Vancouver Moving Company Nightmares – How to Avoid Moving Scams

Vancouver Moving Company Nightmares – How to Avoid Moving Scams

With the tough competition in the moving business, many moving companies low-ball their moving estimates just to get the deal. Those are the moving companies that customers should be worried about.

Here’s a video produced by CBC News to showcase some bad frustrating experience people had with various moving companies across Canada:


In response to that, we have prepared some tips below on how to avoid moving scams and to find the best moving company for your upcoming move.

Where to Start When Looking for Reliable Movers in Greater Vancouver, BC?

Do your research on some specifics about the Greater Vancouver moving company you’ve decided to use in order to ensure you are not wasting your time and money by being scammed.

Reasons to Avoid Cheap Movers - Greater Vancouver Movers

First of all, learn how to recognize rogue movers. Most Greater Vancouver moving companies are legitimate businesses, but in recent years, many complaints for scams have been received. One of the best way to recognize the illegitimate ones is before they load your household goods onto their moving vehicle. Find several moving companies and compare the rates and prices. That should give you a hint as to what to expect, and if the offer you are getting is a potential scam as the quote you were given seems too low.

Tips to Avoid Moving Scams

Here is how to avoid moving scams by researching and asking the right moving questions in advance.

  • Typical scammers usually give you a low moving estimate price over the phone and promise to get the job done in a very short period of time, which makes you feel that you’ve got a bargain. This is one of the most popular moving scams to avoid. The good thing is that you can detect this right away at your first interaction with the moving company. Just hang up the phone and move on to the next moving company.
  • They also may demand cash only payment or a large money deposit. Usually a deposit would be about 10% to %20 – so beware of a possible scam scheme if the percentage you are given is significantly higher. And if you pay by cash, you cannot dispute the charges with your credit card company. In most cases the scam movers can’t be reached once your items are delivered.
  • Another sign to look out for is if the movers don’t have a website – a standard company asset nowadays – or if they have a website, but it doesn’t display any information about their licensing or insurance (or the NSC – National Safety Code). This is the government’s way to ensure that people who move will be using the services of a licensed company and to prevent moving scams. Ask your Greater Vancouver movers about their licensing information.
  • Most of the reputable moving companies in Greater Vancouver should have their own branded company trucks. Demand that moving services are provided with the moving company’s owned vehicle and not a rental or unsigned vehicle.
  • Read moving reviews, ratings and consumer testimonials before booking. By reading other customers’ testimonials and potential complaints online, you will know which company provides better moving services. By checking out some reviews you will also know what unfortunate scamming situations other people have been in and how you can beware and be careful for such not to happen to you.
  • It is also a good idea to deal with BBB certified movers. Check out moving companies listed on www.fivebestmovers.ca.

What to do to protect yourself

  • Make photos of your items (especially all the expensive furniture pieces) – just in case you need to go to the court, you will have the evidence.
  • Make photos of the movers and their trucks. See if your items will travel in the same truck.
  • Demand a copy of the contract – this is extremely important. Make sure you never sign blank papers. Usually this is apparent evidence and a clear signal to avoid a moving scam.
  • Dispute credit card charges in case you think you are being scammed.
  • Write a BBB review / complaint.
  • Contact an attorney to handle your case. Make sure you collect enough evidence.

People say education and information bring about change, thus be ready that the moving business is a complicated matter and you have to be aware of your rights and responsibilities in order to be protected from scam.

Original source: www.mymovingreviews.com

Need advice on planning your local or long distance move in VancouverBurnabyNew WestminsterCoquitlamNorth VancouverWest VancouverRichmondSurreyDeltaMaple Ridge, Greater Vancouver and Lower Mainland, BC?  CLICK HERE to get in touch with one of our moving specialists who can assist with setting up your move and will make sure your entire moving process goes smooth.

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Vancouver Moving Tips – How to Pack Glassware for Moving

Moving is a lot of hard work, whether you are moving to or from Vancouver, BC or elsewhere in Canada. This is why there is the need to examine the different aspects of moving and be prepared for it.

Some of the most delicate items at any home are glassware items. This is why it is important to think about how they can be efficiently wrapped up and packed for moving.

