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Container Moving? An Innovative Moving Solution

If you want to save on the big costs of moving but aren’t willing to drive that big truck, especially long distance, then self-service moving might just be right for you. In fact, do-it-yourself container moving is the best option for you!


Majority of people today are not familiar with all the moving options they have, especially do-it-yourself container moving. It is simple, affordable and efficient. Do-it-yourself container moving is the alternative to full service moving and the alternative to rental truck moving. You load and unload your own container, while leaving the driving to the professionals.


There are many pros to do-it-yourself container moving:

·     Your reserved container is like your own personal vault; you load your own personal belongings into your own container
·     The comfort of knowing your things are packed and unpacked safely since you have the ability of doing it yourself, while still saving on your move
·     No chance of cross-contamination from another shipment or any chance of mix up because you do not share your container
·     You put your own personal lock on your container so only you have access and complete control of your possessions
·     The moving container allows for the capability of well organized packing and ability to maximize space by the functionality of the cube sized container
·     No worries of having to drive a big rental truck or even worse breaking down on the road because the driving is still left to the professionals (while saving money!)
·     No stress of having to pay for the high costs of fuel while driving and worrying about extra mileage and extra fuel costs
·     The containers are weather-resistant to prevent any possible weather damages

With Flexible Move do-it-yourself containers you get all these benefits with your moving container, plus more. We know that not everyone is an expert at packing. Therefore, we provide numerous moving blankets, pads and straps for your move provided for you along with your container rental. This ensures that all your goods are fully protected through out the transit of your container, allowing for some piece of mind!


As well, after the container(s) are dropped off at your home, loaded, locked up and secure; once the containers are transferred and reach destination we provide flexible arrival and delivery dates. Once you are ready at your new destination for delivery we will drop the container off again for you to then unload. However, you may not be ready to take delivery, so we can provide storage as an additional option. Most self-service companies should offer storage options in case you're waiting between moves. After, the containers are then delivered to your new home, where you unpack your things. All at one flat rate with Flexible Move! 


In addition, most companies should include insurance in the price, while others may charge extra. For your Flexible Move service we already provide basic coverage insurance for your goods, so that your goods are covered in the case of a tragic event! We also provide additional coverage that you have the option of adding on to your container. If you have valuables, you may want to purchase more. Flexible Move provides you with many options to meet all your needs; whether you are looking for a cheap affordable, but yet professional move or just flexibility for a stress-free move!


Now that’s a great moving solution!


For more information, check out www.flexiblemove.ca/.

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posted by Flexible Move @ Sunday, January 30, 2011 2:00 PM   0 Comments


New Airmiles Partnership Coming Soon!

In February of 2011, we will be launching our newly signed agreement with AirMiles. If our customers book their upcoming move online, they will receive 50 airmiles reward miles! If you would prefer to speak to one of our friendly representatives to book your move, you will still receive 25 airmiles reward miles.


Flexible Move is the only do-it-yourself container moving program with this partnership. It is an exclusive deal that you won't find anywhere else and we couldn't be more excited to launch it to our customers. Keep checking back in with our blog, to find out the exact launch date.

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posted by Flexible Move @ Friday, January 28, 2011 12:23 PM   0 Comments


Finding a Real Estate Agent

Finding a good real estate agent/broker is essential to a smooth move. So if you are buying or selling a home you need to find a good, reliable agent that you are happy with. Everyone that sells a home is selling a different home than the other ones sold and when buying a home it will be different than all the others bought. So what you need is a real estate agent that listens to your wants and needs and knows your market.



Here are some ways to help you find a good Real Estate agent:

1. Referrals

Many real estate agents get majority of business through satisfied clients who refer them to friends, family, neighbours, co-workers and so on. So ask the people around you if they know any good real estate agents that they have used or heard about. Successful agents make customer satisfaction a priority and should put their customers' needs before their own.

2. Phone Book

In the phone book you can easily search for a real estate agent alphabetically. Shop around until you know you have found the right agent for you. These agents have paid for their ad listings in your local phone book, so they will be local and could be a good resource. Research!

