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Surrey movers exploring Langley housing options: what we found

So, the Vancouver Giants are moving to Langley, did you hear? If even sports teams are doing it, it kinda makes you wonder if YOU should move to Langley, right? Well, as Surrey movers, we thought we’d scope out some info on that topic, since, after all, our job is to help people move to Langley, and other places alike. But our job always works best when our moving company customers have a place to move into first! So let’s look at a few factors surrounding Langley housing options. What does it cost to move to Langley? Housing prices in Langley The price of a house in Langley may not be THAT much different than in other Vancouver suburbs. But, one big factor to consider is that PRICE does not always assume VALUE. You could be getting more ‘house for your buck’ (or ‘land for your buck’!) when you move to Langley. And, as Surrey movers who move more than just houses, we can tell you that price also depends on what you’re looking for. Is it land that you can farm or build on? Is it a small condo? A $30K mobile home? A brand new build? A giant house in a nice rural area? An ice rink for a sports team to play in? Using a property search website, you can find an array of housing and property prices, depending on your budget and what you’re looking for: http://www.rew.ca/properties/areas/langley-bc But to give you a ballpark idea, using what’s called a “benchmark price,” a detached home in Langley was averaging $747,900 not too long ago (from time of...

What makes a good moving truck

Finding a good moving truck for your Vancouver move When you are moving in Vancouver, the top of your checklist for moving will no doubt be to find the best moving truck. Here we will help you find out exactly what to look for when finding a truck for moving. Inquire about the maintenance and durability of the moving truck Your main concern of moving is most likely making sure your things actually reach your destination, which is why a well-maintained moving truck is essential to your move. The last thing you want is for your truck full of belongings to break down halfway to your destination. So, don’t be afraid to ask for recent inspection information! Make sure you choose a Vancouver moving company that takes pride in supplying durable, top-of-the-line trucks, and guarantees well-maintained moving trucks. Make sure the truck is clean for your Vancouver moving journey The interior condition of your moving truck can make all the difference in your Vancouver move. A clean truck will protect your furniture and other possessions from dirt, dust, and debris, which can all be very damaging if they get on the wrong surface. You also want to make sure the truck is dry. Especially in the already damp climate of Vancouver, you don’t want your belongings to be exposed to any moisture that could be avoided. A quick check and clean-up can make all the difference! Ensure the best experience when moving in Vancouver by avoiding damage Along with the cleanliness of your moving truck, it is important to go with a moving company that will help keep your...

Our 18 most visited moving articles in 2016 so far (from our Vancouver movers blog)

Keep in mind some of these moving articles were published recently, and so the fact they made it to this list part way through the year is impressive! They may get more and more popular as we progress through our calendar in 2016. Share the ones you find most interesting! In ascending order, our most popular articles for 2016 thus far are… 18. Black Bear Fears for North Vancouver, West Vancouver, or the Tri-cities? In this article we delve into something most people probably don’t think about when picking a place to move in Metro Vancouver: the black bears! When you move more North, you’re more likely to run into these wild animals, especially in places you least expect, like your backyard or other local areas. If you have a phobia for black bears, or just want to avoid the dangers of animal sightings where you keep your household garbage, you may want to check this article out: http://www.fergusonmoving.com/blog/top-black-bear-cities-bc-north-vancouver-coquitlam-maple-ridge/ 17. Moving large appliances: How to move a refrigerator You think it’s simple, right? But it’s not! Refrigerators are not just giant boxes that magically keep things cold! They have working components – even ones that contain liquids – that need to be kept upright. Plus, they’re heavy, and you may want to take some precautionary steps when preparing to move a refrigerator. Our article explains this in more detail: http://www.fergusonmoving.com/blog/large-appliances-how-to-move-refrigerator-vancouver/ 16. Moving Hacks: Lifehacks that Make Moving Easier You’ve heard of lifehacks right? Well, we put together some ‘moving hacks’ for you to try. And, not only that, we thought of Vancouver moving families in particular! Like the consideration of labelling...

