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3 ideas for repurposing used moving pallets after you move in Vancouver

Repurposing pallets after you move in Vancouver

From thrift stores to reclaimed furniture– reusing and revamping has definitely become a hot trend as of late. Wood pallets are a common object to be repurposed because they are fairly cheap, widely available, and are quite durable.

Businesses of all kinds utilize these pallets to move things to and from their stores. Moving trucks and transport trucks often always have pallets when large items are being moved. If you’re ever at a grocery store late in the evening, when it’s time to restock shelves, you’ll see that most of the goods are stacked up on pallets. Moving companies in Vancouver like them simply because they are easy to wrap, stack and transport.

So basically, they are about as common as it gets– and you’ll have no trouble finding them. Or, maybe you’ve just finished moving in Vancouver and you’ve got some laying around. Tell your Vancouver movers to leave them behind, because you’ve got some cool plans!

Outfit your new home by creatively reusing old moving pallets

Once you’ve properly disassembled them, here are three ideas for repurposing moving pallets:

Build your own DIY garden:

This one doesn’t require as much disassembly. Even if you don’t have any yard space, a pallet can make it easy to bring a garden into your apartment or condo. By making a garden out of a pallet, you can have the foliage of your choice nicely organized and laid out for all to see. Perfect to set up at your new home once you’ve moved, both indoors and outdoors!

Some people have opted for a herb garden so you can have fresh ingredients in your food. Others have filled them with flowers. Or, you can grow different arrays of grasses and shrubbery for the perfect natural addition to any room.

Create handmade, custom artwork:

After you’ve moved into your new home, the perfect addition to any space is to adorn it with original artwork. Making art with moving pallets might just be its second most popular use besides being used tomove things. You can make a canvas that acts as a great landing spot for photo transfers, strings of lights, or painted text.

You can get artsy by mixing and blending different colours to cover the wood completely. Or, you can leave its natural grain and paint on inspirational quotes, names– anything to personally customize the home you’ve just moved into.

Design and build unique furniture pieces:

Arguably the most time consuming and complex… but just imagine the thrill of a final result! If the thought of building something is completely foreign to you, you can start off easy by building a table or desk. This has minimal cutting and sawing and is more a project of sanding, staining and painting once your frame and top have been completed.

If you’re ready to tackle more complex projects, you can try building chairs, a bed frame (that link has way more projects too), or cabinet. Some people have even gone so far as to build their own dog houses!

Hire a trusted moving company in the Lower Mainland!

Our professional movers in Vancouver will make sure your next move is done effectively– so you can get started on your DIY projects! If you’d like to get in touch about your next move, call us at 604-922-2212! You can also check us out online for a quick quote!

Affordable flooring to install before moving in Vancouver

Choosing the right flooring before you move into your new Vancouver home

As a Vancouver moving company, we certainly want to see you move into the place of your dreams, but sometimes a little work is involved first. To get the most out of your new home, it’s a good idea to evaluate the condition of the flooring before you move in. By replacing old flooring before you move, you’re avoiding the giant hassle of replacing it down the road (cue the furniture shuffle and chaotic mess).

You may not have the luxury of the folks from Love it or List it Vancouver giving you renovation advice, but the internet is certainly second best! We’ve compiled some popular flooring ideas to consider implementing before you move in Vancouver.

Affordable flooring you can install before moving in the Lower Mainland

 

Vinyl


As one of the most popular kinds of residential flooring, vinyl is among the cheapest flooring you can get, but that’s not to say it is lower in quality. Vinyl has become popular for its water proofing abilities while still being able to give the ‘wood’ look to a home. That means you can use it more safely than say, laminate, in the kitchen or bathroom.

Vinyl flooring planks usually interlock or connect with a sticky strip, making them easy to install and easy to replace– and available in an array of styles and colours. There are also flat-laying vinyl planks that can be replaced individually in case damage occurs. But since there is no interlocking, you’ll want to ensure these are installed professionally and your floors are level to begin with (as they should always be). Vinyl flooring sheets come in large pieces that need to be cut to your floor plan. They are usually among the cheapest kind of vinyl but need to be installed carefully. And they’re not limited to that old ‘fake tile’ look anymore – you can get some neat real-looking wood patterns nowadays too.

