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What To Know About Relocation Packages When You Move In Canada For A Job

Relocation Packages and Long Distance Moves

When you work for a company, and they ask you to move in Canada to take a new position in another city, you may get a relocation package. Relocation packages can come in the form of stipends for moving, salary bonuses, temporary housing, long distance moving services covered by the company, or other help getting settled in to your new home (and life!).

In this article, we’ll discuss what you should know about relocation packages when you move in Canada for a job.

Relocation expenses are not tax benefits for companies, usually

According to the CRA, the expenses of moving an employee to a new city are not eligible for tax deductions. See this page:

 

However, depending on the circumstance, an employee may be able to claim relocation costs as taxable benefits. See this page for more info:

 

There may also be taxable benefits if you get a home relocation loan by your company. See this page for more info:

 

This article on Monster.ca also covers this topic:

Relocation packages can include temporary accommodation, or company housing

Sometimes, people who have to relocate for their jobs are put up in a home paid for by the company – for them and their family. It might be cheaper for the company than paying for you to travel a lot on business.

If you are asked to find the accommodation, for reimbursement later, check out our article on this topic here:

You can negotiate your relocation package when moving in Canada

You may not realize this, but if your company is asking you to move long distance, they probably really want to keep you. That means you can ask for a custom relocation package. Of course, don’t go overboard. But for instance, if you need to take your family with you to check out houses before moving, you can ask for that. They may pay for that trip.

 

Relocation packages can include a lot you may not be thinking of. It’s not just the long distance move they’ll cover, or the housing and storage needs. A company may help your spouse get a job, pay for child care services, or even cover language training.

 

The point is to think about what you will need before and after the move, so you can ask the company for compensation in your relocation package. Not all will be willing to go that far, but it’s worth asking, and worth making a case. After all, you’d be uprooting your life to work for them.

 

While relocation packages may have become rare due to recent economic downturns, they are not totally abolished as a reasonable concept among businesses.

 

As an article linked to above notes, always maintain receipts of the cost of your move. Even if that includes meals paid for while road tripping with a trailer across the country. Track all of it. It may be needed when calculating the stipend a company will reimburse you for.

You can search for jobs with companies that offer relocation packages, if you want to move in Canada

It may sound sly, but if you are job hunting, and also would like a change of scenery, there isn’t a lot stopping you from finding job postings with companies that are willing to pay you to move.

 

One way to do this is to visit a job website, and type in the word “relocation” in your search. You can get results where the company is actually advertising a relocation package as part of their job offer.

 

You can also google a company you want to work for, and then also type in the word “relocation” to see if they have job openings on the web that include these packages.

 

However, these can be few and far between.

 

Other times, the company may not advertise their relocation package policies so directly. If you know someone within the company, they may be able to give you an inside scoop on typical relocation packages. If the company has an HR department, you might be able to randomly call in to ask if they offer these incentives to eligible applicants.

 

Other times, you’ll just need to apply for the job you want. Then if you get selected, ask – in a professional way – if they can offer you help with your business move. If they see you are highly qualified, and a rare hire, it may just work out.

 

When you’re ready to move to another city in Canada, give us a shout! We can help you with the long-distance move, as well as temporary storage of your belongings until you get settled. Our storage comes in portable containers, which means your goods can be shipped when you want them, without unnecessary unloading.

 

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Finding Temporary Accommodation When Doing A Cross Country Move In Canada

Finding Temporary Accommodation When Doing A Cross Country Move In Canada

When you’re planning a cross country move in Canada, there are going to be multiple factors to consider, no doubt. Balancing the timeline of events will be a little tricky. If you’re selling your home, your closing date may not have the 30-60 day window that will allow you to find a new place to live with ample notice. And even if it does, you might not find the perfect permanent dwelling in that time.

