Jiffy Self-Storage https://www.jiffystorage.com Tue, 08 Jan 2019 11:49:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.2 Need to Know Tips When Staging a Home https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/home-staging/need-to-know-tips-when-staging-a-home/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/home-staging/need-to-know-tips-when-staging-a-home/#respond Mon, 07 Jan 2019 15:00:31 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186926 Want to get the most money for your home? You’d better stage it beautifully. Home staging is the art of prepping a home for sale. The goal is to make it as appealing as possible for the highest number of potential buyers. They should be able to walk through your home and see it for
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Want to get the most money for your home? You’d better stage it beautifully.

Home staging is the art of prepping a home for sale. The goal is to make it as appealing as possible for the highest number of potential buyers. They should be able to walk through your home and see it for all of its positive attributes and envision themselves building a life there.

Staged homes are clean, organized, and free of clutter. If you stage your home right, you could get well over your asking price, sell your home quickly, and learn a thing or two about home decor in the process. Here are some tips on how to make your home stage ready!

Do you have curb appeal?

Before a potential buyer even enters your home, they see the outside. This is their real first impression. First impressions happen in a split second and will affect their judgement of your home, should they decide to investigate further. Boosting your curb appeal will get more people interested and will give them a favourable impression of your home right off the bat.

Make sure the sidewalk is power washed, your lawn trimmed, and flowerbeds are in full bloom. Wash the siding of your house to make it sparkle like new and take care of washing windows. If your front desk is looking shabby, give a fresh coat of sealant to restore its glow.

Bedroom time

The bedroom is a refuge, a room that will either state “home” or “pass.” The master bedroom should appeal to both sexes and contain new bedding. A bit of fluff factor in your pillows will have viewers wanting to retire after a long day of walking. Use neutral colours and accessorize with items that complement the colour scheme. The master bedroom is like the crown jewel of your home. If it’s looking absolutely refreshed and welcoming, it will elevate the viewer’s impression of your entire house.

It’s important to maximize the space in all areas of your home, but this is especially true for the bedroom. Use a temporary storage unit to store any bedroom furniture that isn’t a necessity. Keeping your bedroom clear of additional furniture will make the room seem bigger, and give potential buyers room to envision their dream bedroom.

Kitchen cabinets

The state of your cabinets determines much of your kitchen’s eye appeal. Many people make the mistake of putting their home on the market with “vintage” cabinets. You don’t have to replace them to avoid the underwhelming effect of old-fashioned cabinets. Give them a nice dark stain instead. Your kitchen will smack of thoughtful renovation, and all it cost you was one can of wood stain and a drive to the paint store.

Update the appliances

It may seem expensive and time-consuming up front but updating your kitchen appliances brings a high return in the end. Sellers are looking for modern amenities, and that includes flat range stovetops with electric burners, new microwaves, and a refrigerator that can text your neighbour (or whatever it is smart appliances are doing at this point). New appliances will rub off on the rest of your house, giving it the “brand new” glow that buyers find seriously enticing.

Declutter

Similar to deep cleaning, you’ll want to do a deep declutter. One of the best ways to do this is to simply rent a temporary storage unit. You’ll be able to get rid of the bulk of your personal items that dissuade buyers, and it will help you get a head start on the eventual moving-out process; double win. It’s so much easier to keep your house looking clean and tidy during staging if your non-essentials are stowed away from sight. Plus they’ll be easily accessible once you’ve finished showing your home.

Let the sun in

Something as simple as opening a window and allowing the sun to stream in can literally show your home in a better light. Natural light is preferred by photographers, and there’s a good reason. It’s soft, flattering, and easy on the eyes. Everything looks slightly better bathed in natural light, including your home. If your home doesn’t boast floor to ceiling windows, you can trick your way to inviting more natural light into your home by removing large, bulky furniture.

Stowing large pieces of furniture away in a storage unit when staging your home will allow natural light to fill the room, instead of being blocked by bulky pieces of furniture. By freeing up space in your home, rooms with limited sources of natural light will be able to shine a little bit brighter.

Staging doesn’t have to be a nightmare. With the right tips and tricks, buyers will be able to see the potential in your home as they walk through and will put down offers with minimal negotiation. Your home is your greatest asset. Staging it before sale helps you maximize your investment, putting you in a position to receive at or above your asking price and finalizing the sale of your house easily.

For more information about self-storage units, please call Jiffy Self-Storage at 416 74-JIFFY (54339) or contact us here.

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7 Tips for Putting Your Car in Long-Term Vehicle Storage https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/vehicle-storage/7-tips-for-putting-your-car-in-long-term-vehicle-storage/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/vehicle-storage/7-tips-for-putting-your-car-in-long-term-vehicle-storage/#respond Wed, 02 Jan 2019 15:00:25 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186925 There are many instances where you might want to store your vehicle for extended periods of time. For example, you may have a convertible that you only drive in the summer months. Or maybe you head down south every winter, and don’t need your minivan from November to February. Whatever the reason, you’ll need to
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There are many instances where you might want to store your vehicle for extended periods of time. For example, you may have a convertible that you only drive in the summer months. Or maybe you head down south every winter, and don’t need your minivan from November to February. Whatever the reason, you’ll need to put your car into storage. But there are a few things you should do to prepare the vehicle beforehand. After all, just leaving your car parked outside could damage the engine or kill the battery. So here are 7 tips for putting your vehicle in long-term storage. This will ensure the car is undamaged and still running upon your return.

Tip #1: Keep the vehicle covered.

The best place to store your vehicle is in a covered garage. If you don’t have a garage space in your home, consider putting it in a public storage facility. You’ll often find reasonable rates — with discounts for students and seniors too. If your car will be in storage during the colder months, we all know Canadian winters can be quite harsh. A covered unit will keep your vehicle protected from rain, wind and snow. It will also store it at a relatively stable temperature.

If you must leave your vehicle outdoors, be sure to purchase a weatherproof car cover. This will at least help to keep the car clean and dry.

Tip #2: Change the oil.

If you don’t plan on driving your car for more than a month, make sure to get an oil change beforehand. According to the experts at driving.ca, engine oil is full of contaminants that can damage your car if left sitting too long. Although they recommend changing the oil every 5,000 to 7,500 kms, get an extra oil change anyways before putting your car away.

Tip #3: Fill up the gas tank.

Like an oil change, it’s important to top off the gas if you won’t be driving your car for more than a month. This will keep moisture from accumulating inside the tank and prevent the seals from drying out. Also consider purchasing fuel stabilizer, which is a cheap and effective way to fight ethanol buildup. It will also prevent corrosion and keep your fuel system clean as your car sits idle for months.

Tip #4: Wash the car’s exterior.

Before draping that car cover or moving your vehicle into the garage, be sure to take it to the car wash first. Bird poop, dirt and water stains can damage the exterior over time. Water stains can be difficult to wipe down once it’s baked on. And bird poop contains chemicals that can strip off the paint. If you’re feeling really ambitious, give your car’s interior a good vacuum and wipe-down as well. Candy wrappers, garbage and old coffee cups can cause odours when left in an enclosed car. Besides, it’s nice to return to a clean vehicle after months cooped up in storage.

Tip #5: Drive the car periodically.

An unattended battery will eventually die. Drive the car for about 15 minutes every two weeks to keep the battery charged. If you’re unavailable, have a trusted friend or relative do this for you. Driving the car periodically has other benefits too. It will allow the vehicle to ‘stretch its legs’ and clear out any contaminants that may have accumulated in the engine. It will also lubricate the wheels and interior cogs that have become stiff over time. And be sure to turn on the A/C to circulate the air as well.

If it’s not possible to drive the car periodically, disconnect the negative battery cable instead. Just be warned you’ll lose your radio presets and time settings. But these things can easily be reprogrammed upon your return.

Tip #6: Don’t engage the parking brake.

Never use the parking brake when leaving your car in storage. If the brake pads are in contact with the rotors for too long, they might fuse together. This could end up becoming a costly repair that could’ve been easily avoided. You’ll want to keep the car from sliding back when in storage, so it’s best to purchase a tire stopper instead.

Tip #7: Always maintain your car insurance.

You may think you’re saving money by cancelling your car insurance for the months you won’t be driving. Although you may reduce costs in the short-term, your premiums will likely go up when you reinstate the insurance. That’s because insurance providers raise their rates if there’s a gap in coverage. Instead of cancelling, simply let the company know you will not be driving for an extended period of time. This lowers your risk of accident and may reduce your premiums overall. Feel free to shop around for better rates before putting your car in storage, but never cancel your coverage altogether.

By following these tips, your car will remain in great condition — no matter how long it stays locked away!

For more information about self-storage units, please call Jiffy Self-Storage at 416 74-JIFFY (54339) or contact us here.

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What Causes Wooden Furniture to Expand During Storage? https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/furniture-storage/what-causes-wooden-furniture-to-expand-during-storage/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/furniture-storage/what-causes-wooden-furniture-to-expand-during-storage/#respond Mon, 19 Nov 2018 15:00:43 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186891 With cold weather rapidly on its way, it is time to think about how the changing season affects the wooden furniture in your storage unit. If steps aren’t taken to care for your furniture, winter weather can significantly affect the condition of your items. Below are some tips to keep you covered. How Climate Affects
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With cold weather rapidly on its way, it is time to think about how the changing season affects the wooden furniture in your storage unit.

If steps aren’t taken to care for your furniture, winter weather can significantly affect the condition of your items. Below are some tips to keep you covered.

How Climate Affects Your Wooden Furniture

Rapid changes in the weather is tough on everyone and everything—even your wooden furniture that is being kept in storage. Think about your own body: when it is cold, your body dries out, and when it is warm and humid, you might retain more water. Hence, what you may not know is that your wooden furniture will probably change in the same ways while it is in storage. The reason for this is not the temperature, but the change in humidity. Wood adapts to its environment. It will expand when it is humid and contract when it is cold. The problem with these changes is that your furniture might become damaged over time.

Using Climate-Controlled Storage to Prevent Damage

If you absolutely have to put your wooden furniture in a storage unit, it is important to look for facilities that offer climate-controlled storage units. These units include all the necessary features you need to keep your items in top condition: an air conditioner, heater, humidifier, and dehumidifier to control the conditions inside your unit.

