New Westminster Moving Tips: Top Ten Moving Mistakes

1. Not Planning Your Move Properly

Nowadays we try to plan everything – we plan our days, weeks and even months ahead of time. Planning your move is a must do and failing to do so may cost you a lot of stress and money. 

60 days before the move, you should start planning every step of your moving process, and moreover, start by allocating the budget for your future relocation. By obtaining a free moving quote from your New Westminster moving company, you can get an idea of how much your moving will cost.

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2. Failing to Ask for an In-house Estimate

How to estimate moving costs precisely is the key for a successful move. When contacting a moving company in New Westminster, BC or elsewhere in Canada, you should know that most local companies offer in-house binding estimates. Not getting one could be your biggest blunder when planning a move.

To have a professional moving estimator come to your home is the best way to get the most accurate moving estimate, hence a binding moving quote. Then you will know exactly how much your moving will cost you and will set aside the amount.

3. Not Obtaining Multiple Moving Quotes

If you don’t get an in-house moving estimate, then you should definitely get moving quotes from multiple moving companies in New Westminster, BC. It is a big market and you have the great opportunity to explore it, and see which moving company offers the most reliable moving services at the price that fits your budget.

You can get moving estimates online or over the phone, and whatever the method is, obtaining multiple moving quotes is essential to get your the best price.

4. Not Researching the Moving Companies

Research your New Westminster moving companies to make sure you are choosing the most well rated one. Consider asking your friends and family for recommendations or read moving reviews online.

5. Choosing the Movers with the Lowest Quote

One of the biggest moving mistakes is to go for the moving company with the lowest quote. We can’t say it enough that this is number one method to get scammed. Only rogue movers would offer 30 to 40 percent lower than the prices of other movers. They want to get you on the hook, and then all of a sudden additional charges start piling up until in the end, the final bill comes in double the initial estimate. Besides the extra charges, these movers will hold your inventory hostage until the bill is paid. Think very seriously before settling for the lowest moving quote.

6. Bypassing Items during the Estimate

Your moving quote will be based on the inventory list you provide. Thus, not disclosing all your items to the moving company will definitely bring the cost higher. When an estimator comes to your home, be prepared to show them everything that your New Westminster movers will have to pack and move. If you omit something, the movers will most likely charge extra for items not listed on the inventory list.

The same applies if you are getting the estimate over the phone. Also, always mention if there is a narrow hallway or stairs for any of the rooms in the house. The more your New Westminster moving company knows, the easier it’ll be for you to stick to your moving budget.

7. Packing Poorly One Day before your Move

Packing requires some preparation and time, and this is probably the most common moving mistake people tent to make. To ensure the safety of your belongings, it’s best to get some professional packing materials and wrap all fragile items carefully. When packing things yourself, you should start at least two weeks prior to your move – don’t wait until the day before your moving. Make sure you read some packing tips and guidelines before packing on your own.

8. Failing to Understand your Insurance Options

Insurance is very important for moving. Even more important is to understand your options and their coverage. Most moving companies offer basic limited liability free of charge, yet this is not insurance. Either you can get additional insurance at an extra charge from your New Westminster moving company or you can consult your insurance agent. Very few homeowners’ insurance policies offer coverage of household items when in transit.

9. Entrusting Irreplaceable Valuables In the hands Of the Movers

Any antiques or expensive inherited valuables should be kept with you. Do not ever leave those items in the hands of any movers. If something gets lost or damaged, in most cases any type of insurance won’t cover the cost. All jewellery, silverware and important documents should also be kept safe in your car when relocating.

10. Not Understanding the Moving Paperwork

Being aware what you put your signature under is crucial for your safe move. You should ask your New Westminster moving company for the paperwork several days in advance so you are aware of what to expect. Doing so will greatly increase your chance to avoid moving scams. Make sure you read the fine print and never sign any blank paperwork.

Original source: www.mymovingreviews.com

Need advice on planning your local or long distance move in VancouverBurnabyNew WestminsterCoquitlamNorth VancouverWest VancouverRichmondSurreyDeltaMaple Ridge, New Westminster  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 Move Large Furniture

Moving is never an easy task, whether you are hiring professional Vancouver movers or moving by yourself. The most difficult part of moving is usually moving large furniture pieces. And how to move large furniture pieces may be the first question you ask yourself if doing the moving by yourself.

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The heaviest pieces are hard to move because they require some heavy lifting, and the safest option would be to hire a professional Vancouver moving company that will take care of moving your large pieces of furniture.

And if you are on a tight budget, you can consider hiring helpers who will help you move and load the large furniture items onto the moving trucks.

How to Move Large Furniture Items by Yourself?

