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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 2)

August 3rd, 2011

You have decided to move yourself and you have already convinced Friends and Family to help you come moving. 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.

If you have already read over Part 1 of this BLOG you have determined your moving needs, the size truck you require, identified the real cost of the rental and have booked your truck.

TRUCK PICK-UP DAY

Contact the rental company and find out if there are any driver requirements for the truck you are renting, minimum age, driver restrictions, if a driving abstract is required or any special licenses.

You will need someone to drop you off or a taxi to the rental office. You may drive your car as long as you know ahead of time that there are stalls to accommodate your leaving your car behind.

You will need to bring along some documents with you. A valid driverâ..s license and major credit card. Factor in the time required for the processing of paperwork, explanation of the rental contract / insurance as well as an orientation of the truck.

THE DEPOSIT

A rental deposit will be charged on pick-up day. Be prepared to pay at least half the amount that will be owing when the truck is returned.

INSURANCE

Check with your credit card company, auto insurance agency or home insurance carrier to see if you already have enough insurance to cover your move. Many auto insurance policies do not cover truck or van rentals. Additional insurance may be required.

The rental agency will provide insurance for a fee per day. You may wish additional coverage for your belongings while in transit. If you are not moving far and do not have and your valuables are limited, a general insurance may be sufficient.

Here are types of applicable insurance you may wish to consider:

Limited Loss and Damage Waiver Insurance: Protection from liability resulting from
loss or accidental damage to the rental truck

Cargo Insurance: Applies to accidental loss or damage to your contents caused by a motor vehicle accident, and Acts of God.

Personal Accident Insurance: Refers to accidental death, medical expenses for you and your passenger for the duration of the rental.

CHECK THE TRUCK FOR DAMAGE, MILEAGE AND GAS GAUGE

A rental agent should take you through an inspection and orientation of the truck. Make sure you thoroughly inspect the vehicle, refuse to be rushed. Check for scratches, dents, bumps and anything on the interior that is damaged. Make sure all signs of wear are listed on the inspection sheet.

The agent will also record the current mileage and amount of gas in the tank. Check to ensure the odometer reading and gas levels are correct. Take the time to inspect the inside of the cargo box and ensure that it is clean and what if any equipment is inside. Some companies will include dollies and blankets. Many of these are secured to the inside of the cargo box.

WHAT OTHER TOOLS DO YOU NEED

Before you leave take a look at what if any moving equipment is available for rent. Moving pads, blankets, moving dollies, as well as any other last minute packing and moving supplies. You should know that these are considered last minute, impulse purchases and are priced accordingly. Prior to picking up your truck you may consider renting moving supplies and obtaining your supplies through companies such as It’s your Move Equipment Rentals and Supplies.

DRIVING

Ask the agent to demonstrate how to operate the hydraulic lift gate or slide out ramp prior to just jumping in. Make sure that you are comfortable behind the wheel and confident that you can operate the truck safely before leaving the rental compound.

Remember that you are not driving a regular vehicle. Large moving trucks have a larger turning radius and need more space to allow for stopping. Trucks are much taller than vehicles so bear in mind low clearances at the drive-through, loading bays and gas stations. Learn to rely on your mirrors and drive considerately of others. For the duration of your rental it may be wise to use a passenger as an occasional rear spotter whenever backing up.

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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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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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YWiB – Beyond P!nk 2010

November 20th, 2010

Thank you to YWiB for inviting It’s Your Move – Say No To Boxes to the 3rd Annual Beyond P!nk
Conference
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The organizers for the Beyond Pink 2010 stated the following This year’s conference promises to inspire, motivate, and empower each delegate to enrich their life by using the tools to Make your Brand, and Leave your Mark

They did indeed, and beyond!

 

 

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Donating has never been more convenient

August 19th, 2010

Moving is an excellent time to purge unwanted items, including furniture. After all, there’s no sense moving what you don’t want or will no longer use. Ever since the Canadian Diabetes Association stopped accepting furniture I have found it difficult to help my clients donate their unwanted items. The only other option for pickup has been Big Brothers Renew Crew. This is also a great service which I have used for years. Due to it’s popularity I occasionally  found limited scheduling and sometimes it took several weeks before they had a crew/truck in the area.

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Recoup moving expenses while purging unwanted

May 15th, 2010

Ok, so you have spent a significant amount time and energy severing your emotional ties to what is now a pile of stuff that you no longer need. It wasn’t easy but you did it. The realization being that getting rid of what you don’t want can actually be profitable. Money in your pocket is better than clutter in your house.

A garage sale can make money, but can also save money by reducing the cost of moving and shipping your household items to your new location. While ensuring your unwanted items are reused by someone else and not destined for the landfill. Read the rest of this entry »

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Monthly Feedback Winners

April 12th, 2010

Winners of our monthly draw for a $25 Home Depot Gift Certificate 

October 2012 – Beth R, Delta

September 2012 – Wendie H, Maple Ridge

August 2012 – Nick R, Richmond

‘July 2012 – Ben P, Vancouver

June 2012 – Anne W, Vancouver

May 2012 – Maribel M, Vancouver

April 2012 – Elsie S, Surrey

March 2012 – Wayne M, Burnaby

February 2012 – Rosemary C, South Surrey

January 2012 – Nicole L, Port Moody

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