Who can benefit from Mint Self Storage?
Just about anyone or any business can benefit from self storage. For instance, you might want to free up space in your home or garage, or you could use us for removal storage if you're moving house. Just about any business can free up expensive office rental space by storing documents with us. Many businesses also use us for general storage solutions - excess stock, bulk storage, or looking after tools or samples. Mint’s extended hours are convenient, free and unlimited, so some businesses find it useful to make their storage space a showroom or extension of their office, as well as for storage. And lots of businesses and individuals use us for parking their cars or vans.
I'm moving house - why should I store with you?
What if we do not want do the move ourselves?
If you're selling your home, clearing out some of your possessions first will make it less cluttered and more attractive to buyers. You can store everything with us for as long or as little as it takes -- there is only a one-month minimum stay and just seven days notice required to vacate. We can also recommend local moving companies.
You can take advantage of the savings self storage offers and not move yourself. We have professional movers available that are highly recommended by or coustomers.
Do you sell packing supplies?
What exactly can I store?
As long as it's not illegal, dangerous, highly inflammable, perishable, precious or alive you can store it.
Anything you store should be in compliance with our terms and conditions.
How do I know someone won't tamper with or steal my possessions?
When you rent with us, your unit will be securely locked and only you will have the key. Even we don't have access to your storage space. Other security measures include monitored 24 hour CCTV, individual door alarms, gated and fenced compound, and extensive staff presence.
What about insurance?
We provide all the essentials and useful extras you could need for your self storage unit. For instance, free trolley use in all our stores. There are also fax, computer, internet access, printing and photocopying services as well as a meeting room available.
Why should I store with you when I can use a friend's attic or our garage for free?
Even friends (and the space they can offer) have their limits. Can you be sure everything is 100% safe and accessible? And how secure, clean and dry is their garage? Will everything fit in? Who else has access to the space?
What's the minimum / maximum amount of time I can store for?
The minimum time is as little as one month, and the maximum is as long as you want on a month-to-month basis. There is no notice period required - so you'll never have to pay for storage time you don't need.
Where are you located?
We are conveniently located at Winnipeg’s Eastern gateway, You will find us at the corner of the Trans-Canada Highway (Fermor Avenue) and Highway 59 (Lagimodiere Boulevard). 1345 Niakwa Road East, Winnipeg, MB. Call us at 204-487-MINT (6468).
What do you mean by extended hour access self storage?
We strive to accommodate your schedule with long Mint hours, 7 days a week. Once you check in during office hours, you can access your unit from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm, seven days a week, three hundred sixty-five days a year. You can add to, take away from or just check up on your storage at a time to suit you. Unlike some storage companies, we offer free unlimited access.
A Mint representative is available on-site to assist you:
Monday - Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
What if I rent the wrong size storage locker?
In this instance you can simply rebook and move to the correct storage locker size. Or, if the right size isn't available, you can take an additional locker. You can add a locker or downsize when your space requirements change. There’s no charge to transfer or downsize. Contract periods are month to month... allowing you the flexibility of paying only for the space and time you need.
- 4-wheel dolly: For moving large pieces of furniture. Just roll them from home to vehicle to storage room.
- Appliance dolly: Load-locking straps and stair climbers make it easier to move heavy, bulky appliances, like refrigerators.
- Lightweight dolly: Easily maneuverable, this dolly makes moving a stack of boxes easy and takes the strain off of your back.
- Rolling flatbed cart: Available to help move many items at once from vehicle to storage room.
Park your truck as close to your home as possible. Load one quarter of the truck at a time, packing it as tightly as possible, floor to ceiling. Tie down each quarter. Usually the appliances and largest items go in first, heaviest items on the bottom and lighter items on top. Mattresses, tabletops, and other long items fit well along the sides of the truck. Mirrors ride best placed between mattress and box spring.
Save your back!
Always bend your knees and use your leg muscles when lifting heavy objects. Never lift with your back bent. Never push a hand truck up a ramp…always pull it so that you are higher on the ramp than the loaded hand truck.
Enlist a partner or two. Your helpers don’t have to be experienced movers. Even a child can hold open the door for you.
Don’t forget food!
A cooler packed with snacks will be a welcome sight to you and your movers at some point in the day.
More moving tips!
