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Top Five Moving Tips for Parents

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Imagine this for a moment: You’re five years old and men you’ve never seen before come to your house and take away all of your belongings. Sounds like the stuff of nightmares, right? Well, many adults take moving day for granted as just something that has to be done, but for little children it can be disorienting and scary. That’s why it is important for parents to consider their young ones when it comes to planning a move.

Here are the top five moving tips for parents so that you can make your next move a smooth one (http://beafunmum.com/2015/10/tips-for-moving-house-with-children/ ).

Talk to your kids

Communication is always going to be key when dealing with children. Talk to your children early on about the move. Get them excited about it. Explain to them how everything will go and also emphasize this is not something to be worried or upset by. These types of reassurances will go a long way in soothing your child.

Visit the new home

Another way to ease them in is to visit the new home with them. Get them interested in the house and thinking about how they can decorate their room. Also, show them around the neighborhood so they can see things that they might like to do once they move in.

Get the kids involved

If your child is actively involved in the move, then it won’t seem as scary to them. Have your child help pack up their room. If they’re too young to pack, have them decorate the boxes with their own artwork so that it looks more “fun.”

Get a babysitter

If you have young children, all of your preparation may still go out the door when they see the moving men on the day of the move. That’s why it’s a good idea to get a babysitter that day so they won’t be around to see all their stuff being taken off. Also, this is a great idea so you don’t have to worry about them getting in the way or getting hurt.

Pack a special bag

Finally, be sure to set aside a special bag for your child. This should have some of their favorite clothes, PJs, toiletries, and also their favorite toy (or toys). Be sure to pack a special stuffed animal to help them as a security blanket.

 

Avoid the Top 5 Moving Mistakes

Avoid these moving mistakes

Chances are you’ve moved at least once in your life and you’re probably thinking that makes you a pro when it comes to getting set for the new home. Unfortunately, it’s still really easy to make some basic rookie mistakes.

Here are the top 5 moving mistakes people make when they’re packing up and how you can avoid them:

Packing Heavy Items in Large Boxes
When it comes to packing, many of us figure that the fewer boxes the better. Who wouldn’t want to move one large box as opposed to five smaller boxes? The problem is trying to move that one large box. If you pack a lot of heavy items (like books or pots and pans) then you’re going to break your back trying to move it. Also, the odds of picking up the box only to have the bottom bust out are pretty high. Instead, pack your heavy items in smaller boxes. It may mean more trips to and from the van, but it will be worth it.

Not Labeling Boxes
If you’re trying to be organized, labeling boxes is a must. If you have a blank box, how will you know what is in it or where it belongs in your new home? Be sure to list exactly what is in the box, where it should be placed in your home, and if it is breakable or not.

Waiting Until the Last Minute to Book a Mover
Moving companies fill up weeks, if not months, in advance. Most people move on Saturday because of their jobs. So, if you wait until the last minute to book a mover, chances are you’ll be doing the job yourself. Instead, get a reservation as soon as you know that you’re planning to move.

Doing It All Yourself
If you’re going to move, you absolutely need help. Grab friends and bribe them to help you. (Promises of pizza and beer are great incentives.) If you can’t recruit anyone, be sure to hire a professional mover. The little bit of expense here is well worth it so you aren’t killing yourself trying to move everything alone.

Don’t Pack Up All Your Essentials
You know that realistically it will take a few days (if not weeks) to get everything unpacked. Because of this, be sure to pack an overnight bag with your essential items: toilet paper, bathroom essentials, fresh clothes. You don’t want to have to dig through all your boxes looking for these things when you really need them.

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Is Moving to Vancouver More Affordable than You Think?

A lot has been made in recent media outlets regarding Vancouver’s high cost of living, particularly when it comes to purchasing a home.  One recent survey ranked Vancouver behind every major city in the world except Hong Kong on the affordability scale.  The average cost of a home is now over $1 million and the average annual income for a family to afford a home is almost $150,000 a year, the highest rate of any Canadian city.  While this doom-and-gloom picture of the Vancouver real estate market may seem to scare off people from moving there, it’s not really as bad as it might appear.  With the real estate market rebounding after sluggish years in the early years of the new millennium, Vancouver can still be affordable for average middle class families to buy a home.  Just take a look at these three details and you will see why it can actually be a livable possibility.

