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How to adapt a minimalist lifestyle after moving

Surrey movers explain: How to adapt a minimalist lifestyle after moving

If you’re moving in Surrey BC, now’s a great time to purge. This is not just a time in your life when you’re going to be unpacking things in closets and garages you’ve forgotten about. This is also a great time to pick up on the minimalism movement. Since you’ll have a fresh beginning at your new home, and since you’re likely purging anyway, our Surrey movers will explain how to adapt a minimalist lifestyle after moving.

Why become a minimalist after moving in Surrey?

Surrey is a place that, like it’s Metro Vancouver counterparts, hosts a relatively wealthy, Western, commercialized economy. To put it shortly, we have a lot of ‘stuff’ in this part of the world. A lot more than we need.

Minimalism is seen as a way to make life more meaningful by getting rid of excess.

The Minimalism documentary describes how two guys became happier after reducing their belongings to nothing more than a suitcase (ok, maybe a bed and other necessities too). Then they travelled on tour to sell a book about their journey, and encouraged others to do the same.

Marie Kondo has gained international fame by her philosophy on ‘tidying up.’ Her principle is quite simple: if it doesn’t bring you joy, then get rid of it. Of course, she wrotea book about this, so there is more to say about her method! We won’t cover it all here though.

And, famous businessmen – even former president Barak Obama – have reduced their wardrobes to one outfit, citing an overwhelming amount of decisions as the reason why.

But minimalism is not new, make no mistake. It has been around for centuries, in the form of spiritual or philosophical teachings. It’s just that nowadays, we’re seeing the popularity of things like the capsule wardrobe, and YouTube videos on reducing ‘stuff’ in people’s lives. So it’s taking hold in our consumerist century as well.

In short: minimalism is being preached healthordisease.com as the way to go if you want to enjoy your life, and your space, better. And who doesn’t want that?

Steps to adapting minimalism after you move in Surrey

Here are a few tips on steps to take to become a minimalist after you move. It starts before you move though!

Step 1: Donate or sell items of value before you move

As you’re packing for your move, you’ll notice some obvious things that have value, and that you don’t need. Sometimes, getting rid of stuff is emotionally hard. But if you know you can get something out of it – be it monetary gain or a smile on someone’s face, it can be easier to get rid of. This is especially so if you don’t need it.

See or related articles on donating when moving:

Step 2: trash the useless stuff before you move

You may have junk to remove during your move. Old broken parts of appliances, or bike tires that don’t work. They can go, and those will also be easier to identify, and part with. The more clear out the big obvious things, the easier it will be to deal with what’s leftover.

See our related articles on these subjects:

Remember scrap metal can be sold! So don’t put that in the trash pile.

Step 3: start reading and learning about minimalism after you move

This is the part where you learn how it all works in the long run, and find out how other people did it. It sounds simple, and yet, when you think about what you have to get rid of, it suddenly becomes hard.

We found this great resource by the guys in the documentary mentioned above. It might help you get started with understanding minimalism:


One important thing to note, as mentioned in their documentary, is that if something brings value to you, you may not have to get rid of it just because another minimalistdid. This is going to be a personal journey. In fact, the Guardian article about Marie Kondo above says not to start with what needs to go, but what needs to stay. That can put a new perspective on things.

Also, as you’ll read in the ‘start’ guide above, minimalism isn’t only about things. It can be about relationships and jobs too. It’s about all excess.

Step 4: start practicing your clutter-free life slowly

This is the part that helps you get used to the idea of minimalism. It’s hard at first. But according to this article, you can do things like setting aside an area of your space that is going to be free of unneeded items, or at least be tidy. When you experience how ‘freeing’ it is to have that space always be neat, clear and usable, you can become encouraged to expand it to other parts of your home.

Step 5: declutter your new home

You may have begun this process before you called in your Surrey movers. And it will continue after you move too!

Decluttering will involve asking yourself if you really need ‘X’ at every turn: when you’re shopping, when you’re putting clothes away, and all the time. It will be a goal toreduce, reduce, reduce.

