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Moving to a new place is exciting!  But it’s also stressful. Finding a new place, new job, packing, and the actual move can be one of the most stressful things  you ever do. ( some people do it more than once  😉  )

Planning ahead and doing your research will make your move a lot less stressful, and you are less likely to have ‘mover issues’.

Some people hire a  moving company hoping to make their move easier but end up with horror stories. To keep it from happening to you, look for a licensed and reputable moving company.  ( Ask your Go Mini’s representative for recommendations)

Always do your research ahead of time.

Ask for references from both the moving company and from friends and family. Find out who they used when they moved.

Make sure your moving company has a physical address that ties them to the community.

Don’t hire from ‘help available’ ads online or in the newspaper. The majority are fly-by-night operations who do not have your best interests in mind.  The lowest price is not always the best deal.

Never, EVER pay the entire amount up front.  Reputable companies will never ask you to do this.

Be very clear   (and honest)  with your expectations when requesting a quote from your movers. Get several quotes for comparison.  If you have steep stairs or Grandma’s piano, tell them ahead of time. You don’t want to be bargaining with them on moving day.

Get everything in writing so you will have something to fall back on should the need arise.

If you are packing your own things, make sure to do so with care,  and the thought that someone else is going to be lifting and placing these things when you are not looking.

Speaking of not looking, SUPERVISE your movers at all times. This may require help from  your friends and family.

If you are hiring movers to pack for you, it is not a bad idea to pack extra fragile or sentimental items yourself anyway, and if possible, move them in your own vehicle.

Do you have pets? Don’t forget that moving is highly stressful for them too, even more so than for you. Make sure they are secure, and have all identification information  on them, including your phone numbers,  old address, current address, and an emergency contact for in between. If possible leave them with a trusted friend temporarily  so you can avoid stressing them on  your actual moving day.  Cats in particular go missing on moving days when the crate accidently opens and they bolt away.

Professional movers do this for a living. They will know how to maximize the space in your MINI, making sure everything fits in there just perfectly, and securely .

The use of moving blankets, straps and the correct cartons will ensure all your precious items arrive in the same condition you packed them in.

Your GO MINI’s representatives have the answers to all your questions. Call us today and we can help you find a mover, give you ideas for packing your items safely, recommend the correct size MINI you require for your household goods, and take away a lot of the inevitable stress that pulling up stakes and moving can bring.

We’re here to help! We are your neighbors and we’ll do everything we can to make your move go smoothly.

Call us today for a free, no obligation quote. We will recommend movers who we trust.

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mobile storage container

When you’re moving, you face a variety of hurdles, between packing, unpacking, the stress of rent or other payments, and even how you should move. Should you rent a truck, or a trailer, or even rent a mobile storage container?

Renting a truck

There are several advantages to renting a truck. Many large moving truck and van rental companies have pick-up and drop-off centers in most major cities across North America. Even if you move to another state or province, most companies will have a service center nearby that can take the truck once you’re finished with it.

Additionally, many moving truck rentals offer a dolly and packing blankets on board, making it easier for you to safely ferry your belongings from your home to the truck and to your new home.

However, if you’re engaging in a long haul, it can get surprisingly expensive, and they can be limited in terms of what they can carry, due to size and weight restrictions.

Renting a trailer

Trailers are another popular choice for movers. They’re simple to use and hooks up to almost every vehicle on the market. The downside, however, is that many come with some sort of speed limit. This could prove limiting if you’re up against a clock. They also cost extra gas money, potentially doubling the amount you would normally pay to travel the same distance. U-Pack offers a free calculator to estimate any gas costs that you will accrue. You’ll also need to add in any insurance costs on top of that, and driving with a trailer can be daunting for an inexperienced (or even for some experienced) drivers.

Mobile storage containers

By using a mobile storage container, you can load and unload at your own pace. You don’t need to worry about transporting it, the rental company will pick it up and drop it off at an address you provide. They are weather-proof and secure, and should any unexpected delays pop up, the company can hold onto the container for as long as you need them to. It does require more work than the other choices, and if you’re not careful, fees could stack up.

Ready to Rent a Mobile Storage Container?

