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What to know if you want to do an international move to Canada

Moving to Canada, eh? A few months ago the internet was all the rage about Americans searching on the topic of how to move to Canada if Trump wins the U.S. election. But according to Justin Trudeau, the idea is not new. And, according to one comedian, the viable options of places to move in Canada are probably limited for most Americans, who either don’t like the cold, or can’t speak French. Check out that video here for a good laugh. And let’s not forget, with Brexit in the mix, the Brits also seem to want to move to Canada. But this article is not about moving internationally to Canada only if you’re not happy with your politicians (in a relatively peaceful country, we mean!). People move to Canada for a variety of reasons. And as a moving company in Canada – one that has helped international movers in the past – we thought we’d give a bit of advice on the topic. It can be quite logistical! We also wrote about some practical tips to help make the move emotionally easier: Tips for moving a household far away from ‘home’: International Moving and Long Distance Tips While we will give some more logistical advice and tips here, be sure to also consult a legal professional on the topic if you are planning an immigration as a non-Canadian. And, before you start your move, get some good quotes and advice from international movers before you start shipping your belongings overseas. They’ll know how to help for your specific case. Consider legalities of immigration before you call international movers in Canada According...

Tips from Coquitlam movers on how to detach and reuse wallitems when moving

During your Coquitlam move, one major task you will have is figuring out what to do with all the fixtures mounted onto your walls. Although some people may leave mounted shelves or other wall items for the next house owner, you can absolutely take them with you, and it is not as hard as you may think! So before you call up your Coquitlam movers, read these tips to find out how to detach and reuse various wall items. Our moving company in Coquitlam is here to help you learn how to detach wall items Here are our top three tips on this subject: 1.    The most common wall items that will need to be detached for your move in Coquitlam are mounted shelves. With these, you need to be careful that you do not rip a hole in the drywall as you take them off the wall. To do this, have someone help hold the supports up while you take off the shelves. Then, use a drill on reverse to take out the screws. Similar to shelves, other screwed-in items can also come off and be taken with you during your move. These could be: Closet rods and brackets Closet organizational systems Hooks on walls Towel rails Shower curtain rods (may be using a tension rod that does not require unscrewing) Fancy light switch covers (no value in taking the plastic white ones!) Kitchen rails used for hanging pans, or other items, with hooks Paper towel holders Bathroom mirrors or cabinets Wall sconces for light fixtures Bathroom handles for handicap usage Mounting hardware for appliances (if you’re taking...

Tips from Surrey movers on how to fix up your walls before moving

As you begin the process of moving in Surrey, it is inevitable that you will notice some wear-and-tear on your walls that wasn’t there when you moved in. We see this all the time as movers in Surrey, and trust us, this will happen whether you moved in 5 months ago or 5 years ago! No need to panic though, because there are plenty of simple ways you can help spruce up your place and make it look new and move-in ready once again. The number one way to fix up your walls according to movers in Surrey BC One skill in particular that will prove to be a necessity during the moving out process of your Surrey move is patching up holes. From small nail holes where picture frames once hung to small dents from moving furniture around, you will most likely have at least a few areas to patch up on your walls in order to freshen them up before your Surrey move. Even if you are moving out of an office, not an entire home, you will probably want to patch up some wall areas from everyday office wear-and-tear before calling up office movers in Surrey and carrying out your move. You may be surprised where dents and holes have appeared over time! While there are many different methods of patching up holes, there is one common ‘proper way’ using materials from the hardware store , which is as follows: Tap hole with end of mud knife to indent nail hole slightly Cover with drywall filler using mud knife Let dry Scrape rough edges Apply second coat Sand area Apply drywall primer Cover...

Tips from movers in North Vancouver: How to prepare for moving into a boat or yacht

How to prepare for moving into a boat or yacht As movers in North Vancouver, we love the coast just as much as anyone else here. This is why we think moving onto a boat is such a great idea! Of course, if you have the will for it! Whether you are retiring and fully moving onto a boat, or taking a couple years off from work and stashing your things in North Vancouver storage to go exploring, we can help you prepare for your move. Before you even contact moving companies in North Vancouver, start downsizing You will need to follow tips for downsizing just as if you were moving into a smaller house. According to Visit My Harbour, getting rid of your stuff is the number one thing to do when moving from a house into a 300 to 500 square foot boat. This also applies to appliances, as they can be quite heavy, and are not always necessary. So start early, and be ruthless! You usually need a lot less than you think. Check out our tips for downsizing from movers in North Vancouver: http://www.fergusonmoving.com/blog/moving-tips-downsizing-vancouver Have a yard sale or talk to a local charity about donating prior to moving in North Vancouver Especially if you are moving from a North Vancouver home after many years, you will most likely have many things to get rid of after downsizing. Before bringing anything in decent condition to the dump, try having a yard sale, or ask local charities if they could use any of the things you have to offer. Donating your used belongings or donating the...

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 >housing and > 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 publishing). This is according to this Langley Advance article, which also outlined the record-sales high for the Langley housing...

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...