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The efficiency from the first point of contact, when I called to ask for a quote, was far above the competition. With all angles covered, Lori noted the potential challenges that could happen during the unit drop off, so I could prepare the zone accordingly and because of that, the unit was deposited in my driveway without a hitch.  And all of my follow up questions that I had were answered very quickly by email which, when you’re juggling a million details during a big move, was tremendously appreciated!

The drop off and pick up drivers arrived when I was told they would arrive and were both quite friendly, efficient and helpful.

The product size options met my needs and were priced better than the other similar services that I had looked at.

At the end of this experience, I can easily say that I would use Go Mini’s again and will highly recommend them to anyone who has need of this service.

Thanks, Go Mini’s team, for making a difficult task so seamless!
Virginia,
Toronto”

Use cartons that are similar in size. This allows you to utilize every inch of your MINI.
Things from garages, attics and storage spaces, such as holiday decorations and sentimental items are often the ones that need to be repacked. Cartons that are torn, or will not close properly or cannot be sealed should be repacked into fresh boxes. Use lots of paper to keep things from moving around.
Supplies (available from your Go Mini’s representative)
Bubble wrap, tissue paper or paper towels for delicate items
Rolls of PVC tape and a tape dispenser
Broad-tipped markers for labeling
Sharp knife for cutting cartons
Stickers for identifying boxes
Padded Moving Blankets (available to rent)
Straps to secure your goods inside the MINI (available to rent)
Wrapping
You’ll need to wrap most items to protect them from scratching and breakage. Line the bottom of cartons with a few inches of wadded paper. Place large, heavy items on the bottom and lighter, more fragile items on the top. Keep boxes to a manageable weight. Fill in any voids with wadded paper. Tape cartons securely to avoid shifting while en-route.
Labeling Hints
Use a broad, felt-tipped marker.
Clearly mark your name, the room it should go to and contents on each box.
Indicate “FRAGILE” on delicate items and “THIS END UP” where appropriate.
Pro Tips
Never pack food or things that can spoil with the rest of your household goods.
Pack your out-of-season items first. Next, pack things used infrequently. Leave until the last minute things you’ll need until moving day. Pack your bedrooms and kitchen last, as you will need these rooms first at your destination.
Keep all parts or pairs of things together. Curtain rod hangers, mirror bolts and other small hardware items should be placed in plastic bags and taped or tied securely to the article to which they belong.
Wrap items individually; use tissue paper, paper towels or even facial tissue for fine china, crystal and delicate items. HINT: don’t use newsprint on fine china as the ink can transfer.
Use what you have! Towels and lightweight blankets may also be used for padding and cushioning. Pack small, fragile, items separately or a few together in small boxes, Place small boxes in a single large box, filling in spaces with crushed paper. Fill up your drawers with linens.
Try to pack into boxes that are the same size- so you can utilize all the space in your container.
As you finish with each carton, list the contents on the side of the carton (for easy viewing while stacked) Indicate your name and the room to which each carton should be delivered at destination. Put a number 1 on cartons you want to unpack first at your destination.
Keep a small toolbox handy- screwdrivers, extension cords and a hammer might be needed at your new destination upon arrival.
A little bit of planning and preparation will make your move go smoothly, and the unpacking at your new destination a breeze!
Contact your GO MINI’s representative for more tips and tricks. We’re here to help.

There is such thing as too much space. Particularly if you have more than one room that you’re not currently using, but you still need to clean or heat.

“Bigger is not always better. Walking by rooms in your home that do nothing but collect dust is a sign you should consider downsizing,” wrote Foxbusiness.com.

“Unused rooms cost money in property taxes, maintenance and utility bills. Moving to a smaller home can mean you consume less energy, use less space and spend less money.”

So let’s look at a few of the lifestyle changes that may have you wanting to downsize.

Empty Nest

This is one of the most popular reasons. This may be for financial reasons, as listed above. There is no need to pay for rooms you’re no longer using.

But, a big house can also feel too empty. So many people opt for something smaller.

Retirement

You’re no longer working, so perhaps you want to travel more? Or simply, spend less time and energy maintaining the home.

