The process ofmoving in West Vancouver can be stressful enough, but when you add the emotional pain and stress of losing a loved one, it may seem unbearable. Trying to decide what to keep, or what to do with things you are willing to part with, can be a difficult task. As movers in West Vancouver, we are aware of these kinds of situations and would like to share the following tips with you.
Take your time before calling West Vancouver movers
The most important thing you can do in this situation is to take your time before sorting through your loved one’s possessions and calling up movers in West Vancouver. This process will not be easy, but it will become less painful after some time. Don’t feel the need to start going through your loved one’s belongings right away. Rather, wait a while and take the time to deal with your emotions.
Whatever you do, don’t ignore your emotions. According to theGrief Healing blog, “you will know when it is the right time to go through your loved one’s things.” Taking your time also includes only sorting through as much as you can handle in one day. Once you start, you shouldn’t feel pressured to get it all done immediately. Two hours here or there is plenty to deal with.
And if you feel like you need help sorting through your emotions, don’t be afraid to seek some help from afamilymember, close friend, or a professional.
Need to be clear out immediately? Try storage companies in West Vancouver
Sometimes there will be circumstances that force you to think about the process ofmoving in West Vancouver much sooner. For example, if your deceasedfamilymember was renting or if their house was recently sold.
This does not mean you need to start the process of going through their belongings sooner than you are ready to! Rather, this is a perfect opportunity to call up portable storage companies in Vancouver. By keeping all of your loved one’s possessions in a climate-controlled and secure environment, you can start going through things whenever you are ready. Portable storage in West Vancouver can even bebrought right to your home so you can sort through it in your own space, when you are ready.
Use tips from West Vancouver movers to sort through your loved one’s things:
1.First of all, buy moving boxes to help with your sorting. A simple decluttering tip that works wonders is to categorize your boxes with different labels to help through thesorting process. Always have one ‘to keep’ box, one ‘give away’ box, and one ‘throw away’ box. You may also want another box for items going to specific family members, rather than general donations. This will make the process more organized and easier to come back to wherever you left off, no matter how long ofa break you needed.
2.According to whatsyourgrief.com, you should consider how much space you have in your home. As much as you want to keep all ofa memorable collection of china plates from places all over the world, you may only have room for two or three. Same goes for pieces of furniture or other large items- you will have to accept you can’t keep it all. See our related articles:
3.For the things you don’t have room for but also don’t want to part with, take pictures to put in amemory album. This way, you will always be able to look back and appreciate those items.
4.According to grief expertGloria Horsley, it is a good idea to put papers in their own box to sort through later. Going through every paper as soon as you stumble upon it will take forever, and is something you can easily leave to the end.
5. If you need to, don’t feel bad about hiring for help.
When it is time to move, contact West Vancouver movers
Dealing with the death ofa loved one can be heartbreaking and unbearable, but just remember to take your time going through their belongings and reach out for support if needed. Movers in West Vancouver are ready to help you with your move no matter how difficult it is, so just give us a call when you are ready.
Vancouver business movers explain: howtopreserveyourSEOwhenmovingtoanewbusinesslocation
As Vancouver business movers who have dealt with moving offices and the like, we know that keeping your customers informed, and letting new customers find you, is extremely important whenmovingbusiness locations.
For this reason, we thought we’d give you some tips on howtopreserve, or even improve your local search engine optimization (SEO) after movingabusiness.
Update all your online listings whenmovingtoabusinesslocation
This is extremely important. It is a task that, in the midst of movingbusiness locations, you can forget to do. But it should be high on your priority list toensure that your search engine optimization stays in-tact when you do make the move and the dust settles down.
On this note, you will want to check and update your:
Google My Business listing (this has had different names in the past, but it is essentially what puts you ‘on the map’ for searchers looking for a localbusiness address)
Yahoo and Bing listings
Facebook page and LinkedIn company page address details
Dine Here, Urban Spoon, Zomato, etc. listings (if you’re a restaurant)
Trip Advisor listing (if you’re relevant to the tourism industry)
Angie’s List or Home Stars listing (if you provide home services)
Yellow Pages, Can Pages or other online phone directory listings
Other paid or free online directories you have been listed in by choice (boards of trade directories, government listings, association listings, etc.)
Hubspot has a list of more generic business directories you may want to check out here.
Be sure to correct and update your information on all these directories! If you haven’t verified or ‘claimed’ yourbusiness listings on the directories that offer this type of service, be sure you do so as well.
Also at this point, you may notice information that is outdated regarding the description of your company, owner bios, and so on. Take the time to write a goodbusiness description with great keywords (not overdoing it though). This may help you appear more relevant to search results for people who are looking for abusiness like yours. Also fill in photos, and as much as you can to enhance your profile.
