Jiffy Self-Storage https://www.jiffystorage.com Sun, 11 Nov 2018 15:00:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 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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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.

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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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.

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 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.

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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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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4 Convenient Storage Options for Students https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/4-convenient-storage-options-for-students/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/4-convenient-storage-options-for-students/#respond Tue, 04 Sep 2018 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186833 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
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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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4 Benefits of Using Storage Units When Undergoing Home Renovations https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/4-benefits-of-using-storage-units-when-undergoing-home-renovations/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/4-benefits-of-using-storage-units-when-undergoing-home-renovations/#respond Mon, 23 Jul 2018 15:00:48 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186767 Undergoing home renovations is both exciting and stressful at the same time. During renovations, homeowners sacrifice their privacy and expose their home to contractors, crew members, and other workers. One requirement of getting the job done as efficiently as possible is to ensure that your personal belongings and furniture are cleared from the room, allowing
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Undergoing home renovations is both exciting and stressful at the same time.
During renovations, homeowners sacrifice their privacy and expose their home to contractors, crew members, and other workers. One requirement of getting the job done as efficiently as possible is to ensure that your personal belongings and furniture are cleared from the room, allowing enough room for contractors to work without any obstructions. It’s also beneficial for homeowners to move their furniture out of the way to avoid damage to them.

Renting a storage unit while undergoing home renovations can be one of the most convenient ways to ensure your belongings are secure, easily accessible, and safe from any damage. If you’re still on the fence about the added expense for a storage unit, take a look at these four benefits of using a storage unit when undergoing a home renovation.

It’s Inexpensive

Renting a storage is usually inexpensive, especially if you only need it during the time the renovations are happening. Home renovations can take anywhere from days to weeks, or sometimes a few months to complete. Some rental storage companies can offer flexible rental conditions and you can get daily, weekly, and monthly rates that best suit your needs so you’re not spending any more than you have to. This small expense can provide you with the peace of mind you need while such an important job is being done at your home. The last thing you need to worry about is the condition or whereabouts of your furniture; consider the unexpected expenses if you were to leave your furniture in your home and they were damaged. The cost to replace damaged furniture with new ones can easily be avoided by storing your furniture safely outside of your home.

It’s Convenient

Keeping all of your belongings in one place makes it easier for you to bring it back home in one trip and, it will take less time for you to organize yourself after the contractors leave your home. Once you’re ready to bring in your furniture again, you simply visit your storage unit and load it all up in one go. By using a storage unit as opposed to storing your furniture at a family or friends house, you won’t be disturbing anyone’s schedule when you want to pack and load your things whenever you want.

Most rental storage units are usually fully stocked with the packing and moving materials you need to move your furniture safely.

Protect Your Belongings

You could just move your furniture along the farthest wall in the room, but crew members can’t guarantee that your furniture won’t get scuffed with paint, dust, and debris. If they need to access electrical wires or pipes in the area that your furniture is being stored in your home, they will move it and it may not be in a place that’s favourable to you, and it could even delay work times.

climate-controlled

If you are worried about your furniture being affected by climate conditions, many rental storage units are climate-controlled. 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 for your items.

When you’re planning your next home renovation project, consider self-storage solutions are part of the budget; that way it won’t feel like extra expenses are piling up. Plan for self-storage solutions and perhaps moving truck rental costs to be able to safely and securely move your furniture. The effort you put into clearing your home before beginning renovations can save you a lot of hassle and headaches in the future.

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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Why You Need Secure Storage for Your Fine Art https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/painting-storage/why-you-need-secure-storage-for-your-fine-art/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/painting-storage/why-you-need-secure-storage-for-your-fine-art/#respond Mon, 23 Jul 2018 15:00:42 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186682 The whole journey of preparing a piece of fine art, be it a painting, a sculpture, or anything else, is extremely exciting. Like all other precious goods, pieces of fine art need to protected and preserved in secure storage units that keep them safe and even reach the receiver in the exact same condition if
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The whole journey of preparing a piece of fine art, be it a painting, a sculpture, or anything else, is extremely exciting. Like all other precious goods, pieces of fine art need to protected and preserved in secure storage units that keep them safe and even reach the receiver in the exact same condition if the artist wishes to sell or gift it. The right kind of storage units go that extra mile to preserve not just the final outcome, but every emotion and every trace of labour and thought expended in breathing life into it.

If you are wondering why you need secure storage for your pieces of fine art, take a look at these reasons to help you gear up and give them a safe shelter.

