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Book your movers now! Not having a place to move to doesn’t change a quote too much
Posted on February 11, 2014
Book your movers now! Not having a place to move to doesn’t change a quote too much
Posted on February 11, 2014
There once lived a wisp of a girl with golden hair and locks. Her name was Goldie. She lived in a house that was not too big, and not too small. It was just right. Well, it had started that way at least. Her grumpy dwarf of a boyfriend had moved in, and the old place was feeling suddenly small indeed.
She told her sister Rapunzel about the problem, and Rapunzel replied with a solution. “Goldie, my dear. The Prince and I are getting married. He wants me to live in that enormous castle of his, and my tower will be left empty. Why don’t you move your things over here?”
The plan sounded just right, so Goldie started arranging everything for moving day.
“We don’t need to hire any movers! I’ve got 6 lazy good for nothing bums that could pack us and move us.” Her boyfriend grumbled. Goldie was unsure, but she decided to let them try.
6 small men with big appetites set about packing up the cottage. An awful dust was kicked up, and one of them kept sneezing on everything. She found another one sleeping in the pantry, and the rest of them would not stop whistling. To make things worse, they kept asking her to reach all of the higher placed items. It simply would not do.
“Fine, I’ll call a mover in the morning.” Grumbled the dwarf.
The next day, a wolf arrived at the door wearing a very nice sheepskin jacket. He introduced himself as a professional, and asked to be shown around. Goldilocks did so, but she was disturbed to see the wolf licking his lips and rubbing his paws together so frequently.
The wolf was big and he was strong, but there was something terribly wrong. A creeping sense of unease began to fill Goldie, until she decided to ask more questions.
“Dear Mr. Wolf, what sort of references can you give me?”
“References? My dear sweet girl, do you see these forearms? These are long strong forearms. All the better for lifting.”
“But didn’t you move the little pigs last month?”
“As a matter of fact I did!”
“Didn’t their houses fall down?”
“Only two of them. Bad construction. One of them had a pull out couch and we had to huff and puff to get it out of the door. Unfortunately that blew the house down. The house of bricks was fine however.”
Goldie escorted Mr. Wolf to the door.
When Foster’s arrived to give her a quote, she had almost had enough, but she checked their references and everything seemed good. The workers were friendly, and capable, and the quote was not too high. It was just right!
The move into Rapunzel’s tower went smoothly, and Goldie was very pleased with the way things turned out. “It was like a fairy tale!” She kept saying.
Things didn’t work out happily ever after with the boyfriend though, so she called up Foster’s once more fairly soon after that.
Posted on October 31, 2013
Victoria BC is a really great city, and if you’re on the way in, then allow us to say “Welcome to the neighbourhood!”
We know you have a lot of things to set up after moving into a new city, and we wanted to make it a little easier for you. Here is a list of some of the businesses, services, and utilities that people need the most after moving to a new city. Let us know if you can think of any more, and we’ll add them to the list.
Most of the energy in BC is created through hydro dams, and BC Hydro maintains the service for the province.
If you need to arrange for natural gas delivery, FORTIS BC is the main provider throughout the province.
Contact the CRD (Capital Regional District) to set up your water utility account.
Capital Regional District – Water Billing Division: 250.474.9600, Option 1
Garbage pickup, and recycling is also managed by the city.
All things media. These are the main players within Victoria.
Update your driver’s license with a new address, and talk to ICBC about making sure you have the best coverage for your vehicle.
Already have a chequing account with Prospera, or Envision? Sorry, you won’t find any branches in Victoria. Here is a list of local banks and credit unions.
We know these great guys…
We hope this helps!
Posted on September 19, 2013
Maybe it’s a solid oak entertainment unit on the side of the road with a giant free sign on it. Perhaps it’s an ad in the classifieds for a free piano to whoever will pick it up, or maybe you just feel like picking up a gratuitous amount of groceries. Whatever the case, having a friend with a truck can come in incredibly handy.
Friends with trucks know this. It’s a part of owning a truck in the first place. If you have a friend with a truck, they probably haven’t had a free Saturday in years. So let’s all take a moment to think of our friends with trucks, and thank them for their sacrifices.