Glassware Packing Tips - Metro Vancouver Movers

Glassware means not only glasses and plates – it also includes table tops, glass vases, crystal cups and so much more.

This guide will help you pack for moving glassware items like cups, bowls, plates, vases, table tops etc.

How to Pack Glassware for Moving to or from Vancouver, BC

You can consider wrapping glassware with newspaper or bubble wrap. You will need to place all similar objects together in the boxes like cups, plates, glasses, etc. Wrap up with a layer (best – two) of newspaper every piece of glass. You can also pack vases this way.

Look for boxes at supermarkets, online, with friends who have just moved or of course you’re your Vancouver movers. They can bring boxes to your door which is very convenient if you don’t have the time to go shopping for them.

How to Pack Glassware in Boxes

The bowls and plates are stackable which makes them easy to pack, some glasses are as well. Place your glasses and all other glassware items upright in the boxes to keep them safe.

For packing glass dishes it is advisable to use dish packing boxes but if you haven’t got those – you can use cardboard boxes.

As you arrange the glassware in the boxes place layers of newspaper at the bottom of the box and then in between them for cushioning. At the same time take some pages and crumple them to fill in the gaps in the boxes.

Packing Glasses for Moving

Pack your glasses by wrapping them in newspaper or packing paper. Use more than one layer for safety reasons. Then arrange the glasses in the boxes in an upright position.

Packing glassware for moving or for storage can be done in this way. It is advisable to use small or medium sized boxes for packing up glassware. Also try not to fill in the boxes completely with heavy things only. You can arrange one or two layers of glassware in the box and lighter things on top like towels. In this way you will be able to carry smaller weights easier and the boxes will be able to hold the weight inside when packing glassware with newspaper or bubble wrap.

Label well the boxes – right on every side “Fragile” or “Glassware” in order to identify it easily after you have moved in and the boxes are unloaded.

How to Pack Glass Table Tops?

Packing a glass table for moving should be done very carefully. If you have enough bubble wrap you can use it – wrap it around the glass table top and then use duct tape to fix it.

But if you haven’t got enough bubble wrap or you want to save some when moving then you can use cardboard from the boxes. Take a larger piece to put on both sides of the glass. Again, fix it well with duct tape. You can then wrap the glass additionally with some blankets.

Moving Glassware with Professional Vancouver Movers

Trusting your belongings like glassware to well rated Vancouver movers is the right choice – they can safely transport your fragile items to your new home.

If you want to have a higher level of certainty that your glass table will arrive just fine at your new home you can use a crate. You can make one yourself or ask your Vancouver moving company to do it for you.

If you are planning to properly pack glassware for moving then hiring reliable Vancouver movers to pack and ship your glassware is a good idea. Movers are experts in what they do – they have extensive experience in moving and if you find the right Vancouver moving company you can move safely with Vancouver movers.

Original source: https://www.mymovingreviews.com

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Vancouver Moving Tips – Best Places to Live in Vancouver

Vancouver is undoubtedly an expensive place to live, but there are still some affordable options.

Vancouver Neighbourhoods Map - Best Places to Live in Vancouver

Vancouver Magazine has ranked Vancouver’s best and worst neighbourhoods, based on several factors, and affordability was top of mind. Thus the Downtown Eastside (DTES), an area that has been called Canada’s poorest neighbourhood, scored 48.7, a higher rating than the pricy Westside areas of Kerrisdale (46) and Dunbar (44.3).

  1. False Creek

Score: 56.8

Population: 5,795

There should be little doubt that the communities that were built along False Creek in the last two decades, from Yaletown on the north side to the Olympic Village on the south shore, are resounding successes. But there should be even less doubt that they owe much of their existence to the community that came before them.

False Creek South, with its artful mixture of mixed-income residential, people-friendly retail and abundant green spaces, is the personification of what urban theorist Jane Jacobs thought an urban community should be. And yet, this ranking will come as a surprise to some people, given that False Creek South tends to sit in the shadows of the towers to its north and east. But it’s time to give False Creek South its rightful place in the sun.

