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LaPorte Moving & Storage Wins Two Awards from Atlas Canada’s 2012 Awards

LaPorte Moving & Storage Wins Two Awards from Atlas Canada’s 2012 Awards

 

Moving Experts Committed To Quality

Moving Experts Committed To Quality

Vancouver, B.C.  LaPorte Moving & Storage is proud to announce two achievements from the Atlas Canada Awards this 2012 season. The two categories chosen from Atlas Canada were Quality Moving Consultant Awards and the Professional Van Operator Awards.

Becky Matthews, a 15 year veteran and dedicated sales representative for LaPorte Moving & Storage, was given the 2012 National Quality Award. Matthews achieved the number three spot nationally for Quality Moving Consultant. The criteria for these awards are based on statistical information up to June 30, 2012, professional moving consultant rating systems, questionnaires, estimate accuracy, and operational and document compliance. Awards are given to the top four sales representatives both nationally and regionally.

The official presentation for the National award recipients takes place at the 2012 Convention in Edmonton, Alberta. National award recipients will receive a $1,500.00 Atlas Travel credit certificate along with a plaque acknowledging their accomplishment and a personal congratulatory letter.

Receiving the second LaPorte’s award from Atlas Canada was van operator, Chuck Williamson. Williamson, in his 11th year at LaPorte Moving & Storage, achieved the 2012 Professional Van Operator Award for Supplemental Fleet in Regional British Columbia. Professional van operators are chosen based on customer questionnaire ratings, cost per hundredweight and superior customer service among others.

Congratulations to both Becky Matthews and Chuck Williamson for their outstanding service and commitment to the LaPorte Moving & Storage standard of service, as well as to Atlas Canada for the opportunity awarded. To connect with LaPorte Moving & Storage please go to http://www.laportemoving.com/.

 

Person to contact info:
Carly LaPorte
Office Manager, LaPorte Moving & Storage
604-276-2216

About LaPorte Moving & Storage
LaPorte Moving & Storage has been in moving business for over 55 years, serving the Vancouver Area in moving and storage services for their loyal local community. They also provide a full door-to-door service for long distance moves and moves overseas. LaPorte Moving is a full service moving company providing packing services, move in / move out cleaning packages, and storage facilities. Contact: 604-276-2216

About Atlas Canada Yearly Quality Awards
Atlas Canada’s yearly quality awards for our mover agents and van operators are based on a number of factors; claims frequency, claims cost, on time deliveries and by customer ratings and comments on our Quality Surveys.

Moving Tips from LaPorte Moving – Part 3

Moving Tips from LaPorte Moving – A 3-part Series

Part 3 – Details and Moving Day

Moving Tips from LaPorte MovingDon’t forget The Little Big Details

Once your things are packed, you’ve hired your movers, and you’ve set a moving date, you can relax. Or can you? It’s easy to forget about essential tasks while caught up in the process of planning your move.

If you have children, school is an important part of the moving process. A new place usually means a new school for your children. Enrolling your children at a new school may not sound like a daunting task, but if you leave it to the last minute, your unpreparedness can cost you a lot of extra time.

So here’s what you need in order to enroll your children at school, if you haven’t figured it out already:

-          Birth certificate and Carecard information

-          Purchase Agreement or Rental Agreement of new home (these must be signed)

-          Emergency contact information for at least two people

Moving Day!

Your moving truck has arrived and the movers are ready to load your belongings in the truck.

One piece of advice I can offer is to TRUST your movers. LaPorte’s professional movers have been working together for years; they have strong work ethics and work as a team. You hired our movers for a reason – because you trust them to move your belongings to your new home.

Here are a few tips for moving day!

Tip 1. Let the Movers Do Their Job.

It is okay to hang around and watch the movers do their job, but professional movers have a system that works. If you start to micro-manage on moving day it would just slow down the moving process. So don’t be afraid to go grab a cup of coffee or read a magazine.

Tip 2. Don’t Invite People Over.

I know it’s exciting to show off your new place, but having people around professional movers will distract the movers and slow down the process

Tip 4. Unpack the Essentials First.

Once the truck is unloaded it’s time to unpack. Where do you start? Unpack the essentials first – now is the time to open up your ‘open first’ box! As you set up your new home, you will need to be able to use the washroom and you are bound to get hungry, so unpack the bathroom and kitchen first. It doesn’t matter where anything else is at that point, a functioning kitchen will make the house more welcoming because you need to feed your family.

We at LaPorte Moving hope that your moving day goes as smoothly as possible and that you and your family settle into your homes quickly. Take a look at our other moving tips blog posts for more information to help you move.