 

When you’re moving cross country in Canada, even if you’re not selling your home, but plan to move out of a rental, or plan to rent out your existing home, you have get used to your new neighbourhood. Deciding where to move in Toronto, for example, is not the same as deciding where to live in Vancouver. Traffic and distances are different – what took you 30 minutes to commute in Vancouver could take more than an hour in a bigger city. School districts may be organized differently, or come with different rules. Access to amenities could make your life more or less difficult.

 

And that’s all on top of finding the right space, with the right number of bedrooms, and the right decor style that fits you.

 

In short, moving is not as cut and dry as packing up one home, and then moving into another on the same day, or even within a few days.

 

Other times, you need a temporary place to stay while your home is being repaired or renovated.

 

You might need to arrange for temporary housing when you do a cross country move in Canada.

Here are some options for finding such temporary accommodations:

  • Oakwood website: This is a site for finding a temporary place to live in Canada, that is not a hotel, but comes with similar services. These types of accommodations are used by business executives, relocators, and the like. They are referred to as serviced apartments.
  • Vancouver Serviced Apartments: The Apartment Matchmakers: This is a service-style apartment finder, with a local number you can call for help. The company helps you find a temporary place to stay.
  • Corporate Housing Locators: a similar service to the above, except they provide services across Canada, the USA and Europe for all your long distance moves. It also seems that they professionally manage the temporary accommodation places, and are able to provide better rates due to their volume of business (according to their website).
  • Comfy Suites: another Vancouver-based short-term apartment rental service. This company doesn’t just ‘match make’ like Vancouver Serviced Apartments, but they claim they own and manage their own suites. They also advertise their service is like a hotel stay, but more “flexibility.”
  • Corporate Housing Provider’s Association: this is an association offering membership, which may be a sign of better quality and regulation by the participating companies who join. Their directory offers a listing of Canadian temporary housing companies.
  • Airbnb: the DIY site for finding a vacation rental. Keep in mind with Airbnb, there is little regulation and you could be renting from anyone. News stories abound of the troubles of using this service. Then again, many people love it.
  • Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO): this is a term used in the industry, but also the name of a website. The usefulness of finding a VRBO is that you deal directly with the owner of the property (obvious). This means you can negotiate without the complex ‘rules’ that a large hotel chain may insist upon.
  • Owner Direct Vacation Rentals: yet another VRBO type of site for searching for a place to stay. You may want to check multiples of these sites to get more options, and perhaps a good deal.
  • North American Private Accommodations (N.A.P.A.): Although they use the term “North American” in their name, this website only lists Mississauga and Toronto as locations for temporary accommodation that they can help with.

Other options for temporary accommodations while moving long distance

 

While we have provided a few options for finding temporary living spaces between moving houses, of course, we know there are more out there. Other ‘hits’ to try finding a accommodation for you and your family during a transitional move are:

  • Craigslist, Kijiji and local classified sites: individual home owners may be looking to have their house rented while they go on an extended vacation. They may not be ‘pros’ at the VRBO game, and may not be listing in all the ‘big’ places. While that comes with some risk, it may also simplify your search and arrangements. Just be sure to get a written contract in place, and take pictures of the condition of the home before you move in, to avoid any disputes.
  • Ask your realtor: if you have just sold a home, your realtor may have ideas for places to look. They may be listing an unsold home, for instance, or they may be property managing a home that is rarely occupied. Perhaps the owner was not looking for renters, but wouldn’t mind the extra earnings you could offer them. Again, keep conflict resolution in mind, and get a signed agreement between both parties in these instances.
  • Ask a friend: you’d be surprised how willing your friends may be to offer you a place to stay, or to refer you to friends they know in other cities. People can really enjoy the time together, especially when there are kids involved! Couch surfing is something we think of young people doing for cultural experiences. But it may be fun for families too.
  • Home exchange sites: there are plenty of home exchange sites that are usually for the adventurous-minded who don’t mind letting people stay in their home, while they stay in other people’s homes. If you join a network like this, you may be able to utilize it for your temporary accommodation needs while moving. Of course, that may mean you need to let someone else stay in your home at another point in time, which you may or may not be comfortable with. But perhaps it’s worth checking out.
  • Get an RV trailer: try camping out! Trailers can be quite nice on the inside. Plus, see our related article on: Long distance moving in Canada: 6 attractions to make it a road trip!