Think you’ll have trouble with this step? Others have too. This article explains how to overcome common barriers to getting rid of things.

To make this easier, you can start by just removing things you have doubles of. Or, you can start one room at a time. Or, you can put things you think you won’t need away for a while, and see if you really miss them before totally getting rid of them.

Step 6: start buying wisely

Articles on the web about this subject will mention buying higher quality, and more cherishable items going forward. That way, your things will last longer, and you won’t need as many things. Imagine how easy your next move will be!

To conclude: your move in Surrey can make minimalism easier than if you weren’t moving

As we mentioned above, the move itself will be a great fresh start, and a good excuse to start on the path of minimalism.

If you’re finding it hard, not to fear! The lightweight feeling of starting to purge will have its benefits. And you can go as slow or as quick as you want. The more you enjoy the benefits of minimalism, the more you’ll genuinely want to do it. And when you enjoy it, it won’t be hard at all!

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Relocating to an EMF-free zone in Canada

Richmond movers discuss relocating to an EMF-free zone in Canada

What is an EMF-free zone? EMF stands for electromagnetic frequency. And people are claiming health problems because of it. Why? Our Richmond BC Movers explain more on the subject below.

What are EMF zones, and will you find them in Canada if you move here?

First of all, EMF zones are everywhere on the planet nowadays. We’ll get to that. So yes, you will find them in Canada. In fact, if you’re concerned about them, your search should be to just look for the opposite type of place to move to: EMF-free zones. But know this is rare.

Radio frequencies (included in electromagnetic frequencies) are powering our modern world. Microwaves, cell phones, electric conductors, wifi – it all uses this technology (or rather, the discovery of this technology). This web page lists the ways you can be exposed to EMFs, according to proponents of the theory that it is unsafe.

While mainstream health experts (like Health Canada and the World Health Organization) say there is no harm to humans from this these frequencies, others disagree. People have claimed health symptoms like numbing, breathing problems, anxiety and more. And these symptoms miraculously go away when the exposure to EMFs goes away. While these people are acknowledged as being ill, medical professionals are unable to scientifically diagnose the condition as coming from Wi-Fi or other electronic frequencies.

Sufferers of electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) are calling themselves “refugees.” They are looking for places to relocate to. Sometimes, they’re claiming a loss of jobs or ability to go to school or work because of the illness. And, since they’re not usually online, their new communities can be hard for others to find, even if they do exist.

EMF-free zones for relocation in Canada, or in the world are going to be rare

This article explains the few places left on earth to not find Internet, and you’ll see that it’s really rare. Aside from satellites, Google is now sending giant balloons in the airto make sure everyone has Internet! It also mentions the only Internet ‘safe’ spots are likely going to be in deep caves or deep seas. Not very practical for human living, if you’re looking for a new place to move to.

Public Wi-Fi is becoming popular in many cities. And, if you want to travel, you’re going to have problems with this too. People are already complaining about the lack of Wi-Fi free zones on BC Ferries. Also, if you want modern utilities, you’ll likely be facing smart metres, which are being rolled out across homes in B.C. as we speak. And yes, there are complaints about the EMFs from those too.

And, as noted above, EMFs are not just a Wi-Fi issue. They power our modern world – literally.

Where to find an EMF-free zone in Canada if you want to relocate?

There are a couple options for relocating in Canada to an EMF-free zone.

Find a city or community to move to, that is declaring itself EMF-free

There are some sites listing EMF-free zones to move to, or even just to vacation in. These two sites have world lists, and some are in B.C., Canada:

In short, these are:

  • Errington, B.C. (on Vancouver Island, near Nanaimo)

  • Cedar Rock (near Osoyoos B.C.) – this one is mainly for people with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), but is said to be helpful for those with EHS too.

  • Horsefly, B.C. (North of 100 Mile House, B.C.)

A Facebook group has been set up to discuss the challenges of EMF-free living, and you may be able to find more communities or zones there:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/661015143934586/ (it’s a private group, so you have to join to participate).

The other option, as some have done, is to move to the mountains or the woods, far away from civilization. This does, of course, present its obvious challenges.