  1. Safety

    First and foremost, we need to talk about the safety of that piece of fine art which is the outcome of several hours of hard work on the artist’s part. Your fine art may have bids of thousands of dollars from buyers but without ensuring its safety, it may all come to naught as you expose your fine art to theft or damage.

    A proper and secure storage facility or vault ensures that this doesn’t happen. Your piece of art will then only be accessible to the authorized people. Depending on your budget and the worth of the fine art, you can secure it in the finest of vaults which are the best of their kind. At a viewing area where the fine art may already have been put on display, the best vaults will give access to screened and selected personnel for its maintenance. Look for backup generators as well to ensure continued security in case of an emergency.

  2. Protection

    From natural disasters to man-made ones, there are many threats that your fine art may become exposed to. A secure vault will do away with all these threats with the help of smoke detectors, a fire suppression system, heat-activated sprinklers, and other safety measures.

    These need to be checked from time-to-time to make sure they’re in their best condition and always functional to keep any such threat at bay. In case you were unaware, technological advancement has also given artists the provision to employ climate and temperature-controlled vaults for both limited pieces as well as an array of works for someone who has a big collection.

  3. Specifics of Fine Art Storage

    If you’re still questioning the need for secure storage for your fine art paintings, here are a few things you should know about how time, along with other factors, affect paintings of different kinds.

    Oil Paintings:

    The most commonly used oil in oil paintings, at the present date, is cold-pressed linseed oil since it dries quicker than the other. On the downside, it also gets yellow quickly. Although some paintings are made even more valuable with time, some are left unattractive and lack their initial luster.

    Oil paintings are also more susceptible to getting cracked than other kinds of paintings; they can flake due to the material getting hard – they can even take up to a year to dry, depending on the kind of oil used as the carrier. Even if you apply a layer of varnish as a protectant after the painting has dried, it is still left susceptible to the damages of time and temperature if not secured properly in a vault that controls the lighting as well as the temperature to ensure minimum damage.

    Acrylic Paintings:

    In case of acrylic paintings, there seem to be limited findings on the long-term effects since it’s a relatively new kind of painting discovered in the 1950s. However, what we do know is that they need more care as they tend to attract dust and dirt. A secure storage will not only protect it from theft, natural disasters, and man-made disasters, but will also ensure its proper maintenance and care.

  4. Insurance

    If in an unfortunate turn of events, your painting does get inflicted by some form of damage, no matter what its nature is, what will you do? If your storage is secure enough, and beyond just being physically secure, it will provide you with an insurance for your works of art.

    So, you can feel slightly relieved that even if your paintings do see the end before they should have, you will receive remuneration to start again because art never ceases to exist. In fact, if you have a vast and extremely valuable collection of fine artworks, you should even consider getting yourself a private vault.

  5. In Case You Have to Move It

    So, your work of fine art has been purchased by a proud buyer and needs to be moved a certain distance, or, perhaps you have decided to gift it to a special someone and it needs to be shifted to them. Even in that case, your artwork requires as much if not more care and a secure storage to avoid any damage en route to its destination.

    A proper and secure storage facility will take care to preserve the painting first by applying any protectant (depending on the kind of the painting), packing it appropriately, and then moving it in the safest way. It should be left up to an expert as to how a piece of fine art should be packed. Safe transportation of the fine art can only be ensured after it has been perfectly and securely packed.

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

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Are Storage Units Secure? How to Protect Your Belongings https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-safety/are-storage-units-secure-how-to-protect-your-belongings/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-safety/are-storage-units-secure-how-to-protect-your-belongings/#respond Mon, 16 Jul 2018 15:00:53 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186678 Storage units hold our valuables and we trust them with things we really care about. However, are storage units really secure? At Jiffy Storage, we make security our top priority. So yes, our storage units with their unique features are definitely secure! We make sure there are CCTV cameras at every entry point of our
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Storage units hold our valuables and we trust them with things we really care about. However, are storage units really secure?

At Jiffy Storage, we make security our top priority. So yes, our storage units with their unique features are definitely secure!

We make sure there are CCTV cameras at every entry point of our vaults. Our storage units are password protected, which means only those who have the pin code can enter the units. Only well lit, completely official real estate properties are maintained by us. Add a stringent employee protocol to these features and you have a theft-proof, secure storage unit at hand.

However, security is a two-way endeavor. We do our best to ensure no breaches from our side and expect the same from you. Here are a few things you must always keep in mind before investing in a self-storage unit.

  • Get insurance

    For most people, insurance often seems unnecessary and that’s where they go wrong. You have absolutely no control over fire and floods. Secure your goods (at least monetarily) from not only burglars but natural calamities. While insurance policies for storage systems are not compulsory, it is best to not take chances. They usually cost less than $10 per month and provide you coverage for accidental damage to your goods.

