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How long does it take to pack a home? – Vancouver Moving and Packing Tips


Vancouver Moving and Packing Tips – this video explains how long it takes to pack a typical home and gives practical advise on how to set yourself up for packing success. Learn more about Ferguson Moving and Storage at This moving tips video will answer questions for your moving needs: Average days in advance to prepare for moving day. What to pack and what not to pack first. How many boxes to pack a typical kitchen. How many days to pack…etc.

Dealing with tools & heavy equipment when moving in Vancouver

Moving tools and heavy equipment in Vancouver

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 heavy equipment in a move.

Gather the necessary resources to move heavy equipment 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 move heavy equipment. 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 heavy tools where they need to go! Call us at 604-922-2212 or visit us online to get a quick quote!

5 Steps To Help You Pack For Your Vancouver Move

In the Vancouver summer, it is easy to procrastinate before a move. Who can blame you for not wanting to pack for your move a few months before your Vancouver moving company arrives? It is understandable that you still need to live in your house and use your stuff, but there are some genuine Vancouver Packing Tips to help you pack for your move while keeping your home livable.

Here are 5 steps to help you pack for your move far in advance of moving day.

1. Get moving boxes that are all the same size

It may seem like a good idea to bring home random shapes and sizes of moving boxes to fit your various sized items that need to be packed. It is actually better to get the same sized moving boxes for everything so that come moving day the boxes can be packed more easily into a moving van. It can take moving companies a lot longer to pack up mismatched boxes into a moving van and this can end up costing you more money, especially if you are paying your movers by the hour.  This may mean getting larger boxes, so you should still make sure that your boxes are easy to lift. You can do this by packing only a few heavy items in each box and surrounding it by lighter items.

2. Reduce the clutter before you begin to pack for your move

Consider that all of the things that you move to your new home will take up space in boxes and in the moving van and will take up time and energy to move. This should motivate you to get rid of the things that you don’t use BEFORE you move. A good rule to go by is if you haven’t used an item within the past year then you probably don’t need to hold onto it. This rule works for clothes, kids toys and broken things that you plan on fixing but haven’t gotten around to in the past decade (we’ve all been there). Don’t wait to get rid of clutter until the week before you change houses. You can start de-cluttering as soon as you decide to move since you won’t be needing those things anyway.

3. Pack non essential items first

Another task you can complete early on is to pack non-essential items first. Non essential items are things that you don’t use very often so you won’t be needing them until you move to your new place. You can pack picture frames, miscellaneous decorations and out of season clothing items that won’t be missed. Store the boxes in the garage or a spare bedroom so you can continue to live in your home without having to maneuver around moving boxes all over the house.

4. Pack for your move room by room and label the boxes

This may seem obvious, but it will make your job of packing and unpacking much simpler if you pack according to room. It can be overwhelming to try to pack the entire house at the same time, so just focus on one room at a time. You can set a goal to de-clutter and pack one room completely before moving on to the next room. After you complete each room you can take a well deserved break and reward yourself with a nice cup of tea or a special treat. Once you get into your new home you will be very thankful that you packed according to rooms because it will make your unpacking go so much easier. After going through the trouble of packing your moving boxes by separate rooms, don’t forget to label the boxes so the movers know where to put them in the new house!

5. Get all house members involved in packing for your move

Packing doesn’t have to be reserved for the adults in the house.  If you have kids they can help declutter and pack up their own rooms. When tackling corporate living areas like the kitchen and the living room, you can also work together with all the members of the household. Set house goals for packing and once you complete your goal for the day, do something fun with all of your helpers. This will make your packing experience less of a chore and more of a household bonding experience.

It’s easy to follow these 5 steps, so no more excuses! Get packing! If you start to pack for your move earlier, the stress leading up to the move should be reduced and your overall moving experience will be much smoother!

And as always, look to our moving checklist for a good overview and to keep everything accounted for both before and after your move.

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Vancouver Moving Rates & the Average Cost of Moving in Vancouver

What is the average cost of moving? Cost of Moving in Vancouver

Whether or not you chose to hire the genius businessman who thought of turning moving into business, you will no doubt incur unavoidable costs when relocating.  Many of these costs of moving in Vancouver are hidden, and probably not something you’re prepared for.  Not only that, trying to get the lowest price for moving services or products can in turn have you paying more in the end (i.e. think lousy boxes that shatter your wedding china and movers who chose to ‘throw’ instead of ‘pass’ furniture).

Here are actual moving costs you’ll be looking at when moving in Vancouver:

The moving truck, and the movers

If you hire unprofessional movers, they will charge based on either distance or hourly — plus hidden costs like stairs, travel and fuel surcharge.  There are horror stories of moving companies who offer cheap rates but treat your belongings like trash or, even worse, hijack everything until you pay a ransom to get them back.  That being said, go with a reputable company even if it means more money up front: get free binding estimates and check out their moving company reviews and credentials.

