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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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The Fraser Valley Chambers of Commerce Business Showcase

April 8th, 2012

The 5th Annual Fraser Valley Chambers of Commerce Business Showcase

Wednesday, April 11th, 2-7PM

Tradex, 1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford.

Come on out and join us at one of the Valley’s largest networking events of the year. Meet hundreds of people from all over the Valley. With more than 200 exhibitor booths and more than 1000 people attending it should make for a great event. There is no cost to attend, just register for your complimentary tickets and remember to bring $5 for
parking.

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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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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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Celebrate 100th Anniversary of – International Women’s Day

March 1st, 2011

When: Tuesday 8 March 2011

Where: Everywhere

What: International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.

Why: Suffragettes campaigned for women’s right to vote. The word ‘Suffragette’ is derived from the word “suffrage” meaning the right to vote. International Women’s Day honours the work of the Suffragettes, celebrates women’s success, and reminds of inequities still to be redressed. The first International Women’s Day event was run in 1911. 2011 is the Global Centenary Year.

VANCOUVER EVENT:

Saturday, March 5th, a Parade will take place on Commercial Drive, followed by an indoor Festival at the WISE Hall on Victoria Drive in Vancouver.

The Parade will feature women representing different times from the past 100 years. Bring your flags and banners, and dress up. There will be musicians and performers both in the Parade and at the festival. There may be a few floats in the Parade as well.

This event is open to everyone. These events are designed to encourage family participation, and there will be a special Kid Zone at the Festival. There will also be entertainment, a marketplace and food vendors at the Hall. We are counting on everyone to make this 100th Anniversary celebration a success! So come out to the parade, dress up and have fun!

SURREY EVENT

Tuesday March 8 2011, from 430-7 PM

Women on the bridge for peace join us at Peace Arch Provincial Park to celebrate 100th Anniversary of
International Women’s Day. Unite Women of the world in showing that women can build the Bridges of
Peace and Development for the future.


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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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The Metro Vancouver Zero ‘Cardboard’ Waste Challenge

January 29th, 2011

The Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Challenge is about reducing the waste we generate. From how we purchase to how we discard we all make daily decisions that impact how much garbage we send to the landfill. Whenever I’ve had the opportunity to attend the local waste transfer station or dump I’m reminded that these mountains of trash don’t just magically disappear. I feel better knowing that thanks to recycling programs and initiatives such as the Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Challenge that more than half (55%) of the 3.6 million tonnes of waste we create every year is kept out of the garbage.

The reality is that recycling programs of various types have been a part of our lives for decades. Recycling
programs – like the Blue Box – have existed in the region since as early as 1988. Of course recycling is good, but we all know that the best way to reduce waste is by not producing it in the first place.

Now let us talk about cardboard boxes. Cardboard boxes have never been the best solution to packing belongings anyway, but that’s another blog post.

 

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Eco-Holiday Greetings from IYM

December 20th, 2010

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Itâ..s been 4 years already with 2010 being our best year yet. We have had the pleasure of
assisting many of you as repeat clients as well as appreciated your many referrals.

Some 2010
highlights included the opening of our crate depot in Langley which provides folks the option to come
down and pick and choose their supplies (You would be surprised how many crates can fit in a
Prius).

Itâ..s Your Move was also nominated for the Surrey Board of Trade Environment
and Business Achievement Award as well as the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce Environmental
Leadership Award. More importantly, Carrie was also featured in the 3rd Edition of CRAVE
Vancouver.

 By choosing to move through our convenient eco-friendly alternative to cardboard
boxes you have helped divert approximately 28,000 boxes or the equivalent to 19 metric tons of
cardboard waste from local landfills.

 Thank You for using our service and help promote the
moving crate industry throughout the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley.

 We would like to wish
you and your family a wonderful holiday season and best wishes for 2011.

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Sincerely,

Carrie & Eric

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