14 Sep 2010

Jiffy Self Storage matches donations for Pakistan Flood Victims

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 same magnitude that resulted in many Canadians donating money for the earthquake victims in Haiti. Perhaps, if this major catastrophe had happened first, there might have been more support. I suppose that we will never understand the reasons for less…

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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…

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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,…

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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%…

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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…

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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,…

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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…)

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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30 Nov 2009
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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…

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9 Nov 2009
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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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4 Nov 2009

Do you think you have storage problems? Ever wonder what is on other people’s minds when it comes to storing their personal stuff in a self storage facility in Toronto? We have compiled a list of various requests from our online storage request forms from a number of persons requesting storage units in Toronto during October. All names and identifying information have been deleted, but what is most fulfilling for us is that almost all these various Toronto self storage unit requests are routinely satisfied, here in Toronto at Jiffy Self Storage. Whether you live in Downtown Toronto, Mid-Town Toronto, Leaside, Rosedale, North York, Etobicoke, Bloor West, Forest Hill, Markham, Vaughan, Mississauga, Woodbridge or for that matter, anywhere in the the Toronto GTA, we have your space ready in our Toronto storage facilities…

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22 Oct 2009
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Many families and businesses are now pre-occupied finalizing personal and business related issues so they can get on with preparations for the Christmas season. And this is the time of year people begin acting like hibernating bears and hoarding pack-rats, getting ready for lackluster frigid days and long cold freezing nights. Right now, mini storage activity at Jiffy Self Storage Toronto is in the midst of the year’s biggest storage rush. If you’re thinking of putting off storage for a while, my advice is not to wait much longer because the correct size that fits your needs best will be gone and you may wind up having to pay more because you’ll have to store either in multiple smaller units or…

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12 Oct 2009

To increase value for its tenants and provide professional services for a host of reputable Toronto moving and storage companies that use Jiffy Self Storage facilities as their base, Jiffy Self Storage has upgraded its VCR security recording device with two (2) brand new state of the art 16 channel digital video recorders (DVR), increasing its recording capacity for up to 32 cameras. The system it replaced was perfectly adequate but did not have the variety of security features and quick access to video recordings that the new system has. The new DVRs eliminate daily changes and exchanges of video tapes by recording high quality video digital files more efficiently onto high capacity hard drives from multiple video streams. For archival purposes or…

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1 Oct 2009

At this time of year, most people are settled in for the year and start thinking about gift giving as the year starts to wind down. Jiffy Self Storage recognizes that there is going to be a slow down in personal storage services; so with the annual seasonal slow down, we are always thinking of ways to give something back to our new renters to encourage off season storage rentals. From now until the end of the year, new renters get 3 month’s storage for the price of 2 month’s storage. So if you are running out of space, or need a small unit for storing Christmas and other seasonal gifts, get yourself a small personal storage unit such as…

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25 Sep 2009

Art of Professional Redesign for achieving the highest resale selling price Home staging is the design process of de-personalizing a private residence prior to putting it up for sale. This is often achieved by undertaking all or some of the following: Decluttering, depersonalizing, updating, painting, rearranging furniture, renting furniture and accessorising. Moving your clutter into a Toronto mini storage facility like Jiffy Self Storage is a small cost relative to the increased benefit of selling your home for a much higher price and you will be getting a head start on packing that will also eliminate some stress down the road. Research has shown that a home stager can cut a home listing’s time by half and can fetch a…

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