  • Interest Rates—First, and perhaps most promisingly, interest rates are on a significant decline.  When you factor in the interest rates, according to Neil Chrystal of Polygon Homes, of a house bought today versus that bought in the late 1980s and early 1990s, you will notice that today’s home is only slightly higher than its predecessors.  Despite the increase in home costs, the lower interest rates make the monthly payments and total payment on the home almost the same.  This is not often mentioned when thinking about how unaffordable an area currently is.
  • Home Equity—Another issue that may factor into deciding if a region is affordable is the possibility of using existing equity when buying a home.  Only 30% of home purchases are to first-time homeowners.  This means that 70% of home purchasers have equity built into their current home to help balance the purchase price of a new home.  Even with homes topping $1 million, most homeowners are not going to take out a full $1 million mortgage.  They are going to roll existing equity into the purchase to make the cost more affordable.
  • Flawed Statistics—Finally, you have to look at the statistics used in these recent surveys to realize that there are some obvious problems with the data compiled.  Many of the surveys that place Vancouver’s average home at $1 million factor in large home sales to foreign investors and visitors to Canada.  This skews the figure for average home sales by including these ultra-expensive homes.  At the same time, the figure for average income does not include these same homeowners because they are not local Vancouver residents.  So this figure skews lower.  In order to truly compare the housing market of Vancouver, you would have to either remove the foreign investors’ homes from the total cost figure or add their income to that of the average income of a homeowner in Vancouver.  Either way, a true statistical comparison would reveal much less disparity than many people realize.

What do you think? Is moving to Vancouver more realistic than you think? Which ever city you are relocating to, Crescent Moving is with you every Kilometer of the way! Contact Us for a free moving quote.

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Moving to a rental? Canada’s most and least expensive cities.

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Moving to a rental?  Here is a roundup of Canada’s most, and least, affordable cities.  The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation has released a report outlining the apartment rental market availability rates, rental rates, and number of apartment units available.

Overall, in Canada’s cities studio rental rates average $675 per month, but some cities see rents as high as $942 (Vancouver, no surprise there).  One-bedroom apartments average $829, two-bedrooms average $915, and three bedrooms average $988.  The priciest average rent for a three-bedroom apartment is in Toronto, at $2316 per month.

Here is the breakdown by city, from most affordable to least affordable, based on the average rent.  Rents were averaged for a studio, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, and 3-bedroom apartment unit.  Average rent for each city falls in between a 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom apartment rental rate:

Average Rent Rates in Cities Across Canada:

Gatineau: $693.00
Windsor: $723.00
Montreal: $729.00
Hamilton: $804.75
Sarnia: $844.00
London: $861.00
Kitchener/Waterloo: $891.00
Guelph: $919.00
Kingston: $1008.00
Victoria: $1041.00
Ottawa: $1097.00
Edmonton: $1112.00
Calgary: $1160.00
Greater Toronto Area: $1160.00
Vancouver: $1403.00
Toronto: $1510.00

Moving to Vancouver & Toronto? They have the highest average cost for rental unit.

With Vancouver and Toronto showing the highest average rental rates, they also show some of the lowest numbers of available units.  Vancouver posts a vacancy rate of less than 1%.  This is a clear indicator that the rental market in these cities is in high demand, and higher rental prices can be sustained to meet the demand and needs of local renters.  High-rises account for a large portion of Toronto’s apartment rental market, with 377 buildings boasting 200 apartments or more.  Vancouver has only twelve buildings of this grandeur.  For renters looking in Toronto, a move outside the city to the greater Toronto area can offer considerable savings.

Windsor, Sarnia, Gatineau, London, and Montreal average some of the highest rates of availability across Canada.  With average apartment rental rate vacancy at 3.9%, they show slightly higher numbers on the percentage of vacant units across all size units.

BudgetOver the past year, rental rates have seen an increase in almost every city, averaging at more than 2% biannually. Edmonton saw the biggest gain in apartment rental prices, with a 6% increase over a one-year period.  Edmonton also has some of the highest rates of condominium owners renting out their units, with more than 30% of units on the rental market.  Moreover, how much more is it to rent a condominium over an apartment?  A staggering 60%!

The number of private apartments in Canada is at 1,889,829.  Of these, 48% are two-bedroom units, 36% are one-bedroom units, 9% are three-bedroom units, and 7% are studios.  Looks like living alone comes at a premium and roommates are the norm for many apartment renters looking to find a home in today’s market.

Whether you are moving to a rental, or you have purchased a home  – get in touch with Canada’s top moving company based in BC – our relocation experts are  with you every kilometer of the way.

Fully Furnished Homes Become the Newest Trend in Vancouver Real Estate.