  • If you choose not to hire professional Vancouver movers, then do you know how to move large furniture pieces by yourself safely? If you have never done moving large pieces of furniture, here are some techniques you can use:
  • Prepare the furniture that you have to disassemble and start working on it as soon as your moving process starts. Remove any loose parts of the furniture to make it easy and safe when shifting, and if you have to, move it piece by piece.
  • If you are moving dressers or some larger pieces of your furniture, take all the contents out and place them into moving boxes.
  • Clear your way from the room to the entrance door. Make sure you have enough room to move and slide the big pieces of furniture, as this will ensure space for lifting and turning the furniture. Don’t forget about chandeliers and other light fixtures, as well as your floors. You do not want to break or damage anything.
  • If you have never moved that furniture, measure its dimensions and consider the path you have cleared. Also, measure the width of your doors, the hallways you will be passing through and the height of the ceilings.
  • Make sure you protect your floors if they are hardwood or any other easily damageable surface. Use furniture moving pads or some kind of blankets to cover the floors, as well as furniture sliders and steel lifters.
  • When you start moving the furniture, use your legs not your back. Squat and lift with your back straight, do not bend your back, hold it low and keep the furniture close to your body. Lift each piece of furniture from the strongest point. Wear a belt to protect your back when moving heavy furniture.
  • Moving straps can also make the moving of large furniture easier. Professional Vancouver movers use straps for the very heavy pieces of furniture. The moving pads and sliders will protect your furniture and floors, and will make it easier on you. Yet the moving straps will not just facilitate the moving of the furniture, but help you save your back from injuries. Avoid twisting and take your time when start moving.

Vancouver Piano Moving

Piano moving should be done by piano moving professionals because of the risks for the piano itself, the as well as for your apartment’s walls and steps, and your other items in the truck.

 

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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Greater Vancouver Moving Tips: First Day in the New Home

Life Changes When We Move

Moving usually is a big step for most of us. It is a change in the environment around us and often a big step in our lives.

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Since the day we decided that we are moving to or from Greater Vancouver, BC or anywhere else in Canada, until the last box is unloaded in our new house, the thought about moving process never leaves us.

There are many aspects involved in the moving process and many of us do not even realize that until the day of the move. A move takes up time and money, along with worries about the relocation process and about the new place. You have to find a reliable Greater Vancouver moving company and to a free moving quote, and set up the desired dates for moving.

The Day after the Move

After all the effort the move took and all the money spent, the day after the move may seem like a breeze. Yes, but not quite. In most cases, at delivery day you will not be able to unpack much because you will be quite overwhelmed and tired, especially if it is after a long distance move.

Thus, the day after the move will be specifically dedicated to unpacking and rearranging all of your belongings. Many times though some of us will need to get away of all those boxes and plastic wrapping. So, it is a good idea when you wake up in the morning to have a cup of coffee and take a walk in your new neighborhood. Walk your dog, talk to some locals about what is around and places to check out.

Also, if you have kids take them to the city park and let them play. You can as well choose to run some of your first errands or just go find out where is the closest bank, post office, grocery store and pharmacy. Do not just Google those – get familiar with your new area of residence by walking the streets.

Another thing you should do is seeing your moving checklist (if you have one). If you moved to another province in Canada, you should change your ID within your current province and update your driver’s license. You should switch banks if your old bank is not present in your new state.

Overwhelmed or Overexcited After the Move

You can choose whether to be one or the other. After a moving to a new place either state could be quite unsettling.

There are some strategies to prevent these states and as mentioned above, you should start by getting away from chaos at your new home after the move. Our brain is used to order and habitual actions, thus when we move we disturb all that order and we can easily feel overwhelmed. Therefore, to keep your sanity and save some neurons, you should try to maintain your schedule as much as possible no matter how excited you are.

The day after the move is when we realize that we have to change even more than we thought, so being able to stay calm and organized is necessary. Think about how all the hard work is done and now it’s finally a relief day.

 

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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Types of Moving Services and Moving Companies in Vancouver

Moving is never an easy task, whether you are hiring professional Vancouver movers or moving by yourself. The most difficult part of moving is usually moving large furniture pieces. And how to move large furniture pieces may be the first question you ask yourself if doing the moving by yourself.

Types of Vancouver Moving Services - Vancouver Movers

The heaviest pieces are hard to move because they require some heavy lifting, and the safest option would be to hire a professional Vancouver moving company that will take care of moving your large pieces of furniture.

And if you are on a tight budget, you can consider hiring helpers who will help you move and load the large furniture items onto the moving trucks.

How to Move Large Furniture Items by Yourself?