The only downside of saving money upfront, is that vinyl flooring can the most prone to scratches and overall wear. Before you buy your vinyl flooring, try scratching it with a key in the store (on the samples only!) to see how well it stacks up against damage.

  • Estimated price: $1 – $5/ sq ft.

Linoleum


Linoleum flooring is a great budget friendly option for homes, condos, and apartments in the Lower Mainland. Manufacturers have been crafting natural and hypoallergenic options that don’t trap dust or bacteria. Linoleum is ideal for high traffic, or more water-prone areas like a kitchen or dining room. These are places where you want to keep bacteria at a minimum and can easily wipe them clean in the event of moisture being present.

  • Estimated price: $2 – $7/ sq. ft.

[Check out this source if you want to compare the features of vinyl vs linoleum.]

Laminate


Laminate isn’t great for potentially damp areas of the home, but it is great for bedrooms and living rooms. It can have the appearance of looking like decadent wood, stone, or ceramic but still remain affordable. It’s easy to install and can last a long time! Laminate requires underlayments on your floor (such as a foam sheet), and the awareness of how changing temperatures can affect their placement. These usually also ‘click and lock’ during installation. Since they are tougher material, you couldn’t cut these with an exacto knife the way you could with vinyl, so you’ll need the right tools if you are planning a DIY floor installation.

  • Estimated price: $4 – $10/ sq ft.

Decorative flooring options that make for an enviable Vancouver home

 

Hardwood


There are several options to consider for this classic option. Oak or maple create a warm and earthy atmosphere and are available in several different finishes. Bamboo can give an exotic and natural feel to any room, and is even environmentally friendly because of the plant’s rapid regrowth.

The benefit of choosing hardwood is that it is viable long term when sealed properly (ideally resealed every few years) AND it’s actually more comfortable to walk on than vinyl, laminate, and stone.

  • Estimated price: $7 – $16/ sq ft.

Natural stone


Arguably the most durable and decorative option, choosing natural stone will transform your home into a beautiful and ornate living space. You can opt for granite, slate, marble, limestone, sandstoneand sometimes more exclusive options depending on what the manufacturer has available. Check out this resource to learn more about this special investment.

  • Estimated price: $10 – $50/ sq ft.

Think you’ll move in the future? By investing in hardwood or stone flooring, you are upping the resell value of your house– so go on, splurge a little!

Tile


Tile is common to see in homes, and can be very long-lasting. The downside is that changing tile later on can be quite a daunting task when it comes to removal. So watch out if you plan on doing a renovation in 10 years. But some tile setters can even tile over tile, though it’s not always recommended.

Tiling is also a meticulous, time consuming job, that requires craftsmanship to make even. The cutting around corners also would require tools and some know-how. But that’s not to say it can’t be a DIY project if you want it to be. You just would want to ensure you’ve done your learning before going at it, and that you have all the right materials and equipment. Ensure you are waterproofing first, for example, in the bathroom, and then using sealants in your properly mixed grout to prevent colour changes over time, and so on.

The good news is that nowadays tile is not limited to the ‘traditional’ look of ceramic we’ve seen in the past. You can get tile that looks like wood planks nowadays, if you want a very durable option with a warmer look for areas other than the kitchen or bathroom.

  • Estimated price: $3+ sq ft.

Before moving in BC, make sure you have your feet on solid ground!

Regardless of which flooring your choose, our Vancouver movers know that flooring is an investment. So, we do our best to take the utmost caution when moving your possessions to avoid any possible damage.

Hire a reliable Vancouver moving company today by calling Ferguson Moving & Storage at 604-922-2212 or check out an online quote!

