Our top five storage units and self-storage articles - Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Self Storage - StorageVille Winnipeg, Manitoba

At StorageVille, we believe in helping our customers – that is what we’re in the business of. Over the years, we’ve published many useful and fascinating articles about self-storage or storage unit uses. For this month, instead of creating a new article – we thought we’d look back at some of our most popular articles of the past. Below, you’ll find our top five most viewed articles about self-storage. Thank you for reading and we’ll be back next month with more new and great content!

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

As Winnipeggers ourselves, we love a great deal! However, while a low price seems favorable to the storage unit rentee – make sure you know what you’re paying for – and what might not be included. At StorageVille, we feel we have more to offer our customers than simply a great price (even though we have that too!) If you’re renting self-storage from anywhere, make sure you are aware of all things the fee may or may not cover – before you buy! If you are unsure, read through our article and learn about the different ways we structure our fees versus other self-storage providers.

Use Shelving, plastic bins or sheets - Our Tips to Protect Your Belongings in a Storage Unit - Winnipeg Storage Units - Temperature Controlled Storage Units - StorageVilleOur tips to protect your belongings in a storage unit

Did you know there are ways you can protect your belongings beyond the security of your self-storage facility? In this article, we cover the security side to storage units, but also take it a step further. Read on to learn about insurance for your stored belongings, why you might want to invest in a temperature-controlled storage unit, ways to pack your belongings to protect them from potential damage, and more!

Storage Unit benefits for executors and estate planning responsibilities - Executors Winnipeg - Executor Duties and Grant of Probate - Winnipeg Storage Units - StorageVilleStorage unit benefits for executors and estate planning responsibilities

As part of our team’s mandate – we are there for our customers in the good times and the bad. If you’re an executor of a will or have inherited estate planning responsibilities, did you know that you can use self-storage to your advantage during these difficult times? While we aren’t legal advisors – nor are we dispensing any legal advice and in all situations we recommend you talk to the proper authorities – it can sometimes be nice just to read what others in similar situations have gone through. No matter the situation, you can depend on our friendly team to greet you with a smile, each time you come through the door!

Storage unit benefits during a divorce - Winnipeg Storage Units - StorageVilleStorage unit benefits during a divorce or separation

Similarly to the above article, if you’ve encountered a divorce or separation situation in your life, it can be nice knowing you have someone to help. Our self-storage options are perfect for short or long term leases and our plans are pay-as-you-go month-to-month. We even can help with added benefits like cube van rentals and other moving accessories. A storage unit can be the perfect neutral site to sort through your divorce or separation and allows you to draw a clean line, giving you the opportunity for a new start.

Why is it called self-storage and what does it mean? - Winnipeg Self-Storage - Storage Units Winnipeg - StorageVilleWhy is it called self-storage and what does it mean?

We’ve mentioned it over and over – in past articles and as well, in this summary of our top 5 self-storage articles… but what the heck is self-storage? Why is it called self-storage? We’ll take you through the definition, benefits, how a storage unit can help with your belongings, the different types of self-storage available, and how you might go about selecting the right storage unit type and size for your self-storage needs. If you have questions about storage – read this article first – and then give us a call!

We hope you’ve found this recap interesting – and if we’ve helped you, even better! If you’re looking for a storage unit for self-storage purposes, we encourage you to call us, request a quote, contact us to book an appointment to visit and receive the assistance you need. Our friendly teams are available and ready to help you at both our prominent Winnipeg locations – 123 Reenders Drive and 830 Waverley Street!

Self-storage for trades workers in Winnipeg - Winnipeg Secure Storage - Self-Storage Winnipeg - Storage Units Winnipeg - StorageVille

- Winnipeg Secure Storage - Self-Storage Winnipeg - Storage Units Winnipeg - StorageVilleIf you’re part of the many trades workers in Winnipeg and you need a storage unit for your small business, StorageVille is here to help you. We’re the best choice for self-storage for trades in Winnipeg! Our storage units are the perfect place if you need a place to store equipment, supplies and tools between jobs or after a seasonal project. Our friendly customer service team will ensure you’re looked after no matter the length of your unit rental. We’re happy to help! Get more details about our services below.

What are the benefits of self-storage for trades workers?

Why should you keep your equipment, supplies and more in a self-storage unit? Here are a few of the key reasons.

Keep valuable equipment safe and secure

Lockable, secure storage units with 24/7 surveillance and monitoring provide you with the best possible security, especially compared to storing gear in trucks, garages, and other similar unsecured locations.

Self-storage for trades workers in Winnipeg - Winnipeg Secure Storage - Self-Storage Winnipeg - Storage Units Winnipeg - StorageVilleStore items between jobs, during the off-season and more

You’ll have all the space you need to store tools, equipment and supplies when you’re not using them. This is particularly beneficial if you have a very small office, or you do not have an office and work out of your home. Depending on your chosen trade you might only use some of your tools seasonally. We’re a great option to drop off things that aren’t needed at every jobsite.

Keep your tools close at hand

Renting a storage unit in an area of Winnipeg where you often work allows you to retrieve tools and supplies more quickly and improves your ability to offer fast service to your customers. We have two centralized locations to serve you no matter where you reside.

Protect your equipment from weather and temperature swings

With temperature-controlled storage, you can keep electronics and sensitive tools/equipment in an environment with a steady temperature and humidity level, preventing damage and corrosion.

Drive-up self-storage to unload or reload

Self-storage for trades workers in Winnipeg - Winnipeg Secure Storage - Self-Storage Winnipeg - Storage Units Winnipeg - StorageVilleIf you don’t need a temperature-controlled storage unit, one of the most noticeable benefits to our non-temperature controlled self-storage is the ability to drive up right outside of your storage unit. This makes unloading or reloading to get to a jobsite quickly, even easier.

