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5 Most Common Reasons for Using Self Storage

5 Most Common Reasons for Using Self Storage

Most people find themselves using self storage units at some point during their lives. Some do so temporarily, while others find that the storage units are a solution to long-term problems. If you visit the Storage City website, you may be able to find more information.

1. Business Applications

A surprising number of businesses are making use of self storage in place of traditional warehouses. The units tend to be much cheaper than renting a warehouse, and they are often more sanitary and convenient as well. The climate control that some units provide can also be beneficial for some businesses.

This is most common with small businesses that only need to store a moderate inventory. They would often find themselves paying for wasted space in a warehouse, so a self storage unit meets all of their needs at a fraction of the cost.

2. Retirement

It is normal to move into a smaller home after retiring. The individuals who do so often need to store some of the possessions that they do not need to use on a regular basis. As long as the storage unit is close to their new home, they can visit it whenever they need to get some of their possessions without needing to worry about filling their home with excessive clutter.

3. Relocation

People who are moving often need a temporary place for their possessions while they relocate. They may not be able to fit everything that they own in their truck to move it all in a single trip, or they may simply want to keep the boxes from piling up until they can organize everything properly. A storage unit provides a temporary home for their extra boxes until they can find the right place to unpack them in their new home.

4. Cleaning

Thoroughly cleaning a home is difficult, especially when it is full of clutter. Often, the best way to get it clean is to move everything out of the house, clean the walls and floor, then clean the other objects as they go back inside. Most people simply do not have the ability to clean their entire house in that way during a single day, so they need to store some of their property until they can clean it and bring it back inside. Putting it in a self storage unit makes sure that it stays out of the way without getting damaged.

5. Seasonal Storage

Some items are only useful for part of the year. This is often the case with gardening equipment and athletic supplies during the winter, or cold weather gear during the warmer months. Many people choose to use self storage units on a seasonal basis to make sure that those items can stay in a safe place until they become useful once again.

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Posted by on Sep 24, 2017 in Living | 0 comments

4 Reasons to Consider Short-Term Housing

4 Reasons to Consider Short-Term Housing

As with most items in the marketplace, there are housing situations to meet all needs. Generally, the focus is on long-term rentals or buying, but there is also a considerable market for short term, furnished housing rentals.

1. New to the Area

When moving to a new area, it takes time to learn your way around and figure out the neighborhood scenes. Taking the time to rent short term gives you the opportunity to check things out. It may be that you and your family are particularly interested in outdoor activities. Maybe you want take out or like to eat out every night. Or, maybe you want a walkable neighborhood where walking to the store or restaurant is a simple proposition. Taking the time to live in a short term situation first allows you to check these things out before committing.

2. Business Assignment

As the economy continues to change, short term job assignments that are away from home have become more common. A consultant may set up shop for a few months in to work on a project such as planning a conference or reviewing an IT proposal. Managers may be assigned to a different office for specific reasons. Project managers are often required to go to a different site to plan or implement an assignment. Businesses rent short term, furnished apartments for employees to call home for the time of the assignment. This can increase employee satisfaction not found with an average business trip.

3. Just Starting Out or Starting Over

In some cases, it may be more economical to rent a short term, furnished apartment than to go through the process of buying furniture and establishing utilities. Since short term rentals are all inclusive, the worry is taken out of the process. The rental allows you to get your feet on the ground and save a bit of money before spending it on furniture and deposits in addition to rent. For those of you interested, the Premiere Suites website has more information available.

4. Waiting to Close

Another instance when a short term rental is an excellent option is during a housing transition. Selling and buying a home has many moving pieces. Often the timing does not align and sellers find themselves in limbo for a period of time. An excellent option is to rent a short term, furnished unit that allows you to keep your furniture in a storage situation.

Regardless of the reason, short term rentals can provide an excellent option for people who are on business trips or in some sort of life transition. They come in all sizes and price levels for corporate or family living.