Whatever your choice, being able to arrange your temporary accommodations well in advance will likely result in less stress for you and the family. You may need storage solutions while you are in a temporary home, and at Ferguson Moving and Storage, we’re happy to help with that portion! Give us a call, and we’ll get you a quote-in-writing.

 

See our related articles:

How-to Legalize Vancouver Suites Before Tenants Move In

Tips before a tenant moves in: BC tenancy, damage & pet deposits

B.C. Residential Tenancy Act Tips: Rent Increases

Moving Day for Vancouver Condo Renters: What to do when possession dates prevent you from moving in


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Saving Money In Real Estate Sale Services When Moving In Canada

Moving is expensive. And so is selling your home. However, when you are moving in Canada, you have some options when it comes to saving money on real estate services. These savings can come in many forms, and during different steps in the process. In this article, we’ll explore some of these options.

Sell your home using the FSBO method

 

FSBO stands for “For Sale By Owner” and it refers to the private sale of a home. Websites like this one are out there to help people do this. The world of real estate may seem like a mystery. Or you may think there is a big, and good reason why real estate agents pay a few thousand dollars to take a real estate course, and then more to join a broker firm.

 

However, there are home sellers who do all the work that real estate agent does, saving themselves the commission fee they would normally pay a sales agent.

 

But according to this article, don’t be fooled into thinking there are no fees with this method. It just means you take on the costs of selling the home, including the real estate lawyer fees. It also means you do all the work, and will have to learn the ropes when it comes to negotiations on your home price. This isn’t exactly like listing your patio furniture for sale on Craigslist. There is more that goes into selling a house when you are moving in Canada.

 

Some are calling the real estate agent service a rip off, for the amount of work they do. Selling your home by doing the listing and marketing of it yourself may be a piece of cake for you. Other times, you may find it’s harder to sell house than it looks (even if you pay to list in the MLS without a broker). If you are already stressed by moving in Canada, and need help to buy a home too, a real estate agent may be worth the investment, given how much more efficiently they can work.

Use a FinTech Real Estate Company

 

FinTech companies are companies using technology to cut out middle-men in financial services. FinTech real estate companies are entering this field. In some ways, they can save on the lending and borrowing of a home buying plan, like a mortgage. Or they can get you a quick credit rating for home buying. Other times, they can help you find buyers outside the MLS that you can speak to directly. Or, they might just be able to help you list your home without a real estate agent or broker service when moving in Canada.

 

FinTech companies are online-based, however. That means a lot of DIY for you, and a familiarity with web-based services. Most of the work will be done by you, on your computer. If technology intimidates you, this may be something you’d want to avoid. Then again, if you like robo investor sites and the like, then these services may be your cup of tea when trying to save money on the sale of your home.

Look for lower-cost real estate agents and brokers

 

Canada has a booming real estate agent marketplace. The number of people helping others buy or sell homes is increasing, along with the growth in profits to be earned thanks to current housing prices. This can mean there are fewer houses for more real estate agents to sell, resulting in (hopefully) more competitive prices on their services, or the cuts they’re willing to take to get your listing.

 

But how can real estate agents compete on price? Good question. It’s actually one that has brought up controversy lately.

 

To understand how ‘cheaper’ real estate sale services work, you first need to know how real estate commissions are earned and calculated in the traditional sense. This article does a great job of that for Canadian home buyers and sellers (mainly for the Vancouver, B.C. market though): https://youngandthrifty.ca/real-estate-agent-commissions-decoded/

 

The other thing is to understand what motivates real estate agents, and how they are not all created equal when it comes to servicing your needs as a home seller. See this article for a good breakdown on this topic: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/real-estate/mortgages-and-rates/how-to-find-the-right-real-estate-agent-to-sell-your-house/article533671/

 

Now that you know all that, it will help put the following article in context, which asks the question of whether real estate agents are ripping you off: https://www.macleans.ca/economy/business/the-realtor-racket/

 

As you read the article above, you’ll see that there are two sides to the story. And depending on your case, you may or may not find the value in real estate services to be worthwhile when planning a move in Canada.