You may have to relocate internationally to find a good EMF-free zone

The most famous “National Radio Quiet Zonein the media is in Green Bank, West Virginia. It’s an old spy town that limits radio frequencies to research purposes. People have flocked there to protect their health from EHS. However, as this blogger noted, it comes with both pros and cons. One major con is a lack of jobs, since it is so isolated. And, remote jobs usually require Internet.

Some projects are being conducted in other USA cities to help provide a sanctuary for those suffering from sensitivities to EMFs. See links above for more on those.

And of course, the sites above also list some overseas communities that are becoming EMF-free.

After you move, you can turn your home into an EMF-free zone with products on the market

Yes, there is a market for these products. There are even inspections you can have done on your home to find where these frequencies are coming from to harm you.

EMFsolutions.ca sells products and offers tips for making your home – and lifestyle – safe from EMFs. Another site we found for these types of products is Emffreezone.ca. Ironically, you need the Internet to use these sites…

The good thing is, there may be a way to limit your exposure to EMFs if you guard your home, and still want to live in a major city.

Richmond movers conclude: relocating to an EMF-free zone in Canada is not going to be easy, or likely for most

Since mainstream society does not seem too keen to be sympathetic to the suffers of EHS, it’s unlikely it will get easier to find these EMF-free zones to relocate to Canada. However, that’s not to say more people will catch on the trend, and start their own communities where you can relocate in Canada to avoid EMFs. Keep in mind though, this may mean a big life change, as many long-distance moves usually are. Being far from family, or your job, could mean that staying in ‘regular’ cell-phone, Wi-Fi and smart metre areas will be necessary.

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How to move a compost when doing a short distance move

Vancouver movers advise: how to move a compost when doing a short distance move

In the past, we wrote an article for all you green thumbs out there who would want to move your garden plants with you to your new home:

Movers in North Vancouver give ideas for preparing and moving garden plants

We’ve also given tips for moving plants.

If you have a compost you’ve been working on for a long time, it can be a shame to leave it behind when you move a short distance. While long distance moves can be preventative for bringing your compost with you (due to cross-country regulations on plants), it can be possible with a short distance move.

Here are some options and tips we found on how to move a compost when doing a short distance move:

Find a way to contain the compost before you move to your new home

This is a step that needs to be taken care of well in advance of moving day. The compost is going to be messy, maybe even slimey and smelly, and so it will take a bit of work to keep it contained before it goes into a moving truck or any vehicle. Unless you or a friend has a flatbed truck that can make the trip just for the compost, you’ll want to find a container for it. Or, some on this forum have used plastic bags, and suggested poultry or sandbags as alternatives. But they did mention that the higher volume bags may be too heavy to lift, so do consider that before you try to consolidate too much into one bundle.

Hence, moving a compost works well for short distance moves, rather than long distance ones.

Many compost bin products out there will have an opening at the bottom to let out the nutrient-rich stuff. There may be trap doors on them too. Generally though, these plastic bins might not be able to be completely shut for the move, to prevent spillage.

While paper bags may seem ideal, as they can biodegrade at the new home, remember that composts can be wet. So in addition to just containing the material, you’ll want to make sure to avoid leakage during the move. Or otherwise have your car or truck smell like garbage juice for a while!

Remember to care for the compost, and its critters before you move

Before your short distance move, you’ll want to take care to do the following, to keep your compost, and your new home healthy:

Take this opportunity to make sure you have turned the compost to give it air, and to circulate its moisture. This is a method of composting that helps keep thecompost healthy and working well.

Composts contain living creatures, and they need water to work well. Ensure you are watering your compost during the move, so it doesn’t dry out. Yes – this will make it heavy during the move! So moving a compost with a weight-based moving company may not be the most ideal price-wise. Try lining the compost with cardboard (or just putting paper material in it), to help contain some of the water and absorb the smell. You don’t want it too wet, remember that.

Do ask a moving company if they can help you move your compost to your new home, though. They may have special materials to do this with. Or, they may just give you the helpful advice, in advance, that they can’t take the dirty heap with them in their nice, clean trucks!

