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Home improvement investments you can take with you when you move

If you’ve spent a lot of time on the home you live in, it’s likely you’ve spent money it. Whether it was for repairs, or simply to upgrade the home, we know there are costs to maintaining your dwelling. With big-ticket items, the home improvement investments are usually hard to take with you when you leave. You can only hope they will increase the value of your home when you sell. This goes for flooring, millwork or built-in kitchen cabinetry, and things of the like. But did you know there are home improvement investments you can take with you when you move? You may have to clear it with the realtor and new homeowners first. Sure, you might sound like a cheap-o, but to be honest, if you’ve done a lot of interior design upgrades to get your home to match your taste, you could save a lot of money, and trouble, by bringing them with you. Calculating their costs could bring your receipts into the thousands. So it may be worth asking! Here is a related article you’ll also want to check out: Tips from Coquitlam movers on how to detach and reuse wall items when moving Here are some ideas: Move door knobs, plus cabinet knobs and pulls with you If you have fancy door knobs in the kitchen or bathroom, or on bedroom and closet doors, these can be easily unscrewed to take with you. Sometimes, getting the ‘look’ you want for your home means going ‘all out’ to get the hardware that matches your decor. However, these are by far a ‘cheap’ purchase. They can...

Moving Cooking Appliances: How to Move an Oven Range

Before you move in Vancouver, you should consider is what larger items you will be taking with you, as this will affect your moving process. In particular, what cooking appliances will you want to take with you to your new home? Often times, cooking appliances can be sold with the house. But in certain circumstances you may want to bring them with you. For example, if your new home doesn’t have an oven or if you have just recently purchased one, it may be in your best interest to move yours with you. In this case, follow these 5 simple steps on how to move an oven along during your Vancouver move! Clean your oven thoroughly before the big move Before you begin your Vancouver move, make sure you clean your oven. This will make the unhooking and reinstalling process much more pleasant. If you have some oven cleaner on hand, definitely use that. Otherwise, you can use a half vinegar and half water mix, says wikiHow. And of course, don’t forget to clean your oven racks with lots of hot soapy water. Another tip is to clean the floor around the oven too. Popular Mechanics points out that “a dirty floor is a damaged floor.” Once you start moving your oven, dirt could easily get stuck underneath and scratch the floor. So make sure that both your oven and floor are sparkling clean! Unhook your oven properly Unhooking your electric stove while moving in Vancouver is usually fairly straightforward, as it simply entails removing any pieces attaching it to the wall and unplugging it, according to hunker.com. However,...

Moving in Vancouver? Keep these tips in mind when finding good schools for kids  

If you are thinking of moving in Vancouver, you probably have a checklist of what you want in your new home, and perhaps even your new neighbourhood. If you have children, one major item you should add to this checklist is proximity to schools. However, you don’t want to move close to just any school. Follow this quick guide to find a good school for your kids before your Vancouver move. Think about schools before you buy a new house in Vancouver When you are going house hunting in Vancouver, keep in mind the options for your children’s schools. If you want them to stay at their current school, will moving to this area mean driving more? Is it doable? Will you have to apply for cross boundary attendance with your school board? Otherwise, if you have another school in mind, find out what the catchment area is. There may be certain neighbourhoods you want to focus your house hunting in. Their age or grade may make a difference here too. If they are about to graduate high school, the commute to a cross-boundary school may be worth it, and you can decide to stop your school hunt altogether. They can graduate with all their friends, take classes with teachers they know, and continue getting guidance from their academic counsellors when applying for universities, scholarships or bursaries. Plus, older kids will know how to take the bus to get to school! So that’s less driving for caregivers! If they’re quite young, the story may be different. Losing friends will be hard, but they can make new ones too. There...

