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Surrey / Delta / Chilliwack

Deltita Gardens

1 bdrm from $700 2 bdrm from $800 3 bdrm from $900

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Close to schools, shops, bus route to Sky Train. Some suites with mountain views. Rent includes heat + hot water and basic cable. For more info or to view please call. 8507 120th St, N. Delta

19899-55A Avenue, Langley

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Langley / Vancouver Majorca

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5699-201A St. • 604-533-6945

5639-201A St. • 604-533-7578

Langley FREE: Laundry, Heat, Hot Water and Covered Parking

• Resident manager on site 24 hrs • Free cable - Free laundry • Hardwood Floors • Sparkling Clean Buildings • We Are Proud of Our Addresses • No pets

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Ideal for those who thrive on the energy of the city ~ an apartment at Infinity puts downtown at your doorstep. Infinity also offers tremendous amenities including a fully equipped fitness facility, access to maid service and apartments wired for high speed internet access. You even have a Chapters Book store, Starbucks, Kichi Sushi and Urban Barn all located within the building.

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Choosing the right landlord Six tips from an industry insider by Sheryl Erenberg

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5. Surrey/Langley/Delta/ Vancouver 18. Victoria

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EDITORS’ NOTES

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f you’re a regular reader of Renters Guide, you know we offer a variety of information for those looking for a new place to call home. But did you know it is your responsibility as a tenant to know your rights and responsibilities prior to signing a lease agreement? By knowing your rights and responsibilities ahead of time, you will be well informed and able to determine if the location is right for you. Once you choose your location, make sure you understand your lease – and all the provisions in it – before you sign. Over the course of your tenancy a landlord should give you adequate written notice, in accordance with the timelines set out in The Landlord and Tenant Act, when rent or landlord services will be adjusted. You should be able to discuss any clarifications or adjustments before they take effect or a new lease is signed. Many landlords and property management companies do their jobs well and care about the property they own as well as the people who live there. It is in their best interest to keep good tenants. Many go above and beyond. Do you know a terrific landlord or property management team? What makes him or her so great? Let us know. We’d love to hear from you!

Susan Legge EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, National Real Estate susan.legge@wall2wallmedia.com Follow me on Twitter at Twitter.com/SusanLegge

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t Renters Guide, we have seen the industry grow and change a lot over the past 25 years. We’ve actually been part of the process. Over the years the vacancy rates have changed, the laws have changed, the way that people do business has changed. Take rent payments, for example. Used to be that everyone paid rent one of two ways – you either handed in a cheque on the first of the month or you handed in cash. You – and every other resident in your building went by the management office on the first, though some landlords actually came door-to-door to collect. Now you can pay by cash and cheque, though increasingly, landlords are accepting debit cards, online banking e-transfers and major credit cards. It’s a great way to rack up loyalty points and travel miles if your credit card company offers them! We’ve helped you explore rental living, from neighbourly etiquette to knowing your rights and responsibilities. Our columnists provide expert advice and insight on everything from enjoying onsite amenities to techniques for doing up your apartment’s decor with style and the latest trends. There’s a lot to rental living, and we’re here to help you find that perfect home and enjoy rental living. We’d love to hear your questions and concerns and will try to have our experts provide the answers! Get in touch – email, snail mail, Facebook and Twitter – all great ways to connect. Now get looking for that perfect new place! Our magazine and website, TheRentersGuide.ca, offer the best selection of apartments, informative articles and advice, making it easy to make your move!

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A19. Holly Tree Apartments 1116 Hamilton Street Caprent.com

A25. Blair House 10100 No.3 Road GreatApartments.ca

A30. Rainbow 5669-201A St.

