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How To Move Toys And Kids’ Play Rooms

How do you move toys and kids’ rooms? You may be surprised to hear this, but there are children in this world who will throw a fit if they lose their toys. And moving day is asking for toy losses.   Take this boy, on the popular blog-turned-book, Reasons My Son Is Crying: He is mad because he threw his toys out of his pen, and now he has no more toys to play with.   Imagine the tantrum and heartbreak that will ensue if, during a move, you lose your child’s favourite bunny or blanket! Disaster! And no, buying a replacement probably won’t work (them little munchkins are so smart!).   But I mean, realistically, toy-moving is going to mean purging at some level, right? You know the clean-up is coming. So there must be some decent and reasonable ways to do this with your kid.   Ok, so, how do parents safely, carefully and with caution move their child’s toys and play rooms?   As professional movers (some of whom are parents too), we will advise below! Before moving day, ask your child to organize their toys and decide what they don’t want anymore   We hear your giggles. You think this won’t work. But you’d be surprised. There are kids who can understand that they don’t want old stuff anymore (like toys that are actually for ‘babies’). And, if you show them that their toys may help another kid be happy, they may want to donate them. There are also children who will help you pack!   If you’re having a hard time with this, you...

Moving Large Appliances: How To Move A Deep Freezer

Moving Large Appliances – Deep Freezer When you have large appliances you’ve invested in, you may be taking them with you on your next move. This is more likely with deep freezers as they can be an addition to a home that a family purchased out of need. However, moving large appliances can come with nuances you need to be aware of. They are not as simple as moving boxy furniture. This is because there are inner working parts inside the ‘box’ of the appliance that need to be handled carefully. As a follow up to our article on how to move a refrigerator, in this article, we will discuss how to move a deep freezer.   Step one: have a safe plan for the food you will be removing from the deep freezer This is obvious, but keep in mind that when you remove food from a deep freezer, you’ll need an action plan of what you’re going to do with it. In our article on how to pack kitchen food, we gave some tips, and discussed eating as much of your food as possible before moving day. You can’t move a freezer with food in it. And, freezer food doesn’t have shelf life, of course. So this is going to be a bit tricky. If you are doing a short distance move, you can likely get away with buying coolers, filling them with ice or ice packs, and driving them to your new home yourself. If you can get dry ice, that may last longer. But be careful when handling dry ice! Movers won’t move food, so...

What To Know About Relocation Packages When You Move In Canada For A Job

Relocation Packages and Long Distance Moves When you work for a company, and they ask you to move in Canada to take a new position in another city, you may get a relocation package. Relocation packages can come in the form of stipends for moving, salary bonuses, temporary housing, long distance moving services covered by the company, or other help getting settled in to your new home (and life!). In this article, we’ll discuss what you should know about relocation packages when you move in Canada for a job. Relocation expenses are not tax benefits for companies, usually According to the CRA, the expenses of moving an employee to a new city are not eligible for tax deductions. See this page: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/bsnss/tpcs/pyrll/bnfts/prvdd/mvng/menu-eng.html   However, depending on the circumstance, an employee may be able to claim relocation costs as taxable benefits. See this page for more info: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/bsnss/tpcs/pyrll/bnfts/prvdd/mvng/txbl-eng.html   There may also be taxable benefits if you get a home relocation loan by your company. See this page for more info: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/bsnss/tpcs/pyrll/bnfts/prvdd/mvng/hm-eng.html   This article on Monster.ca also covers this topic: https://www.monster.ca/career-advice/article/tax-deductions-when-moving-for-work-or-school Relocation packages can include temporary accommodation, or company housing Sometimes, people who have to relocate for their jobs are put up in a home paid for by the company – for them and their family. It might be cheaper for the company than paying for you to travel a lot on business. If you are asked to find the accommodation, for reimbursement later, check out our article on this topic here: Finding temporary accommodation when doing a cross country move in Canada You can negotiate your relocation package...