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Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 in Living | 0 comments

Choosing an appropriate Apartment Location

Choosing an appropriate Apartment Location

Furnished apartments are suitable for people who cannot afford to buy an apartment. They are also suitable for tenants who for some reason want to rent out an apartment for a short time, say few months. The process of moving is stressful because of the activities involved such as packing, transportation, and unpacking. However, with furnished apartments, relocating becomes easy because you don’t carry appliances, fixtures, and furniture. Moving to a new apartment is exciting. However, the process of finding a well-furnished apartment can be daunting.

Determining your needs
Furnished apartments provide different facilities. Begin by asking yourself what you require or what will make you comfortable. Make a list of your needs then go out to get an apartment that will suit your needs. There are various types of short term rental apartments such as a studio apartment, convertible studio, duplex or triplex, and alcove studio. You just need to choose the type that suits your needs.

How to find an excellent apartment location
The location of an apartment is crucial because you need to live in a comfortable and secure place. Here are factors that will guide you when choosing a suitable apartment location in Vancouver.

Noise level
Consider how close the apartment is to noise sources. If the apartment allows pets, then you can be sure there will be noise especially when dogs bark. Additionally, apartments that are close to airports, railroad tracks or a fire station will be noisy. You can expect noise at any time of the day or night if the rental space is located next to such noise sources.

Crime rates
Is the furnished apartment situated in a high crime area? Research well to find out if the area is prone to crimes. A location with a high crime rate is a huge detriment to rent, for your safety. It also increases insurance rates.

Proximity to social amenities and place of work
The apartment building should be close to your bank branch, grocery store, hospitals, or restaurants. If you have to travel for long distances to access essential services, factor in the fuel costs into your budget. Make sure the location is also close to your place of work, your vacation destination or the university.

Laundry and security facilities
Consider if the building has its laundry facilities. The time and energy used to travel to a Laundromat can outweigh the good location or the low monthly rate. The building security should be considered. A great apartment ought to have a good security system to access the building. A secure apartment is appropriate for a tenant.

Make a list of these concerns and consider them when selecting an apartment location. Take your time to decide, rather than making quick decisions. Remember that just because an apartment has a low monthly rate, it does not mean it is the right choice for you. If you visit Premiere Suites, you can find more resources for a better understanding.

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Posted by on Sep 24, 2016 in Advice/Tips, Community, Living | 0 comments

Living on Your Own for the First Time and Need Trash Removal? What to Know

Living on Your Own for the First Time and Need Trash Removal? What to Know

If you are living on your own for the first time and you need to provider of waste management, there are some things to consider when keeping the cost down. The bigger the bin that you need, the more money the service will cost. Here are a couple of things you want to consider doing to keep your waste management bin small, and to reduce your weekly amount of trash.

Get a Garbage Disposal

If it can be demolished in the garbage waste disposal and then washed down the drain instead of placed in your garbage, you want to use the disposal. If you don’t have one find a model that is high powered and efficient. If you have one that doesn’t work properly, get it replaced and compare the costs and power of different models.

Create a Compost Box

You can purchase or build a compost box for all of the vegetation that doesn’t get eaten or that would get tossed out. This keeps it out of the garbage containers, and provides you with fresh fertilizer for plants or your property.

Obtain a Recycling Bin

Find a waste management company that offers recycling to consumers, and that gives the consumers a discount if they have both trach removal and recycling pickup. This would mean the bin saves you money, and you remove a large amount of items from the trash when you have a bin to recycle glass, metal, paper, plastic and more.

Compare Costs for Services

Get rates for more than one waste management service in your area. Give each service provider the address of your home and ask if there is a neighborhood discount, or if they would offer a discount if others were willing to switch and use them. You may also be able to get a reduced rate if you offer to pay the entire year of service up front, or if you tell the company you can get a better rate with the other waste management providers in Vancouver.

Reducing the amount of trash you have each week isn’t just going to save you money when it’s time to pay your waste management bill, but it also helps you feel proud that you are preserving the planet. Look into these different options so you can have less trash to take out to the road, and so you can reuse and recycle the other debris.

