What Your Movers Want You to Know

Hiring a professional moving company means that you can sit back and relax while someone else does the heavy lifting. But before the movers show up, there are a few things you need to know.

Think of this as a “mover’s wish list” they wish you knew. By being aware of these tips, you can actually make the moving process easier for everyone involved (including you!):

movers lifting boxes

Communicate with your movers early — Most movers are used to just about anything you could possibly throw at them. However, they need to be prepared for certain things.

If you’re planning to move special items like a piano or highly-valuable collectibles, be sure to communicate that well ahead of moving day. It may be that they will need to bring special moving equipment or packing supplies for these kinds of items. If you don’t tell them, they’ll have to go back to headquarters to pick up the necessary supplies.

This will slow down your move (and possibly cost you more money if you are paying by the hour). As soon as you can, make a detailed list of “bulky items” like a piano, couches, refrigerators, washers/dryers, or similar items and provide this to your moving team so they can arrive on moving day fully prepared.

Clear them a path — One of the hardest aspects of a move for movers is getting a large truck as close to your house as possible. If you live in a gated community, make sure they have the access code to get in on moving day.

If you live in a neighborhood without yards or driveways (where you have to park on the street), save them a space near your property so they don’t have to park a block away. Otherwise, make sure that your yard is cleared for them with full access to your home, including the backyard and garage. It’s important that someone is at your new home to meet them and direct them where to put things.

Have everything ready to go on moving day — A professional moving company will be happy to pack your things for you. But if you decide to do the packing yourself, make sure it’s all done ahead of time.

Nothing’s worse for movers than trying to move items around while you’re still packing up. If you do the packing ahead of time, make sure you use strong boxes and packing tape so the boxes don’t rip or tear while moving. Keep heavy items separate so they aren’t back-breakers. (It’s never a good idea to pack all of your pots and pans into one large box).

Be there for the move, but relax — On moving day you need to be home so you can let the movers in, show them where everything is, and where it needs to go. But after that, you need to sit back and relax. The movers are professionals and know how to move your belongings. Allow them to do the job you hired them for.

Bottom Line: Moving Can Actually Be Enjoyable with the Right Help!
Hiring professional movers will ensure your moving day is less stressful for you and your family. But before you hire those movers, make sure you follow these tips. If you do, the day will run even smoother than you thought.
Easily Move Without Worry or Stress. Hire Experienced Movers That Care.
Crescent Moving & Storage has been in business for over 40 years providing reliable, timely, and safe moving services for businesses and homeowners in the Vancouver area. Find out why so many trust Crescent Moving to care for their most valuable assets. Contact us for a FREE, no-obligation moving quote.

Moving Terms and Abbreviations You Should Know For Your Next Move

It seems like every profession has its own lingo and jargon of terms, acronyms, and abbreviations they use regularly. But for the uninitiated, these terms can sometimes sound like gobbledygook.

Moving Terms and Abbreviations You Should Know For Your Next Move

So, it should come as no surprise that the moving industry has its own “language” as well. But it’s important when using professional movers to be familiar with all of these terms so you can understand what you’re being offered.

Here’s a list of the most common terms you should know before your next move:

Charge Terms

• Quote — This is an estimate of how much a move will cost you. It’s not a guarantee of the final bill and is usually determined after a walk-through of the home.

Moving Cost — This is the basic cost of moving your belongings from your old house to your new house. It does not include special fees.

Actual Charges — This is the grand total of all your charges (moving charge, accessorial charges, and miscellaneous charges).

Accessorial Charges — This is a charge for services other than the move itself. This can include the packing and unpacking of goods and the installation and set-up of appliances or furniture.

Bulky Item Charges — This is another additional charge that is required for moving oversized furniture considered “’bulky” and difficult to move. This can include pianos, refrigerators, pool tables, and the like.

Elevator Charge — This is another additional charge used by some companies. It refers to extra fees when the movers must use an elevator to deliver your items.

Flight Charge — This is another additional charge used by companies if they need to travel up multiple flights of stairs to deliver your belongings. It’s only charged if the movers have to actually go up and down the stairs (as opposed to using an elevator). It’s also not used if they only have to go up one flight of stairs (to the second floor).

Line-haul Charges — When you move a short distance, the total cost is usually a flat-rate or hourly charge. For longer moves, the cost is calculated based on weight and mileage. This is referred to as a line-haul charge.

