13 Jun 2016

Budget-Friendly Tips For Packing And Moving

Moving comes with a lot of work and a lot of expenses. Unfortunately for most of us, it’s a necessary evil. Whether you’re planning a one-time move or your job requires frequent moves, it’s important to learn some money-saving tips. Planning ahead, comparing costs and thinking strategically can help you save precious dollars during a move. Here are some tips for those who are moving on a budget: Consider hiring professionals. When you think of budgeting, the first thing that comes to mind is often that it will be cost-effective to have family and friends help you move, rather than hiring professional movers. However, there are many benefits of hiring professionals and they can end up saving you a lot of time and stress. Movers are trained to move your furniture and other belongings as quickly, efficiently and safely as possible. Good movers will show up on schedule, with a truck and all necessary tools, and move your belongings as…

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10 Jun 2016

When it comes to protecting a valuable car during the harsh winter months, or if you are going away for a long period of time, long-term car storage is a great way to keep your vehicle safe and secure. Many people use long-term (which generally means a month or longer) car storage to keep classic and collectible cars safe over the winter months, protecting them from elements such as snow, sleet and salt. Long-term car storage is also a great option for those who go away for long periods of time and have no need to bring their car. And for those who own multiple cars, you may just have run out of storage at home! Whether you’re storing your…

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6 Jun 2016

Staging your home before showing it can make a huge difference. It may help you make a quicker sale or get more money for your home. When entering a home for the first time, potential buyers form a quick first impression based on appearance, atmosphere and even scent. With a beautifully staged home, you can make sure this first impression is a good one! However, professional house stagers and all the furniture and decorating that they recommend can be pricey. For those who are on a budget, but still want to make the most out of their sale, here are some tips for staging your house, the affordable way! De-clutter. When a potential buyer walks into a home, they want…

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3 Jun 2016

A new addition to the family can mean a lot of extra clutter! Toys, clothes, strollers…there are so many items that come with parenthood and as your baby grows out of them, the clutter can begin to pile up. While donating or giving away baby gear is a great option for decluttering, you may not want to get rid of everything so soon. If you’re planning to have another baby—or even leaving the option open—holding onto baby clothes, toys and supplies is a great idea. Additionally, some things may have sentimental value or you may be waiting to hand them down to the right person. Just because you don’t want to let go of your things yet doesn’t mean they…

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30 May 2016

Whether you’re planning a move in the near future and require a space in which to store your furniture before you make the transition, or you’re moving your business offices, self-storage units can provide the ideal solution during the move. But beyond their initial function, self-storage units are now offering significant value as real estate assets. Investors across the globe are now reviewing the potential of buying a self-storage unit for its potential future sales value. In this article, our experts highlight what to look for when investing in a self-storage unit. Review the Surrounding Region What’s around the facility in the local area? This is an important question to consider when making the investment. Supply and demand dictates that…

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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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6 May 2016

A common collector’s item for theatre enthusiasts, playbills are a great way to keep a little piece of history in your home and, depending on the play and actors involved, they can be worth a fair bit of money as well. The most important value of any collectible is the personal value it is for its owner but there are certainly some playbills with more universal appeal than others. Popular Playbills by Year Before 1940: Dracula; Romeo & Juliet; Porgy and Bess; Hamlet; and Madame Butterfly are among some of the most collected playbills from this era. 1940-49: The 1940s were a good decade for theatre. Some favorites include: The Glass Menagerie; Oklahoma!; The Skin of Our Teeth; A Streetcar…

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2 May 2016

Coca-Cola is more than just a tasty beverage – it’s an ubiquitous, iconic brand, that for some has become closely associated with a classic North American upbringing. And, as with almost every brand that manages to evoke so much sentimentality, Coca-Cola memorabilia has been around for nearly as long as the brand itself. If you have some of this memorabilia you might have a few questions: How much is my Coca-Cola memorabilia worth? Is it even worth storing? Should I be selling my memorabilia at an antique shop for a premium, or should I let it go for twenty-five cents at my next garage sale? Depending on the characteristics of the memorabilia you have, the answers to those questions could…

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25 Apr 2016

Storage auctions present golden opportunities to acquire valuable goods that have been abandoned by their previous owner. Although it might sound like a simple process, you need to do some preparation before going into the auction. Failure to do this could result in not getting what you want or paying too much for an item that you succeed in getting. source:fortressstoragesantamaria.com Here are a few suggestions to make sure you get the most out of a storage auction. Choose Your Auction There are many auctions you can choose from. The one you eventually pick should be the one that is most convenient for you to attend and benefit the most from. Be familiar with the rules of that auction. For…

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22 Apr 2016

Your storage unit is meant to keep your items safe, but over time a lot of unwanted things can find themselves there: dust, mould and rodents. The last one is the trickiest to deal with, but with some precautions and a little work you should be able to keep your items not only secure but rodent free. Here are a few things you can do: Go with a trusted company The small choice of choosing a respected and reputable company will make a big difference in the cleanliness of your company. For example, you can read dozens of reviews online about Jiffy storage units being pest free, but you may not find the same glowing reviews for other companies. Rodent-proof…

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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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15 Apr 2016

When moving your belongings whether valuable or otherwise, it’s important to utilize proper packing materials to ensure nothing gets damaged when going into storage or while moving into a new home. However, not everyone chooses to go the traditional route when packing up their home. For those who don’t have proper packing materials, we’re taking a look at alternative packing supplies you can find right at home. Newspaper Before you throw them into recycling, you can use newspaper for wrapping and stuffing. It will come in especially handy for fragile items like glass or ceramic. Magazine Paper Magazines work just like newspapers and you can crumple them to use as separators for your fragile items. Old Clothing If you’ve got…

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11 Apr 2016

You found an old guitar in your attic or basement and you’re wondering what it might be worth. A guitar’s value depends on a number of factors such as age, condition, rarity and the prominence of its users. Even if a guitar is in good condition, that doesn’t mean it has a lot of value. Manufacturers might design guitars to give them a vintage look, but that doesn’t mean it’s the real thing! There are a few steps you can take to properly assess whether your guitar is something worth selling or simply a family keep: Evaluate the guitar’s features Unless you’ve got a trained eye, you won’t be able to tell the difference between a vintage model guitar and…

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8 Apr 2016

Now that spring is here, you can take off the heavy winter jackets and boots. But what do you do with them? It’s important to be methodical in how you store your winter clothing as it can take up a lot of unnecessary space and become damaged or smelly. They are also more susceptible to insects that are present in warmer weather. Here are a few tips to make sure that your winter clothing is in top shape when the winter season comes again: Consider donating If you buy new clothes regularly to keep up with the trend, then there might be no point in keeping your old jacket. Consider donating your winter clothing to charity or give them away…

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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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28 Mar 2016

Spring has sprung and it’s time to declutter! A garage sale is a fun, and even profitable way to clear your house out of items you no longer need or use. It’s also a great way to meet neighbours, and perhaps make someone’s day. Remember, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” ! Use these tips to ensure your garage sale is a big success! Pick the Right Date Garage sales traditionally fall on a Saturday or Sunday. You may also want to coordinate with your neighbours and throw a street sale, which will draw more traffic to the area and can also be a fun neighbourhood event. Advertise When it comes to throwing a successful garage sale, advertising is…

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