Now that you know the best option is to rent a mobile storage container, are you ready to get one? If yes, we at Gominis can help. We have a variety of mobile storage units ready to deliver to you – from 12ft to 20ft containers – for all your mobile storage needs.

Contact us today for more information about our mobile storage containers or to request a quote.

portable storage containers

Across the country, people are beginning to realize the risks and drawbacks of using moving trucks. High prices, missed appointments, and dozens of other headaches are being reported more and more.

Meaningless reservations

Everything’s packed up, the kids are distracted, you’re waiting for the truck. And waiting. And waiting. And waiting.

In 2008, a U-Haul executive admitted that on busy days, up to 40% of customers were waiting. This was during a major class action suit where U-Haul was accused of failing to honour their reservations.

With that in mind, think about the lengthy process you have to undergo when you rent a moving truck, from showing your licence, going through customer service reps, and then more paperwork when you return the truck. Imagine going through all that and being told: “Sorry, we’re not going to be able to get to you today.”

It’s risky

According to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 300 people are killed and more than 10,000 injured in accidents involving a car pulling a trailer. Unfortunately, Canada does not provide more recent numbers, but an estimated 20% of all road deaths between 2000-2005 were due to a truck accident.

The prospect of driving a truck is daunting for any inexperienced driver. Even a few experienced drivers would have misgivings about getting behind the wheel, especially for long-haul journeys.

It’s expensive

Between the cost of gas, rental, and insurance, the price is never what it seems. Depending on what you’re hauling, “you are likely to get less than 10 mpg in city driving.” Your own insurance may not cover you driving a truck, which adds even more to the cost, ten dollars extra at minimum.

Save Your Money by Renting a Portable Storage Container

Save your money Instead of renting a moving truck for your next move, let us bring you a portable storage container! Go-Minis provides mobile storage for businesses and residents across Ontario and the GTA. We’ll bring the storage container to you then pick it up when you’re ready. They’re safe, weather-proof and very secure. You can even store them at our facility if you’re not comfortable with your own security set-up.

Contact us today for more information or to request a quote.

portable storage containers

Moving is a pain. No matter who you are or where you’re moving to or from, the prospect of lugging your stuff fills anyone with dread.

It’s especially annoying when you don’t have enough packing boxes and have to carry your stuff by hand or throw it loose into the back of a van or car. This can be worrying if anything is fragile. Well worry not, because here’s a list of where you can score free boxes.

Retailers

Retail stores mostly carry their products in boxes. The best places to grab your boxes are computer, office supply, book, shoe, liquor, and grocery stores.

They tend to have strong and clean boxes you can easily appropriate for your needs. You can almost always count on your local grocer to have an  excess of boxes. If you’re really lucky, you might even grab some banana boxes, which are probably the biggest and strongest boxes you could get there. If another mover gets there before you, you can always come back tomorrow, depending on your schedule.

According to Apartment Therapy, Starbucks “will receive anywhere from 1-2 shipments per week (so it’s a good chance that they’ll have boxes on a weekly basis).” Since Starbucks boxes come in a variety of sizes, remember to specifically ask for their larger sized boxes.

Bookstores

If you’re a reader, you know how much books can weigh. So they come in sturdy boxes. Hit up your local bookstore to grab strong boxes for free: “Most bookstores get a shipment in once or twice a week. If you live in a major city where the bookstore sees a ton of daily traffic, shipments may be more frequent.” Stack your own books in the boxes you just rescued and keep the cycle going.

Apartment complexes

People move in and out of apartment buildings all the time. Shocker, right? Head for the office and politely ask the manager if there are any free moving boxes available. If you’re lucky, a friendly manager will be able to tell you who to talk to or where you need to go to grab them.

Additionally, if you know someone who just moved, they may have some boxes they don’t need anymore. Recycle their boxes and then pass them on to the next friend who’s moving. After all, you know how much a few free boxes can help.

Facing a Move? Rent a Portable Storage Container

Moving can be stressful, but what’s even more stressful is moving with kids. While boxes can help, there are some items that will not fit into the boxes. In such a case, a portable storage container comes in handy. At Gominis, we offer containers in three length options, 12, 16, or 20.

