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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Cheap Moving Services in Vancouver: Reasons to Not Use Cheap Movers

The problem with trying to save money by hiring cheap moving services in Vancouver to move to or from Vancouver, BC or elsewhere in Canada is that you could fall into the hands of cheap but unethical movers.

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One tactic that cheap unreliable Vancouver moving companies often take is quoting you a temptingly low price. Once such unethical Vancouver movers get your belongings onto the truck and weigh them at an off-site center, they will most likely tell you that the move is actually going to cost much more.

One way to begin finding a reliable Vancouver moving company is to ask your friends, search online or ask your real estate agent for recommendations. Here is a break-down of various ways to approach your move.

Do-It-Yourself Moving

The cheapest way to move is obviously self moving. The most well known do-it-yourself moving companies are U-Haul, Budget and Penske, for renting moving vans.

Although it is a very economical solution to rent and drive the moving truck yourself, but you should still hire someone to do the heavy lifting for loading and unloading your belongings.

Hiring Professional Vancouver Moving Companies

The plus side of professional Vancouver moving companies is that they are established, have a reputable organization to back them up, and are not likely to spring any surprises on you. On the minus side, the costs will be higher than using some cheap movers in Vancouver.

To avoid getting cheated, follow these tips for finding a reputable mover:

Try to get an all-inclusive price, not an estimate, that will be free of hidden charges and last-minute fees

Beware of Vancouver moving companies that ask your budget straight off and tailor their estimate accordingly

Do not rely on telephone moving quotes: an estimator should come to your house and evaluate your belongings. Also, make sure there are no complaints lodged against the company at the Better Business Bureau.

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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