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Weeks Leading Up to Moving Day Tips and Etiquette

Organize and label all boxes

It takes plenty of preparation and planning to make a move as smooth as possible. There are things you have to plan ahead of time such as booking elevators if you live in an apartment or condo building, decide whether to recruit family and/or friends to help or hire movers, gather boxes (lots of it) and other packing materials, just to name a few. Here are a few tips and etiquette on moving:

– Make sure to change your address on all things important – driver’s license, health card, credit cards, insurance, phone/cable/internet, etc. Write these down as you may forget!

– If you are living in an apartment or condo building, make sure to book the elevators well in advance in both the building you’re moving out of and into. Property management will give you a block of time where an elevator is all yours for those few hours. Some buildings have elevators specific for moving and a service area where you may not disturb or inconvenience other tenants.

– Figure out how you’re moving your belongings from Point A to Point B. If none of your nice friends have a truck or van to use, you may have to rent one. Book these early in advance to eliminate the risk of actually not having one to use or (over paying) for a vehicle that’s too little (more trips) or too big (not necessary). Moving during the week between office hours are the best times as people are at work and will avoid traffic.

– If you prefer to hire professional movers, do your research beforehand. Referrals from friends/family are usually reliable, but also do an extensive research online and narrow it down to your top 3. Ask for an estimate of how much your move will cost while providing ALL details – show them everything that has to be moved and information about the new house that may complicate the move (awkward stairs, turns, etc). Don’t be afraid to negotiate!

– Anything you can pack and label ahead of time will save you time on moving day. You could even make use of your luggage/suitcase if you have! Stay organized by keeping items together specific to the room. Again, label EVERYTHING; it’s extra helpful when the label is visible to see, like the top corner of the box. You shouldn’t find a box of pots and pans in the bathroom, right? This also aides your helpers by putting boxes in their designated rooms.

– Pack a “Survival Box”. This includes items that you will need on the first day and night such as linens, blankets & pillow, toiletries, emergency kit, PJs, children’s necessities, etc. If you are moving with children, leave them with a family member or someone you trust. If that’s not an option, keep them entertained with some toys, portable DVD/iPads… whatever works.

– The Survival Box and a tool box should be packed last. These are tools that you may need to assemble furniture or fix things last minute. You want these boxes first out, first in in a place that’s easy to locate.

– Take advantage of the opportunity to give empty rooms a quick sweep, mop and/or vaccum! It’s only courteous towards the new home owners. Think about how you’d like to see your new home. Moving is already a stressful activity, you wouldn’t want to clean up after someone else’s mess before moving in, would you?

– Moving and lifting things can be tiring. Make sure to show gratitude towards your help by providing beverages and a light lunch or snack which will keep them refreshed and energized!

Keeping all your belongings organized is the key to a successful, little to no stress move. Through all the hard work that you and your volunteers go throughout the day, remember to keep your calm and be polite. Attitude does not resolve anything, it only makes matters worse because at the end of the day, everyone is tired and concerned if your items have been carefully relocated without any damage. So, keep calm and move on!

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Tearing Down Your Old Garage – You May Want To Think Twice!

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Toronto Old Garages

Tearing Down An Old Garage?

I recently had a client that wanted to tear down their old garage and build a new one.

They tore it down and guess what? They weren’t allowed to build a new one without a building permit.

While investigating the building permit, they discovered they were not allowed to build the new garage due to set back restrictions.

The owners complained, “That’s crazy! I had a garage there once before!”

However the old garage was what we call ‘legal non-conforming’, therefore when it was torn down, a new one was not allowed to be built.

A solution to this would be to fully renovate the old garage. A building permit would still be required, but you would be able to keep the structure.

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*BEWARE* Italian Model Exposed in Facebook is Actually a Click-Jacking Attack

The mere mention of anything with a sex connotation on Facebook almost always begets some major activity, with people wanting to know more. As a result, whatever the attack vector or channel might be is propagated, and the attacker is sure to get some response.

In this example a Facebook click-jacking attack jumped on the bandwagon of Italian model Marika Fruscio’s unfortunate incident with a wardrobe malfunction on live TV.  The title of the scam on Facebook was “The beautiful Marika Fruscio shows her breasts on Italian TV!”, which almost sounds like it was staged as opposed to an accident.  Whatever the theory, the interesting part of this attack is what happens when someone clicks on the provided link to watch the embedded video.

The example seems harmless as upon clicking the link, the user is directed to another page where they can view the video.  While this is happening, the user’s account is being exploited to post the video on their homepage to distribute.  The user is also added to the list of those who like the video, consequently encouraging others to view this.  The series of steps involved is shown below.

An infected account shows the advert as being liked either by a friend or contact within your Facebook account:
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Source: Security Labs

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Richmond Hill Off Leash Dog Park

Other than being a real estate sales representative, I am also active in my local community. I volunteer as the Treasurer of The Richmond Hill K9 Klub.  For months we have proposed a Leash-free Dog Park to the City Council. It was finally approved and a suitable site will now have to be finalized. After the budget meeting, we were asked to give the  council 2 weeks and the issue will be followed up by Councilor Lynn Foster.

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The site looks for updated blogs, and displays them. I think of it as an automatic blog surfing device.  If you like reading interesting blogs give them a try. Approximately every 10 seconds a new blog will be previewed, unless you pause to read it. Feel Free to leave me a comment if you found my blog through AlphaInventions.com

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Everybody.

Have a safe and warm holiday.

Remember to check for air leaks in the house. Use caulking or rubber strips to insulate your home. Saves money and the environment

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