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Neat ways to repurpose storage containers from movers in Surrey

Ideas on how you can re-purpose portable storage containers in Surrey BC After you complete the process of moving in Surrey, it will then be time to focus on settling into your new house and making sure it feels like home. Part of this process includes figuring out what to do with the remnants of your Surrey move. If you took your time moving in, or your house underwent a big renovation before you arrived, chances are you may have storage containers hanging out in your backyard. Luckily, there are endless possibilities of what you can do with moving storage once it has served its purpose. Here are just a few ideas of how you can repurpose portable storage containers. Turn your portable storage into a tiny home! Once you have your perfect new home and you are done with your portable storage in Surrey, you can use your storage container to make a second, little, home. Tiny homes are growing in popularity and can make a perfect guest house, private space for a teenager, or a small sanctuary for yourself. They are also useful as temporary dwellings while a renovation is going in the larger house on your lot. You can design it any way you want, but you can start with the basics in this Pinterest post. Read more on reasons why you should move to a tiny house in Vancouver here: http://www.fergusonmoving.com/blog/vancouver-tiny-house-movers/ And some solutions for when you do plan to dwell in the tiny house: http://www.fergusonmoving.com/blog/tiny-house-vancouver-storage-solutions/ Office movers in Surrey may recommend storage container offices A storage container office can be a perfect place to...

things to know before renting out a Portable Storage unit in Vancouver

Helpful things to know before renting out a Portable Storage unit in Vancouver With the housing prices in Metro Vancouver soaring, people are moving into smaller and smaller spaces to try to reduce the cost of rent. But sometimes, you just need more space. Usually, it’s not more space to live in, but more space to store your stuff. What is a solution to this problem? Portable storage units! In this article we would like to offer some advice on this topic. How to prevent damage to fragile items in storage If what you are storing are small fragile items, it is wise to individually wrap them in bubble wrap before putting them in boxes. If they are not so easily broken, a time-saving way to pack a lot of small lighter items into boxes is to fill the boxes with expanded polystyrene (packing peanuts) or newsprint. You may be tempted to just use old newspaper instead of newsprint. Newsprint is unprinted newspaper. These are relatively inexpensive at stationery stores or stores that provide packing supplies. The risk with using old newspaper is that the ink of the paper may come off and stain your items. How to maintain efficient access to your stored items The type of boxes used are important in packing for storage. You may be able to tape of a cardboard box up and stack them up on top of each other easily. However, an advantage plastic storage tubs have over cardboard boxes is that they have a resealable lid. If you will access your items multiple times a year, it is not practical for you to always cut open...

Benefits of Climate-controlled Storage in Metro Vancouver

Do I need climate–control storage in Metro Vancouver? When planning to pack and store away items in rental storage, it may seem simple to just rent a storage space and start loading. Actually, depending on what you are planning to store, you may want to consider an upgrade for your storage space to something called climate-controlled storage. Generally these types of rented storage rooms are one of the most expensive types of storage choice in a given storage facility and should only be considered if you are especially worried about valuable, high-priced items that you just can’t keep at home anymore (for whatever reason). Climate-controlled storage units are air conditioned or heated. Usually, a climate-controlled storage unit’s temperature is kept between 18-23 degrees Celsius and the humidity is regulated to be around 55-65 percent. This makes it the most ideal storage space for all your most sensitive items. Whether or not you need climate-controlled storage really depends on where you are storing your items and what items you are storing. Living in Metro Vancouver is great, because it does not face extreme temperatures. However, the area does have relatively higher humidity levels, which means the air contains more moisture than what is usually ideal for storing some items. There are specific items that are more likely to change or get damaged with fluctuations in temperature and humidity. Humidity and temperature-sensitive items include: collectibles (antiques and paintings), electronics, personal items (books, photo albums), media (all photography-related items, CDs, vinyl records), and other valuable items that contain wood, glass, leather, metal and plastics. Protect your storage items from rainy Vancouver by staying above ground...

