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What To Know About Moving To A Hobby Farm In Rural B.C. Areas

If you’re thinking of moving away from city life to a rural area in B.C., you may want to consider a hobby farm. Moving to a hobby farm in B.C. is possible, since you can buy acres of land specific to the needs of farmers – even within Metro Vancouver.   However, there are things to know about moving to a hobby farm in B.C. Even if you think you already have a green thumb, or a good understanding of animals, a hobby farm can entail more than the joy of organic food, rural life and part-time homesteading.   Before we get started on the things you should know about moving to a hobby farm, be sure to check out our following articles which can complement this topic: Where to move for groundwater access in B.C Fishing Licenses and Regulations When you Move to BC How to move a compost when doing a short distance move Understand how the government classifies hobby farms in B.C. and Canada This is important because it can affect your taxes. A hobby farm is not meant for producing income, though it can. You’ll need to know when you are producing enough income from your farm that it could count as a commercial enterprise. Here is a document that defines this more: http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/regional-planning/PlanningPublications/FarmTaxClassIncomeThresholdInvestigation.pdf   Then, the article below explains the way one family had to fight for their farm status, proving the initial assessment wrong. They were able to recover taxes as a result. Their case is important to learn how farms, or farms-to-be are classified and taxed in B.C., whether or not you’re...

Saving Money In Real Estate Sale Services When Moving In Canada

Moving is expensive. And so is selling your home. However, when you are moving in Canada, you have some options when it comes to saving money on real estate services. These savings can come in many forms, and during different steps in the process. In this article, we’ll explore some of these options. Sell your home using the FSBO method   FSBO stands for “For Sale By Owner” and it refers to the private sale of a home. Websites like this one are out there to help people do this. The world of real estate may seem like a mystery. Or you may think there is a big, and good reason why real estate agents pay a few thousand dollars to take a real estate course, and then more to join a broker firm.   However, there are home sellers who do all the work that real estate agent does, saving themselves the commission fee they would normally pay a sales agent.   But according to this article, don’t be fooled into thinking there are no fees with this method. It just means you take on the costs of selling the home, including the real estate lawyer fees. It also means you do all the work, and will have to learn the ropes when it comes to negotiations on your home price. This isn’t exactly like listing your patio furniture for sale on Craigslist. There is more that goes into selling a house when you are moving in Canada.   Some are calling the real estate agent service a rip off, for the amount of work they do. Selling...

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...