Long Carry Charges — This is a charge that you really need to be wary of. It’s basically charged if they carry your possessions a really long distance. The problem here is that the definition of “long carry” is left up to the discretion of the movers.

• Peak Season Rate — Generally speaking, movers are most busy during the spring and summer (from May to September). Some companies may charge a higher rate to move during this time as it is the peak season.

Insurance Terms

• Insurance Adjuster — In the event that you have to file an insurance claim for lost or damaged items, the claim will be handled by an adjuster. It’s this person’s job to investigate and decide about the claim.

• Full-value Insurance — This is an optional insurance policy offered by movers. It will cover your belongings with full replacement costs and repair costs. It’s probably the most fully comprehensive insurance policy offered.

• Hazard Insurance — This is optional insurance that is meant to pay out if your belongings are damaged by disasters such as fire or flooding/water damage.

• High-value Articles — These are items that are generally worth more than $100 per pound. They may require extra insurance during a move and can include collectibles and antiques.

Abbreviations

• CAM — This stands for the Canadian Association of Movers, a professional organization that represents professional moving and storage companies. The association not only advocates for these companies but also provides leadership, consultation, technical advice, and research in this field.

• BOL — This stands for Bill of Lading and refers to a document that lists all of the items that have been taken on by the moving company and serves as the agreement between you and the company.

• PBO/PBC — PBO refers to items that are “Packed by Owner.” PBC refers to items that are “Packed by the Company (Movers).”

• OA/DA — These abbreviations are used in extremely long moves such as from one country to another. OA refers to “Origin Agent.” This is the company that handles the start of the moving process. DA refers to “Destination Agent.” This is the company that the OA delivers the belongings to so they can make the final delivery to the new home.

• PAD — This stands for “Preferred Arrival Date.” It’s the date that you want to have your items delivered.

• SIT — This stands for “Storage in Transit.” It refers to when you may need to store items temporarily until the new home is ready for the items to be delivered.

Now that you know some of the lingo, your next move should run a little easier. Be sure to read over your contract carefully and make sure you understand every term before you sign on the dotted line.

Easily Move Without Worry or Stress. Hire Experienced Movers That Care.
Crescent Moving & Storage has been in business for over 40 years providing reliable, timely, and safe moving services for businesses and homeowners in the Vancouver area. Find out why so many trust Crescent Moving to care for their most valuable assets. Contact us for a FREE, no-obligation moving quote.

The Complete Moving Checklist for 2021

One of the most nerve-wracking aspects of moving into a new home is that you always feel like you’re forgetting something. You have so much to do that you’re worried things will slip through the cracks. We want to help you prevent that from happening during your next move.

Here’s a run-down of items you need to take care of as you prepare to move:

 

  • Clear your schedule — Once you have your moving day picked out, be sure to clear your schedule from work. Even if you’re moving on a weekend, you might want to take a day or two off to handle moving-related errands. 

 

  • Research your moving options — Take a load off you physically and figuratively by hiring a professional mover. Research by looking at reviews and talking to the movers. Look for established moving companies that have been around a long time and have great reviews.  Once you’ve made your choice, book your moving company for the big day. 

 

  • Change your address — You can change your mailing address online and redirect your mail using the mail forwarding tool from Canada Post. The process is simple, and the fee is the same as you pay when you go to a postal outlet to fill in a form. Cost varies based on where you move. Don’t forget your credit card companies. They will find you eventually! Finally, change your address with your employer.

 

  • Get organized — There are lots of ways to get yourself organized for a move. Check out apps such as Move Advisor or Sortly. These can help you keep track of your boxes and other essentials during a move.

 

  • Take care of the utilities — Before you move, set up the utilities (including cable and Internet) in your new home and turn them off in your old one.

 

  • Get your supplies — Be sure you have plenty of supplies. We recommend professional moving boxes instead of recycled boxes from your local package shop or grocery store. These will hold up well, especially if you have heavy items to pack. Also, be sure to get bubble wrap or Styrofoam packing peanuts for your breakables and LOTS of tape.

 

  • Clean house — Don’t clean up, clean the house out. Go room-by-room and place everything into three stacks: to pack, to donate, and to trash. The more stuff you can donate or throw out means the less stuff you will have to pack and move.