As you may know, wood will contract in the winter months and expand in the warmer months. The result of this constant change is cracks, discolouration, and deformities, lessening its appeal and weakening its structure. High humidity can also result in your prized possessions becoming moldy and eventually lead to rotting. This also goes for any electronics, clothing, or books you currently keep in a storage facility or plan to keep with your furniture. Any moisture can reduce a stack of books to mush and leave those toys you were saving for your grandkids headed for the landfill.

To prevent your wooden furniture from cracking, warping, or drying out, follow these tips:

  • Avoid excess heat or dryness—it can cause your furniture to crack. If you decide to clean out your storage unit in the middle of the winter, leave the space heater at home! You do not want to expose your furniture to a heat source, not to mention that it is a fire hazard.
  • Keep a dehumidifier in your unit in the summer or during a rainy period to avoid sudden changes to the air quality in your rental space.
  • Remember, wood does best at around 20 degrees Celsius.

No one wants to come back to their storage unit to find that their wooden furniture has been damaged by the weather, so it’s important to take preventative measures. The best measure you can take is to find a climate controlled storage unit to prevent your belongings from being impacted by the weather; with a climate controlled space, it won’t matter whether there’s a heat wave or ice storm. Your furniture will always be protected!

If you are interested in renting a climate controlled storage unit, call Jiffy Self Storage today at (416) 745-4339 or contact us here.

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Preservation and Long-Term Furniture Storage https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/furniture-storage/preservation-and-long-term-furniture-storage/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/furniture-storage/preservation-and-long-term-furniture-storage/#respond Mon, 12 Nov 2018 15:00:25 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186890 Renting a storage unit provides you with the room to keep the furniture you love while removing clutter from your personal living spaces. However, with that said, storing furniture in a storage unit can be a daunting and overwhelming task. You want to ensure the safety of your prized items, and the best way you
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Renting a storage unit provides you with the room to keep the furniture you love while removing clutter from your personal living spaces. However, with that said, storing furniture in a storage unit can be a daunting and overwhelming task. You want to ensure the safety of your prized items, and the best way you can do this is by familiarizing yourself with all the steps to preserving your furniture while it is in long-term storage.

Below, we have highlighted the key steps to successfully preparing your furniture and protecting it when in storage.

Clean and Prepare Furniture for Storage

Before you begin, you want to check the basics. Make sure that all repairs have been made to your furniture, thoroughly clean your furniture, clean your storage space, and make sure it is free from water damage or leaks.

Steps to cleaning your furniture:

  • Wipe your pieces of furniture with a clean microfibre cloth.
  • Use the appropriate cleaner for the material of your items (metal, wood, glass, etc.).
  • Wipe down your furniture once more for an added layer of protection.
  • Finally, let the item completely dry in a well-ventilated area.
  • Cover and pack your items for storage.

Disassemble Large Items for more Efficient Storage and Transportation

After cleaning, but before storing your furniture, disassemble large items for more efficient storage and transportation. Since your furniture probably didn’t come to your house in one piece, most of it can quickly be taken apart and put back together.

Take your time in performing this task. Write notes if you have to remind yourself how it goes together, and put any screws, bolts, or any other hardware in a plastic bag and keep it with the furniture it belongs to. Some people think it is a good idea to take the hardware with them for safe keeping, but this is not the case. If you lose the nuts and bolts, you will not be able to accurately reconstruct your furniture.

For items that can’t be taken apart, such as couches or dressers, you can still prep them for transportation by securing any movable elements (i.e., remove doors or couch cushions) and wrapping them in either bubble wrap or blankets to help avoid damage.

Prepare Your Unit

Plastic will be your best friend when preparing your unit for your furniture. Lining the floor of the storage unit with a plastic sheet will perform two tasks:

  1. It will let you easily slide heavy furniture from one end of the unit to the other.
  2. It will protect your furniture from the floor and potential moisture that may come into your unit in the event of flooding and other inclement weather.

Store Strategically

Even if your storage unit is bursting at the seams, make sure that you have a safe way to access the items at the back without climbing over or pulling everything out. It is not safe and will waste valuable time whenever you visit your unit. If your storage unit is reaching the point where you can’t leave a path in and out, then maybe it is time to let go of some of your items or talk to a representative about renting a second unit.

Another thing to think about is how valuable your items are. If you are cramming and jamming items into your unit without a plan, sloppy storing can break and damage your furniture.

Security is Key

Often, storage units are more safe and secure for valuable items than your garage or shed. A rental space will not only protect your furniture from thieves, but it will also help preserve it. Life and family are hard on furniture, and the last thing you want is your husband, partner, or kids smashing the lawnmower into your great-grandmother’s vanity every time they bring it in and out of the garage.

When you store your furniture at Jiffy Self Storage, you get the peace of mind of knowing that your items are kept safe behind a secured gate, in a locked unit, and in a facility carefully monitored by security cameras.

By properly preparing your items for long-term storage, they will be ready for use upon removal, whenever you need them!

If you are interested in renting a storage unit, call Jiffy Self Storage today at (416) 745-4339 or contact us here.

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Don’t Lose your Stuff! How to Manage Your Overdue Storage Account https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage/how-to-manage-your-overdue-storage-account/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage/how-to-manage-your-overdue-storage-account/#respond Sun, 11 Nov 2018 15:00:07 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186847 No matter how good your intentions, sometimes life throws curve-balls that can derail you financially. Even though you make every effort to stay within budget, things happen. When you’re trying to juggle mortgage payments, car loans, and utility bills, it’s easy to forget about the items you’ve put in storage. So what happens when you
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No matter how good your intentions, sometimes life throws curve-balls that can derail you financially. Even though you make every effort to stay within budget, things happen. When you’re trying to juggle mortgage payments, car loans, and utility bills, it’s easy to forget about the items you’ve put in storage.

So what happens when you miss a rental payment? Apart from blemishing your credit score, the storage operator may charge you late penalties. These fees could add up to nearly $65 per month on top of the rent you already owe. That’s why we’ve come up with some tips on how to manage your overdue account. So, follow our advice and avoid losing all your belongings!

Pre-Authorized Payment Plans

We all know getting the rent in on time can be a hassle. But because it’s always due at the same time each month, it’s helpful to take advantage of a pre-authorized payment plan. Ask your storage operator if they accept pre-authorized debit or credit. Once you set it up, you’ll never have to think about it again. And if you know you’ll need your storage unit for a predetermined set of time, ask if you can pay for the entire period in advance. Some facilities will even offer you a discount for prepayment.

Troubleshooting Missed Payments

So what happens if you’ve missed an entire payment? Many storage operators will be understanding if it’s a one-time occurrence. The most they’ll do is slap on a late fee to your existing rent and ask when you’ll pay up. When speaking to the company, avoid being confrontational. Instead, remain humble and be honest as to why you missed this month’s payment. After all, storage reps are human too. Everyone makes mistakes and some things in life can be out of our control, even finances. The person on the other end will most likely be understanding and offer you another chance.

If, however, missed payments are a frequent occurrence, you could find yourself in a trickier situation. Storage operators have several options when it comes to dealing with accounts that have gone into default. When you constantly miss rental payments, the facility can shut you out of your storage unit. The management will change the locks and restrict you from accessing your belongings until you make a payment. The easiest way to deal with this situation is to pay the outstanding rent and any penalties. But, let’s say you don’t have the funds necessary to bring your account back to good standing. What happens then?

Avoiding an Auction

Auctioning off your belongings is an absolute last resort for the storage facility. Although it may seem harsh, the operator is simply trying to recoup those rental payments by selling off whatever’s left in the unit. But auctions are a lot of work — and there’s not much profit to be made either. A self-storage company would much rather reach an agreement with the customer than organize an auction. So you may find yourself getting a lot of calls on how to rectify the situation. Here are a few tips on dealing with the storage operator:

  • Do not allow late fees to accumulate by ignoring the situation
  • If you can’t afford one lump sum payment, ask if you can make smaller, more frequent payments to catch up
  • The storage company has the upper hand; avoid being arrogant or risk losing all your valuables

If you’re unable to reach an agreement, the storage operator may have no choice but to auction off your goods. Your credit score will also take a hit, affecting any future applications you put in for a mortgage, car loan, or line of credit.

Stay in Touch

One of the best ways to avoid losing your belongings is to maintain communication with the storage facility. Should you foresee missing next month’s payment, inform management as soon as possible. By staying honest and showing goodwill, your chances are better that the storage operator will understand the circumstances. Ignoring phone calls and going silent will only irritate the company, forcing them to take action against you. Your stuff is important to you, so stay ahead of the game and don’t risk losing the things that matter most.

For more information about our storage options, or to receive a quote based on your storage needs, call Jiffy Self Storage at 416-74-JIFFY or contact us here.

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Tips to Keep a Storage Unit Tidy https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/tips-to-keep-a-storage-unit-tidy/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/tips-to-keep-a-storage-unit-tidy/#respond Mon, 05 Nov 2018 15:00:35 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186889 Storage units are a lot like junk drawers—they tend to attract whatever you don’t want, but also don’t want to get rid of, and then forget. Whether it is in your home, garage, or storage unit, we all have a place to stick the items that we don’t have space for, time to deal with,
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Storage units are a lot like junk drawers—they tend to attract whatever you don’t want, but also don’t want to get rid of, and then forget. Whether it is in your home, garage, or storage unit, we all have a place to stick the items that we don’t have space for, time to deal with, or have some nostalgic attachment to.

We get it.

There’s no question that having a self-storage unit is a great way to store things while freeing up valuable space in your immediate living environment. That’s why here at Jiffy Self Storage we offer clients units in a variety of sizes and rental length options.

However, like many similar spaces, if you aren’t careful, your storage unit can quickly become a disorganized mess. Below are a few helpful tips to help you keep your storage unit from falling into complete disarray:

Practice Mindful Storing Techniques

Like all things in life, it is essential to be mindful.

When it comes to storage units, it can quickly become a habit to toss boxes and loose items into them haphazardly. Doing this will neither make you happy or help with keeping track of what you are actually storing. So, practice mindful storing techniques whenever you make a trip to your unit. We will flesh out some of these methods throughout this article, but the best and most simple thing you can do is store the objects you often use near the front of your unit and everything else at the back.