In most situations, it’ll might make sense to rent one storage unit, either temperature-controlled or non-temperature-controlled – depending on the sensitivity of the items you’re storing. However, in some situations making use of two storage units – one temperature-controlled, for sensitive items; and another non-temperature-controlled unit for easy access – will make the perfect solution! Take a tour and see our storage unit options online! In any situation, our expert and friendly self-storage advisement team will be able to guide you and help you find the right solution for you needs.

Why choose StorageVille?

If you’re an electrician, plumber, HVAC technician or any other trade worker in need of Winnipeg self-storage, StorageVille is here to help. Here are just a few reasons you should choose us for your Winnipeg small business storage needs.

Convenient locations

We have two locations. Our southwest Winnipeg location is at 830 Waverly St., and we have a northwest location at 123 Reenders drive. Choose the location that’s right for you – or rent two units to ensure you have quick access to your tools and equipment no matter where you are in the city.

Short-term and long-term rentals available

Whether you need a unit for a month or a year, we’ve got you covered with a wide variety of reasonably priced rental contracts that can be any length or month-to-month. Choose the option that’s right for you.

Wide variety of sizes

From small, 5×5 temperature-controlled units to huge 10×30 storage units, you’ll be able to choose the size that works for you – and upgrade at any time if you need more storage!

Self-storage for trades workers in Winnipeg - Winnipeg Secure Storage - Self-Storage Winnipeg - Storage Units Winnipeg - StorageVilleDrive-up units for heavy equipment

You can drive up to our outdoor, non-temperature-controlled self-storage units in Winnipeg. This makes it easy to deposit heavy equipment and tools.

Unparalleled security

When it comes to Winnipeg small business storage for trades workers, you can trust us to take care of your valuable equipment. Our facility is fully staffed, with identification required to enter. With 24/7 security monitoring, swappable locks, and an alarm system approved by the Underwriters Laboratories of Canada, you can trust us to secure your stuff.

To learn more about the benefits of small business storage for trades workers at StorageVille, get in touch with our team today.

Request a quote for self-storage today and explore your options

At StorageVille, we make it easy for you to get the storage solutions you need in Winnipeg. If you’d like to get started, just request a quote for a storage unit.

Have more questions? Feel free to contact us online, or by phone. Our Reenders Drive location can be reached at 204.272.4687, or you can call our Waverly Street location at 204.272.4533. We look forward to hearing from you and answering any questions you may have about self-storage for trades workers in Winnipeg from StorageVille.

Self-storage for sales representatives or pharmaceutical representatives - Secure Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Self-Storage - Storage Units Winnipeg - StorageVille

Self-storage for sales representatives or pharmaceutical representatives - Secure Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Self-Storage - Storage Units Winnipeg - StorageVilleAre you a sales representative or pharmaceutical representative in Winnipeg? Are you in need of storage space for your business? StorageVille is here to help! We offer the best small business storage for sales and pharmaceutical representatives. Learn more about our self-storage solutions below and see why you should pick StorageVille for your storage needs in Winnipeg.

The benefits of self-storage for sales representatives and pharmaceutical representative

Are you wondering why you should rent a self-storage unit from StorageVille? Here are just a few of the benefits that sales and pharmaceutical reps can enjoy if they choose our self-storage services.

Self-storage for sales representatives or pharmaceutical representatives - Secure Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Self-Storage - Storage Units Winnipeg - StorageVilleSecure self-storage with video surveillance

Our fully secured, gated location has -staff throughout the day and 24/7 video surveillance, and each of our storage units is equipped with a high-security, custom disc lock to ensure that your items are completely safe and secure. And every locker is alarmed and monitored by Bell MTS.

Ample storage space for small business

We offer a huge variety of storage units to meet the needs of all business owners. If you’re in sales or you’re a pharmaceutical representative, you can get a unit as small as just 5×5 feet, all the way up to our largest, 10×30 foot units. Whether you just need to store a few documents and samples, or you need to store a large number of business-related items, we’re here to help.

Avoid storing items at home

Storing your items at home isn’t always an ideal solution, particularly if you’re running low on storage space, or you have an unfinished or poorly ventilated attic or basement. With a self-storage unit from StorageVille, you can store all your stuff outside of your home. Along with potential damage to the product, certain pharmaceuticals may be targets of theft or may present a hazard having them at home.

Self-storage for sales representatives or pharmaceutical representatives - Secure Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Self-Storage - Storage Units Winnipeg - StorageVilleNo need for additional office space

Declutter your office and avoid moving to a larger office due to the need for additional storage. You can move all your backup samples, point of sale material and other business-related items to StorageVille, and ensure your office is neat, tidy and organized.

Temperature-controlled storage available

Our temperature-controlled units are kept at a consistent temperature both in the summer and in the winter. Whether you’re storing documents, electronics, pharmaceutical samples or any other temperature and humidity-sensitive items, we can keep your items safe and secure. The heated and air-conditioned lockers make retrieving and loading your locker easier due the controlled environment.

Accessing a non-temperature controlled self-storage unit during winter months in Winnipeg can be chilling (literally). Not the most pleasant place to be – we highly recommend our indoor, temperature-controlled storage for business purposes!

Non-temperature-controlled units are drive-up accessible

There’s one noticeable advantage to our non-temperature-controlled units, which is the fact that you can drive up to access them. If your product or items requiring storage can weather the conditions outside, our non-temperature-controlled storage option is ideal for easy of access to your unit.