Moving in Surrey, BC

Moving to Surrey?

Moving to SurreyAt LaPorte Moving & Storage, we believe that we have a responsibility to help our customers get settled in to their new homes. In our minds, the job doesn’t end when we finish unloading your belongings.

In addition to our moving services, we offer information about many of the regions we serve to help newly moved families get acquainted with their new locale.

 

If you’re planning to move to Surrey or you’ve just arrived, we hope the following information will help you get established.

 

Schools

The Surrey School District website provides a list of schools in Surrey with registration information, meal plan program information, and more.

Medical Services

There are numerous clinics in Surrey (click for a map of clinics in Surrey), and the hospital in Surrey is Surrey Memorial Hospital:

Surrey Memorial Hospital
13750 96 Avenue
Surrey, B.C. V3V 1Z2
 
Phone: 604.581.2211
Fax: 604.588.3320

To find more health services in Surrey, you can use the search function on the Fraser Health website.

 

Utility Service Providers (Gas/Electric/Cable/Phone)

Fortis BC – Electricity General Inquiries

Toll free:  1-866-436-7847
International:  1-250-368-0690
Fax:  866-540-6732

Fortis BC – Natural Gas Customer Service

Toll free: 1-888-224-2710
International: 1-250-979-4900
Fax: 1-888-224-2720

Fortis BC Website: http://www.fortisbc.com

 

BC Hydro – Electricity Customer Services

Greater Vancouver: 604-224-9376
Other Areas: 1-800-224-9376

BC Hydro Website: https://www.bchydro.com/

 

Shaw Home Phone -Sales & Customer Care

Local: 604-629-8888
Toll Free: 1-866-684-7487

Shaw Internet – Sales & Customer Care

Local: 604-629-8888
Technical Support: 604-629-3000

Shaw Television – Sales & Customer Care

Local: 604-629-8888
Mandarin/Cantonese: 604-629-8882

 

Telus Mobility – Phone

Canada toll-free: 1-866-558-2273
Vancouver: 604-291-2355

Telus Home Phone & Internet

Within Alberta and BC: 604-310-2255

Telus TV and Satellite TV

Within Alberta & BC: 604-310-6988

 

Local Newspapers

The Province Website: http://www.theprovince.com/index.html

The Province Home Delivery, Subscription and Retail Single Copy Inquiries

Customer care centre & 24-Hour automated service: 604-605-7381

Fax: 604-605-2914

Outside Lower Mainland: 1-800-663-2662

Email: subscribe@theprovince.com

 

The Surrey Now Website http://www.thenownewspaper.com/index.html

The Surrey Now -  General Inquiries

Local: 604-572-0064

The Surrey Now – Distribution

Local: 604-534-6493

Delivery Issues: delivery@thenownewspaper.com

 

Other Resources

TRAC Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre

http://www.tenants.bc.ca/main/

 

The City of Surrey Website

http://www.surrey.ca/

 

Meet-up Groups for New Residents in Surrey

http://meeting-new-people.meetup.com/cities/ca/bc/surrey/

 

The Welcome Wagon

http://www.welcomewagon.ca/

Moving Tips from LaPorte Moving – Part 2

Moving Tips from LaPorte Moving – A 3-part Series

Part 2 – Hire Professional Packers

LaPorte Moving Professional Packers

You have your lists and binder ready and organized, so it’s finally time to pack. If packing isn’t your forte or you’re simply too busy to pack there is always the option of hiring professional packers. LaPorte’s movers believe that packing is an art. We know it takes precision and delicate hands to pack your belongings with the care they deserve. If you don’t want to (or can’t) do the work yourself, LaPorte Moving is your one stop shop for any moving related services

Tip 1. Find Movers You Can Trust.

I recommend doing your research on prospective moving companies to see if they offer all of the services you require. Always check first with the Better Business Bureau (BBB), this organization will help you decide which company is reliable.  Getting to know a bit about the people who will be entering your home and handling your possession is always a great idea. Family owned company, LaPorte Moving and Storage, understand the connection between you, your old home and your belongings. You can trust to LaPorte to move your belongings safely to your new home.

Tip 2. Use Post-It Notes.

During the packing process, Post–It notes are indispensable. Leave Post–It notes around the house letting your packers know what not to pack or what to pack. If you won’t be around, leave your cell number behind just in case the professional packers have any questions. With proper direction, LaPorte’s packers will exceed your expectations.

Tip 3. Give Yourself Time to Pack.

I suggest having 3 weeks to start packing. You can have LaPorte’s packers come in to pack up all of your seasonal items, artwork and any items you don’t need for day to day living. You can even have us deliver materials if you wish to do your own packing. You can customize our packing services to meet your needs.

