Tea Bags, You Say?  11 Nifty Natural Solutions for Cleaning, Restoring and Protecting Your Home.

Tea Bags, You Say? 11 Nifty Natural Solutions for Cleaning, Restoring and Protecting Your Home.

tea-in-glass-cupYou might already use some natural remedies on your body. Why not use some natural fresh cleaning and sprucing-up solutions in your new home, too?  There are great ways to keep you, your family, and the environment a lot safer.  Here are some examples.  Some of these you might already know, but hopefully, you’ll find few that will amaze you!

As you decide where to place your wood furniture, you may notice that it’s lost some natural colour and shine over the years. Just steep two tea bags in hot water for 10 minutes. Let cool, then dampen a clean soft cloth with tea and wipe over the wood furniture. Instant restoration!

One thing you’ll likely inherit when you move into a new home is some new odours. Let’s face it, each place has its own smell. They may be the ghosts Christmas past, or of two cats that lived in the house a very long time. Here’s the irony. Kitty litter can neutralize the smells. Mix some with baking soda in a pan and stink-be-gone.

Does your new home smell like it was smoked in in the past? You can get rid of the smell of smoke by placing bowls of white vinegar around the house to absorb the odor.

1. Stuck with a plugged drain? Unclog it using a cup of salt mixed with a cup of baking soda – no liquid. Pour the dry solution into the drain, followed by a pot of boiling water.

2.  Want to keep crawling critters away from your new kitchen?  Place bay leaves in all the drawers and in the flour and sugar containers.

3. Clean porcelain with a cloth dampened with water and white vinegar. Sprinkle cream of tartar on the cloth.

4. Say good-bye to mildew by mixing salt and lemon juice.

5. Dawn original blue dish detergent will do more than just clean your dishes. It’s a great all-purpose degreaser as well as a spot remover.

6. 1/2 lemon sprinkled with table salt can be used safely to clean or remove stains from granite. For stains, leave lemon and salt on the stain to soak, then rinse with clean water and dry.

7. Repainting? Clean oil based paint off of your hands with vegetable oil. Then wash hands with warm soapy water.

8. For a quick ant kill, mix 2 cups of borax with one cup of sugar in a quart jar. Punch holes in the lid and sprinkle around the outside of your house.

9. Mice can’t stand the smell of fresh peppermint.  Have you ever seen peppermint candy canes attached to their little Christmas trees?  Fake ones, yes.  Real ones, no.

You can place peppermint leaves around your house or simply put some oil of peppermint on a piece of cloth and place it in locations you suspect the mice may be visiting.

10. Do you see weeds growing in the cracks of your patio, deck,or driveway? Kill them by spraying them with a solution of 1/4 cup of salt added to 4 litres of water.

11. Keep weeds from returning to the cracks of your patio, deck, or driveway by pouring salt in the cracks.

We’re happy to pass these household tips along to you because we like to go above and beyond when it comes to helping you move. When it comes to Edmonton moving companies, Kary Movers shines. Let us show you! Call us at 1-877-687-1746, email info@karymovers.com, or use our online form to request a moving quote.

When is the Best Season to Move?  Summer? Winter? Weighing the choices.

When is the Best Season to Move? Summer? Winter? Weighing the choices.

dramatic-sky-while-drivingTo everything there is a season, as the ancient saying goes. For Kary Movers, it’s always moving season. But if you have a choice, what’s the best time of year to move? Is summer a better time than winter, for example? The bottom line is each season has both unique challenges and advantages. Here are a few things to consider.

Are there seasonal moving rates?

Moving rates are primarily based on factors like the weight of items being moved, storage requirements and the distance traveled. At Kary Movers, we can not only quote a reasonable rate for larger moves, we guarantee that rate so that there are no surprises at moving time. We often hear complaints about surprise fees added at moving time from other moving companies. We don’t want to be that kind of company, ever. We take the safety of your items and our crews seriously, so if there are weather delays, your rate on your won’t be affected. Again, this applies to larger moves where we’ve put that guaranteed rate in writing.