For all these reasons – and quite a few more – we’re the best choice for self-storage for sales representatives and pharmaceutical representatives.

Our value-add services keep your business running smoothly!

We don’t just offer self-storage solutions in Winnipeg – we can also provide additional services for your small business.

Self-storage for sales representatives or pharmaceutical representatives - Secure Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Self-Storage - Storage Units Winnipeg - StorageVilleReceiving pallets/deliveries on your behalf

We can receive deliveries of all sizes on your behalf and store them to ensure they are properly managed. If you’d prefer not to have items sent to your home or office, sending them to StorageVille is a great option.

Mailing service/courier assistance

If you have something to ship out, drop it off in our office, call your courier company and we will see that it gets sent out. You won’t need to spend time sitting around waiting for the courier to arrive – either at your office or home.

24/7 storage unit access

Need to get to your unit at any time of day or night? No problem. Just let us know, and we’ll ensure that we make the proper arrangements to provide you with 24/7 access to your secure storage unit. However, this service is for our sales reps and business owners exclusively.

Contact StorageVille and get the storage services you need today!

If you’re a sales or pharmaceutical rep in Winnipeg and you need additional space to store documents, samples and work-related items, StorageVille is the right choice for you. Contact us now online or call our locations – Waverley: 204.272.4533 or Reender: 204.272.4687 – and get the storage solutions you need in Winnipeg.

Self-storage for busy professionals, doctors, and lawyers - Winnipeg Secure Storage - Self-Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Storage Units - StorageVille

Are you a doctor or a lawyer or other practice-based business? Do you need a storage unit for your small business? At StorageVille, we’re here to help. We offer the best self-storage solutions for lawyers, doctors, and other busy professionals in Winnipeg. We invite you to learn more about what we do and see why you should choose us for your self-storage needs.

Protection of your business’ records and data

Self-storage for busy professionals, doctors, and lawyers - Winnipeg Secure Storage - Self-Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Storage Units - StorageVilleAt StorageVille, we take security seriously. We offer:

24/7, 365 video surveillance

Cameras are located throughout the facility providing records of activity and a deterrent.

Individually alarmed, monitored storage units

We offer storage units that are alarmed and will alert us in case of any intrusion or unauthorized entry

High-security disc locks

We use the highest-quality, secure disc locks, designed specifically for the storage industry

Keep seven years of records and files after retiring

Self-storage for busy professionals, doctors, and lawyers - Winnipeg Secure Storage - Self-Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Storage Units - StorageVilleWhether your practice has wound down, gone out of business because you’ve chosen to retire, or you are just running out of office space, you are required by law to keep your records and files for up to 7. years after you retire. This includes tax documentation, client records, patient records and more.

At StorageVille, we offer reasonable monthly pricing for a storage unit. You can keep your records out of your home and reduce clutter. With our self-storage you can ensure that they are kept in a temperature-controlled, secure, safe environment. As well, we make it easy for you to access your storage unit whenever you may need them. There are no long-term contracts, our arrangement with customers is month to month.

Accessible and convenient self-storage is our game

You can access your storage unit at StorageVille during our gate access operation hours which is 6:00 am to 11:00 pm every day. Our hours are designed to provide you with the most possible flexibility, while maintaining a greater control over the security. While other self-storage providers give 24/7 access, we ask ourselves why someone would need such access at 4am?

As well, continuing with our access flexibility – we can offer special access arrangements upon request. Let us know and we’ll be happy to help you.

Temperature-controlled storage units

You can trust that your records, papers and documents will remain in great shape, too. Our temperature-controlled storage units are designed to maintain a steady temperature that helps reduce fluctuations in humidity level to support proper document archival. Our temperature-controlled self-storage will ensure that your items are not damaged by heat, cold, or moisture fluctuations.

Self-storage for busy professionals, doctors, and lawyers - Winnipeg Secure Storage - Self-Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Storage Units - StorageVilleFlexible payment and storage unit rental options

We offer a wide variety of ways for doctors, professionals and lawyers to pay for their storage units. We can invoice you for the monthly payment of your rental storage fees, set up auto-debit to automatically withdraw payment from your bank account, or even bill your credit card for your monthly payments – whichever method you prefer.

In addition, we do not require any kind of long-term contract, and there are no fees for cancelling your self-storage unit rental. We simply require you to give us 21 days’ notice, then remove your items. And again, the lease is month to month. It’s just that easy – so there is no commitment. Give us a try, and we’re sure you’ll love our self-storage services.

Get the self-storage you need as a busy doctor, professional or lawyer in Winnipeg

If you’re a doctor, professional or lawyer in Winnipeg, StorageVille is the best place for secure off-site document storage, or for storing furniture, equipment, or anything else that you don’t have space for in your home or office. Renting self-storage from us will help you reduce clutter and let you focus on what’s important to your growing or mature practice – your clients or patients!

Interested in learning more? Don’t wait any longer. Contact us online with any questions or give us a call at one of our two convenient locations across Winnipeg – 204.272.4687 (123 Reenders Drive location) or 204.272.4533 (830 Waverley Street location).

Why is it called self-storage and what does it mean? - Winnipeg Self-Storage - Storage Units Winnipeg - StorageVille

Why is it called self-storage and what does it mean? - Winnipeg Self-Storage - Storage Units Winnipeg - StorageVilleIf you’ve used a storage facility before, whether temporarily, or for a long-term rental, you may have heard the term “self-storage”. Initially, it might not make sense – after all, you’re not storing your stuff in your own unit – but you’re renting it from a company. But, with good reason, it’s called self-storage – and we’ll explain why and other details you might want to know about self-storage. Let’s get started!