In Between Time

Sometimes packing goes faster than planned and you have a few days free before the move-in date. Hopefully in this instance, you will have left your essential items un-packed so you have things to use around the house.

Tip 4. Have an ‘Open First’ Box.

It’s a good idea to pack an “Open Box First” for the house.  It should have all of the urgent essentials:

  • Toilet paper
  • Hand towel
  • Garbage bag
  • Paper towels
  • Tape measure
  • Post-It notes and marker
  • Take-out menus
  • Coffee maker and supplies

It’s also a good idea to have the ‘bedding’ boxes highlighted so you can given them priority when unpacking. You’ll need both the kitchen and your beds more than you’ll need anything else.

Tip 5. Have Meals Planned.

If all your cooking utensils are packed here are some tips to keep your family fed:

Pre – Planned Meals By pre-making meals and storing the food in the freezer, you can save money.

Eat out If you have room in your budget, why not splurge a little bit and eat out with your family? This gives you quality time with your family to talk about what they expect in the new house, new school and new neighbourhood. It’s fun and it’s time with your family away from all the moving commotion.

Part 3 – Details and Moving Day is coming soon.

Packing Tips – How to Pack Your China

Packing China

Packing Tips for CupsPacking your china requires special attention. For these fragile items, you should use dish packs or sturdy, medium cartons with 3-4 inches of crumpled newspaper in the bottom of the carton for additional cushioning. Everyday plates can be wrapped in stacks of four, however, the more delicate the plates, the smaller the stack.

Place one plate in the corner of your stack of white, unprinted newspaper and using 1-2 layers of paper, pull the corner up and over the top plate. Fold the side corners of the paper into the middle and then place another plate on top. Repeat the process until you have four plates in a stack, individually protected by layers of paper.

Finish the process by rolling the stack away from you to the far corner until the bundle is completely wrapped and protected. Then place the bundle into the carton ON EDGE. Never place plates flat in a carton.

packing Tips for PlatesPlates can form the bottom tier or layer of the carton, followed by bowls in the next layer and finally by cups, glassware and goblets and other light, fragile items. Separate each layer in the carton with a cushion of newspaper and ensure that each wrapped piece is snug in its layer to prevent movement. Empty spaces can be filled with crushed newspaper and the top of the carton should be marked “Fragile” and “This Side Up”.

When packing your possessions you should give them the same care you would give them in your home. That is why we encourage you to order LaPorte’s specially designed packing materials for your move. Remember, if you don’t want to pack your things yourself, LaPorte offers packing services to meet your needs.

Moving in Langley, BC

Moving to Langley?

Moving in LangleyAt LaPorte Moving & Storage, we believe that we have a responsibility to help our customers get settled in to their new homes. In our minds, the job doesn’t end when we finish unloading your belongings.

In addition to our moving services, we offer information about many of the regions we serve to help newly moved families get acquainted with their new locale.

 

If you’re planning to move to Langley or you’ve just arrived, we hope the following information will help you get established.

 

Schools

The Langley School District website provides a list of schools in Langley with registration information, meal plan program information, and more.

Medical Services

There are numerous clinics in Langley (click for a map of clinics in Langley), and the hospital in Langley is Langley Memorial Hospital:

Langley Memorial Hospital
22051 Fraser Highway
Langley, B.C. V3A 4H4l
 
Phone: 604.514.6000
Fax: 604.534.8283

To find more health services in Langley, you can use the search function on the Fraser Health website.

Utility Service Providers (Gas/Electric/Cable/Phone)

Fortis BC – Electricity General Inquiries

Toll free:  1-866-436-7847
International:  1-250-368-0690
Fax:  866-540-6732

Fortis BC – Natural Gas Customer Service

Toll free: 1-888-224-2710
International: 1-250-979-4900
Fax: 1-888-224-2720

Fortis BC Website: http://www.fortisbc.com

 

BC Hydro – Electricity Customer Services

Greater Vancouver: 604-224-9376
Other Areas: 1-800-224-9376

BC Hydro Website: https://www.bchydro.com/

 

Shaw Home Phone -Sales & Customer Care

Local: 604-629-8888
Toll Free: 1-866-684-7487

Shaw Internet – Sales & Customer Care

Local: 604-629-8888
Technical Support: 604-629-3000

Shaw Television – Sales & Customer Care

Local: 604-629-8888
Mandarin/Cantonese: 604-629-8882

 

Telus Mobility – Phone

Canada toll-free: 1-866-558-2273
Vancouver: 604-291-2355

Telus Home Phone & Internet

Within Alberta and BC: 604-310-2255

Telus TV and Satellite TV

Within Alberta & BC: 604-310-6988

 

