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Pros and cons to consider if moving to White Rock, B.C.

If you’re tired of big city life in Vancouver, and are looking for a new suburb to move to, we’ve got an idea: White Rock. In this article, we’ll discuss pros and cons of living a White Rock lifestyle. The pros of moving to White Rock, B.C. Here is a list of reasons why you would want to move to White Rock: It’s got a beautiful beachfront. The beach and promenade are probably what most Vancouverites identify with White Rock. And maybe the actual, white rock on that beach. The area is reminisce of a California beach haven – so much so, the TV show Psych is filmed there to represent Santa Barbara! There are plenty of seafood restaurants, funky cafes and artsy tourist stores along the shore. And that wonderful, limited, long-walk pay-parking you associate with a tourist destination. The beach promenade is probably losing its rails. Who thought of putting a train track there, right? It’s dangerous, and politicians are recognizing that. This would have been in the ‘cons’ section, but since motion is happening on the matter, we figure now is a great time to move to enjoy the beach without trains running through it. It’s got better weather. Yes, it’s true. It’s not far from Vancouver, but apparently, it gets more sunshine, and fewer rainy days! It has development plans. If you’re planning to move to White Rock as an investment, or as a retiree, now may be the time to do it. According to this article, senior living is about to improve, and expand greatly in the White Rock town centre. You can also...

The risks of moving into a houseboat or float home in B.C.

In our last article on this topic, we wrote about options and costs of moving into a houseboat or float home in B.C. But, it’s important to also know the risks of such a move. There can be some unpredictability when moving into a houseboat or floating home. One could argue this is the case even when moving into a home on land. But it’s best to go into this decision with your eyes wide open – knowing what to expect. This is because the dangers of moving onto a water slip can be different than that of land, and not all newcomers to floating home life will be aware of these. Knowledge can keep you prepared for safety too! Here goes! Water conditions can change where you live over time, if you move to a houseboat or float home On this forum, some have testified that lakes can dry up due to drought. So if that happens, where do you go? Do you flip your life upside down and move to a new community? Of course, this applies if you’re moored on a lake. Marinas on the sea may be different. The harbour needs maintenance to protect your home; who will pay for it? Lack of dredging (removing sand) can cause your boat to tilt. If that’s the case, you won’t have stable floors. And, as this float homeowner describes, getting water into the drain can be a challenge too! Fixing the problem could be costly, if your local government doesn’t take care of it. Float homes and houseboats are not immune to destruction They can sink. It’s...

Options and costs of moving to a houseboat or a floating home or in B.C.

In the past, we wrote about preparing to move into a boat or yacht. But did you know that there is another way to live life on the water? And it’s not with ‘real’ boats! Floating homes and houseboats are an option if you like the serenity of the sea, but don’t want the small-space living that comes with moving to a boat. Though, there are things to know about moving into a floating home or houseboat in B.C. We’ll cover those in this article. Know the difference between your floating home or houseboat options, before you move to one Here’s a fun fact: floating homes are not the same as houseboats. They are also not the same as a house barge. As a rule of thumb, when you hear the word “boat” think: motors. Otherwise, expect that the living structure won’t have it’s own way of ‘driving’ to a new marina – at least not without a tugboat or some sort of ‘pull.’ Also, when you’re talking ‘house’ or ‘home’ there may be legalities involved, as you would likely be anchored to something, keeping you in place, and succumbing you to local laws. This can affect construction and habitation rules with your city. If you don’t like those rules, you will need to do research into acceptable construction for your home-on-the-water (that could be a house barge). This is a little bit like owning a tiny home in Vancouver. The mobility of your structure can determine what laws will apply to it. In B.C., there are specific guidelines on the standards that float homes must meet. Here is...

How To Move A Granite, Concrete Or Heavy, Countertop

If you’ve invested in good quality material for your kitchen, you’ll probably also be dealing with a countertop that is worth hundreds, if not thousands. If you want to DIY the transport of your countertop, you’ll need to take precautions to avoid your investment going to waste, which can happen easily with these large, heavy items. Usually, for new countertops, the company that is custom-fitting them will also deliver and install them. But if you want to do the delivery yourself to save money, or are planning to upcycle a used countertop, this added service may not be available. In this article, we’ll give some tips on how to move a granite, concrete or wood countertop. See related: Marble vs Granite, Pros & Cons for Vancouver Movers Setting up a house bar after you move into your new home   Ensure you have the proper equipment, and helping hands, when moving a stone countertop Most of what will determine your success at moving a heavy stone countertop is going to be your equipment and tools. This is because granite, marble and concrete are prone to breakage and cracks during transport. This is moreso the case if you have sink holes pre-cut into them.   Here is what you are going to need: An A-frame: this is some wood that is fashioned and bound together in the shape of an ‘A.’ They can be made of metal or wood. They allow for slabs or large panel-type items (even heavy art frames, or glass), to be transported while leaning on its edge. This is necessary because: Granite and stone countertops can...

How to Move a Mattress Surrey

Surrey movers explain how to move a mattress The logistics of how to move furniture can be tough when they are large items. But what about large items that are hard to even grasp a hold of? Like mattresses for instance. If they don’t come with handle straps, or if you need to curve them around tight corners, you may struggle with them. And that’s just the beginning. Getting the mattress to your destination involves other logistics as well. Below our Surrey movers will explain how to move a mattress, which can vary depending on if you are moving in Metro Vancouver or if you are planning a long distance move. Step 1: prep the mattress before moving day Keeping the mattress clean before moving it The last thing you’ll want is to have a dirty mattress by the time it arrives at your new home. So before moving day, be sure you are ready for the movers topick it up. Movers may have moving blankets, and that might help. But those are usually used to protect hard furniture that can dent or damage walls. The better bet for a moving a mattress would be to wrap it in plastic, or some other protective material to prevent moisture creeping into it. You can, of course, create a makeshift plastic cover for a mattress using painter’s plastic sheets, tarps or shower curtains. Just add some tape or rope to keep it in-tact. Or, you could buy specially designed mattress covers for moving. For example, here is one we found online at Home Depot’s Canadian site: https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.queenking-mattress-bag.1000729677.html And here is a vinyl...

How to clean and fix damaged items after moving

Be creative and smart You wrapped everything twice, packed it nice and snug, but, there’s still a chance you’ll uncover some degree of damage to your furniture upon settling into your new home. Hopefully you’ve had the chance to work with reliable movers who are attentively processing your goods. But you just can’t be sure that every square millimeter of your stuff will be immune from moisture, damage, or dust while in transit. Here are a few ways you can creatively clean and fix items that might need a little extra ‘TLC’ upon arrival. Avoid moisture wreaking havoc on your things with homemade cleaning remedies If you’re moving in the Vancouver area, it’s likely you’ll be dealing with some degree of moisture with our rainy and wet climate. Thus, there is a high chance your possessions have been exposed to precipitation from the outdoors. Don’t freak out if you come across any water stains on your wooden items (usually in the form of a whitish mark). There’s actually a good chance you can get rid of them completely by using one of these common household items. However, make sure you are using these on any finished surface (no antiques or unfinished wood). If you happen to notice water has already saturated any wood furniture you have, don’t wait! Grab a fan, or use a hair blow dryer to dry up the wood as best you can. Doing this sooner than later will prevent the wood from warping or becoming a host for bacteria. Then, to treat the inevitable scuffs on walls from moving (that couch almost fit down the...