And, if the directory offers a chance for customers to review yourbusiness, also take the time to ensure you are being represented properly online, and have responded to any negative reviews (if the directory allows you to do this).
See more info on this article from Search Engine Land:
However as you do all these efforts, don’t try to ‘cheat the system’ by trying to set up a brand newbusiness listing and shutting down and old one that may have had a different address associated with it. Try to clean up your online presence, but do so by getting great reviews from happy customers. This is something you should be doing all the time anyway. Encourage honest reviews from those whom you’ve served, preferably close to the time they’ve had their experience with yourbusiness. And keep in mind, systems like Yelp can hide reviews that seem coerced, fake or influenced.
As SEO expert Neil Patel explains, this part of your off-site optimization is critical. See his article at the link below:
Check your advertising material after you move yourbusiness
Sometimes your advertising material may contain your address or an old phone number. For example, your address may be in your Google Adwords, Facebook ads or a display ad online.
Be sure to go through these, as well as any data feeds that may be automatically populating your ads with contact information. For more information on what data feeds are and how they may be affecting yourbusiness info online, be sure to ask your Adwords expert or ad manager.
For example, you may have a data feed set up in Google Adwords that will deliver a city name next toyour product or service, if it is relevant toa user’s behaviour on your site. If one of yourbusiness locations is no longer active in that city, then you would want that part of your data feed corrected. For example, if it were our business, and let’s say we moved office locations, we would want an automated ad that said something like:
“Moving company North Vancouver”
To be changed to
“Moving company ________ “ (with the corrected city name)
This only would apply if you are using ads that contain this service, and if your ad manager has set up a data feed in this way.
Update your website’s contact page and info, and make it consistent with your online directories
This is a given, however, there is a part to this that you may not realize: consistency with the way yourbusiness name and address is displayed online
In the article above by Neil Patel, it is pointed out that using identical information across the web can save a search engine bot (not to mention your customers)a lot of confusion. He says this about the importance of “NAP”, which stands for Name, Address, Phone Number:
“In order for the local search engine or directory to validate the presence of your local business, it must make sure that every point of data aligns perfectly.
So, for example, if yourbusiness name is Charlie’s Killer Crepes, and you accidentally type Charlies’ Killer Crepes (a misplaced apostrophe) in yourcitation, then the directory might register yourbusiness inaccurately.”
This is also mentioned in other online articles about local search engine optimization.
For multi-location businesses, you’ll also want to see this article for more important information on how local SEO affects you slightly differently. When you havea lot of locations, it’s even harder to keep track of which ones have moved, closed down, etc. We recommend keeping all your online listings in a single account for each directory, if the service provides it (such as being able to list multiple Google My Business locations in one login, as with Yelp, and so on). This can make it easier to manage as time goes on.
In addition to this, we’ll mention a ‘techy’ note, that you may want to ask yourSEOtoimplement schema tags (or other meta data) to more accurately inform search bots of your address information. Then, if you really want to take things to the next level, you can look into geo-tagging for photos.
Change your e-mail signature even before you move yourbusinesslocation
Your e-mail signature is a place where people can easily click to reach your website, find your contact information, and so on.
It’s an easy way to add a note that says “hey! We’ve moved!” and to then list yournew address. You’ll want to do this as soon as possible, even as pre-warning toyour upcoming business office move.
Still use the traditional ways of telling people you’ve moved yourbusiness
In addition to the above, we still recommend that you tell people about yournew address. Before you move, you may want to put up signage on your door or windows announcing the move. Tell your customers via an e-newsletter. And when you arrive at yournewbusinesslocation, let the neighbourhood know that you’re new here, but not a totally newbusiness. And of course, update your print material, like yourbusiness cards
A few months ago the internet was all the rage about Americans searching on the topic of how tomovetoCanadaif Trump wins the U.S. election. But according to Justin Trudeau, the idea is not new. And, according to one comedian, the viable options of places tomove in Canada are probably limited for most Americans, who either don’t like the cold, or can’t speak French. Check out that video here for a good laugh. And let’s not forget, with Brexit in the mix, the Brits also seem towanttomovetoCanada.
But this article is not about moving internationally toCanada only ifyou’re not happy with your politicians (in a relatively peaceful country, we mean!). People movetoCanada for a variety of reasons. And as a moving company in Canada – one that has helped international movers in the past – we thought we’d give a bit of advice on the topic. It can be quite logistical!
