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How to pack kitchen food when moving in or out of Vancouver

You might think this topic doesn’t need a ‘how to.’ But you’d be surprised what the Internet can teach you when you do a little digging. Call it a ‘hack’ if you will. We’re about to teach you how to pack kitchen food when moving in or out of Vancouver. Step 1: eat your food before you move in or out of Vancouver This is important. Don’t buy more food at the grocery store until you make a serious commitment to go through your pantry, shelves, spice drawer and fridge. You will be amazed at how much food you have accumulated and not eaten. On the one hand, this can make you sad about the money you wasted. On the other hand, this can help you get creative by looking up recipes specifically to use all your ‘odds and ends’ food ingredients. Won’t that be fun? Food is heavy. If your mover has quoted you based on weight (which we think they shouldn’t), then moving food can get expensive. So if you don’t eat your food to save your money, you’ll need to consider whether getting rid of it is going to be cheaper than buying new food at your new home. Also, as a resident (or soon to be resident) of Vancouver, moving food is not as simple as you may think. We’ll get into that. Step 2: reduce and categorize your food to plan for the cost of the move As movers in Vancouver, we would strongly not recommend you take the approach of ‘dumping’ all your food into cardboard boxes and hope to ‘deal with it’...

Coquitlam movers discuss whether you should wait for lost pets to return home before you move

We’ve heard amazing stories about pets who found their way home after being lost. It can be months or even years after. And the distance can be incredibly far. Sometimes, it’s worth waiting for your pet to return home before you move. However, what do you do if you really have to move, and time is running out? Our Coquitlam movers discuss whether or not you should wait for lost pets to return home before moving. Before you wait to move, do whatever you can to find your pet We realize this section may be a bit obvious, but you should be looking for your pet. Posters and calling out their name on the street probably won’t be enough. According to this site, cats and dogs, for instance, display particular behaviours when they are lost. Those behaviours can depend on their personality, and, in the case of cats, whether or not they are indoor or outdoor cats. When they don’t return home, something is usually out of the norm. They could be injured and hiding, or scared. You’ll need to look under porches and in hiding spots to find them. The BC SPCA also has advice for finding your pet. While some folks who find lost pets bring them to shelters, some may take them in to their homes, thinking they are strays. There are websites and Facebook pages to help you find missing pets nowadays too. Consider the likelihood of your pets returning home before you delay moving If you’re moving in or out of Coquitlam, consider how likely it is that your pet will return home before...

How to adapt a minimalist lifestyle after moving

Surrey movers explain: How to adapt a minimalist lifestyle after moving If you’re moving in Surrey BC, now’s a great time to purge. This is not just a time in your life when you’re going to be unpacking things in closets and garages you’ve forgotten about. This is also a great time to pick up on the minimalism movement. Since you’ll have a fresh beginning at your new home, and since you’re likely purging anyway, our Surrey movers will explain how to adapt a minimalist lifestyle after moving. Why become a minimalist after moving in Surrey? Surrey is a place that, like it’s Metro Vancouver counterparts, hosts a relatively wealthy, Western, commercialized economy. To put it shortly, we have a lot of ‘stuff’ in this part of the world. A lot more than we need. Minimalism is seen as a way to make life more meaningful by getting rid of excess. The Minimalism documentary describes how two guys became happier after reducing their belongings to nothing more than a suitcase (ok, maybe a bed and other necessities too). Then they travelled on tour to sell a book about their journey, and encouraged others to do the same. Marie Kondo has gained international fame by her philosophy on ‘tidying up.’ Her principle is quite simple: if it doesn’t bring you joy, then get rid of it. Of course, she wrotea book about this, so there is more to say about her method! We won’t cover it all here though. And, famous businessmen – even former president Barak Obama – have reduced their wardrobes to one outfit, citing an overwhelming amount...

How to move a compost when doing a short distance move

Vancouver movers advise: how to move a compost when doing a short distance move In the past, we wrote an article for all you green thumbs out there who would want to move your garden plants with you to your new home: Movers in North Vancouver give ideas for preparing and moving garden plants We’ve also given tips for moving plants. If you have a compost you’ve been working on for a long time, it can be a shame to leave it behind when you move a short distance. While long distance moves can be preventative for bringing your compost with you (due to cross-country regulations on plants), it can be possible with a short distance move. Here are some options and tips we found on how to move a compost when doing a short distance move: Find a way to contain the compost before you move to your new home This is a step that needs to be taken care of well in advance of moving day. The compost is going to be messy, maybe even slimey and smelly, and so it will take a bit of work to keep it contained before it goes into a moving truck or any vehicle. Unless you or a friend has a flatbed truck that can make the trip just for the compost, you’ll want to find a container for it. Or, some on this forum have used plastic bags, and suggested poultry or sandbags as alternatives. But they did mention that the higher volume bags may be too heavy to lift, so do consider that before you try to consolidate...

Avoid these long distance moving scams real customers have endured (part 3)

This is the third article in our series on how to avoid long distance moving scams. As we’ve stated in our earlier articles part one and part two, the advice we’re giving is based on real scenarios of people who have endured problems with shady business practices in the moving industry. Moving in Canada should be safe, and predictable. But multiple news reports are showing that is often not the case. Even if you don’t move with a long establish company like Ferguson Moving and Storage, you should at least be aware of what’s out there and what to look for in a reputable, honest moving company such as Ferguson Moving and Storage. Below we’ll continue mentioning what to look out for when hiring a long distance moving company. Don’t use a long distance moving company that outsources it services The other thing to watch out for is what the president of the Canadian Association of Movers says in this CBC article: moving companies that outsource their services. In the story linked to above, the family whose belongings were in storage couldn’t get their boxes because one of the companies involved in the long distance move claimed they had not been paid! This is really an issue between two companies and should not be offloaded to a customer. However, as a consumer, you should never be working with a moving company that does not hire and train their own staff, with full insurance, injury coverage and compensation. The person you talk to on the phone, or the person who does your moving quote, should be connected to the actual...

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...