Cons of buying and moving to a private island in Canada

Buying and moving to an island in Canada: Part 2, the cons Last week we talked about why you’d want to buy a Canadian island and move there, even if it’s only for part of the year. Surprisingly, island ownership is not out of reach for typical middle-class earners. Especially not so when considering the possibility of combined ownership. But after you buy the island, as Bloomberg so classically puts it, you’ll need to “figure out how you’re going to stay alive on the island.” And we dare say, it gets more difficult than just that! Let’s explore some cons of moving to an island, or owning one. Moving to an island usually means living without basic amenities, or building them yourself When you move to an island, a huge costly setback to your idealistic goal will likely be about building – and we’re not just talking about shelter. There is also water supply, electricity and even a toilet to think about. This is explained in more detail in the Bloomberg article mentioned above, and others. Here are some general things to know: Islands are isolated, so transporting building material to the site will be much more expensive than transporting to larger inhabited areas. Now imagine what a moving company would charge to ferry or fly in your furniture! (This isn’t the kind of place you’d want to helicopter in a grand piano, get where we’re going with this?) Even if you have the money, there can be environmental restrictions and regulations surrounding what you can and can not build on the site. Then, even without government laws or money being a setback,...

Pros of buying and moving to a private island in Canada

Buying and moving to an island in Canada: Part 1, the pros You may be surprised to hear that it’s possible to buy your own island. It sounds almost like a tale out of The Swiss Family Robinson. And you might wonder, ‘but why would I want to do THAT?’ Or, you may be thinking, ‘where do I sign up?’ Well, watching a show like Island Hunters can give some insight into what it’s like to go shopping for an island to buy. But scouring the Internet for ‘How to buy an island’ will tell you two sides to the story for AFTER you’ve moved in. The short end of it is that: Islands are not usually long-term living spots (not that they can’t be though!). Island can be cheaper than you’d think, for the initial investment. Islands come with a lot of living limitations and ongoing expenses. In this article, we’re going to discuss the pros of buying and moving to an island in Canada. Next week, we’ll delve into the cons, to help give you a balanced view of what it is like to own an island. Moving to an island can provide a personal sanctuary and a fun adventure According to one part owner of a Nova Scotia island, buying an island was about the feeling of sovereignty, and not so much about having a tropical getaway, as some may assume would be the only reason to own an island. He says about his choice to go North for island ownership that, “They may not fit the archetype of the tropical private island, but the climate wasn’t...

IKEA hacks for moving

IKEA Hacks by Vancouver Movers Guide  If you’re an IKEA buff like, you may know most of what we’re going to talk about already. But for those who aren’t used to visiting the Swedish retailer of ‘all cool things for the home,’ we’re about to show you what to shop for at IKEA when preparing to move in Vancouver. If you’re one of those folks that makes occasional trips to IKEA to shop for the ‘big’ things in your home, like couches and tables, you may be surprised to learn about all the ‘little’ nooks and crannies in the IKEA store. They have products that can be useful for moving day. So while you’re eating your Swedish meatballs in their restaurant, make a plan to utilize IKEA products for a great moving day. The IKEA moving website It may sound unusual, but IKEA USA has a website designed just for moving day. It has tips on moving and a savings offer. Of course, the idea is to get you to buy their stuff, and have them deliver it to you, but it certainly is worth mentioning. Since afterall, this article is about IKEA moving hacks. http://info.ikea-usa.com/moving/index IKEA tools for handy tasks when you move Did you know IKEA has a line of power tools and manual tools? They’re not only priced amazingly low, they can come in really handy when moving. While we haven’t tested their quality, we can say that having a power drill or a hammer around the house will very likely become useful one day, especially around the time you move into a new home. And if...

Two more ways to customize your home in a rental-friendly way

How to customize your rental home (part 2) Last week we gave 3 great ideas for customizing a home when you’ve moved into a rental. Sometimes a rental is a great financial decision. But it leaves out the fun of customizing the parts of your home that many like to feel more ‘permanent.’ It’s also not always worth your money to put investment into a home that’s not technically yours. But, you can still personalize your rental home with these great, affordable ideas! Here are more tips for projects to take on when you’ve moved into a rental in Vancouver. More rental friendly decor ideas 4) Fake, removable wood and brick walls You know that look in some home design magazines, where they show you a super cool lofty apartment that has exposed brick? Or these amazing wood walls that look like a country cabin? And you think ‘where do people FIND these homes to move into?’ Well, you can fake that when you move into a rental. And there are a few ways to do it. Best of all, they are all temporary solutions. So, when you move out of a rental, you can easily take them down and the landlord won’t be upset! Printed paper with moulding-made borders This one is simple, and if you use 3M Command strips (without hooks of course), you can probably do this without holes too. Here is how one person did it. If you use finishing nails on the wood strip borders you’ll have tinier holes to patch on moving day, and they won’t look as obvious. Faux texture with wall panels You can buy...