- Use new, uniformly sized boxes. They stack more efficiently, maximize the use of your space, and are clean and pest free.
- Take home more boxes than you think you need. Most people underestimate their needs. You can return any boxes you don’t use when they are purchased from Mint.
- Use special purpose boxes, like dish-packs and wardrobes, to make packing easier. See our packing supplies page for a complete list of the types available at Mint.
- Allow plenty of time for packing. It usually takes much longer than you expect.
- Use small boxes for heavy items, larger ones for light things, and avoid packing fragile and heavy items together.
- Fill each box completely to prevent collapse.
- Always cover the floor in a non-climate unit with pallets. All our non-climate storage units have FREE pallets available or already placed into the units.
- Use plenty of packing material to protect your possessions. Un-inked packing paper, bubble-wrap, towels, blankets, pillows and bedding all work well.
- Avoid using printed newspaper for packing. The ink rubs off and can cause permanent damage.
- Seal all boxes completely with strong packing tape.
- Try to keep all boxes under 30 pounds to save your back.
- Number your boxes and mark contents and room on the side.
- Pack small items in drawers, and keep them in place with folded clothing.
- Fill major appliances with lightweight unbreakable items.
- Store only clean and dry things to prevent moth and mildew damage.
- Appliances: For transport, tie doors shut (tape may harm the finish). Store with doors and lids open to prevent mildew. Seal disconnected hose ends with a plastic bag and rubber band.
- Beds: Fasten bed rails together with rope. Cover mattresses to keep them clean. Inexpensive mattress covers are available in all sizes at Mint.
- Books: Pack these flat to protect their spines. Books get heavy in bunches. Pack them in small cartons, holding weight to under 30 pounds for easy lifting. Line all book cartons with plastic and fill empty spaces with packing paper.
- Chairs: Wrap packing paper around legs. Stack light chairs seat to seat. MINT sells plastic chair covers for all types of chairs.
- Dishes and Glasses: Take your time here. Use extra strength dishpak cartons. Pad bottom, sides, and top with plenty of crumpled paper. Wrap each dish individually with plenty of packing paper or bubble wrap. Stack dishes on edge. Wrap cups and glasses individually, nest together in groups of three or four, and place in the top of the box. Mark these boxes “Fragile.”
- Electronics: Pack in the original cartons or special electronics boxes. Check owner’s manual for special moving instructions– such as securing floppy or hard disk in computers, securing the laser in a CD player or turntable screws and tone arm in a stereo. Do not use polystyrene peanuts with computers. The static electricity could damage circuit boards. Code wires with tape for easy reinstallation. For longer-term storage, consider moisture removal bags (available at Mint and at most electronics stores) or a climate controlled storage unit.
- Lamps: Remove bulbs and shades. Pack shades in individual boxes with plenty of non-inked packing paper. Wrap cord around the base of lamp, and tape down.
- Mirrors and Paintings: Wrap in non-inked paper, towels or blankets and place in special mirror boxes, or package individually with strong cardboard. Mark “Fragile.” Stand on edge, preferably between mattresses or box springs. Never store flat. Store fine oil paintings only in climate-controlled spaces.
- Sofas and Hide-a-Beds: To save space, stand sofas on end. Tie hide-a-beds closed. When storing a curved-arm sofa, stand it on end on top of something sturdy, like a trunk, so that the arm overhangs the trunk and carries no weight. Cover with a blanket. Put cushions on top and load light boxes in the space where the cushions were.
- Tables: Remove legs, if possible. Spray wood finish with a quality wood polish. Tie extra leaves together. Tabletops can be leaned sideways.
- Tools and Sports Equipment: Wipe metal surfaces with machine oil to inhibit rust, and then cover with plastic to prevent staining. Take apart equipment assembled with screws or bolts, and place the parts in plastic bags taped to the item. Mark pieces for easy reassembly. Tape or tie long-handled tools in bundles.
- Hoses and Machinery: Drain hoses, tie them in coils, and connect ends. Remove gas and oil from lawnmowers, snow blowers, weed eaters, etc., and store with fuel caps open. Remove bicycle wheels to conserve space.
- Skis and Snowboards: Avoid direct contact between skis or snowboards and concrete floors to prevent possible de-lamination.
- Valuables: Do not store furs, jewelry or money. Place cameras and other valuables in unmarked boxes.