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.

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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!

How to Move Collectibles to Your New Home

Over the past few years, there has been a surge in the collectibles market as people have come to realize that collecting different items of memorabilia can be a fun experience for anyone. Be it sports enthusiasts who collect baseball cards or football jerseys or movie fans who collect original posters or props, some of these people have collections that are valued in the thousands of dollars (or more)!


But, when you go to move from one home to another, packing up and transporting these collectibles can be a daunting task. How do you move them without potentially damaging them and ruining their value?
Here are tips to help you with moving your valuable collectibles:

Hire a professional moving company — One of the easiest ways to move your collectibles safely is to hire a professional moving company. Movers have the know-how and the equipment to make sure your items are moved safely.

For instance, they have special moving boxes and packaging that can ensure your items are not dented or damaged. They can also store the items in a climate-controlled environment if they need to be held until you move in.

Most importantly, if you choose a professional moving company, then your items will be insured so you can receive compensation if they are accidentally damaged. (If you move them on your own and damage them, then you’re just out of luck.)

Get the right equipment — If you decide to move your collectibles yourself, you’re going to need to buy extra supplies for the packing. First, invest in lots and lots of bubble-wrap. This is important not just for breakables such as vintage figurines and dolls, but also to protect the boxes that some of your items come in. (As any collector of geeky toys will tell you, it’s not as valuable if it isn’t still in the box.)

If you have items that are hollow inside, such as vases or cups, make sure you fill them up with foam packing peanuts to protect them inside and out. But you also should invest in acid-free packing paper. This will prevent other colors from bleeding into your packaging as well as prevent heat from distorting the coloring of the items and their boxes.

Get strong boxes and label them appropriately — Some collectibles are heavy and need to be placed in reinforced boxes that won’t break. Nothing could be worse than moving your fragile items and have the bottom of the box rip and everything crash to the floor. Label the items if they’re fragile and include a list of what is inside so you can find them easily.

Other considerations — Some items do not travel well and may need special packing containers. This is true for vintage posters, for instance, that will lose their value if they are creased. To that end, pack items like posters in specially designed mailing tubes which keep them neat and crisp. Collectible baseball cards, stamps, or currency should be kept in albums to prevent them from being lost or damaged.

Investing in Your Collection Gives You More Than Peace of Mind

When it comes to moving, you want to make sure that all your belongings make it to your new home safely. But this is especially true of collectibles. If you have invested time and money into putting together a collection, then professional movers are your best bet to protect them. Barring that, there are specific things you need to do to keep them safe.

Easily Move Your Collectibles Without Worry or Stress. Hire Experienced Movers.

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.

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.

What Maintenance Should I Do After Moving into a New Home?

As you prepare to move into a new home, there are a lot of things that have to be taken care of. You’ve got your furniture and valuables being moved by professional movers, so that’s not something you have to worry about.
But what about repairs and rooms that have to be made ready for your new home? There’s a lot of tasks that ideally need to be taken care of before you officially move in.

What Maintenance Should I Do After Moving into a New Home?

Here’s a rundown of the maintenance you need to do before the movers arrive and you start to unpack your new home:

1. Start with a list — Before you do anything, you need to walk through your new home and make observations about all the repairs and maintenance you want to take care of as soon as possible. It’s important to take note of things now before your belongings and boxes clutter everything and you don’t have time to think about maintenance.

2. Familiarize yourself with the utilities — You should not only schedule a time to turn on the utilities, but you also need to familiarize yourself with the systems. Check out the electrical panel and make sure you have all of the circuit breakers properly labeled so you know which shuts off each circuit. Also, locate your main water valve shutoff so that you can find this quickly in case of an emergency.

3. Take care of safety — Safety is a huge concern for any homeowner. Start off on the right foot by installing brand new smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Buy a home fire extinguisher for the kitchen (and another for the garage if you’ve got one). Make sure that all your windows are properly secured and determine the best route to get out in the event of an emergency. This is also a good time to install a high-tech doorbell such as Ring that can provide you with a security camera on your front doorstep.

4. Check your air quality — Once you have these first pieces in place, you need to make sure that your air quality is off to a good start in your new home. Replace air filters with new filters and make sure the tubing you plan to set up to your clothes dryer is clean and clear. This is also a good time to clean your air conditioner condensers and evaporators. (Make sure your power is off first before you wash it down and then brush it out.)