 

  • Start packing — Remember when you’re packing up your rooms to follow a few basic rules. First, don’t overpack. It’s easier to move twenty small boxes than it is to move twenty-boxes worth of stuff all crammed into one oversized and heavy box. Also, be sure to properly wrap breakables so they’re cushioned in the box.

 

  • Label your boxes appropriately — Be sure to label EVERYTHING. When you’re packing your kitchen, label the boxes as “Kitchen 1 of ____” and so on. That way, when you’re finished you can put the total number of boxes in the blank and know exactly how many boxes go in each room. This makes it really easy to figure out if you have all of your boxes in the right spot when you arrive at your new home.

 

  • Pack an overnight bag — No matter how well you pack, it’s going to take a few days to get everything unpacked and put up. In the meantime, pack an overnight bag with a few day’s clothes, your medications and toiletries, and a few favorite toys for the kids. 

 

  • Make needed repairs — Whether your old house is a rental or you own it, you’ll probably need to do “touch-ups” to the house before you leave. But you also need to walk through your new home and find everything that needs to be fixed before you move in. It’s a lot easier to paint a room or replace the flooring before you move all of your furniture in.

 

  • Take precautions — Since COVID-19 is still a major factor worldwide, you need to take proper precautions. Have masks and hand sanitizer ready for moving day. Also, if you are using a moving company, ask them about how they are handling safety during the pandemic.

 

  • Treat your movers — If you have people helping you, it’s nice to have something to show them they are appreciated. Bottled water and a supply of coffee and donuts are great moving treats. Also, be ready to spring for dinner for your friends who help with the unpacking process. 

 

Moving to a new home doesn’t have to be stressful. If you follow this checklist, you’ll be sure to hit all the important points and keep your move as hassle-free as possible.

Are you ready to find a BBB-accredited and certified moving company in Canada? 

Crescent Moving & Storage has been in business for over 40 years providing reliable, timely and safe moving services for businesses and homeowners in the Vancouver area. Find out why so many trust Crescent Moving to care for their most valuable assets. Contact us for a FREE, no-obligation moving quote.

2020 Roundup: Crescent Movers Top Blogs

In 2020, it would be an understatement to say that the world went through some massive changes. But even though everything has been topsy-turvy, Crescent Movers has kept its customers at the top of our minds by keeping them informed of the best practices when it comes to packing and moving. We’ve also provided tips and tricks to make our customers’ moves easier, especially in these unprecedented times. 

Here’s the best of Crescent Mover’s blog in 2020:

Moving Tips

Our goal has always been for you to have a great moving experience. In 2020, we gave you tips within 7 blogs to make sure you know how to plan for a no-stress move. This past year, we showed you how to move into a new home during bad weather (always a possibility with Canadian winters) and why garbage bags may be a life-saver when it comes to moving in the rain. 

 

Besides the prospect of bad weather, we also looked at some of the problems you may have when packing for a move because your moving company can’t (or won’t) move certain items. From food and alcohol to pets and plants, we help you learn the items that are prohibited. We know that you may not think of these items, so we also included another category you might not have given much thought to—namely, the essential moving supplies that you may have overlooked in your preparation.

 

One of the biggest issues that we’ve found people to have is how to move specific items over the years. That’s why we included a breakdown of how to pack your kitchen, from the breakables like glasses to the heavy weighing items like pots and pans. But we also realize that a move isn’t just about the things that are inside your home. Your car is also a huge item to be relocated. That’s why we gave you tips on how to import your vehicle if you are moving to Canada from the U.S.

 

Finally, we realize that moving can be a truly expensive proposition. That’s why we offered you a few tips on how to save on moving costs and a realistic look at how much it costs to move yourself versus hiring professionals to move for you. 

 

How To’s

Crescent has been around more than 40 years and, in that time, we’ve learned a few things. In 2020, we provided four how-to pieces that are meant to help with moving the items most precious to us. These items run the gamut including how to pack your clothes to how to pack bulky, oversized objects that may be a moving headache.

