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6 tips for a seamless moving day

Moving into a new home should be an exciting time, but without proper planning and organization, the whole experience can quickly turn into an overwhelming ordeal.

To help ease the anxieties of moving day, here’s a handy to-do list to keep you organized and on track: 

1. Plan ahead

This may seem obvious, but many people find themselves rushing to hire movers and pack their belongings in the final frantic days leading up to their big move. To avoid the stress this can cause, and to ensure moving day flows smoothly, be sure to start packing at least one month in advance. Focus on one room or closet at a time, and use this as an opportunity to purge items you no longer need. Moving into a new place means starting fresh – donate, rehome, or recycle those belongings that won’t serve a purpose in your new home. Remember, the first and last days of the month are popular moving days, so don’t put off booking your professional movers in advance.

2. Optimize your packing process

For safe travels and storage, pack your belongings in durable moving boxes, ideally new or ones that have little wear and tear. There’s also the option to rent reusable moving crates that can be returned once your move is complete. You can even hire professional packers to do it for you! To avoid sensitive items getting wet or damaged, use plastic, sealable bags, and bins to protect clothing, books, and important documents. And, be sure to bubble wrap glassware and fragile items to keep them from shattering in transit.

3. Label and organize your boxes

Label each moving box with the room it belongs in (ie. kitchen, bathroom, bedroom #1). Take it a step further by numbering each box and creating a tracking document to specify which boxes should go in each room. This not only makes it easier for your movers to know where to place your items, but it also helps you to keep track of all your boxes.

4. Make those small repairs before moving in

If time allows, paint the walls, deep clean the appliances, and complete any minor repairs before moving into your new place. Unsurprisingly, it is a lot better to have a fully functioning home before you start to unpack and assemble furniture. If this is not an option for you, consider placing all your items in the garage or basement at first, or simply in the centre of a room, to allow you a few days to clean thoroughly and complete any small jobs necessary before settling into your new space.

5. Update your services and accounts

It can take time for some utilities to get up and running. Set a reminder to take your name off your current utility bills and set up accounts for services at your new place in advance of moving in. Remember to also change the mailing address on your subscriptions, delivery services, and most importantly government and banking documents.

6. Make a plan for your first night

Moving day can be a long and tiring process, so you’ll want to plan ahead for that first night. You may not have the time or energy to set up your bedroom right away, or perhaps you are having a new mattress delivered in the coming week. Book a hotel or arrange to stay with family or friends until you are ready to sleep comfortably in your new home.

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Vancouver, BC – October 25, 2023. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) released its 2023 Fourth Quarter Housing Forecast today. 

Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) residential sales in BC are forecast to decline 4.8 per cent to 76,700 units this year. In 2024, MLS® residential sales are forecast to post a modest rebound, rising 4.8 per cent to 80,375 units. 



"Activity in the BC housing market has mirrored movements by the Bank of Canada over the past two years,“ said Brendon Ogmundson, Chief Economist. “As such, there is little reason to believe that sales will meaningfully detach from the anchor that is monetary policy over the next year. Thankfully, it appears that the Bank is at, or at least very near, the end of its tightening cycle and may begin lowering its policy rate late next year.” 
 
After trending down for most of the year, new listings activity has normalized in the second half of 2023, which, combined with slowing sales, has led to a modest uptick in total inventory. Still, at just over 30,000 listings, the supply of homes for sale falls considerably short of the roughly 45,000 active listings that are historically consistent with a healthy, balanced market. Prices saw a significant increase in the first half of the year, but that surge in prices has since given way to a flattening trend as market conditions balance out, albeit at a low level of market activity. We expect a 1.9 per cent decrease in annual prices for 2023 compared to 2022, with a slight uptick expected in 2024, driven by a projected recovery in the latter half of the year.

"Copyright British Columbia Real Estate Association. Reprinted with permission." BCREA makes no guarantees as to the accuracy or completeness of this information.