Self-storage is short for “self-service storage”

Self-storage is just a shorter way of saying “self-service storage.” This means that, rather than having a company pick up your stuff and store it at their facilities, you pay for the ability to rent a storage unit.

Then, you move your own stuff to the unit. Because you’re responsible for taking care of this step, this method of storage is known as “self-service storage,” hence the shortened term “self-storage.”

Why is it called self-storage and what does it mean? - Winnipeg Self-Storage - Storage Units Winnipeg - StorageVilleHow do my belongings reach the self-storage unit?

As indicated “self-storage” is self-service storage. It’s your responsibility to haul your belongings to and from the storage unit facility. If you need assistance or equipment to transport your items, it’s on you to plan for this.

Of course, we try to make the transfer of your belongings easier for you. At both our Winnipeg locations we sell moving supplies and have tools for moving available to rent. As well, we have a fleet of cube vans available for rent. In fact, ask us how you could save money on the fee for renting a cube van – or possibly rent one for free!

Different types of self-storage are available

There are different types of self-storage available at StorageVille and similar self-service storage companies. Most commonly, you’ll find services like:

Why is it called self-storage and what does it mean? - Winnipeg Self-Storage - Storage Units Winnipeg - StorageVillePersonal storage

If you have too much stuff, are downsizing your home, or just want to keep some of your stuff safe somewhere other than your residence, personal storage may be right for you.

Business storage

Businesses often need to store things like office furniture, documents, and unused equipment for long periods of time, and a self-storage unit for business storage is ideal for this purpose.

Outdoor storage

Outdoor storage is often used for things like boats and RVs, particularly for those who may not have space to store their outdoor vehicles or gear during the “off-season.”

Selecting the storage unit size for your needs

Depending on your particular needs, any of these types of self-storage may be right for you. At StorageVille, we have a variety of storage unit sizes, including:

  • 5×5
  • 5×10
  • 5×15
  • 10×10
  • 10×15
  • 10×20
  • 10×30

Our friendly team of caring individuals can assist you in determining the perfect size of a storage unit for your belongings. As well, we have a virtual tour of each of our StorageVille locations, a virtual tour of each storage unit size, and a storage unit size estimation tool.

Comparing temperature-controlled versus Non-temperature-controlled storage

When choosing self-storage, it’s important to consider the difference between temperature-controlled and non-temperature controlled storage.

When should you use temperature-controlled self-storage?

Typically, temperature-controlled storage is a better option for your valuables and personal/business goods. The humidity and temperature of your unit will be fully regulated throughout every season, keeping your items in the best possible shape and preventing issues that can be caused by things like condensation, excess moisture, high temperatures, and so on. Temperature-controlled storage units are usually located inside a larger building, as this makes it easier to maintain the proper temperature for your items.

When can you get by with non-temperature-controlled self-storage?

Non-temperature-controlled storage units are not heated or cooled and are subject to larger temperature variations. They’re better for things like outdoor furniture, sporting equipment, non-power tools and other things that are not a risk of being damaged by large temperature swings. These types of storage units are often free-standing, and function more like a garage – with a large door and a “drive-up” design.

Need self-storage in Winnipeg? Contact StorageVille now!

At StorageVille, we have a wide variety of different storage units for business, personal and outdoor use, as well as temperature-controlled and non-temperature-controlled storage units. Learn more and start renting a storage unit now – contact us online to get started.

Storage unit benefits during a divorce - Winnipeg Storage Units - StorageVille

Storage unit benefits during a divorce - Winnipeg Storage Units - StorageVilleOver the last year, approximately 38 percent of all marriages in Canada ended in divorce. A more in-depth study conducted by the Canadian government concluded that the median duration of marriages at the time of divorce was around 11 years. That equates to 11 years’ worth of clothes, books, movies, knick-knacks, couches, tables, chairs, televisions, appliances, and more. So, what happens to all that stuff during a divorce? Renting a storage unit benefits you during a divorce.

Going through a divorce can be an incredibly challenging life event but managing and storing your possessions should not be. Renting a storage unit can be an excellent option for a person that is going through a divorce. Storage units can give them a place for their possessions in between. It can make an overwhelming situation infinitely more manageable. Here’s why:

Storage units during a divorce allow you to draw a clean line

Renting a storage space can help you draw a clear line between your possessions and your ex-spouse’s possessions. There will be some things that are indisputably yours and can be immediately moved to your storage unit.

If you are dividing any belongings, a personal storage unit can also provide a place to prevent confusion. It can give you a space that is neutral to gather all your items.

Storage unit rentals increase safety and sense of security

The end of a relationship will undoubtedly be difficult, in many ways. If you are worried that your possessions may be at risk of being stolen, vandalized, sold, or misplaced, then having a secured location is critical. A rental storage unit can provide that, and in turn, give you the peace of mind that your possessions are safe.

Let’s you start anew with a storage unit during divorce

Storage unit benefits during a divorce - Winnipeg Storage Units - StorageVilleMaterial possessions can be a reflection of past times and memories. If you are going through a divorce, it is likely that you are turning over a new leaf and entering a new chapter in your life. You want to be moving forward, not backward.

Keeping your possessions in a storage unit can help you look toward the future. It will help you visualize what you have, and how it can fit into your next space. It will prevent you from going back to the space that you and your spouse shared.

A rental storage unit can provide a fresh springboard for the next chapter of your life, instead of forcing you to keep returning to the last chapter.

What storage unit options are best to help with your divorce?

There are so many ways that you can customize your rental storage unit experience. You have all the power and autonomy to make this decision for the next chapter of your life. Of course, we understand that everyone’s situation is different, and because of that, we have a wide array of options so we can provide the best service on an individual basis.