Local Newspapers

The Province Website: http://www.theprovince.com/index.html

The Province Home Delivery, Subscription and Retail Single Copy Inquiries

Customer care centre & 24-Hour automated service: 604-605-7381

Fax: 604-605-2914

Outside Lower Mainland: 1-800-663-2662

Email: subscribe@theprovince.com

 

The Langley Advance Website - http://www.langleyadvance.com/index.html

The Langley Advance -  General Inquiries

Local: 604-534-8641

Fax: 604-534-0824

 

Other Resources

TRAC Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre

http://www.tenants.bc.ca/main/

 

The City of Langley Website

http://www.city.langley.bc.ca/

 

Meet-up Groups for New Residents in Langley

http://meeting-new-people.meetup.com/cities/ca/bc/langley/

 

The Welcome Wagon

http://www.welcomewagon.ca/

Moving Tips from LaPorte Moving – Part 1

Moving Tips from LaPorte Moving – A 3-part Series

Part 1 – Be Organized

Moving Tips from LaPorte MovingSo you have decided that it is time to move. You realized that you have outgrown your home and decided you want to start a fresh, new life in a new home.

Tip 1. Be Organized.

One thing to keep in mind is that June is the busiest time for moving. Many families and individuals are moving into new homes. Before you jump the gun, think to yourself ‘when is the right time for me to move?’ Determining the right time for you to move is the essential first step to ensuring an easy move.

Tip 2.  Always Keep Your Budget In Mind.

Your budget and the duration of your move go hand in hand. For example, I bridged our financing so that we could have an overlap of 10 days with both homes. This gave me time to look over my budget and settle any further tasks. You never know when may pop up.  

Tip 3. Make Lists

I strongly suggest that everyone who is moving should become an avid list maker. I love lists, and if you didn’t know, the simple act of crossing something out gives you a feeling of accomplishment (it’s a psychological thing). If you want to go even further, create a binder just for moving. The binder will save your life. It is a good way to keep calendars, lists, and contact information all in one place.

It is never too early to start preparing for your move – the earlier, the better! I suggest taking around 6 – 8 weeks to…

Tip 4. Start Sorting

Don’t rush the sorting process. It is a good time to involve kids as you can get them thinking about what they want to take to the new home and what they don’t. I find setting up two laundry baskets, one for clothes being kept the other for clothes being donated (which I later sort through to see what isn’t in good enough shape to donate), is a great and easy way to get the family to do some sorting. If your kids are anything like my daughter, they like the idea of donating things better than throwing them away. It definitely makes the process a little easier.

Tip 5. Sort the Pantry

At LaPorte Moving, we collect on behalf of the Food Bank. Please bear this in mind as you sort through any non-perishable food items that the Food Bank could use. Set your Food Bank donations to the side for the movers on moving day, and we will deliver them to the Food Bank.

Part 2 – Packing is coming soon.

Vancouver Piano Movers

Vancouver Piano Movers

Vancouver Piano MoversPiano moving’ is a phrase that can strike fear into the hearts of the bravest movers. It can make one’s knees weak just to hear it. However, LaPorte Moving understands just how delicate these large, heavy, and awkward instruments can be.

We also know that your piano represents a significant financial investment and that it might have great sentimental value.

The thought of piano moving will undoubtedly cause some anxiety. The fact is, for inexperienced movers, piano moving can be a dangerous endeavour that results in hundreds of dollars of damage and possibly personal injury. If you are inexperienced with piano moving and do not have access to the proper equipment, please do not attempt to move your piano by yourself. Hire professional piano movers from LaPorte instead of putting your piano and yourself at risk.

Our piano movers know that pianos need special care and precautions for each stage of the move, including packing, loading, unloading, and unpacking. Laporte Moving knows how easy it is for careless piano movers to scratch or gouge your piano’s finish, break off legs or pedals, and lose pieces of the piano that were removed to transport it more safely. Bearing the common mistakes of less conscientious movers in mind, we are more aware of how to avoid making them.

Our experienced piano movers have the right equipment, the right skills, and the utmost respect for the safety of your belongings. So, if you need Vancouver piano movers or piano movers across Canada, you can count on LaPorte to move your piano safely. We take great pride in delivering the best piano moving experience you could hope for. Contact LaPorte today to inquire about having our piano movers transport your piano.

Moving in New Westminster, BC

Moving to New Westminster?

Moving to New WestminsterAt LaPorte Moving & Storage, we believe that we have a responsibility to help our customers get settled in to their new homes. In our minds, the job doesn’t end when we finish unloading your belongings.