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New property listed in Cloverdale BC, Cloverdale

We have listed a new property at 16628 60 AVE in Surrey. See details here

STYLISH HALF DUPLEX WITH NO STRATA FEES! Beautiful 2 storey with a FULLY FINISHED BASEMENT/SEPARATE ENTRY 2601 sqft home. This property boasts 4 bedrooms in total 3 up, 1 down & 3.5 bathrooms. Open plan kitchen with maple cabinets, SS appliances, well-planned out storage with extra cabinets installed, Central vac, security system and fully fenced back yard with NEW CEDAR DECK. This home has LANE ACCESS to garage & driveway parking and the list goes on... separate entrance to the basement offers suite potential, or great for multi generational families. Located within walking distance to 2 elementary schools, shopping, transit & the best park in Cloverdale - THE ATHLETIC PARK. These duplexes are rarely available so don't miss out!!

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New property listed in Whalley, North Surrey

We have listed a new property at 3702 13325 102A AVE in Surrey. See details here

Luxury at the heart of Surrey Central! Whether you’re moving in or looking for a stunning rental property, you’ll find it here! Access to all the amenities that the urban core offers from this stylish, 37th floor, 918 sq. ft., two-bedroom condo. Close to SFU Surrey, City Center, Skytrain, and all amenities, shopping, and restaurants. This magnificent home features floor-to-ceiling windows with mountain, city and water views. Million dollar view at a bargain price! The Primary bedroom includes a walk-in closet, and the second bedroom can easily be converted into an exercise room or office space. The kitchen features plenty of storage and a large central island, perfect for entertaining. Enjoy the large covered patio, perfect for entertaining.

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We have sold a property at 11 2088 WINFIELD DR in Abbotsford

We have sold a property at 11 2088 WINFIELD DR in Abbotsford. See details here

Pride of ownership shows in this original owner spotless home with spectacular valley views. End unit townhouse with best view in the complex. Main level features a nice den area as you walk in to living room with views. Kitchen is open to family room with tons of windows and deck access to take it all in. Upstairs is a massive primary bedroom with tall ceilings, walk-in closet and again.... the view. Downstairs has a large great room with direct access to backyard, 2 secondary bedrooms, laundry room. This home has many custom built-in custom cabinet areas so storage is a huge bonus. Double car garage with many built-in cabinets and large driveway for added parking. New air conditioning and Visitor parking next to unit. Call today!

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New property listed in Whalley, North Surrey

We have listed a new property at 3702 13325 102A AVE in Surrey. See details here

Luxury at the heart of Surrey Central! Whether you’re moving in or looking for a stunning rental property, you’ll find it here! Access to all the amenities that the urban core offers from this stylish, 37th floor, 891 sq.ft., two-bedroom condo. Close to SFU Surrey, City Center, Skytrain, and all amenities, shopping, and restaurants. This magnificent home features floor-to-ceiling windows with mountain, city and water views. Million dollar view at a bargain price! The Primary bedroom includes a walk-in closet, and the second bedroom can easily be converted into an exercise room or office space. The kitchen features plenty of storage and a large central island, perfect for entertaining. Enjoy the large covered patio, perfect for entertaing.

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Open House. Open House on Saturday, October 14, 2023 2:00PM - 4:00PM

Please visit our Open House at 3702 13325 102A AVE in Surrey. See details here

Open House on Saturday, October 14, 2023 2:00PM - 4:00PM

Luxury at the heart of Surrey Central! Whether you’re moving in or looking for a stunning rental property, you’ll find it here! Access to all the amenities that the urban core offers from this stylish, 37th floor, 891 sq.ft., two-bedroom condo. Close to SFU Surrey, City Center, Skytrain, and all amenities, shopping, and restaurants. This magnificent home features floor-to-ceiling windows with mountain, city and water views. Million dollar view at a bargain price! The Primary bedroom includes a walk-in closet, and the second bedroom can easily be converted into an exercise room or office space. The kitchen features plenty of storage and a large central island, perfect for entertaining. Enjoy the large covered patio, perfect for entertaing.

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Open House. Open House on Sunday, October 15, 2023 2:00PM - 4:00PM

Please visit our Open House at 3702 13325 102A AVE in Surrey. See details here

Open House on Sunday, October 15, 2023 2:00PM - 4:00PM

Luxury at the heart of Surrey Central! Whether you’re moving in or looking for a stunning rental property, you’ll find it here! Access to all the amenities that the urban core offers from this stylish, 37th floor, 891 sq.ft., two-bedroom condo. Close to SFU Surrey, City Center, Skytrain, and all amenities, shopping, and restaurants. This magnificent home features floor-to-ceiling windows with mountain, city and water views. Million dollar view at a bargain price! The Primary bedroom includes a walk-in closet, and the second bedroom can easily be converted into an exercise room or office space. The kitchen features plenty of storage and a large central island, perfect for entertaining. Enjoy the large covered patio, perfect for entertaing.

