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.

Understanding the Emotional Rollercoaster of Downsizing

clock April 3, 2014 18:42 by author sylviac

            Fear is typically the primary emotion affecting seniors in the downsizing process: fear of relationships, fear of possessions and fear of the unknown. Fear is very real. Being aware, acknowledging, appreciating and accepting this emotion is the first step to aiding in the transition process. The following points below are some of the reasons why downsizing may seem like an emotional rollercoaster.


            Emotions run very high when a senior is getting ready to move. They are leaving the house that they have invested 30, 40 or even 50+ years.   They are leaving the community and neighbors where they raised their family, played bridge once a week, depended upon one another for that missing ingredient to finish dinner and watched over each other’s children. The safe and secure environment is being left behind to be replaced with uncertainty. 

            Family relationships are also taxed during this time. There hundreds of questions being asked, coming from all directions and sometimes even a lack of family support. The senior asks: Why don’t you want my prized possessions?  While the children are overheard saying: Why did she throw that out? I wanted it. Why did Sue get the lamp I was taking? Who gets what? What goes where? Family members often begin to fight among themselves. Each person is an individual and everyone has their own way of doing things. Road blocks are formed and the task becomes a very bumpy ride.


            A housefull of “stuff” can be daunting. Imagine forty years of ”items” packed into a 1400sq ft home. Every crevice full, from the attic to the crawl space and do not forget the shed and garage! There is a fear of having to rush through the packing and the possibility of tossing out treasured items.  What do I do with all the stuff? How can I accomplish this on my own? Where can I get boxes?  What am I taking with me? What will fit into my new space? What do I trash? Will this go to charity? Does Mary want this figurine she gave me? This is going to take forever and I don’t have the time. The house has been sold, and the possession date is coming. 


            Moving to a foreign location can be unsettling. Tasks like figuring out where to get groceries, where to do laundry, and where to catch the bus may have been exciting in our younger years, but for many seniors it is a fearful experience. Will the neighbors be helpful? Will I still see my friends? Are the phone and TV working? They are all very real concerns.

            Some seniors are unable to participate in the process due to failing health as they have either been hospitalized or relocated to a care facility.  They become anxious about not being able to oversee the packing of their items. Can my family do my memories justice?  Are my treasures just seen as trash to them? What will happen to my mother’s lace tablecloth?  Will I be able to find the picture, painted by my granddaughter, or has it been filed in the trash? The fear of not being in control haunts many.

Light at the End of the Tunnel

There is light at the end of the tunnel! Emotions of relief are dominant, once time is made available to sort through belongings. Items no longer needed are let go of and the joy of displaying prized possessions, and therefore memories, is obvious. Rooms become safer for mobility as the decluttering continues. Peace of mind comes to the senior; they are still in control.

            Caregivers/adult children also feel relief as things and details are taken care of and their family member is in a safe and comforting place. Sure, navigating the emotional journey of downsizing is difficult- it’s filled with ups and downs for both the caregiver/family and the seniors. This is in fact why some families have shown increasing interest in the services of a “third party” to guide them on the path.

The following blog post was submitted by Shannon Lang who owns Edmonton's Elder Move Inc. and specializes in senior's re-locations. For more information please visit their website


Highland Moving Supports Canstruction Calgary

clock March 17, 2014 19:56 by author sylviac

Have you had the opportunity to visit Southcentre Mall in Calgary over the past few days? Notice anything different? Well if you have not had the opportunity to visit you have until this Friday, March 21st, 2014 to stop by and see the amazing exhibits on display in support of Canstruction Calgary.

Canstruction Calgary is an incredible competition where teams come together using canned food and other non-perishable food items as building blocks to create amazing pieces of art. Once the structures are built on build day, they are judged by a group of judges to win awards for the following categories: Best Meals, Best Use of Labels, Structural Ingenuity, Jurors' Favourite and Best Use of Theme. The 2014 theme for Canstruction Calgary is Transportation and the pieces of art currently on display are very impressive.

Congratulations to the Canstruction Calgary 2014 Winners!

Best Meal Award: AECOM's Ships Ahoy!

Best Use of Labels Award: Graham Construction's The Peace Bridge

Structural Ingenuity Award: Fluor's ViCan Longship

Juror's Pick Award: Suncor Energy's The Hogwarts Express

Best Use of Theme Award: Urban Systems "I Believe I CAN Fly" - Across Western Canada

Highland Moving is proud to be an official sponsor once again this year. Our office moving crews are given the opportunity to transport all the non-perishable food donated to Southcentre Mall before build day and are also responsible for loading the cans back onto our trucks after the week of being on display and delivered to the Calgary Food Bank. With our assistance, Canstruction Calgary has successfully been able to provide nearly 300,000 pounds of food to Calgarians in need.

Canstruction is a global anti-hunger project, which began more then 10 years ago and is now held in over 100 cities around the world annually. To learn more about Canstruction Calgary please click on the following link, Canstruction Calgary. If you would like more information for an upcoming Calgary corporate move please give Jordan Edwards, Commercial Sales a call directly at 403-720-5386.

Don't Forget to Spring Forward this Weekend

clock March 7, 2014 19:46 by author sylviac

Did you recently move with us?

Just a friendly reminder to set your clocks forward by one hour this upcoming Sunday.

This Old Edmonton House Upcoming Seminars

clock March 3, 2014 18:12 by author sylviac

Did you just move into an older home in Edmonton or currently live in a historic house full of charm and character? Well then you will definitely be interested in the upcoming This Old Edmonton House seminar series which are held every year in the months of March and April by the city of Edmonton.

This series of public seminars are all about the owning, maintenance and restoration of historic Edmonton homes. Attendees are encouraged to come prepared with their questions or home problems that they would like to share with the guest speakers.

To learn more about these upcoming seminar topics or to register please click on the following link: This Old Edmonton House Seminars.


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