How to move fine art safely to your new home

No crying over spilled paint: How to move fine art safely to your new home Do you collect fine art? Is your residence adorned with treasured antiques? Do you revel in being surrounded by beautiful paintings in your home? If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of these, you probably know the meaning of sentimental value, and in most cases monetary value since art isn’t usually cheap! It can be scary to imagine transporting these kinds of fragile and valuable objects up and out of your house if you have an impending move. In the event you are moving in the Lower Mainland, or moving across Canada with fine art in tow, there are a few things to keep in mind. When moving high value items, it’s important to plan ahead, communicate with your movers, and stock up on packing supplies! Account for all of your art pieces before you move and consider insurance Expensive jewellery can fit in a padded box, a vintage guitar can fit in its case, but art pieces can come in the randomest of shapes and sizes. It’s a good idea to take inventory on everything you anticipate taking with you on your move. That way you can even put aside extra special pieces to be moved by hand in a personal vehicle. Depending on their value, you might have to separately insure fine art pieces in BC. Sometimes regular home insurance plans do not account for high-value art collections. It is imperative you check with your insurance broker before you move to ensure all of your items are protected. After all, art is fragile...

Are solar panels a good idea before moving to a new Vancouver home?

Installing solar panels before moving in? You might have curiously driven by a house with solar panels, or perhaps you’ve heard murmurs of them being a safe haven in the face of increasing energy rates here in British Columbia. Either way, solar panels are being talked about now more than ever. After all, doesn’t it makes sense that we take advantage of a readily-available renewable resource? (renewable as in the sun is expected to burn for another 5 billion years) It’s not all sunshine and roses though. Solar panels are initially an expensive undertaking. And, is our perma-gloomy climate in the Lower Mainland able to even sustain solar powered energy throughout the year? If you are thinking of moving, or have just moved, we want to show you the benefits and drawbacks of installing solar panels— and then you can see if you wanna walk on sunshine or not! Weighing the costs of moving to solar power in BC — do you really save money? The long term answer is yes, but solar panels aren’t cheap to initially buy. We’ve taken a look at where to buy solar panels in Vancouver and it seems the average installation is going to cost around $5000.00 -10 000.00 for a mid-sized home. Your electrical bill after the fact, however, is pretty much non-existent. On the bright side, solar panel technology is on the rise like never before, and year by year, the price of installing a system will decrease quite rapidly. BC Hydro does say that with today’s energy rates, it might take up to 20 years before you recoup the costs of your...

How to clean and fix damaged items after moving

Be creative and smart You wrapped everything twice, packed it nice and snug, but, there’s still a chance you’ll uncover some degree of damage to your furniture upon settling into your new home. Hopefully you’ve had the chance to work with reliable movers who are attentively processing your goods. But you just can’t be sure that every square millimeter of your stuff will be immune from moisture, damage, or dust while in transit. Here are a few ways you can creatively clean and fix items that might need a little extra ‘TLC’ upon arrival. Avoid moisture wreaking havoc on your things with homemade cleaning remedies If you’re moving in the Vancouver area, it’s likely you’ll be dealing with some degree of moisture with our rainy and wet climate. Thus, there is a high chance your possessions have been exposed to precipitation from the outdoors. Don’t freak out if you come across any water stains on your wooden items (usually in the form of a whitish mark). There’s actually a good chance you can get rid of them completely by using one of these common household items. However, make sure you are using these on any finished surface (no antiques or unfinished wood). If you happen to notice water has already saturated any wood furniture you have, don’t wait! Grab a fan, or use a hair blow dryer to dry up the wood as best you can. Doing this sooner than later will prevent the wood from warping or becoming a host for bacteria. Then, to treat the inevitable scuffs on walls from moving (that couch almost fit down the...

