Start with This Checklist

Start with This Checklist

Sometimes a move is planned well in advance and sometimes moving is sprung upon us.

Printable Household Contents Checklist

Printable Household Contents Checklist

Either way, this checklist will organize your move room by room and help you wrap your mind around what you plan to keep. Print yours to start planning your move!

This is also a great tool for communicating with your move helpers so they understand your wishes. Even with the best of intentions, when family “takes over” the intentions of the person moving can get lost in all the discussions and planning. Continue reading

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Address Change Checklist

Even in this virtual world, we still have to update our address when we move. This printable list of possible address changes will keep you organized as you complete your move preparation.

Step 1: Buy Mail Forwarding by Canada Post product_mail_forwarding_img_lg

Purchase Mail Forwarding at least a month before moving. You can buy  4 months of forwarding for $67.55. Mail Forwarding ensures tax receipts, government forms, bank statements and bills don’t go astray right after you move.
You can even buy it for another person (including a deceased person)
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Visualize Your Way to a Successful Move Day

By Anney Ardiel, Certified Professional Consultant on Aging and owner of Act Together Moving Services

If you are struggling to face a coming move and dreading the future in your new home, visualization exercises can help you stop imagining the worst and start focusing on the outcome you desire: a smooth, stress-free Continue reading

Moving With Dementia

Ting and I attended a very informative training this week put on by the Alzheimer Society. dementia_friendsWe found out the number of people who live with dementia in BC is over 70,000 and the risk for dementia doubles every five years after age 65.

Since our clientele is generally 75-105 years old, we need to recognize the signs of dementia and incorporate special techniques into our moving services to maximize the health and safety of our clients. We also need to use our experience and training to help family members avoid common pitfalls during the move Continue reading

White Rock is in Good Hands

2014-11-07 15.57.20Congratulations to Patrick for the outstanding growth our White Rock/Lower Mainland office has achieved since he opened it in January 2013.
It’s not easy to grow this fast while keeping such a high standard of service. He just got this rave review from a client:
“It gives me the greatest pleasure to have an opportunity to testify to the sterling qualities of Patrick Fagan and his company. I moved from Vernon down to Surrey, and I couldn’t have been more pleased with the efficient way things were packed and shipped, not one thing was broken or damaged.
If you have a move to make, I would suggest your first move would be to call Pat. I guarantee you will be satisfied.”
-Arthur R. Kilgour

Thanks for the great review Arthur, we really appreciate the feedback!

Year-End Car Buying Advice

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Michael Flynn of Prime Source Lease

Anney-smallBy Anney Ardiel
Move Manager, Act Together Moving Services
 I’d never make a vehicle purchase without consulting with an objective, experienced professional. We have made two excellent purchases with the help of Michael Flynn of Prime Source Lease and we’ve referred many downsizing clients to Michael when it came time for them to sell a car or trade in a vehicle.

Michael recently compiled a smart list of year-end tips that can save you time, money and hassle if you’re thinking about buying a vehicle.

  1. Beware of new car offerings this time of like “cash back”, “no payments till March” and low payments based on long amortization times (60-96 months). This can lead to “bad car debt”.
  2. If you are in business and need/want a vehicle, the year-end buy can give you a tax deductible depreciation this year (15%) AND a 30% for 2015.
  3. If you need/want a used vehicle, shopping between now and Christmas Eve can provide excellent opportunities (as opposed to boxing week). OR wait till the 3rd week in January (very motivated sellers!)
  4. If you own a “gas guzzler”, with the current low fuel prices, NOW is a good time to sell your car.
  5. Where possible , be SURE to use a good consultant/broker BEFORE purchasing or selling a vehicle. A small investment can literally save you hundreds and even thousands of dollars

If you are even thinking of buying, selling or leasing a vehicle I recommend you look at the Prime Source Lease website and have a chat with Michael.

Selling Your Home? Don’t Waste Your Money

Decluttering and depersonalizing your home are universal ways to attract potential buyers. Beyond that point, what home improvements actually provide good return on investment when it comes time to sell?

Here are some great tips from a Victoria Realtor about renovations that will make the home more attractive to buyers and increase the value of your home.
Home Renovations That Pay Off

By Terry Calveley, REALTOR®

Pemberton Holmes-Victoria, BC

There are two main reasons why homeowners invest in a home renovation or major redecorating project: They want to enjoy the results of the new kitchen, bathroom, flooring or other improvement they’ve made; and/or they hope that the money they spend will come back to them ~ at least in part ~ when they sell their home.

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So which projects are most likely to increase the resale value of a home?  Here are 5 Renovation Projects that give you the most bang for your renovation buck.

1. FLOORS. Old, scuffed or dated flooring tends to get noticed by home buyers, regardless of how well the rest of the room is decorated. New flooring – especially good quality tile or hardwood – can make any room look larger and more inviting.warm-furnished-kitchen.jpg

2. KITCHEN. When it comes to selling your home, the kitchen is one of the most important rooms. The more modern, new and spacious it looks, the faster your home will tend to sell.
That’s why you can expect a payback of up to 80%…Read the rest of Terry’s valuable tips on her blog