A1. Fraser Pointe 3083 Kent Ave NE concertproperties.com

A8. Nelson Place 1424 Nelson & Broughton

A13. Whitgift Gardens 550 Cottonwood Ave concertpropert ies.com

A2. 600 Drake Downtown/ Yaletown concertproperties.com

A9. Carmen Manor 1516 Davie Street & Nicola

A14. Kent Place 533 Cottonwood Avenue

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A10. Lougheed Village Apartments 9500/9502 Erickson Drive 9303/9304 Salish Court

Surrey A11. Surrey Gardens 100, 12747-102 Avenue GreatApartments.ca A12. Evergreen Apartments 10525 150 St. Gatewaypm.com

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A15. Cypress Gardens 114 & 1132 Howie Street Caprent.com A16. Park Regency Apartments 612 Clarke Road Coquitlam Caprent.com A17. Sydney Place Apartments 544 Sydney Ave Caprent.com A18. Lougheed Village Apartments 9500/9502 Erickson Drive 9303/9304 Salish Court

A20. Park Astoria Apartments 430- 11th Street Caprent.com A21. Princeton Place Apartments Howay Street Caprent.com A22. Tantus Towers 810 St. Andrews Street Caprent.com A23. Sherbrooke Manor Apartments 329 Sherbrooke Street Caprent.com

Delta A24. Deltita Gardens 8507 120 St

A26. Fraser Place 11675 Seventh Ave Caprent.com A27. Dolphin Square 8200 Park Rd Caprent.com A28. Carlton Park Gardens 10951 Mortfield Rd Caprent.com

A31. Villa Fontana 5609-201A St. A32. Majorca 5699 201A St A33. Stardust 5639 201A St A34 Encore 19899-55A Avenue www.baywest.ca

aBBotSforD A29. Huron Court 31790 Union Ave Baywest.ca A30. Courtyard Estates 2929 & 2959 Tims Street firesidepropertygroup. com/courtyard-estates/

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Single entry lounge pass starting from $33.25 tax inclusive ($24.50 children ages 2 – 11) for 2 hours lounge use. 3 hour and 6 hour lounge use also available** ** Online bookings only; higher rates apply for walk-in lounge use

All amenities are included in the price of entry including bar service after 11:00 a.m. (Toronto, Vancouver) and 10:00 a.m. (Edmonton)

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Paint Your Apartment

How to

by Jane Herman

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othing gives a room a lift like a fresh coat of paint. And changing the colour is the easiest decorating touch in the world. But painting your apartment – even just one

room – is a lot more work than you might imagine. So look into it carefully before you attempt it.

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If you’re contemplating painting your apartment, speak to your landlord first to find out what the company policy is regarding painting, especially if you have a vibrant colour in mind. Many property managers have a schedule for painting their units and yours could be due. Most companies paint all the rooms in a standard neutral colour like an off white, which makes it easier to maintain as well as re-rent. The key to any successful painting project is preparation: Move any furniture in the room away from the walls and cover the floors and all the remaining furniture with plastic or drop cloths. Next, remove any pictures, mirrors, window treatments and electrical light switch plates. Loosen the ceiling plates of hanging light fixtures and cover them as well. Use a mild soap and water solution to wash any surfaces that are soiled or may have an oily residue from hands or cooking. Mask any surfaces not to be painted such as door handles with non-sticky painter’s tape. Clean the baseboards and tape them as well, overlapping the drop cloth. Spot prime any surface markings with a good primer to prevent the stains or marks from bleeding through the finish coat. Sand any rough surfaces with fine sandpaper and remove any sanding dust with a vacuum and damp cloth. Examine wall, ceiling and trim surfaces for nail holes, cracks or other imperfections. Fill the holes with spackling compound and wipe the spatula over the area until smooth. Priming is an important step that many amateur painters think they can forego. Priming helps improve adhesion of the final colour, block flaws and give the finished colour a uniform appearance and maximum sheen – in short, a professional look. The type of primer you’ll need depends on what was on the wall before you start, as well as the colour you want to put on the wall. Painting a lighter colour over a darker one requires a good priming. If you’re painting a dark or vibrant colour over white using a tinted primer can save you coats of paint. Check with your paint dealer to make sure you purchase the right type of primer for your room. It is common to use a gloss or semi gloss for doors and trim, an eggshell or matte for the walls and the least reflective type of paint for the ceiling. Matte paints are more forgiving of flaws on the wall while the higher the gloss the easier it is to clean and wipe down. If you are painting the entire room start with the ceiling and then paint the walls. Begin at a corner of the room, using a two to two-and-a-half inch angled brush and apply a three-inch strip of coating along the perimeter TheRentersGuide.ca where the wall and ceiling meet. If you’re not comfortable

