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How to pack kitchen food when moving in or out of Vancouver

You might think this topic doesn’t need a ‘how to.’ But you’d be surprised what the Internet can teach you when you do a little digging. Call it a ‘hack’ if you will. We’re about to teach you how to pack kitchen food when moving in or out of Vancouver. Step 1: eat your food before you move in or out of Vancouver This is important. Don’t buy more food at the grocery store until you make a serious commitment to go through your pantry, shelves, spice drawer and fridge. You will be amazed at how much food you have accumulated and not eaten. On the one hand, this can make you sad about the money you wasted. On the other hand, this can help you get creative by looking up recipes specifically to use all your ‘odds and ends’ food ingredients. Won’t that be fun? Food is heavy. If your mover has quoted you based on weight (which we think they shouldn’t), then moving food can get expensive. So if you don’t eat your food to save your money, you’ll need to consider whether getting rid of it is going to be cheaper than buying new food at your new home. Also, as a resident (or soon to be resident) of Vancouver, moving food is not as simple as you may think. We’ll get into that. Step 2: reduce and categorize your food to plan for the cost of the move As movers in Vancouver, we would strongly not recommend you take the approach of ‘dumping’ all your food into cardboard boxes and hope to ‘deal with it’...

Coquitlam movers discuss whether you should wait for lost pets to return home before you move

We’ve heard amazing stories about pets who found their way home after being lost. It can be months or even years after. And the distance can be incredibly far. Sometimes, it’s worth waiting for your pet to return home before you move. However, what do you do if you really have to move, and time is running out? Our Coquitlam movers discuss whether or not you should wait for lost pets to return home before moving. Before you wait to move, do whatever you can to find your pet We realize this section may be a bit obvious, but you should be looking for your pet. Posters and calling out their name on the street probably won’t be enough. According to this site, cats and dogs, for instance, display particular behaviours when they are lost. Those behaviours can depend on their personality, and, in the case of cats, whether or not they are indoor or outdoor cats. When they don’t return home, something is usually out of the norm. They could be injured and hiding, or scared. You’ll need to look under porches and in hiding spots to find them. The BC SPCA also has advice for finding your pet. While some folks who find lost pets bring them to shelters, some may take them in to their homes, thinking they are strays. There are websites and Facebook pages to help you find missing pets nowadays too. Consider the likelihood of your pets returning home before you delay moving If you’re moving in or out of Coquitlam, consider how likely it is that your pet will return home before...

Picking a composting toilet or eco-friendly toilet before you move in Vancouver

While the thought of a composting toilet probably sounds gross at first mention, you may be interested to know that the industry has come up with some advanced solutions to make it not so. Eco-friendly toilets are emerging as a great alternative both in public spaces and in private homes. If you’re moving in Vancouver, a composting toilet or eco-friendly toilet may be more accessible than you think. If you’re moving into a new home, and especially if you’re in the process of making upgrades to your home before you move, you may want to consider a composting toilet or an otherwise eco-friendlier toilet. These come in multiple forms, which we’ll describe below. We know what you’re thinking: why would I change my toilet before moving? Well, there are a few reasons people are opting for the composting toilet systems, or eco-friendly toilets. They are, among other things: A desire to care for the planet, and have an eco-friendly move Believe it or not, some of our societies may run out of clean water before we realize it! While this may not happen anytime soon in Northern Canada, it can happen in other places, and is currently being seen with droughts around the world. Even NASA has studied the scary issue. Turning salt water into drinking water is not that cheap to do, as the experience of California has taught us. Also, cesspools, which may seem like a natural way to get rid of waste, are actually causing harm to the environment in places like Hawaii. Pooping into the ground nowadays means distributing disease and other harmful things into the environment (like our drinking...

