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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...

How To Utilize Municipal Junk Removal Services In Metro Vancouver If You’re Moving

When you’re moving, you’re probably also purging. There may be junk you need to get rid of. You could pay a junk removal company to come and take it all away – and that may be your best bet for various types of junk and a big load.   But did you know that many Metro Vancouver cities offer free pick up or junk clear out? They are limited though, so don’t think you’ve hit the jackpot! There is a reason junk removal companies in Vancouver are so abundant.   In this article, we’ll let you know a few ways you can have your junk removed by city services, which you may already pay taxes for. Corporation of Delta yearly spring clean up   If you are moving within or out of Delta, and if moving day is in the spring, you could plan to get rid of a lot of your junk for free. While there are limits to what the corporation will take, you can use this opportunity to throw out broken furniture, useless toys, old couches, BBQs and stuff that can be bundled up, as long as it doesn’t violate the ‘not accepted’ terms. Mattresses are not accepted – keep that in mind!   See more info below:   http://www.delta.ca/services/garbage-recycling/spring-clean-up Burnaby large item and appliance pick up program   If you are a Burnaby resident, you can ask the city to come to your curb to pick up the ‘big things’ that you need to throw away. Mattresses are eligible, unlike Delta’s spring clean up rules. But, they do require you call them beforehand to make...

Advice from a cross-country Canadian moving company on Quebec moving day

Advice from a cross–country Canadian moving company on business promotion during Quebec’s moving day If you haven’t heard, thousands of Quebecois residents had to move on July 1, while the rest of the country was celebrating Canada Day. As a cross–country Canadian moving company, we couldn’t help but notice, and get excited, about the efforts of 3M to help people out on a mass-moving day like that in Quebec. Here are a couple links to read more about the story: http://globalnews.ca/news/2798947/moving–day-eh-thousands-of-quebecers-pack-up/ http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/about-200000-people-moved-in-quebec-today While we applaud 3M for their efforts to pay-it-forward for Quebec movers, we thought it would also be valuable to give some tips to other companies who want to do some promotional work on moving days. If you are outside Quebec, keep in mind that in other provinces, people will most likely move at the beginning and end of months, so you can apply these principles to your own location too. Keep safety in mind: don’t try to help Canadian movers if you’re not trained to do so You will notice in the articles linked to above, when 3M jumped in to help Canadian movers, it wasn’t by heavy lifting (that we know of). It was more on the side of offering refreshments, and being a friendly face on that day. Moving can be dangerous business: not just for humans, but also for the artifacts being moved. The last thing you want as a company is to have an employee injured on the job, or injuring others while moving. And also, you don’t want your company ruining people’s furniture or houses while moving. Our advice is to keep...

Winter Moving in Vancouver, Dealing with Rats & Mice

Dealing with rats and mice after moving into your house in the winter Winter is just around the corner, and the colder temperatures may force some pests to seek refuge in your home. Mice and rats may be some of the unwanted house guests that invite themselves over. We’ve briefly touched in this blog about how to spot rats and mice before you move in, so check that out if you haven’t yet. With that being said, sometimes it can be hard or even impossible to perfectly screen a new home for pests. So we’re going to take a quick look at how to deal with rats and mice in your new Vancouver home once you’ve finished moving in. Dealing with mice and rats — how and when do rodents move in? According to the New York Times, mice may start moving into your house to avoid colder temperatures as winter starts. Since the common house mouse is pretty small — something like an ounce in weight and two inches long — they can often find a way into your home. One common way is through piping. Many mice and some rats are often just small enough to make the journey through pipes and into your house. The solution? Plug it up! Most pipes can often be blocked off by stuffing them with materials such as sponges or steel wool. If that doesn’t work, try stretching wire mesh over openings that are too big to be plugged up. Garage doors can sometimes be a point of entry that homeowners overlook. The weatherstripping on garage doors is sometimes worn and...

Moving Tips, Metro Vancouver’s Landfill & Large Trash Options

Options for taking large trash items to a landfill before moving in Metro Vancouver So let’s say you’re about to move within Metro Vancouver and you’ve finished cleaning out your old house. It’s clear that not everything is worth moving, and in many cases not even worth giving away. And to top it off, many Metro Vancouver city garbage services will not pick up large items such as mattresses, large appliances and furniture. What do you do then? You need to taketrash to a landfill. Where can you throw large items away in Vancouver before moving into a new house? Assuming you live in B.C.’s Lower Mainland, you can check with Metro Vancouver, which is the organization responsible for waste disposal in Lower Mainland cities like Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey and Richmond. Their site lists several landfill locations around Vancouver where you can bring large unwanted items that are too big for garbage services to pick up. You’d probably do well to check where your closest transfer station or landfill is. Transfer stations are facilities where municipal waste is unloaded and taken by long-distance transports to landfills or disposal facilities like the Metro Vancouver waste-to-energy facility. One thing to keep in mind is that dumping is not free. Each station has different fees and stipulations for depositing garbage. There is often a $5 transaction fee for each load of garbage, plus additional fees based on the size of each load. There are also usually time-based fees. For example, some stations charge minimum fees when unloading garbage during peak hours, which are often between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. There are...

What to do if you’ve moved into a house with asbestos

So you moved into a greater Vancouver house with asbestos The Metro Vancouver area is filled with many houses that have long, intriguing histories. It’s no wonder many people jump at the chance to move into an older house! But there are sometimes a few challenges that can arise. Probably one of the biggest issues is that building regulations were different decades ago. That meant it was okay for houses to be constructed with materials that we now know are harmful. Asbestos is one example of this. In this article, we’ll discuss what you should do if you’ve moved into a house with asbestos. Why you should be concerned if you’ve moved into a house with asbestos According to Thisoldhouse.com, asbestos was once prized as a building material because it is a durable, fire-resistant material that also happens to be a great insulator. Asbestos is also good at stifling sound, allowing people in separate rooms to enjoy privacy and quiet. These qualities made it one of the prime choices for building homes up until the 1970s. However, in more recent years, it has been discovered asbestos can create lung problems. Prolonged exposure can result in lung diseases such as cancer. The problem lies in the fact that tiny asbestos fibers can be inhaled, damaging lung tissue. Locate asbestos in your home If you’ve moved into a house with asbestos, locating the material is often the first step to removing it. However, before we go any further we should mention the province says in HeathLinkBC.ca removal is not always the answer. Sometimes disturbing asbestos — especially if it’s behind a wall...