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BC Moving Tips – How to Make Your City Relocation Smooth

Relocating to a new city is usually hard work and takes a long time. There are so many things to prepare for and learn. Making a new start in another city like Vancouver, BC or other city in Canada, is not an easy task.

The truth though is that the better you are prepared for your moving, the easier you will be able to adapt later on.

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The questions to ask when relocating to a new city are discussed below, and answering them will make your city relocation process more smooth and easy.

What to Look for When Relocating to a New City in BC

Think about the neighbourhood you want to live in and choose it carefully – some city areas are safer to relocate to.

Also, your work location is important – why travel 3 hours to your work when you can travel 1 hour or less? In big cities traveling from point A to point B may take longer time. On the other hand finding a nice home is also important – a place that is convenient for you and your family.

A family with children or a couple that are planning to start a family should definitely think of finding a larger home for their city relocation.

Things to Know when Relocating to a New City in BC

Before making the final decision about moving try to get a glimpse of what is ahead of you and what you can expect.

Go on a holiday to the city you are thinking of relocating to or visit friends/ family for a few days. What is it like? Explore it – the schools, traffic, stores, entertainment and hobby alternatives, job market, etc.

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What are the travel opportunities that you have – train, bus, tram or other? If you are in the city of your future relocation without your car you can hire a taxi whenever going somewhere and speak with the driver. Ask him about everything – for example the neighborhood you are going through – you may be surprised how much these people know.

Talk to the local residents about what they like and dislike in their city – that could be the guides in the museums or shop assistants at stores. That should give you a better idea of what to expect and will you like living in this place.

Relocation to a new city

Think about the little details of your move and arrange them – packing, finding the right job for you, sifting through your belongings, etc. These will ease up the process of relocating to another city for you.

In the meantime – if you don’t have a job yet, it is good to start your search as soon as possible. Does the city you are moving to offer jobs in your professional qualification? If so, find out the opportunities for you and arrange the details of it – sending application documents, appointing an interview, etc.

 

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

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BC Moving Tips: Good Practice Guidelines for Canadian Movers

The level of consumer complaints about movers has concerned all stakeholders in the Canadian moving and storage industry: reputable movers, consumer associations, trade associations and government.

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To address these concerns and to act as a complement to legal protections already in place, the Office of Consumer Affairs, Industry Canada formed a multi-stakeholder working group of moving-industry professionals, consumer group representatives and government officials to develop good practice guidelines for reputable movers, and an associated checklist for consumers. It is hoped that the existence of the Good Practice Guidelines for Canadian Movers and the Consumer Checklist will assist movers in identifying and adhering to high standards and aid consumers in selecting reputable, ethical and professional movers.

Canadian movers wishing to ensure continued good relations with their customers should follow these good practices:

  • Provide customers with a pamphlet that outlines customer and mover rights and responsibilities, mover liability for loss or damage, optional programs available, limitations on liability and additional costs associated with each level of liability. The pamphlet should be written in plain language and be easy to understand. Where local move customers request an estimate by telephone, movers should offer to provide the pamphlet by mail, fax, or e-mail.
  • Provide written estimates of costs that describe the shipment and the cost of all services requested by the customer. The estimate should be on company letterhead, and state the name, telephone number and address of the company, a full estimate of the number of boxes to be moved, the size and value of items, the cost per hour or flat rate, terms of payment, and timing of services to be provided. The estimate should be signed by both the company representative and the customer.
  • Abide by the terms of the estimate as provided to the customer, in compliance with all applicable laws.
  • For long distance moves, tag all goods and prepare, prior to the shipment leaving the residence, a descriptive inventory of the goods to be moved that should be signed by the customer or the authorized representative who is present at origin for loading and again at destination as the goods are unloaded. A copy of this descriptive inventory should be provided to the customer prior to shipment. Any existing damage to goods should be noted in the inventory.
  • Provide customers with a bill of lading at the time of pickup which clearly delineates critical customer service details such as the terms and amount of payment and the date of delivery.
  • When charges are based on weight, determine the weight of each shipment by the use of a certified scale at origin and if requested, provide evidence of that weight to the customer. When the actual weight exceeds the estimated weight by more than 10 percent, the mover upon request will perform a “re-weigh” of the shipment and provide evidence of the re-weigh to the customer.
  • Make reasonable efforts to fulfill the arrangements made for servicing a shipment, including the performance of pickup and delivery as agreed upon. Keep customers advised of any service delays and provide them with information as to when service may be expected to be performed. This should include providing the customer with the company contact name and telephone number.
  • Ensure the customer receives a copy of the bill of lading or invoice on delivery, with a clear description of charges and services provided.
  • Acknowledge, in writing, within 30 days of the receipt of a written loss or damage claim or delay claim, to pay, decline, make a firm compromise offer or advise the claimant of the status of the claim. Movers should also provide any reason for a delay in making a final disposition within 120 days of receipt of any documented claim for loss or damage, or for any documented claim for delay in delivery beyond the dates shown on the bill of lading, when the claim is filed by the customer within 60 days (long distance moves) or 30 days (local moves) after delivery.
  • Promptly and fairly attempt to resolve disputes concerning loss or damage claims to household goods, through in-house complaints-handling and external dispute resolution processes as appropriate and available. In terms of guidance on what constitutes a fair dispute resolution process, movers should draw on the federal-provincial-territorial Consumer Complaints Management: A Guide for Canadian Business (PDF, 349 KB).
  • Communicate with the public through fair and accurate advertisements, estimates and sales literature regarding the services that may be performed.
  • If working in conjunction with other agents, ensure that these agents also comply with the above commitments.
  • Maintain and regularly clean facilities and equipment in accordance with good industry practices.

