There’s more to renting storage than storage unit pricing - Winnipeg Storage - Self-Storage Winnipeg - StorageVille

It’s a fact of life – sometimes you need more space! Whether you need space for a growing small business, because you’re moving, selling or renovating your home, or just because – unplanned events in your life require it – we’re here to solve your storage needs. For most, the storage unit pricing will be an important aspect of the decision of where to rent. However, the price isn’t everything – and being experts in storage units – we want to pass along these tips to help you find the ideal solution for your storage needs.

Storage unit pricing – rental fee

There’s more to renting storage than storage unit pricing - Winnipeg Storage - Self-Storage Winnipeg - StorageVilleWhile price isn’t everything, it is an important aspect of any decision for most. When conducting research, ask about pricing structures, rental fee, and payment options. The rental fee for your storage unit will depend on the size of the storage unit you rent. It may be worth asking about discounts for longer-term stays or prepayment. Finally, make sure you know the date payments are required for.

For example, at StorageVille, we only collect rental fees twelve times per year (as a monthly fee). Other storage unit facilities may collect bi-weekly, semi-monthly, or even weekly. Knowing the fee collection cycle can lead to savings.

Storage unit pricing – administrative fee or hidden fee

Always ask if there are any administrative fees while inquiring about storage unit pricing. Some storage unit facilities will charge an additional fee like this to cover the paperwork required to set up your account. We are proud to let you know StorageVille does not charge any administrative or hidden fees. The price you see is the price you receive.

Storage unit pricing – late fee

Before you decide to rent, find out what the late fee may be in the unlikely event that your payment is late. In some situations, these fees are rather high and costly. Instead of incurring late fees – we take away the risk by offering pre-authorized credit card payments. When you rent a storage unit from StorageVille, we simply put your credit card information on file and bill occurs automatically.

Factor transportation costs into storage unit pricing equation

There’s more to renting storage than storage unit pricing - Winnipeg Storage - Self-Storage Winnipeg - StorageVilleThe location of the storage unit facility you select can help reduce costs. You will need to transport your belongings to the storage unit and then back to your location when you’re finished renting. If you’re using your own vehicle to haul with, at a minimum, the cost of gas should be included.

If you are need of a larger vehicle for transportation – we offer our cube vans for FREE for up to four hours during move-ins. This can help you reduce the transportation costs – and the hassle of renting transportation elsewhere. Along with our offer for move-ins, you can rent our cube vans at 50% off for move-outs. When using our cube vans, you’ll need to make a couple of decisions around insurance for the vehicle. Also, any gas you use will need to be replaced – but that’s it! We also allow for online booking of our cube vans.

Should you choose to use another mode of rental transportation you will need to factor in the cost of the rental, additional fees, gas, insurance rates, and other potential shop rates applied. Be sure to ask for all these details up front to avoid surprises!

Does the storage unit pricing you received include insurance?

We strongly recommend you get insurance for your stored items while they are in a storage unit. Check with your insurance broker to see if your home or apartment insurance extends to your belongings when they are stored. If your insurance doesn’t cover you, ask your broker to outline options to protect you during this period. Your insurance broker is your best method of protecting your assets. While we highly encourage all individuals storing with us to have insurance, StorageVille does not offer storage unit insurance.

In fact, some storage unit facilities require you to have your stored items insured while in their facility whether you have your own insurance or not. No doubly, this leads to a higher storage unit rental price.

Beside storage unit pricing – what else do you value?

The storage unit price will be a factor for most individuals shopping around for a storage unit. However, before you select a facility, make sure you ask yourself other things you may value, besides price.

Helpful staff

Our storage unit facility staff are knowledgeable, friendly and want to ensure you receive the help you need. In many situations, you will require a storage unit due to an unexpected life event or because you are moving. These situations are often stressful in nature and sometimes come up with little to no notice. Our team strives to deliver customer service you can count on.

Clean facilitiesThere’s more to renting storage than storage unit pricing - Winnipeg Storage - Self-Storage Winnipeg - StorageVille

When you’re moving your belongings from your home, you may be concerned about what type of environment you’re moving them into. At StorageVille, we are proud of the cleanliness of our facilities. From the moment you step onto our grounds, through the main office, cube vans and the storage unit lockers themselves – each area is spotless and immaculate. We truly care about our appearance and it shows!

Storage unit securityThere’s more to renting storage than storage unit pricing - Winnipeg Storage - Self-Storage Winnipeg - StorageVille

To say we take storage unit security seriously is an understatement. We have several features in place to prevent issues at our facilities. Outside, our grounds are well lit, have 24-hour surveillance cameras, high-security fencing around the entire perimeter, and the entrance gate is only accessible via your personal passcode. Inside, all our storage units are individually alarmed and centrally monitored and a high-security disc lock physically protects your storage unit from intruders accessing it.

Temperature controlled storage units

When removing your belongings from your home and placing them into a storage unit they can be affected by the elements – humidity, temperature changes, etc. At StorageVille we offer temperature-controlled storage units which allow for your stored items to be contained in a climate like your home. Using this type of storage unit will prevent damage from temperature fluctuation and other weather-related elements. If your belongings are precious or fragile – ask us about temperature-controlled storage unit options.

As you can see – the price of a storage unit rental isn’t the only factor you should consider when selecting a facility. At StorageVille, we take pride in helping all of our customers and can accommodate many special requests. We’re here to solve your storage needs! To learn more about our storage unit pricing, please contact either of our locations. Contact 830 Waverley Street at 204.272.4533 or 123 Reenders Drive at 204.272.4687. If you’re interested in receiving a quote – use our online Request a Quote feature for a quick response.

