If you’ve spent a lot of time on the home you live in, it’s likely you’ve spent money it. Whether it was for repairs, or simply to upgrade the home, we know there are costs to maintaining your dwelling. With big-ticket items, the home improvement investments are usually hard to take with you when you leave. You can only hope they will increase the value of your home when you sell. This goes for flooring, millwork or built-in kitchen cabinetry, and things of the like.
But did you know there are home improvement investments you can take with you when you move? You may have to clear it with the realtor and new homeowners first. Sure, you might sound like a cheap-o, but to be honest, if you’ve done a lot of interior design upgrades to get your home to match your taste, you could save a lot of money, and trouble, by bringing them with you. Calculating their costs could bring your receipts into the thousands. So it may be worth asking!
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Move door knobs, plus cabinet knobs and pulls with you
If you have fancy door knobs in the kitchen or bathroom, or on bedroom and closet doors, these can be easily unscrewed to take with you. Sometimes, getting the ‘look’ you want for your home means going ‘all out’ to get the hardware that matches your decor. However, these are by far a ‘cheap’ purchase. They can be costly, and they’re the type of item that ‘adds up.’ To save your investment in these upgrades, you can easily replace your current knobs with cheaper, but still fantastic-looking ones from IKEA or otherwise,. Then, take your fancy knobs and pulls with you when you move.
Carved or moulded doors can be part of your move
Doors are another purchase that can come cheap or expensive. On the high end, you have doors with carvings in them, and doors with millwork or moulding on them. Outside doors with glass windows are also worth a lot more than plain flat ones. Whether indoor or outdoor, you can unhinge your doors and – provided they are standard sizes that will fit in your new home – take them with you.
With kitchen cupboard doors, solid wood and ‘fancy’ ones can also be something you technically could take with you. However, these are often custom measured for your space. So before you start unscrewing those hinges in a hurry, check if they will fit in your new home.
Let the movers know that you want to take the doors, to save you less hassle. If they plan in advance, they can prepare the right tools, oils or WD-40 to unhinge them.
Ceiling fans you’ll want to move with you
For most cases, we’d leave it up to you to decide if you want to uninstall your ceiling fan and take it with you on moving day. It is a slight upgrade from some light fixtures alone. However, the type of fans you’ll want to move with you for sure are the bigger investments, such as smart fans. These are quite costly (compared to ‘regular’ fans), and something you’ll probably be asking yourself about the moment you find you’re moving!
Thermostats can be investments to keep
Some of you reading this may not know, but others will; thermostats can get fancy too. Well, maybe you all knew, since newer homes probably don’t come with the mercury thermostats anymore anyway. But we’re talking about the even fancier thermostats – smart thermostats. Here is a video that explains the types of thermostats, and how to install a smart thermostat.
Expensive light fixtures you can move to your new home, carefully
We wrote an article on how to move a chandelier. We recommend taking a look, especially if it was a larger home improvement investment you want to move with you:
The same principles apply to other specialty light fixtures you want to hang on to.
Granite, quartz, concrete, marble or other stone countertops to move, technically
If you can manage it – though it twill be very hard to detach, and may need professional work to re-fit in a new space – you can bring your stone countertop with you. We wrote an article on how to move heavy countertops here:
We know that moving a countertop will be a big deal. And since they can crack easily, you may not want to risk it, despite how much you feel you paid for them. Don’t forget, unless your new home owners are gutting your current place anyway, you’ll also have to put in a new countertop for them when they arrive on moving day.
Bathroom shower heads are easily detached for moving day
Most of the time, you can remove a shower head on moving day to take with you. Of course, put back the one that was there before you invested in the turbo jet or aerating shower head! Here is an article that explains the types of shower heads out there, so you can tell if your is worth keeping.
Now, if your shower head looks like some of the luxury ones shown in this article, you’ll definitely want to find out how to uninstall and take it with you! Or make sure the realtor puts it in the value of the home!
LED lights – should you take them with you on moving day?
