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What are the benefits of using storage units for moving or selling your home?

Storage unit benefits for moving and selling your home - Moving Homes - Home Sellers Winnipeg - Moving Boxes Winnipeg - Winnipeg Storage Units - StorageVilleThe results are in – data shows that clutter can have a serious impact on your ability to think clearly and feel calm and content. There are many storage unit benefits and using a storage unit to cut down on clutter is just one of them. If you’re moving or selling your home, using a storage unit can make the process a less daunting. For future movers and sellers, here’s the storage unit benefits below which you may not have considered yet.

When moving or selling your home, storage units eliminate clutter

Storage unit benefits for moving and selling your home - Moving Homes - Home Sellers Winnipeg - Moving Boxes Winnipeg - Winnipeg Storage Units - StorageVilleStaging a home is critical to help it sell faster and for the price you want. It’s not always enough to have the right paint colors or floor coverings in your home to make it look ideal for the staging process. Eliminating clutter can also help prospective buyers visualize themselves in the house and what it would be like for their family to live there.

Real estate professionals will tell you to prepare for “staging” the home by removing personal photos, artwork, and other items that can clutter up your space and may seem far too personal for the staging process and home viewers. But maybe you don’t want to go full “Marie Kondo” on your personal effects just yet, so where can you put all your items without sacrificing your sanity?

Simplify selling your home with a short-term storage unit rental

A huge storage unit benefit is that you can store your personal items in the unit while you stage your home and wait for the property to sell. This allows you to keep all your valuable things in one, convenient location. You’ll know where everything is, and it’s already neatly packed away for when you’re ready to move into your new home. Renting an affordable cube van to move your items to your new home can also make the home buying and selling process less stressful and overwhelming. Don’t forget, we offer cube van rentals on site – You may qualify for a free rental during your move-in and 50% off during your move-out.

During moving and selling get a storage unit for seasonal clutter

A lot of homeowners use seasonal decorations to brighten up their homes, and these decorations can take up a lot of space in closets, attics, and basements. Getting a storage unit allows you to clear even more clutter from the home when your decorations need to be put away until next season. Storing decorations also makes it easier for you to get settled into your new home faster since you won’t be working around the items when they aren’t needed.

Storage unit benefits for moving and selling your home - Moving Homes - Home Sellers Winnipeg - Moving Boxes Winnipeg - Winnipeg Storage Units - StorageVilleStore packed and low-use items when selling your home

When you’re getting ready to sell your home, it’s a pain to try and work around boxes of packed items, or belongings that are low use. Placing these items in a storage unit prevents you from having to move around the packed items when you’re scheduled for a showing. Packing low-use items ahead of time and placing them in a convenient storage unit will also make the moving, selling, and buying process a little easier.

Useful links for selling your home

Not sure how to start the process of selling your home? We’ve compiled a short list of links to assist and get you started in the right direction. Here’s a list of real estate-related resources for Winnipeg and area:

If you’re selling your home and want to use a home staging company, check out these popular companies in Winnipeg:

(Note: StorageVille doesn’t have any relationship with the companies listed above, nor does StorageVille receive any compensation)

We’re here to make moving and selling your home simpler

At Storageville, we offer a selection of different storage unit sizes and complementary services that are geared toward making the home buying, moving, and selling process less stressful for our customers. We offer convenient cube vans, and cube van rentals for your big moving day, too. Also, finding the right amount of packing and moving supplies can be difficult and cut into your moving budget. At Storageville, we offer our customers access to a range of packing and moving supplies. Contact Storageville today to learn more about our services.

Storage Unit benefits for Realtors and Purple Brick sellers - Purple Brick Sellers Winnipeg - Realtors and Purple Brick Sellers - Winnipeg Storage Units - StorageVille

Storage Unit benefits for Realtors and Purple Brick sellers - Purple Brick Sellers Winnipeg - Realtors and Purple Brick Sellers - Winnipeg Storage Units - StorageVilleRealtors and Purple Brick sellers alike know that selling a house is stressful. Not only do you have to find a new house that checks all the boxes on your list, you also have the stress of keeping your home in a pristine, staged and “ready for viewing” state. Why not remove some of the stress? Whether you are working with a realtor or selling your house on your own with a company like Purple Bricks, a storage unit will help you out.