with this technique, tape the edge with painter’s tape to achieve a perfect line. Do one section of the ceiling at a time. Use a roller to fill in the interior of the ceiling. Pour paint into a tray and slowly roll the roller back and forth to remove excess paint. Roll the width of the ceiling rather than the length. An extension pole will help you reach the ceiling comfortably Using the same technique, paint the walls along the baseboard and around the door and window trim, one wall at a time. Use a two-inch sash brush to paint the window sash, then the rails. Be careful to avoid painting the sash tracks. Leave the sash open until the paint has fully dried, removing any paint from your window panes with a taped razor blade (be careful not to scratch the glass). Fill in the walls will a roller, rolling the paint in a W pattern, and then spreading the paint to fill in. Roll from floor to ceiling to blend and finish each section. Work in small sections so that the paint doesn’t begin to dry before you can fill in the section. Let the first coat dry and then check to see if you need a second coat. Let the walls dry for 24 hours before painting the trim. Apply painter’s tape to the edge of the wall to ensure a clean job. If you make a mistake you can remove the wet paint with a damp rag before it has time to dry. Once you’ve finished painting, you’ll need to clean up, and dispose of any leftover paint. Clean brushes with solvent, squeezing out as much paint and solvent as possible. Rinse the brushes in solvent, then wash in soapy water. Rinse and let dry. Wrap and store in heavy paper. Disassemble the roller and submerge in solvent. When most of the paint has been removed, wash with soap and rinse thoroughly. (If you have used latex paint, substitute soapy water for solvent). You may want to save a small amount of paint for touch-ups. Close the can, mark with masking tape and store under your kitchen sink or in your storage locker. Used paint never gets discarded in the trash or poured down the drain, ensure you dispose of it properly. Your neighbourhood paint dealer can also be of a great deal of assistance and may have some great suggestions. Good luck! Jane Herman is a Communications Consultant who has worked in the rental property industry. Jane provides communications solutions for a diverse range of clients and has written about food, fashion, apartment living and personal finance for several publications.

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• Swimming pool • Fitness center • Water front property with ocean view suites • Only minutes walk to the heart of Steveston Village • Dishwashers in select suites. • Next to West Dyke Trail. • Next to Garry Point Park.

Carlton Park Gardens 10951 Mortfield Road, Richmond Bachelors Available! 1 Bedrooms Available! 2 Bedrooms Available! 3 Bedrooms Available!

604-210-3041 ASK ABOUT OUR MOVE IN BONUS!

• Cable ready, large suites • Private balconies • Outdoor pool and indoor sauna • BBQ area • Exercise room • 3 appliances - fridge, stove & dishwasher • Resident party room • Courtyards and water fountains throughout the property

Dolphin Square 8200 Park Road, Richmond

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1 Bedrooms Available! 2 Bedrooms Available! • Ample secure covered parking • Landscaped courtyard • Outdoor pool • BBQ patio with • Desirable location • Minutes to Vancouver Airport • Short walk to shopping • Close to City Hall, library, and the Minoru Park Sports Complex (pool, ice rink, playing)

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private patios, underground parking, upgraded suites. 1 Bedrooms Available! 1 Bedrooms + Dens Available! Located in the established central area of Coquitlam, 1114 and 1132 Howie St (Cypress Gardens Apartments) provides the ideal standards of living in the area. Close to parks and all conveniences, it is your best choice for apartments for rent in Coquitlam.

