4 tips for crushing your long-distance move

By Michelle McNally/Livabl

Leading up to the end of university, some of my good friends took jobs out of the province and moved away. One girlfriend relocated to New Brunswick, the other, Manitoba. Another friend parted ways with his beloved overstuffed sofa and made the trek out west to Alberta.

While I was posing awkwardly for graduation photos, my school colleagues were frantically trying to navigate the logistical challenges that everyone faces when it comes to moving long-distance — how to get you and your cherished IKEA futon thousands of kilometers across the country.

Moving long-distance involves more than just the physical and operational challenges. Of course, there’s the overwhelming task of packing your worldly possessions, re-registering a lifetime’s worth of IDs, and then transporting your belongings to a distant destination, but there’s emotions at play too. Continue reading “4 tips for crushing your long-distance move”

5 things all the best brokerages have in common

We all know what the best companies look like. These are the companies with the highest achieving teams, the most solid track record, the brightest reputation, and above all, the happiest people. It’s the place where other teams stick their collective nose against the window pane looking at the amazing party happening inside while trying to figure out how to sneak in through the service elevator.

The most outstanding real estate brokerages may vary in terms of demographic, roster, and location but, after working with thousands of broker partners across the country, we’ve noticed that they all share common practices. Here’s MoveSnap’s rundown of the 5 things all the best brokerages do: Continue reading “5 things all the best brokerages have in common”

Your ultimate life-saving guide to moving in the winter

It’s a commonly held belief that the most effective way to compound the misery of moving is to move during the winter. Many of these beliefs can be directly traced back to the malicious trifecta known as cold, ice and snow. Think: slushy boots trampling over carpets, back-breaking shovelling, higher risk of injury, and biting winds that prick your eyeballs as you huff in and out of the house for 12 hours straight. Some of you will even be rewarded for these efforts with the flu.

But if you closed on your home in the fall, there’s a good chance you’ll be joining the winter warrior ranks. MoveSnap has helped thousands of movers seamlessly change residences in all seasons, and we’re happy to share our tips and tricks for your easiest winter move ever. Continue reading “Your ultimate life-saving guide to moving in the winter”

Everything you need to know about updating your Canadian driver’s licence & vehicle registration before you move

Updating your address on government documents is the going to the dentist of moving. You really, really don’t want to do it. You know you could technically get away with not doing it and you’d still be able to complete your move. But you also know that if you don’t do it, you’ll end up with the bureaucratic equivalent of a mouth full of cavities, gum disease and a $2,000 dental bill. Continue reading “Everything you need to know about updating your Canadian driver’s licence & vehicle registration before you move”

6 common mistakes that are costing you referrals and repeats (Part I)

Are you ready for a statistic? Of course you’re ready for a statistic. Everyone loves statistics. Here it is: According to a market survey, 88% of home buyers say they would use the same realtor for a future home purchase. Awesome! Fish in a barrel.

Are you ready for another statistic? Hope you’re sitting down because this one is as pleasant as being slapped with one of the fish in that barrel: According to the same survey, only 11% of that same cohort will actually follow through on the repeat business.

So, what gets lost in transition? Well, you do.

Continue reading “6 common mistakes that are costing you referrals and repeats (Part I)”

5 ways your realtor helps you behind the scenes

Few professions demand the same time commitment, dedication and versatility as real estate.

The hours you and your realtor spend in the car – shuttling from listing appointments to open houses, talking about life, love, and the ungodly state of the market – is but the tip of the iceberg. Then there’s the pile of off-hour tasks they need to fulfil, market trends to keep up with, legal knowledge they must possess, and Baroque-level expertise in interior design that make up just a few more reasons you can’t move without one.

Like a duck furiously paddling its feet below the surface, here are five ways your realtor is hustling to make magic happen behind the scenes. Continue reading “5 ways your realtor helps you behind the scenes”

Does your real estate professional truly care about you?

Many real estate professionals market themselves as going the extra mile. And like all reasonably abstract terms, this can be defined as anything. Some historical examples of “going the extra mile” have included:

  • Performing customized exorcisms.
  • Pretending to love their clients’ pets.
  • Open House weekends during apocalyptic blizzards.

And by the way, this is all great. It may even hit the extra two-mile threshold. Continue reading “Does your real estate professional truly care about you?”

Prep work: 5 things to do in your new kitchen BEFORE you unpack

The kitchen has long been the heart of the home. But it’s also been a centre for grime, grease, and an assortment of kitchen tools you’ve used once then put away.

It’s been 5 years, if you haven’t started juicing by now, you’re not going to start…

The kitchen is also usually the first place you want to unpack!  It gives you the feeling of being “home” and it’s exciting to imagine all the meals you’ll cook and holidays you’ll celebrate. Continue reading “Prep work: 5 things to do in your new kitchen BEFORE you unpack”