How a storage unit can help prepare your home for winter - Winnipeg Storage Units - Temperature Controlled Storage Units - StorageVille

It’s that time of year again when the sun sets sooner, and the outdoor temperatures in Winnipeg begin to drop. The shift in weather means it’s time to prepare your home for winter. Not sure what you need to do? In this guide, we’ll go over some basic steps you should take, and show you why a storage unit is your best friend when it comes to preparing for the long, chilly Winnipeg winter!

How a storage unit can help prepare your home for winter – interior maintenance

How a storage unit can help prepare your home for winter - Winnipeg Storage Units - Temperature Controlled Storage Units - StorageVilleWhen it comes to the inside of your home, there are a few basic things you should do. You should winterize your A/C by grabbing your tarp or A/C cover from your storage unit. Ensure your tarp and A/C unit are clean so that it will be ready for next summer. Finally, shut off the power and insulate and cover the A/C unit. For window-mounted A/C units – you may be able to remove the entire unit and store it in your storage unit during the off-season.

Next up, you’ll want your furnace is inspected and your ductwork is cleaned. We recommend for optimal performance, and thus heating cost savings, to schedule maintenance every year. You may also want to have a professional review your water heater. Besides professional servicing – be sure to change or clean your furnace filters every couple of months.

Beyond that, check for drafts near windows and doors. If you feel cold air entering your home, add new weather-stripping, caulking or cellular blinds which help reduce energy consumption. You’ll also want to pull your storm windows out of your storage unit and replace your summer screens.

Finally, it’s also a good idea to check the insulation in your home, and around your pipes. You may want to add more insulation around your pipes to ensure that they remain warm, and don’t freeze during cold snaps. Frozen pipes can easily burst, which can cause major water damage.

How a storage unit can help prepare your home for winter – exterior maintenance

How a storage unit can help prepare your home for winter - Winnipeg Storage Units - Temperature Controlled Storage Units - StorageVilleBefore it gets too cold, you’ll want to inspect your roof and chimney to ensure there are no leaks. The winter elements are harsh on roofs especially, with potential snow and ice buildup. If there are signs of damage, it’s best to hire a professional unless you know what you’re looking for (and you’re not afraid of heights!). A proactive way to prevent ice damming and other issues, that could damage your roof, is to clean your gutters and eavestroughs.

In addition to roofing related maintenance, we suggest putting away your yard decorations, seasonal furniture, and flower pots. You don’t want them exposed to the frigid temperatures and moisture all year long. These items are perfect for storing in your storage unit. They will be out of your way during the winter. In the summer, a short drive to your storage unit is all it takes to start setting up your backyard paradise again.

How a storage unit can help prepare your home for winter – garage items

How a storage unit can help prepare your home for winter - Winnipeg Storage Units - Temperature Controlled Storage Units - StorageVilleOnce summer activities are finished, you’ll likely have your camping gear, kayaks, paddle boards, bicycles all needing indoor storage for winter. Storing these items in your garage will reduce the amount of real estate available. We suggest storing your equipment in a temperature-controlled storage unit. It’s best if you free up enough space for your primary vehicle to fit into your garage. Parking inside is the best way to protect your vehicle from road salt, as well as extreme cold.

Extremely cold temperatures can cause engine oil and other lubricants to become sludgy, which has potential to harm the engine. The cold can wreak havoc on your car batteries, causing them to freeze. Consider organizing and storing away bicycles, athletic gear, and other equipment that you won’t be using during the winter in your storage unit. A little organization now can go a long way to giving you more space in your garage.

Rent a storage unit from StorageVille today and be prepared for the winter!

At StorageVille we want you to be ready for winter in Winnipeg.  Our storage units come in a variety of sizes, we offer temperature-controlled storage units, our staff is the most knowledgeable in the business, and you can request a quote online. With two convenient locations123 Reenders for north and east Winnipeg and 830 Waverley for south and west Winnipeg – there’s no excuse to get caught by the cold.

For fast and friendly service, contact us today! For the Waverley location, call 204.272.4533 or for the Reenders location, call 204.272.4687.

Our Tips to Protect Your Belongings in a Storage Unit - Winnipeg Storage Units - Temperature Controlled Storage Units - StorageVille

At StorageVille we are experts in all things storage unit related. Our expertise includes everything from storage unit organization tips, choosing the correct size of storage unit for your needs, and ways to protect your belongings while in the storage unit. Our article this month is focused around best practices and advice to help you protect your belongings in a storage unit.

Protect your belongings in a storage unit – Choose a storage unit facility which is well-protected and secured

If there’s only one tip you follow in this guide, it should be this one. You want a storage company that offers:

  • Electronic, passcode-protected gate entry and perimeter fencing
  • Video surveillance 24/7/365
  • Private pin codes for access to all secure areas
  • High-security disc locks for each unit

Security cameras are in place to help deter theft or other activity. Our storage unit locks are specially designed to prevent lock cutting. Don’t store your stuff at any facility that doesn’t offer these basic security features!

Protect your belongings in a storage unit – Get insurance for your storage unit

Get Storage Unit Insurance - Our Tips to Protect Your Belongings in a Storage Unit - Winnipeg Storage Units - Temperature Controlled Storage Units - StorageVilleWhile the storage unit is the responsibility of the provider, the contents are not covered by insurance. They are your responsibility – this is true at almost every storage unit provider in Canada. Just like renting an apartment, you provide the coverage you need based on your specific vales.