Contact us today for more information  about our portable storage containers or to request a quote.

 

self storage units

What do you think of when the words “self-storage” come to mind?

Do you think about convenience and security? Or are you reminded of all the hazards that could befall your most valuable possessions? If you’re in the second category, you’re being smart. Self-storage facilities can be the least safe places to leave your things.

Read on to avoid these four self-storage nightmares.

 They Store Explosives

In February 2015, a fire ripped through over 100 units at a self-storage facility in Waterbury, CT. Hundreds of thousands of dollars of goods were destroyed. Firefighters on the scene let the fire burn itself out, because they weren’t sure whether there were explosives inside the units.

When you choose to store your belongings at a self-storage facility, you don’t know what neighbouring units are storing. And you also don’t know whether the facility ensures prohibited items don’t make their way in. Ask before you choose a storage unit.

Security Is Shoddy

Do you know what kind of security system the self-storage unit has? If the answer to that question is “no,” that’s not a good sign.

Prevent this nightmare from becoming a reality by selecting a storage facility with high levels of security. There should be trained staff who perform frequent patrols. An alarm system is a minimum requirement.

You Can’t Get in When You Need to

What if you needed to get your files in an emergency and you couldn’t? If you choose the wrong self-storage facility, that nightmare could become reality.

Select a storage facility where you can come and go when you need to. Such facilities give their customers a security code so that they can access their belongings whenever they need to.

Rodent and Bug Infestations

Unless you study bugs or rodents for a living or you’re an exterminator, you’re probably not a fan of creepy, crawly things. So, you definitely don’t want them in your self-storage facility.

Choose a facility that’s clean and well-lit. Rodents and bugs thrive in dark, poorly illuminated environments.

GoMinis: Mobile Storage Made Easy

GoMinis offers an innovative mobile storage solution to protect all of your most valuable belongings. We give you the freedom to decide whether to keep your mobile storage unit onsite or let us take it. Therefore, if you want to avoid self-storage nightmares? Call GoMinis today at 416-777-9400.

 

checklist selling cottage

Do you own a cottage your family doesn’t spend much time at anymore? It can be an emotional decision to sell the place where you and your loved ones have so many happy memories. However, the cost of maintaining a cottage can outweigh sentimental considerations. Selling your cottage can be as big an undertaking as the decision to purchase one. We’ve compiled a list of things to keep in mind before you sell your cottage, including the use of mobile storage.

Is the Cottage Ready for Sale?

Before you contact a Realtor® or put up a for-sale sign, you have to ask yourself whether the cottage is in good condition. Are there any major improvements you need to make? Is everything inside and out well maintained?

If the answer to either question is “no,” then you have some work to do. In addition to the major repairs, make sure that you’ve cleared out any junk — like rusty barbecues or broken chairs — from underneath the structure, and painted anything which looks shabby. Also, have the septic system pumped and inspected, and test the water quality.

Private Sale or Broker?

Once the property is ready, you have a decision to make: do you want to sell the house privately or do you want a broker to take care of the transaction? There are advantages and disadvantages to each method.

If you have the time to handle all the sales inquiries yourself, then you might want to consider a private sale. Remember that you will need to be at the cottage to show it to prospective buyers.

On the other hand, brokers are experienced at selling properties. They know what to say and how high to set the asking price for your cottage. In addition, brokers can hire seo experts to make sure that your house is easily found by people searching on google for homes to buy.

Where Will the Cottage’s Contents Go?

If you’ve had the cottage for anything longer than a couple of seasons, you’ve most likely accumulated quite a bit of stuff. What are you going to do with it?

Ask yourself whether you’re keeping the cottage’s contents. If so, where will the furniture, appliances, and other odds and ends go? Will you try to sell or donate the contents? Answering these questions now will save headaches later.

Go Mini’s: Your Trusted Source for Portable Storage Solutions

Are you planning on moving and in need of storage? Contact Go Mini’s today. We can help you find a portable storage unit that best fits your needs and budget.