Today, we’ll look at how renting a storage unit is a unique way for Realtors to service clients before, during, and after a seller lists their home. Alternatively, if you’re selling your own home using Purple Bricks, renting a storage unit can make it easier.

What’s Purple Bricks?

Before we get started – you may be wondering what Purple Bricks is? Purple Bricks is a real estate brokerage providing fixed-fee real estate services to customers in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, and Manitoba.

Storage unit benefits for Realtors

Realtors are tasked with providing several services for their clients. Often, unique services are the difference between having a constant stream of clients or not having them at all. Added benefits, like a storage unit, can help build trust with ideal clients and reveal a realtor’s attention to detail.

A marketing tool to earn more clients

Realtors tend to fall into similar marketing slumps, showcasing all the same marketing techniques that aim to differentiate them from one another. Unfortunately, most realtors offer the same services which make it harder to compete.

One way a realtor can set themselves apart from other real estate agents is by renting a storage unit to accommodate sellers. Not only will this look like an attractive offer to a potential client, but it will free the home up of items that might deter buyers. This includes personal effects, clutter, or outdated items that can make the home appear unkempt or older.

A storage unit will help sell homes

Realtors sometimes walk into a seller’s home and think, “how am I going to work with this?” the interior items might be dingy or old and may not reflect the property’s potential. A realtor can help their seller by offering to stage their home so it will sell faster and get better offers.

Once the seller’s personal items are placed in a storage unit, the realtor can stage it with their own beautiful furniture (that can also be kept at the storage unit) to make the property look more attractive to brokers and buyers. This will help with taking beautiful property photos and videos of the home, which will read well online and in person. A realtor can build a better listing with a staged home and get more traction as a result.

A storage unit will help sellers after the ink dries

Once the home sells, the items that have been stored are already packed and ready to be moved to their new location. This is a compelling service for clients as they will be working around the clock to move out of their old home and into their next one.

The seller won’t have the extra packing to do when it really matters, and it may even help them keep the home tidy through the selling process. Once the home is emptied of the staged items, the seller will be left with fewer things to move and clean. This is a win for everyone.

Bonuses of having a storage unit as a realtor

While we have focused on how a storage unit is beneficial for potential clients, what is even better, is the freedom it gives the real estate professional. They will be able to collect home staging items without having to sacrifice their own garages or extra bedrooms. They will have a built-in place to store their business documents and real estate goods like signs, banners, and posts. And finally, a storage unit sends a clear message to brokers and potential clients that this agent takes quality care of their clients.

Storage unit benefits for sellers using Purple Bricks

Storage Unit benefits for Realtors and Purple Brick sellers - Purple Brick Sellers Winnipeg - Realtors and Purple Brick Sellers - Winnipeg Storage Units - StorageVilleMany of the same benefits of having a storage unit apply to realtors and individuals using Purple Bricks. As the homeowner you can use the unit as a place to store items that may not help to sell your home but are important to you. It also helps reduce the packing workload when you do sell the house and are preparing to move. Many storage unit rental facilities offer a cube van rental to their tenants, and you may be able to use the rental to help with your move when the time comes.

Better offers and less stress with a storage unit

Go the extra mile and get set up with a storage unit. This is a service a real estate professional can start marketing immediately and goes a long way with attracting the right clients. You’ll likely receive better offers for your home, if it isn’t cluttered. As a homeowner you can start using your storage unit to promote the quick sale of your home but may end up keeping it for years to come.

StorageVille provides temperature-controlled storage unit rental facilities, cube van rentals, and packing and moving supplies. You may also be interested in our “ways to reduce stress when moving” article. Contact us today to discuss your needs and arrange the next step for selling your home.

What you need to know about StorageVille cube van rentals - Free Cube Van Rentals - Moving Supplies - Packing Supplies - Storage Units - StorageVille

What you need to know about StorageVille cube van rentals - Free Cube Van Rentals - Moving Supplies - Packing Supplies - Storage Units - StorageVilleWhen you need to move, space, time, and money are of the essence. Renting a cube van can make the entire process much easier and less stressful for you and your loved ones. At StorageVille, we’re happy to provide our customers with cube vans rentals. Our cube van rentals are equipped with roll-up rear doors to make it super easy and convenient for loading and unloading your things.