Park Regency Apartments

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612 Clarke Road, Coquitlam, BC

604-227-3346

Private balconies, Dishwasher, underground parking, laundry room, elevators, fitness room. 1 Bedrooms Available! These apartments for rent in Coquitlam are located in the beautiful parkland in the city. Just 15 kms from the city of Vancouver and bordering New Westminster and Burnaby, 612 Clarke Rd is an ideal location for commuting and living. A small property with ample access to shopping at the Lougheed Mall and other retailers provides everything you would need in your day.

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(604) 931-3273 1 MONTH FREE. INQUIRE NOW FOR DETAILS

These apartments for rent in Coquitlam are Located in the parkland community of the city, with mountain views, this mature site with large trees and gardens is the ideal location for commuting or working in the area.

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Holly Tree Apartments 1116 Hamilton Street, New Westminster, BC Indoor & Outdoor Parking, Lockers, Balconies, Elevators, Laundry Room. 1 Bedrooms Available!

604-227-3294 LIMITED TIME OFFER: MOVE IN BONUS!

This accommodating low-rise is located in the Moody Park neighbourhood and is surrounded by impressive greenery. Our bright and spacious apartments for rent in New Westminster come with hardwood floors throughout. Located near bus routes, The Sky Train, Justin Morneau Field, the Royal City Centre Mall and Westminster Centre Mall and theatre. Lord Kelvin Elementary and New West Secondary School are also conveniently located close by. For your grocery needs you are located less than 1km from a Safeway and Save on Foods supermarket

Royal Ridge Apartments 315 Agnes Street, New Westminster, BC

604-227-3296

Elevators, Parking, Balconies, $500 Laundry Room, Fitness Room. MOVE IN BONUS Bachelors Available! 1 Bedrooms Available! This well kept low rise building, featuring apartments for rent in New Westminster, is located close to the Columbia Sky train station, the Fraser River, the Westminster Quay Public Market and Douglas College. The River Market offers you quaint shops and restaurants with breath taking views of the Fraser River. For your added convenience, Columbia Square Plaza and Royal City Centre Shopping Centre are both nearby. Our units come carpeted throughout the living and bedrooms along with tiled floors throughout the bathroom and kitchen. A fitness room is also available for your use at no extra charge.

Park Astoria Apartments 430 - 11th Street, New Westminster, BC Elevators, Indoor Parking, Balconies, Laundry Room, Fitness Room, Dishwashers, Entry Call Board. 1 Bedrooms Available!

604-227-3341 1 MONTH FREE. INQUIRE NOW FOR DETAILS.

Surrounded by lush foliage and well manicured grounds, these beautiful and modern low rise apartments for rent in New Westminster are what you will want to call home. The spacious units have carpeting throughout and come equipped with dishwashers for your added convenience. A fitness room is available for your use at no extra charge. Close to bus routes and grocery stores such as Safeway and Buy-Rite foods. The New West Mall, which has a Cinema and the Royal City Centre Shopping Centre are also located nearby.

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1021 Howay Street, New Westminster, BC

Large Suites, Balconies, Dishwashers, Laundry Rooms, Exercise Room, Close to Skytrain. 1 Bedrooms Available! 2 Bedrooms Available! Princeton Place, featuring 1 and 2 bedroom apartments for rent in New Westminster, is a well situated and leading neighbourhood building. This beautifully maintained property is ideal for commuters given the closeness to the Sky Train or the short commute to downtown Vancouver. This condo-like building surrounds beautiful grounds and a courtyard for all to enjoy.

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(604) 931-3273 $500 MOVE IN BONUS

A well situated and family building, these beautiful apartments for rent in New Westminster are ideal for commuters given the closeness to the Sky Train. The short commute to downtown Vancouver or for those who work close by makes Sherbrooke Manor Apartments the ideal place to live for all.

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quicktips

ApArtment Finding primer

G

et yourself into an apartment-hunting frame of mind and onto a successful search with these tips.

