News & Events from Kitchener-Waterloo Movers

September 23, 2013

Renovation does not have to end in rage

By: Heather @ 4:23 pm

At Westmount Moving and Warehousing, we strive to provide a first class moving experience for our customers on each and every move. We are here to make your move as simple and efficient as possible. From the time you make your first call to Westmount Moving and Warehousing, to the moment your last possessions are unloaded from one of our trucks to your new home or office, you will be impressed with our staff of friendly, efficient professionals.

Aside from just getting you and your belongings to where you want to be, we also know and love our trade and are always here to offer tricks of the trade, tips and advice for pre and post moving experiences. This week’s topic? Renovation: Does and Don’ts from your favourite celebrity handy man, Mike Holmes himself.

This article demonstrates what every home owner should know when it comes to renovations and how to chose the right person for the job.

Filed under: News

September 12, 2013

A healthy home is a happy home

By: Heather @ 1:11 am

You’ve tackled the hard part. You sold your home, found a new one, booked your move with Westmount Moving and Warehousing and you have finally un-packed and made this new space yours. However, as Mike Holmes states, from HGTV’s “Holmes Makes It Right”, there is still more to be done. Mike Holmes is a Canadian residential home improvement contractor and television show host. Beginning with Holmes on Homes and subsequent shows, he rescues Ontario homeowners from renovations gone wrong. He continued in his successor TV series, Holmes Inspection. He is also a judge on HGTV’s show Handyman Superstar Challenge; and its American counterpart All American Handyman with McGillivray. To add to his accomplishments, Holmes posts blogs weekly on his website for “Holmes Makes It Right”.

In a recent blog, Holmes discussed home maintenance and how it is more than just chores and cleaning. In order for your new home to remain safe and healthy, you need to add routine inspections and maintenance. He calls the possible dangers ‘hidden hazards’ and can become extremely harmful if left un-checked. For example, lead. He says that if your home was built before 1978, there is a good chance it could contain lead. As well, your air filter needs to be changed to make your indoor air cleaner. If you have a leak, fix it right away to avoid mould and mildew. He mentions other things to watch out for but the most important, test for dangerous gases.

You can read more useful tips on Mike Holmes’ blog.

Filed under: Community,News

September 6, 2013

Holmes Helps with Un-Packing

By: Heather @ 10:38 pm

At Westmount Moving & Warehousing, we provide a first class moving experience for our customers on each and every move. We are here to make your move as simple and efficient as possible! From the time you make your first call to Westmount Moving to the moment your last possessions are unloaded from one of our trucks to your new home, you will be impressed with our staff of friendly, efficient professionals.

Now, with all that being said, it is clear that we can help you on your journey from one place to the other. But, what do you do once you get there? Where do you begin as you un-pack and start this new chapter in your life? Mike Holmes, from HGTV’s Holmes Makes It Right has a few tips that will help make the transition into your new home as easy as can be once we drop you and your belongings off at your new location! For Mike Holmes, having the proper tools is essential to making your transition as easy and efficient has possible. He recommends that each household have the following tools:

  1. Tape measure
  2. Level
  3. Drill
  4. Stud Finder
  5. Screwdriver
  6. Hammer

Aside from tools, Holmes suggests that you think long and hard about how you want to design your new home. He mentions that a lot of folks these days want to go for a ‘modern flair’ when it comes to designing their new home. While there is nothing wrong with this approach, he says that it is one thing to get state-of-the-art appliances and a whole other issue to maintain them. The construction that protects everything is really important to make your items last. Since the new design flair right now is to be ‘modern’, he says that in relation, there are modern construction techniques. For example, using ice and water to shield and protect the roof; Pinkwood for its mould, moisture and fire-resistant properties. There are other things you might need to consider if you want to take the modern approach. Holmes says that modern tiles have a tendency to get discontinued (be they are a trend) so therefore if one breaks, the changes of getting another is slim. Holmes brings up many other issues that you can read about in his latest article (http://www.montrealgazette.com/mikeholmes/), but the last, and most important suggestion he makes is to watch out for ‘trends’ while designing your modern home. Trends come and go and in a few years, you might want to change it and it will cost. He ends with that a home shouldn’t just look good, it should be good.

Watch Mike Holmes in “Holmes Makes it Right” on Tuesdays at 9pm on HGTV.

Filed under: Community