Where To Move In Vancouver To Keep An Urban Backyard Chicken Coop

If you like the idea of having a hobby farm, or just the benefits of easy access to farm produce, urban farming may be for you. But if you’re living in an apartment, or a suite without a yard, that can be hard. And if you’re living in a city that doesn’t allow animal raising in your yard, you may not be able to live your chicken dreams. So where can you move in Metro Vancouver or the Fraser Valley to keep an urban backyard chicken coop? We’ll explore your options in this article! Move to the City of Vancouver so you can have a chicken coop   It may be hard to imagine the small Vancouver lots having enough room for a backyard urban farm – no less one with a chicken coop. But yes, if you move to Vancouver, you can set up a chicken coop in your yard, and the city encourages it! Only four though. They’re not totally crazy, sheesh.   In Vancouver, you have to register your chickens, however. You also have to follow some rules to keep things under control (we can’t have chickens roaming around our streets, attracting rodents or spreading disease, of course). You can’t have roosters, which we think would be an obvious bylaw for such a venture. Keep your neighbours happy by not waking them up at dawn! Also, while you may love that down to earth lifestyle, you can’t slaughter chickens in your urban Vancouver farm. But, chickens rarely result in complaints, so you should be ok.   In short: don’t move to Vancouver for a chicken coop...

What To Know About Moving To A Hobby Farm In Rural B.C. Areas

If you’re thinking of moving away from city life to a rural area in B.C., you may want to consider a hobby farm. Moving to a hobby farm in B.C. is possible, since you can buy acres of land specific to the needs of farmers – even within Metro Vancouver.   However, there are things to know about moving to a hobby farm in B.C. Even if you think you already have a green thumb, or a good understanding of animals, a hobby farm can entail more than the joy of organic food, rural life and part-time homesteading.   Before we get started on the things you should know about moving to a hobby farm, be sure to check out our following articles which can complement this topic: Where to move for groundwater access in B.C Fishing Licenses and Regulations When you Move to BC How to move a compost when doing a short distance move Understand how the government classifies hobby farms in B.C. and Canada This is important because it can affect your taxes. A hobby farm is not meant for producing income, though it can. You’ll need to know when you are producing enough income from your farm that it could count as a commercial enterprise. Here is a document that defines this more: http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/regional-planning/PlanningPublications/FarmTaxClassIncomeThresholdInvestigation.pdf   Then, the article below explains the way one family had to fight for their farm status, proving the initial assessment wrong. They were able to recover taxes as a result. Their case is important to learn how farms, or farms-to-be are classified and taxed in B.C., whether or not you’re...

Delta movers find moving checklists for Pinterest lovers

If you love organizing, planning, making things pretty, and being ‘on top of it’ all the time, you’re going to love these moving checklists our Delta movers found for checklist lovers.   Moving checklists aren’t just for packing (though packing checklists are really handy). They can help you remember all the little details of the before-and-after of your move too.   Here are our favourites! ‘Anything but packing’ checklist for your move   Here is the link: To Do List for Moving   The checklist above doesn’t mean you don’t have to pack! It’s just a list of things other than packing that you have to take care of when you move. You might soon realize there is more to it than you think (or remember from last time), and planning in advance is key! Change of address checklists   Here are the links:   https://www.pinterest.com/pin/436849232590503338/ https://www.pinterest.com/pin/409968372312253601/ https://www.pinterest.com/pin/123004633553541595/   Plus we have articles on this topic too! See the links below:   Changing Addresses & Moving Services, Checklist & Guide for Metro Vancouver Office Relocation Checklist   Whether you use the ones we found above, or make your own with modified checkboxes, this is a handy tool to make sure your mail and bills are going to the right place after you move. You can save so much hassle by doing this. And, you might be able to save money by not going with a forwarding address service, since you’ll have told everyone who needs to know what your new address is. Checklists for monthly and weekly stages of packing before a move   Here are the links:  ...

