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Your Complete Moving To-Do List for Moving in Greater Vancouver BC

Relocating to a new home in  Greater Vancouver, BC or elsewhere in Canada can be an exciting experience but remember, moving involves a lot of effort. It can be quite stressful if you are unprepared.

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Creating a moving checklist will enable you to get ready for your move by knowing well in advance when to get things done and the order in which you need them to be done. Having an organized move will also assist your Vancouver moving company in a great way.

We prepared some tips to help you get a sound master plan ahead of your moving day.

2 months before

  • Sort out the details of all cupboards, closets and drawers to eliminate what you don’t need.
  • Begin looking for reliable Vancouver moving companies. Always request for an on-site estimate and don’t depend on any quote over the phone. Its best to get an estimate in writing from a Vancouver moving company.
  • Make a moving binder to keep track of all things including your estimates, receipts and inventory of all the things you want to move.

6 weeks before

  • Finalize rental or real estate requirements.
  • Inform your children’s school/schools of your move. Get in touch with new schools for getting enrollment details.
  • Ask your doctors to suggest doctors in your new community.
  • Begin using perishable/frozen foods that you don’t need to move.
  • Take measurements at your new home to ensure big furniture can pass through the door.

1 month before

  • Choose a professional Vancouver moving company and get written details of your moving day, costs and other related details.
  • Inform utility firms to disconnect services a day after you move. Make sure to get the new service activated a couple of days before your arrival at your new home. For getting information regarding utility services, contact the chamber of commerce located in your new town.
  • Do a change of address by visiting your local post office and filling out a form for change of address.
  • Inform all important parties of your move: brokerage firms, your employer’s human resources department, banks, newspapers (to which you subscribe), insurance, utility and credit card companies.
  • Separate valuable like jewelry and other important files to some safe box that you plan to transport personally to your new house.
  • If you want to pack yourself, then order supplies and begin packing boxes. Make a note of the items of high value that may need additional insurance from your Vancouver movers.

2 Weeks Before

  • Intimate your office that you need to be off from work on the moving day.
  • You should plan your meals for the last weeks to make use of your food.
  • If you are going to change banks, then make sure to remove all the contents of your locker/safe-deposit box and placing them in the safe box that you intend to take along with you on the moving day.
  • Contact your Vancouver moving company for reconfirmation of arrangements.

1 Week Before

  • Organize all important documents and store them where they are safe and accessible.
  • Make sure to keep all essential items needed for your Moving Day Survival Kit to move through your planned move safe and sound.
  • Refill prescriptions that you will require during the next few weeks.
  • Arrange deposit or payment for your Vancouver moving company.
  • Write clear directions to your new house for the selected moving company in Vancouver, BC. Make sure to confirm the delivery date and give your cell phone number and your itinerary number to your Vancouver moving company.

Moving Day

  • Pack and carry your first-night box.
  • Check all closets and rooms last time to ensure nothing gets left behind.
  • Be ready ahead of the arrival of your Vancouver movers so that they can start the moving process promptly.
  • Lock all windows, turn off lights and close all doors. To make sure nothing is left behind, just have a final tour of the house once your Vancouver movers have completed.
  • Sign the bill of inventory list and keep a copy of it with you before your Vancouver movers leave.

 

Need advice on planning your local or long distance move in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Delta, Maple 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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Moving Tips & Key Info for Moving to Greater Vancouver, BC

Greater Vancouver, also known as Metro Vancouver, is the metropolitan area with its major urban centre being the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. As a geographic region, Greater Vancouver is part of the Lower Mainland, one of British Columbia’s three main geospatial/cultural divisions, and overlaps with the Lower Fraser Valley.

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The 2006 Census estimated the population of Greater Vancouver at 2,116,581.

Economy & Employment

Greater Vancouver is defined as the Vancouver census metropolitan area (CMA), which contains 39 census subdivisions, including the city of Vancouver. It is Canada’s third-largest metro region, in population and economic activity. It has around 2.5 million residents and in 2014 produced goods and services valued at $119 billion – 58% of British Columbia’s real Gross Domestic Product.

Greater Vancouver’s real GDP per capita growth has outpaced the national average since 2005. Between 2010 and 2014, the metro region’s annual average real GDP per capita growth was 1.9%, 0.5 points above the national average of 1.4%. Real GDP surpassed 3% growth in four of the past five years.

The region’s recent economic success can be attributed to strong in-migration, an influx of businesses and private investment, and the growing importance of its role as Canada’s Pacific gateway to Asia.

But Greater Vancouver has a lot more going for it. Financial services, insurance, tourism and information technology are some of the sectors where the metro region has demonstrated its competitive advantage in relation to the rest of Canada.

Living & Things to Do

Vancouver and Greater Vancouver area have been named as one of the top five worldwide areas for liveability and quality of life.

Vancouver’s scenic location makes it a major tourist destination. Many visit to see the city’s gardens, Stanley Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, VanDusen Botanical Garden and the mountains, ocean, forest and parklands which surround the city. Every year over a million people pass through Vancouver on cruise ship vacations, often bound for Alaska.

However, Greater Vancouver area is the most stressed in terms of affordability of housing in Canada. Vancouver city has adopted various strategies to reduce housing costs, including cooperative housing, legalized secondary suites, increased density and smart growth.