 

For the wine connoisseurs (or those who just like a good drink now and then), we gave you information on how to properly package your wine for a move. And, once again, we helped you out with some financial how-to’s with an informative piece on how to avoid surprise moving charges

 

Educational

Whether it’s your first move or your 50th, we like to answer questions we get from time to time and that we think will help you in your move. This year, we covered several interesting questions from the useful to the inquisitive. Some people who are new to using professional movers got help with our piece on what to expect when using movers to pack. We also provided new parents with an idea of how to babyproof their home and new homeowners learned what home maintenance they should do after a move.

 

We also didn’t forget about companies that are looking to relocate with blogs on how to get rid of unwanted office furniture and what commercial office movers cover with their services. Finally, we also provided some good general information about how to compare moving companies and some popular moving myths that needed to be dispelled. 

 

Covid-19

What a year 2020 was! In our many years serving Surrey, Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and the Lower Mainland, we reached out safely through our website to deliver as much information as we had for those needing to move during such a confusing time. Our blogs offered advice on whether it was safe to move during the pandemic and how to move during the crisis.  We also offered suggestions on downsizing your home during the pandemic.  But most of all, we wanted to let you know how much your safety means to us with an informative piece on what we are doing as professional movers to protect our customers and employees during the outbreak.

And that leaves us with one remaining blog we shared in 2020 that could fit in all the categories above. Knowing how professional movers, particularly those we see on TV, prepare and manage a move is an educational piece with LOTS of tips!

What Should I Expect When Using Movers to Pack?

For most people, the idea of packing up their things and moving into a new house is something on the same level with having a root canal. The move itself isn’t a horrible experience. A new home can be a wonderful place to start new memories. But the packing and moving itself can be tedious, grueling, and back-breaking work. 

That’s why it’s such a relief when you hire professional movers to do all of the hard work for you. If you’ve never hired professional movers, you may not know exactly what to expect from the experience. 

Here are some of the most common questions that people have about hiring professional movers and what you can expect:

What will the packers provide? 

If you want the full professional moving experience, they will provide everything for you. When they arrive, the movers will bring in all of the materials that will be needed: runners to protect your floor, moving boxes, packing tape, and packing material such as bubble wrap or packing paper. They will also bring the hand trucks, dollies, and other moving tools. You won’t have to provide anything. 

Will they pack everything? 

In short, YES! The packers are trained to not waste time going through each item. And this is when they’re better suited to the activity than you are. A person packing up his or her own belongings will naturally pause and ruminate over the items. Movers don’t do that; they are mechanical in their actions and pack without really spending time determining if something has sentimental value or if it is just trash. They also will not pause to do a lot of labeling. They will simply put the name of the room on the box with no other indications of what is in the box. If you want something more specific labeled, you’re welcome to do that. Talk with the movers to let them know you plan to label boxes so they’ll be sure not to load the boxes on the truck before you can label them.

Do I need to do anything before the movers arrive? 

If you wish to expedite the process, then you might want to take out the items you need packed, such as the clothes in your closet and the like. But the biggest help that you can give your movers is to clean out items that don’t need to be packed. Go through each room and separate items into three stacks—to pack, to trash, and to donate. If you don’t need or want the item, then there’s no need to pack it up and have it moved. The movers will not differentiate between these items so get rid of the trash and donate stacks and just leave only the items you want packed.

Will they unpack the items? 

Again, this is up to you, but you can have them unpack as well. At the least, the movers will bring all of your items off the truck and place them into whatever rooms you wish. They will also set up items such as furniture by putting things back together that have been taken apart for the move. (For instance, they will reassemble your bed frames and set it up with the box-frame and mattress.) But they will also unpack the boxes if you want and set up whatever you ask for.

Do I have to be there for the packing? 

Yes, you need to be present to oversee all of the packing. This way, you can answer any questions the movers may have and be present if something unfortunate happens like an accidental breaking of an item. (Although they are professionals and damage is limited, they are still human and accidents can happen.) But you should be the only one present to keep the distractions limited. This means send your kids to a sitter’s house during the packing and keep your pets locked away so they aren’t getting in the way. 

Do I provide anything for the movers? 

As a rule, no you don’t need to provide anything as the packing supplies are brought by the movers. Some people like to be hospitable and offer donuts and coffee for the movers. While this is definitely appreciated, it is not required. Also, most people leave a tip for the movers for a job well done. Again, this is appreciated, but is not mandatory.