Original source: Industry Canada

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BC Moving Tips: Canadian Moving Laws & Regulations

Customer rights and responsibilities

It is mandatory for Canadian movers to provide their customers with a pamphlet detailing customer rights and responsibilities, mover liability for loss or damage, additional liabilities and any optional programs available.

Canadian Moving Laws and Regulations

The pamphlet you receive should be in simple language and easy to understand. If you request an estimate by phone, your BC movers are entitled to send the pamphlet by mail, fax or e-mail.

Written estimates

At your request, a written estimate on the company’s letterhead should include:

  • The number of boxes to be moved
  • Size and value of items
  • Flat-rate or cost per hour
  • Terms of payment
  • Timing of services
  • You and the company representative have to put your initials on the document and the mover has to abide by the terms and conditions of the estimate as per the law.

Weight of shipment

A certified scale should be used to determine the weight of each shipment at the place of origin. If you ask for this information, then the evidence should be provided.

If the actual weight exceeds the estimated weight by more than 10%, your BC moving company can do a re-weigh of the shipment. This is information which should also be provided to you.

Inventory

An inventory of goods with details about any existing damage(s) should be given to you before shipment. You and/or a representative from your BC moving company should be present at the time of the loading and unloading of goods to sign the inventory.

Bill of lading

A bill of lading or an invoice should be given to you at the time of pickup and delivery. It includes information about the amount of payment, date of delivery and services provided.

Claim period and resolution of issues

A written claim for loss or damage should be acknowledged in writing within 30 days after delivery for local moves and 60 days for long distance moves.

  • A decision advising you about the status of the claim should be made
  • A compromise offer should also be made
  • Your BC movers should try to resolve the issue within 120 days after the claim
  • Issues regarding claims should be resolved through an in-house complaint cell or an external dispute mechanism
  • “Consumer Complaints Management: A Guide for Canadian Business” is a federal, provincial, territorial guide on dispute resolution process which the movers can refer to

Delays

It is reasonable on the part of your BC moving company to inform you about any service delays and when the service should be expected as a result.

Fair service

A fair policy should be adapted while communicating with the public through advertisements, estimates, and prices of various services.

The above guidelines complement the legal provisions that are already in place. While these aid BC movers in maintaining high service standards, you can also use them to help you make an informed decision about choosing a reliable BC moving company.

References: Acts and Regulations, Canadian Association of Movers

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Survival Kit for Your Vancouver Moving Day

We know that moving day is stressful time for everyone in the family. Preparing your moving day survival kit can make your moving day go smoothly and take much stress out of your next move. You will not have to search through boxes to find needed items and will be able to concentrate on unpacking things and settle in your new home in Vancouver, BC or elsewhere in Canada.

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Moving Day Survival Kit Defined

Moving day survival kit is a box or a bag you need to pack for your move and keep it aside. It needs to stay with you to make sure all the things stored in it are available when you require them. It must contain essential things that you will require every day.

What to Put in Your Moving Day Survival Kit

  • Medications

You must put all your medications in the moving-day survival kit, especially the ones you need every day.

  • Towels and Toiletries

You need to have toothpaste, toothbrushes, soaps, deodorant, shampoo shower towels and a razor handy for the initial days of your move into your new home.

