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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.

 

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.

First Days in Your New Home - BC Movers

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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