Top 5 Things to Ask Before Signing a Rental Lease

clock April 15, 2014 19:56 by author sylviac

You have been on the hunt for the right rental property and you've finally found the perfect spot in town. The location has all the amenities you've always dreamed of. It's close to your work, has an incredible view and the price is right. Now what? Before booking your moving in services and signing the lease agreement make sure you take the opportunity to go over these critical questions with your potential landlord.

1. What is included?

Before signing any rental lease ensure you take the time to go over all the fine details. Don't ever assume that something is included in the rental. Always ask about utilities, parking, cable television and laundry. By knowing all the included rental details you can move forward and budget for what is not included.

2. Are there any pet policies?

Whether you own a pet or have visitors who sometimes drop by with theirs, its always important to know the rental property pet policy. It is better to know from day one then be hit with a pet cleaning fee during your move out.

3. Does the rental lease automatically renew?

Some rental properties automatically renew while others become month to month after the first year of renting is complete. From the start, find out exactly when the current lease you are about to sign expires. The last thing you want to be doing is vacating the rental property without any notice because the first year is complete.

4. Can I make any improvements to the rental property?

Always ask the landlord if you can make any changes to the rental after moving in. How does the landlord feel about painting the walls a different color? Are you able to hang up pictures? Sometimes what you may feel as being rental improvements, your property manager may view it as damage to the property.

5. What is the termination policy?

Life can be unexpected and new opportunities could arise during your rental agreement such as unexpected family health issues, unplanned events or a new job offer in another city. Ask from the beginning about the rental lease termination policy. It is in your best interest.

By having answers to the following rental questions above you will be able to make the right decision if the rental place is meant for you.

5 Easy Ways to Prepare for the Holidays

clock December 9, 2013 18:01 by author sylviac

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  

While the song may indicate that it is the most wonderful time of year, for others it is a stress that seems to build the closer we get to the big date.  So how does one try and alleviate the stress that the holiday season seems to bring?  One word – PLAN!  Here are 5 helpful tips to get you on the track to a stress-free holiday season!

Gift List/Management

Create a master gift list.  Start by using categories (family, in-laws, friends, etc.).  You may not have every detail filled in, but at least make sure you list everyone you’ll need to buy for, and think about what they’d like. In addition, include a budget.  This can be simply created with pen and paper or by using a great app called The Christmas List.

Savvy Shopping 

While it’s easy to blow a budget by picking things up here and there, there is something to be said about getting your shopping done early.  Stores are revving up the holiday rush and everyone seems to have some kind of sale on.  Just remember to stick to your gift list/budget that you have already created and fill in that list as you purchase gifts.  As you purchase gifts – wrap them! 

Home Decorating

When you take out your decorations, toss any broken decorations.  There’s no point in keeping a broken decoration if you are not going to set it out.  This is also a great time to make the decision to update any decorations you have.  If you choose to update, ensure you follow the, “out with the old, in with the new’ rule of thumb.  Ensure any new decorations you purchase can be stored after the holidays.  Those great inflatable polar bears, Santa’s, etc. are cute however; you will need to store them for the other 11 months of the year!


If you are planning on doing any entertaining throughout the holiday season (including hosting Christmas dinner) ensure you know what you’ll be cooking.  Start a master grocery list and be sure to include what family members will be bringing.  If there is any baking that can be done ahead of time, get it done and freeze it. 

Backwards Plan

Christmas falls on the same day – every year.  To prevent any unnecessary rushing, plan backwards from December 25th.  Do not book any shopping on Dec. 24th (unless you love to spend hours looking for the coveted parking spot at the mall).  Set goals for yourself (All of my shopping is going to get done by Dec. 12th, all of the baking is going to be done by Dec. 18th, etc.).  The quote by Allen Lakein is so very true at this time of year,“Failing to plan is planning to fail.”

Here’s to enjoying your family and friends this holiday season!

The following guest blog post was written by Sheri Bruneau, owner of Get It Together. Based in Calgary, Alberta, Get It Together started helping Calgarians live easier, less stressed lives, giving back their freedom to focus on the things most important to them. Lead by Sheri Bruneau, owner and president of Get It Together (GIT), the entire GIT team works with an unparalleled level of professionalism and passion for details, organization, and making people’s lives easier. The GIT team brings a wealth of expertise, working with you to make sure that you are left with an outstanding experience, lessened stress, and an easy transition into your new home…and life.