When moving your belongings from your property, make sure you discuss what is covered for the storage unit with your insurance company. Ensure your belongings have insurance, should a situation arise. If you’re not covered, you may need to purchase an additional “storage unit insurance” policy to protect from things that are not covered by your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance. We encourage your broker to call us for more details.

Protect your belongings in a storage unit – Invest in a temperature controlled storage unit

Invest in Temperature Controlled Storage Unit for household items - Our Tips to Protect Your Belongings in a Storage Unit - Winnipeg Storage Units - Temperature Controlled Storage Units - StorageVilleTemperature controlled storage units are essential for protecting valuable items like wood and metal furniture, artwork, electronics, vinyl records, books, etc. If it is coming out of your home – where it is protected from changing the weather – then, it should be stored in a temperature controlled storage unit. In addition to controlling the temperature, the climate will be suitable to prevent damage by excessive heat, cold, dampness, humidity, and moisture.

We recommend in almost all situations a temperature controlled storage unit is worth the cost and the peace of mind.  When storing, knowing your possessions are protected from the harsh winter cold and extreme summer heat is invaluable. However, non temperature controlled storage units still can be useful in some situations. If your belongings have been stored outside or in a garage, our non temperature controlled storage units are perfect.

Protect your belongings in a storage unit – Protect your stuff for long-term storage

Use Shelving, plastic bins or sheets - Our Tips to Protect Your Belongings in a Storage Unit - Winnipeg Storage Units - Temperature Controlled Storage Units - StorageVilleIt’s also important to store your valuables correctly to protect them. If they’re being stored for a long period of time, here are a few steps you can take to do so.

  • Use wire racks and shelves when possible to minimize floor contact and the risk of flood/water damage
  • Wrap your belongings in durable plastic sheeting or use plastic containers to prevent the gathering of dust and moisture
  • Organize items by category for easy access, and to ensure fragile items are not crushed by other stacks of boxes
  • Keep flammable items closer to the centre of your unit, to protect them in case of a fire elsewhere in the facility

Protect your belongings in a storage unit – follow our tips – and keep your stuff safe at StorageVille!

Whether you’re storing it for just a few weeks or months while moving, or are looking for a long-term storage solution, we’re here to help. Start the storage unit process today – request a FREE quote from us. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selecting the correct storage unit for your needs!

Three reasons to rent a summer storage unit in Winnipeg - Storage Winnipeg - StorageVille

Clean the garage to fit your car - Three reasons to rent a summer storage unit in Winnipeg - Winnipeg Storage - StorageVilleA summer storage unit in Winnipeg is a great investment. With a storage unit, you can declutter your space, and ensure all of your valuables stay safe, secure, and intact. Wondering why you should invest in a summer storage unit in Winnipeg? Here are three good reasons.

Free up space in your garage for your car

If you’ve got a two-car garage in Winnipeg, the chances are that most of your space is taken up by items like bikes, rafting supplies, canoes, fishing gear, hockey equipment, winter tires and other recreational equipment and athletic gear.

Bulky seasonal equipment and items - Three reasons to rent a summer storage unit in Winnipeg - Winnipeg Storage - StorageVilleIf you get an inexpensive, non-temperature-controlled storage unit, you can move the gear that you infrequently use to a nearby storage facility, and fit another car in your garage!

Extra space in your garage has numerous benefits. First, your cars will stay cool in the shade all summer long. Storing in a garage will prevent UV damage and keep the vehicle’s interior comfortable. You will have reduced clutter, and still, have easy access to all of the gear you use less frequently!

Store and protect valuable items in Winnipeg

Whether you’re living in a home, apartment, or condo in Winnipeg, you probably have a few valuable items that you want to protect from the Winnipeg summer weather. With high humidity, heat, rain and occasionally hail, there are many ways the weather could damage your belongings.

For example, if you have a non-air-conditioned basement or a non-temperature controlled storage locker at your condo, you may be harming your valuable items by storing them there. High heat and humidity in Winnipeg can damage books, records, furniture, keepsakes and hand-me-downs, and antiques.

With a temperature controlled storage unit in Winnipeg, you’ll be able to de-clutter the interior of your home, and still keep your valuables in great shape.

Enjoy enhanced safety and security

Private pass code protected gate access - Three reasons to rent a summer storage unit in Winnipeg - Winnipeg Storage - StorageVilleWith a StorageVille storage unit, another benefit is your belongings will be protected with increased security measures. We have 24-hour security cameras and 6-foot tall perimeter fencing. Additionally, we have private pass code protected gate access and individually alarmed storage units to keep your items safe.

Typically, this level of security is not the case if you are using an on-site storage facility at your condo or apartment. Often, apartment storage lockers are small and non-temperature controlled. As well, they are also usually not alarmed. Also, they’re usually only secured by a padlock or a combination lock, which is easy to cut with bolt-cutters. Burglary at apartment storage lockers is quite common in Winnipeg.

If you choose to rent a secure storage unit at StorageVille, you can rest easy knowing that multiple levels of security protect your valuables. That, alone, is well worth the investment!

Interested in a summer storage unit in Winnipeg? Come to StorageVille today!

At StorageVille, we offer both temperature controlled storage units and non-temperature controlled storage units. All our storage units are highly secure, and our two Winnipeg locations are convenient. Talk to a member of our team and receive a quote for a storage unit that fits your needs and budget today!