Affordable: 66.9 | Low Crime: 62.7 | Economy: 66.0 | Diversity: 35.6 | Restaurants: 49.1 | Kids: 40.0 | Commute: 68.6 | Singles: 32.0 | Smart and Engaged: 66.4 | Green Space: 62.0 | Stable: 54.1

  1. West End

Score: 56.6

Population: 39,910

The West End absolutely crushes it when it comes to affordability, low levels of property crime, and access to green space, Stanley Park, but gets edged by False Creek due to the fact that it’s an awfully difficult place to raise kids and one where there’s a lot of turnover. For singles and the childless, though, it might be a better bet than our overall winner.

Affordable: 71.7 | Low Crime: 81.2 | Economy: 50.6 | Diversity: 47.3 | Restaurants: 51.0 | Kids: 14.7 | Commute: 70.8 | Singles: 72.6 | Smart and Engaged: 53.7 | Green Space: 99.4 | Stable: 8.9

  1. Lynn Valley

Score: 55.7

Population: 25,500

No surprises here: Lynn Valley rates highly when it comes to green space, the economic clout of its residents, and the quality of its schools. Even less surprising? That it’s bad for singles and lacks diversity. Still, if you’re looking for an explicitly family-friendly neighbourhood, this might be your best bet. Just don’t delay, lest you get priced out by the West Van inheritance money that’s been pouring in of late.

Affordable: 52.1 | Low Crime: 78.7 | Economy: 78.8 | Diversity: 34.8 | Restaurants: 25.7 | Kids: 74.0 | Commute: 30.9 | Singles: 25.3 | Smart and Engaged: 47.9 | Green Space: 85.3 | Stable: 83.1

  1. Main St. (Riley Park)

Score: 55.4

Population: 21,800

Riley park is Vancouver’s Goldilocks neighbourhood: neither too strong nor too weak in any of the categories. It scores strongly on economic and cultural diversity, its population of smart and engaged residents, and its economic vitality, and misses the mark a bit in terms of property crime and the number of singles (and volume of opportunities for them to change that status). One amenity that wasn’t factored into our scoring: proximity to Nat Bailey Stadium, and the epic summer nights to which it routinely plays host.

Affordable: 59.0 | Low Crime: 37.7 | Economy: 76.5 | Diversity: 70.6 | Restaurants: 45.5 | Kids: 47.6 | Commute: 45.5 | Singles: 40.4 | Smart and Engaged: 60.0 | Green Space: 43.7 | Stable: 64.3

  1. Downtown

Score: 55.2

Population: 16,400

The idea of Downtown being an attractive place to live would have been a difficult one for previous generations to stomach. But no more, and no wonder. With a huge range of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops to choose from (just look at that score), a lively social scene, and the city’s easiest commute, it’s an increasingly popular neighbourhood in which to live as well as work and play. As a result, you can bet that population figure is on its way up.

Affordable: 53.7 | Low Crime: 81.0 | Economy: 40.2 | Diversity: 68.7 | Restaurants: 99.9 | Kids: 18.0 | Commute: 82.7 | Singles: 98.4 | Smart and Engaged: 49.4 | Green Space: 17.7 | Stable: 10.9

  1. Olympic Village / Fairview

Score: 54.8

Population: 19,440

Remember when people were worried that the Olympic Village was going to be a failure? Those days are clearly behind it now, and with the gorgeous new BMO Theatre Centre joining a rapidly expanding roster of bars and restaurants and a booming craft beer scene, it’s safe to assume that even better ones are on the horizon for those who live in the Village.

Affordable: 62.3 | Low Crime: 61.2 | Economy: 69.2 | Diversity: 54.4 | Restaurants: 82.5 | Kids: 13.2 | Commute: 75.1 | Singles: 54.9 | Smart and Engaged: 76.5 | Green Space: 21.2 | Stable: 21.0

  1. UBC

Score: 54.5

Population: 19,440

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away – okay, the late 1990s – UBC was a sleepy community of students, professors, and academic staff living in a clutch of low-rise buildings. Today, it’s practically a city unto itself, with a growing number of residential towers and all the amenities to match. That drive towards density will kick into an even higher gear once the UBC subway extension finally gets built. For anyone using the 99 B-Line, that can’t happen soon enough.

