How long does it take to pack a home? – Vancouver Moving and Packing Tips

  Vancouver Moving and Packing Tips – this video explains how long it takes to pack a typical home and gives practical advise on how to set yourself up for packing success. Learn more about Ferguson Moving and Storage at https://ferguson.iwsdesign.ca This moving tips video will answer questions for your moving needs: Average days in advance to prepare for moving day. What to pack and what not to pack first. How many boxes to pack a typical kitchen. How many days to...

Moving to an Urban Farm: Tips to Remember

Agrarian life within the conveniences of the city may seem like a dream. However, if you plan on moving to an urban farm in Metro Vancouver or elsewhere in B.C., there are some things to keep in mind before you make the plunge and leave your apartment life. This especially goes for moving into a home with a yard, or intending to lease city-zoned land for your new farming adventure. There may be other options available to you, which you’ll also want to consider. If you’re new to farming, and the idea of urban farming has tweaked your interest and motivated you to move, read up on some of what we’ve found. Note: Moving to start an urban farm in the Vancouver area is not quite like moving to a hobby farm. We’ve written about that subject here, and encourage you to take a look there as well. Urban farming on city properties is on the rise, but might not be totally legal yet Last year in Vancouver, a move was made to begin the legalization of urban farms in the city. It wasn’t that there weren’t urban farms in Vancouver at the time. But more that that zoning and licensing wasn’t quite clear. Urban farms in Vancouver are already established, which you can see on the list here, by the Vancouver Urban Farming Society. Vancouver’s current urban agriculture policies can be read on its site here and here (they are, essentially, now allowed). And in 2012, MacLean’s magazine was already writing about the popularity of urban agriculture, and the way of going about it for some. But we...

Moving Pool Accessories

While one may not think of Vancouver’s climate as being a hotspot for homeowners with swimming pools, they do exist. Vancouver homes with pools are also on the market, if you want to move from one home to another, and keep your swimming pool lifestyle (whether outdoor or indoor). An MLS search such as this one can help you find Vancouver homes with swimming pools. But when you move from one swimming pool home to another, you may want to bring some accessories with you. Yes, it’s true you might negotiate the swimming pool accessories and equipment along with the sale of the house. However, depending on the value and quantity of your pool accessories, it may be a cost savings to bring them along with you. Plus, if you have kids, and the new buyers don’t, you might be able to get away with bringing your pool slide and paddleboards with you. Also, your buyers may not care for the coloured lights you’ve chosen, or they may plan on using a different heating type for their pool, and so on. All of these items have value, plus varying costs to operate or maintain. So, pools do come with buyer preferences. And that’s where you may end up deciding to bring some pool equipment or accessories with you. Below are some tips for handling the relocation, or moving, of your pool equipment and accessories: Take an inventory of your pool parts, understand what they are, and what they’re worth Before you jump to include your pool and all its equipment or accessories into the sale price of your home,...

Vancouver Movers Share Tips on Moving Sports Balls and Toy Balls

Moving sports balls and toy balls can be tricky. While you’ve probably already thought of the basics, like cardboard boxes, tape and labels, some things always. For example, if you’ve acquired a lot of bouncy, rolly items, those might be a bit of a question mark on top of your head (an imaginary one, of course). Especially if you’re not a sports coach or athlete yourself, you may not be aware of the methods available for transporting these items (and you probably won’t want to be buying new basketballs, soccer balls or bouncy balls all over again!). Here are ideas on moving sports balls and toy balls–and storing them: Moving Sports Balls: Deflating and Storage Deflating sports balls can be a good solution. This method is not just for saving space, but also to prevent the ball from rolling around all over the place during the move (if it goes into a vehicle without being packed, that is). And, if you are bringing your ball on a plane, this article says that not deflating it can destroy it. So definitely look into deflation for that scenario! This article explains how to deflate a larger style of sports ball. You will need a special needle to do this. Though, there are likely plenty of internet hacks to explain how to deflate a ball without that special needle. For tennis balls, golf balls, ping pong balls and the like, you’ll need to look for other solutions. Use a mesh bag to move sports balls to your new home There are mesh nets with ties on them specifically made for carrying sports balls....

Moving a Rug

Moving a rug. It might sound like the simplest thing to not write about, but the topic may surprise you in its detail. Well, not that much detail. But enough for us to share a few tips that might be helpful! Let’s get into it! Before you moving a rug, measure their sizes and your new floor space You may have rugs at your current home, which you plan to bring to your new home. We’ll call these your ‘old’ rugs, even though you may continue to use them. The first thing to assess is the size of existing rugs, and the comparison to the floor space at your new home. It has been said that rugs can change the feeling of a room’s spaciousness. Furniture should overlap a rug to a degree. When moving a rug to your new home, you will want to know if you will get the same visual effect, or if the room’s size will determine that you need new rugs for certain rooms. Of course, this applies mostly to larger spaces you may move into. Though in some cases, your rugs may also be too big to fit into your new space. Resize your rug? Another option is to resize your rug. Yes, it’s possible! Rug repair persons or makers like this one can cut down rugs, or even enlarge them. If you can’t find a rug resizer through a google search, try checking if carpet cleaners can do it, as alluded to by Apartment Therapy here. Determine the cost and value of your existing rugs, or new rugs There are cheap rugs,...