When Is It The Right Time To Downsize Your Home? - Winnipeg Storage Units - Temperature Controlled Storage Units | StorageVille

When Is It The Right Time To Downsize Your Home? - Winnipeg Storage Units - Temperature Controlled Storage Units | StorageVilleWhile a spacious home is great when you have a large family, there may come a time in your life when it’s time to downsize. You can save money on cleaning and maintenance, and reduce your monthly bills by quite a bit if you downsize your home. Think about the additional freedom which can come from downsizing your home – you can put the money towards travelling or other passions. As well, you may upgrade to a newer, more modern home during your move – increasing your comfort level.

But is downsizing right for you? Here are a few questions to ask yourself, to see if it’s the right time to downsize your home.

Downsize Your Home: Does Your House Have Too Many Bedrooms?

When Is It The Right Time To Downsize Your Home? - Winnipeg Storage Units - Temperature Controlled Storage Units | StorageVilleIf you bought a four-bedroom house because you had three kids, and they have all moved out, chances are those bedrooms are going unused. However, if you’re expecting to have frequent visitors, or you think one or more of your kids may move back home, you may still need those bedrooms.

If not, you may be paying too much for your current home. Besides the cost of the home itself, factor in utilities and property taxes on the additional space you have, that isn’t used.

Downsize Your Home: Are Taxes And Maintenance Too Expensive?

Larger homes are expensive to maintain. There are more things that can go wrong with furnaces and HVAC systems, and repairing a larger home is usually more costly than a smaller home. In addition, property taxes are based on the value of your home. Usually, the larger your home, the more you’ll pay each year in taxes.

If you’re having trouble affording the costs of taxes and maintenance, or if you just want extra money to use elsewhere, you may want to move into a smaller home.

Downsize Your Home: Is Your House Simply Too Big?

Do you have rooms in your home that you haven’t used for weeks? If so, you may just have too much space – and it may be time to downsize.

Downsize Your Home: Does Your House Have Sentimental Value?

When Is It The Right Time To Downsize Your Home? - Winnipeg Storage Units - Temperature Controlled Storage Units | StorageVilleIf your home has been passed down to you through generations, it may have sentimental value. You may want to pass it down to your kids. As well, if your house is where you raised your children, you may feel like your betraying your memories by moving. If this is the case, it may be worth staying in the home, despite it being a bit more expensive.

If there is no sentimental value and no plan for you children to live in the house after you, you may be better off moving to a smaller home. In fact, going through the process of selling and moving can remove some of the burden on your loved ones in the future.

Downsize Your Home: Is Your House Still Functional For Your Needs?

If your home has a lot of staircases or cramped and hard-to-access areas, it may not be right for you as you age. If you are not comfortable enough to get around your home as you age, it may be time to move to another house that is going to be more safe and convenient.

You can always renovate your home to be more accessible, but this too, comes at a great cost. Weigh your options – downsizing versus renovating and figure out what will work best for your situation.

Downsize Your Home: Do You Have A Plan For Moving Out?

Do you plan on renting a home for the next several years? Traveling the world? Buying a smaller home? Unless you have a plan for moving out, you probably shouldn’t downsize your home. Stay in your current house until you’ve figured out what you want to do next.

You should also have a plan about what to do with your extra stuff, once you move out. Chances are that you can sell a lot of it using websites like Craigslist, or a garage sale – but you may need to store quite a few things if you move to a much smaller home.

Using Winnipeg storage units can help when you downsize your home

Downsizing your home is not always the right move. But if it’s right for you, you can save a lot of time and money – and get a house that’s more adequate for your needs. And with temperature controlled, secure-access storage from StorageVille, you can store everything that you need from your old home during the transition of moving, or more permanently for years. Contact us today for your free storage unit quote!

The Ultimate Guide on how to Choose a Storage Unit - Winnipeg Storage Units - StorageVille

The Ultimate Guide on how to Choose a Storage Unit - Winnipeg Storage Units - StorageVilleChances are everyone will have a different reason for needing a storage unit at some point in their life. We’ve covered this in detail on our following blog posts; “How can self storage assist during life’s unexpected events?”, “Using a self storage unit can help make your business better”, and “Benefits of self storage during selling, moving, and renovating your home”. Sometimes having more space for a temporary period of time will help. Whatever the case may be, there may come a time when you need to choose a storage unit – and doing so can be quite intimidating. That’s why at StorageVille we have put together this guide on how to choose a storage unit. Take a look and then know you’ll pick the self storage unit that’s the best for your particular needs.

How to choose a storage unit: Get a storage unit tour at StorageVille

The first thing you should do is come to StorageVille for a tour. We warn you now – if shop around, you will notice we set the bar high. At StorageVille, we are the top provider of self-storage units in Winnipeg. Our trained staff can show you around our facility, and give you a top-to-bottom, inside and outside tour of what we have to offer.

We offer safe, clean, and accessible storage units in two convenient locations in Winnipeg. On your tour, you’ll be able to get inside information on everything that we have to offer.

How to choose a storage unit: We can probably help with the move-in

We offer a completely FREE 16 foot enclosed cube truck rental for up to 4 hours for new customers who are moving their things in. Additionally we offer another 50% discount when you move items out of our storage units!

How to choose a storage unit: Understand costs, billing, and more

Understand Costs, Billing and more - The Ultimate Guide on how to Choose a Storage Unit - Winnipeg Storage Units - StorageVilleIt’s a good idea to take the time to sit down and understand what you’re paying for exactly, when renting a storage unit. Make sure that you understand how much a storage unit costs per month, when payments are due, whether or not you can pre-pay. It’s important to know this information and other specifics – such as whether cash, checks, or cards are preferred – before signing for a storage unit.