Nowadays, LED lights are fairly standard and are coming down in price. However, sometimes, when you first replace all your old bulbs with LED ones, the investment can be large. A few years ago, they were definitely the kind of thing you would unscrew and take with you whenever you moved from one place to another. Nowadays, we’ll let you make that judgement call – you’ll know how much they’re worth. Just don’t forget them, they can be so inconspicuous!
Appliances are easy to move from one home to another, if you follow the pro tips
If you feel you’ve invested a lot into high-grade appliances you hoped you’d have a lifetime, don’t worry, you can move them. The only hard part will be making sure the new home buyers know that they don’t come with the house. They should know this as early as possible, especially if they thought they were getting the ‘ultra 3000’ version of appliances with the home price.
See these articles on our site about how to move common appliances, as they have to be moved with professional tips in mind:
To conclude: save money by packing your home improvement investments in the moving truck
As we’ve seen above, there are several items you can consider packing into the moving truck, which many might forget about. It may seem like tradition is to leave these home improvement investments for the new dwellers; but that doesn’t have to be the case (especially if you do the work of replacing your fixtures before moving). You bought them for high quality, so there isn’t a reason to give them up, if you don’t want to. Now, if your new place has even nicer fixtures…well…! Let that be your decision!
In our last article on this topic, we wrote about options and costs of moving into a houseboat or float home in B.C.
But, it’s important to also know the risks of such a move. There can be some unpredictability when moving into a houseboat or floating home. One could argue this is the case even when moving into a home on land. But it’s best to go into this decision with your eyes wide open – knowing what to expect. This is because the dangers of moving onto a water slip can be different than that of land, and not all newcomers to floating home life will be aware of these. Knowledge can keep you prepared for safety too!
Ready for moving day? Did you forget about how to move the lawn mower? Our coquitlam movers will help you deal with this beast, by giving tips below!
It may be common to focus on the ‘inside’ stuff while packing for your move. But don’t forget, all the tools and forgotten junk in your shed also needs to go, to make way for the new inhabitants of the home you’re leaving.
If you have a yard to maintain on your current home, and will have one in your next home, you’ll probably want to bring the lawn mower with you. No need to waste that investment!
But hang on: you don’t want a stinky, dirty, gas-filled, spark-ready lawn mower packed up next to your clean couch, and rolling around in the moving truck. Yikes! So, follow these tips below to move your lawn mower like a pro mover (or to prep for the pro movers when they arrive!).
Before you move a lawn mower, empty its gas and unplug its flame-inducing parts
Professional movers will not take gasoline in their moving truck. No matter how much you beg, and no matter how small it may seem. It’s a safety hazard, and so, it’s a no-go. If you want your lawn mower to go in that moving truck, you’ll need to empty the gas. And, unplug the spark plug, so no fires happen in the moving truck, please.
So what do you with all that gas you paid top dollar for? You can either use it up by mowing your lawn before moving day. Or you can put it in a fancy made-for-gas container (you know the ones with the spout, and the twist seal, with the handle). You can put it in your own car to take on a short-distance move. Or, you can dispose of it according to your local city bylaw regulations.
But please…don’t just leave gas in a bucket in your hard…especially not in dry, hot summer.
Of course, if your lawn mower does not use gas, you can skip this step.
If your lawn mower is electric, be sure to read your product manual (or google it online), to find out if there are safety precautions to take before transporting it.
Clean your lawn mower before moving, and do some maintenance on it while you’re at it
Your lawn mower is probably full of dirt and grass in places you didn’t think dirt and grass could exist. Ok, maybe you did think it. Either way, you don’t want to end up with grass stains on your stuff, while it’s all crammed in a moving truck. So it’s time for clean up.
If your lawn mower has a bag attachment to collect grass clippings, give that a good ol’ shake-out. Then, hose it down. Or, if you have one of those pressure washers that can turbo-speed soapy water on things, maybe try that. We take no liability for the effects of this trick though.
