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Random Acts Of Kindness

May 3rd, 2012

Like most people I have a daily ritual. My daily ritual before hitting the streets with deliveries and pickups consists of visiting the neighbourhood Starbucks or Tim Hortons for my cup of java. This one day while exercising this ritual
something happened to me, something completely random and unexpected.

A fellow which had done some renovations on my house earlier that year had noticed me in the drive through lineup behind him. I never noticed him until later. When I got up to the window to pay for my coffee the cashier smilingly
mentioned that the car in front of me had already payed for it.

I was at first surprised and yes even a little suspicious, I mean who does things like this. Â At first It made me reflect on how we get so involved with our own lives that we lose considerations of those around us.

In the end, this small token of kindness made my entire day. It was such a great feeling to receive an unexpected gift.
I remember mentioning it in conversations throughout the day.

Iâ..ve always wanted to own and run the kind of business that didn’t do things traditionally. The kind of business that was reputation based and referral driven. That’s when I decided to add a new twist to my daily ritual and incorporate
acts of kindness into my daily advertising and awareness campaign.

So if you happen to find yourself in a drive through behind one of our delivery vans don’t be surprised if your coffee is on us.

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Langley Spring Home Expo 2012

April 26th, 2012

The 2012 Langley Spring Home Expo

Admission is free to the 11th annual Langley Spring Home Show this April 27-29. The show will feature more than 150 exhibitors as well as home improvement seminars.

Come out and visit us we are at booth #68.

The George Preston Recreation Centre, 20699-42nd Ave Langley

Friday April 27th 5-9PM

Saturday April 28th 930AM-530PM

Sunday April 29th 10AM-4PM

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Kerrisdale Spring Home Show 2012

April 26th, 2012

The Kerrisdale Spring Home Show 2012

Admission is free to the Kerrisdale Spring Home Show this April 27-29. The show will feature more than 150 exhibitors as well as home improvement seminars.

Come outand visit us we are at booth #38

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Kerrisdale Ice Arena – 5670 East Boulevard, Vancouver

Friday April 27th, 5-9PM

Saturday April 28th, 930AM-530PM

Sunday April 29th, 11AM-5PM

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Tri-City Spring Home Expo 2012

April 10th, 2012

Tri-City Spring Home Expo 2012

Admission is free to the Evergreen, Tri-City Spring Home Expo this April 13-15 at the Port Moody Arena. The show will feature more than 180 exhibitors as well as home improvement and design seminars.

Come out and visit us we are at booth #65, free to the public.

Tri-City Spring Home Expo 2012

Apr 13-15, 2012
Port Moody Arena 300 Ioco Road, Port Moody BC

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Vancouver Moving Companies Responding To Moving Crate Demand

February 1st, 2012

If you are a Vancouver or Fraser Valley Mover you have probably moved a number of clients which have packed their belongings into Reusable Moving Crates. Let me first apologize as some of these were probably heavy and overpacked by some of our mutual clients.

The reality is that Reusable Moving Crates are here to stay. As popularity for this Eco-Friendly, convenient alternative to using cardboard boxes continues to grow so do consumers asking and choosing to go with Moving Companies which offer this service.

There is an identified and growing legion of clients which have used our service and have sworn to never return to cardboard boxes. Most have probably told their friends and co-workers about how easy their move went. In short,
the market is identified and growing.

In order to stay competitive, you have considered taking steps in greening your Moving business from fuel efficient trucks to Moving Crates. Eco-Friendly packaging alternatives is a movement which is already in full swing in the Southern United States.

As an owner of a Moving Company you may have considered stocking your own inventory of plastic totes and crates and wade into the Crate Provider Business. Not to be preachy but here are a few things you may want to consider before jumping in;

If you are a moving company considering wading in on the reusable moving crate market here are a few points to consider:

START UP COST

You will need to identify your start up cost which may be more than you expected. You will need to stock a minimum of 1500 crates and accompanying products to be able to reliably service potential demand. If you are considering
approaching and applying your moving crates towards commercial contracts that number should x 3.

LABOUR COST / TIME

Multiple points of customer contact, delivery, the move day, and subsequent pick up, requires a dedicated
delivery and logistics strategy. Upon return the inventory needs to be inspected for damage and
thoroughly cleaned before put back into circulation.

WAREHOUSING

Do you have sufficient square footage to properly store and maintain your inventory. If not have you identified the further associated warehousing cost.

PRODUCT CHOICE

Not all moving crates are created equal. The right crate is the cornerstone of your business. A moving crate made of
sufficiently pliable composites to offset cold weather use breakage potential. A crate strong enough to garner sufficient churn rate to yield profitability prior to replacement. (between $19-25.00 per unit).