Size of the storage unit

First, you get to choose what size you’ll need. StorageVille offers a range of sizes, starting at 5×5 and 5×10, and going all the way up to 10×30. No matter the amount of stuff you need to store, for any length, short or long-term – we’ll have the solution.

Multiple convenient locations

There are also multiple locations across Winnipeg so you can find which is nearest to you. It’s easy to access your belongings from anywhere in Winnipeg. Our gate access hours are 6:00 am to 11:00 pm – and special arrangements if you require further access outside of these hours.

Temperature-controlled storage units

The StorageVille facility is temperature-controlled, so you won’t have to worry about anything being damaged. It is clean, secure, and comfortable to access, making it a prime option.

Secure storage units, only accessed by you

As previously stated in this article, divorce can be messy. You may want to move some of the most valued possessions from your shared property while things are processed. We have 24-hours surveillance video cameras, fully fenced perimeter, and personal passcodes for each storage unit. Every locker is individually alarmed and centrally monitored with a uniformed guard response.

Storage unit benefits during a divorce - Winnipeg Storage Units - StorageVilleFriendly team

Our team is dedicated to the utmost customer service. We’re a group of compassionate, caring humans. Looking beyond storage unit rentals is how we view and operate our business. We’re in the business of helping you get through all of life’s changes, as easy and stress-free as possible.

Start your next chapter after divorce with a storage unit

A rental storage unit can give you the chance to start fresh and take your possessions safely into the next chapter of your life. If you need a storage unit in short order for any length of tenancy, visit our website and book online through our Request a Quote form or call us at your preferred location – 204.272.4687 for 123 Reenders Drive in North and East Winnipeg or 204.272.4533 for 830 Waverley Street for South and West Winnipeg.

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Storage unit benefits for seasonal storage needs - Seasonal Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Storage Units - Storage Unit Winnipeg - StorageVilleWe know why you’re here. You’ve decided to rent a storage unit from StorageVille, and as you were looking through what we offer a question popped up: “should I get a temperature-controlled storage unit?” The answer may seem obvious, however, there is many temperature-controlled storage unit benefits for seasonal storage.

So, how do I choose a basic storage unit versus temperature-controlled storage?

Basic storage units are suitable enough for most storage needs you may have. However, in some circumstances if you’re looking for a place to store certain items with more value temperature control can be a huge asset. If these items are also sensitive to the climate, then a temperature-controlled unit is mandatory.

Here are some benefits of temperature-controlled storage units for your seasonal storage needs, to help you understand if they’re the right choice for you. The bottom line is your belongings will be protected from any sort of seasonal climate for the entirety of their time stored.

Seasonal storage: will your items need protection from the elements?

Storage unit benefits for seasonal storage needs - Seasonal Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Storage Units - Storage Unit Winnipeg - StorageVilleWood furniture, antiques, musical instruments, or fine art generally need storage in a place where the temperature is constant. Shifts in heat or cold may damage these items to the point where they cannot be fixed. And if these items are also valuable, that’s a big problem.

Temperature-controlled units for seasonal storage

Temperature-controlled storage units always keep a consistent temperature. With the temperature remaining consistent and steady, the climate within the storage unit is less volatile despite what is happening outside. Essentially, if the item is stored in your home, which has the temperature regulated, it should be stored in a temperature-controlled storage unit.

Here are some examples of items that should be stored in these units:

  • Cosmetics;
  • Toiletries;
  • Collectibles (art, antiques, etc.);
  • Leather, wood, fabrics;
  • Clothing;
  • Books;
  • Documents;
  • Candles;
  • Medications;
  • Musical instruments;
  • Paperwork

Non-temperature-controlled units for seasonal storage

Non-temperature-controlled storage units have their purpose too. If you’re belongings can weather the change in temperature and climate, but just needs shielding from the sun, these units will suffice. Storing in non-temperature-controlled units is similar to storing in a garage with an overhead door facing outwards.

Here are some examples of items that should be stored in these units:

  • Vintage cars, classic cars, exotic cars
  • Motorcycles or boats
  • Some garden equipment and supplies
  • Bikes, golf clubs, canoes, kayaks, and other outdoor activity equipment

Storage unit benefits for seasonal storage needs - Seasonal Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Storage Units - Storage Unit Winnipeg - StorageVilleSeasonal storage: storage units protect items against dust

Temperature-controlled storage units have better ventilation than non-temperature-controlled units. This helps so less dust settles inside the unit, and there is less chance of it getting into your stored belongings.

These units are also located in insulated buildings. Besides the benefit for your belongings the climate is also more comfortable while you’re on-site with your belongings.

Seasonal storage: storage units are designed for long-term storage

Honestly, if you only need to store some valuable items for a few weeks, traditional storage units are perfectly adequate (depending on the item). But temperature-controlled storage units are designed for long-term storage. It does cost slightly more, but it gives you some peace of mind that you could potentially leave your valuables for years in a secure area and take them out in perfect condition when you need to.

Seasonal storage: storage units provides protection against humidity

Storage unit benefits for seasonal storage needs - Seasonal Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Storage Units - Storage Unit Winnipeg - StorageVilleTemperature’s one thing, but it’s the humidity that can often ruin certain objects. StorageVille temperature-controlled storage units offer humidity control features for extra protection. We remove excess moisture from the air to keep everything inside in pristine condition.

Humidity is especially dangerous for antique furniture, often causing it to crack or finishes to bubble. With humidity control, the air inside the unit is kept the optimal temperature and humidity, so there’s no possibility of mold or mildew growth, and no risk of your items (like wood furniture) becoming dried out and brittle.

