Should I move into a prefabricated home in Vancouver?

Vancouver Movers Guide: Prefabricated Homes in Vancouver, Yea or Nay?  While you are looking to move in Vancouver, you may have considered designing your own home. This may be a difficult process that requires much research. In your research, you may realize that there are a lot of costs involved with finding the right designers and contractors to work with. The options for designing every part of your future home may be extremely overwhelming. Prefabricated homes are a good balance between providing the freedom to choose what you want, as well as keeping costs to a minimum. What is a prefabricated home? Known as “prefab homes” or “panelized homes,” prefabricated homes refer to a type of building that is created in sections off of the site where it will eventually be pieced together. The actual construction and the installation happen on the building site after all these parts of the building have been shipped. Freedom to choose your prefabricated home Moving into a prefabricated house does not mean you do not get to choose the design of your house. The word ‘prefabricated’ refers to the construction of the components of the house. While it may not be that you are able to design every part of your future home, building a prefabricated home is a good route to take if you are not experienced in architecture design or the building process. Most architecture firms that provide prefabricated homes offer pre-designed floor plans. You start by choosing the square footage that will best suit your needs. After narrowing that down, you can begin looking at the actual design of each floor plan and pick the one you like best. You can search for an architecture firm in Vancouver that provides the option of having a completely custom-designed prefabricated home. To come...

Moving Antique Furniture or Selling for Cash?

Should you be moving antique furniture with you, or should you sell them for cash? You may be about to move in Vancouver, and it’s going to get fairly stressful. You may already have some ideas of the items that you want to get rid of. The stress of moving may cause you to want to throw all that out without a second thought. But wait! Do have a second thought, since those items may be converted into money. Have you ever seen the ‘Antiques Roadshow’? It’s a show where authorized antique appraisers tour various cities to look at antiques brought in by various people living in those cities. On the show, we see people bring in art pieces, furniture, special collections of comic books and sport memorabilia to be sold for a good amount of cash! What is considered antique? Most industry experts would agree that antiques are items that are more than 100 years old. However, some others may claim that something can be considered antique if they are slightly less than 100 years old, but have historical significance as well as value in their aesthetics. What do I look for in antique furniture? Before you begin to prepare to move in Vancouver, it is best to look at what you have in storage. There are probably items in there that you have forgotten about, and no longer have a need for. Some examples of items you can look for are: art pieces, rugs, lighting, pottery, appliances and electronics, furniture, collections and heirlooms. How can I know if my antique furniture are worth money? Appraisal is the process...

Moving in Metro Vancouver vs Toll Bridge Costs

Toll bridges can influence moving in Metro Vancouver The Port Mann Bridge is still a fairly new addition to the landscape of Metro Vancouver, and along with its tolls, the traffic helper can easily be a deciding factor in where you may want to live. For those currently moving in Metro Vancouver, moving to the same side of the bridge that you work on could make your life much easier (and cheaper!). Others may be influenced to move, but instead of relocating to escape the tolls, they may move further away from the Fraser River in order to escape the growing traffic in New Westminster. Commuting in Vancouver: Paying Toll Bridge vs Moving to Avoid Tolls One trip across the new Port Mann Bridge currently costs $3.00, so if you live in Surrey and commute to Vancouver for work, you will be paying $6.00 every day just for the commute, on top of your gas and other car expenses. These amounts multiply quickly and, for many people, this is enough of a frustration to consider moving across the river. However, it’s more than just saving money that may drive you to make the move across the bridge. When crossing into or out of Surrey, many people have been avoiding the Port Mann by taking the Patullo cheap adderall xr Bridge, which remains toll-less. This has caused an increase in traffic in New Westminster, making rush hour an even bigger headache than before. Effects like this may easily influence you to make the move from New West to Surrey in order to avoid the heavy volume. If you work in Surrey,...

Vancouver Movers, Stress Free Moving

Yes, moving in Vancouver can be stress free, if you follow these tips! Vancouver movers, are you dreading having to get ready for your move? People only move about once every ten years. Have you ever heard the reason why? It’s because it takes that long to forget about the last move! Here are some tips that will help you get ready for your move before the big moving day, and hopefully make it an experience you won’t want to forget! 1. Have a moving calendar or moving checklist One of the best ways to get prepared is to have a moving calendar that is a ‘living, breathing’ calendar where you are writing down everything you need to do for your move. A good Canadian moving company should offer a personalized moving checklist so you can go through and check off all of the important items leading up to your move. 2. Have a moving company do a home visit before moving day Part of the advantage of having a free in-home moving cost estimate before your move is not only that you’ll know the price of your move before moving day. It’s also so that the moving company can point out things you may not have considered. Some items you might need to know about, especially if you are moving into areas like Downtown Vancouver (or other small residences popping up in suburbs like Surrey and Richmond) are: Needing to reserve the elevator in your building Trees may need to be trimmed so the truck can fit in your driveway You may need a permit for the moving truck to parking...

How to find and pick an ethical moving company in Canada

Tips on Finding an Ethical Moving Company in Canada There are both good moving companies in Vancouver, and some moving companies that you probably want to avoid. Here are some tips to make sure you end up with one of the better movers. 1. Don’t book a mover over the telephone A lot of people call around to different moving companies trying to find out hourly prices. But you need to keep in mind these ‘phone quotes’ are not necessarily exact prices. There is no way to know during a phone call what the actual price will be for your particular move. Movers should come to your house to give you a free estimate of how much it will cost to move out of your home,  and then also into your new home. You should insist on having that free estimate done otherwise you’re giving a ‘loaded gun’ to the moving company; they can end up blaming you for the overages and the extras, even if you forgot to ask about them. Some companies won’t even unload the truck until you pay the final bill, and that’s not a place you want to end up in on moving day. 2. Choose about 3 companies to do a home visit with a quote To avoid getting charged more than you expect, pick about three different companies and make sure they all come over and visit you in person at your home. If they are not willing to invest that time, or if they say it’s not necessary to come over because it “sounds like you have a small move” (or some...

What will hiring a professional mover save you?

Moving is a stressful thing – most obvious statement of the century.  We’ve all done it, or at least most of us have, and we all know it’s no easy task.  Not only is it hard on the brain, it’s hard on the back and hard on the wallet. What will hiring a professional mover save you? A common strategy we take is to ignore the fact we’re moving until two days before the moving truck arrives, which is when we decide to scout out liquor store boxes, throw our belongings in them, and wonder what happened when we get to point ‘B’.  The more organized species out there actually take the time to label and seal their boxes, sometimes even with colour coded sticky notes. That’s all dandy when everything you own fits into a dorm room, but as your life progresses you start possessing things of value, like pianos and china and marble tables.  Inviting your friends to help you and renting a squeaking truck is fine only if you’re willing to risk the damage that may end up costing you more than you anticipated. A  professional mover like Ferguson Moving & Storage Company is well worth the investment. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for, and if you’ve paid for a $30 truck and recruited a bunch of free friends, you can guess how well your move is going to go. Here’s a list of some of the things a professional mover will save you: Time: this is money, essentially.  Consider what you are worth per hour.  Is it worth your time to spend days organizing...
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