If yours is a smaller hourly rate move, whether with Kary Movers or another company, keep in mind adverse weather can slow things down, so allow for possible extra hours in your budget. Do you still have questions about hourly versus flat guaranteed-rate moves? Just ask.

The long and short of scheduling

Winter often allows moving companies greater scheduling flexibility to accommodate your move. Also, movers are more flexible for a move around the middle of the month, since many people choose their move at the beginning or end. On the downside, however, unpredictable weather, along with late sunrises and early sunsets can make the moving workday shorter. With some moving companies, it may result in a more expensive move. A move that takes one day in the summer may take two in the winter. Again, with Kary Movers, your rate is guaranteed, so your price stays the same regardless of short winter daylight hours and unforeseen weather. But, if you’re looking to get settled quickly, it’s good to keep this in mind that winter weather and short days can slow down your move.

Does your viola wear a sweater?

Although, you may be perfectly prepared for a cold-weather move, the items you are planning to move may not be so winter-friendly. Things like musical instruments, antiques, and glass typically do better in warmer weather. Any extremes, hot or cold, can have a negative impact on sensitive items– and not just things, but pets and people, too. Check out our blogs on hot and cold weather moves for more helpful tips.

Better movers are well-prepared for extreme temperature moves and they’ll do their best to protect you more sensitive items against these extremes. However, if you choose to pack items yourself, ensure that those vulnerable items are adequately protected from the elements.

Whatever the weather, Kary Movers is ready

The perfect time to move might very well be a pleasant spring or fall day when, it seems, everyone else is moving, too. Therein lies the challenge, so it’s good to book as far as possible in advance. And remember, the best-laid plans are often affected by weather, which you’ve probably noticed, is difficult to predict in any season. A “perfect weather” move can turn to a foul-weather one fast.

At Kary Movers, we can’t guarantee the weather, but we can assure you that we’re adequately prepared for all types of moving conditions, with a goal to make your move as smooth as possible. Call us at 1-877-687-1746 or email us at info@karymovers.com. You can also make an online inquiry and request a moving quote. We look forward to helping to make your move a smooth one, whatever the weather.

How’s the dog? Where’s the cat? 6 Tips for Smooth Moving with Pets

The boxes are sealed and the cat is missing. Not a good way to start a move. Aside from simply keeping an eye on your pet on moving day, here are some tips that we hope will help make your move a smoother, safer one for your pets.

Prepping your new place for your pet’s arrival.

Your new home is your pet’s new home, too! If you’re still at the searching stage, think like a dog, or cat. It might be a challenge but try. Will your prospective new palace make them feel at home, too? It will be an adjustment for them, so be confident it will have the amenities they’re accustomed to, and hopefully one or two new ones that will bring them new joys.

It’s best to move the house before you move the pet. Make sure food, toys, bedding, and other items that your pet is used to are together in one place in your new home. Familiarity makes for a happy adjustment. Also, confining your pets to just one area helps them slowly and more comfortably get used to their new surroundings.

Schedule veterinarian visits.

Before moving, take your pet to the vet and get an up-to-date record of vet visits, vaccinations, medications. Once you have settled into your new place, you’ll be ready for that first visit to the local veterinarian. You’ve probably found that your pet has helped you make social connections– and that’s even more important after your move. Break the ice with your neighbours by asking for vet recommendations. You may enjoy the added bonus of seeing your pet make some BFF’s with other like species.

Changing your address means changing your pet’s address, too.

You’ve done a change of address for yourself. Make sure you’ve done one on behalf of your pet. That may involve a local license change, collar and crate ID info. It will also involve a change to the contact information associated with your pet’s microchip ID, if he or she has one.

Arrange for a stay with a friend or kennel.