How to adapt a minimalist lifestyle after moving

Surrey movers explain: How to adapt a minimalist lifestyle after moving If you’re moving in Surrey BC, now’s a great time to purge. This is not just a time in your life when you’re going to be unpacking things in closets and garages you’ve forgotten about. This is also a great time to pick up on the minimalism movement. Since you’ll have a fresh beginning at your new home, and since you’re likely purging anyway, our Surrey movers will explain how to adapt a minimalist lifestyle after moving. Why become a minimalist after moving in Surrey? Surrey is a place that, like it’s Metro Vancouver counterparts, hosts a relatively wealthy, Western, commercialized economy. To put it shortly, we have a lot of ‘stuff’ in this part of the world. A lot more than we need. Minimalism is seen as a way to make life more meaningful by getting rid of excess. The Minimalism documentary describes how two guys became happier after reducing their belongings to nothing more than a suitcase (ok, maybe a bed and other necessities too). Then they travelled on tour to sell a book about their journey, and encouraged others to do the same. Marie Kondo has gained international fame by her philosophy on ‘tidying up.’ Her principle is quite simple: if it doesn’t bring you joy, then get rid of it. Of course, she wrotea book about this, so there is more to say about her method! We won’t cover it all here though. And, famous businessmen – even former president Barak Obama – have reduced their wardrobes to one outfit, citing an overwhelming amount...

Relocating to an EMF-free zone in Canada

Richmond movers discuss relocating to an EMF-free zone in Canada What is an EMF-free zone? EMF stands for electromagnetic frequency. And people are claiming health problems because of it. Why? Our Richmond BC Movers explain more on the subject below. What are EMF zones, and will you find them in Canada if you move here? First of all, EMF zones are everywhere on the planet nowadays. We’ll get to that. So yes, you will find them in Canada. In fact, if you’re concerned about them, your search should be to just look for the opposite type of place to move to: EMF-free zones. But know this is rare. Radio frequencies (included in electromagnetic frequencies) are powering our modern world. Microwaves, cell phones, electric conductors, wifi – it all uses this technology (or rather, the discovery of this technology). This web page lists the ways you can be exposed to EMFs, according to proponents of the theory that it is unsafe. While mainstream health experts (like Health Canada and the World Health Organization) say there is no harm to humans from this these frequencies, others disagree. People have claimed health symptoms like numbing, breathing problems, anxiety and more. And these symptoms miraculously go away when the exposure to EMFs goes away. While these people are acknowledged as being ill, medical professionals are unable to scientifically diagnose the condition as coming from Wi-Fi or other electronic frequencies. Sufferers of electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) are calling themselves “refugees.” They are looking for places to relocate to. Sometimes, they’re claiming a loss of jobs or ability to go to school or work because of the illness. And,...

How to move a compost when doing a short distance move

Vancouver movers advise: how to move a compost when doing a short distance move In the past, we wrote an article for all you green thumbs out there who would want to move your garden plants with you to your new home: Movers in North Vancouver give ideas for preparing and moving garden plants We’ve also given tips for moving plants. If you have a compost you’ve been working on for a long time, it can be a shame to leave it behind when you move a short distance. While long distance moves can be preventative for bringing your compost with you (due to cross-country regulations on plants), it can be possible with a short distance move. Here are some options and tips we found on how to move a compost when doing a short distance move: Find a way to contain the compost before you move to your new home This is a step that needs to be taken care of well in advance of moving day. The compost is going to be messy, maybe even slimey and smelly, and so it will take a bit of work to keep it contained before it goes into a moving truck or any vehicle. Unless you or a friend has a flatbed truck that can make the trip just for the compost, you’ll want to find a container for it. Or, some on this forum have used plastic bags, and suggested poultry or sandbags as alternatives. But they did mention that the higher volume bags may be too heavy to lift, so do consider that before you try to consolidate...

‘Best of HomeStars’ for the 5th time!

Thank you for helping us achieve “Best of HomeStars” as a Vancouver moving company for the 5th time! This year, we are proud to announce that we’ve won “Best of 2017” on HomeStars.com for the 5th time. We maintain a 9.6 / 10 average for reviews given of our moving company services. HomeStars.com writes about their criteria for picking the “Best of” companies each year. We wanted to comment on how we aim to be the best Vancouver moving company in town, but not just on HomeStars.com! This has been our aim since before people were leaving reviews on websites about us! We’ve had a lot of word-of-mouth compliments during our history too. However, to keep things simple, we’ll use the same criteria categories that HomeStars.com uses: Integrity: our Vancouver moving and storage company aims for honesty and fairness in all we do One of the things we want to be known for in the moving and storage industry is being honest. As one of our reviewers wrote: “Unlike so many other fly-by-night moving companies that charge by weight or time, Ferguson guarantees the written quote. And they are reasonable considering their services! When moving can be so stressful, Ferguson made it a happy and successful day!” As many have experienced, and as the news often reports, there are a lot of scammy moving companies out there. We’ve written about how to avoid moving scams on this blog before. Check out these articles: Avoid these long distance moving scams real customers have endured (part 1) (See parts 2 & 3 also) How to mitigate a disagreement with your moving...