5. Clean your floors — While you don’t have any furniture in place, clean all of your floors. If you have hardwood floors, rent a buffer so you can buff and refinish the wood. If you have carpets, rent a steam cleaner and give it a good going over. That way you can start your time in the new home with pristine floors.

6. Polish the wood — If you have large wood features such as a mantelpiece, this is a good time to use mineral spirits to clean the wood. Polish it to get rid of any built-up grime.

7. Check your electrical outlets — Now is also a good time to use a receptacle outlet checker to make sure that you have working outlets. Also, don’t forget to replace all of your light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs that will last you for quite a while.

Take the Worry Out of Moving by Hiring Professional Movers and Preparing Your New Home

When you move into a house, there are naturally going to be a lot of things on your “to do” list. But if you don’t have to worry about the hassle of packing and moving thanks to professional movers, this will give you a good opportunity to get your house in order before you move in.

For More Help with Your Move

For more tips that will help you move , 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.

Tips for Moving in Bad Weather

When it comes to moving days, we all hope for the best weather. Unfortunately, things don’t always work out that way. And with a heavy rainy season in locations like Vancouver, it often isn’t practical to reschedule your move with professional movers. With that in mind, here are helpful tips to make your move during bad weather the best it can be:

Prior Planning

One of the most important things you can do is to have a plan in place as well as a back-up plan in case something goes wrong. Know the general weather conditions and make general plans accordingly. Look at the advanced weather forecast to get an idea of what it will look like. Obviously, this can change, but you can still get a plan in place.

Prepare the New House

It’s not enough to get your old house and belongings ready for the move. You also want to have your new home ready, especially for inclement weather. Make sure that your power is turned on and the HVAC is working. If it’s a scorching summer, you want the air blasting and conversely you want the heater going if you are moving in the dead of winter with snow and ice. Also, stock up on a change of clothes at your new home in case you get soaked in a thunderstorm. Have floor mats down on tile floors so that people with wet shoes from the outside don’t slip as they bring in boxes. And have hot coffee or cold water ready for your professional movers. Trust us when we say it will be appreciated.

Pack Accordingly

Ultimately, it’s impossible to predict the weather 100% of the time. That’s why you should pack as if the weather could turn bad at a moment’s notice. This means using durable and tough moving products such as rugged moving boxes. These should be reinforced and not  flimsy, recycled boxes from the local grocery store dumpsters. If these older, reused boxes get wet (from a heavy thunderstorm) then you could end up with your valuables crashing through the wet and torn boxes. Also, be sure that you don’t overpack boxes. This is always a good idea, but definitely one you want if you could have to move in a downpour. Professional movers will make sure everything they’re moving is wrapped and carefully transported but you must also think about when you’re moving boxes and unpacking in your new home.

Use Garbage Bags

Another way that you can help protect your belongings during a rainstorm iis to use garbage bags. If you have delicate items that you want to protect, you can wrap them up in plastic garbage bags. If you aren’t using wardrobe boxes to hang your clothes, then you can poke your hangers through the bags and keep your clothes dry as you have them moved.

Label Appropriately

If you’re having your movers handle items like electronics during a rainstorm, make sure they are clearly labeled. Obviously, you don’t want these items getting wet and extra care can be taken to ensure that they stay safely out of the rough weather.

Create Backup Plans for Your Move and You’ll Have Nothing to Worry About

Moving days are stressful enough in the best of conditions. But if you are moving in bad weather, it can be especially rough. Planning ahead of time can alleviate a lot of the problems that may come up to make any move a smooth one.

Use Experienced, Professional Movers Who Know Your Area

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. Rain or shine, we’re there for you! Find out why so many trust Crescent Moving to care for their most valuable assets. Contact us for a FREE , no-obligation moving quote.

What Can’t You Move with Movers?

You may not realize there are items that can’t be moved by professional movers. Here’s a list to help you prepare properly for your move in Canada.