The many moving day activities and noise in your home can create a stressful environment not just for your kids — and you– but also for your pet. If you’ve got a friend who likes your pet– ask them to pet-sit on moving day. This way your pet will get not only some much-needed attention– but also their food, medicine, and walks.

Check airline and hotel rules for pets.

Are you flying or driving to your new home? Airline moves are generally tricker and require more homework and preparation. Make sure your pet complies with airline policies. The stress doesn’t necessarily end once you’ve arrived the destination airport. The last thing you want is the delivery of your pet to a baggage area before you get there. It’s called airline over-efficiency and it could strike at an inopportune time. To avoid the potentially panicked situation of your pet’s arrival in baggage before your own, arrange for a punctual friend to be there early.

If you’re traveling by car and need to “hotel it”on the way, research hotels that are pet-friendly before setting off. There are plenty of websites that offer information on great pet-friendly hotels. Some hotels have a weight limit or other restrictions– so have a careful look at all requirements before you book your stay.

Treat Your Pet

If you have a dog, they’ll want to roam free on arrival– and you’ll need a stretch and fresh air, too. Locate a local dog park you can visit soon after arrival. And here’s a small moving expense that will bring your pet joy: a new treat or toy. They’ll deserve it, we’re sure!

Need more tips? Check our other blogs or just call us at 1-877-687-1746 with specific questions. We’re here to help . You can also make an online inquiry and request a moving quote.

Moving to a Larger Home?  5 Smart Tips for Filling the Extra Space

Moving to a Larger Home? 5 Smart Tips for Filling the Extra Space

35300566 - beautiful apartment, interior, big empty roomSo you bought a new place full of extra room to stretch. Congrats! Whether you’re moving from a cramped, rented apartment or condo, or a smaller home– you’ve now got space a-plenty. But after the down payment and all the extras involved in a home purchase, your bank account will soon be full of empty space. Or worse, “negative space.”  You’ll need to set some priorities.

To fill that extra home space you’ll need a realistic budget and some common sense. And love. Fill your home with love. It’s free. But a loveseat may set you back $1000. So, here are 5 smart tips from Kary Movers.

1) Make sure your home is really yours

Pinch yourself. Is this but a happy dream? In other words, are all the closing papers signed? Make sure there’s no chance of the deal unraveling. Only then can you start to fork out cash or swipe your credit card for things you love. With the tips of this oh-so-practical blog in mind, of course.

2) Budget!

The “B” word. Maybe there’s a friendler word for “budget.”  But let’s get right to the point, even if it’s a bit of a “hard pill.” Resist the urge to splurge on those empty spaces. There’s no need to take on more debt for the sake of a new couch, especially when you’ve just taken on a pile of it with a new mortgage. Debt is the worst kind of clutter.

Take a slow and thoughtful approach. Match you needs, wants and finances. It’s the is the no-regrets way to go. Set a financial limit. Stay within it. And consider setting aside a special savings account for your dream furniture schemes.

3) Tackle the most-used rooms first

“I can’t afford to send my kids to summer camp because I’m making payments on a dining-room set.” You might not ever say that out loud, but don’t ever let it become a reality. Set priorities.

A dining-room-set that you might only be able to show-off a couple of times a year quickly becomes a big, heavy buyer’s regret. Things like window coverings, a table-and-chair set for breakfasts and dinners are much more practical. What about that future basement rec room? Just keep your plans above ground for now.

4) Don’t be in a rush

Most purchases can wait until after you’re moved in. Even then, slow down. Your family will be living and loving in this house for many years, right? As you start out, enjoy that extra room to stretch. That’s one reason you bought this spacious dream, is it not?  Assembling your dreams is like putting together Swedish-made furniture. It takes time and patience. Oh, and money.

You’re dazzled by those dream living rooms on Pinterest and you want one now? Of course. But wait. Depending on your internet speed, you’ll soon see another one even more dazzling. Such are the enticements of cyberspace.

