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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Growing demand for family-friendly apartments

Growing demand for family-friendly apartments

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Carbon monoxide detectors mandatory in Ontario homes starting Wednesday October 15th 2014

Ontario is taking another step to keep families and homes in Ontario safe by making carbon monoxide alarms mandatory in all residential homes.

 The new regulation, which comes into effect October 15, 2014, updates Ontario's Fire Code following the passage of Bill 77 last year. These updates are based on recommendations from a Technical Advisory Committee which was led by the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management and included experts from fire services, the hotel and rental housing industries, condo owners and alarm manufacturers.

 Carbon monoxide detectors will now be required near all sleeping areas in residential homes and in the service rooms, and adjacent sleeping areas in multi-residential units. Carbon monoxide alarms can be hardwired, battery-operated or plugged into the wall.

Friday, October 3, 2014

How to Emigrate to Canada Without Any Financial Hassle

The following is a very interesting and helpful article presented to my site by Julie Bowen and aimed @ those that are thinking about, or taking the plunge to relocate to this amazing country

Having immigrated to Canada many years ago I really could have used this information.

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Thank you Julie 

Many of us dream of the time when we can be financially secure enough to retire and have more time to do the things we love - be it home renovations, spending more time with the family, traveling more and seeing the world or even emigrating. Leaving your home behind and moving away to live in another country might seem like a daunting undertaking – at any age, but it’s something that hundreds of thousands of people do every year, Believe it or not, Canada is one of the most popular destinations for people to start a new life in. If you’d like to find out more about the financial pros and cons of selling up and moving, you can find more information here.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Understanding Your Storage Options When Moving

The third in the series posts from 

David Shapiro 

Understanding Your Storage Options When Moving

If you’re moving to a new home, but are downsizing or leaving your current home before the new one is available, you may need to store some or all of your belongings for a time. It’s always a good idea to examine all of your options before making a decision. Here are the main storage options available to you, whether you are in need of short-term or long-term storage:

·         Self-storage. This is probably the most well-known kind of storage, in which a customer rents out a storage unit and pays a monthly fee for access to this limited space that usually resembles a small garage. Self-storage units can be inside or outside, air conditioned/heated or not. You deliver and unpack your belongings on your own – of course, if you need help, a moving company will assist you for a fee. This storage option is usually best for short-term storage or for items you need to access more frequently.

·         Moving pods. Several companies offer moving pods, which are transportable units that can sit outside your home (usually in your driveway) and be loaded at your convenience. The company often delivers and picks up the pods, but some have the option of letting you transport the pods for a reduced cost. If you are not moving into your new home right away, you can have your pod stored for as short or long a time as necessary. This storage option is nice for such a transitional period, so you won’t have to unpack and unload your belongings into a storage unit only to repack and reload it later for transport to your new home.

·         Moving company storage. One of the lesser known storage options is to have your belongings stored at your moving company’s storage facilities. When the moving company comes to pack and load your belongings, it can take your stuff to a storage-in-transit facility for a short time – usually up to three months. If you still need storage after that, most companies have permanent storage facilities. These facilities are often the most secure storage option, with 24-hour security and special crates to keep your belongings safe. However, the customer often has limited or no access to items while in storage.

When considering your storage options, think about your situation and what particular needs you have – and which option will best suit your circumstances. Then, be sure to do your research in order to find a reputable company with affordable rates. Good luck and happy storing!


David Shapiro is a marketing specialist for moving companies such as Allied Van Lines. He enjoys traveling, hiking, and playing basketball.

Thank You David


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Friday, August 8, 2014

Downsizing: Tips for Moving from a House to Apartment

Another interesting post from 

David Shapiro 

         When you’re leaving a house and moving into an apartment, it can be both an exciting and stressful time. There’s a certain freedom in living with less – but getting rid of your stuff can be painful and difficult as well. Sometimes, the most difficult part is figuring out exactly what to toss and what to bring with you to your new home. Here are some tips to help with downsizing:

·         Determine whether you really need something. There’s stuff that’s “nice to have” and stuff that’s essential to have. Figure out the difference. A good indicator is whether you have used the item in the last year – or worn it, in the case of shoes or clothing. If you haven’t, sell it or give it to charity if it’s in good enough condition.

·         Ask friends for help. It’s nice to have assistance in packing up your stuff. And, since good friends have no sentimental attachments to your things, they  can give you an objective opinion about whether to keep something or toss it.

·         Begin the process several months in advance. Packing up a home is time-consuming enough, but when you’re trying to decide what to keep, it can be emotional as well. Give yourself plenty of time – two or three months at least. The last thing you want is to feel rushed and make a poor decision because you were stressed out by a quickly approaching move date.

·         Think ahead. Many apartment complexes have the dimensions of each apartment style available. Use those dimensions to consider how your current furniture will – or won’t – fit once you move. This may help you choose which furniture to keep.

·         Get extra storage. If your downsizing is only temporary, consider renting a storage facility for everything that won’t fit in your apartment. If it’s not, then think about ways to use the space you will have well. For example, use hollow ottomans and benches for extra storage, and put up shelves on the wall as a place for books.

·         Hold a moving sale. It can be a pain to get rid of items you’ve grown to care about, but selling them is better than tossing them. A moving sale is the perfect way to make a little cash on those items you’ll no longer need and can’t take with you.


David Shapiro is a marketing specialist for moving companies such as Allied Van Lines. He enjoys traveling, hiking, and playing baseball.

Thank You David, very informative. 


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Friday, July 11, 2014

Do’s and Don’ts for Moving into a Rental

The following is a guest post from marketing specialist 

David Shapiro

Do’s and Don’ts for Moving into a Rental

It’s no secret that moving to a new home can be a challenge. There’s so much to consider – from finding the right place to packing, hiring a moving company, and so much more. Even though many might think renting is “easier” than buying, it comes with its own special considerations. Here is a list of a few do’s and don’ts when looking for and moving into a rental – whether it be an apartment, condo, or house.

·         DO check whether pets are allowed before signing a lease. A lot of places charge a pet security deposit and an extra monthly fee, so be aware of those things beforehand. After all, pets are family and you have to take them with you!

·         DO ask for a walk-through inspection before you move in. This is your opportunity to note any damage you see so you can’t be blamed and charged for it upon leaving.

·         DO check your credit before beginning to look for rental properties. This way you know how good you’ll appear on paper – and be able to sort out any wrong information before potential landlords see it.

·         DO drive by the property and check the safety ratings of the area with local police before making an appointment to view.

·         DON’T paint or wallpaper unless you’re willing – and able – to put things back the way you found them. Otherwise, be prepared to forfeit your security deposit. Anytime you want to make improvements or changes to the property, get written permission from the landlord ahead of time.

·         DON’T sign a lease for longer than you know you’ll be in town. Of course, things can always happen – you could unexpectedly get a job out of state, for example – so be aware of what the landlord’s lease-breaking policies are, just in case. There’s often a fee for breaking your lease early. Some landlords will allow you to sublet your property, and some won’t. Find out ahead of time so you aren’t surprised.

·         DON’T rent an apartment or house online unless you use extreme caution. Even then, it’s risky. There are a lot of scammers out there looking to take advantage of those who want a great price, so be sure any rental agreements you sign are legitimate.


David Shapiro is a marketing specialist for moving companies such as Allied Van Lines. He enjoys traveling, hiking, and playing baseball.

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