For the rest of the lawn mower parts, the general consensus on the Internet is to give it a good brushing and a hose-down with a strong pressure hose attachment.
What to do with all the guck that comes out? Maybe compost? Check out our article on how to move a compost here.
While you’re making your lawn mower clean as new, you can also get on some maintenance, to keep it alive and well for your new life at your new home. Angie’s list has a blog post on how to do this:
Find a safe solution for lawn mower blades before you pack them for moving
If you’re lazy, and you want to duck tape your lawn mower blades before moving, or if you want to detach them and carefully bubble wrap them, either way, you need a solution for this.
If you’re not comfortable handling the blades of your lawn mower, be sure to ask your moving company if they can include this in their service when they give you a moving quote. As before moving day! If this ends up costing extra, don’t be surprised. And, if they say no, also don’t be surprised. Movers need to be protected by insurance for injuries, such as by WorkSafeBC. So generally, they shouldn’t be going outside the scope of ‘normal’ when it comes to moving hazards.
But no, open, exposed and dangerously sharp objects can’t just be piled into a moving truck. And you wouldn’t want them banging around loosely in a box either.
If your blades are dull and need replacing or sharpening, maybe now is a good time to do that. Again – safely! See if a metal pick-up company will come get them for you. Though, they’d probably want the trip to be more worth their while, so collect other scrap metal for them too. If you hire a junk removal company before moving day, ask in advance if they can handle the mower blades (some may even help you disassemble them).
If you take blades with you, label your box, so that people know there are sharp items in there. Cardboard is not recommended here, as it can rip easily. Try plastic.
Stop the wheels from rolling around in the moving truck
You don’t want the lawn mower rolling in the truck. Remember – it’s got wheels! Find a way to stop the wheels from rolling. You can do this by packing heavy items in front, and behind the mower. Or you can use a wheel stopper.
Remember: not all lawn mowers are created equal, even when it comes to moving them
Lawn mowers may or may not be worth the move, depending how big of a move you’re making, or the value of your lawn mower. And sometimes, the tips we’ve mentioned above may not apply, depending on the lawn mower you are moving. If you have a ride-on lawn mower, for example, then you’ll need a ramp, or some other method to tow it to your new destination (on a short-distance move).
The other ‘treatment’ you can give your lawn mower before moving is to sell it with classified listings. Then, buy another one when you arrive at your new destination.
When you have large appliances you’ve invested in, you may be taking them with you on your next move. This is more likely with deep freezers as they can be an addition to a home that a family purchased out of need. However, moving large appliances can come with nuances you need to be aware of. They are not as simple as moving boxy furniture. This is because there are inner working parts inside the ‘box’ of the appliance that need to be handled carefully.
Step one: have a safe plan for the food you will be removing from the deep freezer
This is obvious, but keep in mind that when you remove food from a deep freezer, you’ll need an action plan of what you’re going to do with it. In our article on how to pack kitchen food, we gave some tips, and discussed eating as much of your food as possible before moving day.
You can’t move a freezer with food in it. And, freezer food doesn’t have shelf life, of course. So this is going to be a bit tricky. If you are doing a short distance move, you can likely get away with buying coolers, filling them with ice or ice packs, and driving them to your new home yourself. If you can get dry ice, that may last longer. But be careful when handling dry ice!
Movers won’t move food, so don’t expect them to take care of this process.
You also probably don’t want to defrost food in a freezer and then refreeze it, as that can result in freezer burn. Not only that, there are food safety considerations at play when you defrost meats or contaminated foods. You don’t want to end up with food poisoning as a result of leaving your foods out of frozen temperatures too long. Listeria can be found in frozen foods, so this is a real concern.
Some foods are expensive, and if you have a deep freezer full of hunted game meat, or any meat for that matter, you may not want to throw it away as a result of having to move. So this is something you’ll want to plan for in advance.
Step two: unplug, defrost and clean the deep freezer before moving day
Before you move a deep freezer, you’ll want to make sure it is thawed out. Unplug it to get ready for this process. Of course, it will have to remain unplugged when the movers arrive, or when you want to load it up on a moving truck.