Leave Yourself a Path

Even if your storage unit is bursting at the seams, make sure that you have a safe way to access the items at the back without climbing over or pulling everything out. It is not safe and will waste valuable time whenever you visit your unit. If your storage is reaching the point where you are unable to leave yourself a path, maybe it’s time to let go of some of your items or talk to a representative about renting a second unit.

Label Absolutely Everything

If everything you have stored is in a series of identical cardboard boxes, you are never going to find anything. So, as a rule of thumb, if you have a storage unit, you should also have a label maker or, at least, a sharp knife and some plain white adhesive labels.

If you have had your storage rental space for some time, it might be time to undertake the daunting task of organizing your items into labeled boxes. But, if you are just beginning your storage journey, we suggest that you mark each box and even go so far as to include an inventory of all the items.

If you have four boxes labeled “dolls,” how do you know which box is home to the Bratz, Polly Pockets, or stuffed animals that you are searching for? Remember, the more thorough you can be, the easier time you will have later on!

Use the Space You Have Wisely

If you are storing pieces of large furniture, such as dressers or shelving units, it doesn’t do you much good to have them taking up space in disassembled fragments on the floor. Instead, take advantage of that extra space to keep things better organized and off the floor.

Keep a Basic Inventory of Your Things

Going back to labeling the contents of your storage unit boxes, it is a good idea to keep an alternative inventory list in the unit that you can easily reference. If you are storing several things, you will forget what you have. Having an inventory eliminates your need to go rummaging through all your neatly labeled boxes for something that may or may not even be there. Write it down when it goes in and cross it off when it goes out. This is also a helpful strategy to adopt if you aren’t the only one who will be visiting your storage until—don’t let a husband, partner, or your kids ruin your hard work!

Whether you are storing, cleaning, or looking for a long lost item, having an inventory is going to let you know what you are up against when it comes to your storage endeavours. The neatest way you can keep your list is to print a simple spreadsheet off your computer. However, keeping an extra pen and paper in your unit is also a helpful short-term solution for when you run out of space on your sheet.

Keep Things in Order Using the Four-Box Method

After you have implemented all these helpful, mindful elements into your storage unit practice, the last thing you can do to make your life easy is incorporate the four-box method.

This one is for those particularly busy people who are always on the go. Whether you are making a quick drop at your unit or doing a clean-up, this will help make it easy. The idea behind this technique involves using four empty boxes with these labels: keep, toss, donate/sell, and storage.

Don’t let your storage unit mess get the best of you! By following these easy tips, keeping your storage unit tidy won’t be a problem.

If you are interested in renting a storage unit, call Jiffy Self Storage today at (416) 745-4339 or contact us here.

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How to Store Your Books so They’ll Survive Generations https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/book-storage/how-to-store-your-books-to-survive-generations/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/book-storage/how-to-store-your-books-to-survive-generations/#respond Mon, 29 Oct 2018 15:00:49 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186864 There are few things more precious and more delicate than books. Our books are tied to memories, learning, and escape, and oftentimes, we hope to hold onto our books for generations to come. If we are the owners of first-edition or rare books, we want to be especially careful that this treasured item retains its
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There are few things more precious and more delicate than books. Our books are tied to memories, learning, and escape, and oftentimes, we hope to hold onto our books for generations to come. If we are the owners of first-edition or rare books, we want to be especially careful that this treasured item retains its integrity.

Unfortunately, storing books can be tricky. The pages can get mouldy and brittle with age, and leather binding can deteriorate. If you’re planning to store your books off-site from your home for safekeeping or to make room for new books, there are a few things you should know about how to pack your books for the long haul.

  1. Heat and humidity matter

There is an ideal temperature for books! According to the Art Institute of Chicago, “68-72 degrees Fahrenheit, with 40-50 percent relative humidity” is the best climate to keep your books in. “Monitor temperature and humidity levels. Excessive fluctuations in temperature and relative humidity can be particularly damaging.” If you can’t control your book’s atmosphere so closely, follow this simple but memorable advice from the State Archives of Florida: “A good rule of thumb is, if you’re hot and sticky, your books are, too.”

Books are made of organic materials and are susceptible to sub-optimal temperature conditions. Hot and dry climates cause book pages to become brittle and breakable. As you might expect, humidity promotes mould. Once mould takes hold of your book, it permeates the rest of the pages and can even spread to other nearby books. You’ll know your book has gone mouldy if you open it up and are hit with a sour, musty smell. In that case, you’ll need to throw the book away, as mould can be dangerous to inhale.

Basements and attics are prone to temperature and humidity fluctuations, making them poor long-term choices for storing your best books. An area with reliable climate control is best and will keep your books pristine for however long you wish to store them.

  1. Pest control

Critters seem to love reading too, as they can’t get enough of books. Or maybe it’s just that books provide a lovely homestead and even sustenance for invasive pests.

Rats and mice use paper to make their nests, making your books a prime target for their scrounging. Roaches and silverfish are also attracted to books. They tend to bunch in warm, humid areas and use books as fodder and as a place to lay their eggs. Ensure you store your books in a place that regularly checks for pests and doesn’t have their ideal temperature conditions.

  1. Box em’

If you’re packing your books in boxes for long-term storage, don’t foil your own efforts by using the wrong choice of box. Cardboard boxes should be new (for Victor Hugo’s sake, don’t use pre-used cardboard boxes, they’re sure to become musty) as well as acid and lignin-free. Boxes made from synthetic materials may be a better option, as they are not as prone to mould developing inside.

Stack the largest books on the bottom, working your way to the smallest on top. Once the books are packed, remember to always raise your boxes off the floor by placing them on pallets. This is another anti-mould measure.

  1. Don’t overload

Books are delicate things, and too much weight on top of a box of books will lead to breakage within. A book’s spine is its most vulnerable point, so avoid placing anything on top that will put pressure. Don’t cram other items into your box of books either. They could move during travel, damaging your books. Basically, treat your books like wine glasses, sans the newspaper wrapping.

  1. Get a room

It might be worth it to rent a storage space for your books, where you’ll have consistent climate control and regular cleaning to ensure there are no pests about. Especially if you own valuable books, their worth will retain better if conditions are perfect. It’s rare to have such control at home, even with modern systems built in. A storage facility is a professional, quiet spot for your books to live their best lives. That is, only if you don’t see yourself reading them anytime soon. This is a great option if you’re planning on passing your books down to your kids and grandchildren and want to be extra sure no harm will come to them in the meantime.

Books are special items; whether new or old, self-chosen or passed down, funny or serious, classics or unknowns, there’s a novel energy to books (no pun intended). The destruction of a book is a poignantly unfortunate event, especially when there’s something we could have easily done to prevent it.

Using our packing tips, the books you put into storage will be safe from pests, mould, and degradation for years to come, when you take them out to enter their magical worlds again or pass them on to a young reader just learning to appreciate books.

For more information about our storage options, or to receive a quote based on your storage needs, call Jiffy Self Storage at 416-74-JIFFY or contact us here.

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How to Store Souvenirs without Them Becoming Unnecessary Clutter https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/travel/how-to-store-souvenirs/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/travel/how-to-store-souvenirs/#respond Mon, 22 Oct 2018 15:00:29 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186859 Whether you spent a weekend in Banff or a month in Morocco, chances are you’ve collected a bunch of souvenirs during your time away. From travel brochures to exotic trinkets, it’s hard to part with the mementos we’ve collected during our travels. They not only serve as scorecards of the places we’ve been, but also
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Whether you spent a weekend in Banff or a month in Morocco, chances are you’ve collected a bunch of souvenirs during your time away. From travel brochures to exotic trinkets, it’s hard to part with the mementos we’ve collected during our travels. They not only serve as scorecards of the places we’ve been, but also remind us of the freedom and passion we felt while exploring the world. Let’s face it though — souvenirs usually end up collecting dust in an old box at the back of our closets. They get tossed to the side and become useless clutter. So how can we showcase them in a way that’s practical, yet honours the memories of a lifetime? Here are some tips on how to store your souvenirs so they don’t end up becoming junk.

Scan Tickets, Brochures and Other Scraps of Paper

We all have that friend who loves to hoard seemingly meaningless things from her travels. This can include boarding passes, train tickets, travel brochures, and receipts from obscure gift shops at a Middle East street market. If you also have a pile of paper-based mementos, consider scanning them instead. This way, you can still keep a record of your souvenirs without having to physically keep them. Create a digital collection of all your memories and store them in computer files based on location. This is a more efficient way to revisit those souvenirs without having to rifle through piles of scrap paper.

Display Your Favourite Trinkets

That beautiful perfume bottle from Egypt or that gold Hindu statue from India may be too precious to throw away. When trinkets collect dust, they tend to lose their value and become forgotten over time. What once seemed exquisite can end up looking like a tacky knick-knack. Avoid this by displaying your favourite trinkets in a glass display cabinet or bookshelf. This way, the souvenirs will be protected from damage, and they’ll be a good conversation starter when you have guests over. Although most trinkets tend to be cheaply manufactured, they can look very pretty when properly displayed and cared for.

Use Your Souvenirs

Many seasoned travellers tend to move away from the trinkets and will bring home things they can actually use. Teaspoons from London, chopsticks from South Korea, or quirky pens from boutique hotels are just some of the practical souvenirs out there. If you’ve got a collection of useful mementos, use them. Don’t save them for ‘special days’ either. Use those chopsticks to each Chinese take-out and bust out those hotel pens to jot down your grocery list. Accept the fact that these souvenirs may get worn out and just enjoy them in the present!

Store Bulkier Souvenirs in a Self-Storage Unit

Sometimes we just don’t have the room to keep all our souvenirs, especially the big ones. Perhaps you have a Persian rug from your travels to Tehran or an extensive vase collection from your trips to China. Protect these valuables in a self-storage unit, freeing up space within your home. Storage units are convenient because you can access your belongings anytime. So if you enjoy displaying some of these larger souvenirs, put them in a rotation. Retrieve specific pieces from your unit each season, and put the current set into storage until next. Remember to opt for a climate-controlled facility to protect antique items or those made of wood and leather. Moisture and humidity can warp, crack, or discolour certain materials. Here are some other features to look for when choosing a storage facility:

  • 24-hour video surveillance
  • Individual door alarms
  • Gated complex with access code entry
  • Rodent and pest control
  • Convenient access hours

Many storage facilities also offer packing supplies to ensure your souvenirs are well-protected from chips, scratches, and other damage. When putting items in your unit, be sure to place the ones you won’t need towards the back. And the ones that will require periodic access towards the front.