How to choose a storage unit: Take a look at online reviews

Online reviews are a great way to get an understanding of the quality of a storage unit, and the professionalism and responsiveness of staff at the facility. StorageVille has fantastic online testimonials from past customers. We welcome our customers to learn more about our facility by visiting websites like Facebook, Google and other review websites.

How to choose a storage unit: Discuss operational basics

During your tour at StorageVille, you’ll want to make sure that you understand the basics about our facility, such as:

  • Hours of gate operation
  • What commercial packages/deliveries can be sent to our facility
  • How storage units are locked and secured, and alarmed, since each locker is monitored by AAA Alarms

If you have any other questions, you can always contact us later, and we’d be happy to discuss our services with you in further detail.

How to choose a storage unit: Consider your storage needs – and what size unit you’ll want

Clean Winnipeg Storage Units - The Ultimate Guide on how to Choose a Storage Unit - StorageVilleAs a rule, we always recommend choosing a storage unit that’s larger than you think you’ll need. This is because, as time goes on, you will tend to store more and more items in your unit.  Once you’re storage unit is full, it can be a hassle to move units and it’s typically cheaper to get a larger unit than it is to rent another unit.

A larger storage unit also helps you move around your items more effectively, which is ideal if you’re only storing your items for the short-term. Since your unit won’t be as full, it’s easier to get through and move large items, which makes things much more convenient for you.

This may sound like a sales pitch but there is nothing worse than loading a locker three quarters full and finding you need a larger unit. Now you have to move everything out you just put in – assuming you want it all in one locker.

We can help estimate your storage unit size

Not sure how much space you’ll need, or if you should get a larger storage unit? Our online Size Estimator is a great tool! Simply follow our guide to enter information about the boxes, furniture, and other items that will be stored, and you’ll get a personalized recommendation about what type of storage unit you should look into!

Along with our long form guide, if you’re looking for ballpark estimates for an ideal storage unit size – use our handy storage unit sizes comparison tool. If all else fails – just ask our friendly, knowledgeable staff – they will be glad to help you out!

How to choose a storage unit: Check out your options for temperature controlled storage units

Temperature controlled storage is often a great choice. Non-temperature controlled units can get extremely hot in the summer, and freezing cold in the winter. In turn, this can cause damage to items like:

  • Wood and metal furniture
  • Musical instruments
  • Electronics
  • Textiles
  • Music collections (vinyl, tapes, etc.)
  • Books and comic books
  • Artwork
  • Clothing
  • Important personal/business documents

As a rule, only the hardiest objects should be left in a non-temperature controlled storage unit. Ask yourself this – would you leave the item outside, or in your garage during the winter or summer? If not, you should probably store it in a temperature controlled storage unit.

How to choose a storage unit: Ask about security precautions and safety

the-ultimate-guide-on-how-to-choose-a-storage-unit-4Naturally, you want your belongings to be safe when you choose a storage unit. At StorageVille, we offer one of the best security programs in the business. We offer fully staffed security, as well as a fenced-in property, 24-hour cameras and video surveillance. Each customer will receive an personalized gate code, you choose so we know who is on the property and when. As well, all customers use our high security disc lock special locks to prevent unauthorized entry. The locks are new in the package, never used before and yours to keep when you leave.

So when you choose a storage facility, make sure you understand how your possessions are protected – and what you’ll need to do to access them.

Contact us today to get started with your storage unit in Winnipeg!

Sure, you could choose the other guys. But at StorageVille, we know that we offer the best service – at the best rates – in all of Winnipeg. So stop searching for the perfect self storage company. You’ve already found it.

Contact us now to learn more about availability and rates, and to schedule your tour today. We can’t wait to help you. And trust us, we will show you why we’re the #1 storage unit company in Winnipeg!

Classic car storage – spring tune-up tips after winter storage - Storage Winnipeg - StorageVille

Classic car storage – spring tune-up tips after winter storage - Storage Winnipeg - StorageVilleAt StorageVille, we offer classic car storage two ways and at two locations; indoor storage units or outdoor storage for many of our customers. With spring fast arriving, maybe you’ve just removed your car from the protection of one our storage units after taking advantage of our winter car promotion – what should happen next? After a long Winnipeg winter, it’s time to tune up your classic car, and go for a drive!

While you can’t perform maintenance on the StorageVille lot or inside of the storage unit, we compiled tips on how to get your car into great shape once you bring it out of storage. Our first suggestion is to take it to your garage or a service centre to perform the maintenance. Read on, and learn our top tips!

After classic car storage – check your car’s fluids

You’ll want to check and top up all of your car’s fluids, including:

  • Windshield wiper fluid
  • Coolant
  • Power steering fluid
  • Brake fluid
  • Engine oil

If any of your fluids are low, consider topping them up. And, if they are more than a year or two old, consider having fluid lines flushed and the fluid replaced to ensure proper vehicle operation.

After classic car storage – check under the hood and engine compartment

After you check the fluids, complete a comprehensive check under the hood and engine compartment. Make sure that nothing looks out of place. Check for oil spots or any other fluids that may be leaking throughout the engine compartment.

After classic car storage – check oil, filters, and battery

Your oil should be checked again, as should your oil filter. Usually, if you have kept your classic car in storage for more than several months, your oil and filter should both be changed before you start driving again.

Classic car storage – spring tune-up tips after winter storage - Storage Winnipeg - StorageVilleAlso, check the engine filter to see if it’s clean and check the cabin air filter. Finally, you should examine the battery and look for corrosion. If it’s an older-style lead-acid battery that is not sealed, you may need to add some water to the battery.