Avoid these long distance moving scams real customers have endured (part 3)

This is the third article in our series on how to avoid long distance moving scams. As we’ve stated in our earlier articles part one and part two, the advice we’re giving is based on real scenarios of people who have endured problems with shady business practices in the moving industry. Moving in Canada should be safe, and predictable. But multiple news reports are showing that is often not the case. Even if you don’t move with a long establish company like Ferguson Moving and Storage, you should at least be aware of what’s out there and what to look for in a reputable, honest moving company such as Ferguson Moving and Storage. Below we’ll continue mentioning what to look out for when hiring a long distance moving company. Don’t use a long distance moving company that outsources it services The other thing to watch out for is what the president of the Canadian Association of Movers says in this CBC article: moving companies that outsource their services. In the story linked to above, the family whose belongings were in storage couldn’t get their boxes because one of the companies involved in the long distance move claimed they had not been paid! This is really an issue between two companies and should not be offloaded to a customer. However, as a consumer, you should never be working with a moving company that does not hire and train their own staff, with full insurance, injury coverage and compensation. The person you talk to on the phone, or the person who does your moving quote, should be connected to the actual...

Avoid these long distance moving scams real customers have endured (part 2)

This article is a follow up to part 1 of how to “Avoid these long distance moving scams real Canadians have endured.”   In our first article, we explained that moving scams – even if they are based on legal-sounding contracts with legitimate moving companies – are all too common in the long–distance moving industry. As this CBC Marketplace video explains, by interviewing a professional mover, starting a moving company is too easy nowadays. All you need is a friendly representative at the other end of the phone line, and a nice website. Heck, some Canadian movers don’t even own warehouses, addresses or their own trucks: all of that can be outsourced, or lied about. Some want the moving industry regulated. But so far, that is limited. We have written about how to pick an ethical moving company in Canada before. In this series, we wanted to explain how to avoid the long distance moving problems that you don’t expect, or that are harder to spot. For example, a nice person comes to your home to give you a quote. Or a friend recommends a moving company. How do you predict moving company scams in situations like this? There are tell-tale signs, and it helps to know what they are. We covered some of them in our previous article on this topic. Below we continue to cover more. Ask about fees in detail before you sign a moving contract, or don’t let the movers load your belongings in their truck In this story on the CBC website, a mother was told her moving costs would be 4 times what...

Avoid these long distance moving scams real customers have endured (part 1)

Long Distance Moving Scams in Canada & How to Avoid Bad Movers Recently (January 2017), the CBC reported a story of a long distance moving company that wouldn’t deliver a family’s belongings until they paid double the amount they originally thought it would be. Digging into the issue, you’ll find that stories like this abound in Canada. We found many similar stories on the CBC website. We, like other ethical moving companies in Vancouver and Canada, believe that this should stop. Some cross-country moving company owners are calling for more regulation of the industry by government. Until then, we will do our best to help educate the public on long distance moving scams to avoid. These are not hypothetical: these have happened to real Canadians using real, so-called ‘legitimate’ long distance movers in Canada. By ‘legitimate’ we don’t mean ethical: we mean they had a pretty website, sometimes had really nice staff do the in-home estimates, and had branded trucks with logos and everything. It’s not always obvious to spot the shady businesses in the moving industry. We will say for sure, before we start, that there are always two sides to every story. Long distance moving companies in the articles we’ll mention below do try to make their defenses and claims. And we don’t know all the information to say whether or not one side is being dishonest with their story. However, the point of this article series is not to determine who wins the argument: it is to help future long distance movers avoid these problems in the first place. And they are avoidable, if you take...