If you get friends to help, you not only have to pay for the rental truck, but you’ll need to consider how to repay the favour, be it as little as pizza on moving day or a thank you gift afterwards.

Special items

If you need to move pianos,  pool tables, and cars, that require special care or moving equipment, expect extra charges that can go up by the hundreds.  However, beware that the advantages of a professional mover handling the $6000 grand piano far exceeds the price for safety and peace of mind.


Your regular homeowner’s insurance may not cover moves, so you’ll have to purchase some — likely from the moving company you’re dealing with.  Always discuss the insurance policy with the moving company beforehand so there are no surprises.  Take pictures of your belongings, especially the valuables, before the move.  Print them and mail them to yourself to prove their former condition.  That’s an extra $10 or $20 for photos right there.

 Packing material

This is where the little odds and ends add up.  Professional moving boxes can cost around $2 each.  When you add furniture moving kits, padding, tape, and bubble wrap you’re looking at a couple hundred dollars.  If you don’t have a dolly you’ll need to rent or buy one.  Yes, you can improvise by using couch cushions as padding and hunting down apple boxes at the grocery store, but you may not find enough. Note* We recommend Frogbox Moving Boxes for the do it yourself.


Trucks guzzle up a lot of petroleum! The farther your move, the more you can expect your gas costs to be.  Not only that, you may be driving your own vehicles at least once, if not back and forth filled with smaller items.  Calculate your gas costs based on mileage, then add a few hundred to that number because you are likely under estimating.


Full days of tiresome moving, when pots and pans are in boxes and stoves aren’t installed means you’ll be eating out a lot.  Depending on the distance you’re going, take-out dinners could last days.  If you’re traveling across the country, factor in accommodation at hotels too.  This is definitely going to go over your monthly grocery bill.

All that and we haven’t even gotten to the part where you unpack and settle in! (Always helpful before you move is to check out our online packing videos for proper packing techniques.) The above pointers cover the costs of just the move.  Of course consider that before you leave your old home you’ll need to clean and make minor repairs.  At your new home you’ll find that you may not have the shelf space you had before, or that light bulbs are missing and drapes are non-existent.

Trips to home stores will add to your moving costs, so be sure to factor them in.  Truth be told, only you will be able to estimate your cost of moving based on your needs, family size and household items.  Use the above points as a guideline to research a reliable figure.

Keep in mind, we offer Free Binding Estimates so calling us is your first step to getting your move going smoothly. If you require moving or storage in Vancouver, count on Ferguson Moving: your professional Vancouver movers.








Ferguson Moving & Storage Movie Trailer

In response to a cbc marketplace segment about bad movers scamming clients, Lorne MacInnes President of Ferguson moving & storage put together a 5 minute presentation for his local bni networking group. The movie trailer was designed to get people as excited about moving properly and avoiding pitfalls so many fall into.


Most people hate moving and thats why so many mistakes get made. Lorne discusses moving can actually be enjoyable if you embrace the process. Surrounding yourself with a moving company that wants to make sure you are looked after before during and after your move.

5 Packing Tips For Moving Stress Free

Packing for a move is much more intimidating than packing for a holiday. It’s much more than clothing that needs to be packed. It’s your entire home. In addition, there are still items you need to use before you move. Items in the kitchen such as coffee pots, cups, plates, knives and forks. You not only need to pack, but you also need to time everything just right.

Every day we are told to reduce or minimize our footprint and live green. When you move, that is when most people realize how much stuff they have. Worse, most is stuff they don’t even want or use.

Packing Tips for Moving

1. Get the momentum going by starting to sort right away. Donate things you no longer need or want and throw away junk you don’t want to move.

2. Get the right amount of boxes. Ferguson Moving & Storage can assist you with knowing what boxes to get and the sizes that are needed.

3. Items you no longer want should be placed aside for the donation truck or junk truck. Keep them together in the garage or someplace dry but out of your way.

4. Start in the attic or storage area in your home first. These places will likely not hold anything you readily need and are great places to start sorting and purging.

5. Use the proper moving boxes with plenty of packing paper. The last thing you need is breakage because you went to light on the packing paper. If you’re intimidated by what to do, watch our short Youtube Packing Tips videos for assistance. Or talk with your Ferguson moving & storage representative for help.

Come move day, if you’ve packed and labeled really well, your move will be so much better. Especially at the destination residence you’re moving to because boxes will be moved to the correct rooms and you can unpack in whatever priority you desire.