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Finding Temporary Accommodation When Doing A Cross Country Move In Canada

Finding Temporary Accommodation When Doing A Cross Country Move In Canada When you’re planning a cross country move in Canada, there are going to be multiple factors to consider, no doubt. Balancing the timeline of events will be a little tricky. If you’re selling your home, your closing date may not have the 30-60 day window that will allow you to find a new place to live with ample notice. And even if it does, you might not find the perfect permanent dwelling in that time.   When you’re moving cross country in Canada, even if you’re not selling your home, but plan to move out of a rental, or plan to rent out your existing home, you have get used to your new neighbourhood. Deciding where to move in Toronto, for example, is not the same as deciding where to live in Vancouver. Traffic and distances are different – what took you 30 minutes to commute in Vancouver could take more than an hour in a bigger city. School districts may be organized differently, or come with different rules. Access to amenities could make your life more or less difficult.   And that’s all on top of finding the right space, with the right number of bedrooms, and the right decor style that fits you.   In short, moving is not as cut and dry as packing up one home, and then moving into another on the same day, or even within a few days.   Other times, you need a temporary place to stay while your home is being repaired or renovated.   You might need to...

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...

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...

What to know if you want to do an international move to Canada

Moving to Canada, eh? A few months ago the internet was all the rage about Americans searching on the topic of how to move to Canada if Trump wins the U.S. election. But according to Justin Trudeau, the idea is not new. And, according to one comedian, the viable options of places to move in Canada are probably limited for most Americans, who either don’t like the cold, or can’t speak French. Check out that video here for a good laugh. And let’s not forget, with Brexit in the mix, the Brits also seem to want to move to Canada. But this article is not about moving internationally to Canada only if you’re not happy with your politicians (in a relatively peaceful country, we mean!). People move to Canada for a variety of reasons. And as a moving company in Canada – one that has helped international movers in the past – we thought we’d give a bit of advice on the topic. It can be quite logistical! We also wrote about some practical tips to help make the move emotionally easier: Tips for moving a household far away from ‘home’: International Moving and Long Distance Tips While we will give some more logistical advice and tips here, be sure to also consult a legal professional on the topic if you are planning an immigration as a non-Canadian. And, before you start your move, get some good quotes and advice from international movers before you start shipping your belongings overseas. They’ll know how to help for your specific case. Consider legalities of immigration before you call international movers in Canada According...

Pros of buying and moving to a private island in Canada

Buying and moving to an island in Canada: Part 1, the pros You may be surprised to hear that it’s possible to buy your own island. It sounds almost like a tale out of The Swiss Family Robinson. And you might wonder, ‘but why would I want to do THAT?’ Or, you may be thinking, ‘where do I sign up?’ Well, watching a show like Island Hunters can give some insight into what it’s like to go shopping for an island to buy. But scouring the Internet for ‘How to buy an island’ will tell you two sides to the story for AFTER you’ve moved in. The short end of it is that: Islands are not usually long-term living spots (not that they can’t be though!). Island can be cheaper than you’d think, for the initial investment. Islands come with a lot of living limitations and ongoing expenses. In this article, we’re going to discuss the pros of buying and moving to an island in Canada. Next week, we’ll delve into the cons, to help give you a balanced view of what it is like to own an island. Moving to an island can provide a personal sanctuary and a fun adventure According to one part owner of a Nova Scotia island, buying an island was about the feeling of sovereignty, and not so much about having a tropical getaway, as some may assume would be the only reason to own an island. He says about his choice to go North for island ownership that, “They may not fit the archetype of the tropical private island, but the climate wasn’t...