After classic car storage – check hoses, belts, and blades

You’ll want to examine the car’s hoses and belts. Check them for any signs of excessive wear and breakage. Especially in older cars, after an extended period of non-use, the rubber can deteriorate and become brittle. You may see small cracks or “runs” in the rubber. If you do, these belts need to be replaced.

In addition to the belts and hoses, you should check all fan blades to make sure they are clean, in good condition, and unobstructed.

After classic car storage – check the tires

After classic car storage, your tires will likely need to be inflated. Most gas stations have an air station, so you can pump the tires up yourself. Bring along a pressure gauge and check them to ensure they are inflated to the correct PSI.

If you don’t check and fill your tires, you could reduce your gas mileage or increase your risk of a tire blowout.

Also, you should complete a visual check of your tires for wear. If the tread seems worn out, or if you see cracks in the rubber, you will need to replace them.

After classic car storage – clean the interior and exterior

Classic car storage – spring tune-up tips after winter storage - Storage Winnipeg - StorageVilleNow you’re nearly ready to ride. Inspect the interior to get rid of any trash or debris that may have been left inside from the previous season. Then, wipe the interior surfaces with a high-quality interior cleaner, and wash any rubber mats that may be in the car. Then, lay on the interior polish to ensure your car shines. You can do this yourself, or take your car to a car wash for detailing.

Then, proceed with giving your car’s exterior a well-deserved bath. Scrub all parts of the vehicle to ensure any grime and dust is removed from the outside. Ensure you’re using high-quality materials when washing your classic car, so the paint doesn’t scratch. Finally, as your car dries in the warm spring air, polish the wheels and shine the tires – which will further give your classic car the “wow” factor, as you drive past people while you’re cruising.

Follow these tips – and enjoy your classic car this summer!

That’s it! Once you’ve completed this basic checklist, your classic car should be good to go! Enjoy the warm weather, and have fun with your classic car – summer is only here for a few short months.

Remember to contact us early for next season’s storage. Typically, bookings of our storage units for the purpose of storing classic cars can start as early as September. Our larger storage units, either 10×20 or 10×30 are in limited supply! As well, check back often or Like us on Facebook to learn about promotions we have in the fall.

When (and why) you should use temperature controlled storage units - Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Self Storage - StorageVille

Temperature controlled storage units for cold temperatures - Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Self Storage - StorageVilleIf you’re thinking about investing in a storage unit from StorageVille, you may be wondering if you should choose a temperature controlled storage unit, or a more traditional storage unit. Some items will be just fine to store in non-temperature controlled storage units.  Since a non-temperature controlled unit is usually less expensive, many people automatically choose a unit without temperature control.

What are the benefits of temperature controlled storage units?

Air conditioning in the summer; heating in the winter. If you choose to rent a temperature controlled storage unit, you will enjoy many benefits.

  • Protection from extreme temperatures

    This is important in areas where you get extremely hot summers and cold winters. In Winnipeg, for example, summer temperatures can skyrocket to 30+ degrees Celsius. In the winter, the weather brings windy, -20C weather.

  • Better air quality

    Since the temperature is controlled, within the self-contained building, the air quality is better as opposed to the non-temperature controlled units which is similar to storing in a garage with overhead door exposed to the outside.

    However, that’s not to say non-temperature controlled don’t have their place. Generally, anything you might have to store such as bikes, tires, BBQ’s or other garage or shed items are best suited for this type of storage unit.

  • Less exposure to dust and debris

    Filtration systems are available for temperature controlled units.  You don’t have to worry about your valuables being exposed to dust, dirt, and other debris.

  • Humidity control

    For valuable collections such as records, CDs, furniture, and other heirlooms such as photographs from the past, humidity control is critical. Variations in humidity can lead to cracking and damage to valuable items. While we don’t claim to control the humidity, controlling the temperature will help the humidex levels in the storage unit. Air conditioned storage buildings by their very nature do draw out significant amounts of humidity.

  • Better security

    Just like our non-temperature controlled units, the temperature controlled storage units are all alarmed and monitored and the entrance doors are passcode protected.

What items should I store in a temperature controlled storage unit?Temperature controlled storage units for household belongings - Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Self Storage - StorageVille

As a general rule, if it is coming from the interior of your home, its best if it is stored in a temperature controlled storage unit. This type of storage unit will offer better storage performance for all items. However, there are a few kinds of items that benefit particularly from being in a heat and humidity-controlled environment.

Here is what we recommend for you to store in a temperature controlled storage unit.

  • Valuable furniture

    Wood and leather furniture vulnerable to temperature and humidity fluctuations. Storing these items in non-temperature controlled storage units can lead to cracking, staining, and damage.

  • Heirlooms and special collections

    We highly recommend any collection with special value or heirlooms you may have should be stored in a temperature controlled storage unit.

  • Electronics and appliances

    Electronics like game consoles, televisions, computers, and stereo equipment can be damaged by condensation, high heat or freezing cold should be stored in a temperature controlled environment. The same is true of larger appliances like washers, dryers, refrigerators, and ovens/ranges, etc.

  • Musical instruments

    From brass to strings, woodwinds, or percussion instruments – every type of musical instrument benefits from temperature controlled storage. This reduces the risk of corrosion, wood splitting, or warping.

  • Books, comics, magazines

    Valuable book, comic, or magazine collections should be stored in a temperature controlled unit. This is particularly true for first editions or volumes with leather backing, as leather can split and be damaged by changes in moisture. All types of paper are also more likely to be attacked by mildew in a non-temperature controlled environment.