Moves Are Stressful Enough, Let the Pros Move Your Belongings

If you have never gone through a move with professional movers, then you may have a lot of questions about what the process will be like. But, once you see how easy they make the whole move, you will never want to go back to trying to do it yourself!

Are you ready to find a BBB-accredited and certified moving company in Canada? 

Crescent Moving & Storage has been in business for over 40 years providing reliable, timely and safe moving services for businesses and homeowners in the Vancouver area. Find out why so many trust Crescent Moving to care for their most valuable assets. Contact us for a FREE , no-obligation moving quote.

How to Move Your Oversized Objects

One of the biggest pains when it comes to moving your household items are those objects that are oversized. What makes them so difficult isn’t necessarily that they are too heavy; it’s just that they are so cumbersome and oversized, they make it awkward to pack and move. These include those pieces of furniture you dread having to move as well as many other cumbersome personal items. 

Here, then, are back-saving tips that can save you a lot of physical pain and mental anguish when it comes to executing your next move:

 

  • Don’t move it yourself — The easiest way to handle moving oversized objects is to simply not do it. By hiring an experienced, professional moving company, you’re saving yourself a lot of grief, as well as your back. Ask yourself how much it’s worth not to worry about all the things that go into actually moving your heavy items. Consider there are tools to help move the items, there’s the physical exertion to get the heavy objects onto the tools to move and there’s the risk that the items aren’t properly wrapped for your move.

 

The advantage of not having to deal with the move outweighs the cost. Professional movers are trained in how to move these oversized items. Also, they have the equipment to make the move easier that you may not have access to at any cost.

 

  • Slide your oversized furniture — If you decide to move your own items, one of the best ways to protect yourself is to avoid picking up large, bulky items such as couches or chairs. Instead, try sliding these items across the floor and only pick up when you have to go over the bump in a doorway or hallway entry. 

 

If your items don’t have wheels or are difficult to slide, there are items you can buy called sliders. Simply place these underneath the legs of the couch and it will make it easier to slide across the floor and into the truck. Just remember that at some point, you will have to pick it up and move it.

 

  • Get the right equipment — Save the wear and tear on your back with the right equipment. Make sure that you have plenty of ropes and moving straps/bungee cords as well as a dolly/hand-truck and stair rollers. These items can really save you a ton of hassle.

 

  • Disassemble — If you’re dealing with a large item such as a desk that can be taken apart and moved in pieces, then do that. Just be sure that you keep all the screws and parts labeled and together. We suggest putting the small pieces in a Ziploc bag that you can label and tape to the item itself when you are moving. But taking it apart and putting it back together again may be a better solution than hurting yourself trying to move it.

 

  • Getting through the door — Another big issue isn’t just moving the items themselves but getting these oversized items through your doors. Anyone who has seen the episode of Friends where Ross yells at everyone to “Pivot” as they move his couch, can attest to how tricky it can be to move in tight quarters. 

 

One suggestion is to actually remove the doors themselves. If your doors have a hinge bolt that can easily be popped out and back in again, you might want to remove them so  you can gain those extra couple of inches that will help your items move through the doorway. But also, measure everything out ahead of time so you will know if you might run into any unexpected problems.

Moving Large Items with Experienced Movers Saves Time, Money and Your Back!

Moving is never a fun experience. But with the abundance of oversized and heavy items in your home, this activity can be downright painful. In order to ensure that your move is peaceful and successful, seriously consider hiring professional movers who can (literally) take the load off of you. Trust us when we say that your back and knees will thank you later on.

Save Your Back By Using Experienced, Professional Movers for Your Canadian Move

Relax and know you and all your items are safe during your move within Canada. Contact BBB-accredited Crescent Moving and Storage. By filling out a form on our website, we can give you a virtual moving quote. Moving consultations can be done over the phone or through an online video conferencing program. This limits the face-to-face contact between our staff and your family. We can provide an accurate and no-obligation estimate without coming to your house.

Should You Move During a Pandemic?

It’s become the supreme cliché of 2020—life has changed and we’re all getting used to the “new normal.” You’d be hard-pressed to find a facet of contemporary life that hasn’t been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

With that in mind, many wonder if it’s feasible (or even safe) to do things we took for granted just a year ago. Some people are wondering if it’s safe to move during the pandemic. In fact, research has shown that the real estate market is doing really well considering how chaotic the world is right now.