We also wrote about some practical tips to help make the move emotionally easier:
While we will give some more logistical advice and tips here, be sure to also consult a legal professional on the topic ifyou are planning an immigration as a non-Canadian. And, before you start your move, get some good quotes and advice from international movers before you start shipping your belongings overseas. They’ll know how to help for your specific case.
Consider legalities of immigration before you call international movers in Canada
According to Wikihow, there are a variety of reasons a person can be revoked access tomovetoCanada. However, supposing you are qualified, and have applied for a particular visa that matches your case, you can follow their guide here.
The Canadian government also has a great (and probably more reliable) resource for both finding out ifyou would qualify tomoveto the country, and for the application process. They also have a section preparing you for life in Canada, which can be different from where you’ve lived before, even ifyou think it’s similar in culture and living standards.
The last thing you’d want is to get one small thing mixed up in your application process, or to not have your immigration processed correctly. Ifyou plan yourmove with an international moving company before sorting out these important details, you could end up with an expensive bill for nothing. And, not tomention, a lot of hassle and time without your belongings, which really can make life tough.
Consider how you will earn a living, and your cost of living in Canada
This is an important one. Ifyou’re reading this page, you may be considering tomovetoCanada as an expat with an existing job that will transfer youto an office in a Canadian city. Fair enough. Some companies may cover your costs of moving internationally too. But living in Canada can mean a shift in financial planning for your daily life too. And ifyou don’t already have a job, it’s important toknowwhat employers look for. For example, even as the comedian mentioned above notes, in some places, and for some jobs, not knowing French can be a setback for you.
This site has a great resource on matters to do with your finances ifyouwanttomovetoCanada:
Consider where you’re going to live when youmoveto a new country
Canada is a big country. The country does share a common ideological culture, with common federal laws that affect all Canadians (such as Health Canada Pharmacy healthcare). However, there are definitely idiosyncrasies that define regions in the country.
The most obviously defined province would be Quebec, which is a traditionally (and officially) french-speaking province.
But there are more things to consider when picking a city to live in within Canada, such as:
Cost of housing (it can vary a lot!)
Nearby universities or schooling programs
Weather (this is a big one for many!)
Access to travel points like airports
Transportation systems and costs (public transport, gas costs, car taxes and laws, etc.)
And so on.
This article on our blog may also help when considering moving to Vancouver:
But even worse, if a company goes bankrupt, or decides not to help you anymore, it will be up toyouto cover the cost of getting your things out of storage, or shipping them to your new home. This is real, and we’ve seen it happen before. See this article on our blog about the true story of international movers with this terrible experience:
Now, one way to avoid this risk is to not try to bring your current furniture and ‘big’ things with you. But that can pose sentimental problems, as well as cost considerations. Depending on the type of furniture you have, it may be cheaper to ship your furniture in a container than to sell and re-buy new furniture whenyou get toCanada. This one site for expats recommends not opting for shipping, especially ifyouwanttomoveto an inner-country city like Calgary for instance: you’ll need to pay extra to get your container from a port and onto a truck!
But in places like Vancouver, the port is nearby. And like we already said: sometimes parting with your belongings is not an option. And neither is putting them in a suitcase for a plane ride.
For those instances, we recommend reliable furniture moves with international moving companies that can help you with the logistics of the move.
In addition to the logistical planning of shipping household belongings internationally, you may wantto check out our typical packing tips to keep your items safe during the long ride toCanada. Here are just some of our articles on the topic, though we encourage youto search more on our blog!
It takes more than a dream tomovetoCanada! But it can certainly start with the the dream! Surely Canada has benefits for anyone who wants to live in the country. And after you land, you may quite enjoy the country and culture, and all it has to offer. But like any move, the process can be stressful. For such a large decision, be sure to plan carefully and well in advance.
Ifyou need help with your international movetoCanada, feel free tocontact us! We’d be happy to provide quotes and advice on your case.
As movers in North Vancouver, we love the coast just as much as anyone else here. This is why we think moving onto aboat is such a great idea! Of course, if you have the will for it! Whether you are retiring and fully moving onto aboat, or taking a couple years off from work and stashing your things in North Vancouver storage to go exploring, we can help you prepare for your move.
Before you even contact moving companies in North Vancouver, start downsizing
You will need to follow tips for downsizing just as if you were movingintoa smaller house. According to Visit My Harbour, getting rid of your stuff is the number one thing to do when moving from a house intoa 300 to 500 square foot boat. This also applies to appliances, as they can be quite heavy, and are not always necessary. So start early, and be ruthless! You usually need a lot less than you think.
