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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–...

What to do if you’ve moved into a house with asbestos

So you moved into a greater Vancouver house with asbestos The Metro Vancouver area is filled with many houses that have long, intriguing histories. It’s no wonder many people jump at the chance to move into an older house! But there are sometimes a few challenges that can arise. Probably one of the biggest issues is that building regulations were different decades ago. That meant it was okay for houses to be constructed with materials that we now know are harmful. Asbestos is one example of this. In this article, we’ll discuss what you should do if you’ve moved into a house with asbestos. Why you should be concerned if you’ve moved into a house with asbestos According to Thisoldhouse.com, asbestos was once prized as a building material because it is a durable, fire-resistant material that also happens to be a great insulator. Asbestos is also good at stifling sound, allowing people in separate rooms to enjoy privacy and quiet. These qualities made it one of the prime choices for building homes up until the 1970s. However, in more recent years, it has been discovered asbestos can create lung problems. Prolonged exposure can result in lung diseases such as cancer. The problem lies in the fact that tiny asbestos fibers can be inhaled, damaging lung tissue. Locate asbestos in your home If you’ve moved into a house with asbestos, locating the material is often the first step to removing it. However, before we go any further we should mention the province says in HeathLinkBC.ca removal is not always the answer. Sometimes disturbing asbestos — especially if it’s behind a wall...

Tips for Moving into Metro Vancouver as a Retiree

What to look for when moving as a retiree in Metro Vancouver Some retirees believe that moving to have a fresh start is a good idea. It’s nice to have a change of scenery, possibly downsize to save on expenses, and have a chance to move closer to people and places you love. If you or your loved ones are looking to move or relocate after leaving the workforce, there are some important factors to consider. In this article, we would like to address some of these factors and give you some insight on where to move for your retirement. Moving to the Vancouver area to retire with money in mind Affordable housing is a challenge in the real estate market in the Metro Vancouver area. If you are going to move into a rented dwelling, it is in your best interest to find the houses with the best value. The best valued renting homes are the ones where their selling prices do not mirror the renting prices. For example, in East Vancouver, it seems that even though rent is among the lowest in the Metro Vancouver area, housing prices are usually in the mid-range. BC Housing is also a great resource to look into. They offer two different programs that you may be eligible for as a retiree: the Seniors’ Rental Housing program and the Subsidized Housing program. You may apply to these programs if you are someone older than 55 years of age with a gross household income below a designated income threshold. This Senior Rental Housing threshold is currently at $58,000 for those who are living...

Best Cyclist Commuter Cities in Metro Vancouver

Are you a cyclist commuter looking to move within Metro Vancouver? Cycling is quickly becoming a transportation goal in the Metro Vancouver area, with the hopes that 50% of commutes will be made without a car by 2020. The City of Vancouver realizes and encourages this ‘green’ way of commuting (not to mention, it saves you on gas money and gets your daily exercise in!). The city is even planning to launch a public bike share system for temporary uses of bikes. As with any city, there are ideal parts of town to live in when it comes to being commuter-friendly as a cyclist. Which Metro Vancouver neighbourhood should you move into if you want to commute by bike? Moving into a city in Metro Vancouver with the best landscape for biking An average bike commuter would prefer to be on flat land (unless cycling is meant for training as a sport). If you are commuting within a city, the most ideal cities topographically would be Richmond, Delta, and Pitt Meadows. Parts of Surrey, Langley, Vancouver, and Coquitlam are also fairly flat. West Vancouver, North Vancouver, and Burnaby are among the most mountainous cities within Metro Vancouver. Moving into a city in Metro Vancouver with the most bike lanes Another consideration when you are looking into a bike-friendly city is safety. Bike lanes are very important. The safest bike lanes are those that are segregated from traffic. There are various maps with routes marked on them to allow you to plan your trip accordingly. According to these maps, moving into Vancouver and Burnaby will be most bike-friendly. They have the most bike...

Black Bear Fears for North Vancouver, West Vancouver, or the Tri-cities?

Biggest Black Bear Cities in BC: North Vancouver, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge What do these Metro Vancouver areas have in common? These are all Greater Vancouver cities that are near the beautiful local mountains. In these two articles on Moving Tips for BC Bear Country, we want to discuss a common concern when moving into these metro Vancouver cities: black bears. British Columbia has one of the highest populations of black bears in the world. Roughly around 120,000 to 150,000 black bears call BC their home. Because of their high population in BC, it is wise to learn as much as you can about them, and what to do when you encounter a black bear in your local neighbourhood in Vancouver. Black Bears in British Columbia Black bears, unlike what the name seems to suggest, come in a variety of colours. They can be white, black, or in various shades of brown. Black bears inhabit most of British Columbia, except for the urban city cores. Sightings of black bears in the Metro Vancouver area are usually frequent when bears are not in their annual state of dormancy. They go into deep sleep from November to April. Right before this time, they go through a phase of intense eating called hyperphagia. In this intense period of eating, they are able to drink several gallons of water, and eat about 15,000 to 20,000 kilocalories. It is in this period of time that bears are most active in the city, looking for food. If you are moving into bear-active cities during this period of time, it is advisable to look into bear proofing...

Tips for Moving into Metro Vancouver’s Black Bear Country

Avoid these habits when moving into black bear country in Metro Vancouver Moving into bear-active cities should not be an anxiety-filled ordeal. Most bear-active cities like Coquitlam or North Vancouver, are beautiful scenic cities, with the local mountains and forests right in their  backyards. Some believe that having black bear encounters, or worrying about them damaging your property, is a price to pay to live in a scenic city by the mountains. However, if you and your neighbours take some precautionary measures to bear-proof common attractants, bears will be kept from coming into your property. Another factor that plays a huge role in attracting black bears into the city are the potential food sources. This is good information to keep in mind when you are viewing properties in bear-active cities. You may want to take note of your potential neighbours and their habits. Do they keep their yard well kept? Do they have garbage containers that are placed outside unsecured? Do they have bird feeders that are hanging low enough for bears to reach? If so, you may want to think twice before moving into that neighbourhood. In a report from Vancouver Sun that we cited in our previous article about black bears, there is a list that shows the top five things that were attracting bears into the Metro Vancouver area. The top five things that drew bears into the city during the time of the report are the following: 1)      Garbage (3971) 2)      Fruit trees (834) 3)      Livestock (331) 4)      Bird Feeders (204) 5)      Berry Bushes (148) How to make your home less attractive to black bears...