If you don’t have a friend with a truck, finding those large unwieldy gems on the side of the road can be a huge frustration. Measuring, and re-measuring time after time to see what will fit into the back of your Toyota Tercel. It doesn’t matter how many tie straps you use. Some things are too big, and too dangerous to transport with a small vehicle.
So call us! Let Foster’s Moving be your friend with a truck. As long as the items in question are reasonably close by, we can help you pick up, and deliver safely.
We won’t even ask you for Pizza and Beer. Cash will be fine.
Give your buddies a break. Let them have a Saturday. They will be eternally grateful.
Posted on August 23, 2013
Charity is perfect for these times. You’re packing up all of your worldly possessions when you realize that you have too many of them.
We talked before about organizing your items for a move. Generally, one of three labels will work for everything in the house.
This classic organization system helps you to shed away the unnecessary items in your life before you start fresh in a new place. Keep the good stuff. Give away the stuff you don’t need, or have no place for. And throw away the things that nobody wants.
The trouble is figuring out what is worthy of giving away, and what is worthy of throwing away. (The keep label is usually pretty easy).
To help you out with this task, we thought it might be a good idea to list a few charities and recycling depots in Victoria.
The Salvation Army Thrift Stores make it so easy to give. They accept items ranging from large appliances, to sporting goods, to old clothing that doesn’t quite fit you the way it used to. They also run a recycling center for items that are broken, or unsellable.
Their list of acceptable items can be found here.
The Mustard Seed in Victoria is a local, non-profit food bank and charity that also accepts other donations. Gently used clothing and appliances make great charitable donations, and if you have an idea for a different kind of donation, you can contact them directly to arrange it.
Visit their site for more details.
We know this isn’t a charity, but getting rid of an older mattress can be tricky. Not every landfill will accept them, and in Vancouver BC, mattresses are actually banned from landfills. Sleep Country Canada will take mattresses in good condition, and donate them to charities in need. If you happen to be shopping for a new mattress, ask them if they will recycle the old one (regardless of where you choose to shop).
Call Sleep Country toll free to ask about their mattress recycling problem. 1.888.753.3788
Posted on August 15, 2013
Victoria BC has gone and broken a record for sunshine in the month of July. It has been hotter and dryer than it has ever been since the records were first recorded. This little blast of paradise may seem like fantastic beach weather, but it can mean a long hot day when you’re moving a ton of belongings from one location to another.
Staying hydrated is so important for a healthy body and mind.
Here are a few tips from the Foster’s Moving Team for staying hydrated.
Water is the key to staying hydrated after all, but when you’re about to start a big work day, you will need far more water than you might expect. Don’t wait until you start to feel thirsty. By that point, you’re already starting to get dehydrated. Drink a tall glass of water ½ hour before you start, and keep a refillable bottle with you while you work. After the job is done, drink some more. You’ll feel better at the end of the day, and your muscles will thank you on the day after.
Wearing gloves on a hot day might sound like bad advice, but this tip is a real lifesaver. Paper and cardboard have an incredible ability to draw moisture from your skin. On a day like moving day, you could be handling hundreds of cardboard boxes. Sure, your hands might get a little sweaty, but it sure beats the alternative. I forgot my gloves one day, and had chapped lips from dehydration by lunch time.
Any liquid you drink should be good at re-hydrating you. Even caffeinated drinks like coffee and tea can re-hydrate a person on a hot day. Although caffeine is a diuretic, the levels of caffeine are not high enough to counter the liquid contents of your drink. Sadly the same logic does not work with alcoholic drinks, so a beer or cooler may not be as refreshing as you think when you pull it out of the fridge.
Nothing wrong with a beer at the end of a hard day. Just make sure you have had enough water to drink first!
Posted on July 31, 2013
Moving people into and out of storage facilities is a familiar process for us. We are able to supply storage to many of our own clients for long term stays, or sometimes in the short term when the need arises. During all of our time as a company, storage has never been a problem for our customers, because their goods come out of storage in the same condition that they went in.
Indoor climate-controlled storage makes a huge difference to our goods and valuables, and this becomes evident not just in the wet spring and autumn seasons, but in the warm summer months as well.