Slow down. Give yourself time to get a feel for your new physical living space. Enjoy your expanded lifestyle, create new living habits. Get a feel for the types of appliances, furniture and colors that will work with your newly expanded lifestyle. A little patience is better than a dining room set you’ll come to regret.

5) Invest in Basic Tools

Renting now? Get ready to take your landlord’s number out of your phone directory and replace it with your local hardware store’s number. There’ll be no landlord or property manager to call when things go wrong. So make sure you invest in a few basic tools.  And ensure you keep within a budget for those, too.

Walking up and down the aisles of Canadian Tire or Home Hardware isn’t the best way of making tool-buying decisions. You’ll be overwhelmed quickly. And you’re likely to come home with tools whose function you will have forgotten after the exhilaration of the half-price sale wears off.

Before you visit the store, make a list of basic tools are likely to use regularly.  You can buy more expensive specialty tools as you need them. Or, why not borrow or rent those tools you might only use one in a blue moon?

If you’re a current home owner, you probably won’t need to go on a tool-buying spree. But keep in mind that there may be differences in plumbing or electrical fixtures. You may also be some new landscaping requirements. All these could require some some new additions to your tool arsenal.

Kary Movers wishes you some big, happy, spacious memories in your new home.  We’d love to be a part of launching those memories. Contact us through the “Services” page of  website or just pick up the phone and call us at 780-454-2414.

The Frozen-stiff Guide to Winter Moving

The Frozen-stiff Guide to Winter Moving

14223076 - amazing snow removal - people shovelling snow after snowfallOne of the best moving decisions you can make is to hire professional movers. Especially in winter. At Kary Movers we have many winters’ worth of moving experience. This experience has taught us to pay attention to the forecast for moving day. Then expect the unexpected. It seems a weather forecast is usually about fifty percent accurate at best. So, we’re always prepared for the worst winter can throw at us. That’s right, bring it on!

Who’s prepared? We are!

Here’s what’s obvious on an Edmonton commute on a particularly foul-weather day. Not every driver is prepared for the snow or ice. This leaves us a little incredulous, since this is Edmonton, a city of winter weather champions. Or should be. We like to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, however– and assume that those slip-slider drivers have moved from some place on the planet that has never experienced snow.

Rest assured, at Kary Movers, we’re ready for the worst snow and ice conditions and coldest temperatures. For us, it’s not just about getting your stuff from point A to point B without getting our trucks stuck in the snow. It’s about packing and transporting all possessions safely and soundly. However, there are some things you can do to make your life easier on moving day. They’ll help us, too.

Safe, clean and dry

Make sure to shovel your sidewalks, driveway, and any other pathways that our movers might need to use. We don’t like the sound of breaking dishes on the driveway any more than you do– especially when a good shoveling and ice-melter or salt could have prevented it. Even with a good shoveling, snow and moisture is bound to get tracked inside. This can, of course make a make a mess of your floors, especially carpet. Tape down a few pieces of heavy cardboard or plastic sheeting in high traffic areas.

What are you wearing?

We never expected to give moving day fashion tips. And we’re not about to start. We’re simply offering some practical advice to help you to avoid alternating between chills and sweats in the midst of your move. It’s called the layered look– and if you want to make good fashion out of that, be our guest!

You’ll likely be in and out of your old residence and new one many times on the same day– with perhaps a few extra stops along the way. So, make sure you’re dressed for moving day success. Your biggest heavy winter coat is not what you want to wear on moving day. It’s bound to get in the way. Dressing in layers will help you stay warm without being as bulky. And you can add and shed as needed.

Don’t forget the coffee and hot chocolate

Almost everyone will be craving something warm to drink on moving day. Whatever the weather, it’s smart to pack you coffee maker and supplies last so that you can make coffee for you and the crew. If you really want to make everyone happy, keep your slow cooker out, too. ,You can use it to brew hot chocolate or apple cider.

