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At StorageVille, we make it our mission to be there for you – when you need storage – for any situation life might throw your way. Last month’s topic dove into the benefits of self-storage during selling, moving and renovating your home. Entering into part two of our three-part series, we will examine ways self-storage solutions can help make your home office or business better. From this article, we hope you take our suggestions and tips and implement them as part of your business self-storage strategy; which can help reduce stress and other business-related issues.

Reduce clutter around your home office or business

Cluttered Office Environment - Business Self-Storage - Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Commercial Storage - StorageVilleIf your home is serving as your business’ headquarters, you will quickly learn the value of reducing clutter. More often than you’ll like to admit relevant documents can end up going missing. Some studies show time spent looking for ‘misplaced items’ can waste close to one week per year. (See reference from an article here: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/237081). Ever try to find your keys or your wallet in a room cluttered with files, inventory, and equipment needed to run your business? It’s like searching for a needle in a haystack!

Keep important documents archived

Having documentation on file for many years is all part of owning a business. You need to be accountable for the paper trail, files and data your business needs during tax season and other times throughout the year. However, this type of file keeping can take up a lot of space quickly. Know that when you decide to store your business documents at StorageVille, security is our #1 priority.

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requires that businesses keep records for up to seven years. (See reference from an article here: https://turbotax.intuit.ca/tips/how-long-should-tax-returns-be-kept-in-canada-15). For many business owners, having this volume of paper sitting in their office is not an ideal situation. This only adds to the cluttered-effect.

If you have equipment or files and you don’t need to use on a regular basis but still need them nearby why not put them into storage? Reducing this clutter around your home office or place of business will help keep your focus dialed into what you need to be doing to help your business grow.

Clutter can be a distraction and hinder productivity

Let’s face it – more clutter = more distractions / less clutter = less distractions. (See reference from an article here: https://www.fastcompany.com/3013951/how-clutter-cramps-your-productivity). Do yourself a favor and ensure your time spent working is as productively as can be. And not working under needless clutter.

Is your business growing, but running out of space?

Storage for Inventory & Merchandise - Business Self-Storage - Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Commercial Storage - StorageVilleMost businesses are focused on growth. If your company has a sudden growth spurt, you existing building may become tight in space. However, moving to a new, larger location can be a risk. Perhaps, your business is seasonal or moving locations will affect your recent success. A self-storage unit is a great solution. Like mentioned previously, identify objects you aren’t using on a daily or weekly basis. Then, store them nearby at one of our convenient locations in Winnipeg.

Business self-storage for inventory or merchandise

Similar to some of the other issues  in this article, a self-storage unit is a fantastic solution to store additional inventory or merchandise for companies. We provide storage which is temperature controlled. So, this means you won’t have to be concerned with your products freezing in the cold or sweltering in the heat.

Product availability is a competitive edge

In addition to the benefit of having more space, additional inventory can improve other aspects of your business. Ever have a customer contact you with a large order but you’re short on product? While gathering stock the customer decides to select a competitor because you didn’t have the product available? Having additional product could give you the edge to make the sale. And you don’t need to worry about accessibility. Our self-storage facilities allow for you to access your storage locker anytime between 6:00 AM and 11:00 PM, seven days a week. Go ahead, burn the midnight oil. Know that your storage unit is ready no matter when you are on the hustle. We don’t require long term contracts. Our storage lockers and storage units are on a month-to-month basis.

Accept deliveries, packages and other mail

Signing for Delivery Packages - Business Self-Storage - Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Commercial Storage - StorageVilleAlong with the rental of our self-storage units, we also understand many small businesses have other needs. One of the areas we’ve identified to help as a value-added service for business self-storage, is to sign for delivered packages. There’s no doubt that you’ll be in and out at meetings and might not be at your office on a reliable basis. Wouldn’t you like to save a trip to the post office by simply knowing we will have your package ready to pick up? Save yourself a trip. Have your business deliveries sent to the same location where all of your other items are stored.

Do yourself a favor!

If you haven’t thought about using business self-storage to benefit your company previously, we hope you may consider.  Business self-storage is an option to quickly solve pain points with space and clutter. If you would like to discuss possible business self-storage solutions for your needs – contact your preferred location, either 830 Waverley at 204.272.4533 or 123 Reenders at 204.272.4687, today!

Tune in next month when we wrap up our series “Augment your life events with self-storage”. We will cover “how self-storage can assist during life’s unexpected events”.

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At StorageVille, we make it our mission to be there for you – when you need storage – for any situation life might throw your way. In this three-part series, we will look at self-storage during three different life events. In the coming months, we will examine ways “Self-storage solutions can help make your home office or business better”. We will follow with “how self-storage can assist during life’s unexpected events”.

