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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...

How to move and store a washer and dryer

Moving and storing a washer and dryer So you have opted to move and store your washer and dryer as opposed to buying a pair for your new home; a bit of a hassle but may be more cost effective. For now, your washer and dryer are in the laundry room ready to be picked up by a couple of hulky movers and brought to your new place. But, are you sure your bulky, heavy, and probably expensive appliances are ready to be moved and stored?  Some planning ahead will make these difficult-to-move units easier to haul. There are also some tips you can follow to ensure your washer and dryer make it to your new home without damage. Also, make sure you store your washer and dryer properly if it will be sometime before they will be used again. Before you move, clean and prep your washer and dryer If you are planning to store your washer and dryer for a while make sure your appliances are clean prior to moving them. You can just run a rinse cycle to remove any detergent build up in the washer and make sure the lint area of the dryer is clean. To prepare your washer, it is a good idea to drain it thoroughly. According to Movers.com, you should turn on the warm water for about 30 seconds and drain the remaining water into a container. You can then turn off the water supply and unplug the water hoses and place them inside the washer. Mayflower recommends leaving the washer door open for 24 hours. This will ensure the washer is thoroughly dry, thus preventing mould...

3 reasons why moving to Chilliwack is a great idea!

With its enviable, picturesque geographical location and small town feel, Chilliwack has a lot to offer new residents planning to move there. Here are 3 reasons that will make you want to pack your bags, call your local moving company, and head to Chilliwack! Chilliwack is perfect for your inner outdoorsman Chilliwack is ideally located among a plethora of natural attractions. Instead of living in the big city and travelling a couple hours to get to the wilderness, moving to Chilliwack will feel like nature is waiting on your doorstep. Since Chilliwack isn’t completely nestled in the interior of BC, it still experiences a fairly moderate climate similar to Vancouver– as in, most sites will be accessible year round. You can go camping near Chilliwack at a number of different parks or explore the popular ‘fun-destinations’ Cultus Lake and Harrison Hot Springs (20-30 min drive). You can also try hiking in Chilliwack, and get lost in the many trails and hiking paths both within and surrounding the city. Move to Chilliwack for the epitome of an accessible, small town lifestyle As in, you’re not completely in the middle of nowhere, but it can certainly feel like it when you move there. Chilliwack has a population of around 78,000, so don’t worry, you aren’t moving into a place where you have to travel for necessities. It is well equipped with enough shopping options to settle in your new home after you’ve moved in– AND you’ll be sure to easily find a no-pay parking space! The City of Chilliwack is primarily a great city to move to because it is simplistic–...

Moving large appliances: How to move a Refrigerator

Amidst the many large and bulky things you have to move, it’s important you give your refrigerator the proper treatment it needs. This includes preparing it properly (before it moves an inch), transferring it smoothly, and setting it up perfectly in your new home. We’ve compiled some easy steps to follow– so your fridge can welcome that first grocery haul at the new place! 5 steps for moving a fridge: 1. Empty and clean: Make sure everything is removed and nothing is left behind before you even think about unplugging your appliance. Open every drawer, check it twice (don’t forget the freezer), and use it as an opportunity to throw out any spoiled or excess food you don’t need to take with you. If you’ve got a really dirty fridge, wipe down the entire unit thoroughly before you unplug it. This is so that food won’t have a chance to spoil before you get around to cleaning it. If you’ve removed shelving for cleaning (which is a good idea) make sure you keep them out of the fridge, along with any other moving parts, and pack them separately. 2. Unplug and defrost Defrosting a freezer can take upwards of 8 hours, so make sure you’re not leaving your refrigerator prep until the last minute. Unplug your unit and leave the door ajar. You might need to hang a towel over the door to keep it open. Keeping the door open is imperative to preserve the freshness of your refrigerator– don’t forget this point! Since condensation might have appeared during the cool-down, give it a final wipe and dry before closing...

Moving to Abbotsford? 3 reasons why it’s a good choice!

