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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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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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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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Moving into an Environmental Consciousness

February 11th, 2011

Editorial by Christina Erl Daniels, written in 2006 for the Grand Opening celebration of It’s Your Move. This editorial has been used in many different articles
over the years such as; Better Business Bureau: BizSmart News & BUSINESS Fraser
Valley.

Christina is the Founder and Director of Infinet Creative Group, a boutique marketing agency specializing in publishing and brand development. Christina Erl, is an Entrepreneur and Designer from Vancouver, BC.

The environment is on the tip of everyone’s tongue. Once again, how to live responsibly and in the most eco-friendly manner has become the topic du jour and the hottest new business trends are logically following suit. Putting your green money where your green mouth is has become a status symbol as much as it is now seen as the responsible choice to make and people are willing to pay extra to make their viewpoint well-known.

While frontrunners in the retail industry have become more environmentally conscious by using eco-friendly and organic fibers in their clothing and building materials, other small businesses have steadily followed in line by finding
ways to lighten the load consumerism places on the environment. In this vast array of demands that consumers have, some businesses seek to provide better and greener choices. From ethical stocks to biofuel, bamboo flooring to biodegradable coffee cups, cloths bags and shoes made from recycled plastic, alternative choices for the conscious consumer are abundantly available.

The marketplace is responding and even the process of relocating all that stuff when it comes time to move houses is a
market made green by companies like Itâ..s Your Move. A management service for you moving dilemma is not a brand new concept but doing it because it’s better for the Mother Earth is. Making the right choice has never been easier or more user-friendly, so the question now becomes: how can I team my own needs with the needs of mother earth? The task facing the business owner is how to make that appealing to the customer.

Business concepts are springing up every day to tap into this abundant and eager new marketplace. One such business was launched in November 2006. Itâ..s Your Move, a locally owned and operated small business, is a company run by a young and environmentally conscious couple eager to change how you move the contents of your house.

Capitalizing on a trend that has been popular outside North America for quite some time, Carrie Dhensaw and Eric Davis are changing how the Lower Mainland moves. Itâ..s Your Move rents out reusable crates for packing and moving all household items in a safe and affordable manner. This small Surrey-based business serves the Lower Mainland with a current inventory of approximately 4000 crates, totes, bins, wardrobes and dollies. In line with the company’s environmental philosophy, their inventory is manufactured in Canada and comprised of reusable and recyclable material.

The bins and crates are expensive to buy but cheap to rent. Boasting a repeat customer base of 75%, Dhensaw and Davis feel confident that their concept makes moving more efficient, affordable, environmentally friendly and organized. Since
there is no box-hunting, going on, assembly or even taping required, the use of crates to move saves an enormous amount of time and energy wasted in cardboard box management. The crates are uniform in size and stack well, saving space and making even the most disorganized among us seem like we had it all planned perfectly. But, perhaps what is most appealing to the conscious consumer is the lack of garbage at the end of your move.

Since the crates and bins are sturdier and safer for moving valuable items, the amount of packing material required is substantially decreased and dirty boxes that can’t be recycled donâ..t need to be thrown in the dump. Since it is estimated that an average one-third of landfills is burdened with paper and cardboard, this new thought in moving with crates brings great peace of mind to the ecologically minded. The sturdy plastic bins stack inside one another
and are picked up, cleaned and delivered to their next move.

Hiring someone to manage your move is not entirely new, but doing it for the environment as well as peace of mind is a whole new perspective on an ancient conundrum. The kind of ingenuity that Dhensaw and Davis exhibit with their
burgeoning business is what some might say is exactly what the spoiled North American consumer is looking for. Since no one wants to spend thousands of dollars on buying recycled plastic crates just to move houses once in a while, why not rent them and have the satisfaction of the convenience and the knowing that your ecological footprint has been somewhat diminished by another simple choice?

The crates, which are made from high grade, recycled plastic have an average lifespan of 10-12 years. Crates that become damaged and worn down over time are returned to the factory where they are ground down and made into new crates, reusable again for another 10-12 years. With an estimated 10-12,000 residential re-locations alone taking place in B.C. each and every month, the number of cardboard boxes and trees that could be spared by choosing this alternative method of relocation is exactly about what the green marketplace is most conscious.

It was the renowned David Suzuki who recently stated at an evening lecture Vernon, B.C. that â..the age of disposability must be disposed of: Disposability, Suzuki said, is an obscenity – The illusion that human beings can continue to take and throw away whatever they choose is quickly fading and with alternative choices in all avenues of life, consumers can find a way to once again be citizens.

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Greening ‘The White House’

February 1st, 2011
Vancouver Building Manager helps divert .41 tons of cardboard trash from the local landfill

A little over a year ago we had the pleasure of meeting Alan Richardson, the Manager of The White House located at 2033 Comox Street, Vancouver, BC. Alan Manages 90 suites at the building which range from a 410 sqft – 1 Jr Bedroom to 1600 sqft – 3 Bedroom apartments.

One day while Alan assisted us with delivering our moving crates to one of his tenants he expressed a real interest in our products and service. He mentioned how efficient and convenient everything was.
Alan has been in property management for more than 30 years and at the White House for the last 18 months. As such, he has seen the true cost of moving and the waste it generates every time someone moves in or out.
Like so many care takers and Managers, Alan is faced with the Hassles that moving creates. Every time someone moves there exists the possibility of damage to property, the elevators being tied up at the inconvenience of other tenants and all cardboard waste moving creates.

To avoid sending needless waste to the local landfill, The White House encourages their tenants to make use of the recycling facilities made available. As part of his responsibilities Alan takes the time and energy to place aside and gather up countless cardboard boxes and liaise with a recycling company to properly dispose of all of them.
Rosemary Chong, a Representative for Five Mile Holdings/The White House, indicated that the cardboard recycling disposal fees for this building alone was estimated at approximately $960.00 per year.
In the end it still takes time, labour and expense to properly dispose of cardboard waste. Here is what I mean:
Based on an average of 2 moves per month with a typical move requiring approximately 35 cardboard boxes = 70 cardboard boxes used per month x 12 Months = 840 boxes yearly. If each box weighs about 1.3 lbs this is equal to 1092 lbs or .49 metric ton of cardboard waste per year from this building alone.

On a positive note, sine 2006 It’s Your Move has serviced approximately 20 clients from the White House alone, many of which were referrals from Alan and White House Staff. Here is how their referrals have helped ‘green’ the building:

20 x clients, average being a 2 bedroom would have required about 35 boxes each or 700 boxes in total. If each box is 1.3 lbs x 700 boxes = 910 lbs or .41 tons of cardboard waste which has been avoided. .41 tons of used boxes he didn’t have to sort through and deal with or Five Mile Holdings having to pay for their proper disposal.

By simply referring us Alan, accompanied by his Assistant and Relief Managers at the White House continue to show how minor changes in our day to day lives can have a significant impact on our local environment, especially when it comes time to moving.
I would like to Thank Alan and his assistants as well as our clients at The White House for letting us change how they
move.

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