How long does it take to defrost a freezer? The internet will give you different advice on this; 6 hours, 8 hours, 12 hours, 24 hours…. We recommend checking the manufacturer’s website, and if you can, read up on the model you bought. Many modern freezers are frost free, but still need to thaw. If you have a freezer with frost around its sides, you might need to do some chipping away at it to help the defrost process…and to prevent a water spill after a few hours!
It’s a good idea to clean out the deep freezer too. You won’t want melted ice causing surprise water spills during the move. You also don’t want to bring bacteria along the way, which will love the warmer climate once the freezer is defrosted and unplugged. So wipe it down thoroughly. You can give it another clean when you get to your new home. This is a good opportunity to take care of this ‘spring cleaning’ chore.
Step three: tie it up and pad it
When moving a deep freezer, you want to keep it safe from damage. Find a way to tie the door down so it doesn’t swing open during the move (especially if it’s on its side – see below). Also, cover with blankets or some badding to prevent scratches, or worse, dents and holes. You’ll want to pack it in a moving truck in a way that it won’t move around too much, avoiding bangs and knocks on the way to your new home.
Step four: when moving a freezer, keep it upright if you can
Keeping a freezer or fridge upright while moving it is usually always recommended. This is because there are liquids pertinent to the operation of the deep freezer that need to stay in place to keep it working.
GE’s website says if you can’t keep it upright, “lay it down on the compressor side of the unit.”
If you move the freezer on its side, make sure it stands upright for a period of time before you plug it in again. How long? Again, best to consult your manual, or call the manufacturer, as different advice exists on this online. One common rule of thumb is to leave it upright for the same amount of time it has been on its side. This is what the GE website says (link above). Others will say 24 hours.
To conclude: call professionals if you need help!
Damaging your deep freezer during a move can be an unnecessary financial loss: even if your deep freezer wasn’t that expensive. Still, why waste money? Professional movers are careful and know what they’re doing when moving a freezer. They also offer insurance to protect your items from damage on moving day.
If you need help moving a deep freezer, give us a call! We offer no-obligation, free in-home estimates for families moving house.
Finding a good moving truck for your Vancouver move
When you are moving in Vancouver, the top of your checklist for moving will no doubt be to find the best moving truck. Here we will help you find out exactly what to look for when finding a truck for moving.
Inquire about the maintenance and durability of the moving truck
Your main concern of moving is most likely making sure your things actually reach your destination, which is why a well-maintained moving truck is essential to your move. The last thing you want is for your truck full of belongings to break down halfway to your destination. So, don’t be afraid to ask for recent inspection information! Make sure you choose a Vancouver moving company that takes pride in supplying durable, top-of-the-line trucks, and guarantees well-maintained moving trucks.
Make sure the truck is clean for your Vancouver moving journey
The interior condition of your moving truck can make all the difference in your Vancouver move. A clean truck will protect your furniture and other possessions from dirt, dust, and debris, which can all be very damaging if they get on the wrong surface.
You also want to make sure the truck is dry. Especially in the already damp climate of Vancouver, you don’t want your belongings to be exposed to any moisture that could be avoided. A quick check and clean-up can make all the difference!
Ensure the best experience when moving in Vancouver by avoiding damage
Along with the cleanliness of your moving truck, it is important to go with a moving company that will help keep your things from getting damaged while in the truck. Professional movers are experts in knowing what materials to use in order to keep your things safe, as well as how to pack the truck in the best way.
Moving blankets will keep your furniture in pristine condition, and packing glass and fragile items in smaller boxes for moving with plenty of padding will keep them from getting crushed.
It is also a good idea to buy moving boxes that specifically protect paintings and photographs, to preserve these delicate items. When packing your truck, make sure heavier items stay on the bottom, and the heaviest items and appliances go in first.
