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The Consumer Checklist for Choosing a Moving Company

Much of the stress that comes with moving to or from Vancouver, BC or elsewhere in Canada can be relieved by hiring the right Vancouver movers to do the job. When choosing a Vancouver moving company, it is wise to do some research before making a selection, and to ask your family and friends for the names of companies they recommend.

It is also useful to call organizations such as the Better Business Bureau for a list of suggested movers. You may want to find out if the mover is a member of an association of movers or a certified reputable mover program.

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The Consumer Checklist for Choosing a Moving Company

The Consumer Checklist for Choosing a Moving Company (hereafter the “Consumer Checklist”) and the associated Good Practice Guidelines for Canadian Movers were prepared by a multi-stakeholder working group consisting of government, business, and consumer group representatives and academics, under the leadership of the Office of Consumer Affairs, Industry Canada.

When Mr. R moved from Vancouver to Toronto, he contacted three major moving companies for estimates before choosing a mover and, as added protection, he bought extra insurance from the mover. The movers alone cost about $10 000.

When his belongings arrived, several rare, framed prints valued at about $50 000 were missing, so he immediately contacted the moving company’s head office.

Not only did the company accuse him of making a bogus insurance claim, because none of the packers recalled seeing the missing prints, but also added that it couldn’t be held accountable for the actions of the packers because they were independently contracted casual labourers and not full-time company employees.

Follow this checklist to help reduce the chance of this sort of problem happening to you.

Start with these questions:

  • Does the company know about and agree to abide by the terms of the Good Practice Guidelines for Canadian Movers?
  • Does the company provide you with a pamphlet that outlines customer and mover rights and responsibilities, as well as written material regarding mover liability for loss or damage, optional programs available, limitations on liability and additional costs associated with each level of liability?
  • Is the company insured? Ask them to provide you with the insurance company’s name and policy number.
  • Does the company have their own equipment, or will a sub-contractor or another company be providing the service? Which company? What is their record like? Get references.
  • Who will be providing services at the end of the move, such as unpacking, claims settlement, and storage? Is it the same as the original company, an affiliated van line, or someone else?
  • If your belongings will be left overnight in a moving van, will the van be kept in a secure facility? Be sure to use a company that uses vehicles designed for household goods moving and storage.
  • Whose storage facilities will be used – the company’s or a third party’s? It’s a good idea to visit and check out the company’s offices, storage facilities and vehicles before you move.
  • Does the mover have a Workers’ Compensation Board certificate? If not, you may end up paying for any employee injuries during the move.

 

Original source: Industry Canada

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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

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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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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.

Moving Large Furniture - 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.

 

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