1 Get yourself in a gung-ho apartment search frame of mind. You will be making a lot of phone calls and leaving many messages. If your messages aren’t returned the next day,

3 Collect all of your rental information before you visit your first vacancy.

4 Have a credit report with you and give yourself an edge over the next guy.

they are looking for: • Someone both able and responsible enough to pay rent on time. • People who will treat them and their property with care and respect. • Quiet tenants who will not be disturbing to other tenants or neighbors.

6 Always keep your appointments and always show up on time.

you should call again. If you don’t have a

Landlords will be impressed by your

local phone number, make one available

organization and preparedness. As well,

No-shows are a major source of

to the caretaker/property management

you’ll save money by not having to shell

frustration for building managers and

company.

out for each and every landlord that

landlords.

2 Keep your chequebook with you.

requires one.

7 Don’t get discouraged!

When you see an apartment that looks

5 Dress and groom as though you are

Finding a great place is not easy, but it is

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good to you, you are going to have to decide and act upon it quickly. Good

going to a job interview.

places do not stay on the market long!

In many respects it is the same. Landlords

People constantly lose good places due

of really good units usually have their

to indecision.

pick of several applicants.

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GREENBOROUGH

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Call 778-788-1867

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PARKSIDE VILLAGE Ideal Family Complex

Attractive 3 bedroom townhomes with 1.5 baths, appliances including washer/ dryer. Cat & Dog Friendly, some conditions apply. 3628 Williams St, Vancouver Call: 251-2503

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1 and 2 bedroom suties for rent in the Metrotown area, 5 min from Mall and Skytrain. Freshly11238531 painted with very large balconies, new appliances, new window coverings in a newly updated building. Rents from $850 6570 Burlington Ave, Burnaby Call 778-323-0237

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Studio and 1 Bedroom apartments. New kitchen appliances, including dishwashers. Hardwood flooring, vertical blinds, mirrored closet doors. Walking distance to Stanley Park. Call 604-644-0062

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Victoria A1. Princess Patricia 701-703 Esquimalt Road A2. The Lord/ Lady Simcoe 450-440 Simcoe Street

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Elk Lake

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Pride of Victoria Cruises & Tours

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Princess Patricia

Cordon Place

701 - 703 ESQUIMALT RD.

1550 RICHMOND AVE.

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1 bdrm. + 2 bdrm. suites Waterfront Concrete high-rise Free heat and hot water Fitness centre and tenant lounge Sorry, no pets

• 1 bedroom & 1 bedroom plus den • Near Royal Jubilee Hospital WELL MAINTAINED BUILDING!

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The Lord/Lady Simcoe The Lord Simcoe 450 SIMCOE ST.

James Bay area, concrete hi-rise. 1 & 2 bedroom suites available. Free heat and hot water, close to all amenities. Sorry, no pets.

The Lady Simcoe 440 SIMCOE ST.

55+ building in the James Bay area. Free heat and hot water, close to all amenities, sauna, billiards room, concrete hi-rise. Sorry, no pets. BOTH SIMCOES ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL COURTYARD AND OUTDOOR SWIMMING POOL.

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Choosing

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here are a lot of choices out there. Here are six tips from Marketing Consultant Sheryl Erenberg, who specializes in rental communities:

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How attractive is the exterior of the building?

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Finding the person who does rentals It shouldn’t be an obstacle course or an episode of CSI to get from the parking lot to the person who rents apartments. We call this “The Golden Path” to the product. The “path” should be clean, welllit and have plenty of signs along the way. Ideally, a sign above the enterphone panel should tell you who to call. First impressions are important Are you made to feel welcome when you arrive? How hard is the person representing the building trying to assist you? Encourage you to rent? If they are distracted or unpleasant would you want to live there? Trust your instincts. Watch and listen to how the staff interact with one another Do they appear to be working as a team? Listen to the radio chatter if you have the chance. Is the conversation between employees pleasant? Professional? A lot can be learned about the landlord by who they choose to represent them and how they train/motivate their employees. Yes, you can predict the future! If, while they are with you, the staff come in contact with an existing tenant, listen carefully to their tone of voice, their willingness to assist that customer and watch their body language. Do they know tenants by name when they meet them in the building? How effectively do they handle complaints? This could be you next month or next year! The lobby test After your visit, sit in the lobby and do an informal survey by asking passing/waiting tenants how long they’ve lived at the property and whether they would recommend it. A good sample for your survey is five to seven people.