  • Valuable documents

    Storage units are great for older business with large volumes of paper documents or individuals with personal documents. These should be kept in a temperature controlled unit to ensure they remain intact and unaffected by mildew and warping.

  • Clothing

    Clothes made of wool, cotton and other natural fabrics can be attacked by mildew and damaged by fluctuating temperatures. Valuable clothing or clothing with sentimental value should be stored in a temperature controlled storage unit.

There are some items that you don’t necessarily need to store in a temperature controlled storage unit. But if you are planning to store any of your belongings for more than a few months, a temperature controlled storage unit will offer better results than any traditional, non-controlled storage option – no matter what you store or for what length of time.

In winter, you can visit your locker, sort through your belongings and retrieve items in the comfort of a heated environment. And in summer, air conditioned comfort.

At StorageVille we believe temperature controlled storage units are worth the investment

Despite the fact that they cost more than a non-controlled unit, temperature controlled storage units are worth paying a bit extra for, especially if you live in an area prone to temperature fluctuations.

Knowing your most valuable items are safe, secure and stored at an optimal temperature will give you peace of mind. Interested in temperature controlled storage units in Winnipeg? Visit either StorageVille location today to learn more about size options, availability, and pricing!

Top 10 Tips for Effective Self-Storage Unit Organization - self-storage unit organization - Self-Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Self-Storage Unit - StorageVille

If you’re a new StorageVille customer, congratulations! We’re glad you chose us to store your valued possessions, and that you’re enjoying your new storage unit. If you’ve never had a self storage unit before, you may have some questions – especially when it comes to organizing your stored items. Being experts of self storage units, we’ll give you some tips for self storage unit organization which are sure to help when you’re storing your belongings to be effectively as possible. Let’s get started.

1. Choose consistently-sized boxes to stack more effectively

Use the same size of box - self storage unit organization - Self Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Self Storage Unit - StorageVilleYou should choose just one or two types of boxes for maximum self storage unit organization. We typically recommend choosing a small or medium, durable corrugated cardboard box. Large boxes hold a lot of items – but they can be crushed at the bottom of stacks, if improperly packed.

If all of your boxes are the same size, you’ll have a much easier time stacking them, and using up all of the vertical storage space in your unit. Not sure where to find many boxes which are all sized the same? Visit our StorageVille locations – each store carries an inventory of useful moving supplies. Need document file boxes for your business or home office – we have those too!

Also, consider plastic or rubber totes, especially if you are storing items for long periods of time. When selecting a tote, look for one’s which are clear, as it will be easy to see what’s inside them.

2. Think about what you may need to access, and plan accordingly

Old family heirlooms or outdated electronics, for example, can be stored further away from the entrance of your storage unit. Things you may need to access in the future, like pieces of furniture or important documents, should be placed near the front. A little planning can go a long way, so you can avoid dismantling your entire storage unit to get the items you need.

Along with specific needs to access, also consider what you will be storing. We strongly recommend for anything coming directly from your temperature controlled home, to be placed into a temperature controlled self storage unit. Not doing so may be detrimental to your belongings, from damage caused by prolonged heat or cold.

3. Label, label, label!

We recommend labeling every side of a box and the top of the box, clearly marking the contents that are within the box. Consistent, legible labeling will help you stay organized and prevent issues of searching without any direction in the future. Labeling on every side of the box is useful in the situation where you have many boxes stacked.

4. Consider investing in shelving

Disassemble furniture Use the same size of box - self storage unit organization - Self Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Self Storage Unit - StorageVilleShelving lets you easily access your boxes without unstacking them. Due to this shelving can make your self storage unit organization much simpler. If you have an unused shelving unit, or can spare the budget for one, making use of it in your storage unit is a fantastic idea.

5. Disassemble furniture to save space

If you have older furniture that you’re not using any time soon, dismantle it to save pace. You can unscrew table legs and take apart IKEA and other flat-packed furniture. This tip could also give you quite a bit more room in your self storage unit.

6. Store items within other items!

Don’t take apart all of your furniture! Dressers, file cabinets, and even appliances with compartments like ovens or refrigerators, offer additional storage! Simply use the empty space within these items to store other similar possessions – like a Russian nesting doll. This will help you minimize wasted space.

7. Plan a good layout for your unit with a “path”

Your self storage unit will work best, if you define a “path” throughout your stored belongings. For example, you can put large and bulky items like furniture against the wall that is opposite to your boxes – this way you can access both of them, via a path going through the middle of your unit.

8. Create a “master contents” list

Make a self storage map and plan - self storage unit organization - Self Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Self Storage Unit - StorageVilleIf you’ve labeled all of your boxes, you’ve got a good head start on this step. We recommend creating a digital “master contents” list. While packing boxes and totes, note their contents, and write them down. Then, you can create a list that will tell you what items are stored in which tote or box – making it far easier to get an “at-a-glance” view of your self storage unit organization plan.

This may seem like a lot of work, but compared to the hours-long task of sorting through unmarked and unlabeled boxes, it’s a total breeze! And the usefulness of this tip grows exponentially if you rent more than one self storage unit at a time.

9. Make a storage “map”

Using your master storage list, you can also create a storage “map” which shows where each item or box is within your self storage unit. If you are stacking dozens of boxes on top of one another, your storage map could be a lifesaver. Using the map you’ll be able to quickly see where a particular box or item is.

10. Consider a second self storage unit

Typically, it’s not a good idea to completely fill your storage unit – at least, not if you ever want to be able to access its contents!

