out first, in a separate compact storage unit — and items that will be moved later, put in another storage room that will be crammed…


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