When you do the turning of the compost, ensure you are not bringing unwanted pests or neighbourhood ‘buddies’ with you. Remember – garbage attracts rodents. They could be buried in there, or using it as a tasty home. So shovel out your compost first! Don’t just lift the whole thing onto a plank and try to move it whole!

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While you want to get rid of rodents and unwanted pests, you do want to make sure you are bringing your worms with you! Worms are something that composters seekto find. So you won’t want to leave them behind.

Find a good spot to place the compost after you move

Strategically plan your compost position! It can help give the plants in the area some good fertilizer. You also want it in a spot where you can reach it easily, but where it won’t attract rodents, or create bad smells, too close to your home.

Compost after your move with your moving materials

Treehugger.com wrote an interesting article on how to ‘go green’ with your move, by composting the materials you used during the move. In the case of the aforementioned article, the movers did a sheet-mulching project with their cardboard boxes, to help create a new landscape. The cardboard boxes will eventually decompose into the ground, and can be topped with woodchips or other natural material to create a clean garden look.

Make things easier on your next short distance move: consider an indoor, electric compost

This is by no means a promotion, but we thought we’d mention that there are such things as indoor composting bins, which run on electricity. This article explains more about them. It can be hard to start a compost if you move often, even if you want to get into it. This may be a solution to make moving a compost easier next time.

Too much trouble to move a compost? Ask if the new home dwellers want it

If all of this is sounding like a bit too much trouble for something you can start again – for free at that – then we have another idea: try leaving the compost behind. Some on a forum have suggested this. Composts are useful to gardeners. So it may just be that the people who will occupy the home you’re moving out of may want it. You could take some of your worms with you in a plastic food container, to help out your new heap after you move.

You may not want to leave it behind without permission though. Because remember – composts attract rodents! Do be respectful to the new occupants of the home.

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‘Best of HomeStars’ for the 5th time!

Thank you for helping us achieve “Best of HomeStars” as a Vancouver moving company for the 5th time!

This year, we are proud to announce that we’ve won “Best of 2017” on HomeStars.com for the 5th time. We maintain a 9.6 / 10 average for reviews given of our moving company services.

HomeStars.com writes about their criteria for picking the “Best of” companies each year. We wanted to comment on how we aim to be the best Vancouver moving company in town, but not just on HomeStars.com! This has been our aim since before people were leaving reviews on websites about us! We’ve had a lot of word-of-mouth compliments during our history too. However, to keep things simple, we’ll use the same criteria categories that HomeStars.com uses:

Integrity: our Vancouver moving and storage company aims for honesty and fairness in all we do

One of the things we want to be known for in the moving and storage industry is being honest. As one of our reviewers wrote:

“Unlike so many other fly-by-night moving companies that charge by weight or time, Ferguson guarantees the written quote. And they are reasonable considering their services! When moving can be so stressful, Ferguson made it a happy and successful day!”

As many have experienced, and as the news often reports, there are a lot of scammy moving companies out there.

We’ve written about how to avoid moving scams on this blog before. Check out these articles:

We avoid most problems that many moving companies cause their customers to endure in the following ways:

  • We do an in-home visit before telling our moving customers what the price of their move will be. This makes the price point more accurate and avoids disputes later.

  • We give a binding quote – not an estimate. This means the price we tell you, is the price you are charged. We also do this in writing.

  • We offer insurance to protect you if anything does break during a move. It’s always a risk, and even if we try to avoid it, it can happen.

  • We take responsibility for our mistakes: if something breaks and it really is our fault, we’ll pay you for it (as a Kelowna customer testified). And if you feel our movers (who are employees, by the way), didn’t complete the job, we’ll come back to fix it. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. You can complain to us, and we’ll listen.

  • We aim to show up on time, and do our job as thoroughly as promised.

