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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...

Richmond movers explore Richmond housing options

Richmond housing options In a former article, we wrote about our Surrey movers looking at Langley housing options. In this article, our Richmond movers will take a look at Richmond housing options. If you are thinking of moving, and are looking for a city to move to that will match your budget and lifestyle preferences, read on to learn more about the considerations of moving to Richmond. Richmond movers explain what it’s like to move to Richmond First of all, we’ll give you a bit of a background on moving to Richmond and what it’s like to live there. Pros of living in Richmond We wrote more extensively about this topic here: Moving to Richmond? 5 Reasons for a Richmond Move A few points to keep in mind about the pros of moving to Richmond are: It’s really close to the Vancouver International Airport. This not only provides easy access to frequent travellers, but also makes for great parks near the airport for leisurely activities, aviation business opportunities, and more. It has easy access to public transportation options (if you commute to work in a larger city like Vancouver). It hosts the Olympic Oval, if you’re into ice skating and sports. It is bustling as a community with Asian flare, including Asian shopping malls and several Asian food joints. Not to mention, the Richmond Night Market. It’s quaint town of Steveston has a lot of history and, among other things, is the filming location for a popular TV show, Once Upon A Time (if that excites you or brings tourism business ideas to mind). There are multiple communities to choose from if...

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...

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...

Tips from movers in North Vancouver: How to prepare for moving into a boat or yacht

How to prepare for moving into a boat or yacht As movers in North Vancouver, we love the coast just as much as anyone else here. This is why we think moving onto a boat is such a great idea! Of course, if you have the will for it! Whether you are retiring and fully moving onto a boat, or taking a couple years off from work and stashing your things in North Vancouver storage to go exploring, we can help you prepare for your move. Before you even contact moving companies in North Vancouver, start downsizing You will need to follow tips for downsizing just as if you were moving into a smaller house. According to Visit My Harbour, getting rid of your stuff is the number one thing to do when moving from a house into a 300 to 500 square foot boat. This also applies to appliances, as they can be quite heavy, and are not always necessary. So start early, and be ruthless! You usually need a lot less than you think. Check out our tips for downsizing from movers in North Vancouver: http://www.fergusonmoving.com/blog/moving-tips-downsizing-vancouver Have a yard sale or talk to a local charity about donating prior to moving in North Vancouver Especially if you are moving from a North Vancouver home after many years, you will most likely have many things to get rid of after downsizing. Before bringing anything in decent condition to the dump, try having a yard sale, or ask local charities if they could use any of the things you have to offer. Donating your used belongings or donating the...

Richmond movers list important numbers and sites

Richmond movers list important phone numbers and websites to keep handy after you move to Richmond We’ve formerly written about 5 reasons to move to Richmond, B.C. And, as Richmond Movers, we love helping our clients with all things related to moving. On this blog post, we’re going to list some important phone numbers and websites to keep handy when you move to Richmond. Before we get started, keep in mind that the city of Richmond BC publishes a ‘Newcomer’s Guide’ that you may want to take a look at: http://www.richmond.ca/discover/about/newcomersguide.htm?PageMode=HTML Public Transportation info for the City of Richmond, B.C. Translink and the Coast Mountain Bus Company are what runs the public transportation in Richmond, B.C. The following page of the city’s website describes what you need to know about available routes, phone numbers or websites related to public transport in Richmond. http://www.richmond.ca/discover/services/bus.htm This is a PDF showing the Richmond and South Delta bus routes: http://infomaps.translink.ca/System_Maps/123/RDT-Jun%202016.pdf This is a page offering PDF downloads for the bus routes of other areas in the Lower Mainland, should you need to travel out of Richmond: http://www.translink.ca/en/Schedules-and-Maps/Transit-System-Maps.aspx Taxi cab companies in Richmond For private transportation options, here are a few options for taxi services in Richmond: Richmond Taxi Ltd: (604) 272-1111 Garden City Cabs: (604) 233-1111 Kimber Cabs: (604) 238-8888 Garbage and recycling pick up information – useful for after you move to Richmond! Right after you move to Richmond, you’re probably going to start wondering when garbage and recycling days are! And you’ll need that service if you’re purging while unpacking too. This page of the City’s website shows a visual map of garbage...