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November 10, 2017

How Storage Units Reflect Canada’s Changing Times

According to the Canadian Self-Storage Association, there are about 3,000 self storage facilities in Canada, a number that grew rapidly over the last ten years. Storage is a booming business, fuelled by several factors that reflect the changing attitudes Canadians have about storage units. We explore these changes below: Rise of Condos Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal have over 53.5% of households living in condominiums, according to the 2011 Household Survey. New Canadians may opt for smaller domestic spaces, but need storage space provided elsewhere. For those who choose to downsize from a large home, seasonal clothes, equipment, furniture, and other home appliances may need space until residents are able to redistribute those items or can access them later.  Changing Workforce…

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October 18, 2017

Prohibited Items in Self Storage Units

While your storage unit is your personal space to protect property and provide additional space in your home, not everything you own belongs there. Storage facilities have rules regarding certain items and prohibit a number of things that could damage both your assets and other people’s belongings, or pose a danger to the facility itself. Here are some typical materials that are not allowed in storage units: Animals Whether dead or alive, animals are prohibited in storage units. Using a storage unit as a puppy (or other animal) farm or as an area to keep exotic animals is illegal. Keeping preserved animals (i.e. taxidermy) attracts pests that could ruin items and spread to other storage units.  Items That Attract Insects/Rodents…

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October 10, 2017

Three Ways Self-Storage Can Revamp Your Holiday Home

As we approach the holiday season, retailers bring out innovative and fun decorations and it’s difficult not to bring home new twinkly lights, ornaments, and displays for the interior and exterior of our homes. TV advertisements, magazines, and social media sites are bursting with inspiring ideas for unique and gorgeous decor. But where do we store all of our new adornments, while keeping the tried-and-true, sentimental ones? To make your home holiday-ready, you might need some extra space to showcase your festive decor. Where do you move a piece of furniture to make room for a tree? Where do you store your bins and belongings once the holidays are past? Rent a self-storage unit, of course! Here are a few…

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September 30, 2017

Store a Mattress the Right Way and Extend Its Life

A good mattress affects your spinal health and how well you sleep. A good mattress can be pricey, but can serve you well for several years. Important purchases, when we need to store them during a move or until we have space for them, need to be prepared properly to stay in top condition. To store a mattress the right way so you can continue enjoying it when it’s out of storage, read these tips: Transport it Properly Getting your mattress from home to the storage unit needs to be properly done, or it could suffer damage well before it gets there. Prevent tying your mattress to the top of a car. This will likely warp its shape and potentially…

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September 21, 2017

Prevent Cold Weather Damage to Your Stored Motorcycle

Cruising on your motorcycle during the summer months can be exhilarating. But when fall and winter eventually start to set in, it’s a often good idea to keep your motorcycle in storage until the weather is less damaging to your ride, and less dangerous for you. Putting your motorcycle in storage does not mean stowing it away and forgetting about it until you are ready to ride. Prepping your prized possession so it’s in tip top shape while in storage is as important as  regular maintenance. To avoid damage to your stored motorcycle, follow these easy tips to protect it during colder temperatures: Fill the tank. Topping up the gas tank prevents machine deterioration and a nasty layer of gunk…

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August 31, 2017

Properly Cover Furniture before Using Self-Storage

Maybe your furniture no longer fits your design, or you’ve downsized, but you don’t want to sell or give it away just yet. There are many reasons to keep your extra furniture in a secure storage unit. If you make the choice to hang onto some loved pieces, it’s important to prep them for storage so they’ll be in good condition later. A few tasks include: Wiping off any dust and dirt Covering pieces with the right material Keep furniture from water and other damaging environments Keep in mind the following tips when you store anything for future use: Coat Fragile Parts with Bubble Wrap Some parts of furniture might be more delicate than others. They may need extra care…

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August 22, 2017

Smart Strategies to Create an Item Inventory Before Storage

Just because you’ve rented your own storage unit does not mean your belongings will be hidden there forever. Sometimes, you will need access to some things. You won’t want to dive through everything to find a single item. How do you avoid that hassle? Here are some tips to make it easier for you. Plan Ahead Creating a concrete plan before chucking every item you own into a new storage unit allows you to find belongings more efficiently. Here are some tried and true tips on how to get the most out of your storage space: Classify items by season, activity, or size. Store winter clothing and items together, place furniture around the perimeter or in one specific area. Mark…

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