If paperwork for you means working through the Sunday crossword, document storage probably isn’t top of mind. But if you’re a business owner – or just wary of technology – a storage space could be the answer that saves you from getting snowed under by an avalanche of paperwork.
Business storage facilities offer a cost-effective fix for nearly any spatial dilemma, from excess furniture to out-of-season clothes to holiday decorations that border on overkill. And even as paper plays an ever smaller role in our lives, many companies and organizations continue to rely on it daily. Maybe it’s the diminutive size or the ubiquity of it, but paper has a way of piling up quickly – like extra weight, we tend not to notice until it’s turned into a real problem.
With a vast but sparsely populated landscape, Canada is a country synonymous with spaciousness. Yet try telling that to business owners, for whom space comes at a premium, especially in larger urban areas like Toronto or Halifax. Fortunately, business storage at a public self storage facility can help ease that financial burden and free them to focus on what really matters.
The proliferation of online businesses across the country, and even the world, has been a boon to the economy (notwithstanding sticky questions about taxation). But with the set-up of a virtual business environment comes a very real dilemma: where to store all that stuff? In many cases the shift to a web-based market place was made to cut costs, so it would be counterproductive to dump those savings into a high-priced piece of real estate.
With spring finally having sprung and rakes formally replacing shovels in the garage, the air is thick with the unmistakable sense of renewal. But not far behind the anticipation of a new season looms the stress of spring cleaning – an annual ritual for most residents. Fortunately, sweeping in like a much-needed breath of fresh air, self storage can help ease the burden and restore order to your life.
Once you get past the incongruous image conjured up by the term “outdoor storage” – a low-hanging tarp stretched over a pile of boxes, a large bird of prey perched menacingly on an antique couch to ward off would-be thieves – it becomes easier to see the merit of this type of storage unit. The question is, does it make the most sense for you and your self storage needs?
One advantage enjoyed by the bold consumer is an ability to size up a situation on the spot and dive headfirst into a deal that may or may not payoff (and all without even breaking a sweat). Fortunately for the risk-averse, finding an appropriately sized storage unit in Toronto requires no such moxie, sixth sense or perspiration.
Apple Self Storage’s downtown Toronto storage facility is in the midst of a large-scale expansion, which will see an extra 22,000SF added before the end of April. The additional storage space will be customizable, making it easier for customers to find a solution that works for them.
With resources dwindling and demand for household essentials on the rise, a Dartmouth furniture bank is appealing for the public’s help in order to meet the needs of the tight-knit community. The Circle of Care Society’s mission is to provide basic furniture to local families, many of whom have experienced hardship in a sluggish economy or have recently arrived in Canada.
The volunteer-run organization, now in its fourth year, collects goods in a donated storage unit from Apple Self Storage and delivers them to families in need.
Not just the last refuge of old, dingy items that have overstayed their welcome in your home or garage, storage facilities are capable of holding even the most fragile of goods – from dishes and cookware to mirrors and family heirlooms. But ensuring the wellbeing of these delicate articles in your storage unit requires a little extra attention to the finer details; for example, packing supplies and stacking.
Ideally the storage facility you visit will have an on-site store with packing and moving supplies, as well as staff who are willing to provide storage tips. This way you can not only find everything in one convenient location, but you can rest assured that you won’t encounter any unpleasant surprises when next accessing the storage unit.
Residents in Newmarket and Aurora recently named Apple Self Storage the area’s top self storage facility. The Readers’ Choice Poll, conducted by The Era and The Banner newspapers, honours members of the local business community in an annual vote open to the public.
Apple Self Storage in Newmarket sits at Davis Drive and Harry Walker Parkway, just west of Highway 404 and a short drive from Toronto. The modern facility has been serving public storage needs in the area since 2008, when the company acquired the property and went to work converting it into over 65,000SF of indoor self storage space. Outside, customers can securely store vehicles, including cars, RVs and boats.