3. Online

Anything can be found through the internet now, so search on the net. Make sure to hire a reliable agent though. So doing your research will be a necessity, since finding someone online does not always assure quality. You could also do a search on any agencies you are considering to see, find if there are any reviews or feedback from people who have used them, such as customer testimonials.

4. Open Houses

Attend open houses in your area and watch the real estate agents that host them. You can get their business cards and interact with them. Make sure to note if they are polite, informative and appear knowledgeable in the home they’re selling.

5. Neighbourhood Signs

Pay attention to the listing signs around your neighbourhood. The agent who sells listings the fastest might be better for you than the agent with the largest number of "for sale" signs. Results speak volumes!

6. Newspaper

The real estate classifieds will have listings along with agents and their agencies. You can always call them up and ask about their credentials, experience, and what they think they can do for you.


However you find your self a real estate agent, make sure you are informed and pick someone who has a proven track record of success and that you have a good feeling about so that you can have confidence in the process of buying or selling your home!

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posted by Flexible Move @ Tuesday, January 25, 2011 9:24 PM   0 Comments


Do It Yourself Container Moving



*Ability to load and unload your OWN container, while you leave the driving to the PROFESSIONALS!


posted by Flexible Move @ Monday, January 17, 2011 4:06 PM   0 Comments


Save on Fuel, While Moving Across Canada!



*Flexible Move allows you to save on high costs of fuel AND you don't have to drive that BIG rental truck



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Movers You Can Trust



*Flexible Move is owned & operated by 2 of the most reputable names in moving; United Van Lines & Mayflower Canada


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Protect Your Home on Move Day



*Each container provided with numerous moving blankets to protect your home and goods while in transit


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You Lock it, We Move it!




*Exclusive use of your own 8 foot or 9 foot size container(s) 
*Attach your own lock to ensure the privacy of your container


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First Time Homebuyers 101

Congratulations!  So you are buying your first home. This can be an exciting time, but the transition and moving process can be a very stressful time! There are many things to take into consideration and to decide when buying your first home that many first home buyers don’t know or forget to consider.
There are many questions to be answered such as where, when, why, how, schools, transit, environment and so on and so on. And then the hard questions like what mortgage plan to consider!
There are a few different types of Mortgages and depending on your situation, circumstances, finances and budgets; you need to find the best one to suit your life.
Mortgage Type
Description

Variable Rate

Mortgage with an interest rate that change with the market. The rate changes each month, meaning that the portion of your monthly payment that goes towards interest may go up or down monthly. However, your total monthly payment probably stays the same.

High-Ratio

Mortgage you obtain when you have less than 25% of the total purchase price to make as a down payment. This type of mortgage must be insured – through sources such as CMHC or GEMI.

Closed

Mortgage with a fixed interest rate – usually lower than an open mortgage rate – and a set, unchangeable term. You cannot pay off a closed mortgage before the agreed end date without paying a penalty.

Convertible

Mortgage you may change from short-term to long-term, depending on your financial situation.

 Open

Mortgage you can pay off, renew, or refinance any time. The interest rate for an open mortgage is usually higher than a closed mortgage rate.



Flexible Move understands that this really is a life changing event and we want to help.
Click on the link below to learn more about Home Buying and Mortgage Basics 101 and make your process a lot easier:
Aside from all the expenses of first home buying; Flexible Move offers an affordable, cheaper option to moving your goods from anywhere from one side of the country to the other.
To learn more click on our website and read all about it:
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First Time Home Sellers & Buyers


Preparing your home for the market as a homeowner has a lot of work involved when setting up house for selling and moving. There are far more responsibilities when you own your own house since you are the owner. In rental homes for instance, the Landlord or Rental Company would take care of these essential responsibilities before moving. So there is a lot to consider and keep in mind as an owner.

First, you need to prepare the house for the market.

*Tip: You should take the time to spruce up your home even more, rather than just “clean” to maximize your sales.

(The Real Estate agent will give you recommendations as well, for things to do to increase your sales appeal. They are the experts so take their advice!)

