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Picking a composting toilet or eco-friendly toilet before you move in Vancouver

While the thought of a composting toilet probably sounds gross at first mention, you may be interested to know that the industry has come up with some advanced solutions to make it not so. Eco-friendly toilets are emerging as a great alternative both in public spaces and in private homes. If you’re moving in Vancouver, a composting toilet or eco-friendly toilet may be more accessible than you think. If you’re moving into a new home, and especially if you’re in the process of making upgrades to your home before you move, you may want to consider a composting toilet or an otherwise eco-friendlier toilet. These come in multiple forms, which we’ll describe below. We know what you’re thinking: why would I change my toilet before moving? Well, there are a few reasons people are opting for the composting toilet systems, or eco-friendly toilets. They are, among other things: A desire to care for the planet, and have an eco-friendly move Believe it or not, some of our societies may run out of clean water before we realize it! While this may not happen anytime soon in Northern Canada, it can happen in other places, and is currently being seen with droughts around the world. Even NASA has studied the scary issue. Turning salt water into drinking water is not that cheap to do, as the experience of California has taught us. Also, cesspools, which may seem like a natural way to get rid of waste, are actually causing harm to the environment in places like Hawaii. Pooping into the ground nowadays means distributing disease and other harmful things into the environment (like our drinking...

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...

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...

Fishing Licenses and Regulations When you Move to BC

What to know about fishing licenses and regulations if you move to British Columbia If you’ve moved to British Columbia from another Canadian province or country, and if you love fishing, there are some things to consider about your new life as a recreational fisherman in BC’s waters. Rules can be different than where you’re from. In this article, our Metro Vancouver movers, who have moved families to and from cities in B.C., will explain a few guidelines on exploring fishing licenses and regulations in this province. Fishing in BC freshwater is not the same as fishing in saltwater; moving to B.C. means two separate fishing licenses Some bodies of water are regulated provincially, while others are regulated federally. This is important to know for BC because the province sits on the Pacific Coast. If you have traditionally fished in the Interior or the Prairies, this may be new for you upon moving to BC – having to obtain two separate license for the type of fishing you want to do. Before or after you move to BC, you’ll need to view the rules for federal fishing licenses for tidal waters. Here is a link that may help: https://www-ops2.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/nrls-sndpp/index-eng.cfm For the Federal system, it’s also important to note that Canada participates in international treaties and national laws that regulate fish species. For this reason, when you catch fish in Canadian tidal waters off the coast of B.C., you’ll need to be aware of some changing regulations and programs over time. For example, there are certain endangered species of fish you can not catch and keep. There are also special rules for your license to be...

How to mitigate a disagreement with your moving company​     

Avoiding disagreement with your moving company As a moving company in the Metro Vancouver area, and with connections to help you move across Canada or even internationally, we’ve seen a lot of customer situations. While, yes, it’s true that some things can go wrong, a well-trained staff and good communication and agreements can prevent a lot of those moving mistakes. However, sometimes you may be in a situation where you’ve hired a moving company, and things have gone sour. Perhaps your household furniture and belongings weren’t on time, or they were damaged in the moving truck while in transit. Or it could be as impactful as a mere rude employee or mover. Whatever the case, you will want to resolve these situations as smoothly as possible. We’ll give you some tips on how to mitigate a disagreement with your moving company after you’ve already hired them to help you move. Tip #1: Keep calm and try to see both sides When we’re angry, it may seem like it’s easy to lay fault on others. This is especially so if we don’t know the full extent of the situation. Before jumping to conclusions, make sure you take the time to calm yourself, so that when you do confront your moving company, or independent mover, you are doing so rationally. Chances are, if you start with a defensive tone, it can result in more defensiveness, rather than a fast solution. Tip #2: Ask questions before laying blame on a moving company To follow up with the above, while we realize sometimes you may feel that the other party was wrong in an obvious...