Use All Your Photos to Make a Massive Accent Wall

When it comes to accent walls, forget about using a bold wallpaper or dramatic paint colour. Instead, print out all your travel photos and use them to cover an entire area. Some of the best places for an accent wall are in your home office, art studio, bedroom, or living room. For the cleanest look, make sure all your pictures are colour-printed in the same size on high-quality paper. This accent wall will be the talk of the party, and you can certainly spend hours reminiscing about all the wonderful places you’ve been. Check out this great online tutorial to create your perfect masterpiece. If making an accent wall seems too overwhelming, how about a smaller project? Consider photocopying your old plane and train tickets onto coloured cardstock and framing them instead!

For more information about our storage options, or to receive a quote based on your storage needs, call Jiffy Self Storage at 416-74-JIFFY or contact us here.

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Guide for Planning a Do-It-Yourself Home Move https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/home-storage/guide-for-planning-a-do-it-yourself-home-move/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/home-storage/guide-for-planning-a-do-it-yourself-home-move/#respond Mon, 15 Oct 2018 15:00:40 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186853 Although professional movers can get the job done quickly and smoothly, you’ll often pay a premium for their services. Whether you’ve just bought a new home or are moving into a college dorm, chances are you have a lot of valuables to manage. Moving yourself can save you a lot of money, but it can
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Although professional movers can get the job done quickly and smoothly, you’ll often pay a premium for their services. Whether you’ve just bought a new home or are moving into a college dorm, chances are you have a lot of valuables to manage. Moving yourself can save you a lot of money, but it can be very frustrating for those who have never done it before. The process will go a lot smoother if you take the time to plan things out carefully and also enlist the help of family and friends. If you’re planning a do-it-yourself move, read our guide first before booking that truck!

Is a DIY move right for you?

If you’re not hiring a full-service moving team, this means you’re the one lugging those large boxes and all that bulky furniture. If you have disabilities that prevent you from lifting heavy items, then a DIY move might not be right for you. However, if you are physically able to perform the work, then make sure you are comfortable driving a moving truck once all your items are loaded.

Here are some other questions to ask yourself beforehand:

  • How much is the truck rental, and are the savings worth all the extra work?
  • Will someone be at the destination to help unload items?
  • Will I need help packing my belongings into boxes and wrapping up all my furniture?

Never underestimate the amount of work involved in a home move. From huge pieces of furniture and all the kitchen cookware and down to the little knick-knacks; there’s a reason why moving companies get paid big bucks to relocate entire households. Be honest as to whether you’re ready for the undertaking because it’s all hands on deck!

Are Your Friends and Family Willing to Help?

When we say it’s all hands on deck, we mean it. You’re going to need some trusted allies to help you get through a DIY move. From packing up your belongings to loading everything onto the truck, a few extra pairs of hands will get things done more efficiently. Ask friends and relatives if they’d like to help. If so, chances are they’re willing to do it for free. But thank them for their hard work by putting a spin on things — turn moving day into a moving party! Offer to feed them and put in an order for take-out or a catered lunch. Put out snacks, drinks, and other treats to show them your appreciation.

Come moving day, get a head start — especially if you want to beat the heat. Gather your friends early and aim to be on the road with your belongings by 10 am. This will give you enough time to unload the truck at your destination and arrange some key furniture pieces before dark. The priority should be getting your bed set up first, so you can sleep comfortably after a long day of moving.

Will You Need a Self-Storage Unit?

If you’re like most households, you may have a ton of items that you just can’t part with. If you’re downsizing to a small condo, you could have furniture and keepsakes that may need to go into storage. If you’re moving into a larger home, your belongings may need to be stored elsewhere while you do some renovations. Whether you’re in transition or just need a safe place to park your belongings, self-storage units are the perfect solution to a number of different scenarios. Here are some features to look for when shopping around for a storage facility:

  • 24-hour video surveillance
  • Gated access that requires code entry
  • Well-lit grounds that deter criminal activity
  • Climate-controlled units with added pest control

Decide at what point you’ll need the storage rental, and plan the rest of your move accordingly. To minimize stress, you may want to do two separate moves. One move to get your belongings into the storage rental. The other move to get your belongings into your new home. Try not to schedule these moves on the same day, especially if you’re choosing the DIY route.

And don’t forget to pare down your items before throwing them into storage. There’s no use paying a monthly fee just to hoard junk. Get rid of stuff you no longer need and keep only the essentials or things that bring you sincere joy.

With some careful planning, a self-move is an excellent way to save money and feel a sense of accomplishment. And remember it’s called a do-it-yourself move — not a do-it-by-yourself move. Ask your most reliable (and strongest!) friends to help you out. Turn it into a fun-filled day with laughter, good food, and plenty of exercise. Not only will your muscles thank you, but your wallet will too.

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Back to School: What to Take and What to Store When Moving Back to College https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/student-dorm/what-to-take-and-what-to-store-moving-to-college/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/student-dorm/what-to-take-and-what-to-store-moving-to-college/#respond Mon, 08 Oct 2018 15:00:05 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186850 It’s that time of year again. The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting cooler, and our tans are beginning to fade. Yes, this all means it’s back to school! And for many college students, that means saying goodbye to our families and moving back on campus. No doubt you may have accumulated a
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It’s that time of year again. The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting cooler, and our tans are beginning to fade. Yes, this all means it’s back to school! And for many college students, that means saying goodbye to our families and moving back on campus.

No doubt you may have accumulated a few extra things over the summer months. Maybe you’ve done a lot of shopping and have a brand new wardrobe. Or you finally splurged and bought yourself that flat screen TV. So, which belongings should be brought to college — and which ones are best stored away? We’ve come up with some tips to help you make the right decisions.

What to Store

The typical college dorm is quite small and there usually isn’t room to store much of anything. Often times, it’s more practical to leave some items behind — whether it’s at your parents’ home or in a self-storage unit. Here’s a list of belongings that are best to put away.

Appliances

Over the years, you may have accumulated some small kitchen appliances. These can include a microwave, toaster oven, and maybe even a mini-fridge. Most college residences have a cafeteria that offers meal plans, so students can focus on their studies instead of worrying about what to eat. If your college is taking care of food prep, then consider putting your appliances in storage. Smaller items like pots and pans, mixing bowls, and cooking utensils can be packed away as well. However, it’s still a smart idea to bring a couple of plates and some cutlery in case you order Chinese take-out for those late night study sessions.

Seasonal Clothing

When school starts in September, the weather is still relatively warm. Chances are you’ll be wearing fall clothing with a mix of summer outfits. Consider storing your winter clothes until you need them. This includes heavy coats, thick sweaters, and even ski wear. If you’re heading back home for the holidays — as most college students do — it’s a good time to retrieve your winter clothing. Be sure your self-storage unit is dry and free of pests as moths and rodents could damage your clothing.

Seasonal Equipment

Unless you plan on biking around your college campus during the school year, put your bicycle and other seasonal equipment in storage. This also applies to sports gear like tennis racquets, ski poles, and baseball bats. To make access to these items easier, be sure to place them at the front of your storage unit instead of the back. Also, create ‘laneways’ when storing your belongings. This will allow you to walk through the storage unit easily without being blocked by your items.

Furniture

Coffee tables, recliners, and sofas should be packed away if your college dorm is too small for extra furniture. You’ll most likely have room for a bed, desk, and small table. Everything else can go into a storage unit. When packing furniture, be sure to wrap everything in plastic to protect from chips and scratches. Be sure your storage operator offers climate-controlled units. This is especially beneficial for wood and leather pieces, as well as bedding and mattresses. Climate-control will keep your storage unit at the same temperature all year round and will protect your belongings from moisture and humidity. This will keep your furniture from warping, cracking, and discolouration.

What to Bring

There are a few essentials to bring to college that will make life easier for you. Here are some items we know college students should always have on hand.

  • Textbooks & School Supplies

This seems like a no-brainer but it’s still worth mentioning. Although many students take notes on their laptops and read textbooks digitally, there are still instances when good old hard copies are better. Remember to bring all textbooks necessary to complete your courses. And always pack a few extra pens, notepads and highlighters too. Using a mix of digital materials and paper documents is always a good idea to keep your bases covered.

  • Bedding

A warm blanket, comfy pillow, and set of high-quality sheets will keep you cozy throughout the school year. Bring bedding that is suitable for all-seasons so that you’re not lugging around multiple sets. Chances are your college dorm offers good heating during the winter months and air conditioning when the nights get warmer. A blanket of medium-thickness should do the trick no matter what the temperature may be.

  • Electronics

TVs and game consoles may be a distraction to your studies, but many college students just can’t live without their electronics. If you have a flat-screen TV or PlayStation you adore, bring these to your dorm instead of putting them in storage. Your parents may not be pleased. But tell them in today’s technology-rich world, it’s all part of the educational process!

As you get ready for the new school year, be sure to pack your belongings carefully and ask for help loading them into your truck. When choosing a self-storage unit, be sure the facility offers good security features like 24-hour video surveillance and gated access. This will ensure your valuables are protected until you return for them at the end of the school year!

For more information about our storage options, or to receive a quote based on your storage needs, call Jiffy Self Storage at 416-74-JIFFY or contact us here.

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4 Essential Tips for Moving https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/relocation/4-essential-tips-for-moving/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/relocation/4-essential-tips-for-moving/#respond Tue, 25 Sep 2018 15:00:09 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186836 Moving is a stressful and hectic experience for many Canadians, and unexpected complications or setbacks can be detrimental to your move. Beyond the physical stress of moving, families often find themselves facing unexpected costs, increasing the financial burden that comes with moving. This process can be even more taxing when you are moving to a
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Moving is a stressful and hectic experience for many Canadians, and unexpected complications or setbacks can be detrimental to your move. Beyond the physical stress of moving, families often find themselves facing unexpected costs, increasing the financial burden that comes with moving. This process can be even more taxing when you are moving to a smaller home or apartment than your current building, and you need to find storage space for your extra belongings.

Storage space in Canada is at a premium, so price wars and marketing campaigns now dominate the self-storage industry. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce the stress of your next big move and make sure your belongings are safe and secure in a storage facility.