Our storage unit customers benefit from a free cube van rental for up to 4 hours during your move-in. If you’re moving out of your storage unit, we offer a 50% discount on our cube van rentals. However, if you simply want to rent a cube van – we do that too! Why else should you consider using a cube van for your next move?

Cube van rentals – best use of space

They offer movers the best use of space. Cube vans don’t have sloped sides, so it’s easy to stack boxes and other items along the sides of the van without sacrificing space at the top. Cargo vans don’t give you the ability to stack and pack your items tightly on the sides, and in higher spaces of the cargo hold. If you must move a lot of smaller items and boxes, or larger pieces of furniture, a cube van can easily meet both needs.

Cube van rentals – protection during transportation

When using a cube van rental, your belongings will have protection during transportation. Even if the forecast calls for sun, the weather in Winnipeg can change in a moment’s notice. Don’t get caught with your belongings in the back of a truck should it rain. As well, sun exposure isn’t great for some household items. No matter the season – winter, spring, summer, or fall, protect your items when you move.

Cube van rentals – save time and avoid the hassle

What you need to know about StorageVille cube van rentals - Free Cube Van Rentals - Moving Supplies - Packing Supplies - Storage Units - StorageVilleYou’ll potentially save time and avoid hassle when you use a cube van. Since you can pack more items and furniture into a cube van, you won’t risk having to make multiple trips back and forth for your stuff. You can also potentially fit everything into one cube van, for one trip, reducing your chances of having to use more than one van for the move.

Besides the benefit of larger loads, should you be renting a storage unit during this transition in your life, you’ll only need to make one stop on moving day. We reduce the hassle and save you time, by renting our cube vans on-site. We push this convenience further, by offering online cube van reservations on our website. Simply supply some short details about yourself, the location you’re renting from, the date for rental, time period, and length of use – and a friendly StorageVille staff member will confirm your rental, shortly after booking.

Finally, in addition to having your storage unit and cube van rental from the same location, we stock moving supplies on-site. Our inventory includes moving boxes in a variety of shapes and sizes. We also carry packing supplies such as packing tape, wrapping paper, and bubble wrap. And finally, we have other tools for moving like appliance and utility dollies, and moving carts.

What makes StorageVille cube van rentals the ideal choice for moving in Winnipeg?

Free cube van rentals for move-ins to our storage units

What you need to know about StorageVille cube van rentals - Free Cube Van Rentals - Moving Supplies - Packing Supplies - Storage Units - StorageVilleAt StorageVille, we offer our valued customers a chance to get their convenient and roomy cube van for FREE. All you are responsible for is selecting the insurance plan and refilling the gas you use. The cube van rental comes with MPI coverage at the standard amount for the deductible. We also offer optional lower deductible amounts for any renter who wish to pay for this option. For any move-in to our storage unit facility, at a minimum, all storage sizes of StorageVille storage unit rentals can be used for free for up to two hours. In addition, some specific storage unit sizes are eligible for free rent for up to four hours.

50% discount for move-outs from our storage units

Should you be finished with your storage unit and require a method to transport your belongings to a new location, we offer discounts. For any move-outs from our storage unit facility, we provide a 50% discount on the cost of your cube van rental from us.

However, if you just need a cube van rental without a storage unit, we’re glad to accommodate your needs for your move. Renting from us is a breeze with our quick and convenient online rental form – book directly from our website. Alternatively, you can call us at 204.272.4687 for service at 123 Reenders Drive.  Or, if you prefer, call 204.272.4533 for service at 830 Waverley Street. We’ll be happy to answer any of your questions.

The cube van rental process

To give you a sense of the process for renting a cube van from us, here’s a quick outline of the steps involved.

Booking the cube van

  1. Book your cube van rental on our website. Let us know your details, location to rent from, date, time and length of use.