What you can't move with movers

Professional movers do the hard work and heavy lifting of relocating so we don’t have to. They’ve probably saved quite a few people from losing their tempers and blowing up. Unfortunately, there are some things that even movers can’t do. Either because of laws or regulations, there are certain items that professional movers are not allowed to transport.
Before your next move, take a look at this list so you can plan to throw them out or pack them up and move them yourself:

Perishable Food (and Liquor) — File these under the heading of “check first.” Some companies will not ship food at all, while others will only ship non-perishable items. When it comes to liquor, most will not ship open containers. However, some movers will ship bottles provided they are unopened and packed properly. If you’ve got a collection of fine wine or hundred-year-old Scotch, most movers will take a pass on these items because of the insurance liability.
Chemicals or Other Hazardous Materials — Another item on the “no pack” list would be chemicals or hazardous materials. This usually comes with items like gas-powered tools. Lawnmowers, chainsaws and other such equipment should have the gasoline drained before packing them up for a move. Similarly, you can’t transport chemicals such as cleaning supplies as these may not be stable in extreme heat (like in the back of a moving van).

Pets and Plants — No matter how sweet your animals are, there is no reason that they should be placed in a moving van. These vans are great for transporting items, but they don’t have the proper ventilation and heating/air conditioning for your pets. The same goes for plants. These aren’t usually taken for smaller moves either because they can’t guarantee the plants won’t die during the move.

Crescent Movers and Storage is ready to help you move. We provide support throughout your move. With over forty years of experience, we can ensure moving your belongings is one less thing to worry about.

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

7 Steps To Importing A Vehicle Into Canada From The USA

The first step to Importing a vehicle to Canada is to check if your car is admissible into Canada. You need to make sure that the Registrar of Imported Vehicles (RIV) and Transport Canada has deemed your car allowable to import.

Registrar of Imported Vehicles: https://www.riv.ca/

Image of Vehicle

Many cars can be imported  “as is,” while some will need metric odometers installed and daytime running lights added. There is a comprehensive list of what you can and cannot bring over the border.

Please note that there is no mention on that list of any cars older than 15 years That’s because all cars 15 years old or older are completely exempt from these rules. So if you have a classic car to import, don’t worry about the list.

You still need to fill out the forms, though.

On the website, go to “Online Portal” and then “Create an E-Form”

https://www.riv.ca/OnlineForms/Home/Landing

Register with them. That way, they will email you the completed import form.

Create a New Form.

NOTE: You will need lots of information about the car: Milage etc. Take a photo of that sticker that is inside the driver’s door. The form will ask for information that can be found on it as well.

When they email you the form hold on to it and show it to the Canadian border people.

Step 2: Check the title

The title is the single most important document when importing a car. A title proves ownership of the car. Without a title, in the eyes of the law, you don’t own the car you’re importing. The car must have a clear title to import. You cannot import a vehicle that you are making payments on.

Step 3: Check for Recalls

Check to see if there are any recalls on your vehicle.  Go to https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/ and you can check by VIN number.

You can print (or screenshot) the results.  Just hold on to it with the paperwork from RIV. 

Step 4: Getting an ITN

You must have an ITN to export a car and there are two ways to get one: Be a professional, licensed importer, or pay one. (It is much, much easier to pay one)

I recommend Simplified Trade Solutions:  https://simplifiedtradesolutions.com/

Just fill out the form on their website and they will email you a ITN number within a day or so. Pay by credit card when you get the form.

They have extensive information and instructions on their website for each of the border crossings.

They also have hours and email addresses for each.  (Just because the border crossing is open 24/7 doesn’t mean the export office is)

You must decide in advance which border crossing you will use and the approximate date.

They also have a link on their site for the Vehicle Export Cover Sheet.  There is a field on this worksheet for the ITN number.

Step 5: The 72-hour export rule

Before you can import into Canada you have to export it from the U.S. You must email the paperwork to the exact U.S. border crossing you will be using at least 72 hours before you show up with a car to be exported You will need to send them at least the following:

  • A digital scan of the front and back of the title
  • A completed Vehicle Export Worksheet

(Certain border crossings require additional paperwork.  Again, that information is on the Simplified Trade Solutions website)

They will reply by email if they need anything further or if you are approved and ready to go.