6 Ways to Reuse Cardboard Boxes After Moving in Vancouver

Moving might feel like a wasteful activity, materially speaking. You’re purging junk you haven’t used in years; you’re trying to eat up the food you won’t be tossing in the bin; you’re possibly leaving behind investments like your compost, countertops, chandeliers, wall items or other upgrades you made to the home. Oh and the gas mileage on that guzzling truck! And, you’re probably using up a lot of cardboard boxes. Whether you buy moving boxes or get used ones from a grocery store, this is one part of your move in Vancouver that doesn’t need to go to complete waste. Cardboard has many uses! In this article we’ll cover some ideas on ways to reuse cardboard boxes after moving. Of course, you can also go the super eco-friendly route and get Frogbox moving boxes, or other plastic, reusable moving boxes. 1. Make furniture with cardboard moving boxes You’d be surprised how strong cardboard can be. It’s like science…literally. And, when you put sheets of cardboard together with clue, you can get even more strength. When you move, save those moving boxes and make furniture with cardboard. Here are some articles we found on the web to get you started: Make Furniture With Cardboard! 30 Amazing Cardboard DIY Furniture Ideas Plus some user-generated ideas on DIY.org here: https://diy.org/skills/cardboarder/challenges/1351/make-cardboard-furniture 2. When moving in Vancouver, try sheet mulching with old cardboard moving boxes Vancouver is wet. And that means, in the fall especially, you get a great opportunity to prep your garden bed or lawn with sheet mulching. Sheet mulching with cardboard is more eco-friendly than using plastic. The idea is that...

Pros and cons to consider if moving to White Rock, B.C.

If you’re tired of big city life in Vancouver, and are looking for a new suburb to move to, we’ve got an idea: White Rock. In this article, we’ll discuss pros and cons of living a White Rock lifestyle. The pros of moving to White Rock, B.C. Here is a list of reasons why you would want to move to White Rock: It’s got a beautiful beachfront. The beach and promenade are probably what most Vancouverites identify with White Rock. And maybe the actual, white rock on that beach. The area is reminisce of a California beach haven – so much so, the TV show Psych is filmed there to represent Santa Barbara! There are plenty of seafood restaurants, funky cafes and artsy tourist stores along the shore. And that wonderful, limited, long-walk pay-parking you associate with a tourist destination. The beach promenade is probably losing its rails. Who thought of putting a train track there, right? It’s dangerous, and politicians are recognizing that. This would have been in the ‘cons’ section, but since motion is happening on the matter, we figure now is a great time to move to enjoy the beach without trains running through it. It’s got better weather. Yes, it’s true. It’s not far from Vancouver, but apparently, it gets more sunshine, and fewer rainy days! It has development plans. If you’re planning to move to White Rock as an investment, or as a retiree, now may be the time to do it. According to this article, senior living is about to improve, and expand greatly in the White Rock town centre. You can also...

The risks of moving into a houseboat or float home in B.C.

In our last article on this topic, we wrote about options and costs of moving into a houseboat or float home in B.C. But, it’s important to also know the risks of such a move. There can be some unpredictability when moving into a houseboat or floating home. One could argue this is the case even when moving into a home on land. But it’s best to go into this decision with your eyes wide open – knowing what to expect. This is because the dangers of moving onto a water slip can be different than that of land, and not all newcomers to floating home life will be aware of these. Knowledge can keep you prepared for safety too! Here goes! Water conditions can change where you live over time, if you move to a houseboat or float home On this forum, some have testified that lakes can dry up due to drought. So if that happens, where do you go? Do you flip your life upside down and move to a new community? Of course, this applies if you’re moored on a lake. Marinas on the sea may be different. The harbour needs maintenance to protect your home; who will pay for it? Lack of dredging (removing sand) can cause your boat to tilt. If that’s the case, you won’t have stable floors. And, as this float homeowner describes, getting water into the drain can be a challenge too! Fixing the problem could be costly, if your local government doesn’t take care of it. Float homes and houseboats are not immune to destruction They can sink. It’s...

Options and costs of moving to a houseboat or a floating home or in B.C.