Seasonal storage: storage units have great air quality

Air quality is typically not something you consider in a storage unit but you should. Temperature-controlled storage units have better air quality than traditional ones, because of the air circulating continuously to make sure it’s always fresh and clean. Thanks to this, you don’t have to air out the unit manually to prevent your items from catching unpleasant smells or having that stale smell everyone knows.

Ready to choose a temperature-controlled storage unit for your season storage?

Temperature-controlled storage units offer many great benefits versus traditional, non-temperature-controlled storage units. If the items you plan on storing are valuable, sentimentally or financially, then it’s worth renting a temperature-controlled storage unit.

Contact StorageVille today or visit us at one of our two convenient locations – 123 Reenders Drive and 830 Waverley Street. We would be happy to show you the difference in temperature-controlled and non-temperature-controlled storage units in-person to help you make the best choice to meet your seasonal storage needs.

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Storage Unit benefits for executors and estate planning responsibilities - Executors Winnipeg - Executor Duties and Grant of Probate - Winnipeg Storage Units - StorageVilleBecoming the executor of an estate can be incredibly challenging and stressful, especially if you’re unable to stay organized. Executors have the crucial and often time-consuming task of gathering up the assets of the estate, paying off a deceased individual’s debts, and dividing whatever is left amongst the deceased’s beneficiaries. Estate planning responsibilities can be cumbersome and take many weeks to complete, even with proper organization of one’s estate. Without organization, the timeline can grow to several months, or even years.

On top of the administrative duties, executing a deceased individual’s will can be emotionally draining too. As an executor you may encounter long-standing family feuds, bitter emotions, lawyers, and creditors – the entire process can quickly become a nightmare. To make things even less pleasant, once a person begins executing a will, then they are legally obligated to complete the job. Only an official court order can relieve an individual of this duty. In some cases, outside circumstances can pressure a person to continue with the job and see it through to completion.

Although being an executor is hardly a walk-in-the-park, there are a few things you can do to make the process go a bit more smoothly.

Tips for executors: pay off the debts and taxes before you pay the beneficiaries

Do your research into the deceased’s estate and pay off debts, fees, and taxes before distributing the remainder to the beneficiaries. This is a time when emotions can run high, and people in the deceased’s family may pressure you to pay them first. Distributing the money first is a huge mistake. If you pay off the beneficiaries first, then any holders of the deceased’s liabilities may come after you to cover the debts or taxes.

Storage Unit benefits for executors and estate planning responsibilities - Executors Winnipeg - Executor Duties and Grant of Probate - Winnipeg Storage Units - StorageVilleMake sure you get a clearance certificate from the CRA that officially states that all taxes, interest, and penalties were paid out of the estate. Enlist the help of an accountant to handle this part of the executorship for you. If you don’t have official proof that the estate paid all taxes owed, you could be held responsible for them in the future. So, no matter how much the beneficiaries are pressuring you for money, hold off on paying them until you clear all liabilities first.

Tips for executors: don’t change the will

To protect yourself, it’s critical that you carry out the will exactly how it was written. However, be aware some of the beneficiaries may not feel that the will as stated is fair. This will heighten the pressure of the situation. It can be difficult for an executor to keep an objective view of things and not give into a beneficiary’s demands and change things. Sometimes, as an executor may feel the will is unfair or inconvenient as written. However, you will only complicate and prolong the process if you don’t carry out the will’s demands.

Tips for executors: work from certified true copies of the will

First, make sure you know the whereabouts of the original will. If our executor duties come into question, you’ll need to be able to produce the original document for officials and legal purposes. Secondly, to protect the original will, work from certified true copies of the will. While there will be an expense to having certified copies created, as a legal official will need to notarize the documents, keeping the original will document in safe-keeping as you work through the various task of executing an estate, reduces the wear and tear on the document. It may be needed should things become disagreeable among the beneficiaries.

Tips for executors: Grant of Probate is worth it – the time and money

The Grant of Probate is the legal process of confirming a will is valid. As part of the probate procedure, the named executor(s) will be authorized onto the document, and thus, be able to make decisions about the estate. In Manitoba, the Court of Queen’s Bench is the governing body where Grant of Probate occurs. Probate will cost $70.00 for the first $10,000.00 in assets. Estates with values larger than $10,000.00 will incur an additional fee of $7.00 per $1,000.00 or 0.7% of the estate value. In most situations, the probate process will be complete anytime from 6 weeks to several months. However, having a Grant of Probate will give you the validation should questions arise from hires.

Also, it should be noted – the Grant of Probate, the process, and laws surrounding probate will change from province to province. As well, in certain cases or smaller estates, probate may not be necessary. For any decisions you make regarding legalities, always consult a lawyer to guide you through the legal system and it’s intricacies.

Storage Unit benefits for executors and estate planning responsibilities - Executors Winnipeg - Executor Duties and Grant of Probate - Winnipeg Storage Units - StorageVilleTips for executors: be organized and diligent

When you become the executor of a will, you will get bombarded with paperwork and other items related to the deceased’s estate. Not only is it critical that you keep accurate records, but it’s also vitally important that you keep items and papers related to the deceased’s estate and will separate from your own or those of your family members. Your decisions or actions regarding the execution of the will may be called into question in the future. You’ll need quick access to the proper documentation to sort things out and protect your interests.