What you need to know about StorageVille cube van rentals - Free Cube Van Rentals - Moving Supplies - Packing Supplies - Storage Units - StorageVillePicking up the cube van

  1. On the day of your booking, visit your preferred location. A StorageVille staff member will be on-site to process the necessary paperwork. Our staff will cover the additional rules and how the cost of the cube van rental is calculated, based on mileage.
  2. Please bring your valid driver’s license (we will need to make a copy of it). We carry basic, comprehensive insurance options, so additional insurance isn’t necessary.
  3. We also require a deposit to be left with us on a valid credit card. The deposit transaction is a precaution and will not go through should our cube van be returned to us.
  4. After the paperwork is complete, you and our staff member will go outside, completing a quick walkaround of the cube van’s current state, including any existing damage. We also take a reading of the amount of gas.

Returning the cube van

  1. The cube van is now yours to use for the length of time indicated.
  2. Before you return the cube van, you’re responsible for topping up the gas to the level indicated during the initial inspection. Failure to do so will result in additional fees.
  3. Then, simply park the cube van on our lot and step inside the StorageVille office to drop off the keys. A staff member will quickly process your paperwork and accept any final payments required based on usage.

In summary, StorageVille is your best option for cube van rentals in Winnipeg. We combine convenience, accessibility, and flexibility through our online booking process, two locations, and pricing structure with storage unit rentals. For service contact us today. We look forward to helping you make your next move a success!

Tips for holiday storage unit use after the holiday season - Winnipeg Self-Storage - Temperature Controlled Storage Unit Winnipeg - StorageVille

When the holidays wrap up, we must start thinking about how to wrap up our Christmas and seasonal items. We suggest using self-storage units to help you store these seasonal items. Storage units offered by StorageVille will help you maintain a clutter-free home and keep your decorations in a temperature-controlled safe environment. Here are some of our best holiday storage unit tips to prevent damage to your favorite Christmas decorations so they are around for years to come.

Holiday storage unit used for your decorations

Ornament storage

Tips for holiday storage unit use after the holiday season - Winnipeg Self-Storage - Temperature Controlled Storage Unit Winnipeg - StorageVilleIf you have the original packaging for your ornaments, this tends to be the best way for keeping them safe and damage-free. If the original packaging is long gone, you can simply tissue wrap the items and place them into plastic containers for safekeeping. Post holidays, you are sure to find some bin specific containers for ornament storage.

Bag storage for artificial trees

We find that bag storage for trees works better than the original box they came in. Using a storage bag for your tree allows you more freedom to either stand it up or lay it down depending on the dimensions of your storage unit. Also, remember, you can’t bring your real tree into our storage units. And, it won’t last from year-to-year.

Light Storage

We both know that your lights are never getting back in those original packages, it was hard enough to get them out. The best way to store lights is making use of cardboard. You can wrap your lights around cardboard and place them into plastic bins or even use gift wrap paper rolls that you plan to trash.

Labelling boxes and containers

Tips for holiday storage unit use after the holiday season - Winnipeg Self-Storage - Temperature Controlled Storage Unit Winnipeg - StorageVilleWhen you rent a storage unit you want to make it easy on yourself to find your belongings quickly. Labeling the outside of your containers – or using clear plastic bins – can help you stay organized.

Rack or shelving for your holiday storage

One of the biggest complaints we hear about is how holiday decor can take over storage space. To keep your holidays related stuff from over-running your storage unit, set up a holiday storage-specific shelving. Then, keep it in one place of your unit with all holiday items placed there.

Hang up what you fold

We know it’s easy to fold up that tree skirt or curtains you break out for the holidays and throw them into a box. Use hangers to store folded items and cover them with plastic bags to protect them from elements. They will be ready to hang immediately, no ironing needed, and save you time next year when decorating. If you are unable to locate a hanging rack – we can help. StorageVille carries a variety of moving and packing products including a wardrobe box with a hanger bar that allows hangers to be placed.

Holiday storage unit use – make it your resolution!

Ready to organize your holiday decorations with Storageville? Give us a call so you can start to free up much-needed space in your home. We offer temperature controlled storage units to keep your holiday investments safe and free from damage. For northeast Winnipeg – 123 Reenders Drive or call 204.272.4687 and for southwest Winnipeg – 830 Waverley Street or call 204.272.4533. Alternatively, request a quote online through our website!

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!

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!

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.

Self-storage Unit Insurance Winnipeg - Self-Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Self-Storage

If you’ve just recently rented a self storage unit, or are planning to rent one, you may have some questions. Particularly when it comes to insurance policies for your stored items. That’s why StorageVille has put together this quick article to answer the fundamental questions most people have about self storage unit insurance.