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No Furniture Required: Newest Trend when Moving to Vancouver There are constantly growing and changing trends in all aspects of modern life, from food to clothes to entertainment.  So it should really come as no surprise that homes and real estate have their own trends as well.  One of the hottest of those movements in the Vancouver area is the fully furnished home.  With these properties, homeowners get all of the amenities without having to furnish anything themselves.

homeStagingWho would want to move into a fully furnished home?  For the most part, these homes are being marketed to out-of-town and foreign businesspersons who are looking for something a little more personable than booking a hotel for a week at a time.  Corporations that do a lot of business in the area can purchase a home for their executives to use as they need.  Because of the short-lived nature of the person staying in the property, it is not feasible for them to stock the home, so that task is left to the real estate agency and management.  Another group that would favor this type of home set-up are those who are looking for a secondary vacation home in the heart of Vancouver.  By having the home fully furnished, they are able to enjoy themselves while in town without the worries of trying to decorate a secondary home.

What items are commonly included when moving to a fully furnished home?  The items that are stocked in the home don’t end with the basic furniture.  Of course the home includes beds, couches, and chairs as well as smaller accessory items such as lamps and tables.  But it doesn’t end there.  The furnishings can also include everything from the artwork and decorations that liven up the property to entertainment centers and musical instruments such as pianos.  The essentials for a home that many people don’t think about are also included, such as the dishes, silverware, pillows, and linens.  Some fully furnished homes also include fully stocked kitchens and pantries so the visiting homeowners do not have to spend time at the grocery store either.

How are the homes maintained if the homeowner isn’t always there?  Many real estate agencies that are offering fully furnished homes also offer cleaning and maintenance services through a property manager.  Some are even experimenting with offering concierge service such as would be found at a high-end hotel.

Fully furnished homes do carry a higher price tag, varying according to the quality of the furnishings and the amount of maintenance and other work that is provided.  But, the convenience and ease of living greatly outweighs this.

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Pro’s and Con’s of the moving to Toronto’s Suburbs

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Despite what you may think, moving into the suburbs of Toronto is NOT always a better move financially.

A move from the city centre to the suburbs often means a bigger home and a smaller price tag. However, what many homebuyers fail to take into account is the additional costs encumbered by families the further they move from work.

A new report by think tank Pembina Institute and Royal Bank of Canada shows the true cost of buying a home in the suburbs versus the city. With four Toronto families as case studies, the report outlines the pros and cons, and costs, of different areas in and around the city. Factors such as home price, transportation costs, commuting times, access to transportation, walkability, and livability were all taken into account together with the homeowners basic criteria of location and home needs (such as number of bedrooms and bathrooms).

Pros & Cons of Moving to the City vrs the Suburbs

The costs and benefits were weighed for each family.
With walkability, ease of commute, access to transportation and nearby amenities topping the list of many homebuyers, there is also the understanding that living in the city means a smaller home in order to get these wish list items.

Even though these items are at the top of many homebuyer’s wish lists, the home price often deters families form pursuing city living. 82% of respondents in home surveys conducted by RBC and Pembina found that price is the primary determining factor.

A suburban home can bring comfort with a big house and a big yard. However, it can also bring a big commute and a big headache to families. While a location can determine the price tag for the home itself, the related costs are often not factored in. These include car expenses for ownership, maintenance, and fuel. As well as the cost of time for longer commutes – this can result in lost wages and greater expense for childcare and other hourly expenses. How much is your time worth?

Altering expectations can mean moving to the city of your choice

So what were the results of the four case studies? It was determined that with some tweaks to expectations, most of these families could get what they wanted. For one family, that meant getting rid of one car to get closer to the city and still have a large home and yard for their young family. Another family opted to upsize to a larger home in the location they wanted, but meant that commuting to work via public transportation was required to make it affordable. A third young family looked at living close to downtown Toronto or Markham to make one of the couple’s commutes bearable. Downtown Markham offered just that for their first home buying experience.  Finally, a fourth homebuyer looking to move into the downtown Toronto core area had to opt for a semi-detached home to get the walkability he was looking for.

Moving to a desirable location is the BEST real estate advice.

Overall, location related factors could influence the costs and benefits of purchasing a home. Transportation costs, time costs, location, and livability factor into where buyers want to live and why they want to live there. The old adage still rings true when it comes to looking for a home: location, location, location.

Where ever your move takes you – be it the suburbs or the city – Crescent Moving and Storage is with you every kilometer of the way.