Affordable flooring to install before moving in Vancouver

Choosing the right flooring before you move into your new Vancouver home As a Vancouver moving company, we certainly want to see you move into the place of your dreams, but sometimes a little work is involved first. To get the most out of your new home, it’s a good idea to evaluate the condition of the flooring before you move in. By replacing old flooring before you move, you’re avoiding the giant hassle of replacing it down the road (cue the furniture shuffle and chaotic mess). You may not have the luxury of the folks from Love it or List it Vancouver giving you renovation advice, but the internet is certainly second best! We’ve compiled some popular flooring ideas to consider implementing before you move in Vancouver. Affordable flooring you can install before moving in the Lower Mainland   Vinyl As one of the most popular kinds of residential flooring, vinyl is among the cheapest flooring you can get, but that’s not to say it is lower in quality. Vinyl has become popular for its water proofing abilities while still being able to give the ‘wood’ look to a home. That means you can use it more safely than say, laminate, in the kitchen or bathroom. Vinyl flooring planks usually interlock or connect with a sticky strip, making them easy to install and easy to replace– and available in an array of styles and colours. There are also flat-laying vinyl planks that can be replaced individually in case damage occurs. But since there is no interlocking, you’ll want to ensure these are installed professionally and your floors are...

Moving Music Studio Equipment, Relocating Instruments Safely

How to safely move instruments, music equipment, and studio gear Whether you are part of a professional music studio in Metro Vancouver, or have constructed an at-home setup, the story is the same: you’ve probably invested hundreds, or likely thousands of dollars into the perfect musical gear to feed your creative endeavours. In the event you are moving musical instruments or equipment in the Lower Mainland, there are a few ways to rule out the possibility of damaging your possessions. For moving an upright or grand piano, read no further and visit our previous blog on how to move a piano. Since pianos usually weigh a minimum of 500 lbs, professional help is always necessary for your safety and to avoid damage to your home. For anything else music-related, here are some helpful things to to protect your gear on your next move! Exercise caution when handling instruments Generally speaking, instruments are very fragile and aren’t something that can be easily repaired if they were to become dented or squashed during your move. Sure, you could replace a fallen key from a piano, or a lost mouthpiece for a clarinet, but if the body of any instrument becomes compromised, it won’t sound how it is supposed to. The body of an instrument is built to act as a perfectly tuned resonating chamber. If any outside force compromises that shape, the tuning will be off and the instrument won’t sound how it was meant to sound. So bottom line, however big or small your instrument is, it should be treated like a box of fine china to save you from shelling...

Long Distance Movers Guide: Tips Adjusting to the Vancouver Community

Feeling welcome after moving into your new Vancouver community After relocating from abroad, once the moving truck drives off, the crew leaves, and the boxes have been emptied, you have officially turned the page on a new chapter in your life. It is surely intimidating to be among entirely new surroundings, so, for long distance movers,  how does one feel welcome and a sense of belonging in an unfamiliar place? Depending on how old you are, the idea of a ‘welcome wagon’ may be a completely unfamiliar term. However, the sentiment of a community coming together to welcome new residents has remained — it’s just up to you to discover how it manifests in the present day. Join local programs to meet like-minded people The City of Vancouver has a great network of community centers. Programs are typically affordable and will give you chance to meet people that may have similar interests as you. For teens and adults, group fitness classes like aerobics, aquacise, or yoga put you into a high-energy group setting where you’ll have an opportunity to socialize and meet people. If you are more of an introverted person, and the idea of sweating it out in a sea of strangers is overwhelming, start with 1-on-1 interactions such as a private music lesson. Or, enroll in a class to learn a new language. This essentially has structured socialization through practicing the language with your peers. For parents it’s almost the easiest: if you enroll your child in a community program (art class, dance lessons, swimming, etc), you’ve automatically found yourself among other parents to strike up a conversation with....

Setting up a house bar after you move into your new home

Installing a house bar, after you’ve moved into a new house Once you’ve moved into your new Vancouver home, it’s natural to want to have friends over for a housewarming gathering! And for many people, a good house bar can make for a good party. So for this week’s topic, we’ve decided that we’ll cover some basics about how to set up a house bar after you move in. Tips for moving wine glasses when setting up a house bar Wine is often a staple drink for many people seeking to entertain guests, or for those who want to relax on their own. That being said, a home bar often isn’t complete without a good selection of wine glasses. As movers, we’ve had plenty of experience transporting delicate bar items, so we’d be happy to share some tips for moving wine glasses. From experience, we’ve found that boxes with multiple individual slots, or cell packs, are often the best way to move glass sets. You can often purchase moving boxes online at places like uline.ca, for example. However, there are other ways. Try going to liquor, glassware and home improvement stores. Ask vendors if they have any cell boxes or packaging that they plan on throwing away. Sometimes, you might just get lucky and receive a few boxes for free! Once that’s been taken care of, try wrapping each individual glass with either bubble wrap or a an equivalent packaging material before starting your move. The same applies for other delicate glassware. Items such as glasses, pints and mugs can often be moved just as well with cell-packed boxes. Setting up and...