 

That could put you in the FSBO boat, or simply one who looks for a lower-fee realtor or brokerage. That’s where this article explanation comes in handy, expounding the opinion of ‘you get what you pay for’ when it relates to these undercutting agencies: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/real-estate/whats-the-deal-with-discount-or-flat-fee-real-estate-companies/article13565520/

 

But if you do think that the cheaper real estate services make a lot of sense, and you want to try them, you can use comparison sites to find them. We found two to start you off: https://www.quotefinder.ca/legal/attorney-services/real-estate-agent-services/

 

https://www.upnest.com/

 

To conclude: moving in Canada doesn’t have to be as expensive as always

 

If you’ve moved a couple times, or have bought and sold houses more than once, you may feel more comfortable taking the non-traditional routes noted above for your relocation. Either way, it helps to be educated about how the real estate sales industry works.

 

Even if you do get a full-service, full-commission real estate agent to help you when moving in Canada, you should know if you picked a good choice, and are earning the wage you pay them. The resources above can be an aid in ensuring you are getting the best service for the best price too.

 

After your home is sold or bought, feel free to call us and we’ll help you with the moving truck and movers!

 


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What to know if you want to do an international move to Canada

Moving to Canada, eh?

A few months ago the internet was all the rage about Americans searching on the topic of how to move to Canada if Trump wins the U.S. election. But according to Justin Trudeau, the idea is not new. And, according to one comedian, the viable options of places to move in Canada are probably limited for most Americans, who either don’t like the cold, or can’t speak French. Check out that video here for a good laugh. And let’s not forget, with Brexit in the mix, the Brits also seem to want to move to Canada.

But this article is not about moving internationally to Canada only if you’re not happy with your politicians (in a relatively peaceful country, we mean!). People move to Canada for a variety of reasons. And as a moving company in Canada – one that has helped international movers in the past – we thought we’d give a bit of advice on the topic. It can be quite logistical!

We also wrote about some practical tips to help make the move emotionally easier:

While we will give some more logistical advice and tips here, be sure to also consult a legal professional on the topic if you are planning an immigration as a non-Canadian. And, before you start your move, get some good quotes and advice from international movers before you start shipping your belongings overseas. They’ll know how to help for your specific case.

Consider legalities of immigration before you call international movers in Canada

According to Wikihow, there are a variety of reasons a person can be revoked access to move to Canada. However, supposing you are qualified, and have applied for a particular visa that matches your case, you can follow their guide here.

The Canadian government also has a great (and probably more reliable) resource for both finding out if you would qualify to move to the country, and for the application process. They also have a section preparing you for life in Canada, which can be different from where you’ve lived before, even if you think it’s similar in culture and living standards.

The last thing you’d want is to get one small thing mixed up in your application process, or to not have your immigration processed correctly. If you plan yourmove with an international moving company before sorting out these important details, you could end up with an expensive bill for nothing. And, not tomention, a lot of hassle and time without your belongings, which really can make life tough.

Consider how you will earn a living, and your cost of living in Canada

This is an important one. If you’re reading this page, you may be considering to move to Canada as an expat with an existing job that will transfer you to an office in a Canadian city. Fair enough. Some companies may cover your costs of moving internationally too. But living in Canada can mean a shift in financial planning for your daily life too. And if you don’t already have a job, it’s important to know what employers look for. For example, even as the comedian mentioned above notes, in some places, and for some jobs, not knowing French can be a setback for you.

This site has a great resource on matters to do with your finances if you want to move to Canada:

On this site important matters are brought up that you will want to research such as:

  • Medical costs
  • Retirement savings
  • Training and qualifications needed to work in your existing career
  • Moving your pets to the country
  • Taxes on purchases (Europeans won’t be used to the add-on tax at store checkouts!)
  • Standard holiday time (it’s much less than some Europeans may be accustomed to!)