Because of this, we recommend renting a second self storage unit if your current unit is roughly three quarters full, or you’re having difficulty moving around within your storage unit, due to the sheer volume of items. Besides the self storage unit becoming more useful, there is also less of a chance you could knock something over – causing additional expense or injury.

Make the most of your self storage unit organization with our help!

Don’t be afraid to ask us questions! We have the friendliest, most-helpful team in the industry! And we hope these useful tips will give you some fresh ideas on how to take control of your self storage unit, and ensure you can always get to the stuff you need.

effects of clutter - declutter - Winnipeg Self-Storage - Self-Storage Winnipeg - StorageVille

As humans, we tend to surround ourselves with things that are dear to us. We place great value on the items that we like or those that we use regularly. However, we also tend to keep the things that we don’t need anymore causing clutter. Being early in the year, and often a difficult time for many individuals, we thought to cover some of the ways to dodge the winter blues using self-storage. The purpose of this article is to educate you on the benefits of decluttering and teach you how you can improve your life with self storage.

The effects of clutter and how it negatively affects you

Messy workspace due to clutter - effects of clutter - declutter - Winnipeg Self Storage - Self Storage Winnipeg - StorageVilleWhen you live in a cluttered space – be it at home or work – you are under constant exposure to stimuli that can affect how you function. Clutter doesn’t occupy only the physical space, but it can also take over your mind and negatively impact your cognitive functions.

Some quick facts on the impacts of clutter or decluttering (1)

  • 9 in 10 experts say decluttering helps increase the value of property
  • Decluttering can save 15-20% of your annual budget due to better decision-making
  • 32% of individuals admit to keeping a disorganized workspace
  • 28% of employers say they are less likely to promote someone with a disorganized workspace
  • Up to 4.3 hours per week can be spent searching for papers in an cluttered home office

A cluttered space can get in the way of what you wish to accomplish because it’s distracting and suffocating. It’s like being in a crowded museum – you can’t see the beauty of the artwork because of the additional visual noise surrounding you. Someone is wearing a colorful hat, a woman is walking too quickly, art students are loud, and everyone is trying to see that one painting featured in the latest art magazine. Now, imagine that same museum, this time empty with only you walking around. You can take all the beauty in, hear your thoughts, and get inspired. The same goes for your working or living space. If something is too crowded, it loses its essence.

The benefits of decluttering

It’s not only that clutter can have a negative effect on your mind, but it can also slow your life down. Having too many things around can lead to a paradox where the more options you have, the more difficult it is to make a decision. By only keeping essentials, you can think, decide, and act faster. This minimalist approach will allow you to focus your attention on the things you need rather than on the things that only take up space.

With that in mind, here are some the benefits decluttering could bring:

Clean desk after decluttering - effects of clutter - declutter - Winnipeg Self Storage - Self Storage Winnipeg - StorageVilleImproved focused

When there aren’t a million distractions, you can finally focus on the task at hand, boosting your productivity. Something as simple as removing the extra papers on your desk can have a significant impact on your ability to focus and process information.

Enhanced creativity

One common misconception is that creative types are also messy. But, studies show that a decluttered environment can improve the creative process. By contrast, a chaotic desk or studio that forces people to divide their attention between stimuli can lead to stress and creative blocks.

Your mood will improve

If you’re feeling particularly moody but can’t quite put your finger on the reason, then clutter may be at fault. That’s because the visual cacophony sends a subtle message to your brain that you don’t have your life together. Decluttering, on the other hand, can not only improve your mood, but your self-esteem too.

How self storage can help the declutter process

Now, it’s not mandatory to throw everything away. You can manage all the things you own with something very simple like self storage. That way, you can keep the objects you want to save – like old photos, your prom dress or gifts you’ve received from loved ones – but you get them out of your way.

Don’t assume that you need to declutter everything at once. Start slow; prioritize everything based on importance, and move at your own pace. If you set unattainable, unrealistic goals, then you will lose your motivation faster than you can say “clutter.”

Using self storage for the declutter process

Moving can cause clutter - effects of clutter - declutter - Winnipeg Self Storage - Self Storage Winnipeg - StorageVilleIt’s wise to think about what you are going to do with the things you sort. Should you skip this step, at the end of the declutter process, you will be left with a pile of stuff, wondering what to do with it. Potential options include:

  • If you choose to donate, look for charities that are close to your home.
  • If you plan to store them, find the best self storage solution before you start decluttering. Not interested in the research? Give StorageVille a call – we will show you our advantages covering accessible, convenient, clean and secure storage solutions.
  • We can also recommend charities to donate items, including our partnership and bins on location, with the Salvation Army Thrift Store.

Self storage can make the entire process easier because you are not giving up on anything. You are simply moving it elsewhere to make some room. You can still access everything – it just won’t suffocate you anymore. That can bring you some peace of mind if you’re feeling anxious about removing items from your home or office.

Recap on the self storage and clutter conversation

You may not realize it, but clutter can have a dramatic impact on your life. All these stimuli can make it hard to focus, increase your stress levels, and affect your ability to think straight. Take the time to declutter your life and get rid of the things that don’t bring you joy anymore. If letting go is too difficult, then self storage might just be the perfect solution for you.

At StorageVille, we are the experts in all aspects of self storage; and this includes decluttering. Reach out to us today with any questions you may have. We have moving boxes, moving supplies and cube van rentals all at your preferred Winnipeg self storage location. Our goal is to make the self storage process simple for you!


  1. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/02/17/effects-of-clutter_n_9255032.html