  1.  Choose the right sized unit

Choosing the right sized unit for your storage needs is the first step to finding the perfect storage locker for you. If your unit is too large, you are paying more than you should for storage. Conversely, if the unit is too small, you may not be able to fit everything and accessibility becomes an issue as well. Fortunately, at Jiffy Self-Storage, our team of storage experts is here to help you gauge your storage requirements and find the best unit for your unique needs.

Our mini units are just 5’ x 5’ x 5’, which allows you to store a few boxes, financial documents, and personal belongings at the lowest possible price. For larger items such as furniture, we have a range of unit sizes up to as large as 10’ x 20’ – about the size of a one-car garage – which could accommodate the storage of a three-bedroom house or apartment. Our staff will work with you to find the perfect sized storage locker for your unique storage needs.

  1. Pack your belongings properly

Because you are trying to maximize the efficiency of your storage space, it is important that your possessions are packed in a way that will allow them to be stored with ease. First, it is ideal to pack your heavy possessions in small boxes to make them easier to carry, while large, light belongings can be packed in large boxes.

Second, using consistent box sizes will make it significantly easier to transport and pack your boxes, as they will stack with ease. It is important to put the heavy boxes on the bottom of the stacks and light boxes on the top. All furniture and shelving should be dismantled as much as possible, so it is a good idea to have a basic toolbox around for the move. Sheets of plastic should be used to protect furniture and other delicate possessions from dust. There are dozens of packing tips available for movers, which should set you up with a solid foundation for your move. For more packing tips from our experiences storage professionals, explore our website here.

  1. Organize your unit

Once you have your belongings packed, it comes time to organize your unit. While most people simply drop their belongings in their unit and pack it away until everything fits, it is much more efficient to put some time and effort into organizing your storage unit. Not only will this save you time when transporting and unpacking your items, but it makes everything much more accessible should you need something unexpectedly.

First, you should label your boxes and pack them based on urgency and accessibility. If you anticipate you might need a specific box in the future, make sure it is easily accessible. Heavy and fragile boxes should be marked or flagged so you can spot them easily, and light boxes should be placed on top.

For larger units, it may be prudent to add a small aisle down the middle of the unit, allowing you to access boxes from the back in a safe and comfortable manner. For long-term storage, think about which items you will need to pick up first, and simply pack your unit so these items are closest to the door. Taking a few minutes to organize your unit now may seem like a chore, but it will save you a great deal of time and energy later. For more moving and organizing tips for the storage experts at Jiffy Self-Storage, check out our website.

  1. Take precautions to prevent injuries

Injuries are an exceedingly common occurrence during a move. Unfortunately, many of us overestimate our abilities when it comes to moving boxes and furniture. The truth is that moving is hard physical work. That kind of labour needs to be respected, and appropriate precautions must be taken to ensure the safety of each mover.

Back injuries are the most common. To combat this, first ensure that your boxes are packed to a reasonable size and weight, preventing injuries from overexertion. Next, choose a unit with a swing door, rather than a roll-up garage door, as it will prevent you from having to bend down frequently.

For large furniture and other heavy objects, try using a cart on wheels, dolly, or other tools to help make the move more convenient and less physically demanding. Back braces are essential for keeping your back straight when lifting, and steel-tipped shoes or boots protect your feet from heavy boxes or furniture falling on them.

Finally, moving gloves can ensure you always have a good grip on heavy objects. While there are dozens of tips for safety when moving, the important thing is to conserve your energy and not overexert yourself by carrying something too heavy for you to handle.
The most important thing about moving and storing your belongings is to be prepared well in advance of the moving date. By packing your belongings with care and intent, you can save yourself a great deal of stress, and likely some money.

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How to Store Boats and Other Vehicles https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/vehicle-storage/how-to-store-boats-and-other-vehicles/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/vehicle-storage/how-to-store-boats-and-other-vehicles/#respond Tue, 18 Sep 2018 15:00:09 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186835 Storing boats and other recreational vehicles during the off-season is a probability for many Ontario residents, especially those who enjoy visiting cottages during the summer months. Depending on the location, indoor storage units can be very expensive, especially if the locations are heated and secure. As a result, many Canadians are opting for outdoor storage
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Storing boats and other recreational vehicles during the off-season is a probability for many Ontario residents, especially those who enjoy visiting cottages during the summer months. Depending on the location, indoor storage units can be very expensive, especially if the locations are heated and secure.

As a result, many Canadians are opting for outdoor storage units as an alternative. Especially for large vehicles, outdoor lots offer greater storage space and accessibility, which makes them an appealing option for boat-owners, agriculture farmers with large equipment, and classic car fanatics with vintage, priceless vehicles. There are a wide variety of factors that must be considered when researching a storage facility that is right for your needs. You are storing expensive equipment and priceless possessions, so the time spent researching your options is worth it.

Vehicle Storage in Ontario

As demand for affordable storage in Ontario increases, the cost of storage space also rises. As an alternative, outdoor storage facilities are becoming increasingly popular. Not only are outdoor storage units more affordable, but they are easier to set up in small towns and remote cottage areas, meaning you are more likely to find a convenient location for your specific storage needs.

For those who are exploring storage options, it is crucial that you research your options and consider every factor before making an informed decision. At Jiffy Self-Storage, our representatives are happy to help you evaluate your storage needs and find the right unit for your situation. Here is a guide to outdoor storage units in Ontario:

What Types of Vehicles

Outdoor storage facilities in Ontario can house virtually any large recreational or agricultural vehicle. Many outdoor lots are designed for specific equipment. Boats, jet-skis, boat trailers, and other water vehicles are often stored from Thanksgiving to Victoria Day, while tractors, transport vehicles, and work vehicles are often stored during the winter months. Each vehicle-specific lot is customized to facilitate the unique needs of that type of vehicle.

For example, truck lots are equipped with block heaters to keep the oil warm for easier ignition, and boat lots are equipped with ramps and space to facilitate an accompanying trailer. At Jiffy Self-Storage, we appreciate that, as Canadians, we love our outdoor recreational vehicles. We offer custom services to provide the unique care that your vehicle needs while it is in storage, and our flexibility allows you to change your storage term based on the weather each year and your own availability.

Safety & Security

Whether you are storing a boat for the winter or a classic car while you spend a year abroad, we understand that the safety and security of your possessions is your primary concern. Our lots are designed with modern, cutting-edge security systems to ensure the safety of your vehicles. For example, each of our lots is outfitted with a custom security monitor system that places cameras throughout the facility.

Not only does this deter theft, but it also captures crucial evidence should an incident occur. These facilities include a computer access system that ensures unwelcome people are not allowed on the premises, which further protects your belongings from unsavoury characters. Protecting your investment is our top priority, and we will do everything we can to ensure your precious investment is not compromised during its storage term. For more information regarding our security features, explore our website.

Unit Sizes at Competitive Rates

As demand for storage space continues to rise, the prices also surge. Units are becoming smaller and more expensive, which drastically impacts your bank account, especially when storing large vehicles for months at a time. Fortunately, many storage companies offer deals for a variety of reasons, and it is crucial that you research your local options and ask about current deals, discounts, and special offers to ensure you get the best rate available. Storing multiple vehicles at once often offers you a discounted rate and a premium storage lot location, which can save you many hours during drop-off and pick-up. Other deals include prepayment for a specified number of months, long-term commitments, and minimized accessibility areas.

Convenience & Accessibility

Finally, both convenience and accessibility are crucial factors you must consider when choosing a storage facility. Good storage companies will work with you to help you find a suitable area for storage. A location with convenient access can save you hours each time you pick up and drop off your vehicle, which will prevent a lot of headaches and stress. Beyond that, the distance from the lot to your home or cottage destination can also be the difference between hours of time spent commuting, so local lots are at a premium.

Our Jiffy Self-Storage outdoor lot is located at the junction of Highways 400 and 401, so it is the perfect location for GTA residents to pick up their vehicle and head north to the cottage. We offer a variety of unit and lot sizes to accommodate all of your recreational vehicles. For more information about our vehicle storage, or to explore our other services, check out our website.

Storing your expensive vehicles can be a complex process. Not only do you need to find the right size of unit for your needs and the right location based on your unique situation, you must find a unit that fits your budget. As demand for vehicle storage in Ontario continues to increase, it is crucial that you research storage companies to find the right fit for you.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Storage Units https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/a-beginners-guide-to-storage-units/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/a-beginners-guide-to-storage-units/#respond Tue, 11 Sep 2018 15:00:31 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186834 For those who have never rented a storage unit, it can be a confusing process. There are a number of factors that you need to consider and the process varies in complexity depending on your specific needs. For both short-term and long-term storage, it is important to research your options and their exact prices, including
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For those who have never rented a storage unit, it can be a confusing process. There are a number of factors that you need to consider and the process varies in complexity depending on your specific needs. For both short-term and long-term storage, it is important to research your options and their exact prices, including all fees, taxes, and “hidden” costs.

It is crucial that you trust the storage company that is holding your precious belongings for days, weeks, or months at a time, and this requires detailed research on the specific security offerings of each individual company. Depending on the belongings you are storing, there are a wide range of options available, including indoor and outdoor storage, budget storage, and long-term discount storage. With so many options available, the process becomes more complex with every item you put in storage. This guide is a breakdown of storage units for beginners.

Storage Units in Canada

Currently, Canadian homes simply have “too much stuff.” Many Canadians have precious belongings that they need to store, but they simply do not have the space. As home prices continue to increase, it is difficult to find residential areas with adequate storage space for families. As a result, families are exploring alternate storage options.

From short-term storage while you are looking for an apartment to long-term storage during a year abroad, storage facilities are catering to the storage needs of virtually every demographic. Demand for storage space has increased dramatically in recent years, which has increased the price of storage space. It is crucial for you, as a prospective customer, to research your storage options and find the right fit for your belongings, your lifestyle, and your budget. At Jiffy Self-Storage, our trained representatives will help you explore our wide range of options until we find the perfect fit for your possessions.

Unit Sizes & Accessibility

For obvious reasons, the first thing to consider when researching storage lockers is the size of unit you require to store your possessions. When considering multiple items such as boxes and furniture, it is best to estimate slightly high on how much space you will need. This offers you the opportunity to create an aisle down the middle of your locker, making everything accessible at all times.