However, for this month we will take a look at benefits of self-storage during selling, moving and renovating your home. Each can be a large undertaking – with many moving parts – which can put a damper on anyone’s life. However, our suggestions below will have you ready to take the next steps – no matter what challenge you are facing.

Storage benefits during selling your home

Self-Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Self-Storage for Selling - Winnipeg Self-Storage for Moving - Winnipeg Self-Storage for Renovating - StorageVille, Winnipeg, ManitobaYou’ve decided to list your home on the market. You’ve gone through the process of finding a suitable realtor you’d like to handle the sale for you. They come to your home to analyze and prepare the listing information. While they are reviewing the property, they mention the clutter of the space. They even go as far to suggest enlisting the services of a home staging company – but where are all your prized possessions going?

The impact of a cluttered home

Hearing about the clutter in your home can be a difficult pill to swallow but, as the professionals, they are right (and have sales data to back up their claims) – cluttered homes can sell for less value. It’s important to know there is a difference between a home’s appraisal value – versus the marketability, which is what a cluttered home could impact; see article: http://www.cbtownandcountry.com/home-sales-and-the-ubiquitous-clutter-effect/

To make sure you receive the maximum return on your home during its sale – put infrequently used items into storage. Renting a storage unit from us during the sales process will be a fraction of the cost when compared to the lost equity due to the sale of a cluttered home.

Along with the retention of the money you’ve invested into your home, using a self-storage unit can benefit the sales process in the following ways:

  • Having less clutter usually means your home will be easier to clean in between showings.
  • Applying a fresh coat of paint (and other minor repairs) will be less strenuous with less to move.
  • You won’t need to rely on space in other areas of your home – i.e., an outdoor shed or garage is subject to weather. Instead, use our temperature controlled storage units. As well, security on external buildings found on your property won’t match features our secure self-storage facilities offer.
  • Garages often have the worst clutter in a home. To some buyers that conveys a negative impression on your home. They also can’t envision their belongings in the area that is overly cluttered.

On top of all this – you can arrange your storage unit and provide a vacating notice once your home is sold from the comfort of your own home 24/7 through our website.

Don’t forget to book our 16-foot enclosed cube van that is available FREE for up to 4 hours to make your move in easier.

Self-storage benefits for moving

Self-Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Self-Storage for Selling - Winnipeg Self-Storage for Moving - Winnipeg Self-Storage for Renovating - StorageVille, Winnipeg, ManitobaThere is no doubt you’ll encounter similar issues with “too much stuff” listed within our tips for selling as there is some overlap between these life events… But moving comes with its own set of logistics and if not properly planned for can transform into a nightmare.

If you took the advice listed within our “selling your home” portion of this article, you’ll already have some of your possessions in a self-storage unit. Why not leave them there until you receive the keys to your new home? Your home remains uncluttered while you pack the rest of your belongings. And this puts you one step ahead with your relocation process.

When the day comes where you can access your new home, we recommend completing your unpacking process in two tiers. The first few days you’ll be busy with the essentials you kept out of storage. Get these belongings in place before starting the second half. Once you have your belongings tucked away, proceed with your items in self-storage.

On top of this all – take full advantage our FREE cube vans for up to four hours for the transit of stored items and our moving supplies. We can become your one-stop shop for all things required for a successful transition between homes, including moving supplies and moving boxes. If you need the cube van to move out, be sure to ask about the 50% discount!

Self-storage benefits when renovating

Self-Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Self-Storage for Selling - Winnipeg Self-Storage for Moving - Winnipeg Self-Storage for Renovating - StorageVille, Winnipeg, ManitobaFor most, a renovation is an investment in their single most valuable asset. You want it done right, on time and budget. But just like other items mentioned, any renovation project needs planning and calculation of resources available while your home is under construction.

Like the realtor, the home renovation specialist you hire is a professional in their industry. If the space you’re renovating is excessively cluttered, you will only slow them down. Due to this, your project may end up more expensive.

Besides the expense factor, having clutter can increase the chances an injury on the job site. While any renovator will take precautions while they work – accidents can happen. Also, before hiring a contractor, make sure they provide you with a Workers Compensation Certificate indicating that they are covered. If not and someone gets hurt, you could be liable.

In addition to accidents resulting in injury, the more valuables you have cluttering the space – the more likely something can be damaged or broken. Instead of risking your possessions, store them in our clean and secure, temperature controlled self-storage units during your project.

We are here to help!