Tips for executors: liability falls on responsibility of the executor

No matter what you do as an executor, you’re liable for your mistakes, errors, or negligence. During the entire executor process, document everything with precision and diligence. Any discussions, phone calls, emails, written documents – summarize and date. Should something go sideways, it’s your livelihood at stake and your character comes into question. If you feel you won’t be able to perform the duties required of an executor, talk to the individual planning to name you in this role, before they are deceased. Should you be named and aren’t comfortable with taking on the responsibility – there are still options to you. Look to hire someone who can complete the executor proceedings on your behalf.

Tips for executors: storage unit rentals for peace-of-mind

Investing in a storage unit is the ideal way to keep things organized and in one, convenient place. With a storage unit, you’ll know precisely where everything related to the estate is located. Making use of organizational tools within your storage unit will minimize your liabilities until your executor duties have been fulfilled.

If you’re working through an estate as an executor, reach out to us for assistance with storage unit solutions. At StorageVille, we’re here to solve the needs of executors in the Winnipeg area. We offer two convenient Winnipeg locations – call 204.272.4687 for Reenders Drive or call 204.272.4533 for 830 Waverley Street. Besides our suitable locations, we offer online quotes – and it’s as easy has filling out our Request a Storage Unit form. Get in touch today to see how our storage units can make your executor duties easier.

Helpful links for executors

As per our business mantra, we truly believe in helping our customers in anyway we can. We’re “Where you need us most, when you need us most.” While this article on executors and executor duties when finalizing an estate only scratches the surface, we implore you to read further resources and seek professional help should you feel overwhelmed or don’t understand the process at any time.

To extend our helpfulness, please see the two additional, useful resources we’ve reviewed and highlighted below on the subject of “estate executors’ duties”:

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Storage unit benefits when funeral planning for a loved one - Winnipeg Storage Units - Storage Unit Winnipeg - StorageVille

When a loved one is lost, the last thing on the mind of any grieving family member or friend is what to do with the belongings of the deceased. Funeral planning is never easy, but it’s something which we’ll all have to go through. When planning a funeral, you’ve got no choice but to learn along the way. Planning necessities such as pricing, who will take care of which major and minor details (the eulogy, flowers) – are all part of the process. However, as you work through the details, you’ll likely discover a storage unit benefits the situation. The storage unit could be rented short or long-term. Depending on the reading of the will and what possessions the deceased had, there’s an influx of personal belongings which will no longer have a home.

Funeral planning – plan in advance

As dreary as it may seem, when it comes to funeral planning, it’s a good idea to have a plan. Many people today make it a point to find out what is involved from start to finish. This includes the cost. As well, your loved one may have specific requests as to how they are handled after departing. Having a plan will allow all parties to be on the same page.

Rule number #1 – have a will

It’s hard to plan the funeral of a lost loved one with a clear mind. However, with a plan prepared, can allow you to avoid having to make any big decisions when your loved ones might not be mentally prepared to do so.

Storage unit benefits when funeral planning for a loved one - Winnipeg Storage Units - Storage Unit Winnipeg - StorageVilleThe will is a legal document which allows the testator (the individual writing the will) to give instructions as to how their estate should be divided among heirs. Your estate can address large assets (ie: home, vehicles, etc.) but can also dictate what happens to smaller items which could hold sentimental value, such as photographs, jewelry, etc. When creating your will be sure to follow your provincial law which governs wills. We advise when writing a will to consult with a knowledgeable lawyer or estate planner.

Not having a legal will result in intestate. This means your estate will be settled based on the laws in your specific province. There will be an often lengthy (and sometimes expensive) probate process. This is the legal process all assets will take in order to transfer the deceased person’s belongings to the rightful heirs. The probate process can tie up assets and funds for many weeks, sometimes even several months. It is best to avoid this by having a legal will.

Planning for the cost of a funeral

The average cost for a funeral today in Winnipeg ranges between $5,000 and $8,000. That alone can seem overwhelming, but if your loved one has a plan set in place, the figures can be less daunting for you and your family members.

Life insurance can play an important role in estate planning, and it is advisable to seek the guidance of a Certified Financial Planner. And remember the proceeds of life insurance are tax-free. To find a Certified Financial Planner visit the FP Canada website: https://www.fpcanada.ca/findaplanner.

Don’t leave those left behind to pick up the pieces and to figure out how to deal with one’s passing. Even if you are not the Executor or Executrix and you are pitching in, the unravelling of an estate is tricky business, especially without a will.

Funeral planning – compare pricing

If your loved one didn’t have a specific plan or package in place, don’t be afraid to do a little shopping around. It’s not unheard of for funeral homes to take advantage of grievers when it comes to price. Obviously, you don’t want that to happen to you. The same rules apply to caterers and flowers.

Funeral homes may provide pre-paid packages or discounts for pre-payment. It’s common for them to hold the price at the rate as to when you committed to it. This will provide you with peace of mind that a huge chunk of the planning has already been taken care of when loved ones are going through a very difficult time.

For more information about funeral services or directors of services, visit the following links:

The important role of a storage unit during funeral planning

If you’ve set the ball rolling on the planning of a funeral, know how important it is to include a storage unit in the plan. People collect a lot over the course of a life, whether it be valuable or not. Chances are, your loved one had many possessions. You’ll cherish precious mementos which have been left behind, but unfortunately, you probably won’t have room for most of their belongings. Remember, the Executor or Executrix has ultimate control over the estate, so any decisions to manage the belongings of a loved one are his or hers alone.

If you have a storage unit in place, you’ll benefit from having somewhere to store the items safely. The items can remain until they can be properly reviewed, distributed to other family members or friends, donated, or sold. The storage unit is beneficial to not clutter your space and giving you all the time needed to grieve properly. Also, if you received any inheritance, the storage unit will give you a place to store things from your home you may not need anymore.