However, if you are storing your belongings long-term and do not need access to them at all, you can pack your possessions into a smaller space. Once you have an idea of the space and accessibility you need, you can examine other factors including climate, price, security, access, and perks.

At Jiffy Self-Storage, we offer mini units as small as 5’ x 5’ x 5’ at a fraction of the cost of larger storage options. These units are perfect for students and travellers who need a small, accessible space to store their belongings with the flexibility of ending their storage term at their own discretion. We offer discounts for extended terms but do not require our customers to sign long-term commitments. Our trained representatives will help you estimate the size of locker you will need and make sure you will have convenient access to your possessions, if necessary. For a detailed look at our units sizes, explore our website here.

Indoor Storage

Once you have found a locker that fits your budget and your storage needs, climate and security become key concerns. Your requirements will largely revolve around what kinds of items you are storing. For furniture, personal items, and other house basics, indoor storage offers the benefit of climate control. Many storage facilities maintain a consistent temperature and humidity level to ensure your possessions will not be compromised by the weather.

Indoor storage units offer the peace of mind that antiques and other delicate items remain in pristine condition throughout their storage term. Beyond the consistent climate, indoor storage facilities also offer exceptional security. At Jiffy Self-Storage, we offer set access hours to prevent overnight stays and late-night vandalism. Our facilities also have computer access systems to prevent unwelcome individuals from entering the premises. The safety and security of your possessions is our primary concern.

Outdoor Storage

For vehicles, boats, and other large items, outdoor storage may be more suitable. This offers the ample space you need for large items and the convenience of outdoor accessibility. Many outdoor storage facilities, house boats, and other water equipment in the winter and snowmobiles t in the summer.

Our Jiffy Self-Storage representatives are happy to accommodate customer needs, including block heaters for winter storage and your choice of parking location. Outdoor lots also have a number of security measures in place. Like our indoor storage facilities, our lots have computer access systems. As well, they are equipped with state-of-the-art security cameras with live recording and a range of security alarms in case of theft or emergency. We recognize that your vehicles, trailers, boats, and other large items are expensive investments, and we take pride in ensuring your peace of mind while your possessions are in storage.

Details and Fine Print

When researching storage companies, it is crucial to read the fine print of every contract. Hidden fees and extra costs do occur in the storage industry, and it is important to understand the full price of your locker before you commit. Also, make sure you agree to the storage term, if there is one, so that you are not forced to pay for a unit you no longer need. Be sure to read the details of the unit before you sign a contract.

At Jiffy Self-Storage, we make our costs as transparent as possible. We appreciate that you are trusting us with your valuable possessions and nostalgic items, and your peace of mind is our primary concern.

For more information about our storage options, or to receive a quote based on your storage needs, call Jiffy Self Storage at 416-74-JIFFY or contact us here.

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Optimizing Your Self-Storage Space Security https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-safety/optimizing-your-self-storage-space-security/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-safety/optimizing-your-self-storage-space-security/#respond Mon, 10 Sep 2018 15:00:36 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186796 Using self-storage units has become a way of life for many people. Self-storage units can improve your lifestyle for many reasons. They can make home organization a big possibility, first of all. They can make navigating brand new phases in life a lot simpler, too. If you’re relocating from one location to another, rental of
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Using self-storage units has become a way of life for many people. Self-storage units can improve your lifestyle for many reasons. They can make home organization a big possibility, first of all. They can make navigating brand new phases in life a lot simpler, too. If you’re relocating from one location to another, rental of self-storage units can often be extremely helpful and convenient.

People who want to make the most out of self-storage unit security, however, have to be smart and detail-oriented. There are various options accessible to people who want to have A+ storage rental experiences. Lack of security can be a massive concern for people who rent self-storage units.

  1. Select The Right Storage Facility

    If you want to make a good choice, you need to be detail-oriented and careful and make a point to select the ideal storage unit beforehand. Assess all of your individual needs prior to committing to any facilities. Take the time to study up on all facilities that you hear about, too. Don’t take the chance of selecting self-storage facilities that are known for questionable security practices. Go for self-storage facilities that have amazing track records.

    If you have a friend who is basically a self-storage usage veteran, ask them the name of their center. Ask about their experience with the company as far as security goes. Once you find facilities that have terrific reputations, you can move on from there. Choosing a center with confidence is always the key to attaining security levels that make you feel at ease. There’s honestly no point in going with a storage center that makes you feel uneasy or uncertain. The key to optimizing self-storage unit security is finding the ideal center from the start.

  2. Take Advantage Of Top-Notch Locks

    You actually have some control over the level of security your self-storage units offer you. If you want to invest in rock-solid security for your self-storage units, then you need to make getting top-notch locks a priority. Never make the mistake of using locks that are anything less than A+ in quality. Locks that are dependable can keep possibly suspicious activities out of your thoughts at all times. That’s how they can help you relax. The last thing anyone wants to do is to have to constantly think about the threat of theft and tampering. It isn’t unheard of for people who use self-storage centers to neglect locking their units, believe it or not. If you leave your unit or units free of locks, you’re practically asking criminals to head to it and steal your belongings.

  3. Choose Self-Storage With Video Surveillance

    There are self-storage facilities out there that are equipped with all kinds of amenities to help promote higher safety levels. If you want to keep your secured storage units 100 percent safe at all hours of the night and day, then you should look into facilities that offer video surveillance. It’s no surprise that video surveillance systems can enhance security arrangements within storage facilities. Modern video surveillance tools give people the ability to supervise storage properties around the clock, no exceptions.

    Video surveillance systems come in handy for people who want to keep tabs on any and all individuals who make their way inside of storage centers. These systems can be extremely useful in the event of suspicious activities. That’s because they produce recordings that law enforcement specialists can view and assess during investigations of all kinds.

    If police officers want to be able to track down thieves, video surveillance systems can be useful. It isn’t uncommon for storage facilities to utilize video surveillance systems alongside sophisticated security alarms. These things can alert the authorities to possible problems. That’s how they can motivate authorities to respond to situations that are pressing and possibly dangerous. If you want to do everything you can to minimize the possibilities of theft, then you need to give your time to a self-storage center that has a state of the art video surveillance system on its side.

  4. Diligence is Always the Best Option

    If you take these three factors into consideration, you shouldn’t run into any troubles optimizing your storage unit security setup. Appropriately secured storage units can make you feel good about your center choice. They can stop you from wasting crucial time thinking about your belongings as well.

    If you want your self-storage usage to be devoid of anxiety and nerves, then you need to do everything in your capacity to prepare well. That means that you shouldn’t ever select a center in an impulsive manner. Another thing you can do to feel good about your storage approach is to make a point to stop by the facilities frequently. It doesn’t matter if you actually need to get your hands on any of your specific belongings. It is always be a good idea to see how things are going. You can look into your units to evaluate them for any hints of possible damage. You can assess components such a climate control. You can even see if the security gates that are available outside of the center are doing their job well.

    Do you want to depend on the finest self-storage facilities in all of Toronto, Ontario? If you do, then we urge you to call Jiffy Self-Storage today. We can provide you with self-storage units that are everything you need them to be. Our storage facilities are contemporary, clean, dependable and secure to the max.

    For more information about climate-controlled self-storage units near you, call Jiffy Self-Storage at (416) 745-4339 or contact us here.

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Finding convenient, accessible, and affordable storage solutions for college and university students can be quite difficult, especially in a city as busy as Toronto. For those who move to a new apartment or dorm room every school year, it can be difficult to find a place to store your furniture and belongings when not in school. At Jiffy Self Storage, we offer a wide variety of flexible storage options tailored specifically to your needs and your schedule.

Storage units in Canada are becoming more and more expensive as Canadians struggle with having “too much stuff.” Especially in urban areas like Toronto, houses and apartments are simply too small to accommodate families and students alike, and there is a lack of storage space that can facilitate such a large population. Many storage providers are expanding their services, but increased services often lead to increased prices.

For students and young professionals struggling with part-time jobs, underemployment, and student loans, every dollar counts. At Jiffy Self Storage, we offer a wide variety of options to accommodate your storage needs and your budget. Here is a list of four convenient storage options for students who are on a budget:

  1. Short-term storage

Finding an apartment in Toronto can be a stressful, overwhelming process that can also take some time. For students moving to Toronto who don’t have a residence, we offer short-term storage units that allow you to store your furniture and belongings while you look for a place to live. This offers you ample flexibility without worrying about where to leave your drum kit, record player, or mountain bike.

Our short-term options are great for newcomers to the city and we are happy to hold on to your belongings for as long as you need. In fact, we don’t force our customers to sign long-term contracts, so you are free to pick up your stuff and clear out your locker at any time. This option is also great for students who take a semester or two to study abroad, as you can pack up everything you don’t need and have peace of mind knowing that it is safe and secure in your storage unit.

  1. Long-term storage

Conversely, some students need a storage unit because their apartment or dorm room is too small for all of their belongings. Others need to store their stuff because they are moving across the country. In this case, long-term storage options are available – we’ve had customers store their gear for over 20 years! Our long-term storage options are designed for ultimate convenience and accessibility.

If you plan on storing your belongings for a long time (more than a few months), you will be given a priority location that gives you the best access to your unit. When you forget that you desperately need your favourite French press that you had already packed, you can easily come and pick it up. For added convenience, we recommend larger units for long-term tenants, as the extra space makes it easier to leave an aisle down the middle of your unit so all of your boxes are accessible. For more information about our storage unit sizes, click here.

  1. Mini units

After years in the industry, we created mini-storage options in response to heavy customer demand for affordable storage. These mini units can be as small as 25 square feet, which is about the size of a small closet. Mini units are ideal for students who have a very small number of items that need to be stored long-term. It is the most affordable and economical option.

One of the benefits of our mini units is that most of our units still have our standard 11-foot ceilings, offering you ample space for stacking boxes and taking advantage of your small unit. For even greater savings, we have also cut these mini units in half, height-wise. This has allowed us to create two mini units where there used to be one, offering a cozy, tight space that is great for anyone who needs to store a few boxes. If your storage needs are minimal, and you want the lowest price possible, mini units are an excellent option.

  1. Climate control and security features

There are a wide variety of features available for all of our tenants and their storage units. Our Toronto facility offers ample storage space in a controlled, secure climate, ensuring all of your belongings are safe from theft, vandalism, and environmental damage.