Affordable: 50.6 | Low Crime: 80.1 | Economy: 9.8 | Diversity: 79.6 | Restaurants: 42.6 | Kids: 68.3 | Commute: 59.0 | Singles: 59.2 | Smart and Engaged: 41.2 | Green Space: 99.5 | Stable: 19.5

  1. Yaletown

Score: 54.3

Population: 11,585

Sure, the shape of Yaletown’s boundaries has changed a bit over the last decade or two. But can you blame developers for trying to tie their projects to the name – or buyers for wanting it as their home turf? After all, if you’re looking for a neighbourhood that personifies the best qualities of post-Expo Vancouver, it has to be Yaletown. Sure, it’s maligned in some quarters of the city. But we think that’s as much a function of jealousy as anything.

Affordable: 37.1 | Low Crime: 86.0 | Economy: 79.5 | Diversity: 60.1 | Restaurants: 75.3 | Kids: 32.6 | Commute: 62.6 | Singles: 44.8 | Smart and Engaged: 53.8 | Green Space: 51.2 | Stable: 40.6

  1. Kitsilano

Score: 54.1

Population: 43,195

It wasn’t that long ago that the idea of Kits being ranked the 9th best neighbourhood in Vancouver would have been heresy. But it retains most of the traits that once made it the city’s most coveted ‘hood, from its educated and engaged citizens to its range of urban amenities and enduring socio-economic stability. It might even be getting short-changed a bit, given that its adjacency to some of the city’s best beaches isn’t part of our formula.

Affordable: 54.0 | Low Crime: 60.9 | Economy: 68.9 | Diversity: 39.3 | Restaurants: 57.5 | Kids: 48.2 | Commute: 68.6 | Singles: 65.9 | Smart and Engaged: 76.7 | Green Space: 32.1 | Stable: 24.8

  1. Killarney

Score: 54.0

Population: 33,885

The idea of a finding a starter home might seem about as likely as finding a unicorn for young Vancouver families today, but it’s not pure fantasy yet—not in  Killarney, anyways. With real estate prices that haven’t gone completely parabolic, a bit of green space, good schools, and lots of cultural and economic diversity, it’s a great option for young families that are still chasing the dream. Added bonus for those families? It’s just a short drive to the nearest IKEA.

Affordable: 74.0 | Low Crime: 56.1 | Economy: 47.5 | Diversity: 80.1 | Restaurants: 22.9 | Kids: 62.2 | Commute: 27.8 | Singles: 34.7 | Smart and Engaged: 25.1 | Green Space: 59.9 | Stable: 72.0

Here’s a video to learn more about some of Vancouver’s neighbourhoods:

Original source: http://vanmag.com/best-of-the-city/vancouvers-best-and-worst-places-to-live/

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Surrey Moving Tips – Moving House Guide & Printable Checklist

Moving your house to or from Surrey, BC or elsewhere in Canada – how should you proceed?

The key is organization. Plan well your every step, consider the timing of it – i.e. when is the most convenient time for your move, and get on with it! If you have this approach, your moving will be smooth and it will be over quickly and on time.

Moving Guide and Tips - Surrey Movers

The checklist below is printable and should help you and guide you. It will give you the list with the most important steps to follow when you want to have your house moved.

Moving your House Step by Step:

  1. Contact Surrey moving company.

Getting a Surrey moving estimate is one way. Or you can look for a reliable Surrey mover in a different way – find one near you. There are lots of pros for using a professional Surrey moving company. That is one of the ways in which you can find out what moving costs to expect so you can plan your expenses.

You can also talk to your friends or relatives who moved before. Ask them which Surrey moving company they used and what was their impression of it.

  1. Get rid of everything you don’t want or need.

Otherwise you would have to pay for having it transported. Check everywhere – at every premise in your house (attic, basement, garage, etc). At the same time separate on one side expensive items like credit cars, jewels, or important paperwork. These should stay with you during moving. Take a look at the kitchen also. Use up the food in the fridge and freezer because you won’t be able to take it with you.

  1. If you have some electronics to move arrange for that in time. Some appliances require a special dissembling or have some set up to be done. Give more attention to your computer. Save a copy of its memory in case it gets damaged during transportation.
  1. Consider packing.