For advice on packing when moving, check out these articles on our blog:
Pay attention to moving company licenses and insurance when looking for a moving truck
When it comes to drivers’ licenses for operating moving trucks, they vary from province to province. In B.C., the largest moving truck you will be able to rent from common moving truck rental companies with your regular class 5 license is a 26-foot truck. Any larger than that, and you will need a Commercial Drivers License.
Therefore, larger moves requiring an oversized vehicle are best in the hands of professional Vancouver movers, especially for long-haul moves. Professional movers are specially trained to take care of your belongings in the safest, most efficient way possible, so you can trust them with any size move.
So be sure to ask about moving truck licenses, and while you’re at it, don’t forget about insurance! Double-check to be clear on what your homeowner’s insurance covers during a move. According to the Good Practice Guidelines for Canadian Movers, a moving company should also inform customers of any liabilities associated with the move. Make sure to keep a written policy from the moving company on hand in case you need to refer to it later on.
Consider the value of paying Vancouver movers vs renting a moving truck
Apart from the moving truck itself, it’s also good to consider paying movers instead of renting a truck for moving yourself. For starters, professional movers in Vancouver will know exactly what size truck you need. It’s no fun to start packing up a moving truck and realize that half your belongings will still be sitting on your driveway when the truck is full.
Moving experts will be able to accurately estimate the necessary truck size and number of movers required. In addition, Vancouver movers will use the best equipment, which may not always be easy to access for a DIY move. Moving companies in Vancouver will properly use things like dollies, floor runners, and furniture covers to make your move go as smoothly and safely as possible.
A good moving truck and moving company will make all the difference when moving in Vancouver. So, do your research, and enjoy a trouble-free move!
Your garage, shed, or shop might be a place that you’d write off as being easy to move. It might already act like a ‘storage space’ with things in tote bins or packed away in boxes. However, it is important to consider a strategy for moving any motorized equipment, or tools that are sharp, heavy, and oddly shaped.
If your moving day is a rainy one (Vancouver, remember?), you’ll of course want to take extra care since metals are prone to rusting. Whether you’ve got a single table saw or a cabinet of tools to move, here are some tips to deal with your tools and heavyequipment in a move.
Gather the necessary resources to moveheavyequipment safely
We’ve already mentioned the tools and equipment required to move a shed, so it’s no surprise that you may need additional equipment to move your tools. Depending on your situation, you may have to move an anvil, a steel workbench, a jointer, etc– these things are extremely heavy! (Almost as heavy as moving a piano!)
In some cases, your local moving company likely has the resources to moveheavyequipment. Things like jacks, a dolly, and wide canvas straps are commonly needed to transport heavy objects– so don’t be shy to ask your Vancouver moving company for help! Otherwise, listings on Vancouver Craigslist or Kijiji might have the above, as well as carts, ropes, large bins, etc.
Identify potential hazards with your local movers
Some equipment might have its own precautions that you should make your moving team aware of. For example, safety covers on a saw blade need to be securely fastened into place. Also, power cords need to be tightly bound (plastic fasteners will do) to avoid breaking and being a tripping hazard when carried. Any sharp edges, whether it be the blade of a hand saw or a shovel, should be facing downward in transit to minimize damage of nearby things.
Organize your tools and equipment before moving day so your movers can easily see what precautions to take– it’ll make for a safer and efficient move.
Turn old tools into a profit!
Moving can be a perfect opportunity to get rid of stuff you don’t need. Some tools have specific uses that you might have only needed once. Help alleviate the costs of moving and list tools that are collecting dust on both Vancouver Craigslist and Kijiji.
Some bigger ticket items might be able to be sold at a Vancouver auction. We’ve previously written about auctioning furniture, so it might be a good place to start if you have never been involved in one.
Hire a moving company in the Lower Mainland to help with the heavy lifting!
We are a local moving company that is eager to help you move anything, anywhere. Our trained team of movers has the necessary equipment and resources to get you and your heavytools where they need to go! Call us at 604-922-2212 or visit us online to get a quick quote!