“It’s safe to say homeowners typically don’t daydream about buying a smaller home,“ wrote Geoff Williams and Annalisa Burgos, at FrontDoor.com.

“But minimal maintenance is definitely an upside to not living large. After all, the time and money you used to spend on cleaning and upkeep can now go toward fun things. That’s why some people see downsizing as a step forward, not backward.”

New Job

Maybe you’ve taken a new job, that doesn’t pay quite as much as the last one. Or maybe the new job is in a new city with a higher cost of living, so you might have to move into something a little bit smaller.

New Phase in Your Life

Divorce or separation is also a major reason people choose to downsize their homes. This might mean moving from a house to a condo, if you no longer have a partner who used to take care of home repairs or yard maintenance.

Also, never discount the value of the fresh-start-feeling you can get with a new home.

Make Things Easy

In most of these cases, you’re looking for something easier and less expensive than what you’re doing now. That can also apply to the actual moving process.
For example, our mobile storage units can make things easy. At Go Mini’s, we help families keep their items safe and protected in vented, galvanized steel exterior containers, Learn more about our containers and the process, and either get a quote or book now.

When you need help moving, you find out who your friends are. Or at least the ones with nothing better to do.

Asking for help moving has certain informal social rules that we all need to abide by. Play your cards right and you may not need a moving company. Misplay them and you’re on your own.

Let’s take a look at how to properly ask.

Respect their time

Give them ample notice. Asking last minute always seems like someone else backed out and now you’re calling on them as a plan B.

Be courteous, but diligent with your reminders the big day is coming. It was be as simple as a text that tells them “Thanks again for agreeing to help me move on Saturday. Are chicken wings ok for lunch?” This approach will go a long way in protecting you from people who claim to get the date wrong.

Eliminate any surprises

Never be the person that claims the move will be quick and easy, but under estimated the massive desk that needs to go around 4 corners to get out of the apartment.

“So if you need 5 people to complete the task, or know that it will take time, you have to be up front from the get-go. Anything less is just being a poor friend,” wrote Richie Frieman, Modern Manners Guy at Quickanddirtytips.com

“Honesty is the backbone of any good friendship, so don’t be afraid to lay out exactly what they should expect when they arrive.”

Bribe them

Keep the pizza warm and the beer cold. Don’t skimp on either. Get the good stuff.

This is one of the oldest tricks in the book, but still one of the most important. People will never cease to want a reward, nor cease to love free food or beer.

Flatter them

Don’t be afraid to butter them up a bit. Saying things like “You’re the only one I trust helping me move mom’s old piano” will go a long way.

Think of this as bribing them with flattery. It still is just as effective as the beer and pizza.

Make it easy for them

As we mentioned above, eliminate any and all surprises. So do the same with any unnecessarily difficult tasks.

For example, our mobile storage units can make things easy. They’re portable and easy to fill. So no need to poll all your friends to find out who has the largest truck. We will move the unit for you.
At Go Mini’s, we help families keep their items safe and protected in vented, galvanized steel exterior containers, Learn more about our containers and the process, and either get a quote or book now.

moving containers TorontoShould I hire a moving company or not? Do I want the ease of a professional move or the affordability of a DIY move?

Let’s take a look at the arguments for both sides.

DIY Move Pros:

DIY Move Cons

Professional Move Pros

Professional Move Cons

Only you can decide which one of the above factors will sway your decision. Some people will tell you that you’re nuts for spending the money. Others will talk you out of losing a whole day to moving.

“There are many advantages and disadvantages to both options, and it’s important to weigh all the factors involved before coming to a conclusion,” wrote Nicole La Capria of Movers.com.

But you should know there is a third option

Moving Containers in Toronto. The Best of Both Worlds?

It is possible to get the convenience of pro movers, with the affordability of a self-move. Moving containers in Toronto can be filled up and moved on your schedule.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Pick a storage container size and have it delivered to you
  2. Pack and fill it on your schedule
  3. Choose when to have it delivered to your new home. Or you can also opt to have it stored for a while
  4. Have it delivered to your new home, and unpack on your own schedule.