Welcome to the Neighborhood Neighbor

clock October 8, 2013 19:36 by author sylviac

       An important part of moving into a new neighborhood is getting familiar with your new neighbors. We have all heard our fair share of stories about the really good neighbors you never want to part with and the not-so-good neighbor relations that you wish you never introduced yourself to in the first place. So with your next move, take into consideration the following tips to build a long-lasting (and positive) relationship with your new neighbors.

  •  Introduce Yourself. If timing permits, introduce yourself to your new neighbors a couple of days prior before your move in date. Following your introduction – inform them about your upcoming moving day so they are aware of any extra moving trucks that might be in the neighborhood
  •  Welcome. If you are the one who is getting new neighbors on your street take the time to drop by your new neighbors home after the move and introduce yourself. If possible, extend a warm welcome by dropping by with a bottle of wine or a batch of fresh baked cookies. The warm gesture will go a long way in ensuring the neighbor relation stays positive in the long term.
  • Exchange Important Contact Information. Once you have had the opportunity to settle into your new home and have had the chance to meet with your neighbor and feel comfortable with them then it might be a good idea to exchange contact information with one another. This is a good idea just in case any neighborhood emergencies ever arise.
  • Housewarming. When planning your upcoming housewarming party consider possibly inviting your neighbors. First impressions can go a long way and your neighbors will most likely appreciate the kind gesture.
  • Maintenance of Your Surroundings. It also important as time goes by after the move to maintain your property. By ensuring your lawn is mowed, shrubs are trimmed and the yard is well maintained, neighbors around you will be grateful for the appearance of a tidy home and will hopefully return the favor too. 


Office Moving Made Easy

clock October 1, 2013 00:01 by author sylviac

       Finding an office location or outgrowing your existing office space can be a stressful time. However, by taking the right steps and being prepared, office moving can be an easy experience. Finding the new office location is the first step in getting your business ready for the transition. The following guidelines can assist with making your next office move a success.

1. Plan! Plan! Plan! Your company can typically have the address changed through the post office to have mail forwarding available. However, you will probably want to inform all your vendors, past and current clients about your upcoming office relocation.

2. Housekeeping. Depending on the size of the business, check with each department ahead of time to see if old files and documents can be tossed, shredded and recycled if they are not legally required to be kept. This file housekeeping can save your company money and time from having to transport them to the new location.

3. A Floor Plan is a Must. By having copies of your new office space ahead of time, this can assist you in determining where your furniture and office rooms will go. By having the office floor plan, it will lead to more efficiencies of space utilization. This is also a good time to make a list of any new furniture you may need to purchase ahead of time.

4.  All About the Details. Before you relocate to the new space request your landlord to provide you with a formal set of guidelines for the property and move in regulations if available. Some buildings restrict the days and times companies can move in or out of a commercial property.

5. Label Carefully. If you and your employees are packing your own boxes or bins, ensure that everyone is aware to be as descriptive as possible. For example, if you have two John’s working for you and they both label their boxes “John’s files”, it may leave employees confused as to whose belongings they are. Secondly, it may also be a good idea to label the new office address on the labels as well. In addition, create a list of how many boxes all employees have in total to ensure no items get lost in the office transition. 

                When it comes to office moving let Highland Moving assist with your office relocation needs. We offer packing and unpacking services along with various storage options at both of our warehouses if requested. Allow us to take care of your corporate relocation needs. Let our business, move your business.


Highland Moving Taking Part in the 2013 Hope Gala

clock September 12, 2013 19:12 by author sylviac

             One of our core values at Highland Moving is putting families first, which is something Sonshine Community Services has also been doing for 35 years. We are proud to be contributing to their 2013 Hope Gala this upcoming October by donating a family themed gift basket towards their silent auction. The donation contains a mixture of sweets alongside two tickets to an upcoming Calgary Flames game in November.

             To learn more about how we get involved within our communities please visit our Highland Moving Community page. For more information on the 2013 Hope Gala event or to purchase your gala tickets please visit their website by clicking here.

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