    Be cautious and diligent when it comes to choosing a plan. Read the terms and conditions thoroughly and understand what is covered and what isn’t. Often, the homeowner’s insurance or the renter’s insurance covers it, but if it doesn’t – don’t hesitate, get an insurance policy.

  • Maintain an inventory list

    Keep a record of every item you have stored in the unit. If it’s a huge unit, keep a record in a way so as to help organize the space better. This not only keeps the place looking stacked and pretty, but also helps in cases of insurance claims. Apart from the item’s name, you must also keep a list of corresponding values of items stored. If you have stored electronic items, note down their unique serial numbers. All this can come in extremely handy if you happen to lose your goods or the storage unit is struck by some disaster and you need to claim a refund. Try and maintain a number of photographs as proof as well.

  • Buy a lock

    Yes, a physical lock and key. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Though storage units have their lock-down systems, it is best to have your own physical lock. Invest in a good disc lock and secure your belongings. Why a disc lock? Because it’s impossible to cut through it. If somebody tries to pick it, it will make a loud grinding noise thereby attracting a lot of attention, which is good news for keeping your belongings theft-proof. If you are choosing an outdoor storage unit, a lock is a must for you. Remember to keep the keys with you — after all, that’s the point of maintaining a lock, right?

  • Keep your access code a secret

    In most cases, it is one of the friends or family of the owner that tries to steal important things. To be safe on that front, it’s best to not tell people where you’re storing your valuables. You must never share your passcode or pin with anybody, and if using a physical lock, you must never lend the keys to anybody. When visiting your storage unit, choose to do so alone or with your very close family members. Be very careful of who you bring along with you while on inspection of your units.

  • Choose indoor storage for extra security

    At Jiffy self-storage, outdoor storage units are as secure as indoor ones. However, it’s preferable to opt for an indoor storage system if you want to eliminate chances of damage due to an easier access location. Typically, an indoor storage unit is protected by keypad locks and is very safe with the added benefit of a number of gates to pass through before reaching the destination.

  • Environmental protection

    If you’re opting for a temperature controlled or a climate controlled storage unit, you’re secured from environmental threats. If do not invest in one of the above storage units, you must pay special attention to the location, atmosphere, and other environmental factors. Keep a close check on the state of your items. If you see mold or mildew growing on your furniture, it’s time you change the storage unit. It’s particularly important to check the room temperature of the unit when storing artworks. To avoid the hassle, it’s best to opt for a climate controlled storage unit. You can then maintain both the humidity and temperature of the unit to suit your requirements.

  • Take basic precautionary steps

    Place your belongings on a skid rather than placing them directly on the floor. Keep your items wrapped in heavy-duty plastic to prevent dust and insects. Don’t place valuable goods in plain sight, preferably place them behind everything else. Use similar boxes to make stacking easy and make sure they’re not very light – if they’re half empty, the stacks may collapse. Also, avoid stacking too high or else your things may get damaged if they fall accidentally. Arrange goods in a way so that accessibility does not become an issue. It is a good idea to get some shelves to organize your storage unit better. Make sure you don’t put a lot of load on delicate items. Keep an eye on your unit and inspect it regularly. Make surprise visits a habit.

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

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10 Must-know Packing Tips For Moving https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/packing-and-moving/10-must-know-packing-tips-for-moving/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/packing-and-moving/10-must-know-packing-tips-for-moving/#respond Mon, 16 Jul 2018 15:00:44 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186762 Looking forward to a new home is an incredible feeling. You’re probably planning the layout of your new living room and browsing through all the multiple shades of neutral paints for the bedroom. Moving to new a home is an exciting experience, a real milestone in life to be remembered. On the contrary, packing up
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Looking forward to a new home is an incredible feeling. You’re probably planning the layout of your new living room and browsing through all the multiple shades of neutral paints for the bedroom. Moving to new a home is an exciting experience, a real milestone in life to be remembered.

On the contrary, packing up and moving all your belongings from one home to another is the not-so-fun part about moving. Looking around your home and deciding where to begin packing can feel like a daunting task, and it’s normal to feel overwhelmed by the amount of work ahead of you. There are a few things you can do to minimize stress and make your move go a little more seamlessly.

Here are 10 must know packing tips for moving:

  1. Plan ahead and give yourself enough time

    Many of us underestimate the time it takes to pack up an entire house before the actual moving date, which leaves us scrambling to get things done last minute and leaving important tasks unfinished. Not having enough time to wrap fragile items in paper and having things break during transport is an example of how things can go wrong by not giving yourself enough time to pack.