Finding Temporary Accommodation When Doing A Cross Country Move In Canada

Finding Temporary Accommodation When Doing A Cross Country Move In Canada When you’re planning a cross country move in Canada, there are going to be multiple factors to consider, no doubt. Balancing the timeline of events will be a little tricky. If you’re selling your home, your closing date may not have the 30-60 day window that will allow you to find a new place to live with ample notice. And even if it does, you might not find the perfect permanent dwelling in that time.   When you’re moving cross country in Canada, even if you’re not selling your home, but plan to move out of a rental, or plan to rent out your existing home, you have get used to your new neighbourhood. Deciding where to move in Toronto, for example, is not the same as deciding where to live in Vancouver. Traffic and distances are different – what took you 30 minutes to commute in Vancouver could take more than an hour in a bigger city. School districts may be organized differently, or come with different rules. Access to amenities could make your life more or less difficult.   And that’s all on top of finding the right space, with the right number of bedrooms, and the right decor style that fits you.   In short, moving is not as cut and dry as packing up one home, and then moving into another on the same day, or even within a few days.   Other times, you need a temporary place to stay while your home is being repaired or renovated.   You might need to...

Saving Money In Real Estate Sale Services When Moving In Canada

Moving is expensive. And so is selling your home. However, when you are moving in Canada, you have some options when it comes to saving money on real estate services. These savings can come in many forms, and during different steps in the process. In this article, we’ll explore some of these options. Sell your home using the FSBO method   FSBO stands for “For Sale By Owner” and it refers to the private sale of a home. Websites like this one are out there to help people do this. The world of real estate may seem like a mystery. Or you may think there is a big, and good reason why real estate agents pay a few thousand dollars to take a real estate course, and then more to join a broker firm.   However, there are home sellers who do all the work that real estate agent does, saving themselves the commission fee they would normally pay a sales agent.   But according to this article, don’t be fooled into thinking there are no fees with this method. It just means you take on the costs of selling the home, including the real estate lawyer fees. It also means you do all the work, and will have to learn the ropes when it comes to negotiations on your home price. This isn’t exactly like listing your patio furniture for sale on Craigslist. There is more that goes into selling a house when you are moving in Canada.   Some are calling the real estate agent service a rip off, for the amount of work they do. Selling...

How to pack kitchen food when moving in or out of Vancouver

You might think this topic doesn’t need a ‘how to.’ But you’d be surprised what the Internet can teach you when you do a little digging. Call it a ‘hack’ if you will. We’re about to teach you how to pack kitchen food when moving in or out of Vancouver. Step 1: eat your food before you move in or out of Vancouver This is important. Don’t buy more food at the grocery store until you make a serious commitment to go through your pantry, shelves, spice drawer and fridge. You will be amazed at how much food you have accumulated and not eaten. On the one hand, this can make you sad about the money you wasted. On the other hand, this can help you get creative by looking up recipes specifically to use all your ‘odds and ends’ food ingredients. Won’t that be fun? Food is heavy. If your mover has quoted you based on weight (which we think they shouldn’t), then moving food can get expensive. So if you don’t eat your food to save your money, you’ll need to consider whether getting rid of it is going to be cheaper than buying new food at your new home. Also, as a resident (or soon to be resident) of Vancouver, moving food is not as simple as you may think. We’ll get into that. Step 2: reduce and categorize your food to plan for the cost of the move As movers in Vancouver, we would strongly not recommend you take the approach of ‘dumping’ all your food into cardboard boxes and hope to ‘deal with it’...

Coquitlam movers discuss whether you should wait for lost pets to return home before you move

We’ve heard amazing stories about pets who found their way home after being lost. It can be months or even years after. And the distance can be incredibly far. Sometimes, it’s worth waiting for your pet to return home before you move. However, what do you do if you really have to move, and time is running out? Our Coquitlam movers discuss whether or not you should wait for lost pets to return home before moving. Before you wait to move, do whatever you can to find your pet We realize this section may be a bit obvious, but you should be looking for your pet. Posters and calling out their name on the street probably won’t be enough. According to this site, cats and dogs, for instance, display particular behaviours when they are lost. Those behaviours can depend on their personality, and, in the case of cats, whether or not they are indoor or outdoor cats. When they don’t return home, something is usually out of the norm. They could be injured and hiding, or scared. You’ll need to look under porches and in hiding spots to find them. The BC SPCA also has advice for finding your pet. While some folks who find lost pets bring them to shelters, some may take them in to their homes, thinking they are strays. There are websites and Facebook pages to help you find missing pets nowadays too. Consider the likelihood of your pets returning home before you delay moving If you’re moving in or out of Coquitlam, consider how likely it is that your pet will return home before...