And, in this article on the BBC website, matters such as maternity leave and cost of housing are also discussed as important considerations that could affect your decision to move to Canada.

The Canadian government also has a site called Job Bank, where people can look for employment opportunities:

Consider where you’re going to live when you move to a new country

Canada is a big country. The country does share a common ideological culture, with common federal laws that affect all Canadians (such as Health Canada Pharmacy healthcare). However, there are definitely idiosyncrasies that define regions in the country.

The most obviously defined province would be Quebec, which is a traditionally (and officially) french-speaking province.

But there are more things to consider when picking a city to live in within Canada, such as:

  • Job opportunities
  • Cost of housing (it can vary a lot!)
  • Nearby universities or schooling programs
  • Weather (this is a big one for many!)
  • Access to travel points like airports
  • Local bylaws
  • Transportation systems and costs (public transport, gas costs, car taxes and laws, etc.)
  • And so on.

This article on our blog may also help when considering moving to Vancouver:

We’ve written a few profiles on specific cities in the Metro Vancouver region, where we mostly operate as a local and international moving company. Check them out for useful insights!

If you’re looking to buy property, check out these articles on our blog:

Consider how you’ll get your ship your belongings to Canada

This one is important. We’ve seen things go wrong all too often to not say anything about it.

It’s important to choose a reputable international moving company when you are shipping your belongings across borders.

For example, see our blog post on things that can’t cross borders so easily from the USA:

But even worse, if a company goes bankrupt, or decides not to help you anymore, it will be up to you to cover the cost of getting your things out of storage, or shipping them to your new home. This is real, and we’ve seen it happen before. See this article on our blog about the true story of international movers with this terrible experience:

Now, one way to avoid this risk is to not try to bring your current furniture and ‘big’ things with you. But that can pose sentimental problems, as well as cost considerations. Depending on the type of furniture you have, it may be cheaper to ship your furniture in a container than to sell and re-buy new furniture whenyou get to Canada. This one site for expats recommends not opting for shipping, especially if you want to move to an inner-country city like Calgary for instance: you’ll need to pay extra to get your container from a port and onto a truck!

But in places like Vancouver, the port is nearby. And like we already said: sometimes parting with your belongings is not an option. And neither is putting them in a suitcase for a plane ride.

For those instances, we recommend reliable furniture moves with international moving companies that can help you with the logistics of the move.

In addition to the logistical planning of shipping household belongings internationally, you may want to check out our typical packing tips to keep your items safe during the long ride to Canada. Here are just some of our articles on the topic, though we encourage you to search more on our blog!

To conclude, moving to Canada takes planning

It takes more than a dream to move to Canada! But it can certainly start with the the dream! Surely Canada has benefits for anyone who wants to live in the country. And after you land, you may quite enjoy the country and culture, and all it has to offer. But like any move, the process can be stressful. For such a large decision, be sure to plan carefully and well in advance.

If you need help with your international move to Canada, feel free to contact us! We’d be happy to provide quotes and advice on your case.

Cons of buying and moving to a private island in Canada

Buying and moving to an island in Canada: Part 2, the cons

Last week we talked about why you’d want to buy a Canadian island and move there, even if it’s only for part of the year. Surprisingly, island ownership is not out of reach for typical middle-class earners. Especially not so when considering the possibility of combined ownership.

But after you buy the island, as Bloomberg so classically puts it, you’ll need to “figure out how you’re going to stay alive on the island.” And we dare say, it gets more difficult than just that!

Let’s explore some cons of moving to an island, or owning one.

Moving to an island usually means living without basic amenities, or building them yourself

When you move to an island, a huge costly setback to your idealistic goal will likely be about building – and we’re not just talking about shelter. There is also water supply, electricity and even a toilet to think about. This is explained in more detail in the Bloomberg article mentioned above, and others. Here are some general things to know:

  • Islands are isolated, so transporting building material to the site will be much more expensive than transporting to larger inhabited areas. Now imagine what a moving company would charge to ferry or fly in your furniture! (This isn’t the kind of place you’d want to helicopter in a grand piano, get where we’re going with this?)