With a population of about 133,000, Abbotsford just might be the perfect city for you to call home. Because of the ever-increasing surge of housing prices in Metro Vancouver, families are having to get creative when it comes to seeking the lifestyle they want. From the all-encompassing services it has, to its communal focus, and its attractive real-estate market, Abbotsford is a great place to move to. Here are the 3 reasons why an Abbotsford moving company might be the next call you make! 1. Abbotsford has all the services you need Abbotsford is a full-fledged city that has more than enough reasons to never be a Vancouver commuter. You can explore a large shopping centre with all your favourite brands at Sevenoaks Mall, or find unique treasures in Abbotsford’s Historic Downtown. Abbotsford transit is fairly accessible and is part of the Central Valley Transit system. It  will get you where you need to go within city limits and also offers connections to neighboring cities. A monthly pass for an adult is only $52.00 (at time of writing), which is fairly affordable up against the hefty price tags in Vancouver. The frequency however, is likely going to be somewhat less, but who’s counting if your pocket is happy! One of the greatest benefits of being in Abbotsford, is that it is serviced by the Abbotsford International Airport. Over the years, this airport has been increasingly developed by Westjet, and now acts as a secondary West Coast hub for Canadian travellers. You’ll be able to access flights to the rest of Canada, and sometimes avoid a small price break. This...

Long distance moving in Canada: 6 attractions to make it a road trip!

If you are moving long distance in Canada, don’t let the magnitude of such a feat get you down. Of course you want to hire a reliable long distance moving company, but beyond that, you’ve got a long journey ahead of you. Since you’ll be hitting the road, you might as well make the most of it by planning some sights to see. However, before you go, don’t forget to read up on our previous blogs about long distance moving containers and vehicle shipping tips. Here are 6 of the best Canadian attractions to visit once you’ve loaded up the moving truck! Starting in the West… 1. Capilano Suspension Bridge, North Vancouver, British Columbia Drawing nearly 800,000 visitors per year, this wondrous gem in the woods provides fun for the entire family. Besides walking across the the stunningly scary bridge, you’ll be marveled by the treetop paths among gigantic Douglas Fir. Visit http://www.capbridge.com/ for more. 2. Calgary Zoo, Calgary, Alberta As one of Canada’s top zoos, the Calgary Zoo has several different habitats filled with vast amounts of wildlife. From hippos, to giraffes, to lions, and elephants (and everything in between), there will be something for everyone in the moving caravan to love. This zoo also makes incredible strides in wildlife conservation. Visit http://www.calgaryzoo.com/ for more. 3. Royal Tyrell Museum, Drumheller, Alberta This museum is a world-class hub for paleontology. The reason for its success, is because it’s located right in the midst of the massive fossil-bearing Horseshoe Canyon Formation. With a collection of over 130,000 fossils and being neighbours with the world’s largest dinosaur, this museum is not...

Making preparations for moving a chandelier in Vancouver

How to pack & move a chandelier in Vancouver Picture this: you’ve invested into decorating your home and decided to top it off by mounting a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind chandelier high above your foyer. A grand gesture at the very least. Whether your chandelieris the size of a flower bouquet or as large as a recliner, chandeliers are a unique situation– as in, they hang. The next time you are moving in Vancouver and have a chandelier that needs to come along, here are a few ways you can make sure it’s protected! Steps to secure your chandelier during take down and moving The surest way to move a chandelier is to have it encased in a customized box. When you first buy a chandelier, it may, or may not come in separate pieces. Some customized models already come fully assembled with pieces completely fused together. Therefore, it’s likely you’ll be stuck with one hanging piece of glory that can’t be set down or taken apart. But if it can be taken apart, that would be a good idea. If it’s made of glass, remove the glass pieces, and wrap them individually with something that will provide a ‘cushion’ during the move. You’ll have to purchase a shipping crate (wood is ideal so you can customize) big enough to leave room for about 4-6 inches on each side. For step by step instructions of how to turn a crate into a transportable chandelier perch, visit this blog. Staying safe and handling electricity for a chandelier move Before you remove the chandelier, make sure the lights are off! Find your fuse box and...