Are you packing by yourself? If so, arrange the purchasing of packing supplies. When you pack your boxes place heavier items in smaller ones and at the bottom. Lighter items can be moved in larger boxes and can be placed on top of heavier ones.

If a professional Surrey moving company is doing that for you – they know how to pack your belongings safely.

  1. Think about a moving insurance.

A house has a lot more than an apartment, and protecting it is important. Talk to your Surrey moving company you decide to hire about what moving insurance options it can offer you.

  1. Change your address when moving.

You might have a long list of companies and persons to contact – not just utilities, but you have to return books from the library, rented DVD’s, pick up things from the dry cleaners’, cancel any subscriptions, etc.

  1. Arrange your cleaning after you move out of your old home and the cleaning of your new home before you move in it. You can arrange it yourself or have an expert cleaning company do it for you.
  2. Prepare for your moving day.

Make sure the movers have your contacts – your phone, new address and a floor plan will also be of use to them. Arrange all boxes to be moved by the door so that when the movers come they can start loading the truck immediately. This can save about half an hour of your movers’ time and thus – save you money.

  1. Think about your kids and pets, if you have any – and who will take care of them on the day of your moving. You can leave them at your parents’ place or with close friends.
  2. On your moving day – make sure all your utilities are disconnected. The same goes true for your new house, too. Once you enter check if everything is working properly and if all utilities are connected.
  3. Relax and enjoy! Moving requires a lot of arrangements but at the same time it is a new start, especially if you are moving due to a job opportunity. New opportunities are ahead of you and this is a chance for a new beginning.

Original source: https://www.mymovingreviews.com

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Maple Ridge Moving Tips – How to Pack Your TV for Moving

TV is one of the items which can be easily damaged, and is fragile, susceptible to being scratched and broken easily, especially if it is a flat screen TV we are talking about (LCD, LED).

 

How to Move a TV Set Safely - Maple Ridge Movers

 

Bigger TV’s are heavier and more difficult to lift. This means that you should plan well how to pack your flat screen TV in order to have it safely moved to your new home, when moving to or from Maple Ridge, BC or elsewhere in Canada.

This guide with 12 steps will help you have your TV set packed well for your relocation.

  1. Prepare your TV for packing: turn it off, unplug the cable from the electricity system and clean it from the dust. Fold the cables and secure them with a strap. You can wrap them in a towel and later place them inside the box with the TV itself.
  2. Wrap your TV up with towels or other cloth for protection from scratching. After that if you are moving your TV in a box use a lot of bubble wrap around it and then tape it.
  3. When it comes to picking the right box it is always best to use the original in which your TV came. If not, look for other options to get yourself the right sized box – for example you can ask your Maple Ridge movers if they have one.
  4. When securing a TV in a box you can also use a cardboard cover or towels in front of the screen itself and styrofoam inside the rest of the box. Then write on the box “Fragile. TV” and continue with loading it inside the moving truck.
  5. If you want your TV to be really well secured and packed you can request from your Maple Ridge moving company a specially made wooden crate. It is efficient and very handy when it comes to long distance moves.
  6. If you are moving your TV without a box wrap it with moving blankets, then with bubble wrap and in the truck place the TV on something soft: mattresses, a sofa or an armchair so that during transportation they will add up cushioning.
  7. If your TV is large and you are worried it may get damaged, call a moving company and ask what will the price for packing and transporting be.
  8. Around your TV arrange soft items like bags with clothes or the plushy toys of the kids.
  9. Always place your TV right – if you put it down on its side or on its back it may damage. If you have packed your TV in a box – the box should be standing upright in the truck as well.
  10. During packing and moving try to keep your TV away from strong sunlight, as high temperatures and damp environment (all kinds of moisture like rain for example). This is especially important if you haven’t packed your TV in a box. In this case if it rains on moving day put around it extra blankets and take them off when the TV is already in the truck: if the blankets get wet they can leave some moist on your TV so remove them and then arrange your TV amongst your other items to be moved.
  11. When you arrive at your new home and unpack your TV, leave it a few hours to adapt to the inside temperature before turning it on.
  12. For additional protection of your TV during moving you can always ask your Maple Ridge mover about insuring it. It definitely won’t be much money and you will feel better by having one.

Original source: www.mymovingreviews.com

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