Moving into a New Home – Tips for 2015

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The real estate market is cyclical in nature and 2015 brings about yet more changes for homeowners.  Canada, and in particular the hot spots of Vancouver and Toronto, have long been plagued with the threat of a real estate bubble bursting soon.  Whether you are a long-term homeowner or  looking to move to a new home , here are some tips for the coming year.

Think of Your Home in Terms of Numbers: Most homeowners have an emotional attachment to a home or investment property, but now is the time to look at the numbers related to the home, not the feelings.  Do the math and deliberately plan your finances surrounding your house.  For instance, you may find that you are better off moving into a rental than owning a home for the next several years.

Moving to a new home 2015Move Now, Not Later: If you want to sell, then now is the time to plan to do so.  Listing your home by the spring market period will most likely get you the most number of offers and the highest bids.  Make the most of the current sellers’ market will earn you top dollar.  As mortgage rates go up, and predictions indicate this will happen in late 2015 to early 2016, buyers may not be as eager to pay top dollar for your home, ultimately resulting in your house being worth less.  For those that are retiring, this could seriously hurt your potential nest egg.  So pack up the boxes of tchotchkes, fix the squeaky stair, clean up the yard, and call your broker.  Now is the time to move.

Think Long Term With Your Mortgage:  Do not barter with your options or your broker when determining your mortgage.  The best bet is to consider moving into a home a long-term investment, which means you are going to stay there at least five years or more (preferably).  A fixed-rate, low interest mortgage is the less risky option than a variable-rate mortgage.

Pay More to Mortgage Payments: Not sure what to do with that work bonus lingering in your bank account?  You may want to consider putting a little extra money towards your mortgage.  It could be your best, and safest, investment.  With each extra payment made, your total amount owed will decrease notably over time.  If your interest rates go up, you will be in a better position financially speaking.  As long as you can afford your payments, you should not be concerned about which direction the market heads.

Gifts that Go the Extra Mile

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What to get for a love one moving far away…

With the move of a loved one or friend, there are often many touching ways you can show you will miss them.  Sometimes the extra touch of a unique gift truly keeps on giving after the long hugs have ended and the sad goodbyes have been said.  Here are some gifts that go the extra mile for your loved ones relocating far away:

– Purchase a painting from a local Vancouver artist and have it signed on the back by friends and family.  The painting could even be of their favorite spot from their old hometown that they can proudly display in their new home.

– Get tickets for two to your loved ones favorite concert, show, sporting event or play in their new hometown.  They can take along a (new) friend to enjoy a favorite pastime.

– Create a home movie with clips and images of your loved ones old city so they can re-visit whenever they want.

– Put together a gift basket with half the goodies local items from your city and half the goodies local items from your loved ones city.

– Pop a postcard or letter in the mail every week to keep the distance from feeling too far – and to make trips to the mailbox that much more exciting for your loved one.

– Purchase a membership to a wine club for your loved one and they can enjoy a bottle on you every month.

– Sign your loved one up for a subscription to their favorite magazine.  They may even want to keep up with local events in your city’s periodicals.

– Make a calendar with photos of the two of you or your friends and family.  Each month, your loved one will have something new to look forward to.

– A meaningful piece of vancouver made jewelry is always a beautiful gift.  Have it engraved for an extra special touch.

– Surprise your loved one with a bouquet of their favorite flowers.  If they are moving into a new home, consider a plant or small tree that they can plant in their yard.  Find a florist local to your loved one that can become a reliable source for future orders.

– Put together a new set of stationery for your loved one with their new address.  They will certainly appreciate you as they write letters and notes from their new home.

– Map it.  There are so many ways to denote the distance between you two but keep you close at the same time.  One idea is personalized pillow case sets for each of you with the location of your home on one and your loved ones home on another.  The same could be done on custom key chains or morning coffee mugs.

– Plan a surprise visit with the help of your loved ones friends, family, or coworkers.  This is the best gift of all that truly does go the extra mile.

If you or a loved one are planning a move – contact our team of professional movers in Vancouver to handle all of your local and long distance moving needs.

Best Canadian Cities for Families

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While your childhood hometown might have been a great place for you to grow up, what you want for your own children may be entirely different.  Perhaps due to work logistics, the location of friends and family, or the desire to be close to certain activities, some Canadian cities have been deemed as a great place to raise children and rise above the rest.

According to the Reader’s Digest, not all cities are created equal when it comes to raising a family.  Their findings for ranking the best Canadian cities for families is based on factors such as; transit, median age, infant mortality, maternity leave, daycare access, cost of living, presence of mom groups, violence and crime, parks, and libraries.  These factors together helped create a list of the most family-friendly communities.

