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Door Jam Protectors for rent

July 1st, 2013

Save your damage deposit and door frames by making use of these plastic sleeve door frame protectors.

 

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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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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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DIY Moving – Renting a moving truck in Vancouver (part 1)

July 15th, 2011

You have decided to move yourself and you have already convinced Friends and Family to help you come moving day. Now all you need is a truck! A DIY move can be a great money saver but you should know what is required prior to doing so.

WHAT ARE YOUR NEEDS

Are you moving across town or across the country, how big is your home, how much stuff do you have. It’s also a good idea to determine how long you’ll need the truck (how many days), when you want to pick it up and whether it’s a one-way or two-way move. Many companies charge a premium price for one-way moves; this is to cover the cost or retrieving the truck.

WHAT SIZE TRUCK DO YOU NEED 

There are a few realizations come moving day, how did I end up with this much stuff and how are we going to move everything in one trip. Keep in mind that professional movers have the experience in efficiently loading a truck for maximized use. As a DIY Mover be generous in your estimation of how long you will need to rent the truck as well the size of the truck you will need.

Remember, your truck should be large enough to accommodate 10-15% more than what you own. Better to end up having a little extra space as opposed to too little. If your truck is not the right size you may have to make a number of trips which will throw off your timeline, budget and annoy your helpers.

Here is a guideline of common truck sizes offered by most major rental companies and what you should expect to be able to move in them.

10′ -14′ Box – Suitable for a studio or small 1 Bedroom apartment

18′ – 24′ Box –  Suitable for a 2-4 bedroom home (Most common)

24′ – 26′ Box – Suitable for 3-5 Bedroom home.

DETERMINE THE COST

There are a number of factors to consider when determining the true cost of renting a moving truck. The size of the vehicle, the distance and time frame required.

If you are planning a distance move National companies may be your only option. For local moves national companies may charge more over local providers but may offer a larger variety and better availability.

Mileage rates, these will vary considerably within the industry, and can range from 7 cents-29cents per Kilometer. This may seem low but a little bit of number crunching will quickly highlight this extra and often unexpected cost. At pick-up time some companies will offer to pre-sell Kilometers at a slightly cheaper rate, or risk paying a little more should the truck be returned with kilometer overages.

If you can estimate the number of kilometers you will need to travel, you can have a better idea of your total rental expense.

Tolls, if you are expecting to proceed through tolled crossings to your new destination expect that extra fees may appear later on your credit card.

The same applies to intersection camera or traffic violation / parking tickets. Many companies add on an additional post processing fee to collect these amounts.

Fuel and fuel surcharges, When you take responsibility of the truck the gas gauge should be at full. Returning the truck without toping up the gas tank will lead to a refueling fee at significantly higher than what you would have paid at the pump.

Insurance, make sure to factor in the need for additional insurance. This is often an unexpected requirement as the renter often assumes that the rental company covers this aspect.

Variable rates, Rates vary considerably between peek moving times, Summer over Winter and even weekdays over weekends.

You should expect to incur some of these additional fees especially if you negate the rental contract and conditions. In the end defeating your goal of saving money by DIY move.

GET SOME ESTIMATES AND BOOK EARLY

Once you have determined what size rental truck you will need and identified some of the additional costs involved it is time to make your reservation. Be aware that there are rental companies which typically over book, keep in mind that when you make a reservation for a moving truck, what you are actually reserving is the rate rather than the truck itself.

Plan ahead and try to make your reservation as early as possible. Most moving reservations are made online these days. Keep in mind that you will need to leave a deposit to confirm your reservation. This will ensure that the truck you need will be available when you need it.

Now that everything is reserved and waiting, our next BLOG will pick up where we left off. We will cover what you will need on pick-up day, insurance requirements, additional equipment, vehicle inspection, driving and how to load a moving truck.

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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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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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Bed Bugs Make For Lousy Roommates

April 21st, 2011

BED BUGS MAKE FOR LOUSY ROOMMATES

It’s not about cleanliness, hygiene, income or what neighbourhood you live in. Bed Bugs can be found in five-star hotels, Office buildings and even multi-million dollar condos.

Bed bugs have a one-year life span during which time a Female can lay 200-400 eggs depending on food supply and temperature. Bed bugs can survive up to a year without feeding. Both male and female bugs bite and feed at night on human blood.

Regular house cleaning, including vacuuming and steam cleaning your mattress, can help to prevent an infestation. Clean up clutter to help reduce the number of places bed bugs can hide. Wash bed linens frequently in hot water and avoid buying used furniture or clothes. Learn more about Bed Bugs.

Used Cardboard Moving Boxes = Bed Bugs

If you have undertaken the great box hunt prior to moving day and brought home a bunch of used cardboard boxes from local retail stores or grocers think of how they may have been used. Many boxes may have contained food items including unwrapped produce for storage. Most boxes left untouched and undisturbed for long periods of time or shipped from other countries.

Bed bugs, cockroaches, spiders, are just a small list of the different pests that often call cardboard boxes their homes.
Paper and cardboard are easy materials for bugs to work their way through by chewing, nesting and laying eggs, especially, in the corrugated ripples of cardboard boxes.

There is a cleaner way to move, It’s Your Move, equipment rentals and supplies takes cleanliness seriously. It’s Your Move packing crates are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized after each use. Pack with peace of mind knowing that your belongings are being moved free of unwanted visitors.

Moving Day Bed Bug Tips

Before you move into your new home, have a professional pest control company treat it.

Seal and caulk around pipes or plumbing inside cupboards leading to adjacent suites (the bug highway) as Bed Bugs can travel along them into your suite.

Rent a steam machine and steam clean your carpets and use a hand held steamer on both sides of your mattress and clothing. Wash your Bed Linens bed covers and towels in hot water.

Have your Pet bathed For more information visit Health Canada

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