Step 6: The export

If you’ve already sent your paperwork ahead at least 72 hours in advance, you have a clean title in hand and the Vehicle Export Worksheet, then you are ready to export. Be sure to have the original hard copy of your title with you. Once you start this process, you cannot stop it.  You must export and import to Canada

Step 7: Import and tax

Upon driving through the Canadian customs gate, inform them that you are importing a car and they’ll direct you to an easy-to-find spot where you can park and then head inside to pay taxes. How much tax? If the car is newer than 15 years you will pay GST (and HST, depending on your province of entry) for the full amount of the vehicle as listed in the bill of sale. Customs will always fuss over the amount. Bring anything you can use to prove that you paid what you paid. Once the car is legally into the country, you have 90 days to actually go to a registry where you can register and plate the car.

Organized Moving Like the Pros

If you’ve moved more than once, you’re probably thinking, “How do the pros move?”. It would seem there has to be a secret formula to moving as so many do it easily and without incident.


The pros, as it turns out, actually do have tips that can make moving slightly less stressful, but even they acknowledge that going from one place to another and creating a whole new “home” experience is intense.
Did you get caught up in the Marie Kondo Netflix special for organizing your home? Well, Netflix has done it again by adding The Home Edit with expert home organizers Clea and Joanna. These ladies take celebrities and Regular Joe’s through organizing their homes.In one episode, Joanna mentions how important it is to unpack right away after moving. This is, of course, after having performed your edit. “Edit” means that you go through all your belongings to decide if you’re going o donate, throw out or keep the item.
Here’s 6 moving tips the pros use:

Start With Your Edit – The first step the ladies recommend is the aforementioned “Edit.” Go through each room and open up everything—all the closets, cabinets, drawers, and storage areas. Look at the items and determine if you still use it or if you even like it. If not, decide if you want it because of sentimental reasons. If an item doesn’t meet any of these criteria, then you need to get rid of it. This means, you should either trash it, donate it, or put it into a yard sale. But it also means that you will have MUCH less to pack.

Next, Pre-Organize – The next step in getting ready for a move is something that Clea and Joanna call the “Pre-Organize.” Before you begin to pack, organize your items that you plan on packing into specific areas. For instance, put all your cleaning supplies into clear plastic bins that are clearly labeled. Remove everything from your drawers and use inserts into them to help stack and organize the items as you put them back in. When it comes to clothes, put them on hangers neatly so that they are hanging correctly. All of this will make it easier to organize your items as you move.

Prepare An Away Space – One of the big suggestions the ladies of The Home Edit make when setting up your new home is to set up an “away” system for your work. So many of us are working from home today and it feels like we never get off the clock. When you’re planning out your new home, you need to plan an area for your work that you can put away when you are done. This can be a roll-top desk that you simply close up when you are done or a portable computer cart that you can roll into a closet when finished. But regardless of how you set it up, you need something that you can close off to keep you from working all the time.

Pack Your Old Home – Now that you have your planning done, it’s time to start packing up the old house. Pack each room separately. You might be tempted to mix items up in boxes trying to fill the boxes up. Don’t do it! Instead, keep all your bedroom items in one set of boxes, all of your kitchen items in another set, and so on.

Also, as you pack them, label the boxes “Kitchen _____ of _____.” Then, when you have the entire room packed, fill in the blanks with the total number of boxes you packed for that room. This way, you can make sure that you get all the boxes in the right room before you start to unpack. You can even number them according to the most important items first that you need to unpack ASAP.

Unpack Quickly! – When you move into your new home, the first thing you want to do is unpack as quickly as possible. This is not the time to organize—that comes next. For now, you just want to get the boxes emptied out and then try to organize everything afterwards.

Now You’re Ready To Organize – And, of course, that means you should now start organizing your new home. Clea and Joanna suggest starting with small goals. For instance, just focus on organizing one drawer or shelf at a time. Go to the store and buy whatever you need to organize that one item. If you aren’t sure what will work best, they also suggest buying a couple of different bins or organizing inserts so that you can get the best fit. If one of them doesn’t work, you can always return it or try it out on another organizing project.

Move It Like the Pros Do
When people move, it can be very frustrating to find that your new home is just as cluttered and disorganized as your old one. By following these steps, you can clear the clutter, move easier, and then get reorganized once you make the big move.
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