Things to Keep While in Transit

Rick Taylor November 1, 2016 Resources, Press Release, News

According to Harvard Medical School, two of the most common causes of forgetfulness are lack of sleep and stress and anxiety.

Unfortunately, both of these factors are often present when you are planning international moves that will take you far from your comfort zone and the support systems of your friends and family.

Some things can be forgotten with nothing more than a minor inconvenience.

But at Taylor International Movers, we know how devastating it can be if certain key things are forgotten. They can derail your move, cause endless delays and make stress unbearable.

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How to select the mover who is best for you

Rick Taylor October 17, 2016 Resources, Press Release, Events

Moving under any circumstances is stressful, but when you are uprooting yourself and your family and heading to another country, that stress is multiplied times 10.

You can ease a lot of that anxiety by ensuring that you select the mover who is best for you.

If your move is to another country, it is particularly important that you select a company such as Taylor International Moving that has experience in shipping goods across global entry points.

The best mover for you will also have established excellent relationships with points of contact along the way.

How will your goods be tracked?

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Conquering the five most common fears about moving

Rick Taylor October 4, 2016 Resources, Press Release, News

Next to the illness and death of a family member or the dissolution of a marriage or long-term partnership, moving is right up there on the stressors that cause most people sleepless nights and daytime attacks of angst.

By knowing that this fear is normal, that it impacts everyone, and that it will pass with coping strategies, you can alleviate it and take further steps to keep it at bay.

Here are five of the most common specific fears associated with moving and strategies to help you deal with them if they threaten your plans:

  1. Anxiety of the unknown – Sooner or later even the freest of human spirits feels the sturdy grasp of the status quo. It is the force that fills our brains with thoughts that what we are doing is ill-conceived, that we will fail, that we are hurting others by pursuing our own dreams, and that we are making a big mistake to move. It pushes us firmly to accept inertia as the compelling force of our lives.

Strategy for coping with anxiety of the unknown – Practice the lost art of self-compassion. Tell yourself you have come this far in life by having the courage to pursue your goals and dreams, and that you cannot stop now. Remind yourself that love and caring has no borders; it is not contained in a box that you move, but will escape and fly back and forth at will and stay alive if you let it. There is no failure, except in missed opportunities in life. The great thing about roads to new places is that while they go forward, they also go backwards, and returning is always an option. You deserve to explore this wide and wonderful world.

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Biggest Mistakes That Will Hinder the Success of Your Move

Rick Taylor September 23, 2016 Resources, Press Release, News

According to the Canadian Census Bureau, about three million Canadians live beyond the borders of their country on any given year.

Many of them are away temporarily, often for work or study reasons, or to volunteer or spend a portion of their retirement years in a new environment.

At some stage of the process, all of them had to ensure that their personal belongings were packed and moved internationally.

If they are students on a short-term program, they will travel by air with one or two suitcases in tow, and the process will be relatively uncomplicated.

But for those who embark on long work terms that may even require indefinite stays, it is common that a condition of accepting the transfer is a budget to cover moving household and personal objects to their new home.

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The 5 Most Common Issues In the Moving Industry In The Summer

Rick Taylor June 3, 2016 Resources, Press Release, Events

The moving industry is not a commodity. It is not as simple as just ordering more trucks to fill the 100% increase in business that movers will experience during the months of June, July and August.

I thought I would share the 5 areas where the moving industry as a whole tends to "fall down" during these peak months and the issues that arise beacuse of it.

1)Taking On More Work Than They Can Do:

Many movers will look to do a move that they know they will have trouble handling but do so because it is priced so well. By ignoring their own capacity or the "black out" date of their respected Van Line, they will create an enviroment that is putting all of their clients at significant risk. Extremely long transit times and/or having an inexperienced crew handle the move will create service delivery issues to their clients. In other words, it's short term "greed" knowing that they have little hope of delivering what is promised.

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Summer Capacity In The Moving Business

Rick Taylor May 30, 2016 Resources, Press Release, News

Throughout these summer months the moving industry will witness over a 100% increase in business than our normal fall/winter and spring monthly averages. It is just not possible to hire professional movers for just 3 months to fill the need let alone the equipment needed. As a result, professional movers will experience many days where they simply can't provide service to a client who has booked their move late in the process.

We at Taylor Moving try our very best not to overbook beyond our safe capacity. We do not want to do a move simply to generate revenue knowing that there is a high risk of it not being up to our standards.