Making the move as easy as we can for you

Storage unit benefits when funeral planning for a loved one - Winnipeg Storage Units - Storage Unit Winnipeg - StorageVilleWe want to make the funeral planning process as easy as possible. Sometimes it means renting a storage unit. But, how will you physically move their belongings? Our standard for any move-in to our storage units – we offer a free cube van rental. The cube van is available for move-ins for up to four hours. As well, our facility has two convenient locations in Winnipeg. Our location at 830 Waverley Street204.272.4533 – services south and west Winnipeg. The location we have for north and east Winnipeg – 204.272.4687 is located at 123 Reenders Drive. Each location is staffed with a compassionate team which can answer any of your questions about our storage units.

Remember what’s important in life – memories

The single most important thing that a person can leave behind is memories. While new ones are created, the old is passed from generation to generation. It’s okay if you’re not quite ready to let it all go. Memories are often tied to physical objects, and a storage unit will make that preservation possible.

If you need immediate assistance with renting a storage unit – contact us today or request a quote. You’ll be able to know the storage units we offer are clean, accessible, convenient, and secure. Our storage unit service staff are caring and compassionate. We will help you get what you need, during your time of need.

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Storage unit benefits for those requiring assisted living situations - Senior Homes - Elderly Homes - Personal Care Homes - Winnipeg Storage Units - Storage Units Winnipeg - StorageVilleAs your loved ones get older, health may start to deteriorate, and they won’t be able to move around like when they were younger. Assisted living situations can make life easier, but there’s likely to be some downsizing involved. Instead of throwing stuff away or donating it, you could store it in a storage unit. That way, you can hold onto important treasures and protect your keepsakes. A storage unit benefits you with a place to keep your belongings until you are ready to deal with them.

Assisted living situations – what to expect?

Storage unit benefits for those requiring assisted living situations - Senior Homes - Elderly Homes - Personal Care Homes - Winnipeg Storage Units - Storage Units Winnipeg - StorageVilleThe decision to go into assisted living is never an easy one to make but consider these helpful tips to make the conversation and transition that much smoother for both you and your family.

Consider a budget

You might assume that more expensive means safer and happier. However, develop a budget that fits your needs. Discuss the options as well as the source of income.

Research

Make a list of facilities that provide services in five main areas – bathing, dressing, meal preparation, transportation, and medication management. After you are satisfied with these, any extra perks such as pets or a pool can also be considered.

Concerns

The senior in your life is understandably going to have some concerns about moving into assisted living situations. The loss of independence can be terrifying, so it’s important to acknowledge their fears and address them accordingly.

Planning the move into assisted living situation and downsizing

Storage unit benefits for those requiring assisted living situations - Senior Homes - Elderly Homes - Personal Care Homes - Winnipeg Storage Units - Storage Units Winnipeg - StorageVilleThe new space will be limited so it’s essential to go through possessions with your loved one to see what to keep, donate, or throw away. Save items that help foster your senior’s sense of self-worth. Review Marie Kondo’s series on Netflix “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo“. If Netflix isn’t your thing pick-up her book on the same subject titled “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up“.

From the keep pile, you’ll have to further divide the belongings into what can be taken with them to their new assisted living situation. Some facilities may have rules, so check about things like larger furniture or substantial wardrobes. For those items that can’t be taken to the living assistance facility, but you can’t bear to part with, transport to your storage unit.

Take a tour of our storage unit facility for peace of mind

We fully understand how difficult of a situation downsizing one’s home can be. Your loved one may despise the thought of placing their belongings, heirlooms collected throughout the course of their life, into a storage unit facility. We want you to be able to reduce this barrier at all costs. When you book a tour at our facility, know that anyone is welcome to join. Your loved one can come and visit the place where their belongings will be. This will help when it comes time to part ways their items during the selection and move process. Each of our location’s offices is handicap accessible, along with much of the storage facility grounds.

Making the move as easy as we can for you

Storage unit benefits for those requiring assisted living situations - Senior Homes - Elderly Homes - Personal Care Homes - Winnipeg Storage Units - Storage Units Winnipeg - StorageVilleWe want to make the process of moving your loved one into an assisted living situation as easy as possible. The standard for any move-in to our storage units – we offer a free cube van rental for up to four hours. As well, our facility has two prime locations in Winnipeg. Our location at 830 Waverley Street204.272.4533 – services south and west Winnipeg. The location we have for north and east Winnipeg – 204.272.4687 is located at 123 Reenders Drive. Each location is staffed with an all-star team which can answer any of your questions about our storage units.

Additional storage unit benefits for assisted living situations

Storage unit benefits for those requiring assisted living situations - Senior Homes - Elderly Homes - Personal Care Homes - Winnipeg Storage Units - Storage Units Winnipeg - StorageVilleConsidering storage units for assisted living situations can make the entire process much easier. What would you do in the case of an emergency, with a senior requiring immediate assisted living care? You can place all their belongings in storage. Leveraging the storage unit will allow you to return to sort through the belongings with a clear mind, later.

When seeking out a storage unit, ask about our temperature-controlled storage units. Having this feature will allow sensitive items, such as antiques, will have reduced wear and tear. The temperature within the building is controlled. It’s similar to the way you would control your home with a thermostat.

We’re here to help you through life’s transitions

StorageVille is here to help you through difficult situations which life may present. We will gladly help you store all personal belongings for as long as you need. Our storage unit facility is always well-lit and secure with many industry-standard protocols. If your loved one is moving on and into an assisted living situation, both you and them will sleep more soundly knowing your possessions are safe in a storage unit. Please feel free to Request a Quote online or Contact Us through our website with any questions you may have.