Air can carry a surprising amount of moisture. On hot days, it might be carrying more than normal. Evaporated water wants to turn back to its liquid form when it touches something cooler than the air around it, and on summer days that can be just about anything. Maybe it’s your vintage stereo, or your brothers couch that your holding onto for a few months, but that moisture needs to go somewhere to cool down, and if you’re not in a climate controlled storage facility, that moisture will find a nice comfortable place to rest: all over your stuff.
Moisture damage is by far the biggest issue for clients who hold their items in storage, so be sure to protect yourself if you’re planning to keep your things tucked away any longer than a month.
Posted on July 23, 2013
When you’re looking for a good mover in your hometown, whether that’s in Victoria BC or anywhere else across the globe, there is one universal suggestion that comes up time and time again: Try to get at least three quotes for your move.
This is more than just a suggestion from consumer advocacy groups. Reputable moving and storage companies routinely suggest that you get more than one quote. Why is that? The answer is that it protects everyone involved.
Professional movers take pride in the work that they do, but not all movers should be considered professionals. The unfortunate reality of the industry, is that anyone with a truck and a craigslist ad can call themselves a mover. People always seem to be looking for a good deal, and there are those out there that will cut corners to save money on overhead expenses like signage or uniforms (or insurance). There are also those that will take advantage of a consumers ignorance by charging extremely high prices for simple moves, or by sneaking extra fees into a contract.
When you ask for multiple quotes, you will get a glimpse of how the mover actually operates. Do they show up to your home to provide an accurate estimate? Are they courteous and polite? Or do they try to intimidate you from asking questions? It’s easy to tell the difference between a professional and a fly-by-night operation pretty quickly. Movers with good reputations should be more common, but without an official overseeing body, we need to keep our customers safe by providing good advice before they ever ask for a quote.
If you’re ever unsure about a moving quote, ask questions. Ask the same questions to each moving company, and examine the answers. A professional mover will make you feel much more at ease, both on moving day, and weeks ahead.
Posted on July 1, 2013
Victoria BC has 18 different assisted living homes recognized by the ministry of health. Assisted living can be a real benefit to our loved ones in their old age, and many choose to move to Victoria for just such a reason.
There are a few things to consider when moving into assisted living however. Both during the packing stage, and during the actual move itself.
By the time an assisted living program has become the preferred choice, a collection of valuable belongings will need to be sold or given away. The reality of an assisted living home, is that these are very small apartments with little room. Large pieces of furniture such as couches, dressers, and china hutches will not be required for daily life any longer. When you begin packing, sort all of your items into three categories: keep – sell – give away.
In this way, truly valuable items can stay in the family, while the smaller sentimental items can still come along.
To give yourself an idea of how much you are able to bring with you, it is important to visit the facility before moving day. If you cannot decide what to do with particular pieces of furniture, we welcome you to ask about temporary or long term storage options.
Moving day takes special planning in any case, but assisted living houses will include their own little quirks. The move in should be scheduled with the home director. They can tell you when the most convenient hours will be for gaining access to elevators, how to take the shortest route to the new apartment, and what time you can expect meals.
Meal times play a large role on moving day. Those who have trouble with stairs will be crowding the elevators to reach the dining rooms. This is an inappropriate time to be filling an elevator with couches and tables. By coordinating the move beforehand, moving day will go much more quickly, and you can take some time to relax at the end of it.
Posted on June 19, 2013
From time to time, a business will find it necessary to change locations. Moving a business is no different than moving a home in theory. You will have items in one place that need to be moved to another place. Simple right?
If only it were that easy!
Businesses typically have customers relying on uninterrupted service. You want to have as little impact as possible on the bottom line, so how do you accomplish this? By packing smart.
By sorting items into Essential and Non-Essential categories, you can stagger your packing to make moving day that much easier. It is possible in some situations to begin moving the smaller non-essential items before moving day. This will make your move faster, and easier, saving you both money and time.
It is common for commercial moves to have larger items. Make sure your team of movers is aware of these items, and knows where they will be going once you reach your next space. Unlike some of the smaller items, these will all be moved on the same day, so having your floor plan drawn up is extremely useful.
Hopefully, a few of these tips will help you to keep the impact of your commercial move at a minimum. Have a look at some of our other common packing tips for more help on safely packing away your possessions.
Posted on May 14, 2013