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How to prevent and fix roof leaks before and after moving

How to prevent fix roof leaks for Vancouver movers

Maybe you’ve moved into a Metro Vancouver house and discovered that there’s a leak. Or maybe you’re considering moving into an older house and want to make sure it’s in good condition. Now would be a good time to learn how to prevent and fix roof leaks before your next move.

Prevention is the best cure: get a roof inspection before buying a house

First, know your rights before buying and moving into a new house. CBC has reported that sellers in every province are required to disclose every major defect to prospective buyers, regardless of whether it is hidden or not. That means you should pay attention to the house’s disclosure statement, which should list any roof defects in the house.

If the disclosure statement is clean, you may want to hire a home inspector anyway. As we saw in the above CBC article, a disclosure statement may not be enough to protect you from a leaky roof (the article was about a basement leak, but the same disclosure problems could arise from leaking roofs.) If a leak is uncovered soon after you buy the house, sellers can still argue that either they didn’t know about the leak or that the damage occurred after you moved into your new home.

So to be extra safe, it’s probably best to enlist the help of a certified home inspector. There are no guarantees that they can uncover any or all roof leaks or defects, but it’s probably a good idea to get an impartial third party to assess your potential new Vancouver house.

If a leak gets uncovered quickly after you buy the house, you may be able to get the seller to pay for the damage if you can prove they sold you a defective home. Sfgate.com has some good tips for this situation that you may want to check out.

How to fix roof leaks

Let’s say you’ve settled any possible disputes over who is responsible for the leak. Now it’s time to start the repairs on your new house in the Lower Mainland. If the roof leak is minor, you may be able to fix it yourself. WikiHow has a great guide that gives pointers on making minor roof repairs, if that is the case.

If you choose to use professional help, perhaps one of the most important things to keep in mind is to make sure the roofing contractor that you choose has liability insurance. This is extremely important, because it will protect you from any liability if a roofer gets hurt while on the job. Ask for a copy of the insurance certificate before hiring a roofing company and make sure they have proper coverage.

Choose your roof!

These repairs can be an opportunity to give your house a new roof! There are a variety of roofing materials, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. In brief, here are a few examples.

Asphalt composition shingles: are relatively inexpensive with good wind and fire resistance, but not very durable, according to todayshomeowner.com. These tiles are made from organic paper fiber or fiberglass mixed with asphalt. Generally speaking, it is not very eco-friendly but it can be taken to landfills later. This type of roofing material comprises 80 per cent of the residential housing market’s roofs.

Metal roofing: you have many choices when considering metal roofing. Tin, zinc, aluminum, copper and steel are all examples of the options available. This means metal roofing can be quite customizable in terms of look and function, Homefixcos.com says. According to the site, metal roofing is often one of the most durable materials, with many lasting between 40 to 70 years. The main downside is that this material can be very expensive.

Clay tile roofing: is extremely durable once installed. It reflects heat and light, meaning it can help with insulation. According to selfhelpandmore.com, clay has been known to withstand hurricane-force winds and does not shrink and expand with temperature like wood. It also comes in different shapes and sizes, which means you can customize the look of your house more easily. However, two major drawbacks are the cost and the weight of the material, the above article says. It is very expensive and some houses may not be strong enough to support clay. Support beams sometimes need to be added before installation.

This is just scratching the surface of what makes a good roof. We encourage you to explore more options, and try mixing and matching styles and materials.

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At Ferguson Moving and Storage, we have a lot of experience assisting people who are moving into or designing their new dream homes. Call us, and we can at the very least provide some good referrals to roofers. We may even be able to assist with moving and transporting roofing material.

For all your moving & storage needs, whether you’re moving within Vancouver or moving abroad, contact Ferguson Moving and Storage at 604-922-2212 and find out more about us online!

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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 youve moved into a house with asbestos.

Why you should be concerned if youve 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 youve 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 — will only exacerbate the problem. Do not disturb asbestos if you find any in your home. Instead, call a trained a professional to handle it.

Asbestos was a popular building material, so it may be found in many places. Vinyl floor tiles, glue, linoleum, window caulking, roofing material, insulation, cement…the list goes on and on. We’d recommend checking up sites likeThisoldhouse.com to help you determine where asbestos might be located. The Environmental Protection Agency also has a great site for this as well. And the City of Vancouver offers services that allow you to find your house’s history. This can give valuable insight if and where asbestos was used to build your home.

Make smart choices when hiring an asbestos professional

Before hiring asbestos professionals, it’s best to learn a little bit about the professions — particularly the difference between an inspector and a remover.

Asbestos inspectors are qualified to examine and test material to see if it contains asbestos.

Asbestos removers are qualified to handle, remove and dispose of asbestos.

The difference between these two jobs is important. Removers should not be called in to inspect and vice versa because different qualifications may be needed for each job. This rule is not set in stone and can vary depending on where you live. But to play it safe, use the following information as a guideline. Generally speaking, removers may not be qualified to identify hazardous asbestos — lab training is often needed to do this. Likewise, inspectors may not be qualified to remove harmful materials such as asbestos.

However, some businesses may be qualified to inspect and remove asbestos. But you might want to avoid those companies because of conflict of interest. Inspectors who work with a removal company will have plenty of incentive to prescribe an expensive asbestos removal which may not be necessary.

As a starting point, the B.C. government has provided a list of companies who are experienced in dealing with asbestos.

Keep cool!

If you have just moved in and discovered asbestos in your home, stay calm — it is not always harmful. If undisturbed (e.g. not chipped, peeling, etc.), asbestos is not hazardous because it will not be airborne, according to B.C. government website HealthLinkBC.ca. Also take note the province says that whether or not asbestos is a problem depends on the length of your exposure, your health history and the type of asbestos. If you suspect an area in yourhouse has asbestos, stay away from it. Contact an inspector who can help you make an informed decision.

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

Ants or Avoidants

Before we get started, it should be said that, especially with ants, prevention is the best ambien medicine. So if you still haven’t moved, it’s best to read up on how you can avoid moving into a house with ants. We’ve given tips on how to avoid pests when moving on our blog, so checking out this article might be a good starting point. Getting building histories regarding pests from certified building inspectors is another item to do to ensure you haven’t moved into a house with ants.

Rentitornot.com is also a good place to check and see if previous tenants/owners have had problems with ants or any other pests.

But sometimes you check every nook and cranny for ants and there’s no sign of them…until you move in. That’s okay! It happens to many of us! If that’s the case, then keep reading.

Before you do anything, find out if your ants are friends or foes

Sometimes ants can actually be doing more good than harm. The Vancouver Sun says garden ants can often help your new backyard. For instance, ants prey on pests such as caterpillars that may kill off plants in your new garden. Figure out what kinds of ants live on your property. For example, black ants generally aren’t harmful, but fire ants can be aggressive and dangerous. Find out, and ask yourself if they are a threat or if they’re minding their own business.

If youve moved into a house with ants, find their nest

According to the Vancouver Sun article we mentioned above, perhaps the simplest way to deal with an ant problem is to find their nest and eliminate the queen. Observe where foraging ants return, and you will often be able to trace them back to their home. Once you have found their nests, you may use insecticide to kill off an ant colony. For those of you who hesitate to use insecticides because of health concerns, the article says pouring boiling water on an ant nest can be a practical solution. But before pouring the water, make sure you will not damage any wooden (or water-sensitive) infrastructure in your home.

When dealing with an ant nest, the Sun article says to be sure completely sure you destroy it — or at least eliminate all the queens — because otherwise the queens may simply just disperse to other areas. It can make getting rid of ants much harder!

Learn about ant pesticides

It’s best to do some research before deciding what type of treatment you’ll be using against the ants in your new home. For instance, one popular form of pesticide is disguised as ant food. The idea is that worker ants will bring the ‘food’ back to the nest for the queen to consume. She’ll then eat it and die, crippling the colony. But the Vancouver Sun article we mentioned above says the problem with this method is that some ants are not interested in eating it. And if they don’t eat the bait, the pesticide will be ineffective.

Pesticideresearch.com is a very good starting point that can help you learn about the different types of ants and the different types of pesticides. It also provides tips on non-toxic, pesticide-free methods that can deal with ants as well.

Sometimes simple solutions are the best

And finally, ask yourself if ant pesticides or professional helpers are necessary. The Better Business Bureau has a handy list showing accredited pest control providers in the Metro Vancouver area. Sometimes simply blocking entrances to your house is good enough. Remember, when battling ants, knowledge is power!

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Avoiding Metro Vancouver’s Crow Attacks

So you’ve moved near a crow’s nesting area — we’ll show you how to avoid crow attacks in Vancouver

Let’s say you’ve just moved from Vancouver into a Metro Vancouver neighbourhood. Everything is perfect. But whenever you pass one of the trees on your street, you hear something — squawking. Then you hear wings flutter and claws scratch your head. The squawking goes on. If this situation sounds familiar, you may want to learn how to avoid crow attacks in Vancouver.

Chances are you’ve moved in Vancouver to a neighbourhood with lots of crows. And their mating season lasts from spring to late summer. You can expect them to be aggressively defending their territory. And yes, they do have territories, even though you see them everywhere.

Much of Metro Vancouver has been experiencing crow attacks. There have been cases in Mount Pleasant, Kitsilano, Strathcona and Richmond. In downtown Vancouver, crows have even drawn blood while attacking pedestrians. Victoria hasn’t been safe from crow attacks either.

The Wildlife Association of B.C. has been receiving up to 200 calls per day regarding aggressive crows.

So how do you avoid crow attacks when you’ve just moved? We’ll give you some pointers.

1. Avoid crow attacks in Vancouver by installing an awning above your patio

In addition to providing a way to shade yourself from the heat this summer, adding an awning or coverings above your patio can help ward off crows. It might be a good idea to keep one around if you’ve moved into crow territory.

2. Be nice — crows hold grudges!

Researchers have said crows can recognize people who have been nasty to them in the past. They say a crow can remember people’s faces for about five years. These birds also tend to return to the same nesting areas each mating season. The moral of the story? Be polite. Don’t take it personally — know they’re just trying to protect their kids.

So don’t yell, shout or try to hit crows. Like Santa Claus, they keep a naughty and nice list!

3. Try not to be too flashy around the house

Some people believe crows are attracted to shiny objects. However, others disagree. But if you want to play it safe, it might be wise to avoid wearing jewellry or anything shiny. The same goes for areas of your house exposed to the outdoors. Try not to put items like spoons, radios, clocks or anything metallic near your windows or doors. And when you’re stepping out of the house, try to keep the flashy stuff in your home. It may just help you avoid a crow attack in Vancouver.

4. Wear a hat

If you’ve if you’ve moved into a Vancouver neighbourhood where there are lots of crows, it might be wise to wear a hat. Crows often swoop overhead to attack from above. So cover up that head. It might help prevent a crow attack from messing up your hair.

5. Distractions can help prevent crow attacks

One way to avoid getting attacked by a crow is to stock up on some crow-friendly snacks to distract them. If your kids are playing in your new backyard, it might be wise to keep a bowl of peanuts nearby. Just in case a crow starts bothering them, let you children know they can throw your feathered guest a treat. That can buy your kids some time to move away from the angry crow.

6. Take alternate routes

Sometimes if you encounter a particularly aggressive crow in your new neighbourhood, you might just have to change your walking route. If this is the case, you’re not alone. One vendor from a Surreyshopping centre changed her parking spot because crows were harassing her. So be creative with your parking arrangements. If the crows bother you when you’re in the driveway of your new home — remember cars are shiny and crows may be attracted to shiny things — it may help to park in the street farther away.

Hang in there — crow attacks don’t last forever!

Crow nesting season usually ends in late summer. That means crows will probably be less aggressive around that time. Scout out your normal route to work or school and test things out. Are you hearing a lot of aggressive squawking? Do you see crows swooping closer? Examine the area and see if the crows are being friendly again.

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