These containers are safe, secure and clean. So you can feel good about keeping your prized possessions inside one—even for an extended period of time.

Still not sure what’s right for you? Click the following link to ask any questions about moving containers in Toronto.

portable storage containersMoving is already a difficult task, and the difficulties placed in your way by the winter season can make things even more complicated. Here are eight tips that you should follow to make winter moving much easier:

1. Start Extra Early

It’s daylight savings time. This means that instead of enjoying the sun’s rays until well past 9pm, the skies will be smothered in blackness in the early afternoon. This will make moving much more difficult, so make sure that you start your move early enough in the day that you won’t get stuck carrying boxes and furniture in the darkness at any time.

2. Get Your Pet(s) Out of the Way Beforehand

Free roaming animals like dogs and cats can get in the way of a move, posing a danger to themselves and the people scrambling around them. As such, it is important that you place them in a crate or at someone else’s house temporarily while you move.

3. Watch the Weather Reports Closely

Winter is a tumultuous season, and what the weather man said yesterday will often be wrong. Keep an eye out for any sudden turns in the weather that will force you to stop moving early at least twice a day prior to your move.

4. Don’t Pack any of Your Winter Necessities in Boxes

Salt, shovels, ice scrapers and other winter necessities should be readily available, especially if you do not plan on unpacking all at once.

5. Layer Up

Although you want to be warm while you are out in the winter weather, moving is a highly active task that can make your body heat up very quickly; the ensuing sweat can soak your clothing and make you colder than ever. Dressing in layers allows you to peel away clothing as you get to hot, so that you can prevent this from happening.

6. Keep Landings Clean

Although boxes are pretty tough, they are highly susceptible to the effects of water. The winter will create a wet environment both inside and outside; your feet will track wetness as you move, so it is important to keep cleaning the landings, both for the safety of the boxes and those walking through.

7. Clear Out the Snow and Ice For Both Destinations

If the skies are clear, but the ground is still caked in snow or ice, it could cause a serious problem for your moving efforts — just walking through a few inches of snow can be awkward. In order to avoid any holdups, make sure to get the snow shoveled away for both your current home and the place where you are moving to.

8. Use Portable Storage Containers

As we mentioned earlier, time is of the essence. However, portable storage containers can greatly reduce the effects of the daylight savings time-induced time constraints. This is due to the fact that with portable storage containers, you can work on your own timetable — instead of being beholden to the time limits imposed by a moving truck company.

If you’re looking for portable storage containers to make your big move easier, please contact us any time.

 

 

 

Go Mini’s would like to thank everyone who contacted us after last months flooding in the GTA area. It was an honor to be a part of helping those who were affected by the heavy rainfall. We hope that our services helped you complete your renovations promptly while protecting your previous belongings. Go Mini’s would also like to thank the following restoration companies who used our containers along with their services; Winmar Mississauga, Leda Restorations, First On Site, Interior Home Improvements, Service Master, Strone, and many others companies.  Wishing you all the best, and hope that the rest of your summer is enjoyable and rain free.

FloodFishing

With the warm weather coming people often decide to de-clutter and spruce up their homes. Are you thinking of a renovation this summer? Are you wondering what to do with all your belongings? Are you worried that your furniture may get ruined during the renovation? Think Go Mini’s! We have the perfect solution. Let us bring a container directly to you. Pack your precious possessions inside one of our clean containers and then let us store it for you. Go Mini’s can remove the container from your property and store it at our facility until your ready to move your belongings back into your home. If you prefer keeping your belongings closer to home, then you can also store the container on your very own driveway. Take your time loading and unloading your container; if the weekend shows more delightful activities then packing up or unpacking your things, then who are we to stop you? Enjoy your summer! Call Go Mini’s when you’re ready.

goministoragecanadaStorage warsJust a few weeks ago Go Mini’s got a taste of the gilts and glam of Hollywood. Storage Wars Canada is coming soon! The filming has begun, and Go Mini’s has some behind the scenes sneak peaks for you. Check out these pictures of our storage containers on the show.

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