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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 keep portable shipping container storage safe from theft

If you’ve been looking for options to store your belongings, you may have come across multiple options for storage. Self storage means that you manage the storage unit for a renter’s fee, usually with a secure access code that is only used by you to enter a facility where there are several other locked storage units. The other type of storage is with large industrial storage containers, or shipping containers that are then used as storage. These types of storage units are called ‘portable storage’ because they are transportable. This means that instead of you needing to go to a storage unit, load and unload your belongs, the storage unit can come to you. It’s not ‘fixed’ to the ground or part of a building. This provides a lot of convenience, as you can imagine. This way, you can store your belongings in a shipping container used as storage, and then have that entire container moved to a new location, such as for a long-distance move, when you’re ready for it. It can also mean that if you are temporarily renovating a home and need to put belongings elsewhere, a storage container can come to your location, drive away with your stuff, then come back with your stuff in that same container when you need it. Considering safety and theft with portable storage using shipping containers But there can be a dilemma regarding storing your belongings in a shipping container. How will it be safe from theft? Whether it’s on your property or not, thieves can try to access it. One family’s shipping container was broken into and stolen off...

4 More illegal things you just can’t do with storage containers or storage facilities, even in Vancouver

In our last article on this topic, we covered some things you can’t do in a storage unit. This was after it was discovered that someone in Vancouver was caught living in a storage facility illegally. Two things you can’t do in a storage unit, whether self storage or a portable storage unit: live in it or run a business out of it. It also goes without saying you can’t do artwork in it, or run a studio out of it. You can’t sleep it in either, just to be clear. But there are more things you just can’t do with storage containers or storage facilities in Vancouver. In this article, we’ll cover more of those things, which you may not be aware of (though some are obvious… to most of us). You can’t store animals in a storage unit Animals, like humans, need ventilation, sunshine, and nature. You can’t store animals in a storage unit. If you do need a place for your animals to live while you’re gone, you could consider pet babysitters. Or, if you have a lot of animals to move, we wrote some articles on this subject here, to give you more info on the process: Coquitlam movers explore ideas on how to move pet birds and bird collections Pets & Relocation Moving in Vancouver Our how-to guide on moving an aquarium to your new home You can’t store food in a storage unit This one may not be obvious to everyone. A storage unit is not meant to be a warehouse or keeper of food. This mostly applies to perishable foods (see link above). Since other tenants are using...

Two Illegal things you just can’t do with storage containers or storage facilities

2 Illegal things you can’t do with storage containers or storage facilities, even in Vancouver Recently the CBC reported a guy who was evicted for living in a storage unit in Vancouver. While he certainly showed how creative and clever one could make use of a tiny space for cheap rent, nothing he did was legal. So, as Vancouver storage providers (with secured facility container storage), it got us thinking. What else is illegal to do with storage units? I mean, we see good-guy-bad-guy TV shows using storage units in plot lines all the time. Does that happen in real life? Below are some illegal things you can’t do with storage containers or storage facilities – whether in Vancouver or not! Keep in mind, there is a difference between storage lockers and storage containers! That is explained in this article. You can’t live in a storage unit; not in Vancouver, not anywhere Above we mentioned the guy who lived in a storage unit in Vancouver for about two months. That was not ok. But he says he only broke the rule of sleeping there at night. Afterall, he wasn’t showering there. And he paid for the power he used via a long extension cord. But…he was posing other problems, as presented in this article. Apparently, people trying to live in storage units is not uncommon or new. But it’s illegal because: Storage facilities are not zoned for residential use. Cities have bylaws for housing, in case you haven’t noticed. It’s not ok to have people living without sewage or running water. Those medieval days are far behind us in the Western world. Storage facilities...

Where to move for groundwater access in B.C

Where to move for groundwater access in B.C., Metro Vancouver, and the Fraser Valley Sometimes, picking a place to move in B.C., when you have options, presents a set of considerations. To some, groundwater, or well water access is important. As they say, real estate is all about location, location, location. The importance of location to you may be the idea of having a water source that is either cheap in the long run, controlled by you, or avoids surface water contaminants. Whatever your reason, we’ll discuss where to move for groundwater access in B.C., particularly in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley (though principles can apply to other parts of the province). What you should know about Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley water before you move here If you’re moving to B.C. from another area, and are used to some complaints people may have about water purity, you may not find those to be issues you’ll face after you move. You see, at least in Metro Vancouver, water does not contain added fluoride. There are opposers and proponents of fluoride out there, and we’re not here tomake the argument either way. It simply stands as a fact that you’re less likely to face added fluoride in your water if you move to B.C. Water is also soft, which affects its taste. Not only that, but some complaints about surface water contaminations in other cities are less likely to present a problem in B.C. Some people fear that pharmacy-no-rx.net pharmaceuticals can be found in their water source. However, in Metro Vancouver, surface water reservoirs are so highly placed in...