Have a yard sale or talk to a local charity about donating prior to moving in North Vancouver
Especially if you are moving from a North Vancouver home after many years, you will most likely have many things to get rid of after downsizing. Before bringing anything in decent condition to the dump, try having a yard sale, orask local charities if they could use any of the things you have to offer. Donating your used belongings or donating the proceeds of your yard sale will not only help others in need, but it’s better for the environment and you don’t need to haul anything to the dump!
Check out storage companies in North Vancouver
You will have small quarters while living on aboat, so you will want to invest in North Vancouver self storage to keep the rest of your belongings safe. Even though you will be downsizing and getting rid of stuff, there will still be things you want to hang on to that might not fit on your boat. Since you will be looking into long-term North Vancouver storage, make sure you go with a company that ensures atemperature-controlled space to protect your belongings.
Check out these other blog posts about storage in Vancouver:
Prepare for your North Vancouver move by researching
Before moving from North Vancouver intoaboat, be sure to research about both the vessel you will be living in and the places you plan on travelling to. While you will adhere to the laws of your country when on international waters, once you come within 12 nautical miles of the shore of another country, you are subject to their law. Therefore, it is a good idea to research what applies to where you are going, especially if you will be travelling around a particular area or country for a while. If you are planning on staying in one place for an extended period of time, start researching marinas and docks to rent or buy well in advance.
Once you leave life on land behind, you can fully enjoy the simplicity and serenity of sea life. However, to make living on the water easy, it is important to do everything you can to prepare yourself and your belongings. By relying on storage companies in North Vancouver to take care of your belongings, and having movers in North Vancouver carry out your move, you and your belongings will be all set to sail off to sea.
Keep in mind some of these moving articles were published recently, and so the fact they made it to this list part way through the year is impressive! They may get more and more popular as we progress through our calendar in 2016. Share the ones you find most interesting!
In ascending order, ourmost popular articles for 2016 thus far are…
18. Black Bear Fears for North Vancouver, West Vancouver, or the Tri-cities?
In this article we delve into something most people probably don’t think about when picking a place to move in Metro Vancouver: the black bears! When you move more North, you’re more likely to run into these wild animals, especially in places you least expect, like your backyard or other local areas. If you have a phobia for black bears, or just want to avoid the dangers of animal sightings where you keep your household garbage, you may want to check this article out:
17. Moving large appliances: How to move a refrigerator
You think it’s simple, right? But it’s not! Refrigerators are not just giant boxes that magically keep things cold! They have working components – even ones that contain liquids – that need to be kept upright. Plus, they’re heavy, and you may want to take some precautionary steps when preparing to move a refrigerator. Our article explains this in more detail:
16. Moving Hacks: Lifehacks that Make Moving Easier
You’ve heard of lifehacks right? Well, we put together some ‘moving hacks’ for you to try. And, not only that, we thought of Vancouver moving families in particular! Like the consideration of labelling in pencil, so that ink doesn’t run if you move on a rainy Vancouver day. Neato, huh? Check out our other life hacks for moving here:
The words “scam” and “movers” seem to go together a lot in the media. But you know, it doesn’t have to be that way. Sometimes you just need to take some ordinary precautions, while also ensuring you’re using a reputable moving company. And, finding out if a moving company is reputable is not difficult to do. This article explains how to avoid being scammed on your next move:
14. 3 ideas for repurposing used moving pallets after you move in Vancouver
Pinterest and DIY-lovers will feel their creative juices running when they see this article (so share it with them!). And they will probably know about more what can be done with the ever versatile used wood from moving palettes. It seems topics that have the word “repurpose” in them can often run you a moving palette project. We put together three of those projects in this article on ourmoving blog. And hey, when you move, it’s always a good idea to reduce waste, right? So even if you’re new at repurposing or doing DIY projects, you can get started with these ones!