Checklist for preparing home:

Get rid of any clutter or junk for a neat and tidy look
Put excess items or even furniture away (into storage) to make your home look tidy and spacious
- Arrange your furniture for an inviting look and feel
If needed, paint the walls for a fresher look
If needed, clean the carpets
Fix any noticeable fixtures that need to be fixed

While home is on the market remember to:

Keep things looking neat and tidy
Keep home looking clean; vacuum, dust, etc.

*Don’t keep piles of dishes, laundry, boxes, etc.

*Tip: Having fresh flowers in the home gives a nice touch and baking a pie or cookies before an open house will create a smell that will make for an inviting and cozy welcome.

After house sale (before move):

Make sure everything is clean
Have all repairs fixed that need to be fixed

*Don’t leave any junk left behind in house, once you leave

When moving into new home remember to:

Change and forward all your mail to your new address
Update utility companies as well as cable, internet, phone, and so on with change of new address
Update any other important things such as bills with change of new address
Update drivers license
Update insurance
Before you move in make sure to inspect your home for safety purposes

*Check to have properly placed working smoke detectors
*Set up utilities in new home


For additional information for homeowners buying, renovating, renting, selling, and more click on the link below to find out some great information/ facts:


For a list of more information on homeowner tips, credits, rebates and more news click on the link below for helpful articles:



posted by Flexible Move @ Thursday, January 6, 2011 11:43 AM   0 Comments


Moving Our Senior Citizens


So the time may come when it is required to move an elder family member from their home to another type of housing accommodation. Moving can always be a hectic event, but there are a lot more concerns when you are a senior (or moving a senior) when moving. How much you do yourself will depend on your age, abilities and family support.

Moving and packing up household belongings is at a whole other level. If you don't have family close by it can be even more overwhelming. But there are many ways to make it easier for our seniors in the moving process that can make the moving experience go smoothly for everyone involved.

*If you are someone moving a senior then there are many things to keep in mind through-out the move process. Remember to:



·         Be understanding of your loved one's belongings (these are things they could’ve had all their lives)
·         Be considerate when it is time to minimize belongings, as it is often a result of necessity rather than desire
·         Be sensitive to their feelings, as many times even at an earlier age we start to feel abandoned. Spend time with your senior and stay in touch anyway you can (the elderly move is more emotional than an average move)
·         Pack in smaller boxes as much as possible, for their sake. Doing so will make it easier to carry, but they are easier to unpack without getting tired so quickly
·         Focus on their new location and go over to visit the place a few times together; let them spend the day if it is a more active community (it can make the transition a lot easier)
 

Now depending on their state of health and finances, the options of where to move generally fall into three categories:
For the Active Senior – Retirement Communities
Usually these are condo, land-lease or own homeownership of detached/semi detached homes, townhouses or apartments. There are usually recreational facilities in place in a planned community type setting.
For the Less Active Senior – Retirement Homes
Usually these are small apartments or bed-sitting type accommodations (including a small galley kitchen). Meals are available in a communal dining room although residents can prepare light meals in their own unit. Recreational activities are also available within the complex.
Nursing staff is usually available on site with physicians on an on-call basis.
For Seniors Requiring Care – Nursing Homes
Usually a private or shared room accommodation with 24 hour nursing staff available. Crafts, physiotherapy and some light recreational activity available on site.
*Finding the right accommodation can be a time consuming and sometimes difficult task. Nursing homes in particular often have waiting lists. Some useful information and advice can be found at:
Varying on how much space they will have in the new place, help them to choose an appropriate amount of furniture and/or keepsakes to accompany them. Always ask their opinion before discarding belongings and honour their wishes as to how some items are to be dispersed among family members and so on.
If the senior is moving into a non-assisted living type arrangement, offer assistance in making moving arrangements.
Nevertheless, if you are able, there are a number of things which you could do to ensure that your move goes as smoothly and efficiently as possible. And always keep in mind the tips above if you are helping your senior to move!

If you are a senior on a budget, especially retirees, then Flexible Move is perfect as the cheaper option. Flexible Move offers not only an alternative service to the more expensive Full Service move, but we can provide labour to you as well with help loading and unloading your container(s).

posted by Flexible Move @ Wednesday, January 5, 2011 10:45 AM   0 Comments





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