If you choose not to hire professional Vancouver movers, then do you know how to move large furniture pieces by yourself safely? If you have never done moving large pieces of furniture, here are some techniques you can use:

  • Prepare the furniture that you have to disassemble and start working on it as soon as your moving process starts. Remove any loose parts of the furniture to make it easy and safe when shifting, and if you have to, move it piece by piece.
  • If you are moving dressers or some larger pieces of your furniture, take all the contents out and place them into moving boxes.
  • Clear your way from the room to the entrance door. Make sure you have enough room to move and slide the big pieces of furniture, as this will ensure space for lifting and turning the furniture. Don’t forget about chandeliers and other light fixtures, as well as your floors. You do not want to break or damage anything.
  • If you have never moved that furniture, measure its dimensions and consider the path you have cleared. Also, measure the width of your doors, the hallways you will be passing through and the height of the ceilings.
  • Make sure you protect your floors if they are hardwood or any other easily damageable surface. Use furniture moving pads or some kind of blankets to cover the floors, as well as furniture sliders and steel lifters.
  • When you start moving the furniture, use your legs not your back. Squat and lift with your back straight, do not bend your back, hold it low and keep the furniture close to your body. Lift each piece of furniture from the strongest point. Wear a belt to protect your back when moving heavy furniture.
  • Moving straps can also make the moving of large furniture easier. Professional Vancouver movers use straps for the very heavy pieces of furniture. The moving pads and sliders will protect your furniture and floors, and will make it easier on you. Yet the moving straps will not just facilitate the moving of the furniture, but help you save your back from injuries. Avoid twisting and take your time when start moving.

Vancouver Piano Moving

Piano moving should be done by piano moving professionals because of the risks for the piano itself, the as well as for your apartment’s walls and steps, and your other items in the truck.

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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Greater Vancouver Moving Tips: 9 Hidden Moving Costs and Fees

Below is a list of all the unexpected moving expenses that could drain your moving budget, when moving to or from Greater Vancouver or elsewhere in Canada.

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  • Packing labour and packing supplies

Usually packing materials and the packing service are included into full moving service in Greater Vancouver. However, they may not be included in your moving estimate. Often some Greater Vancouver moving companies decline that packing labour and supplies are counted in the moving estimate, but you end up with extra moving fees for the additional boxes.

Unexpected moving expenses like extra packing fees are quite common. It should be mentioned in the moving documents you sign prior to your moving day that the quoted price doesn’t cover additional packing supplies. Always read the fine print to avoid such situations.

  • Moving Insurance

When you sign your Bill of Lading, you automatically get basic coverage (called Valuation). You are calm you have an insurance (which is not the case), but all too often the final amount of the valuation coverage doesn’t apply to the value of your belongings.

You may have to get additional moving insurance for full coverage. Many companies offer Full Value Protection – the ultimate moving insurance that guarantees reinstatement and replacement valuation for damages and missing items. Keep in mind that purchasing moving insurance costs extra and it depends on the declared value of you items and the reputation of your Greater Vancouver moving company.

  • Extra charges for handling bulky items

If your items appear to be heavier or over sized you will be charged with additional moving fees. This is another hidden moving expense you should be aware in advance.

Unexpected moving costs springs up if you are moving a piano, pool tables, motorcycles, wall units, playgrounds, lawn mowers and other hard to transport items that take up a lot of space in the moving truck. Price variety depends on the access to your house or apartment.

  • Long truck fees

One of the hidden moving expenses is the long truck fee. You will be charged extra if the truck can not be parked at 75 Ft distance to your doorsteps.

This often happens due to the impossibility of parking near the door to your building. In such circumstances you’ll suffer the consequences, leading to unexpected moving expenses. To protect your budget from hidden moving costs, see if there is a way to assure parking spot for the truck. You can also issue a parking permit from the city town hall for your Greater Vancouver movers for the specific day and time of the move. If not, speak directly to your Greater Vancouver  movers to find out their long carry fee terms when booking.

  • Elevator fees

Some companies will not charge you this fee if you have reserved an elevator exclusively for the move with the building management.

  • Moving cancellation fee

Your moving plans may change or you have decided to go with another Greater Vancouver moving company in the last minute. But this will cost you money. Every moving company in Greater Vancouver has their own cancellation fee policy. Most Greater Vancouver moving companies declare they have really lenient cancellation terms. But you should know this is one of the most common hidden moving costs.

  • Storage fee

Storage is usually included in your estimated moving cost. The thing is, you’ll have only 30 days of the so-called free storage period. Further that time limit you will be additionally charged for storage.

  • Extra stops charges

Most Greater Vancouver moving companies will charge you for any extra drop-offs or pick-ups in the route.

  • Travel Fee

If you are moving locally, most Greater Vancouver movers will charge travel fees. This is the time needed for them to get from their office location to your address. The usual charge is one extra hours or more.
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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