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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. Amazing, we know. They can be called mesh ball carriers (in case you want another google term to find them online). They can be small or big. Sometimes they can be square and zippered too!

Here are some resources to check out, if you’re interested in buying them:

https://www.containerstore.com/shopping/ball-storage.html

https://www.dickssportinggoods.com/products/soccer-ball-bags.jsp (this resource also shows single-ball bags, which can be handy for carrying soccer balls and basketballs to the park in the future)

Bowling balls can go in bowling bags. But if you’re a bowler or own a bowling ball, you probably already knew that.

Use a ball locker on wheels to move and store sports balls

If you have a lot of balls, such as for a sports gym or a team, you might also want to invest in a ball locker or cart. These are closable, box-like structures usually made of metal bars. For moving day (and for future recreational transport), you’ll want one with wheels. Sometimes, they can be made of nylon, like this one, meant for volleyballs.

Below is a link to a search for ball lockers on Amazon, to give you an idea of the models available:

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=node%3D12118748011&field-keywords=ball+locker

Build a ball corral to move balls, or create easy-access ball storage

To keep bigger balls collected into one place, but still easy to access without having to reach down into a box, you can make a ball corral. You may have seen these as toy holders too. They use flexible bungee cords as ‘bars.’ But since the bungee cords can stretch, you can easily grab a ball out and stuff it in.

Here are plenty of examples of ball corrals on Pinterest (mostly they are attached to walls):

https://www.pinterest.ca/search/pins/?q=ball%20corral&rs=typed&term_meta[]=ball%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=corral%7Ctyped

Now, if you build one of these on wheels, or even just as a detached box structure, it could work similarly to the ball lockers noted above. The only downside here is that if the bungee cords aren’t stiff enough, the balls may still fall out of their place when moving. We’ll leave this one up to your judgement!

Use a laundry basket to store balls

As this blogger notes, you can use a cheap, tall and upright laundry basket for holding all those toy balls in your home. When you move, however, you’ll need to find a way to prevent the balls from falling out if the laundry basket were to tip over.

Use good ol’ garbage bags and boxes when moving sports balls

Of course we could have thought of this earlier: just use a large garbage bag or box to move your collection of sports balls. Of course, in this scenario, you wouldn’t want to put too much weight on the garbage bag, in case it rips, and your balls go a rollin’.

If you only have one or two balls, they could probably also fit easily into a box where you are packing other lighter, sports-like equipment.

And let’s not forget pillowcases, gym bags, reusable grocery bags or anything that can reasonably contain the amount of balls you have.

This solution would also work for smaller balls, like the tennis balls, baseballs or even hockey pucks. Though, for tennis balls, you may want to also consider a specialized holder like this one, which helps tennis balls last longer. Or, you might want to use a tennis ball dryer, like this one.

Use ball racks to organize at home

When you settle into your new home after moving, it may be time to think about ball storage. There are ball wall hangers and racks for this purpose, if the DIY ball corral above wouldn’t suit your fancy. Or if a ball locker sounds like too big of an investment.

This article gives some tips on how to organize your balls.

Worried about moving autographed balls with value?

If you’ve come to this page wondering about how to move balls that are on display in your home (and perhaps have some value due to being autographed), then you’ll want to check out this article. A blogger there explains how to keep your display-and-trade-only sports equipment in-tact and free from damage during a move. Mesh bags will not work here, and you’ll need to be much more careful.

We also recommend letting your movers know about these special collectibles. They may require careful handling. Or, you may want them covered by insurance, which should be established in advance of your move.

See related: Protecting valuable collection when moving in Vancouver

To conclude: balls be not a worry when moving!

Moving sports balls and toy balls can be your chance to get organized, and invest in a long-term solution for your home ball storage. Unlike other moving tools, these are items you can probably make use of even when you’re not moving to a new home. And, by getting them now, you can make your move easier too. But if not, it’s ok! Your home supplies like plastic bags, boxes or even pillow cases might work for you! Then you can dump and play once you get to your new home! (But be sure to do so after you’re settled in, in case anyone trips while moving furniture around!).

 

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:

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. This article on eBay sums up the kinds you can buy on the market. The important questions you’ll need to ask for moving a treadmill are:

  • Is it foldable? If so, how do we safely fold this model? (i.e. there may be a latch or special way to do this)
  • If it’s not foldable, should we take it apart to move it? And what equipment do we need to take it apart? (We’d say ‘yes’ to taking it apart)
  • Is there a safety key we need to unplug, or keep plugged in?
  • Is the rubber track band removable? If not, how will we prevent it from getting damaged or warped during the move?
  • Are there electrical parts that need to be protected from moisture during the move?
  • Are there wheels to help us move the treadmill? If so, how will we unsecure them?