Data Shows Canadians Are On the Move

Let’s take a look at statistics to see how the Canadian real estate market has been impacted. Following a fairly stagnant month of sales in May of this year (at the height of the pandemic), the market has gained substantially. 

In June, total housing sales rose by 65% to almost 55,000 transactions versus the previous month. Lest you think that this is just because May was such a weak month, this is also an increase from this time last year with a 15% increase

Here are some other numbers that show the promise of the Canadian market, bolstered by several initiatives put in place by the government to help stabilize the housing industry:

  • Of people who are in the market to purchase a home, 56% say they’ll do so within the next year;
  • 44% of Canadians expect the housing market to bounce back by next year;
  • 29% of Canadians expect the housing market will be just as strong as it was before the pandemic by the end of this year.

Why Canadians Are Moving During a Pandemic

The reasons for these relocations are quite varied. Many college students had to relocate when their campus housing shut down as schools switched over to online learning. Others had to relocate because they could no longer afford their homes and had to downsize to a smaller, less expensive place because of the economic downturn. 

Still others had to relocate because of safety in their current living situations. (For instance, some relationships have found that the stresses of quarantine and lockdown were too much for them leading to break-ups or divorces.)

Despite the problems associated with moving during this pandemic, it’s apparent that the real estate market is doing well. Real estate agents, like everyone else, are having to adjust and these adjustments are putting a strain on some. 

For instance, open houses are on hold due to the pandemic. Right now, if you wish to see a home, the easiest way to do so is with virtual tours. Some are even conducting house closings virtually with video conferencing software. These changes are probably going to be in place for the remainder of the pandemic.

So, what do you need to know about moving during the pandemic? 

First, it’s important to find out about the regulations in your particular area regarding moves. Some areas are setting up travel restrictions and such things as a mandatory quarantine when entering the area. 

Also, moving companies may be classified as essential workers, but it’s important to check in advance to find out how this particular industry has been affected in your area. Ask the local moving companies what precautions are being taken regarding COVID-19. If the company has not made any changes to their normal protocols, then you may want to consider a different company.

Finally, if you’re moving, there are a few things you’ll want to consider. First among these is that you want to skip using old boxes from the local grocery store or package shop. Instead, buy new boxes (preferably sealed) from a moving company. On the day of your move, make sure everyone is wearing masks and that they all adhere to the recommended social distancing guidelines as much as possible. 

Take plenty of breaks, wash your hands and sanitize regularly. Last but not least, you’ll want to head over to your new house early so you can sanitize and disinfect it from top to bottom before you move in. It’s best to start with a clear mind knowing that your house is disinfected and COVID-free.

Only you can determine if moving is right for your and your family

From the data we’ve seen, it seems apparent that some people most assuredly are moving during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite certain localities having restrictions and quarantines. However, whether or not you should personally move is ultimately a decision that you will have to make for yourself. 

Certainly, if you’re feeling sick or if you are autoimmune-compromised, then you should consider putting off any moves unless they are an absolute emergency. Regardless, consult all of the local guidelines for your area and check that you’re following the safety precautions set out from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO).

Still have questions about moving?

Contact Crescent Moving and Storage to get more information. Over forty years of experience and certified movers, Crescent Moving and Storage has a great reputation for seamless moves and personal touch. The last thing you need during a Pandemic is to deal with a company that doesn’t have your best interest and health in mind.

Secrets to Packing Your Kitchen For A Move

If you were to take a poll of anyone who has ever had to pack up for a move and ask them which room was the toughest, the answer would probably be universal:  the kitchen!  Kitchen moves are incredibly difficult because you have large items like appliances that will require heavy lifting and you also have small delicate items like dishes and fine china.  But at the end of the day, the bottom line is that you’re still going to have to pack it all up.  So how do you do just that without driving yourself crazy?  Here are tips that will help you make your next kitchen move a smooth one (http://www.moving.com/tips/all-in-one-guide-to-packing-your-kitchen/ ).

Appliances

The key to packing appliances like your toaster, blender, or microwave, is to find a box that fits.  One of the best recommendations is actually to hold onto the original boxes (just throw them in the attic) and then bring them out when you move.  Another thing you’ll want to do is make sure that you tape the owner’s manual to the appliance.  That way, you can be sure to be able to put it back together correctly when you get to your new home.