 

subletting cottage

Cottages are meant for relaxation, for you and anyone you may rent your cottage to. Taking a few extra precautions to make subletting less risky for your cottage possessions can reduce your stress and make for a better, more enjoyable experience for a subletter who doesn’t have to worry as much about damaging your property by accident.

Long-term Plans

If you have a long-term subletter, it may make sense for you to stash away any  valuables and easily damaged items, bringing them out only when you’re using the cottage. Meanwhile, you can invest in cheap tables, sofa covers, and the like for the subletter’s use. Items you may want to store elsewhere in your absence include valuable furniture (people are more careless with things that aren’t theirs), breakable fixtures (people drink at cottages), and rugs (people wear shoes indoors when it’s not their house, and cottage subletters will be getting their shoes and feet dirty outside).

A Short Stay

If you have a short-term subletter, consider a adopting a “party proof” layout to minimize potential damage. Pushing furniture against the walls and keeping breakable stuff in higher cabinets are good first steps. In an article on party proofing, Everyday Dishes suggests keeping a small fire extinguisher in the kitchen cupboard, setting up flameless candles, and covering stain-prone items with slipcovers and tablecloths. Also set out plenty of coasters to protect table surfaces. How much you party-proof depends on how valuable or treasured the possessions at your cottage are to you. Anything that is truly precious to you should be removed when you have a subletter.

Take Advantage of Portable Storing Containers

Regardless of the length of your subletter’s stay, there may be items that you want to store separately such as your outdoor equipment. Similarly, you may have some items at the cottage that you might need at home. If you store these items separately, then you won’t have to inconvenience your subletters by barging in on them to retrieve your stuff.

You can make transporting and/or storing essential items easier by using GoMini’s portable storage units. You can store everything from small items to furniture in containers designed for long-term storage. Our containers are made of smooth, powder-coated steel to reduce the risk of odors, mold, and mildew. Contact us for more information about out portable storage containers.

children moving out

Do you have adult children who are still using your home as their storage unit? Your adult children don’t want to move their things because they’re very happy with the status quo. They’ve got free storage. However, the situation is frustrating for you, because your home isn’t a warehouse.

You don’t have to be frustrated any longer, though. Read on for tips on how to get your adult children to empty their old rooms.

Set a Deadline

Tell your children that you’re giving them until a certain date to remove their things. If the deadline passes and they still haven’t cleaned up, you’re hiring a cleaning crew to throw everything out.

You have to be firm about this. Your children will definitely complain and whine (even if they’re adults with children of their own). But when you show them you mean business, they’ll get the message.

Undertake a Home Improvement Project

Now that the kids are out of the house, you have more freedom to make changes to your home. Have you always wanted to turn one of the kids’ old bedrooms into a hobby room or an office? Now’s your chance.

Explain to your children that you’re changing the purpose of the room. As a result, they’ll have to move their things out. Again, you’ll need to be firm. And, you’ll most likely have to set a deadline, because there will be resistance to this news.

Offer Them a Reward

Children, no matter what their age, will always respond to a reward. Tell them that if they clean up their old rooms, you’ll take them out to dinner, babysit the kids, or make their favorite chocolate chip cookies.

The task will become less unpleasant when your kids know there’s something good to look forward to at the end … especially when there are baked goods involved.

Ask for Their Help

Sometimes, getting someone to do something for you is a matter of phrasing the request properly. Instead of saying, “I need you to clean out your room,” try, “I’m going to be doing some cleaning up. Can you please lend a hand?”

Your request has a better chance of succeeding when you hint that it’s difficult for you to clean on your own, and that your back (or knee, or shoulder — whatever, pick a body part) is bothering you.

Hire a portable storage container to store their stuff

If you’re fed up with your adult kids stuff filling up your garage, you should hire a portable storage container and stash all their stuff in there. At Go Mini’s, we have a variety of mobile storage units ready to deliver to you — from 12ft to 20ft containers — for all your mobile storage needs.

Contact us today for more information about our portable storage containers.

minimalism

Do you love the idea of having an uncluttered living space? Maybe give mobile storage a try.