Customer service: our moving company goes above and beyond, because we want to be more than just honest and fair

In addition to the above, which you should expect from any moving company you hire, we aim to make our customers happy in the ‘extra’ ways we can. As one reviewer wrote:

“All movers were extremely hard working, and took the time to ensure everything was placed where I wanted, and not one item was damaged even in over a foot a snow. One member even shovelled a pathway in the snow to get entrance to the house Wow! Not many companies would have employees who would do that for their customers. I am so glad I had Ferguson Moving for this move, and didn’t look elsewhere, this team is amazing, and from careful packing of my items, to storage , to final move in, everything went perfect. Quinn even returns phone calls and emails quickly, and is great to deal with. Every mover also we good humoured and pleasant to deal with. Will be using again for next move.”

So sure, we could have just done the job we were paid to do. And nothing would have been wrong with that. We would have lived up to our promise. But we do feel it makes a difference to go the extra mile. If we didn’t, we’d be just like any other honest moving company out there. We want to be more.

You will also notice that we reply to almost every review given to us on Homestars.com. And, when something sounds fishy, we give the reviewer the phone number of the president, to reach directly. Yes, that’s right – our president is not too busy to read your reviews, and he cares. Even when we get a bad review, we respond and ask for further follow up. We try to make it right. We hope to maintain that reputation and way of doing business for the rest of our history.

Even when it’s not our fault, we sometimes try to help our community when they’ve been ripped off by another moving company. See a story when we actively reached out to help a family who couldn’t access their belongings because another moving company went bankrupt:

Vancouver moving company offers to help reunite customers with their long lost belongings

Consistency: we treat all our customers with the same integrity and service, because they are our top advertisers

Reputation means a lot to us as a moving company – especially operating in an industry that can be so shady, if you know what we mean. Our company has been around since 1913, and has been in operation under its current ownership and expansion since 2001.

We were around during both World Wars. And we were around before there was the Internet! Like we said above, we have aimed for excellence since long before online reviews were a ‘thing’! Our word-of-mouth reputation has made us popular in our community. We have generations of families who know about us and continue to use our moving services.

That reputation comes from the integrity and customer service we aim for on a daily basis. Everyone we work with is treated well because we know that ultimately, our moving customers are our biggest advertisers.

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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 movers who show up on moving day.

Don’t pay a cash deposit, and don’t sign a moving contract without clear dates and times stated

Some moving companies just don’t show up. It happens, believe it or not. And what are you supposed to do when you have to be out of your home in a day, with no other moving company available last minute to help you move?

As the article we linked to above states, avoid paying a cash deposit. And if you do pay an up-front deposit, make sure you have a binding contract that ensures the moving company will show up. Being late is one thing (traffic and delays happen to the best of us). Not showing up is another. As a consumer, you should be protected and compensated for such instances.

Your contract should also state that your belongings will not be left in storage, and there should be clear dates for delivery as well, putting onus on the moving company to make the delivery. If you have to go and get your things out of a locker, that means extra cost for you, unless you own a huge truck, which we’re guessing you don’t.

Make sure your moving company has a real address and physical location

The CBC video linked to above shows a reporter trying to find a moving company that is accused of overcharging their customers based on false weight tickets. But when trying to go to the locations listed in their marketing material and documentation, all they could find were Shopper’s Drug Marts or another business office.

This is already a sign that something is not right. If a moving company can’t keep a single address, or at least keep its addresses up to date in a reasonable timeline, that may be a sign that other things are being neglected, such as ensuring weight scales are giving accurate data.

While that may sound like conjecture, remember that real moving companies have to hire employees (which are not just movers on location), and those employees need a place to work. They also have trucks they need to park and service. Sometimes, they also need storage lockers or warehouses to store belongings for long distance moves. So this is not the kind of business that can typically be run with a mere post office box service. If you can’t walk into a moving company’s office or warehouse, that can raise questions about outsourcing, as noted in our previous article on this topic.

You can do something about a moving scam

If you do encounter a problem with your moving company, there are steps you can take. To start, we wrote about how to start the conversation with them in this article:

If you need to, you may have to get the law on your side. You might also contact a journalist, as the CBC seems to not fall short on reporting these moving company injustices.

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