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Advice from a cross-country Canadian moving company on Quebec moving day

Advice from a cross–country Canadian moving company on business promotion during Quebec’s moving day If you haven’t heard, thousands of Quebecois residents had to move on July 1, while the rest of the country was celebrating Canada Day. As a cross–country Canadian moving company, we couldn’t help but notice, and get excited, about the efforts of 3M to help people out on a mass-moving day like that in Quebec. Here are a couple links to read more about the story: http://globalnews.ca/news/2798947/moving–day-eh-thousands-of-quebecers-pack-up/ http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/about-200000-people-moved-in-quebec-today While we applaud 3M for their efforts to pay-it-forward for Quebec movers, we thought it would also be valuable to give some tips to other companies who want to do some promotional work on moving days. If you are outside Quebec, keep in mind that in other provinces, people will most likely move at the beginning and end of months, so you can apply these principles to your own location too. Keep safety in mind: don’t try to help Canadian movers if you’re not trained to do so You will notice in the articles linked to above, when 3M jumped in to help Canadian movers, it wasn’t by heavy lifting (that we know of). It was more on the side of offering refreshments, and being a friendly face on that day. Moving can be dangerous business: not just for humans, but also for the artifacts being moved. The last thing you want as a company is to have an employee injured on the job, or injuring others while moving. And also, you don’t want your company ruining people’s furniture or houses while moving. Our advice is to keep...

Cool Pinterest hacks for moving in Richmond BC

Cool Pinterest hacks found by Richmond movers We formerly wrote about reasons you’d want to move to Richmond, B.C. But, amidst the busyness of a planning a move in Richmond or Metro Vancouver, anything that makes your life a little easier is definitely in your best interest. Pinterest is the hub of all things DIY on the internet, and can give you endless tips and tricks to simplify your Richmond move. All you have to do is know how to find them! Our Richmond movers found some cool ways to do just that. How to find moving hacks on Pinterest Before you start searching for your local moving and packing tips, it is a good idea to make an account on Pinterest. This way, you will be able to ‘pin’ your favourite ideas to reference later. Once you make an account, it’s time to start looking for ideas! Try searching Pinterest.com for hacks made from specific materials you have lying around your house. For example, after a move, storage boxes or moving pallets can easily be repurposed and made into something great. If you click on a picture you find on Pinterest, you can then select ‘open article’ below it for more details. Once you find some moving hacks that interest you, pin them to yourPinterest board. On your board, you will be able to see pictures of all your favourite moving hacks and moving DIY projects! Here are some of our Richmond movers’ favourite hacks!  Pack heavy items like books in suitcases. The wheels on the suitcases will allow them to serve as a simple form of portable storage, and...

Movers in North Vancouver give ideas for preparing and moving garden plants

When thinking of relocation and moving to or from North Vancouver, it may be difficult to leave behind a beautiful home you have put a lot of time and effort into. If you have a green thumb, you will probably wish you could bring your whole garden with you! Unfortunately, there aren’t any North Vancouver moving companies that will be able to pick up your yard and move it with all your other things, like they could with a shed or heavy tools. However, we do have some tips to help you move your favourite plants to begin a beautiful garden in your new home. Prep your plants for their move in North Vancouver or elsewhere! No matter what size your plants are, or what type of container they are in, make sure you water them before they are moved. This will keep the soil moist and the roots happy, which will help to reduce the shock of moving. If you are moving smaller plant pots, it is also best to transport them in your own vehicle instead of the moving truck. However, if you have larger plants, have your North Vancouver movers put them in the moving truck last so that they can be unloaded first. In another article on our moving blog, we mentioned putting the heavy items in the moving truck first. Although the plants will be heavy, they will also be messy, and need a lot of immediate care to ensure they don’t get damaged. So use your judgement when deciding where to place them in the moving truck. And, while we’ve also mentioned putting your...

Richmond movers list important numbers and sites

Richmond movers list important phone numbers and websites to keep handy after you move to Richmond We’ve formerly written about 5 reasons to move to Richmond, B.C. And, as Richmond Movers, we love helping our clients with all things related to moving. On this blog post, we’re going to list some important phone numbers and websites to keep handy when you move to Richmond. Before we get started, keep in mind that the city of Richmond BC publishes a ‘Newcomer’s Guide’ that you may want to take a look at: http://www.richmond.ca/discover/about/newcomersguide.htm?PageMode=HTML Public Transportation info for the City of Richmond, B.C. Translink and the Coast Mountain Bus Company are what runs the public transportation in Richmond, B.C. The following page of the city’s website describes what you need to know about available routes, phone numbers or websites related to public transport in Richmond. http://www.richmond.ca/discover/services/bus.htm This is a PDF showing the Richmond and South Delta bus routes: http://infomaps.translink.ca/System_Maps/123/RDT-Jun%202016.pdf This is a page offering PDF downloads for the bus routes of other areas in the Lower Mainland, should you need to travel out of Richmond: http://www.translink.ca/en/Schedules-and-Maps/Transit-System-Maps.aspx Taxi cab companies in Richmond For private transportation options, here are a few options for taxi services in Richmond: Richmond Taxi Ltd: (604) 272-1111 Garden City Cabs: (604) 233-1111 Kimber Cabs: (604) 238-8888 Garbage and recycling pick up information – useful for after you move to Richmond! Right after you move to Richmond, you’re probably going to start wondering when garbage and recycling days are! And you’ll need that service if you’re purging while unpacking too. This page of the City’s website shows a visual map of garbage...

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...