We are here to solve your storage needs! Our goal for our potential clients or repeat customers is to enjoy their life – even in times that can appear stressful. When you contact us for self-storage, know you are contacting Winnipeg’s leading storage facilities. Besides our value propositions of accessible, convenient, clean and secure storage our team is friendly and invested in your best interested.

Even if you don’t need storage now but think you might in the future, give us a call and drop by for tour.

While many of others in the storage business are from out of town, we are locally owned; committed to Winnipeg. We have a vested interest in being Winnipeg’s top choice for self-storage.

StorageVille… Where Winnipeg Stores

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Here at StorageVille we are proud to offer temperature controlled storage. If you’ve ever lived or stayed in our city for a period you will have experienced at least one of our four distinct seasons – maybe even within the same day! And don’t forget the fifth season …High humidity.

What is temperature controlled storage?

You might be wondering what “temperature controlled storage” is? How it differs from “climate controlled storage?” Temperature controlled storage refers to the act of controlling the ‘temperature’ directly within a given space – i.e., our storage units. The temperature is just one part of what makes up climate within a region. Controlling the temperature of a storage unit means we have a centralized heating and cooling system. This is similar to your home’s furnace and air conditioning – with the ability to adjust via a thermostat within your storage building. The air conditioning also removes humidity within the building.

In what ways is climate controlled storage different?

Climate, on the other hand, refers to average conditions for a region over time. The conditions making up climate are best described using many different weather terms. These include rainfall, wind speed, humidity, barometric pressure, humidex, wind chill factor, and, of course, temperature. No storage operator can control the climate.

When should you use temperature controlled storage?

Temperature Controlled Storage

We highly recommend the use of temperature controlled storage for any time you are storing sensitive materials or valuables – monetary, household items, sentimental or otherwise. Our temperature controlled units simulate the conditions in your own home. We feel this includes all seasons – especially a Winnipeg summer. The heat can be just as damaging on your valuables as cold can be.

Due to Winnipeg’s climate and potential temperature swings within a season (or even a 24-hour period) we feel this is the reason we must offer temperature controlled storage. In doing so, we give you peace of mind knowing there’s added protection from the harsh elements that a non-temperature controlled locker does not provides for your stored valuables. If you’re interested in learning more about our temperature controlled storage solutions – please see our website’s Temperature Controlled Storage page or Contact Us today!

Outdoor RV and Boat Storage - StorageVille - Outdoor Storage Winnipeg, Manitoba
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It’s always been your dream to own a boat, fifth wheel, travel trailer, or motor home – yet you don’t have the space to store your prized possession. City by-laws restrict trailer and RV parking on residential streets – and can lead to costly parking tickets. In addition, if you bring your RV onto your property, it’s constantly in the way – during the season when not in use, and especially during the off-season. However, StorageVille has the solution for you – outdoor RV and boat storage.

What is outdoor RV and boat storage?

As you could guess, outdoor RV and boat storage is as straightforward as it sounds – we provide extra space to store your possessions outside for a monthly rental fee. But, at StorageVille, we have many reasons which make our outdoor storage facility the one to choose.

StorageVille’s benefits to outdoor storage

Convenient location

We have two storage sites in the city of Winnipeg – and each of our locations is along major thoroughfares. Of course, this is of benefit to you, as you can select which location to store, depending on where you will most often be taking your RV or boat. Need to go south or west of the city? Our Waverley location will give you quick access to exit the city south via Waverley Street, to Kenaston Blvd., to the south side of the Perimeter. Looking to head east or north to many of the marvelous lakes and provincial parks? Use our location on Reenders which will give quick access to Lagimodiere Blvd., and onto the North Perimeter.

Accessible facility

As well as being conveniently located, our facility is accessible – our staffed hours are 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday; 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM on Saturday; and 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Sunday. However, no need to come during those hours to simply pick-up or drop-off your boat or RV. Our gate access hours are seven days a week, available and open at 6:00 AM, closing at 11:00 PM.

Secure grounds

Give yourself peace of mind – along with convenience and accessibility; we take the security of our facilities seriously. Offering secure storage solutions is our number one priority. We achieve this by equipping the grounds with 24-hour surveillance video cameras, ensuring the grounds have ample lighting, and each storage complex features a 6-foot tall fence around the entire perimeter. As well, we allow for each customer to use their own, unique passcode for gate access. We can track whose passcode was input when for maximum transparency.

If you want covered storage, we have you covered!

On top of storage solutions for outdoors, we offer covered storage for RV’s and boats at our Reenders location. Covered storage is beneficial as it reduces the sun on your RV, boat, classic car – allowing the shine and ‘like new’ feeling to last without any fading caused by outdoor elements.

