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3 ideas for repurposing used moving pallets after you move in Vancouver

Repurposing pallets after you move in Vancouver From thrift stores to reclaimed furniture– reusing and revamping has definitely become a hot trend as of late. Wood pallets are a common object to be repurposed because they are fairly cheap, widely available, and are quite durable. Businesses of all kinds utilize these pallets to move things to and from their stores. Moving trucks and transport trucks often always have pallets when large items are being moved. If you’re ever at a grocery store late in the evening, when it’s time to restock shelves, you’ll see that most of the goods are stacked up on pallets. Moving companies in Vancouver like them simply because they are easy to wrap, stack and transport. So basically, they are about as common as it gets– and you’ll have no trouble finding them. Or, maybe you’ve just finished moving in Vancouver and you’ve got some laying around. Tell your Vancouver movers to leave them behind, because you’ve got some cool plans! Outfit your new home by creatively reusing old moving pallets Once you’ve properly disassembled them, here are three ideas for repurposing moving pallets: Build your own DIY garden: This one doesn’t require as much disassembly. Even if you don’t have any yard space, a pallet can make it easy to bring a garden into your apartment or condo. By making a garden out of a pallet, you can have the foliage of your choice nicely organized and laid out for all to see. Perfect to set up at your new home once you’ve moved, both indoors and outdoors! Some people have opted for a herb...

Affordable flooring to install before moving in Vancouver

Choosing the right flooring before you move into your new Vancouver home As a Vancouver moving company, we certainly want to see you move into the place of your dreams, but sometimes a little work is involved first. To get the most out of your new home, it’s a good idea to evaluate the condition of the flooring before you move in. By replacing old flooring before you move, you’re avoiding the giant hassle of replacing it down the road (cue the furniture shuffle and chaotic mess). You may not have the luxury of the folks from Love it or List it Vancouver giving you renovation advice, but the internet is certainly second best! We’ve compiled some popular flooring ideas to consider implementing before you move in Vancouver. Affordable flooring you can install before moving in the Lower Mainland   Vinyl As one of the most popular kinds of residential flooring, vinyl is among the cheapest flooring you can get, but that’s not to say it is lower in quality. Vinyl has become popular for its water proofing abilities while still being able to give the ‘wood’ look to a home. That means you can use it more safely than say, laminate, in the kitchen or bathroom. Vinyl flooring planks usually interlock or connect with a sticky strip, making them easy to install and easy to replace– and available in an array of styles and colours. There are also flat-laying vinyl planks that can be replaced individually in case damage occurs. But since there is no interlocking, you’ll want to ensure these are installed professionally and your floors are...

How to prevent and fix roof leaks before and after moving

How to prevent fix roof leaks for Vancouver movers Maybe you’ve moved into a Metro Vancouver house and discovered that there’s a leak. Or maybe you’re considering moving into an older house and want to make sure it’s in good condition. Now would be a good time to learn how to prevent and fix roof leaks before your next move. Prevention is the best cure: get a roof inspection before buying a house First, know your rights before buying and moving into a new house. CBC has reported that sellers in every province are required to disclose every major defect to prospective buyers, regardless of whether it is hidden or not. That means you should pay attention to the house’s disclosure statement, which should list any roof defects in the house. If the disclosure statement is clean, you may want to hire a home inspector anyway. As we saw in the above CBC article, a disclosure statement may not be enough to protect you from a leaky roof (the article was about a basement leak, but the same disclosure problems could arise from leaking roofs.) If a leak is uncovered soon after you buy the house, sellers can still argue that either they didn’t know about the leak or that the damage occurred after you moved into your new home. So to be extra safe, it’s probably best to enlist the help of a certified home inspector. There are no guarantees that they can uncover any or all roof leaks or defects, but it’s probably a good idea to get an impartial third party to assess your potential new Vancouver...

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...

What to do if you’ve moved into a house with ants

Ants or Avoidants Before we get started, it should be said that, especially with ants, prevention is the best medicine. So if you still haven’t moved, it’s best to read up on how you can avoid moving into a house with ants. We’ve given tips on how to avoid pests when moving on our blog, so checking out this article might be a good starting point. Getting building histories regarding pests from certified building inspectors is another item to do to ensure you haven’t moved into a house with ants. Rentitornot.com is also a good place to check and see if previous tenants/owners have had problems with ants or any other pests. But sometimes you check every nook and cranny for ants and there’s no sign of them…until you move in. That’s okay! It happens to many of us! If that’s the case, then keep reading. Before you do anything, find out if your ants are friends or foes Sometimes ants can actually be doing more good than harm. The Vancouver Sun says garden ants can often help your new backyard. For instance, ants prey on pests such as caterpillars that may kill off plants in your new garden. Figure out what kinds of ants live on your property. For example, black ants generally aren’t harmful, but fire ants can be aggressive and dangerous. Find out, and ask yourself if they are a threat or if they’re minding their own business. If you’ve moved into a house with ants, find their nest According to the Vancouver Sun article we mentioned above, perhaps the simplest way to deal with an ant...

Avoiding Metro Vancouver’s Crow Attacks

So you’ve moved near a crow’s nesting area — we’ll show you how to avoid crow attacks in Vancouver Let’s say you’ve just moved from Vancouver into a Metro Vancouver neighbourhood. Everything is perfect. But whenever you pass one of the trees on your street, you hear something — squawking. Then you hear wings flutter and claws scratch your head. The squawking goes on. If this situation sounds familiar, you may want to learn how to avoid crow attacks in Vancouver. Chances are you’ve moved in Vancouver to a neighbourhood with lots of crows. And their mating season lasts from spring to late summer. You can expect them to be aggressively defending their territory. And yes, they do have territories, even though you see them everywhere. Much of Metro Vancouver has been experiencing crow attacks. There have been cases in Mount Pleasant, Kitsilano, Strathcona and Richmond. In downtown Vancouver, crows have even drawn blood while attacking pedestrians. Victoria hasn’t been safe from crow attacks either. The Wildlife Association of B.C. has been receiving up to 200 calls per day regarding aggressive crows. So how do you avoid crow attacks when you’ve just moved?  We’ll give you some pointers. 1. Avoid crow attacks in Vancouver by installing an awning above your patio In addition to providing a way to shade yourself from the heat this summer, adding an awning or coverings above your patio can help ward off crows. It might be a good idea to keep one around if you’ve moved into crow territory. 2. Be nice — crows hold grudges! Researchers have said crows can recognize people who have been nasty...