3 ways to customize your home in a rental-friendly way

Moving into a rental in Vancouver? Here are 3 ways to customize your home in a rental-friendly way (part 1) Moving into a rental is sometimes great for budgeting, and some may argue that it’s certainly a viable option for long term financial planning too. Here is one video by the Khan academy that challenges the notion it’s always better to buy a home. And here is another video comparing the two options. Ok, but for whatever reason, you’ve decided to move into a rental in Vancouver. Or another city. You know what the investment people DON’T usually talk about? Decor and customization! With your own home you can rip out walls, floors, and do whatever you want. But with rentals, your home-sweet-home has to stay rental-ready for the next people moving in. But not to fear – we’re going to give you some clever ideas for creating a customized look in a rental after you’ve moved in. Rental friendly decor ideas 1) use wood planks to make things interesting Planks of wood used cleverly can create a ‘rustic’ feeling in a home. Especially when the wood is distressed, though it doesn’t have to be. And if you repurpose old doors to do this, it can look even cooler. The great thing about using these large pieces of wood is that they not only make statement pieces for a room, they can also be a way for you to add wall hanging material to a wall, without touching the wall itself. For example, attach a wall lamp or sconce to the old wood. This way you not only won’t have...

Dollar store hacks for your next home move

What to buy before moving, the dollar store edition Moving is stressful, we’ve said it a million times. But you know what’s more stressful? Forking out the money to pay for moving supplies. It adds up! So being able to save in any way can really help. And who doesn’t love a good bargain any day, right? Our previous post had 5 things to buy before moving. But, here we thought we’d give you some ideas of dollar store hacks for your next home move. 1. Shelf liners to spruce up an old home before you unpack A lot of people call these contact paper. They are also referred to as PVC paper, and they can be made of vinyl, flexible plastic or a rubber-like material. Some of them stick and can be removed easily (though you should always test a patch first). Nonetheless they can be used for a variety of things to spice up your new home and make it livable or ‘like new’ again. For example: Lining shelves and drawers (duh!) Covering walls or built in millwork shelving (yes, people use these as a wallpaper substitute – but make sure it’s removable or test a little before you go all out! Especially if you’re renting!) Making windows frosty (get the frosty kind, Con-Tact brand has these varieties) Covering holes and gaps on utility shelves (some shelf panels are not solid, so plastic sheets can help prevent things falling through the cracks) Plus, if you like being a little crafty and Pinterest-ey, you can look up the way some clever folks are using marble contact paper to create a high-end...

5 Things to Buy, Before Moving

Things to pick up at a hardware store for your next moving day haul If you like life hacks, or just being a handy kind of person, you might like knowing about some products that can make your next moving day, or move-in easier. We find these typically at hardware stores, but a department store with a hardware section in it may have these things as well. Here is our list of things to pick up at a hardware store before moving day, or to prepare for moving day. 1) Sturdy moving crates Usually made of wood, but also of plastic, you can find moving crates to hold the heavier, bulkier items you need to move. When a cardboard box won’t do, spending the $10 – $13 or so to get a sturdy wooden box for moving day may just be worth the investment. You won’t want your wine collection, for example, to break on moving day. And, if you ask nicely, the store may also have some moving pallets that can come in handy for the really big moves, like for large heavy planters, and so on. These pallets are usually used with special moving equipment. If you’re doing a more industrial move, however, you may need these anyway. 2) Moving dollies of various shapes and sizes A dolly is not just a dolly. Certain dollies can be made for different uses, like for appliances or boxes. Especially if you plan to move again, you may want invest in the right type of equipment that will allow youmove things more easily on wheels. You may also want a dolly...