Tiny House in Metro Vancouver: Difficulties and Solutions

Moving into a Tiny House in Metro Vancouver: Difficulties and Solutions  Last week, we talked about the benefits to the tiny house movement. After reading that, you may think that moving into a tiny house in Vancouver is the way to go. However, this may not be a solution for everyone. In this second part of our two part series, we will discuss the concerns of moving into a tiny house in Vancouver. Where can I park my tiny house in Vancouver? As we have mentioned in our previous article, a tiny house is not a permanent structure. While this makes it more flexible and mobile, we have to consider where we can place these tiny houses for long term stays. Contrary to what some may believe, you cannot just park a tiny house wherever you like. One obvious option is to buy land. But since buying land in Vancouver is fairly expensive, that would negate the reduced costs of moving into a tiny house. It will be much easier to find land at a reduced rate outside the city. If you want to live in the Metro Vancouver area, it is likely that you will pay more to get a good location. Where do I get utilities for my tiny house? There are many things to consider when buying land for your tiny house. If we are looking for unoccupied land, we may need to consider a few other things. Costs that we do not often think about when we are moving into a regular home can be things such as water, electricity or sewage hook ups. Also, tiny houses require different equipment, such as smaller, less powerful heaters. They also might need expensive solar panels. One Abbotsford tiny house owner learned this by embarking on a tiny house design herself. Most zoning rules, which determine the use of land and...

Reasons why you should move into a tiny house in Vancouver

The Vancouver Tiny House Movement There is a recent trend, which is a mix of both a social and an architecture movement, called the tiny house movement. This movement involves people downsizing their homes to a very small space. This article comes in two parts, and the working definition for ‘tiny house’ in them would be from 100 to 400 square feet. At first glance, these tiny houses seem impossible to live in. But if you are thinking about moving in the Lower Mainland, you may want to look further into reasons why this is gaining popularity in cities like Vancouver. In this two-part series, we will first talk about some reasons of why it is a benefit to move into a tiny home in Vancouver. In our second article, we will address some issues and concerns with the tiny house movement. Why would anyone want to move into a tiny home? 1)      Reduced carbon footprint Many Vancouverites are eco-friendly folks. To be eco-friendly or to reduce your carbon footprint is not that easy if you are living in a large home. Did you know that of the energy that is used in home is heating or cooling the home? If the house is large, then you will need more energy to heat or cool that space. In addition, you will have smaller and fewer electric appliances. You will of course, also use less materials in building the actual house. All these factors reduce electricity and fuel use, which in turn reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly. And small and eco friendly can take many creative forms. Watch this video to see some...

Vancouver Storage Containers vs Vancouver Storage Lockers

Vancouver Storage Containers: better than a storage locker When it’s time to sell your home and move, you have many storage lockers in Vancouver to choose from.  Of course, you can pack your things in boxes and let them pile up in your home as buyers come over to look at….well, nothing but your mess.  Or you can de-clutter and pack everything away into monthly storage units, only to come back for it all and load it onto a truck when the house is finally sold. Or, you can use movable, transportable container storage — offering both storage and moving services, together. Vancouver’s Portable Storage Service, How it Works: Here is how it works:  a Vancouver storage container and moving company will drop off a giant steel box at your home.  It isn’t damp and gross inside, and it wasn’t used to ship car parts over from another part of the world.  These containers are specially built for your household belongings. And regardless what you use, choose a storage unit that’s insured and offers service guarantees. The movable storage box can sit on your property as you pack it up, taking the time that you need.  Sometimes the container provider will have a time limit after they drop it off, but usually the protocol is to schedule a drop off and pick up. When the container is full, the container mover comes by to pick it up and transport it to a special, heated and controlled storage facility.  The facility is monitored, secure, insured and pest free.  Note that since your belongings are inside your container, your belongings are not being packed against other people’s stuff. The Container...