Tips on How to Move a Home Printer

If you have a home inkjet printer or even a smaller-sized laser printer, you may think that all it takes to move a home printer  is loading it in your car, and setting sail. But you probably want to be more careful with it. Especially if it was not the cheap kind you can get for thirty-five bucks (which many of us purchase, knowing we’ll be paying for expensive ink later, anyway). So, how do you move a home printer? Here are some tips: Remove the ink and printheads before you move a home printer When you move a home printer, you want to prevent damage to entire machine, but especially the delicate parts where the ink is. The ink is going to be runny, and you don’t want it leaking to places it should not leak. When you remove the ink cartridges or toner, place them in plastic bags. For inkjet printer cartridges you also want to prevent the ink from drying out. This could be quite troublesome if they do If you have a printer where the ink cartridges are not attached to the print head, you should be able to remove the piece from your printer for maintenance and cleaning. This article explains how to solve dry printheads in detail. However, with all that said, there are advocates of leaving your ink cartridges in your printer. The logic is that printers are designed to prevent the ink from drying out when the machine sits idle. How do you know what to do now? The safest bet is to see if you can find an owner’s manual...

How to Move a Portable AC Unit

Being in a milder climate zone, it’s not often those of us who grew up in Metro Vancouver or the Fraser Valley needed centralized air conditioners in our homes. But it sure is nice to have that air conditioning on hot summer days, nonetheless. So, you may have a portable air conditioner. And in some cases, maybe a window AC unit installed. In this article, we’ll explain how to move a portable AC unit, so you can take those cool summer days with you, and not have to settle for a trusty ol’ fan alone. When you read the steps below, keep in mind that “portable” doesn’t necessarily mean you can move the unit from room to room that easily. It just means it’s not centralized in the home’s systems, but it can be installed and uninstalled for easy moving of homes. Step 1:to move a portable AC unit, unplug and drain This is an obvious step, but an important one. Especially the draining part. Not all portable AC units will collect water in the same way. Some might dispose-as-they-go. And others may have a dish to collect it. Somewhere though, condensation is likely collecting. And you’ll need to know where that is so you don’t make up a mess. This article has more info. The other thing to know here is that when you find the water drainage point, you may also feel like giving your AC unit a good clean. Step 2: Detach your portable AC unit, very carefully, and place on a dolly When moving portable air conditioners, remember that they are heavy! And, if you...

North Vancouver Movers Share How to Move a Treadmill

As professional North Vancouver movers, we’re no strangers to moving exercise equipment. In 2008, we were even responsible for moving treadmills and bikes to the Olympic Oval. We were so proud of that moment, we put it in our gallery! Anyway, enough of our gloating. We thought we’d give you some tips on how to move a treadmill. Let’s dive in: Have the right equipment ready to move a treadmill Just like our articles on: How To Move A Lawn Mower How To Move A Granite, Concrete Or Heavy, Countertop How to Move an Oven Range How to Move a Bed Frame How To Move A Deep Freezer How to Move a Mattress How to move and store a washer and dryer How to move a Refrigerator You’re going to need the right equipment. (And yes, we have more ‘How to move a…’ articles on our blog, should you wish to search for them!). The good news is that when you move one of the above, you’ll likely have some of the equipment needed to move a treadmill. So there may be overlap here. Some main moving supplies you’ll need to move a treadmill are: Moving straps Moving blankets Gloves with grip Drill or screwdriver (if disassembly is needed). Sometimes an allen key works too. Moving dollies (find the right one by reading this) Plastic wrap (to hold together foldable treadmills) And, if you’re really wanting to protect your treadmill, an A-frame wouldn’t be a bad idea either. Know your type of treadmill before you plan to move it Different types of treadmills require different measures to move them....

Moving a Dishwasher

Moving a dishwasher just makes sense sometimes. After all, you’ve invested a lot in your appliances and it would be a shame not to bring them with you to your new home. When you’re moving, you can take appliances with you, provided they’re not part of ‘the deal’ for the new homeowners. Or, you can replace them with cheaper models, but bring your more expensive ones to your new home. This can sometimes be cheaper than buying them new (of course, that depends on the case). In this article, we’ll focus on how to move a dishwasher. Step 1: moving a dishwasher starts with unplugging it To start this step, you’ll need to be able to move your dishwasher out of its spot in your cabinetry. Even if it looks ‘built in,’ it is likely sitting in a ‘gap’ of space between cabinets underneath your counter. The hard parts will be: Unscrewing it from your countertop, if it is attached. Figuring out how to draw it out without a lot of room on the edges to grasp it. The use of a dolly may really help. Finding the breaker connection that gives the dishwasher power (if it’s not labelled), and turning it off (you must do this for safety before you proceed!) If you can drain the dishwasher before moving it out of it’s spot, that will be your best bet. If your dishwasher doesn’t drain completely, it may be clogged. Follow these steps from Wikihow to clean it out, or solve the problem otherwise. Now it’s time to drag out the dishwasher. You’ll want to prepare the floor...

Vancouver Shop Movers Offer Tips on Relocating a Retail Shop

As professional shop movers, the professionals at Ferguson Moving and Storage understand that moving any retail space is quite different than moving a home. With a clothing store, there is also more to consider than just moving the clothing (and even that is going to be different than the advice we give to homeowners). Vancouver store movers know that there will be operational equipment, furnishings and fixtures that need to be disassembled with the right tools, or handled with care. And, retail supplies are not like ordinary furniture. If retail store movers don’t do their job correctly, any broken or missing pieces of a store can affect revenue at worst, and result in a mismanaged, frustrating store to shop in, at best. But, sometimes moving to a new commercial retail space is necessary – either to downsize your costs, or grow the traffic needed in your store. With that in mind, we’ll give you some tips on how to move a clothing retail shop. Even if you plan on hiring professional store movers to do the job for you, it’s good to be equipped with the knowledge you’ll need to know if they’re doing a good job. Thoroughly discuss moving rates, ask questions and plan for the unpredictable level of inventory to move When you get an in-person estimate to move a clothing retail store, one question that will come up is: how much inventory are we moving? Let’s say your store is moving in two months. You’ll be getting deliveries or supplies in that time, to keep the store stocked. Or will you? What if you aim for...
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