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.

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

Reduce clutter around your home office or business

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

Keep important documents archived

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

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

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

Clutter can be a distraction and hinder productivity

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

Is your business growing, but running out of space?

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

Business self storage for inventory or merchandise

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

Product availability is a competitive edge

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

Accept deliveries, packages and other mail

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

Do yourself a favor!

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

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

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

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

Storage unit benefits during selling your home

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

The impact of a cluttered home

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

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

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

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

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

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

Self storage unit benefits for moving

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

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

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

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

Self storage unit benefits when renovating

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

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

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

In addition to accidents resulting in injury, the more valuables you have cluttering the space – the more likely something can be damaged or broken. Don’t risk your possessions. Store them in our clean and secure, temperature controlled self storage units during your project.

We are here to help!

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

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

Many of others in the storage unit business are from out of town. We are locally owned; committed to Winnipeg. We have a vested interest in being Winnipeg’s top choice for self storage units.

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

List of ways to take the stress out of moving:

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

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

2) Downsize your material possessions

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

3) Start Early

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

4) Label your boxes

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

5) Separate out a box of necessities

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

6) Organize your utilities

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

7) Painting and other repairs

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

8) Re-Key

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