What are self storage unit providers responsible for?

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Self storage companies are responsible for the safety, maintenance and security of the building and individual storage units. However, they are not liable for the loss of contents with a self storage unit.

Think of your self storage unit similar to renting an apartment. The landlord looks after the building insurance. The tenant applies values to his or her belongings to make sure they are covered in the event of a loss. And this is because everyone’s insurance needs are different. The same approach for insurance applies to self storage units.

StorageVille is a modern, secure self storage facility

At StorageVille, we offer various forms of security within our facilities. First of all, it starts with perimeter chain-link fencing.This allows people outside of the fence to see in and allows tenants the ability to be seen. In addition, our electronic gates are secured by personal pass codes.

Moving inside the facilities, we have cameras monitoring individual’s who come and go throughout the day and night. At night our high intensity lighting brightens the facility grounds. This removes shadows and dark spots. Each self storage unit employs sophisticated fire monitoring and temperature detection devices. All self storage units are individually alarmed and monitored by an accredited third party ULC monitoring station.

Do I need self-storage insurance?

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This depends on why you’re renting a storage unit. If you’re moving, and just need a place to keep some furniture and other items for 30 to 90 days, your belongings may or may not be covered by your homeowner’s insurance or renter’s insurance. Check with your broker and your home or renter’s policy information to make sure that this is the case. Whether you plan on using a self storage unit short or long term, insurance is a good thing.

Also, some self storage unit facilities will not let you rent a unit from them without self storage unit insurance. They may offer an insurance policy of their own, or require you to provide proof of insurance from a third-party private insurer. However, buyers beware – make sure you understand the policy and what it covers to avoid any disappointment should an incident occur.

However, StorageVille still recommend self storage unit insurance to all tenants

Only you can determine your needs for insurance. Often off-the-shelf, one-size-fits-all insurance offered by storage companies may not be what you need. Unfortunately, self storage facilities do not need to be licensed to sell insurance. The good news is, your insurance broker or agent is an expert in this field. They are licensed by the province and regulated by the Superintendent of Insurance for each province. Working with your insurance broker will provide you piece of mind while storing your belongings – short or long term.

So, whether you’ve already have a self-storage unit at StorageVille, or you’re interested in renting a new a self storage unit in the future, make sure you’re protected from loss and liability with a self storage unit insurance policy. And as always, if you have any questions about self storage, reach out to your preferred StorageVille location today!

Self-storage for life's unexpected events - Self-Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Self-Storage - StorageVille

At StorageVille, we make it our mission to be there for you – when you need storage – for any situation life might throw your way. To wrap up our three-part series of “Augment your life events with self storage” we will take a deeper look at “how self storage can assist during life’s unexpected events“.

Before we get started – in case you missed the first two parts of our series, please find them at the links below:

• Part one: “Benefits of self storage during selling, moving, and renovating
• Part two: “Using a self storage unit can help make your business better

And now, without further ado, we will dive into this month’s topic.

We will start by defining what type of events could fall into the category of “unexpected“. We will examine themes around career, marriage, end of life and beginning of life. While some of the events can be planned for – they often bring a massive change in one’s life – and these changes can sometimes be unexpected.

Relocation for work

Self storage for relocation for work - Self Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Self Storage - StorageVilleWhen your career calls for it – relocation for your job can mean benefits financially, and often is associated with a promotion within the company. However, to this point, you have put down roots in your community and have many material possessions. You want to ensure stability at your new posting, before hauling all your belongings – especially the items you rarely use. As well, the relocation position could also be a temporary move for focused around career growth, with a plan to return to Winnipeg after the job is done.

While selling some can help in this regard – many of your most valued things have substantial sentimental value. What should you do with them?

Turn to self storage for temporary storage solutions

While you’re setting up shop within the city you’ve been transplanted to, store your stuff with us. As you are familiarizing yourself with your new environment, your new position at work – we will keep your belongings safe and secure.

Along with knowing your belongings are safe and secure, having them in storage affords you additional options. You will be able to sell your home faster and for a better price without the clutter. If you’re planning to return, perhaps renting your home an option you might consider. No matter your living situation, apartment or house, using self storage will give you some time during the transition.