Top Family Friendly Neighborhoods in British Columbia

Ranging from the city of Vancouver with more than two million residents to smaller suburbs and townships, these British Columbia cities all allow for access to one of B.C.’s greatest assets – Mother Nature.  With the abundant variety of oceans, mountains, rivers and lakes right at your doorstep, selecting one of these places to call home makes for a great choice for you and your family.  Here are the top city choices in British Columbia to consider for your family, because in today’s world it truly does take a village to raise children.

Vancouver, B.C. (population: 2,135,201): Featuring a mild climate, beautiful scenery, city amenities and a robust economy.  This is the largest city on the list of family-friendly communities and offers a variety of services for everyone in the family.

 

Abbotsford, B.C. (population: 149,855): Adjacent to Greater Vancouver with abundant parks, recreation and culture for the entire family, this is a great alternative to living right in the city while still allowing access to the city’s services as needed.

 

Victoria, B.C. (population: 316,327): This is the capital city of British Columbia and is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off Canada’s Pacific coast.  Conveniently located only 100 kilometres away from Seattle and the U.S. by airplane or ferry.

 

Nanaimo, B.C. (population: 88,799): Nicknamed the “Hub City” because of its central location on Vancouver Island, this city has a temperate climate, historic waterfront, and growing population and local economy.  It even has a no-bake cookie named after it!

 

Kelowna, B.C. (population: 141,767): The largest city on Okanagan Lake and the gateway to the stunning Okanagan Valley, this small city offers everything with lakeside recreation, arts, culture, a quaint main street, and a great history worth exploring.  If you do not choose to live here, you should at least make a visit.

 

Whiterock, B.C. (population: 82,368): This city lies within the Metro Vancouver regional district on Semiahmoo Bay and has a mild climate, with a pier and promenade that are popular destinations.  Primarily an auto transit city, this is a more suburban choice for those not wanting to be in the hear t of the city.

If you are considering a move – whether it be to a new neighborhood in your favorite city – or a long distance, cross Canada move – hire a trusted mover. At Crescent Moving and Storage we offer free in-house moving estimates, free packing and storage tips and top notch professional services. Visit our website to learn more.

Relocation Management

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relocationMangBusiness Relocation: Preparing for Change

Change is, ironically, the one constant in our lives. When the time comes to relocate an entire business, having good change management skills can help the company adapt to the move and begin to operate the business as normal more quickly and efficiently. And it can help employees adapt to the change positively, as well. Someone with exceptional leadership, high emotional intelligence, great negotiating abilities and excellent project management skills can positively and effectively handle the relocation of a company.

Planning Your Move

Before a business relocates, it is important to understand and plan for the impending move. Employees will react with a multitude of emotions, from shock and denial to anger and joy. Planning proactively for how this change will affect your organization will allow you ample time to consult with employees and allow time for adjustment. Setting aside time to work with individuals that are upset or opposed to the relocation gives sufficient opportunity to coach them through the process, help them understand why, and communicate with them. A relocation of a business needs to be supported by the entire organization, from top to bottom. Proper planning allows plenty of time to prepare everyone for this change, creating a culture supportive of the change and a smoother transition for all.
Understanding that the business has many interlaced elements that affect one another, planning for a change in areas such as structure, technology, tasks and personnel allows you to foresee any issues in each of these integrated components. When one area is not prepared for the company relocation, then it will ultimately affect all other areas of the company. Early preparation and company-wide communication can help alleviate these moving pains and working together creates a working plan for a successful relocation.

Successful Relocation Management Skills

Communication is imperative when implementing such a large scale change for a business. Creating short-term goals can help keep everyone in the company on task and working together, without overwhelming anyone given the company’s relocation. Having easily obtainable short-term goals that can be reached by the team can keep motivation and enthusiasm high, allowing for a successful relocation. There will be pushback from some employees and those individuals that are unwilling to co-operate; encouraging these people to continue to participate is especially important in helping them adjust and adapt to the change.
Transparency in the relocation process is important and paramount to the success of the business once the relocation has occurred. Once the relocation has taken place, continuing with the short-term goals is important to the success of the business in a new locale. Continuing to build on the short-term goals and expanding on new long-term goals allows the company to build a solid foundation in the new location. Building on this change will help to create a new company culture.
Moving forward together when there is a moving of a company can allow for a successful relocation of a business. Change is inevitable. Business success can be inevitable too if change is properly anticipated and managed.

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