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Posted by on Feb 24, 2016 in Advice/Tips, Living | 0 comments

How to Avoid Bad Moving Companies In Vancouver

How to Avoid Bad Moving Companies In Vancouver

People move for a variety of reasons, but in the final analysis, all these reasons can be reduced to two: they either want to move or have to move.

How the process is approached depends on how much advance notice those moving have received. Those who are compelled to move for some reason, such as relocation for a job or because a lease is expiring and the landlord does not wish to renew it, sometimes have to get organized quickly and make a substantial series of rapid decisions based on the best information available to them at the time these decisions are necessary.

People in this scenario can be vulnerable to unscrupulous movers. An easy tip off that you may be dealing with one of these is if you perceive any pressure from the movers to commit immediately. If you start hearing phrases such as, “We’re very busy on that date, you need to let us know right away or you may not be able to find a mover,” or anything that feels like pressure of any sort, eliminate that mover from consideration.

Moving companies know, and have known for a long time, that most moves take place at the beginning or the end of the month and around long weekends. More people move during the summer months than during any other time of the year, for both climatic and educational reasons. Just as retail stores and companies like FedX and UPS know they will be busier around Christmas, moving companies are familiar with the peaks and valleys of the demand for their services. They simply hire more manpower at these times, frequently from temporary employment agencies. They can also rent additional moving trucks with little effort.

A reputable mover in Vancouver will start out by asking you for some basic information: when you need to move, what is being moved, and when the new location will be available. They will also offer to do an on-site estimate of the origin and destination of the move. Telephone and online estimates can be useful, but nothing beats the feet on the ground approach when it comes to making sure that such details as overhead clearance for moving trucks or weight restrictions on roads that could lead to a costly mistake.

They will also take the time to advise you regarding the desired level of service. Some moves involve the moving party simply leaving one place and showing up at the next; others have the moving party involved in planning and packing and others use the moving company’s services for only heavy and bulky items.

Avoid movers who do not allow you the flexibility to determine the parameters for your own move.

The moving process becomes much less stressful when more advance notice of an impending move is available. For example, if you are selling one house close to the end of the month and taking possession of a new one toward the beginning of that same month, you have the luxury of time to compare moving company estimates and make some decisions regarding items that have long outlived their usefulness and can be discarded. You also can negotiate for a rate reduction, since the movers will not be in as high a demand as they would otherwise be during the peak times mentioned earlier.

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Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Advice/Tips, Community, Events, Living, Travel | 0 comments

Economic Benefits of Tourism

Economic Benefits of Tourism

The city of Vancouver, like most major cities in the world, has experienced a rapid expansion in the growth of jobs involving computer technology. Tourism has likewise contributed to the growth of other industries like the restaurants, hotels, touring services and car rentals. The city has been praised for the excellent service of their public transportation system, including the airport which makes the place an easy favorite among tourist destinations.

The major sites in the city include Stanley Park which opened in the 1900s. The park was named after the Governor General of Canada at the time, Lord Stanley. It is one of the most famous parks in the country and is a great place to view nature at its finest. There are trails that go all over the area which is suitable for walking, cycling, running and rollerblading. Beaver Lake is a natural water form that can be found near the center of the park.

The park features a lot of sites for family activities like picnic areas, playgrounds, trains, an outdoor pool and a water park. A seawall borders one perimeter of the park while the Rose Garden which houses around 3500 varieties of roses and other ornamental plants, can be found near a historic building, the Pavilion. The beauty of city parks lies in their accessibility – it gives you a chance to cool down and unwind after experiencing the hurried energy of the city. While summer is considered the best time to explore the park, the place is so beautiful that tourists frequent  it the whole year round.

There are also a lot of museums and galleries that are worth visiting while in the area just like the Vancouver Art Gallery and Scienceworld. With all these places of interest, it’s no surprise that the city ranks high in the list of the best places to live in the world. The fair climate and great surrounding makes the living conditions superior than other major cities. Experts have consistently recognized it  as a great choice to live in because it nurtures linguistic and ethnic diversity. It also presents a good opportunity for new businesses to thrive in and maintains impressive standards in housing and education.

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