  2. Pack room by room

    In order to keep things as organized as possible, organize your packing room by room. This way, you’re not scrambling about wondering what has been done and what still needs to be done. Keep your efforts focused on one room at a time.

  3. Label and number every box

    While you’re packing each room one at a time, label the boxes and include the number of boxes that have been packed for each room. For example, “Living Room 1, Living Room 2,” and “Master Bedroom 1, Master Bedroom 2,” and so on. Keep an inventory sheet for how many boxes were packed in each room. This way, once you arrive at the new home, you can clearly see whether each box has made it to its appropriate location in your new home.

  4. Consider weight distribution in each box

    Remember, you won’t have a forklift to lift and carry each box out of the house. People will need to carry these boxes out, so consider distributing the weight of items evenly between boxes. With that being said, try keeping the weight of each box under 50 lbs. Larger boxes will take a lot more material to fill and the weight of this can add up quickly, so move heavier items to smaller boxes and fill larger boxes with lighter materials.

  5. Check and secure the bottom of boxes

    Unless you want your belongings sprawled out along the sidewalk outside, you’ll want to double check that the bottom of your boxes are secured well with packing tape. Proper packing supplies can be purchased at a storage facility or home hardware stores near you.

  6. Declutter and donate

    Let’s face it; if you haven’t used it in over a year, do you really need it? Don’t take clutter and junk over to your new house. Get rid of as much junk as you can so you’re not filling boxes with things that you no longer need. Donate things that are in good condition and that other people might be able to put to better use in their home.

  7. Consider hiring a professional moving company

    Nothing makes moving easier than not having to do it yourself. If you’re unable to reserve help from family or friends, it might be worth hiring help. Always check online reviews for moving companies and get your quotes in writing before hiring anyone; especially if you’re moving long distances and are being charged for time and distance. Map out the best route beforehand and have the moving company agree on the travel plan and distance.

  8. Pack electronics properly

    The best way to pack electronics is to pack them in the original box that they came in. If you still have the original box, that’s a huge bonus! If not, you’ll want to get moving blankets, quilted blankets, or bubble wrap to properly cushion your electronics during the move. Disconnect all cords, roll them, and keep them taped to the electronic device they belong to so that when the time comes to assemble your entertainment system at your new home, you’re not rummaging through a box of tangled cords. A little bit of effort and organization can save you a lot of hassle in the end.

  9. Call in favours early

    Remember that time you helped your cousin move stuff to his new condo? Or that time you helped your friend set up his entertainment system? Now would be a good time to call in favours to your friends, but be sure to call them in early. People have busy schedules nowadays, but if you give them enough time, they might just have an opening to help you on your move date.

  10. Pack decorative stuff first

    You don’t need hanging photos and pretty vases to live over the next few weeks before you move. You can get those out of the way and save the essentials for closer to the move date.

    If you’re downsizing to smaller living quarters and don’t want to part with a lot of your beloved things, you might benefit from getting a storage unit in the meantime. Storage units are an inexpensive and convenient way to store your belongings. If you have more great moving tips to share or you’d like more information on storage units near you, we’d love to hear from you!

    For more information, call Jiffy Self-Storage at (416) 745-4339 or contact us here.

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How to Store Furniture in a Storage Unit the Right Way https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/how-to-store-furniture-in-a-storage-unit-the-right-way/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/how-to-store-furniture-in-a-storage-unit-the-right-way/#respond Mon, 09 Jul 2018 15:00:45 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186757 Are you looking to move to a new home or office location? If so, you may have a good amount of furniture to place in temporary storage. To ensure your furniture remains in good condition, you will need to know a few tips and tricks before getting started. These can help protect any furniture you
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Are you looking to move to a new home or office location? If so, you may have a good amount of furniture to place in temporary storage. To ensure your furniture remains in good condition, you will need to know a few tips and tricks before getting started.

These can help protect any furniture you might have, regardless of the material or how much it might have cost in the first place. Who knows, educating yourself might just save your family’s precious heirloom!

Here are a few tips on how to store your furniture in a unit the right way.

  1. What Are Your Options?

    The decision of whether or not to keep your furniture in storage or to sell everything and start completely over needs to be weighed based on cost. To put your items in a storage unit can be very pricey, but it is often the most practical means of moving from one place to another. All storage units vary in cost, so estimating your fees is important when making your decision.