  • Coffee, mugs etc.

A moving-day survival kit helps you to make your stay in your new home easier for several days after the move. So, you need to pack coffee, mugs and a coffee maker in your survival kit to help you stay fresh during the process of unpacking and organizing your home. If you love tea, then don’t forget to include instant tea and a kettle in your survival kit.

  • Bottled water and Ready-to-eat Snacks

If you cannot get a meal on your moving day, then you need to have some ready-to-eat snacks with you in your moving-day survival kit.

  • Dishes and Cookware

Until your new kitchen gets running, you need to have some basic essentials like cups, plates, pans and pots in your moving-day survival kit.

  • Mobile Phone Charger

You must have a mobile phone charger and a power strip for plugging in items like a laptops, lamps etc.

  • Screwdriver and Other Tools

You will need some basic tools like screwdrivers, drill and hammer for putting your furniture together in your new home. You should also pack a torch, scissors, a utility knife and a PVC tape and keep these tools handy in a moving-day survival kit.

  • Trash Bags

You will require clear recycling bags and trash bags to recycle your packing materials including tissue paper, bubble wraps and your boxes.

  • Bandages 

Paper soap, paper towels and a box of bandages is what you must include in your survival kit for moving.

  • Linens, Blankets and Pillows 

To make sleeping cozy and comfortable for everyone in your family, it is good to set aside a couple of bed linens, blankets and pillows. It will help you at nights when you have not finished unpacking your bedding.

  • Change of Clothes for Family

You also need to have a few pairs of clothes for all family members during the initial days after your move to your new home.

  • Flashlight

Pack a flashlight along with a couple of light bulbs, a few extra batteries and a nightlight. Keep them handy in your new home.

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Tips for a Successful and an Organized Move in Greater Vancouver BC

Moving is a big task and can prove to be very overwhelming. You can go through this tedious process smoothly by following the following tips for a successful move to or from Vancouver, BC or elsewhere in Canada.

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Get Organized

Don’t commit the blunder of leaving anything until the last minute. There may be a lot of detail and paperwork to keep an eye on, such as hiring reliable Vancouver movers, cancelling utilities and finding new family doctor. It’s good to create a moving binder for having a landing zone for various moving-related tasks. It will enable you to remember various details regarding your move.

Research

Before your moving day, research as much as you can about your new place of residence. This will save you from stress.

Find out about your neighborhood, medical service providers, school districts, public transport facilities and other important things. This will help you in smooth transition once you have moved to your new home.

Keep Your Movers Informed

It is vital to keep your movers informed to make any move an organized and a successful one.

For this, communication with your Vancouver moving company is integral. Make sure to explain all your needs and expectations before hiring any Vancouver moving company. Once you have selected Vancouver moving company, inform all the details pertaining to your move to get an estimate of your moving costs and time well in advance.

Make a Floor Plan of Your New House

After finding a new home for your family in the new area, you can now make a well-informed decision about your planned move. This means you can decide which items to take along and which ones to be left behind. You need to make a floor plan of your new house to find out which items can fit the space available there. This will also save much of the time on the day of the move as you will know exactly where to direct your Vancouver movers for placing your times appropriately.

Get Rid of Unnecessary Stuff

Moving provides you a perfect opportunity to get rid of your belongings that you no longer need.

You can organize a yard sale, opt for donating, put up furniture for sale and shred documents that don’t need any longer.

Purchase Correct Supplies

Purchase quality boxes in a number of various sizes to save your goods from breaking or damage during the move. Large boxes are good for packing linens, clothes and toys while small boxes are handy for packing delicate or breakable dishes and heavy books. Also buy packing paper, moving tape, bubble wraps, and markers for labeling the boxes.

Take Stock

Keep a record of your household items especially if you are hiring a Vancouver moving company. This will be helpful in case anything goes missing. It’s advisable to keep a moving inventory spreadsheet to sort out your items while keeping a track of your belongings throughout the moving process.

Assign a box number to each box and write that number on each side of the box.

Pack Smartly

To avoid feeling rushed, pack with sufficient time. Pack smart and in a systematic manner. Don’t feel tempted to pack items that are not needed anymore or that you want to get rid of.

Label

Proper labeling is crucial for keeping your belongings organized throughout the move. For this, you must designate a different color for each room. Use a good sharpie for labeling the boxes.

Mention the contents of the box, the room where it must be placed in, and if it’s delicate.
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