Video Tips – Packing Plants Away

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Video Tips – Packing Plants Away

Glass and dinnerware can be delicate, but household items are as delicate as a houseplant. So how should we pack those? Do we still use a box? Should they be left in the open, or do we need to wrap them? Victoria Mover – Andrew Foster shows us the quickest and best way to pack our plants.

Wow, that looked easy! Here is each step.

– Leave your plants in their ceramic pots.
– Place the pots in the center of your clean packing paper
– Fold the paper upwards (without tucking anywhere) and place the plant in the corner of an open box.
– Do the same with each plant, keeping paper between any ceramics
– If the box is too short, tape the folds to stay standing up, and leave the top portion open. No need to close the box.

Voila! Happy and safe houseplants, ready to move.

Posted on November 1, 2021

Video Tips – Packing Dinner Plates

Last week we learned the right way of packing those tricky wine glasses. This week Andrew focuses on packing away the dinner plates for another day.

It might surprise you how he does it.

Here’s the checklist:

  • Place the plate at the edge of your packing paper.
  • Fold the paper over the first plate, and stack another plate on top.
  • Stack up 3 or 4 plates like this, and finish by tucking the paper around the edges.
  • Place the plates inside the box on edge! This is the best tip for keeping your dinnerware in one piece.

We have even more video tips coming soon. Like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter and we’ll keep you updated.

Posted on October 1, 2021

Video Tips – Packing Wine Glasses

Last week we learned about packing glassware for your move, but not all glasses were created equal. Some glassware is much more fragile. Wine glasses and champagne flutes are known for their fragility. Watch as Andrew Foster shows us the easiest way to store these fragile pieces.

Here’s what we can take away:

  • Just like last weeks video, keep your box at a comfortable height to avoid excessive reaching or bending.
  • Place a liner of clean packing paper in the box before you start.
  • Lay the glass down flat in the center of your paper, and use a few extra sheets as padding.
  • Roll the glass loosely in wrapping paper to provide extra cushion, and place the fragile glasses side-by-side, standing upright in the box.

We have even more video tips coming soon. Like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter and we’ll keep you updated.

Posted on September 1, 2021

Video Tips – Packing Glassware

Want to pack away the kitchen glassware in the safest manner possible? Andrew Foster takes less than a minute to show us the easiest way of doing just that.

Here’s what we can take away.

  1. Tape down the flanges of the box for easy access.
  2. Keep the box at a comfortable height to avoid bending or reaching.
  3. Place clean packing paper in the bottom of the box as a liner.
  4. Lay your glass flat in the center of your paper, fold the edges around, and roll it to finish the wrap.
  5. Arrange your glasses neatly by standing them up against each other in the box.

We’ll have more quick video tips like this coming, so stay tuned!

Posted on August 1, 2021

Anney’s Closet

Good morning Andrew – We’re pleased to let you know that our Anney’s Closet project has recently been in the media, and we were pleased that we could once again mention Foster’s Moving.  Here is last Wednesday’s CBC interview with Anney Ardiel, namesake of Anney’s Closet https://m.soundcloud.com/cbcvictoria/too-much-stuff-clearing-out-anneys-closet  It’s about 11 minutes long, and you’re mentioned between the 5-6 minute mark.  You may want to consider including this clip on your Facebook and/or website.

With continued appreciation,


On behalf of all of us at SIVW Club,

and those we help through Anney’s Closet.


Anna Harvey, Past President

Soroptimist International Victoria Westshore


Posted on November 3, 2014

Organization Creates Efficiency

Many people dread the thought of moving, and if it is not done properly can consume valuable

time and cause stress. We at Foster’s Moving and Storage want to minimize the stress and make your

move run as smoothly as possible.

One of the best ways to make sure that a move runs smoothly is to be very organized.

Organization leads to efficiency and that will save you money in the long run.

We at Foster’s moving pride ourselves on staying organized.

-We use GPS navigation to make it to both the origin and destination in a timely fashion

-We ensure our trucks are fully stocked with tape, pads to keep your furniture safe, and straps

-We carry a fully stocked, colour coordinated tool kit on each of our trucks

-We carry floor runners for those rainy days to ensure your new home stays clean

-We carry mattress bags in order for your mattresses to look as clean as they did at the


One of the ways you can maximize efficiency is to be organized and ready for when we show up

-Leave your dressers full of clothing, it’ll take less trips, and save time

-Have boxes labeled according to what room you would like them placed in at the new home

-Have big furniture taken apart (beds, tables, shelving units) ; anything that would need to be

apart in order to get out the door

– If moving into a condo, acquire an elevator key and have parking spots available for the truck

-Have a floor plan in mind so that we know where to put the larger items

Moving does not have to be a difficult task. We at Foster’s Moving are here to make things run

as quickly and efficiently as possible, so that when we are driving away, we have left a smile on your

face. Give us a call for a free no obligation estimate today! We are here to make your move…comfy.

color coded tools

Posted on February 11, 2014

A Fairy Tale Move

A Fairy Tale MoveThere 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.

The End

Posted on October 31, 2013

A Helpful Checklist of Utilities

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.

BC Hydro Move-In

Natural Gas

If you need to arrange for natural gas delivery, FORTIS BC is the main provider throughout the province.

FORTIS BC – Accounts


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.

Capital Regional District Waste Management

Telephone / Internet / Cable / Satellite

All things media. These are the main players within Victoria.

Telus (Home Phone, Internet, Digital Cable TV)
Shaw (Home Phone, Internet, Digital Cable TV)
Bell (Satellite TV)
Rogers (Home Phone)

Motor Vehicle Branch/ICBC Insurance

Update your driver’s license with a new address, and talk to ICBC about making sure you have the best coverage for your vehicle.

ICBC – Moving to BC

Banks and Credit Unions

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.

Island Savings Credit Union
Khalsa Credit Union
Community Savings Credit Union
Coast Capital Savings
Canadian Western Bank

Moving Company

We know these great guys…

Foster’s Moving and Storage

We hope this helps!

Posted on September 19, 2013

A Friend With A Moving Truck

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.

dangerous transport

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.

We Have a Moving Truck …

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 in Victoria on Moving Day

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.

Keep – Give Away – Throw Away

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.

Who Wants Your Stuff

Salvation Army

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.

Mustard Seed

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.

Sleep Country

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