    Keeping your furniture and belongings safe from weather and other climate changes is also another thing to consider. If you know you will be needing to using storage over the hot months of the summer, or for a long period of time, it might be best to consider looking into the storage unit that has climate control.

    Choosing climate control will keep your items safe from humidity or other moisture sneaking in, as well as the extreme hot or cold temperatures. Another added benefit of using a climate controlled unit is that you will be comfortable when you go in to check on your things or unload belongings when it is time to move in.

    If you are storing a musical instrument, family heirloom, wood furniture, sofas, etc., this type of unit might be the best choice for protecting your items. If you are not close to a climate-controlled unit facility, make sure all of your items are clean and dry before putting them inside the unit for however long you will be in transition.

  2. Make Sure Everything Is Clean

    A great way to keep your items in great condition is to make sure they are clean before they are put in the unit. If something is placed inside that has not been cleaned, the odor could be very pungent the next time you pick up your things, or to others who are storing things close by. The cleaner your items are, the less likely they are to develop mold or develop a stench.

    If you are storing wooden furniture, use a gentle soap and water and wash down all of the surfaces. Using a wood cleaner will help seal in the finish of your piece and ensure that it stays in the condition you want it to.

    Use a fabric cleaner to wipe down your fabric-covered furniture. Again, make sure it has plenty of time to dry before placing it in the storage unit. Taking the time to get any hidden stains or smells out of the furniture will be worth it in the long run.

    If you have metal items, use a polishing cloth and cleaner to make sure you get them clean and avoid tarnishing while they sit in storage.

  3. Disassemble Your Furniture

    Take the time to disassemble your tables, desks, chairs, or any other piece of furniture that can be taken apart before you take it to the unit. Doing so will provide more room on the truck as you drive from your previous location and will also create more space in the unit itself. When you take the items apart, place a blanket or other protective layer between pieces to ensure that nothing gets broken or scratched.

    Take all of the small hardware associated with each piece of furniture and place it in a baggie. Label the baggie so you know exactly where it goes and tape it to the furniture pieces to ensure nothing gets lost in transit.

  4. Cover Your Furniture

    When you first get to your unit, put a layer of plastic down on the ground. This might seem like a random thing to do, but it will help keep all moisture out of your personal items. Protecting the floor is important in any unit, but even more so if you are using one that is not climate controlled. The best way to protect your things is to cover everything completely.

    Whatever you are placing in storage needs to be covered with a sheet or other plastic layer to keep dust, moisture, and bugs out. You don’t want to tightly wrap your furniture in plastic, because moisture can sneak in and damage the item underneath. The best thing to do is to place a sheet over the furniture so it has the capability to breathe and keep moisture out.

  5. Label Your Breakables

    If you have any glass tabletops, be sure to wrap them in a layer of packing paper, keeping the tape off the surface of the table (this will save you from having to clean residue off once you unpack it and use it again). Place the tabletop in a layer of bubble wrap or in another box for another layer of safety and security.

    Any item that is breakable needs to be protected using towels or sheets and labelled “fragile” on the outside of the box where everyone can see. Clearly labelling all of your boxes is one of the best pieces of advice for using a unit. The boxes with breakables inside should be marked as fragile to help keep people from throwing it or treating it in a rough manner.

  6. Keep Things Off The Floor

    There are a lot of suggestions on how to store furniture, but a good rule of thumb is to never place anything directly on the floor. Using palettes or cinder blocks will help keep your items from potentially getting damaged from flood waters or other unforeseen things. If you do not have access to either of these items, a blanket or layer of plastic will suffice, as long as nothing touches the floor of the unit.

  7. Keep Food Out

    Any amount of food left in or on your furniture will attract bugs and cause a huge headache for you later on. Most storage facilities are sprayed for bug prevention regularly, but you need to do your part in keeping food out for your protection and for the unit’s protection as well. Double check your desk drawers or couch cushions to make sure there isn’t any food that got trapped inside.

  8. Pack Lightly

    If you shove all of your items inside a unit without taking the time to strategically place it all inside, you are asking for something to be damaged. Try to not overpack your unit and keep it organized along the way for your convenience. If you know where everything is, it will help when it comes time to unpack and move into your new location. Placing the largest items at the back and the smaller items towards the front will help make sure nothing is damaged or broken along the way.

    Being educated on how to store your items could potentially make your move a lot less stressful and more enjoyable. Make sure you know exactly how much space you will need in your unit before you start loading things in, as it is more of a headache to have to relocate to a bigger unit once you have already started.

    To learn more about how to store furniture in a storage unit the right way, call (416)-74-JIFFY(54339).

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