THE PITCH

Rather than deal with the potential headaches, risk and start up costs a growing number of Moving Companies having
identified the demand have teamed up with Moving Crate Providers and offered links to offer the service.

This allows the Moving company to deal with the moving aspect while still servicing the demand and securing potential lost business from a client looking for Moving Crates. The analogy is simple, it takes a plumber and an electrician to build a house. You wouldn’t expect one to reliably take on the others trade.

If you are a progressive, established and reputable Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley Moving Company we would love to work with you. For your next residential or commercial move remember to think outside the cardboard box and rent reusable moving crates from It’s Your Move.

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Cardboard boxes are good for delivering pizza, not for moving!

December 28th, 2011

If you are planning an upcoming residential or commercial Move cardboard boxes may no longer be your best option. Not convinced, here are a few points to consider; be aware of how box quality, size and loads will affect your move. Boxes come in all shapes, strengths and sizes. The stronger the box, the greater the protection for its contents. Professional movers use boxes that are at least 32 ECT (200 lb test) in strength. These ratings are standard from the box industry, and help insure that your household products will arrive safely. Weaker boxes will crush under load.

There are some retailers which sell much weaker boxes calling them moving boxes. Beware such boxes are designed for light-weight usage and should not be considered for moving.

All boxes have a certificate seal printed on the bottom flap by the manufacturer certifying the boxes strength. Industry standard are as mentioned above. Larger boxes like wardrobes or kitchen dish pack boxes should have a higher rating.

Just because a box is large, doesn’t mean it can carry a lot of weight. Make sure to check box strength before you make a
purchase to ensure that they are adequate for your needs.

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Winners – 2011 Environment & Business Achievement Award

September 16th, 2011

It’s Your Move is honored to be chosen as the Winner of the 2011 Surrey Board of Trade – Environment and Business Achievement Award.

We are proud to be be one of the first companies of its kind in North America which has promoted the concept of ‘Boxless Moving’ and encouraged the development of like ventures across North America and aboard. Collectively we are changing consumer behaviour, reducing waste and promoting sustainability simply by changing how Canadian’s move.

We want to express our sincere appreciation to our customers for helping us reach this achievement.

Thank you,

Carrie
Dhensaw


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Free Cardboard Boxes are becoming extinct in Vancouver

June 28th, 2011

An often overlooked expense when it comes time to moving is boxes. You are going to need boxes, lots of boxes to move your items with. Many fail to overlook the hidden or unexpected expenses of moving, the biggest of which being moving supplies. The need for boxes usually goes something like this;

THE GREAT BOX HUNT

The cheapest way to obtain moving boxes is to scavenge them from local merchants. Liquor stores, copy centers, and grocery stores. The scavenging should be started early in the moving process to ensure you have sufficient boxes come packing time. Ultimately boxes which will unnecessarily clutter your living space for weeks prior to their being needed.

Let us save you some time, most retailers recycle all packaging products on a per weight basis for reimbursement. Unfortunately, the hallmark of a scavenged box move is often a hodgepodge of different-sized boxes often without lids.

You will often find a stack of broken-down (folded up) boxes near dumpsters. Were you really considering placing your valuables into a box that came from a dumpster?

One of the more annoying aspects of scavenged boxes is the messy and time consuming process of assembling them, reinforcing them and most likely throwing out unsuitable boxes. Boxes for moving should be clean and sturdy. Those that are ripped or starting to come apart will only get worse during the course of the move.

To give you an idea we did the research for you:

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Choosing A Self-Storage Facility in Vancouver

June 10th, 2011

Self-storage facilities – you can find them at almost every highway exit but you should know that not all storage facilities are created equal.

There are a host of reasons why people need a storage facility; seasonal storage, home based business inventory, moving, or possession date conflicts. Finding the right storage facility to fit your needs can be challenging.

Here are some pointers on asking the right questions and taking the time to make the right choice for your storage needs. If you forget all else remember to never book a unit without visiting the site first.

VISIT THE LOCATION – IS THE FACILITY WELL CARED FOR

Are the grounds well cared for, is the facility clean and well maintained. Is the building dry and free of mildew. The physical condition of the storage building should be an indicator of how well run the establishment is.

Look for old damage, burnt and unchanged lights, overflowing garbage cans as well as the condition of the washrooms. Don’t be scared off by Rodent bait boxes as this may be a positive indicator of the facility proactively dealing with potential rodents or pests.

Double check that the facility prohibits the storage of food goods, perishables, as well as flammable and other chemicals. Are smoke detectors, fire alarms, extinguishers and sprinklers in place.

SECURITY

Personal security, do you feel safe while at the unit. Does the facility provide you with a safe environment to work in especially when you may be alone or present after hours.