Along with all of the benefits, all our RV and outdoor storage spots are reserved – meaning no scramble parking. Not only is outdoor storage an excellent solution during the winter – it makes sense to store with us all year round. Call us to today to book your spot!

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Moving into a new home is far from fun but with some helpful tips you'll be ready in no time...

List of ways to take the stress out of moving:

1) Decide on either moving company or do-it-yourself

If you choose a moving company make sure you do your research first and pick a reputable company and make sure you have replacement insurance either your own or through the mover. If you decide to DIY make sure you have enough help (trucks and helpers). If you're looking to use our cube van during your move, be sure to book the cube van in advance!

2) Downsize your material possessions

  • Keep only the amount of items that you NEED!
  • If items are in worn, outdated, in bad shape, or you just plain hate them REPLACE them if you can.
  • Give yourself a no-guilt free-pass to toss broken belongings or items with missing pieces.
  • Keep only the small furniture pieces that you LOVE or that you will REPURPOSE.
  • Be sure the large furniture you own has a place in your new space. If not, SELL it.
  • Keep only decor that you LOVE.

3) Start Early

Simply put don't wait until the last minute to start packing. Begin early and pack up the things you don't need.

4) Label your boxes

Be sure to label fragile boxes FRAGILE. Keep all like items from each room together, this will go a long way in keeping things organized and make unpacking quicker.

5) Separate out a box of necessities

Necessities such as: toilet paper, soap, light bulbs, garbage bags, sheets, towels... and anything else you think you will immediately need.

6) Organize your utilities

Nothing beats unpacking in the cold and dark so be sure to contact the gas, electric, phone, water and cable companies before you move so they are ready and waiting for you.

7) Painting and other repairs

It's a lot easier painting an empty room or to repair flooring. So plan on doing any type of repairs, if needed, prior to move-in date.

8) Re-Key

You never know how many keys are floating around out there. It's a wise idea to do just before move in.

University Storage - StorageVille - Winnipeg, Manitoba
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A lot of University students in the city are breathing a sigh of relief as their exam schedules and school year's are winding down. As the school term comes to an end, many will be returning home to work throughout the ''off season''. For these students the question now becomes what do I do with everything in my apartment or dorm room as I head home for work or for a much needed vacation?

If you plan on heading home after exams it can be a burden having to move books, desks and furniture out of your school space and all the way back home where there may not be adequate room to accommodate these items used while attending classes.

StorageVille has you covered my educated friends!

StorageVille knows you're tired of lugging around books, and bringing them home with you is the last thing on your mind. Skip the hassle, a locker at StorageVille can save you the effort and help you fetch more money for your books should you decide to sell them in the next semester. A lot of students find the start of a new year is the best time to sell used books as it's usually when they're in high demand. Your collection of books will be in tip top shape after being stored, safe and sound, in one of many units available right here in Winnipeg.

Then there are the larger items... the work desks, beds, furniture and appliances that only see use throughout the school year. Not to worry, StorageVille has lockers that can fit nearly anything you need stored during your time away. When you're ready to return to class next semester you can easily retrieve your school gear, which will make moving in to your dorm room or apartment a breeze.

School can be stressful. If you're a first time student, or a parent of a first time University or College student that will be moving away from home to attend classes in the next school year, make it easy on them. The transition will be a smooth one if you gather what you will need for the year and store it ahead of time in a unit at StorageVille. When you've been assigned a dorm room or find the perfect apartment, simply pick your items up from storage and move them right in. This will save you the trouble of extra clutter when preparing for the upcoming year and it will mean traveling a much shorter distance with bulky items like computer desks and office chairs.

Students, it's time to start making the move from University to home and back again an easy process.

Call StorageVille today and make your academic life that much easier as you never have to lock in for more than a month at a time, giving you lots of flexibility.

Properly Storing Cloths - StorageVille - Winnipeg, Manitoba
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One of the top things that are stored is clothing; from snow pants, gloves and hats to summer dresses and shorts. As the seasons change so does the clothes and the only way to separate them is with storing them in an organized fashion.

Cleaning your clothes is the first thing that should be done. Putting away dirty clothes can lead unwanted smell and possibly bugs. It can also cause the dirt to rest and stain your clothing after several months of storage. If you take the time to thoroughly wash your clothing before packing them away it can keep your belongings safe during storage.

Even though it might feel right to hang your sweaters, the months that they are hung up can cause unwanted stretching. Be sure to pack your sweaters and any other clothing away in plastic containers to ensure no moisture crawls into the creases. When folding and packing your clothing make sure to put your heavier items at the bottom followed by lighter items. A good way to keep your clothes fresh and to avoid pests is to use these recommended items:
moth balls, a fabric softener sheet, and small cedar blocks.

Storing your clothes in a cool, dark and dry environment can save your clothes from heat, sunlight, and humidity damage. Also make sure that your clothing receives the right amount of ventilation; unlike other items you can store, clothing quality depends on the air flow and temperature.

Thinking about downsizing and getting rid of those articles of clothing that only collect dust can save you plenty of room. Selling them on E-Bay or giving them to charity is a great way to rid yourself of that out-of-season jacket.

Something to keep in mind is the amount of time you will be storing your clothing. If they are left in storage for over a year mildew could accumulate that’s why it is important to check on your clothing every 8-12 months.

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Summer is on its way and many of us are eager to get started on overdue home renovations or to start new upgrades in our homes and businesses.

Whether you're upgrading a basement, remodelling an office or fixing up a living room to meet your taste, it's important that you're allowing yourself enough space to get the job done comfortably and that you're keeping your existing valuables safe.

Storing your possessions at StorageVille can be an easy way to free up space for a home renovation. Redoing a basement living room? Rather than move heavy and awkward items like furniture, area rugs and boxes repeatedly while trying to get the job done, store them in a safe and secure locker until the job is complete and avoid the hassle of constantly lifting and moving your belongings.

Whether your project is of monumental proportions or just a little touch up, there is potential for a mess to be made. If you're painting, stirring up dust with drywall or taking on another kind of potentially messy renovation, it's a good idea to ensure your prized posessions are protected properly. Maybe it's a collection of old photographs in a box, perhaps a painting you're fond of... if it's important to you, it is a good idea to store it in a unit where it will be safe and can be easily retrieved at a later date.

While storing can help you preserve your precious items and free up space for your projects it can also help you save money on your renovation! Found an item on sale? Store it in a locker while planning your upgrade and bring it out when you're ready!
Storing can make your home or business renovation a lot less stressful and it's easy to do.

1) Store at StorageVille when you want to start your project and don't forget to take advantage of the free moving van.

2) Use your locker on a month to month basis for as long as the project takes.
3) Retrieve your stored items when it's convenient.

Planning to store a few of your possessions while taking on a spring/summer project? Help out a worthy local charity! StorageVille's two locations in the city are also drop off points for the Children's

Hospital Book Market. Drop off your used books and help support the Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba.

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Winter is coming to an end. We’ll have seen highs around +16(!) this week, and the snow is set to disappear. The ice fishing shacks have moved from the river, and it’s time to pack away the skis and the snowmobile for another year. Manitoba is a wonderful place for winter sports, but because of that we accumulate so much stuff, and it has to go somewhere! If you live in an apartment or a condo, you already feel the pain. Even in a house, the garage or basement may be overflowing. Whether you have a storage locker, or just in apartment storage, it’s tough to find enough room for all the winter sports gear you have. At Storageville we have a solution for you. We have 5x5 storage units, perfectly sized for storing seasonal items during the off-season, and best of all – all of our self-storage units are individually alarmed to keep your valuables secure.

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Storing your personal belongings can be a bit of a scary situation. Especially, when it comes to those precious moments that have been documented on film. We have compiled a list of best practices for storing photos. If you're careful and follow the tips below, your photos will be around for your viewing pleasure for years to come!

Make copies of your photos

When storing photos for an extended period of time make copies. It guarantees you that even if a photo gets ruined you'll still have an extra copy to reminisce. There are local companies that can digitize your negatives or photographs onto a CD or DVD for you to keep those memories secure. If you're a D.I.Y. type, purchasing an external hard drive and loading your photos onto it, will save space on your computer.

Use temperature-controlled storage

Make sure that you choose a temperature-controlled storage unit to ensure that no harsh weather or extra moisture melts or cracks your photos. Having a unit that does not maintain temperatures, will cause further issues for your belongings. If you're unfamiliar with the term "temperature-controlled storage" we urge you to learn more about it. Alone, this feature can greatly reduce the environmental factors of excessive heating and cooling on your valuables. If you're storing in Winnipeg – this is a must-have for anything in storage.

Packing photos for long-term storage

There are some precautions you must think about before packing away your photos. Peel and stick albums will damage your photos over time. Look into purchasing an acid-free album to further protect your photos. Remove anything that could damage your photo or stain them such as paperclips or rubber bands.

Label containers for easy organization

When labeling photos, use a marker instead of a pen to ensure no marks are made on the photo. If you're storing photos in boxes, label the outside of the box as well. This can save you a lot of time when you go back to look for something. If you are using boxes for storage, placing a piece of paper between your pictures to prevent them from sticking. Like the previous tip, an acid-free archival-quality paper is recommended.

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