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Sheryl Erenberg is president of Sheryl Erenberg and Associates. Her marketing consulting firm has advised TheRentersGuide.ca hundreds of developers and landlords over the past three decades. The company specializes in repositioning stigmatized properties and marketing under-performing communities. sherylerenberg.com

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moving

avoid common

packing mistakes by ChuCk ResniCk

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ore than 4 million people moved residences in Canada last year, many of whom did the packing themselves. For some, it works out fine; others have problems resulting from a lack of foresight, poorly packed boxes and inexperience in loading moving trucks.

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Here are a few tips to help you avoid finding damaged items at your destination: 1. Consider purchasing boxes from your mover. The most common packing mistake we see is people getting free boxes at the grocery or liquor store and then putting too much weight in them. For example, using a large box to pack books and magazines may make it too heavy to lift, and the box might break during the move due to the weight. Use this rule of thumb: the heavier the item, the smaller the box. Be choosy about your boxes; free boxes from a grocery store that have been used to ship produce could contain insect larvae that may transfer to your belongings. 2. Be realistic about the number of boxes you need. Depending on how long you have lived in your current location, you will most likely underestimate your boxes requirement. Often, we hear of renters who think 40 or 50 boxes will be enough, and then realize they need upwards of 80, two days before moving day. 3. Start packing early and be completely packed when the movers arrive. Sometimes we arrive at a customer’s home and they’re not packed. There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to move a customer’s belongings while they are attempting to shove items into boxes and we get in each others’ way. This also interferes with the optimal loading of the moving truck. We have a loading system where the first things we place in the truck are light items such as chairs, lampshades, cushions, etc; we place these items in the ‘attic’ (the area over the cab) of the truck. We can get lots of light items up there and they stay secure. Next, we create a ‘box wall’ stacked to the ceiling to hold the items in the attic in place. TheRentersGuide.ca We then stand plastic wrapped mattresses against the box wall and secure everything with tie-off straps to keep belongings from

getting jostled during the move. If you’re not completely packed and ready on moving day, we can’t create that box wall early on and, this decreases the capacity of the items that can be moved at one time. It also eats up precious time and, therefore, money!

5. Consider having your moving company pack for you. We are skilled, have more experience and have standard-size small, medium and large boxes that are designed to fit into our trucks to create a perfect box wall for optimum efficiency and safety.

4. Think ahead. Begin packing items you don’t use daily. As you pack your boxes move them to the front of your apartment and stack them along a wall near the front door. Having them by the door, organized and ready to go, instead of having movers go back and forth to each room can shave 10 to 20 seconds off the time for each box. Saving 20 seconds per box can save lots of time and money.

So, when it comes to moving, forethought goes a long way. Because your belongings mean a lot to you, take extra care when packing so that they arrive at your destination safely.

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Homestead Estates 32101 Mt Waddington Ave

$775

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Huron Court 31790 Union Ave

$675

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Valley View Terrace 2750 Fuller St

$680

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buRnaby Burnaby Centre 4288 Grange St

HR

California Gardens 8350 - 11th Avenue

$929

LR

Cornerstone (SFU) 8950 University High Street

$950

LR

Horizon Towers 5050 Sanders Street

$939

HR

Lougheed Village 9500 Erickson Dr

$1000

HR

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coquitlam $979

Kent Place 533 Cottonwood Ave

$610

ridgemont Apartments 1117 Ridgeway Ave

$749

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MR

LR

Braemar Court 600 Smith Avenue

rivers Inlet 1145 Inlet St Sydney Place 544 Sydney Ave

$750

LR

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langley Town & Country Apartments 20740 56 Ave new westminsteR Princeton Place 1021 Howay St

$815

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St Andrews Court 910 St Andrews St

$700

LR

$675

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noRth Delta Deltita Gardens 8507 120th St

noRth vancouveR marlborough Tower 144 West 14th St

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poRt mooDy Woodland Park 1190 Cecile Drive

$1350

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RichmonD Blair House 10100-No. 3 Road

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suRRey maple Place 10675 150th St

$695

Surrey Gardens 12747 - 102 Ave.