Contact us to get started 

For a move that’s smooth as sweet apple cider, call us at 1-877-687-1746 or email us at info@karymovers.com. You can also make an online inquiry and request a moving quote. We look forward to helping you move into your new home with as little stress as possible– even in the depths of an Edmonton winter.

Smarten up Your Home with Technology: a Few Savvy Tips

Smarten up Your Home with Technology: a Few Savvy Tips

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“Smarten up.” Maybe it was a verbal “invitation” you received (perhaps too often) from your parents. And maybe you actually heeded the final warning before you were grounded for the weekend. Now, you’re a responsible adult– and homeowner. We want to let you know you can still “smarten up” and save yourself some trouble.  And this kind of getting smart is less threatening and more practical– when it comes to making your new home safer and more convenient.  At the same time, many smart features help you to be less wasteful and save money.

See the light

Think, for example, about the lights in your hotel room on your last vacation. Remember how they automatically turned on when you enter and turned off when you left? The hotel didn’t install that feature just to be “cool.” They did it because it saves them money. You can, too.

Be a voice-commander

There are literally hundreds of smart features you can customize your home with. You don’t have to talk to your light bulbs to automate them. Your motel room lights didn’t need to hear your voice– but if you want to talk to your light bulbs at home, you can. Voice-activated technology will give you an excuse– and your light bulb will “answer” by turning on or off. You can also control everything from the music that fills a given room to your door locks in the same verbal way. Bright ideas abound.

Smart phone, smart home

One of the many voice-activated smart home systems is an extension of one technology you might already be using. If you have an Apple iPhone, iPad or Watch and using the AI virtual assistant Siri, there’s a homekit compatible addon that allows you to control a host of smart devices by telling Siri what you want to do. Teleporting to the bathroom in the middle of the night is our first choice but they tell us that’s not available– yet.

Climate change start in your home

Because this is Northern Alberta, the land of extremes, let’s give more focus on that device on the wall that gets so much attention– the thermostat. Yes, voice-activated technology can help you there, too. Think of it as generating positive climate change in your home at the sound of your voice.

At certain times of year –okay, almost every day of the year around here– getting up to change the temperature is part of our daily exercise routine. Now, you may already have a programmable thermostat with multiple settings, allowing for frequent temperature changes throughout the day or night. But when the weather outside is as unpredictable as ours, you’ve got to have an easy-override system. What if you’re not home when the outside temperature hits an extreme mark– and you’re worried about coming home to either an oven or a freezer? Voila! The power of the Internet to the rescue, allowing you to control all the settings you can control when you’re at home.

The power of video 

All houses now come with a smoke alarm system, but how you can make it more efficient by adding a smart smoke detector that allows you to be notified on your smart phone if it gets activated. You can even switch it off or silence it from a remote location. This is but one of many features that can be enhanced with wireless cameras. We can’t help but think of the Fort McMurray homeowner who posted a security camera video of his home being consumed by the tragic 2016 fire which caused the evacuation of the entire city. It was, no doubt, exceptionally difficult to watch, helplessly from a distance. But thankfully, in most situations, video surveillance allows the homeowner to take immediate preventative action when things like fire, break-ins or flooding occur.

We can congratulate ourselves. The age of the “Jetsons” and “Star Trek” has arrived. One thing those futuristic TV shows didn’t usually show was smart tech installation. That’s the hard part– and best done, if possible, before you move into your new home. The move itself is tiring enough. Avoid the added inconvenience of installing and familiarizing yourslef with smart technology while you’re still unpacking and scouring the house looking for your hoverboard.

A pre-move installation isn’t always possible– but one of the main things you can do to ease the stress and make it a smart move to a smart home– is to get in touch with Kary Movers of Edmonton.  Ready to start?  Call us at 1-877-687-1746 or email us at info@karymovers.com. You can also make an online inquiry and request a moving quote. We look forward to helping to make your move into your new home as smooth as “Beam me up, Scotty.”