 

Cutlery/Silverware

For these, you’re talking about having dozens of potentially sharp items rattling around in a box.  One way to keep them all together is to bind them with rubber bands and put them in a small box so that the types of silverware stay connected.  Another idea is to use your silver drawer divider.  If you have a removable divider that sorts your silverware into separate compartments, simply take this out and wrap it with clingy plastic wrap. Then place this into a box to prevent it from getting damaged and when you unpack you just have to remove the wrap and slide the container into your drawer.

 

Food

The best advice for moving food and food-related items like spices is to get rid of as much as possible.  If you have stuff stuck in the fridge or pantry that is old and past the expiration date, then dump it.  For the food you’re keeping, use small tote bags like they have at grocery stores.  These have a handle that’s easy to carry and you can even get “cooler” tote bags that will keep your frozen items cold like an ice cooler.

 

Glasses, Mugs, and Dishes

This one is a more delicate operation than some of the others.  First, you don’t have to use expensive packing materials like bubble wrap.  Instead, you can kill two birds with one stone by wrapping your fragile items with t-shirts and towels.  (After all, you’re going to have to pack these up anyway.)  Next, be sure to stack the items as neatly as possible instead of just cramming them in.  Finally, be sure to label the box as “Fragile” so that you don’t end up tossing it around during the move.

 

Pots and Pans

For these items, you’re going to be really happy if you have a set of pots that can stack easily, one inside the other.  If that’s the case, find a box big enough for the largest pot and then stack them inside of each other and simply place them in a box that is heavily wrapped with packing tape.  (The last thing you want is for the box to break and all your pots to drop on your foot.)  If you can’t stack them, be sure to use a box that is big enough, but don’t overdo it.  One giant crate sized box may be simpler to pack, but it won’t do you any good if you can’t lift it off the ground.

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Essential Homeowners Guide: The Right Way To Compare Moving Companies Before You Hire One

Are you looking to move? Currently, 2,581,079 people call Vancouver BC home.  Are you searching for a moving company to suit your needs but aren’t sure what to look for?

In this article, check out this essential guide on how to compare moving companies to find the best option for you. Read on to explore these tips that’ll make the moving process that much easier!

Why Should You Hire a Moving Company? 

It’s best to hire a professional moving company that has been efficiently moving items for years. If you decide to hire a mover, make sure you know all the facts about that company.

Guide to Choosing A Moving Company

1. Ask Friends

Are you moving to a new home? When doing a comparison of the best moving companies in Canada, you can start by asking your friends and family for mover recommendations. They might have experience with movers, and tell you whether the experience was good or bad.

2. Ask Companies for Moving Quotes

When you have a list of movers you’d like to compare, you can call around and ask for quotes. While price can be a deciding factor, always make sure to choose a quality mover over a less expensive option.

For example, you might have one company come in with a lower quote, but what services do they offer? Are they offering a lower rate since they don’t have extra supplies such as properly serviced vehicles? Or perhaps they don’t offer supplies such as stair runners or moving dollies. While you may be saving a bit on money, nobody wants their moving day to last any longer than it has to. Little extras such as moving dollies, truck lifts and stair runners save time (and money in the long run) – and more often than not, it’s worth it to pay for a mover who will get your items from point A to point B quicker.

3. Ask About Mover’s Insurance

Ask moving companies in Canada for proof of their mover’s insurance. While someone down the road could offer the best price, do they have active mover’s insurance? If they do provide their mover’s insurance, ensure it hasn’t expired.

4. Ask for In-Home Surveys

When you’ve narrowed down the search, it’s time to have them do an in-person visit. Show them all of the items that need to be moved.   You’ll want them to take a look at your belongings and the size of your home to make an accurate assessment.

This will allow them to find any difficulties they could experience with the move, as well as a more accurate pricing assessment. They can also tell you about any special handling, or anything that could be trickier such as a flight of stairs.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic – we have begun to offer free virtual moving assessments of your home. Find out more here

What to Collect

Besides references, ask them for licensing information, and the full name of their company. Also, ask if they ever went by another company name. Ensure you have their phone number, company website, email, and business address.

Also, find out if they’re a part of the Canadian Association of Movers. They only keep records of trustworthy movers in Canada.