At Jiffy Self Storage, we have a computer access system that prevents anyone who does not have a storage unit from entering the premises. The safety and security of our tenants and their belongings is our top priority, and we take this responsibility very seriously. Our access hours are from 7AM to 10PM, which ensures you can visit your locker at your convenience while still offering overnight security. Our facility is also designed to combat environmental factors including heat, moisture, and humidity. Our climate control system ensures that your belongings will be safe and comfortable, and will not suffer any damage due to unfavourable environmental conditions.

Storing your belongings doesn’t have to be a stressful ordeal. At Jiffy Self Storage, we offer a variety of storage options, so you can choose the exact unit that is right for your needs. Whether you need regular access to all of your belongings or simply a dry, safe place to store your furniture while you spend a year abroad, we have a storage unit for you.

For more information about our storage options, or to receive a quote based on your storage needs, call Jiffy Self Storage at 416-74-JIFFY or explore our website here.

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Advantages Of Climate Controlled Self-storage Units https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/climate-controlled-self-storage-units/advantages-of-climate-controlled-self-storage-units/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/climate-controlled-self-storage-units/advantages-of-climate-controlled-self-storage-units/#respond Mon, 03 Sep 2018 15:00:04 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186792 Self-Storage and Pure Convenience Self-storage units are on the rise. People are only just beginning to realize how convenient investing in self-storage units can be. They can rely on self-storage any time they want to reduce clutter inside of their homes. People who live in apartments and townhouses that are tight and that have inadequate
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Self-Storage and Pure Convenience

Self-storage units are on the rise. People are only just beginning to realize how convenient investing in self-storage units can be. They can rely on self-storage any time they want to reduce clutter inside of their homes. People who live in apartments and townhouses that are tight and that have inadequate space often make the executive decision to invest in self-storage units.

Self-storage can be helpful for many things beyond home organization and clutter management; it can be helpful to people who are in the process of moving to new homes or businesses. It can be just as helpful to people who are involved in complex and time-consuming residential renovation and remodelling projects.

Choosing a self-storage facility is never as easy as just going for the one that’s closest to you. There are many factors to consider. Some self-storage facilities that are equipped with all sorts of different conveniences. Some come with 24-hour monitoring. Others come with climate control. If you want to make the most out of your self-storage experience, you should opt for a facility that offers climate control. Climate controlled storage units can be good for several big reasons.

Climate Control Safeguards Your Belongings

Outdoor and indoor temperatures are often be erratic and tough to predict. It is a bad idea to subject your most delicate possessions to the inconsistency of severe temperatures. If you want to invest in storage units that will keep your belongings safe and in mint condition regardless of the weather, climate control can be a true lifesaver.

Frigid wintertime temperatures can do a number on items. Scorching hot summertime temperatures can be equally destructive. There are certain kinds of things that are particularly prone to the hazards of temperature shifts. Examples of these are antique pieces, wooden furnishings, artwork and musical instruments. If you want to safeguard a lovely acoustic guitar that has been in your family for generations and generations, you may want to pick storage units that have climate control. Temperature shifts can make instruments deteriorate rapidly. If you’re looking for storage that’s appropriate for vital paperwork, electronic goods, magazines, books, mattresses and the like, then you need to stress the value of climate control.

Climate Control Keeps Your Possessions Away From Debris, Dirt and Dust

The presence of debris, dirt and dust can be annoying. If you want to keep some of your prized possessions in a pristine state, you should do anything you can to defend them from contact with debris and similar substances. If you opt for units that feature climate control, they’ll probably be within structures that are equipped with insulated floors, walls and roofs.

Since these things are insulated well, they’re typically not as prone to the consequences of dirt and flooding. People who want to keep their belongings far from pests, dirt and undesirable things in general often appreciate the convenience of climate control. Climate control can ensure that your belongings feel and look as flawless and untarnished as ever.

Climate Control can be Terrific for Air Quality

Indoor air quality that’s healthy can be terrific for your wellness. It’s favourable to live in a home that has exemplary indoor air quality. It’s naturally favourable to store your possessions in units that have air quality that’s just as advantageous. If you go for units that have climate control, you can reap the rewards of better air quality. This can be wonderful news for your things too.

Climate Control Can Help You Relax

Being able to relax is paramount in this world. If you don’t want to have to deal with the burden of constantly thinking about the condition of your precious belongings, then climate control can do a lot for you. It can put your mind at ease. Knowing that your most beloved relics from childhood won’t ever be subjected to the stresses of severe heat levels can stop you from panicking. The knowledge that a stunning grand piano that was given to you by your late great-grandparent won’t be around immoderate heat can make you feel a lot more confident as well.

Ask Yourself Some Questions

If you want to figure out whether you should go for climate controlled storage, you should ask yourself several vital questions in advance. Two of the most important questions to ask yourself include:

  1. Are any of your belongings are worth a lot of money?
  2. Are you planning on storing any items that are irreplaceable?

If you understand your storage requirements well, it should simplify the decision-making process for you dramatically.

People who need five-star climate-controlled self-storage units in Toronto, Ontario can take it easy. Get in touch with Jiffy Self-Storage as soon as possible to find out all about our units.

For more information about climate-controlled self-storage units near you, call Jiffy Self-Storage at (416) 745-4339 or contact us here.

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How to Properly Store Hardwood Furniture https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/furniture-storage/how-to-properly-store-hardwood-furniture/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/furniture-storage/how-to-properly-store-hardwood-furniture/#respond Mon, 27 Aug 2018 15:00:52 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186786 The best place to store hardwood furniture is in your home, but there are some cases in which you might need to place your hardwood furniture into storage. If you are storing them for more than a few weeks, there are a few things you should be aware of, so that you don’t come back
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The best place to store hardwood furniture is in your home, but there are some cases in which you might need to place your hardwood furniture into storage. If you are storing them for more than a few weeks, there are a few things you should be aware of, so that you don’t come back to find that your furniture has been warped or damaged.

The Importance of Climate Control

Hardwood furniture requires special packaging and handling when being put in storage for periods longer than 2 weeks. Wood can dry, crack, stretch, warp in shape, or grow mould if not stored in the proper climate conditions. High levels of humidity are also known to create the perfect environments for mould and mildew to grow. In order to prevent damage from high temperatures and moisture, ensure that the storage unit you select has a consistent 22 degrees Celsius temperature and 55% humidity.

If you are downsizing your living space and are not able to take certain hardwood furniture pieces to your new home, but don’t want to part with them just yet, a climate-controlled self-storage unit might be the solution for you.

Clean and Prepare for Storage

To prepare your most loved hardwood furniture pieces for storage, start by cleaning it. Get rid of dust and dirt on the surfaces and allow it to completely dry before moving onto the next step. If dust, dirt, or moisture are left on the surfaces on the hardwood, it could develop stains, water damage, or worse; the growth of mould and mildew.

Disassemble for Easy Transport and Storage

Before storing your hardwood furniture, it needs to be disassembled completely. This will reduce the chances of it getting damaged or broken while being stored, especially if it is stacked in with other boxes and furniture pieces. Remove the legs on tables, headboards, and footboards. If you have enough storage space, then remove the dresser drawers and store them separately. If you’re low on space, you can leave them in as long as they are emptied. If you’re stacking furniture, consider using furniture pads. When disassembling furniture, keep the screws and bolts together in a ziplock bag and tape it to the back or inner part of the furniture piece for easy assembly when the time comes.

Use Breathable Materials to Cover and Protect

Normally, it is recommended to wrap fragile pieces of furniture in plastic bubble wrap or shrink wrap. However, when dealing with delicate materials like wood, the general rule of thumb is to avoid plastic materials. Plastic can suffocate materials like wood and cause condensation. Wood needs proper protection and air circulation through a breathable material such as sheets or drop cloths. Wrap and cover your hardwood furniture pieces in breathable sheets and secure the sheets on with packing tape. Be sure not to apply tape to the hardwood itself otherwise it could ruin the finish when peeled off. Wrapping your furniture provides an extra layer of protection against moisture, but particularly to prevent rodents and insects from burrowing into the wood.

Tips for Strategic Storing

It’s a good idea to line the floor of your storage unit with a plastic tarp in case of a water leak. Place your hardwood furniture away from the door to protect it in the event of a flood. Once you’ve moved your hardwood furniture into your climate-controlled storage unit, use a quilted blanket to cover the furniture to add an extra layer of protection against moisture, water stains, mould and mildew.

Ensure you leave space between your stored items. Optimizing space is important, but people often make the mistake of over stacking items and applying too much weight on them. Your hardwood furniture needs space to allow air flow between them. Leaving enough room between them will also reduce the chances of accidental damage for when you need to move things around.

How long can hardwood furniture stay in storage?

This all depends on the current condition of the furniture and how well it was preserved before it was put into storage. Typically, hardwood furniture in good condition that was preserved well can be stored for many years and still be in great condition when taken out of storage.

For more information about climate-controlled self-storage units near you, call Jiffy Self-Storage at (416) 745-4339 or contact us here.

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Choosing The Best Lock For Your Storage Unit https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-unit-locks/choosing-the-best-lock-for-your-storage-unit/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-unit-locks/choosing-the-best-lock-for-your-storage-unit/#respond Mon, 20 Aug 2018 15:00:14 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186782 Safety and protection is a priority for everyone. When you obtain a self-storage unit, you’ll need to purchase a lock to secure the door of the unit before you begin to move your belongings into it. If you’re in the market for a lock for your storage unit, here are some of the best-recommended locks
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Safety and protection is a priority for everyone. When you obtain a self-storage unit, you’ll need to purchase a lock to secure the door of the unit before you begin to move your belongings into it.

If you’re in the market for a lock for your storage unit, here are some of the best-recommended locks currently on the market:

Disc-locks

These are the most popular type of lock for storage units since their round shape makes them difficult to cut. Unlike padlocks and combination locks, the locking bar is short and not easily accessed when the lock is in place, thus an intruder would have a difficult time trying to pry a wedge between the lock in order to cut it. Disc locks have thick shackles, making it very difficult to break the lock.

One thing you should be wary of with these types of locks are people who are skilled at picking locks. However, you will find that some disc locks also come with anti-pick pins for added security. Disc-locks are highly recommended by storage facilities as well and can be purchased for about $14.95.