So you’re deciding whether to move, or you may be shopping for a home, but all of a sudden, the way the home is built is starting to matter. Because you realize, this could have an impact on the daily life you live, and the long-term durability of your home. So which is better, concrete or wood? Well, there are arguments to both sides of the debate, and in this article we go through them. We help you make your own choice, based on your priorities:
It’s pretty neat this one made our list, since it was published not too long ago. I guess it attests to the interest of humans far and wide to save a buck or two! And don’t we all love to save! Dollar stores these days carry some really interesting items. Often they have items you wouldn’t think of going to a dollar store to buy. In this article, we give you some tips on what to buy from the dollar store for your next home move:
Also a cool article to be on this list because it was published recently, and is already gaining traction for ourmoving blog. IKEA is obviously popular when it comes to value-priced home furnishings. But you know, IKEA’s product line goes much further than that. Sometimes you can walk through the IKEA marketplace and totally miss the fact that they sell things like inexpensive power tools, moving dollies and cardboard boxes, plus more. In this article we outline the IKEA knick knacks you’ll probably be able to use for moving. Plus there are perks of doing so at the ever-so-fun-to-visit giant big box store (like a good excuse for retail therapy!):
Surrey is a suburb of Metro Vancouver, and moving to Surrey is becoming quite popular as option for urban dwellers who want a more affordable, yet still-vibrant place to live. In this article we outline 3 of the best reasons to move to Surrey, B.C. And you’d be surprised, there are not only new developments and attractions for families, but also bylaws that affect the city which you may want to know about. Check them out in this article:
9. How to Prevent Silverfish: Tips for Vancouver Movers
Bugs are gross for many people, and you know what bugs we see often in Vancouver? Silverfish. Those wiggly creatures can be super annoying, and knowing how to prevent them before moving in Vancouver is an essential skill all Vancouverites should have! Even if your neighbours have them, you can try to prevent them, and we explain how in this article:
8. Overnight Moving Services: Top 6 Questions Renters Need To Ask Moving Companies Before Moving
Renting can come with a lot less headache than home ownership. But it can also come with unexpected surprises. Like confusing move-in and move-out dates. Sometimes, the way dates and leases work, you’ll need to plan for an overnight moving service. This is because if your existing lease ends on the last day of the month, but the new one starts on the 1st, you could have a moving truck full of stuff with nowhere to unload for an entire night! So, to prevent that, here are 6 questions you need to ask a moving company if you are a renter, and planning to hire professional movers:
We know there’s a TV show on this, and TV can sensationalize things a lot. But on the other hand, it can also bring to light some issues that we don’t often think of. If you know a hoarder, you’ll know by now that handling the need to move and get rid of stuff while doing so is not as easy as telling them to ‘pick up and go.’ Awareness of mental illness is at play here. In this article, we cover the signs of hoarding, as well as some tips on how to help a hoarder move:
6. Moving Music Studio Equipment, Relocating Instruments Safely
If you’re a musician, you know that taking care of your instrument is vital to maintaining its lifespan and making sure your creative expression sounds the best it can sound. Somoving music studio equipment from one location to another requires utmost attention to detail, including proper casing and humidity prevention. If you’re a musician, you’ll definitely want to show this article to any professional mover, or friends helping you move. This is because they may just not understand why it matters a lot that things are done a certain way when moving musical studio equipment or instruments. So share this link!
5. Tiny House in Metro Vancouver: Difficulties and Solutions
This article is a follow up on a more positive view of moving into a tiny house, which we wrote about here. But honestly, tiny house living can be hard. It looks awesome and cool if you want mobility and a minimalist lifestyle. But realistically you probably have a lot more stuff than can comfortably fit in a tiny home. And it doesn’t stop there! Having a tiny house in Vancouver means finding a legal place to park it, and also a way to hook yourself up to utilities. You’ll want to know what you’re getting into before you decide to build or buy a tiny house and live in it. We discuss these challenges in this article:
When you read this title, you may be thinking, ‘well that’s specific!’ And it is. But you know, these are the tricky things that come up when moving. And having an expert on hand is what can make the difference between a smooth move, and a rough one. It’s not always as simple as lift, carry and drop. Special items like safes need to be moved with care and awareness. And so it’s no wonder people like reading this particular moving advice on our blog:
Here is yet another specific one, and it comes in on the top 3! Pool tables are super sensitive. If you tamper with the table in any wrong way, it can become unleveled. That would make any pool game a totally not legit one. And thus, that would be a waste of a pool table, or an expensive and difficult thing to fix. If you have insurance, you need to be even more careful, because the way you handle the move of a pool table can affect any coverage you may be eligible for. Somoving a pool table requires some TLC (tender loving care). Read more about how to move a pool table here:
2. How to Move a Shed: Surrey Movers, Professional Moving Tips
If you really love your shed and don’t want to part with it instead of getting a new one at your new home, you’re going to want to know how to move it. And how to move the stuff inside of it (which we realize, are the not type of things that can be easily or cheaply replaced). This article gives you some detail on how to move a shed:
Our top read moving article: Moving from Vancouver to Victoria
Yes folks, this is the one that gets the most reads on ourmoving blog. People moving from Vancouver to Victoria apparently come around often. Hey, you may be one of them, or know some of them. It’s an enticing move in either direction – you can either escape city busy life to a nearby island (who gets to do that these days, really! right?) or you can make the move to urban-inity in Vancouver from Victoria. Either way, you’re most likely going to get to one shore or another by boat with all your belongings. So there are logistics to know beforehand. We outline them in this short, but sweet, article: