We know it’s been a tough time for small businesses everywhere, but we are so proud of our community for their resilience and how they’ve adapted! We gave some of our favourite local businesses a call to see how they’re doing and we asked them how they have adapted to the social distancing regulations. Watch the video below to meet the incredible people behind these local businesses!
James spoke with Jordan Foss over at Steel & Oak. They have adapted by offering online ordering and home delivery service. You can order online here.
Denny spoke with Evan Moore over at Fit First Footwear. They have adapted by offering virtual shoe fittings. Schedule a zoom call to set up your own virtual fitting here.
Monica spoke with Riley Ableman at the St. James Well. You can still support them by ordering online for pick up or delivery! Order your next dinner here.
Adam spoke with Daniel English at Driftwood Athletics. Get in that home workout with one of their online crossfit classes. Contact them through their instagram page or check out their website here.
Lucas spoke with Amanda at Wow1day Painting. They are now offering free live virtual consultations! If you have any painting questions give them a call or visit their website here.
Make sure to support local and and if you check out one of these awesome businesses tell them we say hello!
Getting a new home means you’re going to be moving. We’ve got some moving tips that will help make moving day easier and more enjoyable before the pizza and beer arrive.
Moving can be a stressful time especially if you’re packing and organizing your belongings in addition to working. One of the most stressful, and sometimes expensive, tasks are getting rid of unwanted items and large furniture.
To avoid some of the headaches we have compiled a list of the ‘go- to’ organizations and companies that will accept your donations, as well as some tips to help you sell your unwanted items.
Do you have a great company or organization that has helped you out, but isn’t on our list? Let us know.
• Make sure to include a brief description & photos of the items. That will eliminate e-mails or calls from prospective buyers wanting more info or pictures. • Add ‘OBO’ (Or Best Offer) if you are flexible on the price. • Update your post daily (if possible) to keep your ad current. Don’t forget to take it down once your items are sold • Beware of scammers!! Especially on Ebay. Always be careful opening attachments. If you think something smells fishy… it probably is.
MOVING TIPS TO GIVE AWAY YOUR STUFF
Donating or giving away your free items can be quite painless. But ridding yourself of larger items can be a challenge. Fortunately, one person’s clutter is someone else’s treasure or an organization’s need. Here are some great companies and organizations that will take your unwanted items (in good condition) whether by drop-off or home pick-up!
Developmental Disabilities Association accepts items like clothing, books, small housewares and bottles. They operate a number of donation bins around Metro Vancouver, and you can also book a pick-up online.
Aunt Leah’s Place helps kids transitioning out of foster care and young mothers. They accept small apartment sized furniture, home decor, accessories, jewelry, and clothing. Donations go to support individuals and they also operate an Urban Thrift Boutique at 177 East Broadway in Vancouver. For information to donate, click on their donation guide.
Monarch Place is a local transition house for abused women and families. They are often in need of gently used clothing for women and children, bedding and linens, kitchen utensils and small appliances. Click here for more information on how to help.
Champagne Taste is the go-to furniture consignment store in Metro Vancouver. They are located on the corner of 11th St and Royal Avenue in New Westminster. They were the winners of 2010 Best Consignment Store and Best Customer Service so you know the ladies know their furniture. For all the information on consigning, what they accept, and how to start click here.
The Treasure Chest is a great local thrift store located in New Westminster. All donation revenue goes to the Canadian Mental Health Association. For more info and how to donate click here.
BASES is a new thrift store in Burnaby that assists at-risk children and families in the Edmonds area. Proceeds from the thrift store will go towards programs at area schools such as breakfast and after-school programs, sports, music, arts and summer camps. They accept donations of clothing, household goods, countertop appliances and small furniture items, which can be dropped off at 7825 Edmonds St.
MOVING TIPS TO RECYCLE YOUR STUFF
Of course, not everything can be donated or is even worth donating. That’s where recyclers can help.
Metro Vancouver has a great site that allows you to input in the items/material you need to recycle and your location to provide you with a custom solution.
Getting rid of an old mattress can be difficult. This Richmond company will break your mattress down and recycle up to 90 per cent of its components. Mattresses and box springs must be dropped off. They are located at 11571 Twigg Place. Click here for their current prices.
Canadian Mattress Recycling is based out of Annacis Island in Delta. They recycle mattresses, box springs, and metal bed frames as well as furniture like couches, armchairs and desk chairs. Items can be dropped off at #140-715 Eaton Way. Or pickup can be booked online.
The City of Burnaby offers a curb side pick up service for residents looking to dispose of large furniture items and appliances. The city also operates a large eco-centre for recyclables like scrap metal, plastics, cardboard boxes, paint, and batteries.
Now is the time to step up and support your local businesses! Covid-19 has affected thousands of New Westminster businesses and we can have a huge impact by helping them out. Consider purchasing a gift card from your favourite local restaurant, hair dresser, shop online for clothing, use contact-less pickup from a local pet store or order some girl guide cookies online!
James and Denny visited local New West businesses Bruncheria and Mila & Paige and asked them how this pandemic is affecting their business, what they are doing to adapt and how we can help. Watch the video below to find out!
**Video from March 16th, 2020
Our friends over at Sweet Legs New Westminster have started to compile a list of other local New West businesses we can support. Here it is:
Lets continue to grow this list! If you own a business in New West or know of one that is offering online options, contact-less pick-up or delivery, we would love to add it to our list. Please send us an e-mail to email@example.com or message us on Facebook or Instagram!
As Covid-19 cases keep rising more gathering locations are closing, international flights are being canceled, borders are shutting down and social distancing techniques are being implemented. What does this all mean for real estate here in Vancouver? James and Denny will share what they are seeing in real estate as well as provide predictions on what might happen to real estate prices and the market in general. If you own or are looking to buy, or if you are looking for information on how Covid-19 will impact real estate then this episode is for you.
Listen to the Garbutt+Dumas Real Estate Podcast (bottom of page) to learn about how COVID-19 may affect the Real Estate prices and the market in general. If you own or are looking to buy, or if you are looking for information on how Covid-19 will impact real estate then this episode is for you.
We at the Garbutt + Dumas Real Estate Team understand the current confusion and concern that a lot of our clients are experiencing regarding the COVID-19 virus over the past couple weeks. We have been constantly keeping up to date with the progression of the virus and with the recommendations of the Health Minister of Canada, and wanted to keep our clients, colleagues, friends and families aware of how we will be proceeding over the coming weeks. We are taking their recommendations very seriously and that our position on how to operate moving forward has not come without a great deal of thought. The health and safety of the people in the communities where we live and work is very important to us.
Supporting our clients during this time is our primary focus and concern. We understand that some clients are caught in the middle of this situation, and are actively buying or selling as we speak. To our clients, know that we are here and will continue to support you during this uncertain time. Fortunately, our industry is heavily online with photos, videos, strata documents, electronic signatures, etc.
At this current time, property showings are still permitted, and in other areas (such as Ontario, no official news for BC) real estate has been deemed an essential service. For buyers and sellers we will assess each client’s situation individually, but note that we can still show properties and will use extreme caution when doing so. We will be as cautious as possible, we will adhere to social-distancing requirements, and we will be avoiding any unnecessary contact with others.
Given the situation in our province, the Real Estate Board has advised all members to refrain from holding open houses and adhere to the most up-to-date social-distancing requirements from our government and public health officials. We feel it is important to follow these recommendations, and have elected to replace all open houses with pre-screened showings by appointment for those that must buy or sell during this time.
Please view the best practices for Real Estate professionals and Consumers on the BC Real Estate Council website hereand view recommendations for realtors on how to proceed through this time and precautions to take here.
There are a lot of moving parts in real estate transactions: photographers, videographers, home inspectors, appraisers, mortgage brokers/mortgage representatives. We ask your patience throughout your real estate transaction as it may take longer than normal to have these professionals scheduled.
It’s very possible that situation could affect our real estate market, but in what manner and to what extent, only time will tell. Prior to COVID 19, the 2020 market was upward trending and very active. We are committed to staying informed on the current situation (COVID-19, real estate market trends, the financial crisis, and interest rates) and hope to share this with you to help make informed decisions.
If you have any concerns, we would love to talk. Please reach out to us in the next few days to discuss your specific situation and we can help put a plan into place.