When you see a sleek, simple layout, do you sigh wistfully and wish that were your home? It could be. Yet, it’s difficult for people to stick with minimalism — possibly because it’s so easy to bring home more stuff! To maintain a minimalist design, you have to commit to it. But if you’re not ready to take the plunge, why not try a test-run? Here are some tips to follow.

Understand the Principles of Minimalism

Before you embark on a minimalist overhaul, you should understand exactly what the design concept means. Minimalism is about stripping away unnecessary elements.

What it doesn’t mean is that you have to spend a fortune on replacing all of your furniture and accessories to fit some ideal. Instead, focus on paring down what you currently have in your home.

How to Start the Test-Run

It sounds counterintuitive, but minimalism takes planning. While it might be easy to just start throwing things out, it’s better to draw up a plan of how to implement a minimalist design. You have balance the design with the items you use everyday.

Also, when you have a test-run, you should confine it to one room of the house. Pick the room where it will be easiest to put minimalist principles into action.

Storage

Once you’ve selected the room in which you’ll start the test-run, clear out anything that isn’t absolutely essential. If you’re not sure what qualifies as essential, here’s a good guide: appliances, carpeting, and pieces of furniture such as tables, beds, and chairs stay.

Because you’re only doing a test-run, you want to put whatever isn’t going to stay in the room — any accessories or other items that are unessential — into storage. Make sure that the storage is clean and dry. You don’t want anything getting wet, moldy, or otherwise damaged during the test-run.

Organization

Being organized is a side effect of minimalist design. Because you’re putting a lot of things in storage, you need to know where everything is.

Let’s say that you’ve chosen your home office to be the site of the test-run. Your home office might be very cluttered. You should file away any papers which don’t need to be on the desk. Are there pens, pencils or other office supplies lying around? Buy some inexpensive containers to store them.

If you don’t already have a filing system in place, now might be the time to adopt one. A filing system keeps your important documents neat and tidy, long after the test-run has ended.

Need More Storage for Your Test-Run?

If you have too many things to meet your minimalist design, consider Go Mini’s containers to store your stuff. We have portable storage containers in a variety of sizes to meet your storage needs. Contact us today for information about our portable storage containers.

Should-You-Let-a-Subletter-Use-Your-Furniture

Should you let a subletter use your furniture? It’s an age old question. Advertising a property as furnished will certainly help you in finding a tenant to take your place for a short period of time, but you may not want to leave your furniture with a stranger. Ultimately, you’ll need to review your options and make a decision based on the information you have and your own concerns.

Background check

Check up on your potential subletter. If possible, you can request a reference letter from previous lessors. If they were referred to you by a friend, you can ask them their opinion directly. It’s highly unlikely you’ll be able to secure a short term sublet without providing furnishing, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave everything behind. You may even consider picking up cheap furniture to replace your own, just to sweeten the deal and make it easier to secure a sublet, although this may not be practical for you.

For a long-term sublet, however, it might be easier to find someone willing to furnish the apartment themselves, although it’s not assured. Simply put, furnished sublets get more attention because they’re a lot easier to deal with than an unfurnished sublet.

Decisions

It may not be feasible to haul all your furniture away, especially for a short period of time. You may be forced to leave at least some of your belongings behind. In this case, you’ll need to secure anything valuable or anything that would be difficult to replace in a safe place.

With a sublet, unfortunately you can’t always be certain of what’s going to happen. Although a couch can be a pain to replace, it would be a lot easier to replace than a valuable family heirloom that your grandparents treasured. Decide on what stays and goes, and stick to your decision.

Storage Options

If all else fails, you can always look into storage. Go-mini offers a variety of storage containers at reasonable rates that will protect your furnishings for as long as you need.  You can rest assured that your belongings are secure while you’re out of town, while your apartment is occupied by someone you can trust.

Leaving difficult to replace furniture in a monitored storage facility will give you peace of mind, and we offer comprehensive insurance coverage of up to $5000, or $25 every four weeks, and your insurance provider may provide additional coverage under the terms of their existing policy. We also offer great discounts for long term storage. Contact us for more details.

Rent a Portable Storage Container

At Go Mini’s, we help families keep their items safe and protected in vented, galvanized steel exterior containers, Learn more about our portable storage containers and the process, and either get a quote or book now.

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