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The HST and Moving Expenses

Rick Taylor May 3, 2016 Resources, Press Release, News

When an employee gets transferred within Canada the corporation can either choose to pay the move directly or simply give the employee a cash amount (i.e lump sum payment) and let them make the arrangements themselves.

One thing that should play a role in what to do is the effect of the HST on this choice.

Household goods can be a significant part of the overall relocation expense. It is not uncommon for a full household moving across the country to have an overall bill of $10,000 to $25,000.

Take for example an employee moving from Vancouver, BC to Toronto, Ontario. With cars, storage etc. lets assume a bill of $20,000. As the move is coming to Ontario the HST of 13% would equate to a cost of $2600.00.

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Cross Border Moving Options

Rick Taylor April 14, 2016 Resources, Press Release, News

Cross border moving can be tricky. A Canadian driver is not alowed to inter state in the United States (i.e move household goods within the United States) and an American driver cannot move someone domesticly within Canada. This means that they cannot pick up further customers when they are delivering/loading unless they have a customer that is also moving cross border as well. Since van line tariff's operate under a "full load" basis this means the driver has to wait longer and/or have many empty miles to fill out his truck. This leads to a much longer transit time for the customer in most cases.

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Helping Syrian Refugee's

Rick Taylor February 25, 2016 Resources, News, Local Moving

Appleby Coillege, a private school located in Oakville Ontario, pooled rsources from several firms to help sponsor a Syrian refugee family to Canada. Appleby arranged an apartment and furnishings to the new comers to Canada.

At the last minute they realized they had now way of moving the furniture into the 3 bedroom apartment even though they were scheduled to arrive in 3 days!

I am glad they called us. We sent our crew out to get this done and of course did so at no charge. We felt this is exactly the sort of initiative we want to be part of.

We have found the goodwill it creates with our community and within our staff offers real value to our firm. Even small business' like ours can be active and help in important ways.

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Retirement is Changing

Rick Taylor February 9, 2016 Resources, Press Release, News

Retirement at 65? That may be the way the world worked 30 years ago but in todays world, with people living longer and healthier lifestyles, we believe that this will be the exception and not the rule.

Taylor Moving and Storage actively recruits mature people. From sales, packing and our international services we have found that there lies a large untapped resource that greatly enhances our quality.

Many older workers don't want to work 50 hours a week but do want to continue being busy and to supplement their incomes. By being flexible, we are able to position these employee's to add additional depth to our staff. Their flexible hours allows us to "ramp up" during the busy summer season without sacrificing quality.

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Moving and Your Taxes

Rick Taylor September 22, 2015 Resources, Press Release, News

From The TaxLetter, published by MPL Communications.

Moving Day - Samantha Prasad, LL.B.

I was reading an article not too long ago about how housing prices in Toronto have increased by 9.6 per cent com­pared to a year ago. In fact, the average price for a single-family detached home is hovering around the $1 million mark, catching up to the always expensive Vancouver market. To many observers, Canada's large cities are experiencing a housing bubble; yet it is show­ing no signs of bursting.

Of course, these soaring sticker prices do not include buyers' extra expenses, such as land transfer taxes and moving costs. So it would be an understatement to say that every new owner could use some sort of a financial break. Happily, for those of you who have to move out of town for work, there may be such a break available to you.

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Oakville Ontario Real Estate Report

Rick Taylor May 11, 2015 Resources, Press Release, News

April is historicly a busy month for real estate transactions. Coupled with May, it remains the "heart" of the spring real estate market.

April 2015 saw 316 properties sold in Oakville. This compares to 346 properties in 2014. The avearge median price increased from $715,000 in 2014 to $760,000 in 2015.

Various agents suggested it the drop in sales activity was due to a drop in inventory and not demand.

As you can see, Oakville remains a top choice for people to relocate to which has led to real estate fetching premium prices.

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Oakville's Real Estate Market

Rick Taylor November 11, 2014 Resources, Press Release, News

Oakville remains a popular destination for people relocating into the Greater Toronto area. No where is this more pronounced than in the still solid residental property market.

Year to date 2014, the median Oakville house price increased 13.2% in October 2014 to a record $720,000.

While October saw a slight 2.4% decrease in trasactions from 2013, Oakville still saw a very healthy 683 properties change hands in October.

There are now 1183 properties on the market in Oakville that should moderate price growth in 2015.