Padlocks

These locks are considered medium security and you can enhance the security of padlocks if you purchase a larger one. If someone attempted to cut the lock with bolt cutters, they would have some level of difficulty in doing so because of the strength of the materials.

Weatherproof Padlocks

These are often used on storage units located outdoors. They are great because they are not prone to rusting, they are heavy duty, and will have a greater resistance to freezing in the winter. They are considered medium security similar to the regular padlock because they’re made of a slightly softer material.

Cylinder Locks

These types of locks don’t have external shackles and render bolt cutters useless. However, this type of lock needs to be attached directly to the storage door. Before you purchase a cylinder lock, ask the storage facility first if this lock is allowed.

Advanced Security at Jiffy Self-Storage

If you’re worried about security, here are a few additional safety features that you’ll find at Jiffy Self-Storage to give you peace of mind.

  • Cameras: There are currently 32 cameras strategically placed throughout the facility. The camera system is viewed by the site manager on an oversized screen near his workstation. In addition to this, the cameras are tied into a DVR (Digital Video Recorder) which allows the ability to check back and view any suspicious behaviour.
  • Computer Controlled Access System: The only people granted access to our facility are Jiffy customers. When you move in, you are provided with a unique access code for you and that is the only way you can get in. Our computer also logs the various access codes with a date stamp so there’s a record of who entered the facility and if there was an unauthorized access to the building. Jiffy strictly prohibits customers from sleeping in storage units and we are able to effectively monitor these types of activities through this access system.
  • Alarm System: Jiffy is protected by a monitored alarm system. The alarm utilizes the access system to ensure that the building is empty every night by 10:00 pm.
  • Lights: An effective criminal deterrent as well as for safety. A much-ignored security feature in our technologically advanced world is lighting. A well-lit facility makes for a poor target to thieves and others involved in what would be nefarious activities.

Additional Tips to Consider

Although Jiffy Self-Storage offers these enhanced security features, investing in a high-quality lock for your individual storage unit adds that extra layer of security.

  • A good lock will likely cost around $12 to $30 depending on the type and size of the lock.
  • Avoid locks sold in dollar or discount stores. They are usually not durable and can be easily broken or cut open.
  • If you’re prone to losing keys, you should probably opt for a combination padlock.
  • Another thing to consider is if your storage unit door is exposed to the outdoors, you’ll need a lock that is weatherproof.
  • Some latches on the storage unit door may be too large to fit certain disc locks. Before you purchase a lock, take a look at the size of latch you need to put the lock onto to ensure it will fit and lock into place properly.
  • You should never share your lock combination or key with anyone, and remember and keep an inventory of your items in your unit.
    If any of your locks or access codes/passes have been compromised or lost, contact your storage facility manager immediately to have your security features updated.

For more information about self-storage units near you call Jiffy Self-Storage at (416) 745-4339 or contact us here.

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How to Properly Store Paintings and Artwork https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/painting-storage/how-to-properly-store-paintings-and-artwork/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/painting-storage/how-to-properly-store-paintings-and-artwork/#respond Mon, 13 Aug 2018 15:00:47 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186776 How to properly store paintings and artwork is quite a popular topic amongst art enthusiasts and collectors. Paintings and other pieces of artwork require special conditions when stored in order to prevent damage due to heat, cold, wet, humid, or dry conditions. If your art isn’t stored properly it can become damaged and dramatically decrease
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How to properly store paintings and artwork is quite a popular topic amongst art enthusiasts and collectors. Paintings and other pieces of artwork require special conditions when stored in order to prevent damage due to heat, cold, wet, humid, or dry conditions. If your art isn’t stored properly it can become damaged and dramatically decrease in value.

Where should you store your art?

If you’re unable to keep the painting or artwork up on your walls, then the second best place to store them is in a self-storage unit. As you probably already guessed, you’ll need a climate-controlled self-storage unit. Climate-controlled storage is heated during the winter months and kept cool in the summer so as to maintain a constant, moderate temperature level throughout the year. climate-controlled self-storage units provide a dry, comfortable, dust-controlled environment. The importance of maintaining appropriate humidity levels cannot be stressed enough; when fragile canvases are exposed to heat and humidity over a period of time, it causes them to warp in shape. They can tighten, stretch, or slacken causing cracking and paint flaking off with time.

As most people already know, high levels of humidity are also known to create the perfect environments for mould and mildew to grow. In order to prevent damage resulting from temperature and moisture, ensure that the storage unit you select has a consistent 22 degrees Celsius and 55% humidity. In addition to climate-control.

Tips For Storing Artwork

Here are some helpful tips from storage professionals on how to properly store paintings and artwork to avoid permanent damage.

  • First, choose a climate-controlled self-storage unit that is in an area that has the least amount of foot traffic. Although storage facilities aren’t exactly packed with people on a regular basis, having a storage unit with the least amount of human traffic can reduce the chances of any sort of human error.

  • Next, you’ll need to wrap your artwork. Bear in mind, there are different methods for wrapping art depending on if it’s framed or unframed. For framed pieces, you’ll want to wrap it with bubble wrap and secure it with packing tape. Then, use a storage blanket or a quilted blanket to tightly wrap around the art piece. Ensure that your blanket is clean, dust-free, and dry. Use packing tape to secure the blanket around the art piece.

  • For unframed art pieces, use a sheet of silicone release paper to cover the front of the canvas and then wrap using glassine paper. Padding is especially important for unframed pieces. Pad the front and back of the art pieces using pieces of cardboard and wrap using a quilted blanket or bubble wrap. Secure everything using packing tape.

  • When your precious packages are packed and ready for storage, they will need to be stacked properly. You don’t want anything heavy sitting on top of your art pieces, nor do you want to stack multiple art pieces on top of each other, even if they’re padded and wrapped. Over time, the weight can slowly warp the piece. You’ll want to store each art piece separately. However, if you lack storage space, you should consider a painting rack to store them all together and in individual rows. For long-term storage, you should place your artwork on acid-free boards or paper and then lay on a flat surface.

  • In all cases, you should always prepare for unforeseen circumstances by having valuable pieces of art insured. Normally, you could do this through your home insurance policy; however, if you are storing your art offsite at a self-storage facility, you may want to contact your insurance company and ask what steps should be taken to ensure your art remains insured. You have control over how you protect your art and how you store it, but there are always things that can’t be predicted.

Storing Your Art at Jiffy Self-Storage

Jiffy Self-Storage is one of the most reliable and trusted self-storage facilities in the GTA. Some clients have even been choosing to store their trusted belongings with us for over 20 years. At our storage facility we have several layers of security that complement each other and come together to paint our total security picture:

  • Cameras: There are 32 cameras strategically placed throughout our facility. Our camera system is viewed by the site manager on an oversized screen near his workstation. In addition to this, the cameras are tied into a DVR (Digital Video Recorder) which allows us to check back and view any suspicious behaviour.
  • Computer Controlled Access System: The only people granted access to our facility are Jiffy customers. When you move in we generate an access code for you and that is the only way you can get in. Our computer also logs the various access codes with a date stamp so we can look back to see if there was an unauthorized access to the building.
  • Alarm System: Jiffy is protected by a monitored alarm system. We utilize our access system to ensure that the building is empty every night by 10:00 pm.
  • Lights: An effective criminal deterrent as well as for the safety of customers.

For more information about climate-controlled self-storage units call Jiffy Self-Storage at (416) 745-4339 or contact us here.

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Why Should You Invest in a Self-Storage Unit for Your Business? https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/self-storage/why-should-you-invest-in-a-self-storage-unit-for-your-business/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/self-storage/why-should-you-invest-in-a-self-storage-unit-for-your-business/#respond Mon, 06 Aug 2018 15:00:58 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186771 Successful businesses require a lot of back-end work in order for them to function as efficiently as possible. Businesses need ample space for proper documentation, inventory, tools, and other day-to-day materials without using up valuable space in their office or storefront. Having extra space opens up your business to more efficient work environments and greater
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Successful businesses require a lot of back-end work in order for them to function as efficiently as possible. Businesses need ample space for proper documentation, inventory, tools, and other day-to-day materials without using up valuable space in their office or storefront. Having extra space opens up your business to more efficient work environments and greater retail opportunities.

A self-storage unit for businesses is a smart and convenient way to solve organizational issues, provide storage solutions, and better manage inventory. If you’re still on the fence about whether or not a self-storage unit will benefit your business, take a look at these common reasons businesses find it’s a good investment.

Clutter-Free Workspace

A clutter-free workspace is a more productive workspace. Have you ever tried to pick out a special outfit for an important meeting or interview while your room was a complete mess? How frustrating was it to have to navigate around all the mess and clutter in order to find what you needed? An organized and clear workspace is more productive because people are able to easily get around as they need to in order to access tools or materials to do the job. It’s also easier to focus and clear your mind when you’re in an organized environment.

Secure Sensitive Documents

Over the years, the number of documents can really add up and take up quite a bit of space. What once used to fit in a tiny office desk in the corner of a small office has now become stacks of boxes filled with documents, taking up an entire storage closet. Time for more space! A self-storage unit is the perfect solution for this. You don’t need to access historical documents on a weekly basis, so why let them take up valuable retail space at your business’ location? Move them off-site to a secure location and easily access them when needed.

Ideal for Malls and Plaza Stores

Many retail stores in shopping centres and plazas don’t have the luxury of extra storage space; if there is onsite storage space available, the cost of that space is usually marked up since it’s likely high in demand. A self-storage facility is an excellent way to reduce storage costs by housing seasonal items, or for storing large purchases planned for future sales.

Store Seasonal Furniture and Decor

Many businesses change their aesthetic as the seasons change. During this time, storing special furniture and decor pieces in a climate-controlled self-storage unit can make the transition between seasonal trends go much more smoothly.

Business Storage and Inventory Management

Renting a storage unit for your small business can actually save you money that you can set aside for your company’s future. Your small business can benefit from storage not only to save you money but to free up your showroom for bigger more eye-catching displays, giving you the ability to earn more money per square foot.

Jiffy Self-Storage is one of the most reliable and trusted self-storage facilities in the GTA. Some clients have even been choosing to store their trusted belongings with us for over 20 years. For more information, call Jiffy Self-Storage at (416) 745-4339 or contact us here.

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