Moving During A Pandemic

Packing and moving can be difficult at the best of times, but moving during a pandemic creates a whole new set of challenges. If you have to move you and your moving company should put health and safety first. We suggest you call your moving company to discuss your options and they should help you plan as safe (and seamless) a move as possible. This may include: Read More

How To Pick A Moving Company

The deal is done and you are all ready to move. But how do you hire a moving company? Call the first one in the book? Throw a dart? Rock – paper – scissors? Here are some tips that may help.

#1 – Hire Local. Anytime you can use a local company, you are hiring someone that lives in the same city as you, and has the same spirit of community. They appreciate your support and do not want to have a bad reputation where they live.

#2 – Ask for References. A reputable company will not even hesitate here. They are proud of their work and will promptly provide a list of past customers for you to phone. Take advantage of this. Ask the references questions and note their answers. Also check for online reviews for added assurance and if your items are moving to a storage facility, ensure that your moving company and storage place have worked together in the past. Movers don’t often see repeat business from house moves, so if they leave a good impression – they earned it.  Read More

Storage Size Guide

Self-Storage was developed to help people and businesses who are going through a transition. Whether you are moving, downsizing or expanding here is how to pick the right size storage space.

5×10 Unit (50 sq. ft.)

For Residential Use: This size is ideal for storing the contents of a dorm room or bachelor apartment, including a number of boxes, small mattress set, chairs and a bookshelf. This size is also great for storing seasonal sporting equipment, bicycles or even a motorcycle. For Businesses and Community Organizations: this is a good size for storing things you don’t need on a regular basis like older files, spare office furniture or seasonal items. A storage space this size can hold about 80 file boxes and still give you a little room to maneuver.  Read More

Make Renovations Easier with Self Storage

Is it time to spruce up your home? Are you planning to renovate the kitchen or basement? If you are, you are not alone. Over 50% of Canadian homeowners plan to do some sort of renovations in the next couple of years.

Almost everyone dreams of a renewed living space. But, almost no one talks about the stress of renovating — the dust, the delays, the trades people coming and going, the spilled or splattered paint. . . .Don’t let these things stop you from improving your living space, but give serious thought to minimizing the hassles of remodeling. One underutilized tool that can ease the pain of renovating is self-storage. Whether it’s a quick paint job, a major kitchen update or an addition to the home, self-storage is a low cost way to solve some challenges home renovators face. Read More

All My Best Moves Involve Stretch Wrap

Want to know a secret to taking some of the stress out of moving?  Plastic wrap! Plastic wrap (also known as stretch wrap) is one moving supply that you shouldn’t skip. It’s a great way to protect your furniture from scratches and scuffs. Also, use it for wrapping things that are hard-to-pack like rugs, furniture, and bed rails. And, because there is no adhesive on plastic wrap there is no sticky residue left on your furniture. Here are some other stretch wrap tips from our moving experts. Read More

Tips for Moving with Cats or Dogs

Our furry friends mean a lot to us. As a dog and cat owner I know that moving can be an overwhelming change for pets. Here are a few tips to move your pets without causing additional stress for them. Read More

Organizing Your Self Storage Unit

The trailer is packed and you’ve signed your lease for your new storage unit. Now comes the fun part; Unloading. How do you pack your unit so you are able to find everything when the need arises? Here are 5 tips for organizing your storage unit to make this chore stress free come moving day.

  1. Labels. Always label your boxes – if you’re putting a variety of items in them try to add a description. This will help you organize your unit into sections. Use a brightly colored label & stack your boxes or totes with the label facing the front, so that you will be able to find things quickly in your unit.
  2. Regularly Used Items in Front. Pack the items that you will be using most towards the front of your unit. This will prevent you from having to move any extras away so you can reach them when the time comes. This includes items like seasonal wear, sports equipment, Christmas décor etc.
  3. Leave an aisle. One of the most common mistakes when storing is not leaving any room to get to the items in the back of your unit. The last thing you want to do is come to grab a box and have to move all your items out to get to it. Leave an aisle down the middle of the unit so that you’re able to reach most, if not all boxes and items.
  4. Take Pictures. When all of your items are loaded into your storage unit, take a few pictures so that you know what is in the unit and where to find it. This will save you time when you get to your unit and is especially important if you are storing long term.
  5. Draw a Map. Even if you’ve taken pictures it’s good to draw a map of where your belongings are, especially the important items that you do not use often. This will make your visit shorter if you know where these are packed away. This may include family photo albums, jewelry, tax files etc.

Using these 5 tips will not only save you time when you visit your storage unit but it will also reduce the mess you would have to make when searching through boxes to find a specific item. Have you stored before? Let us know your organizing tips in the comments below!

— Kayla Akerstrom

Relocating – How to Make the Move Better!

Source: TJC Properties
Source: TJC Properties

The time has come and you have decided to move for your job, your family, or maybe both. Whether you are moving across the province or the country, relocating is a big commitment, and a big job! Here are a 10 tips from an expert to help make the move better:

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How To Pack Portable Storage Containers

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A portable storage unit provides you with the ability to pack your belongings yourself at your own pace. However, you will be responsible for how your things are packed. This means you’ll want to take every precaution to ensure that your boxes, furniture, and appliances are safely loaded. Here are a few tips to help you to load your storage container in the most effective and secure way possible.

Is One Container Enough?

The last thing you want to do is realize you don’t have enough space to store all of your possessions. Our containers are 7 feet by 14 feet and are big enough to fit a one bedroom apartment or about three rooms in a house.

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Moving Truck VS Container Rental Pros and Cons

portable container storage

To reduce the stress of moving many people hire a moving company. But, this can be expensive, and also means you have to work around the moving company’s schedule, not yours. To get around this expense and scheduling issue many people choose to rent their own moving truck. Did you know there’s another option that can be even more cost-effective and convenient? Portable storage containers offer all the advantages of a rental truck without some of the hassle. Here are some of the reasons why you may want to consider a portable container for your next move:

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