Winter Moving in Vancouver, Dealing with Rats & Mice

Dealing with rats and mice after moving into your house in the winter Winter is just around the corner, and the colder temperatures may force some pests to seek refuge in your home. Mice and rats may be some of the unwanted house guests that invite themselves over. We’ve briefly touched in this blog about how to spot rats and mice before you move in, so check that out if you haven’t yet. With that being said, sometimes it can be hard or even impossible to perfectly screen a new home for pests. So we’re going to take a quick look at how to deal with rats and mice in your new Vancouver home once you’ve finished moving in. Dealing with mice and rats — how and when do rodents move in? According to the New York Times, mice may start moving into your house to avoid colder temperatures as winter starts. Since the common house mouse is pretty small — something like an ounce in weight and two inches long — they can often find a way into your home. One common way is through piping. Many mice and some rats are often just small enough to make the journey through pipes and into your house. The solution? Plug it up! Most pipes can often be blocked off by stuffing them with materials such as sponges or steel wool. If that doesn’t work, try stretching wire mesh over openings that are too big to be plugged up. Garage doors can sometimes be a point of entry that homeowners overlook. The weatherstripping on garage doors is sometimes worn and...

Tips before a tenant moves in: BC tenancy, damage & pet deposits

B.C. Tenancy tips for before a tenant moves in — damage and pet deposits It’s very common for people to rent out their Vancouver homes to help pay the bills. We’ve been covering tenancy tips on our blog, and if you haven’t checked them out yet, we advise you do so before reading this piece. Most recently, we covered how to legalize a suite before a tenant moves in. We’re going to pick up where we left off and talk about the next steps to take — specifically about rental deposits in B.C. Avoid rental deposit pitfalls before a tenant moves in In order to create a tenancy, landlords must create a written agreement between themselves and renters. However, that being said, a lot of people don’t realize that a security deposit can immediately secure a tenancy. That is, once a renter pays a deposit, he or she is considered a tenant. This is regardless of whether a tenancy agreement has been signed. This is very important to consider before a tenant moves in, because inadvertently starting a tenancy before you have a signed agreement can lead to a host of misunderstandings. The takeaway? Don’t take someone’s money unless you are absolutely certain you want them to move into your place immediately! Pet deposits The next thing to consider is the type of deposits that you can ask for as a landlord. In B.C., you have the ability to ask for a pet deposit (if you allow pets) and a damage deposit before a tenant moves in, according to the B.C. Tenant Act guide. Pet deposits are one-time payments that...

Tips on Moving a Full Recreation Room

Optimizing recreation room moving A dream that many people might have once they move into their new Vancouver homes is to create the perfect recreation room. Something complete with a pool table, a TV, gaming consoles, fusball, a grand piano — the works! Often, one of the biggest obstacles to making that happen is the actual act of recreation room moving. We’ve covered the process of moving a pool table in a past blog post, as well as how to move a piano, but what about the other stuff? We decided we’d tackle that today. How to move media cabinets safely and more easily One of the main centrepieces of any recreational room will be the entertainment system. The TV, stereo, video game console and Blu Ray player are often among the most used pieces of equipment and will need a tasteful and accessible place to stay. For this, we recommend you’d get a media cabinet. These pieces of furniture are often capable of holding all the above items and more, and can be quite helpful in creating an ergonomic storage space. You can usually find one in your local furniture store. Once you’ve picked out a cabinet you like, you’ll have to find a way to move it. Here are some ways you can make recreation room moving easier in this context. Take it apart, then put it back together — As much as possible, try to break down the media cabinet into its component parts. Take out the shelving to reduce weight. If you are moving a media cabinet that already has items in it, empty it out first....