5. Certified Moving Agents

Ask if the company has certified moving agents and ask for proof. A company that has been around for years and has certified moving agents is a good sign.

6. BBB Accredited 

Next, while websites can have great reviews, or they can promise they’re the best, that only tells one side. Ask them if they’re BBB accredited. BBB stands for The Better Business Bureau which is recognized in Canada, The U.S., and Mexico.

You can also ask them for their score on the Better Business Bureau as well.

7. Do Your Own Research

When you’ve started narrowing down the search, before you decide who to hire, ensure you do your own research. Other than looking at the Better Business Bureau and The Canadian Association of Movers, you’ll also want to type their name in Google.

See what comes up whether good or bad and take note of it.

8. Review the Estimate

Once you’re given an in-person estimate, you can go over all the fees and ensure it’s accurate. Check for the mover’s signature if given a written document. Make sure it clearly describes the quantity and types of goods they’ll be moving. Also, the time your items will be picked up and delivered.

Also, check for any additional services such as packing supplies. Any additions you’re looking to buy that aren’t listed, go over with your mover. If you have questions about anything, give your mover a call for clarification.

9. Workers’ Comp

Ensure the moving company of your choosing has Work Place Safety coverage. This will protect you in case a mover gets hurt while they’re on your property. If they don’t have this and get hurt, then you could be liable for medical coverage.

Ask for a copy of the Clearance Letter.

Questions to Ask

Before deciding on a moving company, ask them for references. They should be able to give you a list of references you can contact to see how their moving experience was.

You should also ask the movers if they have experience with your type of move. For example, if you’re moving to a townhome with multi-levels, a big city, or a high-rise, you want to make sure they’re comfortable with these moves.

Your potential movers should be able to prepare for long stairs, no elevators, or parking restrictions.

Picking out the Right Moving Company

Now that you’ve learned the steps to take to find the right moving company for you, you should find a mover in no time.

Are you ready to find a BBB-accredited and certified moving company in Canada? Contact us today for a virtual moving quote.

Downsizing And Moving To A Smaller Home In 2020

During this uncertain time of  Covid 19 scare (and it’s economic after effects ) you may find yourself re-evaluating your priorities. If you are  “of a certain age,”  you may realize that your house seems huge and empty with all of the kids and grandkids gone.  Retirement may be looming and you don’t know what you are going to do with yourself or how you are going to afford it.  That’s where downsizing comes in.  Here’s a few reasons why you should consider moving to a smaller home.

Downsizing / Moving Before Retirement

Moving to Free Up Equity In Your Home

  • First and foremost, selling your larger home and buying a smaller one makes good financial sense. You will wind up freeing up equity.  On average, homeowners who downsize are making more of a profit on their home sale than they would have ten years ago.  The profit you pick up could help you buy a nice something for yourself or be a good-sized nest egg for future expenses.

 

  • Another financial consideration to consider is in your monthly bills. Your mortgage payment will be significantly smaller, but so will your utility bills.  Power, gas, and water bills will all go down because you have a smaller property.

 

  • Need more financial reasons to consider downsizing and moving ? How about upkeep costs?  With a smaller property, you will not have to worry as much about maintenance and upkeep fees.  But even more than the monetary savings, you will spend less time cleaning, managing, and mowing.

Get Rid Of Old & Unwanted Items Before Moving

  • One serious modern problem has been an issue with hoarding. Do you have stacks of useless papers and items that you will never need again cluttering up your home?  Moving into a smaller home will require that you do a good cleaning.  You will literally have to go through everything and decide if you want to trash it or move it into your newer, smaller home.

Moving For A Project or Purpose

  • If you are already retired and need a project to take up your time, how about a small fixer-upper house? It might cost some money, but if you are a handyperson, then it may be the perfect opportunity that you are looking for to keep yourself active and happy.

 

If your current home feels “too big” for you, then it may be just the right time to consider moving and downsizing.  The empty nest can feel overwhelmingly large, but if you take it down a few notches, you may find your life much happier and more fulfilling.

As part of our new moving guidelines, we are offering optional virtual moving quotes in order to keep our customers and staff safe. moving consultations can be done over the phone or through an online video conferencing program. This limits the face-to-face contact between our staff and your family. If you’re looking for a quote on moving costs, you can fill out the form on our website. We can provide an accurate and no obligation estimate without coming to your house.