In addition to our moving services, we offer information about many of the regions we serve to help newly moved families get acquainted with their new locale.

 

If you’re planning to move to New Westminster or you’ve just arrived, we hope the following information will help you get established.

Schools

The New Westminster School District website provides a list of schools in New Westminster with registration information, meal plan program information, and more.

Medical Services

There are numerous clinics in New Westminster (click for a map of clinics in New Westminster), and the hospital closest to New Westminster is Royal Columbian Hospital:

Royal Columbian Hospital

330 East Columbia Street
New Westminster, B.C.
V3L 3W7

Phone: 604-520-4253
Fax: 604-520-4827

To find more health services in New Westminster, you can use the search function on the Fraser Health website.

Utility Service Providers (Gas/Electric/Cable/Phone)

Fortis BC – Electricity General Inquiries

Toll free:  1-866-436-7847
International:  1-250-368-0690
Fax:  866-540-6732

Fortis BC – Natural Gas Customer Service

Toll free: 1-888-224-2710
International: 1-250-979-4900
Fax: 1-888-224-2720

Fortis BC Website: http://www.fortisbc.com

 

BC Hydro – Electricity Customer Services

Greater Vancouver: 604-224-9376
Other Areas: 1-800-224-9376

BC Hydro Website: https://www.bchydro.com/

 

Shaw Home Phone -Sales & Customer Care

Local: 604-629-8888
Toll Free: 1-866-684-7487

Shaw Internet – Sales & Customer Care

Local: 604-629-8888
Technical Support: 604-629-3000

Shaw Television – Sales & Customer Care

Local: 604-629-8888
Mandarin/Cantonese: 604-629-8882

 

Telus Mobility – Phone

Canada toll-free: 1-866-558-2273
Vancouver: 604-291-2355

Telus Home Phone & Internet

Within Alberta and BC: 604-310-2255

Telus TV and Satellite TV

Within Alberta & BC: 604-310-6988

 

Local Newspapers

The Province Website: http://www.theprovince.com/index.html

The Province Home Delivery, Subscription and Retail Single Copy Inquiries

Customer care centre & 24-Hour automated service: 604-605-7381

Fax: 604-605-2914

Outside Lower Mainland: 1-800-663-2662

Email: subscribe@theprovince.com 

 

 

The Royal City Record Website - http://www.royalcityrecord.com/index.html

The Royal City Record -  General Inquiries

Local: 604-444-3451
Fax: 604-444-3460

The Royal City Record - Circulation

Local: 604-942-3081

 

Other Resources

TRAC Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre

http://www.tenants.bc.ca/main/

 

The City of New Westminster Website

http://www.newwestcity.ca/index.php

 

Meet-up Groups for New Residents in New Westminster

http://meeting-new-people.meetup.com/cities/ca/bc/new%20westminster/

 

The Welcome Wagon

http://www.welcomewagon.ca/

Vancouver Movers Reviews

Find the Right Vancouver Movers

Vancouver Movers ReviewsFinding the right Vancouver movers can be a difficult and daunting task. However, with the power of the internet, you can do a background check on any Vancouver moving company

A background check involves searching for a moving company and reading their testimonials or reviews.

Reading testimonials is a good way to gauge a Vancouver moving company’s professionalism. Also, by reading testimonials you can get a better idea whether or not you can trust the moving company.

Where to Find Testimonials

Testimonials are normally found on the Vancouver moving company’s website or on other review websites like homestars.com. Another place to look for reviews is through business associations, for example, ‘Better Business Bureau (BBB).’ Associations like ‘BBB’ provide a business review that gives you a clear idea of the quality of the moving company.

The importance of Testimonials and Reviews:

  1. It’s about customer experience – Reading about the customers’ experiences will give you a better idea about the Vancouver moving company than just reading the ‘about page’ on a moving company’s website.
  2. Knowing the employees – reviews also provide insight into the quality of the moving company’s employees, their work ethics and customer service.
  3. Reassurance – knowing that the customer wrote that the move was ‘easy’, ‘efficient,’ and ‘professional’, etc., gives you the reassurance that you will have the same experience.
  4. It’s Convincing – Word of mouth is powerful. You will usually listen to someone who is or already has been in your situation. 

So, before you hire a Vancouver mover make sure you have done a thorough background check on the Vancouver moving company. Read many testimonials and reviews so you have the utmost confidence that you have decided on the right Vancouver moving company for you.

You can find LaPorte Moving & Storage’s reviews on homestars.com, and you can read testimonials for Laporte Moving on our own site.