Here’s more information about living in Vancouver, BC: http://www.metrovancouver.org

Here’s a quick video for you to learn more about visiting and living in Greater Vancouver, BC:

 

Need advice on planning your local or long distance move in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Delta, Maple 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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Key Facts and Tips for Moving to Kelowna BC

Kelowna is located next to Okanagan Lake in the Okanagan Valley, in the southern interior of British Columbia, Canada. Its population was estimated as 179,839 (2011 Census)

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Kelowna has borderline oceanic/humid continental climate with its coldest month having an average temperature slightly above −3.0 °C (26.6 °F); dry, hot and sunny summers, and cold, cloudy winters and four seasons.

Things to Do and Living.

Visitors come to the Kelowna area for going to wine touring and tasting locally produced food, to visit museums and galleries, and to take advantage of many outdoor recreation opportunities.

Kelowna is home to some great golf courses, scenic trails, and plenty of beach and water-based fun.

Here are some suggestions for things to do in Kelowna BC: http://www.tourismkelowna.com/do/


Economy & Employment.

Kelowna produces wines that have received international recognition. Vineyards are common around and south of the city where the climate is ideal for the many wineries. Kelowna is also the home of Sun-Rype, a popular manufacturer of fruit bars and juices.

The service industry employs the most people in Kelowna, being the largest city in the tourist-oriented Okanagan Valley. In summer, boating, golf, hiking and biking are popular, and in winter, both Alpine skiing and Nordic skiing are favourite activities at the nearby Big White and Silver Star ski resorts.

With its scenic lake views and a dry, mild climate, Kelowna has become one of the fastest growing cities in North America. However, Kelowna is the fourth least affordable housing market in Canada, currently maintaining the classification of “Severely Unaffordable”.

And here’s a quick video for you to learn more about living in Kelowna BC:

 

Need advice on planning your local or long distance move in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Delta, Maple 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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Tips and Key Facts for Moving to Abbotsford BC

Abbotsford is a city located in the Fraser Valley area of British Columbia, next to Greater Vancouver area.

 

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The population of Abbotsford is around 134,000 people, and it’s one of the largest municipalities of the Fraser Valley Regional District and the largest outside Greater Vancouver, with the third highest proportion of visible minorities among census metropolitan areas in Canada, after the Greater Toronto Area and the Greater Vancouver CMA.

Abbotsford has an oceanic climate, with the average annual temperature at 10.0 °C.

Things to Do

Abbotsford is the air and road gateway to many world class experiences that are available throughout the Mighty Fraser Country: downhill skiing, white water rafting, sturgeon fishing, hot-springs, camping, mountain-top hiking, waterslides, theme parks, scenic gardens. Here’s more information on living and things to do in Abbotsford BC: http://www.tourismabbotsford.ca/things-to-do

And here’s a quick video for you to get a bit more familiar with Abbotsford:

Economy & Employment.

Abbotsford’s major industries are: agriculture, transportation, manufacturing and retail. The city earns the highest dollar per acre of agricultural land in the country.

Around 62% of residents in Abbotsford work in the City of Abbotsford. Most of the remaining 38% commute to Mission, Chilliwack, Vancouver BC and its suburbs (primarily Surrey and Langley), and other areas of Greater Vancouver and Lower Mainland, BC.

 

Need advice on planning your local or long distance move in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Delta, Maple 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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Mistakes to Avoid when Self-Moving in Vancouver BC

When planning a self-move, to or from Vancouver, BC or elsewhere in Canada, you should be wary of making some of the most common self-moving mistakes.

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Time Estimation Mistakes

First of all, you may tend to underestimate the time your move will take. The whole process of packing and moving may take longer than you originally estimated, and require a bigger time commitment. Time management is most important here.

Safety Mistakes

When self-moving, disregarding some safety norms regarding packing, loading and transporting household goods could cause you trouble.

When moving heavy household items, you need to use proper equipment to protect the items and your home from damage. Making use of proper moving and lifting equipment will also protect you from any possible injuries. Don’t forget to make use of carpet protectors, furniture sliders, thick furniture blankets, moving straps, moving sliders, utility dollies and other essential packing and moving supplies for a safe self-move.

Renting a Moving Vehicle of a Wrong Size

Renting a moving truck of the appropriate size is a crucial task when self-moving. In fact, it’s considered to be indispensable for the ultimate success of your moving. Opt for a moving vehicle with larger capacity rather than being compelled to leave a couple of your household belongings behind.

Before making any decision on renting a moving truck for your Toronto self-move, its best to seek the advice of qualified experts at some reliable truck rental firms.

Packing Blunders

Do you think that packing your entire home is a child’s play? Well, when planning a self-move, one of the common mistakes people tend to make is assuming ourselves to be born with good packing skills.

Begin the packing process as early as possible. Reduce your household items to the bare minimum to save your time and money.

Also, you can try asking for the help from your family and friends, although you might want to consider hiring a reliable professional Vancouver moving company.

Prepare your master packing plan and stick to it. Ensure safety of your belongings by using proper packing materials.

Failing to Pack the Moving Day Essentials Kit

You must pack your toothbrushes, combs, keys and other vital things in the moving day survival kit for you and your family members.

Moving Despite Being Overtired

Self-moving is a strenuous and an arduous task. So, make sure to give yourself ample rest and time to avoid any health hazards and costly mistakes during a move.

 

Need advice on planning your local or long distance move in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Delta, Maple 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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