Moving to Vancouver Island
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Mission: Keeping you in control of costs and reduce the stress associated with moving.
Whether your last move was across the country or across the street, it probably ended with two words: “Never again!” Sooner or later, most people find themselves surrounded by cardboard boxes and packing tape again. Don’t despair, following those advices can make it much easier and stress-free than most people think.
RE/MAX Relocation Services
That’s why no matter how you look at it, the essence of relocation is real estate. By linking a full-service relocation company with North America’s most experienced and educated real estate sales force, RE/MAX Relocation Services is able to keep transferring families feeling in control of their individual moves – while keeping our corporate and government clients in control of their bottom lines.
What makes us different?
The list is practically endless. From our “single point of contact” convenience to our reliance on real estate’s most experienced, highest producing agents, we offer support and savings at every stage of the relocation process.
Hire a Mover
Here you have 2 options to reduce the stress that is often involved while moving to a new place.
1. You pack and load; they drive
This option saves you the hassle of driving a truck, and it is less expensive than using a full-service mover. You share the space on the truck with other customers (if you don’t need it all) and pay for only the space you use.
2. Hiring a full-service mover
If you can’t afford to spend a lot of time getting from here to there, you’re moving a long distance, or you have a lot of stuff, this is your best bet. Good professional movers have the experience and equipment to move you quickly while avoiding damage to your property. Not all movers are created equal, look for reviews on website to know what to expect.
What You’ll Need
When planning your move, don’t forget the packing supplies! You can expect to spend around $250 or more on what’s needed to move the belongings of a couple or a small family. Last-minute box-gathering can only add stress to you enterprise. Here’s a list of what to have on hand.
We recommend you use new boxes made of strong corrugated cardboard. They cost in average $1 to $5 each depending on the size. Also, make sure you have a variety of sizes to accommodate the different items you need to move. As a rule of thumb, you should count on using at least 100 boxes for a sparsely furnished three-bedroom home.
For dishes and other fragile or heavy items, make sure to use “dish barrels,” which cost between $5 and $7 and are made of double-walled cardboard. Also consider wardrobe boxes with a metal bar for hanging clothes and long flat-frame boxes for protecting most large pieces of art and mirrors.
Tape and tape guns
Brown packing tape, not surprisingly, is ideal. Never use masking tape or duct tape―they don’t stick well to cardboard. A couple of heavy-duty tape guns―one for you, one for your spouse or a friend―make taping and cutting a lot quicker. To pack up the contents of seven to eight rooms, you’ll need at least 440 yards of two-inch-wide tape. (Tape rolls come in 55- and 110-yard sizes.)
Because newspapers can stain, we don’t recommend using them. Go for packing paper. This will allow you to protect any fragile belonging that you have. For an average seven- to eight-room move, professional movers use as much as 120 pounds of packing paper.
It is expensive compared with packing paper but comes in handy to protect artwork framed behind glass and extremely fragile china and glassware, which should be wrapped in bubble wrap and then in packing paper.
They will help make unpacking a breeze.
Get thick ones to mark your boxes for easy identification. Label boxes on the sides, not the tops, which may be covered by other boxes.
Mattress bags and furniture pads
If you’ve hired a full-service moving company, it will supply everything needed to protect your furniture as part of your total move cost. If you’re doing it yourself, you’ll have to buy the bags for $3 to $6 and rent the pads for about $10 per dozen. Both are available from the leading truck-rental companies.
Dollies and hand carts
If you’re moving yourself, your back will thank you for using wheels to move heavy loads. Dollies and hand carts can be rented for about $10 a day wherever you get your truck. You can also buy furniture slides there. These go beneath the feet of heavy items, such as a couch, allowing you to easily slide them across the floor without damaging it.
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