Does your individual unit have lighting inside. Are fences surrounding the facility intact and in good condition. Are there motion sensor activated lights, panic alarms and landlines for immediate assistance. Check to see if you receive cell coverage while in your unit.

Physical security, there should be Key coded access cards or security code panels to ensure that only employees or other customers have access to the facility.

There should be cameras mounted throughout the facility and preferably monitored by on scene staff. Best case scenario 24 hr security conducting patrols and monitoring the cameras.

Make sure that the facility you are considering has an alarm system in place for the facility and your individual unit. A cement wall unit will offer additional security from fire and intrusion. Ensure that the wall is floor to ceiling. Walls made of sheet metal or wallboard can be easily cut through.

with exterior access offer immediate convenience but are not always the best security. Storage spaces within a building add to security, especially if they are electronically monitored.

INSURANCE

Is insurance provided? Few self-storage facilities include insurance in the rental fee. If you choose to select insurance through the facility keep in mind that the usually offered basic insurance may not sufficiently cover your contents. Better to check with your insurance agent to see if your existing policy covers your goods while kept in storage.

If your homeowner policy does not carry over you may want to get a few quotes on renters insurance. This insurance is relatively cheap and ensures that you are properly covered should anything happen. In preparing for your insurance you may wish to photograph or catalogue the items you are placing in the storage unit.

HIDDEN COSTS-CONTRACTS

Read all documentation closely. Double-check costs, fees, conditions and terms of the agreement. Ask what insurance options are available for damage and theft.

Since your storage needs are not permanent pay particular attention to the cancellation requirements. Are you expected to buy their own locks at minibar prices. Are there fees for additional heating requirements in winter Months or for use of the loading bays, loading dollies and equipment.

CONVENIENCE, AMENITIES AND SERVICE

Access, most facilities offer fairly regular hours while others provide the convenience of 24/7. These may been a bit pricier but if you keep odd hours or need to access your unit at off hours it may be worth the added cost.

Climate control, most newer central facilities provide this feature. If you are storing antiques, artwork or important documents, humidity and climate control should be considered.

Use of equipment, a reputable facility should offer the free use of hand trucks, carts and dollies to help you get your items to storage. Some facilities even offer the use of a moving truck, free of charge.

Make sure your delivery vehicle can comfortably park, load and unload at the storage building. Consider whether you need to accommodate a large moving truck, a rental truck, or your own vehicle. Are the loading areas covered and within a gated area of the facility.

Is the facility properly staffed. Are your questions sufficiently answered and addressed in a timely manner. The staff should be professional and knowledgeable. Is the billing and processing modern and efficient.

IS IT GREEN?

Does the storage facility promote sustainability, are there recycling initiatives and collection centers in place. Does the facility promote the rental of reusable moving crates and bins and eco-friendly packing alternatives.

BBB

Check the reputation of the facility the Better Business Bureau maintains records of filed complaints, and your local chamber of commerce can give references.

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Vancouver Realtors making green by thinking green

May 9th, 2011

As the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley Home Sales slowed last season potential buyers and sellers began to take a closer look at what services realtors offered their clients. As a home buyer / seller having had both positive and negative experiences I can appreciate first hand how the little considerations, services and attention to detail influenced the overall process.

To name a few, some realtors vying for listings commonly offered hockey tickets, balloon rides, or even a barbque. I found a few realtors who even offered free moving boxes as part of their listing service, this got us thinking.

As the Owner of It’s Your Move, I realized a common thread which our businesses shared was the significance of client referrals. It’s Your Move has had the pleasure of establishing partnerships with Progressive realtors such as Julie Tidiman who was eager to green her business and offer her clients a unique and relevant gift.

“I support green moving alternatives in the tri-cities, specifically with one excellent local company: It’s Your Move.

What could be easier than ordering sturdy, stackable crates (which are made of recycled materials),
using them for your move and then phoning for pick-up? It’s a great green alternative, it’s affordable
and it helps ensure a smooth move”.

“I believe in this service so much that when you buy or sell a home through me, I will pay for your green moving alternative. Please call me for more information, and I encourage you to check out “


How it works

It’s Your Move consults with the client and delivers heavy duty convenient moving crates and packing supplies right to your client’s door. You pack and move and we come get them when you are finished.

It’s Your Move maintains a number of realtor partnerships in various municipalities. Some realtors use us as part of their listing presentations and others offer It’s Your Move gift certificates.

If you are a Vancouver Realtor or Fraser Valley Realtor looking to green your business and provide your clients with a
thoughtful and relevant gift please contact us.

Check out Julie’s listings at Think Realty

 

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