If you find yourself needing to move a foldable treadmill, this will likely be your easiest option. Simply follow manufacturer instructions to fold it down, get it flat, cover it up, then find a safe, immovable spot to lean it against in the moving truck.

For the non-foldable types of treadmills, you may have the easiest experience taking it apart, even if it feels like a hassle in the beginning.

Finally, get an idea of weight. Treadmills can be heavy, and the last thing you’d want is to injure yourself while moving one. Use the right protocols when moving anything heavy, but for a treadmill, get friend or two to help out as well.

Store the removal parts of a treadmill together

Staying organized when you move any object is important. But with a treadmill, it’s even more so. This is because some of it’s smaller parts, like removal bolts or screws, may be specially sized for their use (or ok, maybe you can get them at the hardware store, but that will be a hassle). But the most important thing is not losing the key! If you do, you’ll have a real problem because the treadmill is designed not to work without it. According to this article, you should be taping all the parts you can to the frame of the treadmill, so you don’t lose them. That includes chords.

It goes without saying you’ll need to unplug the treadmill and all its chords before moving it.

Prevent temperature and debri damage when moving your treadmill

According to this article, storing your treadmill in a garage is bad enough. It explains how temperature fluctuations and dirt in a treadmill’s motor can render warranties ineffective.

Now, think about how these same ‘treadmill enemies’ can affect your exercise equipment while moving. If you’re moving long distance, consider the climate changes the treadmill will endure during the move. Will it be outside in very cold temperatures overnight? Will the truck be dirty and dusty?

While you may be fine with something like a treadmill going through one move on a cold or hot day, it’s good to take precautions. At the very least keep a blanket over it. And ask about moving insurance.

It also goes without saying that you shouldn’t be placing items on top of your treadmill while it’s in the moving truck. Instead, find a way to lean flat it against something, whether horizontally or vertically. Don’t move it whole into the truck, then pack boxes on the rubber track. You’ll want to keep that free from potential damage, so you don’t have to replace any parts later.

After moving a treadmill, protect the floor it sits on

This article explains how treadmills can damage floors, and how to prevent it. If your treadmill was on a carpet at your old home, and your new home has hardwood, you may have a problem. Use the solutions given in the aforementioned article to protect your floors.

Watch some videos on how to move a treadmill

Sometimes, a video helps a lot.

When you read articles like this one on how to move a treadmill, it can get confusing, so we won’t do that to you here. For example, what do they mean by “the end”? Which end? And what if you don’t find a latch on your particular treadmill?

So, watching it done can help explain the missing gaps.

For example, this video shows how to disassemble a treadmill before moving it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUR7oMhFEvI

And this video explains how to fold a treadmill:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0N-uJ-lz9U

This video shows how to move a commercial treadmill (in this case for rotating within the same gym room):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgzPHDcoV9E

And you can search YouTube for more tips.

As you can see, moving a treadmill is not extremely complicated. But since it is an expensive piece of exercise equipment, you will want to do it carefully. Take the time to protect it, and you can save yourself from having to replace any parts or worse – buy a new treadmill – because of a simple mistake.

Need help moving a treadmill? Our North Vancouver movers are here for you! Give us a call and we’ll give you a free estimate for the job. And yes, we help gyms move their other exercise equipment too!

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 underneath. You don’t want to damage flooring from dragging the heavy dishwasher.

These videos are great tutorials on the steps below (even though it’s about replacing legs):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_oPMSzuVhY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huXc4-f7_-M

Dishwasher legs look like screws, which are levellers for the dishwasher. You may have to ‘unscrew’ these to get the dishwasher out.

Once the dishwasher is out and no longer so close to the wall where its plumbing and electricity are connected, you should have an easier time with the unplugging part.

You will need to know a little bit about plumbing to move forward with the next steps. Start by turning off the water flow with the water valve.

If your dishwasher was connected with wires, and not a standard plug, you also want to ask an electrician for help. Do not pull at exposed wires or try to untwist them yourself if you don’t know what you’re doing! And very importantly we’ll repeat: turn off the power supply to the dishwasher first!

With plumbing, there is going to be the ‘in’ (which can have both hot and cold water connections) and the ‘out’ (where the gray water drains). The drain tube may be connected to the sink or garburator. You’ll want to close up those connections, if you don’t put in a replacement dishwasher.

Unplugging appliances from drains can cause a stink to emanate from the pipes. So get ready to plug them back up with something temporary (like an old rag, for instance). You may also have some water leakage when you do unplug them. So have a mop or rags ready.

Try to remember which hose was attached to which connection with your plumbing. In fact, go ahead and take a photo of the connections with your phone before you unhook anything. You can use that as a reference later, when you re-install the dishwasher after moving.

You can also unscrew or detach the tubes from the main body of the dishwasher in this step, to make it easier to get to the truck, or for cleaning.

Tape your hoses and connections to the dishwasher, or otherwise keep them in a labelled plastic bag or box.

Step 2: Carefully transport the dishwasher to the moving truck

For this step, you will need an appliance dolly, or a type of dolly that can handle the weight and size of the dishwasher, preferably with straps or enough of a base area on the wheels. A moving blanket or some padding would not be a bad idea for this phase either.

Check the bottom toekick of your dishwasher. It may contain a removable plate-like sheet, which won’t be sturdy enough to hold the weight of the machine if you try to rest it on a dolly. Here is an example of what we’re talking about.

You may also want to lay down mats on the pathway you’ll be rolling the dishwasher along in the home. If you have to cut across grass to move the dishwasher to the moving truck, plywood planks may also make your job easier for this step.

Remember that any lifting you do should follow safety protocols. Don’t injure yourself!

When the dishwasher is in the moving truck, find a way to secure it in place so it doesn’t tip over or slip during the ride to your new home. It may be enough to stack weighty items around it (provided they won’t dent or scratch the appliance). But you may also want to use wood blocks or weights at its base to help with this task (again, being careful about denting).

Step 3: unload and re-install the dishwasher after your move

When you begin to re-install the dishwasher after moving, you’re going to want to do a bit of research on your connection options. For example, this article explains that you may want to look up building codes for your area, to see which ones you can use for plumbing connections. This article also explains how to install a new dishwasher, which you’ll find isn’t for the faint of heart (unless you like a DIY challenge!).

Now if your new home did not have a place for a dishwasher, or the width and height were not to the same specifications as your old home, you may have extra work on your hands.

This article explains how to make room for a dishwasher, if you don’t have a place in your kitchen cabinetry for it. And, as this article explains, you’re also going to have to consider connection lines when finding a new place for a dishwasher you want to install. You may also need to create new holes in the cabinetry, and do some electrical work.

To conclude, moving a great dishwasher to a new home can be a good idea, but it can also be a bad one. If your dishwasher is not worth the cost, time and hassle to move it, you may want to leave it where it is, and let the new home dwellers enjoy it. Moving a dishwasher would be worth it, though, if there is something about you existing dishwasher that isn’t standard in most homes, and the price point justifies it.

When you hire professional movers to move a dishwasher, ask them about the deinstalling and reinstalling. They may include that in their service, and may recommend you hire professional plumbers and electricians to do the job.

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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 liquidation, but don’t know how much you’ll realistically sell by moving day?

Since the inventory levels that need to be moved can be hard to predict, it’s crucial you discuss this with your professional movers in advance.

Another MAJOR consideration is for international movement of goods. If you’re planning on moving across borders, there may be customs documentation needed. Bring this up with your mover, especially in case they’re not aware, or forget to ask you about it. This page of the Canadian government’s website has more info: https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/comm-eng.html Find out your costs, and what may happen if your movers are delayed or rejected at the border for any reason – who pays in that instance?

The next question to ask is about tear-down. You may have wall racks attached to studs, light fixtures (like chandeliers), cabinetry, wall divisions and other more-or-less ‘permanent’ materials in place for your store’s ‘look and feel.’ The store mover may not be thinking that the ‘semi-permanent’ parts are their job too. But if you need them to be, let them know! Sometimes, these can be thought of as part of renovation or junk removal services.

If this is your first time moving a clothing retail store, remember that movers are not like delivery companies. They are also not moving anything similar to your home. So these differences in your past experiences will need to factor in to your expectations.

On that note, we also recommend checking for moving insurance!

Prepare far in advance of the store movers’ arrival

While technically you could ask Vancouver store movers to handle everything about your move, chances are you’ll want to take care of much of this yourself.

First of all: consider labour costs. Your minimum wage employees may be the perfect cost saving alternative to boxing up your store. This is especially true of your store experiences down time with little traffic, and your store employees would otherwise only be holding down countertops for you.

They’re also trained to use your equipment and know how your store is already organized. So they’re going to be the most knowledgeable when it comes to keeping the right things together in the right boxes.

Other professional tips from your shop movers:

  • Have your packing tape, foam, boxes etc. ready for employees to start packing. Don’t let wasted time go by because they didn’t have the equipment to do the job. When you shop for these, you may also want to get some large paper rolls to hide what’s going on inside your store windows on moving day – though this up to you.
  • Take down mannequins and disassemble them if they’re not being used. Put them in boxes – either together with their individual parts, or ‘arms with arms, legs with legs,’ etc.
  • Find all your admin stuff – receipt rolls, price stickers, tagging guns and even your pens. Your extras may be stashed away somewhere that you forgot about. Gather them all together so they’re not loose ends that need to be cleaned up, wasting time, on the day of the move.
  • Hire your cleaners, or arrange for employees to do this task. Don’t forget to empty the steamer and vacuum. Best to have the dusting done before you pack up shelves and racks.
  • Check your lease rules to see if moving docks, backdoor access ways, delivery parking spots, or even allowed hours for moving are going to fit in with your store movers’ schedule.
  • Make sure your moving company will have all the equipment needed for a clothing retail store move. For example, do they have the right types of moving dollies for your needs? What about ramps on their trucks if they can’t use loading docks? Clothing racks and protections? Ask about everything!
  • If you have an alarm or security equipment managed by a third-party company, schedule them to come in on the same day of the move. They’ll need to re-install your systems and set you up at the new location.
  • Contact any utility companies to make arrangements for the move. Water hookups, electricity, phone lines, Internet etc. will all need to be operational when you are open for business at the new location. Do your address changes for other services where necessary (such as with credit card companies, banks, etc.)
  • Clear out personal items such as employee mugs, lockers, and whatever else may be hanging around.
  • Schedule your bank deposits from your cash register and POS system the night before, so that you’re not carrying large monetary amounts to the new store. You don’t want this to go missing during the commotion of the move.
  • If you hire a display designer, make sure they’re available to set up your store when you move. And if you’re using their staging supplies, you may want to have them pick that up on moving day, to avoid being responsible for any damages.
  • Find out how you’re going to take down signage, and if it can fit in your new space. You may need specialists to handle this part of the move. Same goes for vinyl wall or window decals.

We also recommend making it known on your website, and with a store sign, that you are moving, and what the new address will be. See our article linked-to below about how to preserve your SEO when moving a business, for more on this.

Sell whatever clothing inventory you can

Depending on how far you’re moving, your budget, and the markup on your inventory, it may be worth holding a massive sale before moving. That said, the case here can be different for different clothing stores. You may want to do a bit of math to find out if offloading your inventory is cheaper than paying to move it professionally.

Selling off inventory doesn’t just have to mean putting on a sale. This article by Profitguide.com explains how to move stock that’s not selling:

https://www.profitguide.com/industry-focus/retail/turn-static-stock-into-sales-42620

You can also donate to local charities, as another option for getting rid of inventory. See this article on our blog for options.

Protect your inventory when moving a shop to a new location

It goes without saying that you’re going to need to take extra precautions to make sure your inventory is still sellable after you move to a new store location.

You may not have all the original packaging that your store’s clothes came in. But it may be a good idea to start collecting the plastic bags and boxes they’re being delivered in, so they can be re-boxed the same way for the move. You can also ask your suppliers for extras.

When you do pack the clothing, we do not recommend you use for-sale materials to cushion your breakables. We can give this advice to homeowners, but this is a different case. You want to keep your clothes looking as new and unused as possible. If you pack brochure displays or detachable hooks with your clothes, they might tear, and you don’t want that.

And, don’t forget about the breakables, like accessories. Do you sell nail polish and jewelry? How will you keep them from damage during the move?

When everything is boxed up, you may want to also consider humidity and moisture. If you’re moving dresses on rolling racks – even if they’re bagged in plastic – you want to keep the bottom away from puddles. You also want to make sure that the moving truck isn’t packed so that a water-filled steamer or cleaning spray bottle is sitting adjacent to clothing. Best to treat the clothing as fragile in this case, and let your movers know about the concern too.

Moving a clothing retail store doesn’t have to be difficult. But it does help to know the differences from when you’re moving a house. This can prepare you for the smoothest transition to your new space. And, by discussing these considerations in advance with your store movers, you’ll likely save money, or at least come to a more accurate estimate.

Ferguson Moving and Storage can help with your retail moving needs. Give us a call, and we’ll come by for an in-person estimate.

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Vancouver movers publish blog of Canadian online stores with free shipping options

As a company of Vancouver movers, the team at Ferguson understands that when you do a long distance move to a remote location, you’re probably adapting to a new lifestyle. If you lived in a big city before your move, shopping was likely easy; most shopping centres would have what you need. But in small towns, that’s not always the case – even if Walmart is common nowadays. While yes, you could find some small boutique stores with their own charm, sometimes you really need items that are harder to find in those remote locations. But who wants to pay for shipping?

So, in this article, we’ll help you with your long distance move by listing Canadian online stores with free shipping options, other than Amazon.ca (which won’t always have everything!)

Buying furniture online after a long distance move

Furniture stores in Canada that allow you to shop online and ship for free include:

Waifar.ca – this is where you can find home decor, as well as furniture. Currently if you spend more than $75 you can get free shipping.

Thebay.com – offers free shipping over $45 if you have their credit card. If not, it’s over $99. But with furniture, you’re likely to go over that anyway. Of course, this is a department store with lots of other things to buy, that will apply to other categories on our list here!

Kitchenstuffplus.ca – offers free shipping over $75, with a max to $20 of shipping cost. The item also can’t be “oversized,” which they define on their website.

BestBuy.ca – yes, they have a furniture section in their marketplace online! They offer free shipping over $35.

Lowes.ca – offers free shipping over $49 but with quite a few restrictions. They also have a furniture section on their website.

Homedepot.ca – just like Lowes.ca they offer free shipping over $49, but there are restrictions.

Walmart.ca – offers free shipping over $50, and some other free pickup options. There are restrictions on oversized items though.

Drug stores and beauty products that offer free shipping in Canada

Well.ca – offers free shipping over $35. But this doesn’t apply to what they call “remote & difficult to serve locations” (these are basically places that need to airlift their mail). Note you can also get baby clothes and home decor at this store.

Londondrugs.ca – offers free shipping over $75 with restrictions.

Ca.strawberrynet.com – free shipping over $50, and free shipping on your first order without a minimum requirement. Some restrictions for items that require special handling.

Thebodyshop.com/en-ca/ – free shipping options that change from time to time.

Sephora.com – free shipping over $50.

Buy sports equipment online with free shipping in Canada

Sportcheck.ca – offers free shipping over $50, but with a $15 limitation on shipping costs. This may be a bummer for very remote locations. But worth it to check out if you’re not too far away, and the shipping costs can get to you for under $15. But…they don’t ship to Quebec.

MEC.ca – offers free shipping over $50. And again, some oversized items require extra charges.

Shop for clothing when you move to a remote location, and get free shipping in Canada

So we won’t spend too much time giving descriptions of each store. We also recommend you check into any restrictions. Let’s have at it!

Adidas.com – free shipping over $50. Offers sporty clothing.

Puma.com – free shipping on all orders. Offers sporty clothing.

Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy – this family of stores offers free shipping over $50 AND free returns! Women’s, men’s, kid’s and baby fashion.

Zara.com – free shipping over $50, AND free returns. Mostly women’s fashion.

Forever21.com/CA – free shipping over $50. Women, men and girl’s fashion.

Joefresh.com – free shipping over $50. Women, men, kids and baby fashion (a lot like the Gap).

Garageclothing.com – free shipping over $40 to most of Canada. Young teen girls clothing.

Lululemon.com – free shipping AND free returns. No minimum seems to be specified. Yoga clothing, mostly sporty.

Blnts.com – free shipping over $100. (Young adult clothing, women and men).

Don’t forget the department stores and sports stores we also mentioned above with free shipping for clothing:

Walmart

The Bay

SportCheck

MEC

Shoe stores in Canada with free shipping options for after you move

CallitSpring.com – offers free shipping over $60, except to Nunavut, Yukon or the Northwest Territories.

Globoshoes.ca – free shipping over $65 except to except to Nunavut, Yukon or the Northwest Territories.

Aldoshoes.com – free shipping over $70 except to Nunavut, Yukon or the Northwest Territories.

Toms.ca – advertising free shipping over $70 for a limited time, though it’s unclear what the usual rates are. Be sure you’re shopping at the Canadian store!