  • Even if you have the money, there can be environmental restrictions and regulations surrounding what you can and can not build on the site.

  • Then, even without government laws or money being a setback, it could take years before you can get a truly modern living situation on your island, with fresh water, sewage, electricity and so on. Oh, and then the living structure. Let’s not forget that!

Although, if you don’t mind backup generators, solar panels, water purification systems and composting toilets (as mentioned in this WikiHow article), you may be able to get away with a camping or RV-lifestyle on the island. And that ain’t bad for some who like their quiet space and nature time!

And yes, there are islands out there that are ‘hooked up’ to pipelines and wires and such. But they will likely be on the more expensive end of the island buyer’s profile. Because of this, realtor Ed Hanja says (in the Yahoo article linked to above), you might be better off buying a cabin near a shoreline, and save yourself the headache.

Moving to an island can be lonely, cold and dangerous

The other thing to sort out is, when your shelter and modern amenities are all taken care of, how you’ll live your daily life on the island after you move there. We won’t sugar coat this: it won’t be easy. If you thought waiting in traffic on weekdays was a pain, imagine the hassle of needing to take a boat or plane to buy groceries!

And ok, even if you had some great boy scouts training, and know how to survive in the wild with canned beans and a fire pit, what about supplies? Like, who knows, a garden rake to scare away the forest animals?

An article about friends who bought an island together testifies of their experience trying to get what they needed onto the island through a body of water. And this was just to make the island liveable with more than a handsaw and nature’s provision.

Islands need water depth for boats and seaplanes. Now you have to build a dock.

One thing you may not have thought of is, even if you don’t mind the boat ride or extreme measures to get to the island, how are the transport vehicles going to land or dock there? If there is a lot of shallow water, and no dock built, you may need serious muscle to get you and your stuff to home-sweet-home. If you’re a billionaire with a water plane, how close can it land to the shore? Or where will your helicopter pad be, exactly? To WikiHow’s point, you should check out the island on low and high tides before deciding whether to buy and move there.

You’re basically on your own in an emergency, survivor.

Now you need to consider, if you ever have health problems, or would ever need emergency care, you may find yourself in a bind. Logically speaking, it can take longer than usual for superhero paramedics to parachute their way in to help you. And that’s on a non-disaster day. If you were stranded during a state emergency, like a storm or earthquake, you may be last on the list of people they need to reach asap.

And, as the Bloomberg article above points out, your shelter may not be made for high-impact storms. In British Columbia, we can also guess that, unless it happens to be pre-built when you move in, earthquake-proof structures on islands are probably going to be rare.

Due to extreme weather conditions, it is unlikely you’ll want to inhabit your hypothetical island throughout the year, even if you do like the quiet and solitude. And this can be the case whether you’re in cold-winter Canada or down south in tropical places that also experience rainy seasons and storms.

Moving to islands can come with woes you can’t predict in advance

To conclude, we can see that with so much to consider before moving to an island, there will likely be more not yet thought of. For example, maintaining the island will also be an ongoing task and cost. Civilization is not easy to keep up, and having humans around can really benefit the long term quality of your island home, even if it’s just for security, let alone maintenance.

If you are considering moving to an island, you’ll want to do so after having spoken to a realtor, developer and lawyer specializing in island infrastructure and living. You should also do your research, and see if the island-owning community is willing to give you their two cents on the subject. Sometimes speaking to someone who has gone before you can bring light to a situation that even the experts may not have realized.

But don’t lose heart completely – even if it’s just a fun project for you, as we pointed out in our ‘pros’ article, moving to an island can be attainable. If you’re willing to bear the brunt of the hard parts, and are looking for a growth opportunity, this may be just the project for you! Or you know, you could plan an urban house flip or climb Mount Everest instead.

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