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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...

Dealing with tools & heavy equipment when moving in Vancouver

Moving tools and heavy equipment in Vancouver Your garage, shed, or shop might be a place that you’d write off as being easy to move. It might already act like a ‘storage space’ with things in tote bins or packed away in boxes. However, it is important to consider a strategy for moving any motorized equipment, or tools that are sharp, heavy, and oddly shaped. If your moving day is a rainy one (Vancouver, remember?), you’ll of course want to take extra care since metals are prone to rusting. Whether you’ve got a single table saw or a cabinet of tools to move, here are some tips to deal with your tools and heavy equipment in a move. Gather the necessary resources to move heavy equipment safely We’ve already mentioned the tools and equipment required to move a shed, so it’s no surprise that you may need additional equipment to move your tools. Depending on your situation, you may have to move an anvil, a steel workbench, a jointer, etc– these things are extremely heavy! (Almost as heavy as moving a piano!) In some cases, your local moving company likely has the resources to move heavy equipment. Things like jacks, a dolly, and wide canvas straps are commonly needed to transport heavy objects– so don’t be shy to ask your Vancouver moving company for help! Otherwise, listings on Vancouver Craigslist or Kijiji might have the above, as well as carts, ropes, large bins, etc. Identify potential hazards with your local movers Some equipment might have its own precautions that you should make your moving team aware of. For example, safety covers...

Protecting valuable collection when moving in Vancouver

Taking care of a valuable collection when moving in Vancouver There are already plenty of things to account for in a move, so it’s important to ensure your collectibles stay in the spotlight. If you are the owner of a collection, whether it be sentimental or high-value (likely both!), you’ll want to make sure everything is accounted for. Or, maybe the packing process has allowed you to discover some collectibles you no longer want– read on for some solutions available to you in Vancouver. Snap individual pictures of your collection before hiring a moving company in Vancouver If you’ve decided your collection is coming with you, here’s what to do before movers get involved. We’ve already discussed in a previous blog about moving fine art, and how important it is to take your time. Extra preparation is necessary because in the case of a collection, you want to make sure each and every piece is accounted for. A good way to do this, and made extra simple by smartphones, is to take a picture log of all your pieces. It’s a good thing to do anyways since it’s almost like creating a ‘carbon copy’ of proof of what you own. (It also might be a nice keepsake to have if you ever sell your collection down the road?) By cataloging a collection in pictures, you not only have a record of each piece existing, you also have a record of the condition of the pieces before the move. This can be useful if you have collectibles insurance in BC (which is definitely a wise idea!). Whether the insurance is...

3 ideas for repurposing used moving pallets after you move in Vancouver

Repurposing pallets after you move in Vancouver From thrift stores to reclaimed furniture– reusing and revamping has definitely become a hot trend as of late. Wood pallets are a common object to be repurposed because they are fairly cheap, widely available, and are quite durable. Businesses of all kinds utilize these pallets to move things to and from their stores. Moving trucks and transport trucks often always have pallets when large items are being moved. If you’re ever at a grocery store late in the evening, when it’s time to restock shelves, you’ll see that most of the goods are stacked up on pallets. Moving companies in Vancouver like them simply because they are easy to wrap, stack and transport. So basically, they are about as common as it gets– and you’ll have no trouble finding them. Or, maybe you’ve just finished moving in Vancouver and you’ve got some laying around. Tell your Vancouver movers to leave them behind, because you’ve got some cool plans! Outfit your new home by creatively reusing old moving pallets Once you’ve properly disassembled them, here are three ideas for repurposing moving pallets: Build your own DIY garden: This one doesn’t require as much disassembly. Even if you don’t have any yard space, a pallet can make it easy to bring a garden into your apartment or condo. By making a garden out of a pallet, you can have the foliage of your choice nicely organized and laid out for all to see. Perfect to set up at your new home once you’ve moved, both indoors and outdoors! Some people have opted for a herb...

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...