Softmoc.com – advertises free shipping AND free returns, with no stated minimum order amount. But they do say only on “eligible” purchases.

Also remember the stores above that may offer shoe shopping options with free shipping:

SportCheck

MEC

Adidas

Puma

TheBay

Walmart

JoeFresh

Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic

Electronics stores with free shipping options in Canada

Buying electronics is one of the easiest things to do online – mostly because you don’t have to try them on for size and feel! So even if you haven’t moved to a remote location, you may enjoy buying online at these stores with their free shipping options.

Crutchfield.ca – free shipping on all orders.

Microsoft.com/en-ca/ – free shipping, without a noted minimum, as long as you shop from the Canadian store.

Apple.com – free shipping without a noted minimum. Be sure to shop in the Canada store!

And of course, don’t forget that above, we mentioned BestBuy.ca with free shipping. Walmart and The Bay may also have electronics.

Shopping can be breeze with the Vancouver movers at Ferguson

You may find that after a long distance move, shopping could get easier! No more trips to the stores with busy line ups. Of course, there are more online stores you can shop at in Canada to get free shipping. But we mentioned the ‘big’ ones that we could find, after checking for current shipping information. Keep in mind shipping rates at stores can change from time to time – either as permanent policy, or as promotional events.

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When to move from a home-based office to a commercial office space in Metro Vancouver

Weighing the Costs & Benefits: Moving to a Metro Vancouver Office

Working from home may be many Vancouverites’ dream come true. Some consider this a luxury, to be able to have fairly flexible hours, or to be able to wear whatever you want. As Vancouverites, the short commute from your kitchen or bedroom to your homeoffice is also very cost-effective and time-efficient. However, at some point, when your business is ready and growing, you may want to consider moving into a commercial space outside of the home. Do you know when it is time to consider moving your homebased Vancouver office into a commercial space? In this article, we would like to discuss some factors that may affect this decision.

Moving out of your homebased Vancouver office due to growth and success

Home offices are usually small and independent. As your business grows, you may need more space to work. Do you have boxes of documents and products piling up? Are they making their way outside your designated office area? If so, it may be time to move into a commercial space in Vancouver.

As your business grows, you may also consider growing your team. Working alone at home definitely has its perks. But having other people outside your family working in your home may not work for everyone due to space restrictions and privacy concerns. Plus, when you bring on new team members, they need space too.

Moving into a commercial office in Metro Vancouver for a more professional setting

Sometimes, being in a home office may mean more distractions in your day. Kids, dogs, or the home telephone may be interrupting your work, not to mention your conference calls or in-person meetings. Depending on the nature of your work, clients may need to have appointments with you. In these cases, having an office space outside your home may be more ideal. In some people’s experiences, having other colleagues or professionals working alongside them increased productivity and creativity.

Do research to look into different options for a new space in Metro Vancouver

Moving from a homebased office into a commercial space may seem very intimidating, especially when you have been working from home for a long time. It may be that there are budgetary constraints and you are not able to rent out a whole office right from the start.

For a trial period, you may want to try renting a co-working space or hotdesk. These are growing trends where independent freelancers, consultants, small business owners, and other professionals co-work independently, but together in one shared office. People use this for networking opportunities, and for staying creative and collaborative.

After deciding that moving out of your homebased Vancouver office is the way to go, the next step may be to arrange something small for an adjustment period. This adjustment period is both for you and your bank account.

If you need yet another stepping stone to reaching your full space, keep in mind there are also fully furnished offices that act as ‘regular’ office space, but where the board room, receptionist, waiting room, kitchen and maintenance fees are all shared expenses. Here is an example of one company offering such services, though there are many more in the Metro Vancouver area. So, if you are still a one-man team and are unable to rent an entire office, furnish it, pay for electricity, janitorial, etc. and so on, you may be able to rent and move into an office space that looks just as professional, but is shared amongst other more established business owners.

The only downside with these shared office environments is that they may have limits to the hours you can use their space. For example, if, for security reasons the building closes at 6 p.m., but you want to have an overseas conference call at 8 p.m. in the boardroom, you may not be able to have access at that time. However, eventually, with more time and profits, you may then be able to move entirely out of your small homebased office, into a full commercial office in Metro Vancouver.

Contact Ferguson Moving to get started on your commercial office move!

If moving out of your homebased office is the best option for you, give our professional movers a call. Don’t forget, we also have secure portable storage containers available as well. If you would like us to help with your move, contact us at 604-922-2212 or online today!

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