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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...

How to mitigate a disagreement with your moving company​     

Avoiding disagreement with your moving company As a moving company in the Metro Vancouver area, and with connections to help you move across Canada or even internationally, we’ve seen a lot of customer situations. While, yes, it’s true that some things can go wrong, a well-trained staff and good communication and agreements can prevent a lot of those moving mistakes. However, sometimes you may be in a situation where you’ve hired a moving company, and things have gone sour. Perhaps your household furniture and belongings weren’t on time, or they were damaged in the moving truck while in transit. Or it could be as impactful as a mere rude employee or mover. Whatever the case, you will want to resolve these situations as smoothly as possible. We’ll give you some tips on how to mitigate a disagreement with your moving company after you’ve already hired them to help you move. Tip #1: Keep calm and try to see both sides When we’re angry, it may seem like it’s easy to lay fault on others. This is especially so if we don’t know the full extent of the situation. Before jumping to conclusions, make sure you take the time to calm yourself, so that when you do confront your moving company, or independent mover, you are doing so rationally. Chances are, if you start with a defensive tone, it can result in more defensiveness, rather than a fast solution. Tip #2: Ask questions before laying blame on a moving company To follow up with the above, while we realize sometimes you may feel that the other party was wrong in an obvious...

Coquitlam Movers on Setting Heat Sources After Move

Coquitlam movers on setting up alternative heat sources when you move After your Coquitlam move, it is time to start making your new house as homey as possible. One practical thing to consider is how you will be heating your new home. This will make a big difference in the comfort level of your home, especially in the winter! But before you jump on a standard gas or water heating option, try checking out these alternatives. By trying out one of these alternative heat sources in your new home, you have the potential to help the environment and your wallet at the same time. Introduce infrared heat before or after Coquitlam movers come to your new home Infrared heaters are a cool way to keep you warm in your new home because they work kind of like the sun. Just as the sun warms you up with its light, infrared heaters cause your skin and clothes to absorb light and make you nice and warm. Depending on how you want to heat your house, you can either introduce infrared heat into your home before or after movers in Coquitlam come and go. If you are wanting to heat a smaller room or just want to test the waters of alternative heating, you can purchase a standalone infrared heater for a single room. Or, if you want to invest in heating your whole home this way, you can always go to a professional before youmove in to install wall mounted panels or flooring using infrared technology. Consider geothermal heat before movers in Coquitlam help you get settled Before Coquitlam movers...

How to pack and move a craft room

Coquitlam movers find ideas on how to pack and move a craft room and craft supplies If you’re an avid crafter, you likely have a lot of craft supplies. You may have organized your craft room, or you may have left it crowded and cluttered. Either way, no matter what crafting personality you are, you’re going to want to keep in mind some tips when it comes time to pack and move a craft room. This is because, when you add up all those few-dollar items, they amount to a lot! You wouldn’t want your craft supplies ruined on a move. As Coquitlam movers, we want to help ensure your belongings stay as safe as possible. But sometimes this may involve prep work on your end too. See our related articles: Protecting valuable collection when moving in Vancouver How to move fine art safely to your new home We’ve searched the web and come up with a few ideas to keep in mind when packing a craft room or art supplies room. Create an inventory before you pack your craft supplies As we mentioned above, craft supplies can be worth a lot. Especially if you have purchased high quality paints or canvases, this is important to take note of. And, if we’re also getting into sewing machines and sewing equipment, this can come to even more. Let alone cutting machines or stamp-making machines. While you may be thinking that each little bottle of paint cost two or three dollars, imagine losing everything – all of it. It would take a lot of time and money to replace all that...

Coquitlam movers explore ideas on how to move pet birds and bird collections

Ideas on how to move pet birds and bird collections As Coquitlam movers, we’ve seen a lot of families move with their pets. Each can have their own unique situation and requirements. These can depend on the type of animal and the distance they’re moving, plus the type of transport they require. However, with pet birds, the cage to cage transfer, or moving with pet birds, is not as simple as asking your dog, Rover, to hop in the car. Birds can be sensitive creatures with specific needs for relocation. Some people also have more than one pet bird living in a birdcage somewhere in Coquitlam. When you are moving in or out of Coquitlam, and if you have an aviary or a bird collection living in your yard, this gets more complicated. Bird breeders, for example, may have a hard time moving if their eggs are in need of incubation, or if the timing is not right in another way. Below we’ll give some advice on moving with pet birds or bird collections. Always have a contingency plan for an easy move-out if you are breeding or housing several birds Recently local British Columbia news showed the story of a bird sanctuary that created a parrot refuge crisis in the province. The owner passed away and there was no back up plan for moving out the birds or caring for them. Other local organizations had to step in, and even the government had to help find a temporary home for the birds. But volunteers were maxed out. If this situation taught bird owners and breeders anything, it is...