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How We Are Being Rated

Rick Taylor December 12, 2013 Resources, International Moving, Employee Relocation

Taylor is in the business of employee relocation. Approximately 70% of our sales volume is derived through moving employee's household goods when they are transferred into a new city or country.

Most of these transfers occur amongst the largest corporations in the world. In some cases, these corporations may transfer upwards of 1000 employees globally as part of the worldwide human resources strategy.

Fortune 500 companies continue to outsource their employee relocation programs to outside parties in order to reduce their administartion costs to their human resources departments. In 2013, 92% of all employee relocation programs were outsourced to companies that specialize in employee relocation. These firms execute the corporation's policy in areas like travel expense, real estate disposal, work visas, destination services and of course the movement of household goods.

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Oakville's Olympic Athletes

Rick Taylor September 18, 2012 Resources, Press Release, News

Residents of Oakville showed their pride yesterday, cheering on their hometown Olympians at Centennial Square.
The recognition event kicked off at 2 p.m. with a parade along Lakeshore Road, starting at Reynolds Street and finished with a reception and autograph session at Centennial Square (Lakeshore Road and Navy Street).

The attending Olympians included Adam van Koeverden, Diana Matheson, Mark Oldershaw and Kyle Jones.
Douglas Csima and Tera Van Beilen are unable to attend, but will be represented by their parents.
The athletes signed autographs for the many fans who filled the square.
Oakville’s athletes scored many successes during the London Olympics.
Van Koeverden received a silver medal in the men’s kayak single 1,000m, while Csima received a silver medal in the men’s eight rowing competition.
Matheson scored the winning goal during the bronze medal women’s soccer game against France.
Oldershaw, who trains out of Oakville, won a bronze medal in the men’s canoe singles 1,000m.
Jones’ performance made him the highest finishing Canadian triathlete in the London Olympics and Van Beilen’s near berth in the finals of the 100-metre breaststroke was also something to celebrate.

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Oakville's Transportation Future

Rick Taylor March 26, 2011 Resources, Oakville

According to Halton Region's Director of Transportation Services, Oakville will have a population of 255,000 people by 2031.

With as many as 120,000 jobs in Oakville the present transportation grid will start to have real issues by 2020 in it's current form.

Existing roadways like Trafalgar, Upper Middle Road, Ninth Line, Speers Road will all have two more lanes added. Many more roads and streets will also be upgraded/expanded.

Public transit will be integrated with the proposed Greater Toronto area Metrolinx project and public a more robust public transportation system.

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The New Online World

Rick Taylor February 25, 2011 Resources

It is really amazing to me how much things have changed as a result of technology, even in a mature industry like ours!

It was only 15 years ago that email became widespread and the internet age began. Since then it has been quite a ride.

For instance, in the past Yellow Pages made up 90% of a movers budget for marketting their services to local clients. Today that figure is closer to 30% and is dropping every year. The importance of a strong online presence is key. After all, if you are reading this blog post, you are doing so through our web site!

Our moving crews now use smart phones that allow us to communicate instantly through text, voice or two way radio. Coming soon, these phones will include GPS, automatic log book entries and fuel tax reporting.

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Southern Ontario in 20 years

Rick Taylor January 17, 2011 Resources

I was born in 1970 in what was then the small little town of Burlington,population 5000. The QEW was just coming into development and the surrounding towns of Oakville,Dundas and Milton were just villages.

Getting to Toronto was considered a big drive let alone any town north of Highway 7.

Today Burlington is approaching 200,000 residents and is truly a city in it's own right. Ditto Oakville and Milton.

According to the master zoning plan set up by the municipalities and the province of Ontario, our region is expected to absorb another million people in the next 20 years! It is exciting to be part of this growth as new business and cultural entities are bound to explode as well.

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Is your move tax deductable?

Rick Taylor November 30, 2010 Resources

Certain relocation expenses are tax deductable. Revenue Canada in most cases allows the deduction from total income relocation expenses you incur when going to a different location for the purpose of starting a new job or going to school. See below to see if you qualify:

*Your new home is at least 40 KMS closer to your new work or school location using the "shortest normal route" to calculate distance.

*The move is from one place in Canada to another place in Canada.

Please keep receipts of your travelling expenses (gas,meals etc),your household move costs (from Taylor Moving),your costs of selling your old home (real estate comissions etc),the cost of purchasing/leasing your new home and any other cost that you gather that relates to your relocation you will be able to calculate a total eligble deduction. This will often times be in the thousands of dollars.

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