$695

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Surrey Village 9835 King George Highway

$679

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Cedartree Village 7155 Hall Road

$650

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The Impala 8735 Selkirk Street

LR

The Breakers 1952 Comox Street

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HR

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Almata 3675 West 7th Ave

HR

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Bay Tower 1461 Harwood St

HR

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Beach Towers 1600 Beach Ave

HR

Bellevue Tower 4639 West 10th Ave

HR

Brockton House 1640 Alberni St

HR

Carlton House 1540 Burnaby St

LR

Casa Bella 840 Broughton St

HR

LR

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Suncreek Estates 7151 133B St vancouveR Hudson manor 8368 Hudson Street

600 Drake 600 Drake Street

$825

Alexander Tower 1326 West 13th Ave

Casa Del Vandt 1265 Cardero St Cassiar Court 1750 Cassiar Street

$925

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Central Plaza 1160 Haro St

HR

Cresta 855 Jervis St

HR

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Crestview Terrace 1414 Davie St

HR

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Crystal Court 1434 Burnaby St

HR

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English Bay Tower 1750 Davie St

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Flamingo 2061 Beach Ave

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$750

$1390

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Hendry House 1265 Burnaby St

HR

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Hollyburn Court 550 West 12th Ave

HR

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Ilikai 1905 Robson St

HR

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Infinity 828 Howe St

MR

Earles Court 3428 Crowley Drive

$1475

Emerald Terrace 2045 Nelson St

Fraser Pointe 3033/3083 East Kent Avenue N. Fraser Pointe 3033/3083 East Kent Avenue N. Harbourview 1920 Alberni St

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Kerrisdale Tower A 2191 West 39th Ave

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Kerrisdale Tower B 2151 West 39th Ave

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Nicola Place 1228 Nicola St

HR

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$1221

HR

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Parkside Village 3610-3696 William St / 3645-3659 Charles St $1460

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reid manor 1875 West 7th Ave

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royal Villa 8675 French St

LR

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Santana 1251 Jervis St

HR

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Seaside Plaza 2324 West 1st Ave

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Shannon Tower 5976 Tisdall St

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Shaughnessy House 1465 West 12th Ave

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Somerset 1033 Haro St

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South Granville 1355 West 14th Ave

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Katherine Anne 2054 Comox St

Ocean Park Place 990 Broughton St

The Bradford 3535 Crowley Drive

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$890

The Dogwood 2040 Nelson St

HR

The Glenmore 1885 Barclay Ave

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The Henlyn 1225 West 13th Ave

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The Hollies 6450 East Boulevard

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The marquis 1355 Pendrell St The melbourne 3433 Crowley Drive The remington 3528 Vanness Avenue The royale 1848 West 3rd Ave The Skyline 1305 West 12th Ave The Westridge 4170/4180 Nanaimo Street

$755

University manor 4640 West 10th Ave

HR

Villa Cardello 1580 Haro St

HR

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Hollyburn Plaza 1775 Bellevue Ave

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The Iona 1370 Clyde Ave

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Wessex Gate 3408 Crowley Drive

$775

Willow Gardens 6111 Tisdall St

LR

Windsor 1924 Barclay St

HR

victoRia Christie Pointe Apartments 2951 Craigowan Road

$979

Parkwest Apartments 55 Bay Street

$829

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west vancouveR Bellevue West Vancouver 195-21st Street

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