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We have sold a property at 158 11305 240 ST in Maple Ridge

We have sold a property at 158 11305 240 ST in Maple Ridge. See details here

This stunning, END UNIT townhouse located in the highly sought-after "Maple Heights" complex & built by "QUALICO" is a rare find! The main floor features loads of windows on three sides with natural light flooding the space, & complementing the 9 ft ceilings. In addition, the main floor features laminate floors throughout, tiled bathroom floors, and carpeted stairs. The "Great Room" design includes an open kitchen with a center island, eating bar, gas stove, quartz counters, tiled backsplash, under-mounted sink, and stainless steel appliances. The living room has French doors leading to the deck & private fully fenced rear yard. Upstairs, you'll find 3 bedrooms, two full bathrooms including the primary bedroom with a walk-in closet & luxurious 5-piece ensuite. FULL DRIVEWAY parking for 4!!

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We have sold a property at 8163 KUNIMOTO CRT in Mission

We have sold a property at 8163 KUNIMOTO CRT in Mission. See details here

FIRST TIME ON THE MARKET! Sitting on a desirable North East neighborhood on nearly 11,000 square feet, this home is the PERFECT example of what PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP looks like! FLAT LOT with possible coach home potential. CHERRY, APPLE, BERRIES AND GARDENER'S DREAM! This home will make a SPLASH with your family! Design potential for an unauthorized suite. A/C 6yro/ Appliances 4/yrs old and HWT 9yrs. Book your showing, grab your loved ones, jump in the car and come take a look at this hidden treasure! Literally this home is hidden on Kunimoto Court! COME SEE!

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It is hard to believe it is October already!

Even though Fall has already started, there are a few things you can do still to ensure your home is well-prepared for the season.

Whatever your plans, a quick check of your home will ensure there are no surprises!

  • Examine Your Gutters: This time of year it is important to clean and inspect your gutters (replacing as needed) to ensure they are working properly as the rain and snow season hits. If they are clogged or damaged, it could result in flooding or exterior damage - so don’t wait!
     
  • Check for Drafts: In the Fall and Winter, many homeowners are spending extra money heating their homes due to drafts, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Do a check on all exterior doors and windows to confirm if they are properly sealed. To do this, simply close a door or window on a strip of paper. If the paper slides easily, you need to update your weatherstripping.
     
  • Inspect Your Furnace: In Canada, we are no strangers to chilly evenings! To ensure you are comfortable throughout the colder months, be sure to have your furnace inspected by an HVAC professional. They can check leaks, test efficiency, and change the filter. They can also conduct a carbon monoxide check to ensure air safety.
     
  • Manage Your Thermostat: As tempting as it is to turn your heat all the way up in the winter, proper thermostat management will help you save costs in the long run. Using a thermostat with a timer can save you even more. Turn them on earlier so the room heats up in time for use and have it turned off 30 minutes before bed or before leaving the home. If you find you are still chilly at night, a safely positioned space heater and closed door is an inexpensive solution.
     
  • Fix Any Concrete/Asphalt Cracks: This one is easy to ignore thinking it will be fine, but it could easily turn into a bigger issue. When water gets into existing cracks during the colder months it will freeze and expand, causing the crack to become even larger.
     
  • Turn Off Outdoor Plumbing: Since your garden will not need attention until the Spring, it is a good idea to shut off and drain all outdoor faucets and sprinkler systems. Depending on where you live, you might also want to cover them to prevent freezing during the Winter months.
     
  • Change Your Batteries: For safety, it is recommended that you check that all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide devices are working at least a couple of times throughout the year. While doing other Fall home prep, add this one to your list!
     
  • Create a Storm Kit: A storm kit is a handy source of essential items in the event of losing power. Consider what you and your family might need, such as a flashlight with new batteries, candles, matches, a portable radio, water, and snacks. Keep your kit somewhere easy to access.


 
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