Loss of employment

Many individuals feel that a job loss is one of the worst things that can happen to them. But, should this happen to you, take a different angle on it. Look at it as an opportunity and focus on your success at whatever you do next.

How could having a self storage unit in this situation help?

If you’re on the hunt for a job, you may end up looking outside of Winnipeg, to other opportunities. Again, the relocation aspect of proceeding in this manner could come up.

The other way a self-storage unit can help should you decide to use this opportunity to start that business you’ve always dreamed of. To become your own boss and your new focus on entrepreneurship will require some space. To get your start-up off the ground, you might want to use your home as your headquarters. Trust us; you will need space. Utilize the convenience of self storage to clear a space for your home office today. Learn more about how self storage can make your business better from our previous article.

Divorce or separation with your partner

Self storage for divorce or separation - Self Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Self Storage - StorageVilleDivorce and separation is another stressful situation, affecting all members of your family. Whether you and your partner are separating on mutual terms or if your divorce requires intervention from lawyers – self storage can help.

Likely, either you or your spouse will need to leave the primary family home. Often, this results in some nights at a family member’s place, hotel or by renting an apartment. Space in any of these situations will be tight. You still want access to your belongings while the situation is sorted out.

How self storage can make your divorce easier?

Self storage can be a perfect solution for this – your belongings will be safe and secure. Along with that, they will also be accessible, as our gate access is 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM. Finally, our two Winnipeg locations are second to none regarding convenience.

As well, we make it easy to move their belongings to our storage facilities. Ask us about our free cube van – included with any self storage rental.

Death of a family member

When a family member passes, it can truly be an unexpected event. During this time there will be many decisions required if you are the next of kin or the executor of their will. Along with planning of a funeral, there will be added stress to sort through one’s life’s worth of possessions.

Buy yourself time with self storage

We recommend approaching a loved one’s belongings after the funeral has taken place. Using self storage will have given you time to grieve. It will have also reduced the number of decisions required to make. You’ll only have to make one decision with their stuff – put it into a storage unit until you can sort it out.

After the funeral, you can visit our self storage unit facilities as frequently as you need to. Work through the process of sorting out their things. Take the opportunity to do this after the funeral will give you clarity for the decisions to be made on what to keep and what to give away.

Having children or starting a family

Self storage for family planning - Self Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Self Storage - StorageVilleWhile this typically isn’t an unexpected life event, starting a family will change your life in unexpected ways. If you need extra space for your first born’s nursery – our self storage solutions are there for you. If your three bedroom home is bursting at the seams and a third child is on the way – our self storage units have your back.

Specific self storage uses for your growing family

Using our self storage units during the transition of adding your family member will allow you to enjoy the experience, as you won’t stress about space. Soak this in and store your stuff in our secure and safe facility.

If this is your first born and you’re setting up a nursery in your home, store your extra furniture with us. Should you already be a seasoned pro, but need the additional space for your new arrival, use our storage lockers to tuck away future hand-me-downs.

Finally, take advantage of our temperature controlled self storage units and stash those keepsakes away for years to come.

Empty nest and downsizing

Self-storage for empty nesting and college or university students - Self-Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Self-Storage - StorageVilleTo the opposite of welcoming your additions, at your point in life, you might be looking at an emptier nest. Maybe your child is enrolled in a post-secondary institute. They would need a place to store their dorm essentials during the summer months. Don’t clutter your home – our self storage units are the perfect solution for their needs.

Could this be the perfect time to make changes to your living arrangements – either by selling or renovating your home? Be sure to visit our article on “benefits of self storage during selling, moving, and renovating“.

StorageVille helps you through life with self storage units for Winnipeg

No matter what life has in store for you; whether you are selling, moving or renovating your home, starting a small business, or proceeding through one of the many transitions listed in this article – we know you have stuff. At StorageVille, we can give you peace of mind and our self storage solutions are perfect for many applications.

Start reducing your stress and freeing up space within your surroundings – call us today. Choose the location that best suits your needs; for 123 Reenders Drive call, 204.272.4687 or 830 Waverley Street call, 204.272.4533. Each of our two Winnipeg self storage facilities is staffed with friendly, informative self storage experts – ready to answer any questions you have.