In the past, we wrote about preparing to move into a boat or yacht. But did you know that there is another way to live life on the water? And it’s not with ‘real’ boats! Floating homes and houseboats are an option if you like the serenity of the sea, but don’t want the small-space living that comes with moving to a boat. Though, there are things to know about moving into a floating home or houseboat in B.C. We’ll cover those in this article. Know the difference between your floating home or houseboat options, before you move to one Here’s a fun fact: floating homes are not the same as houseboats. They are also not the same as a house barge. As a rule of thumb, when you hear the word “boat” think: motors. Otherwise, expect that the living structure won’t have it’s own way of ‘driving’ to a new marina – at least not without a tugboat or some sort of ‘pull.’ Also, when you’re talking ‘house’ or ‘home’ there may be legalities involved, as you would likely be anchored to something, keeping you in place, and succumbing you to local laws. This can affect construction and habitation rules with your city. If you don’t like those rules, you will need to do research into acceptable construction for your home-on-the-water (that could be a house barge). This is a little bit like owning a tiny home in Vancouver. The mobility of your structure can determine what laws will apply to it. In B.C., there are specific guidelines on the standards that float homes must meet. Here is...

Salvaging Belongings And Moving After A Fire In B.C.

It’s dry season, and yearly for B.C. residents that means wildfires, as well as other fire safety precautions. But have you ever considered what would happen if your home, business, community centre or church ever caught on fire? How bad would the damage be? How would you recover from a fire? See the story of this historical hotel recently damaged by a fire in B.C. Chances are, after everyone’s safety is addressed, you’ll go through a lengthy, tedious and specialized process to salvage your belongings (if they can be recovered at all). You’ll also likely need to re-locate after a fire. In between, your things will need to be moved – sometimes to a special facility – and then back to their original spot in your home. And so, salvaging belongings from a fire, and moving after a fire in B.C. often go together. In this article, we’ll give some tips on what to expect, and what to do, if you are recovering from fire damage.   Know that fire damage is not just from flames: water and smoke will ruin most belongings not turned to ashes Fire smoke, soot and the water used to put out the fire can be the biggest determinant of whether or not your belongings can be salvaged at all. This is where fire restoration companies come into play. This restoration specialist explains what the process may be like (though we don’t claim to sponsor or promote any one company). As you’ll see, everything will need to be moved out before it can be salvaged. If you watch the second video on this news...

How To Move A Granite, Concrete Or Heavy, Countertop

If you’ve invested in good quality material for your kitchen, you’ll probably also be dealing with a countertop that is worth hundreds, if not thousands. If you want to DIY the transport of your countertop, you’ll need to take precautions to avoid your investment going to waste, which can happen easily with these large, heavy items. Usually, for new countertops, the company that is custom-fitting them will also deliver and install them. But if you want to do the delivery yourself to save money, or are planning to upcycle a used countertop, this added service may not be available. In this article, we’ll give some tips on how to move a granite, concrete or wood countertop. See related: Marble vs Granite, Pros & Cons for Vancouver Movers Setting up a house bar after you move into your new home   Ensure you have the proper equipment, and helping hands, when moving a stone countertop Most of what will determine your success at moving a heavy stone countertop is going to be your equipment and tools. This is because granite, marble and concrete are prone to breakage and cracks during transport. This is moreso the case if you have sink holes pre-cut into them.   Here is what you are going to need: An A-frame: this is some wood that is fashioned and bound together in the shape of an ‘A.’ They can be made of metal or wood. They allow for slabs or large panel-type items (even heavy art frames, or glass), to be transported while leaning on its edge. This is necessary because: Granite and stone countertops can...

Considerations When Doing A Commercial Move For A Coffee Shop Or Cafe In Vancouver

When you run a commercial retail food establishment, moving is not as simple as when you move house. And it’s also quite different than moving an office or other type of business. Before making the decision to move – if you have the choice – you’ll want to realize how many parts of your business can be affected. Your list of things to do will be vast – probably more work than when you set up your business to begin with. In this article, we’ll go into some considerations when doing a commercial move for a coffee shop or cafe in Vancouver.   Licensing your coffee shop or cafe when you move to a new municipality   If you move your coffee shop or cafe to a new city or municipality, your licensing fees and terms may change. Different cities in Metro Vancouver will have different rules for businesses. Be sure that you have the appropriate license to operate, before you open at your new location.   Marketing material updates when you move a business   As we discussed in our article on preserving SEO when you move a business, your address updates will be important. This is not something you want to leave on the back burner. You’ll want to change your address on all your marketing material, and all website mentions. In today’s age of Yelp searches for local eats, you can’t afford not to do this for a coffee shop or cafe business that is moving.   To avoid confusion, also update your print material (such as business cards) or any paraphernalia.   You may also...