Arranging for your move
Obtain two or three estimates for your move and compare the services offered.
Have the contents of your residence/office viewed by a qualified estimator and a written estimate prepared.
Book your move as far in advance as possible, even if, in the case of a new home/office, your closing date is not firm. Most movers can be flexible with proper notice.
Choose a properly licensed and bonded company.
Avoid scheduling your move for the end of the month as this is a busy period for movers. Some movers may offer lower rates at other times of the month.
Try to ensure that at least three staff are assigned to your move - two to load and unload your goods and one to remain with the truck to avoid possible theft and keep the flow going.
Prior to entering into a contract with a mover, make sure you determine what liability the mover will assume in the event of loss or damage. You may find it necessary to make special insurance arrangements.
It is advisable to have your goods packed by movers. They are professionals and know how to properly ship and handle your belongings. Ask the mover for the cost of their packing service.
Confirm your arrangements with the mover a day or two prior to the move to avoid any last minute difficulties. Make sure the mover has specific directions to pick your goods up and for locating your new premises, particularly in the case of a newly constructed home/office where the street names and numbers are not easily visible.
A little bit of caution:
- A mover whose estimated cost for your move is far below that of your other estimates may spell trouble.
- Damage to goods packed by you is your responsibility and not the movers unless the mover has been negligent somehow.
- Don't sign any documentation without fully understanding what you are signing for.
As a general rule, although each moving company may vary to a certain extent, a local move is considered to be a move within an 80 kilometre (50 mile) radius of the moving company's premises.
Costs are calculated on the number of hours the truck is tied up on your move multiplied by the hourly for-hire rate. Generally, the hours are based on the time once the truck leaves the moving company's premises until the time it returns.
Long distance moving
As a general rule, this would be considered a move outside an 80 kilometre (50 mile) radius of the moving company's premises. The mover must be properly licensed and bonded to be able to take responsibility for your valuables... check it out!
Costs are calculated on the weight and distance of your shipment (shipment will be weighed at a government inspected weigh station).
If your goods are to be placed into storage, make sure the costs of storage are explained to you including loading and unloading fees plus monthly storage rates.
The company you finally hire is in business to provide you with the best possible service it can. After you have carefully chosen your mover, you can be sure that your belongings will be handled as efficiently and safely as possible. Professional movers pride themselves in the service they provide to thousands of Canadians each year.
Before you move
- Obtain estimates from moving companies.
- Give away, sell, discard any unnecessary belongings.
- Advise post office and complete change of address cards to inform companies and employers of move.
- Obtain school records for new school transfer.
- Check and clear any outstanding realty taxes on your present property.
- Call your insurance agent and transfer or arrange coverage for your new home.
- Send out all items for cleaning or in need of repair.
- Return those items that were borrowed and collect any items loaned out.
- Dispose of flammable items.
- Arrange for the shutting off of all utilities and the connection of utilities for your new house. Have meters read.
- Try to arrange your telephone cancellation or transfer for the last possible moment on moving day.
- Clean all drapes, rugs & floors.
- Defrost and clean fridge one day before the move; clean stove.
- Organize work that has to be completed at your new home.
- Obtain appraisals for any items of value in case you need to make an insurance claim from the moving company. Pictures are a great benefit here!
- Make arrangements to discontinue cleaning services, pool maintenance, window cleaners, snow removers, landscapers etc.
- Ensure that adequate insurance for all your household goods is still in place while your goods are in transit or storage.
- Notify financial organizations, insurance companies, medical practitioners, credit card companies, etc. of your move.
Storing and packing tips
- Use packing paper, pads for inventory, markers.
- Heavy twine, masking tape, boxes, and containers for packing.
- Empty gas tanks from lawn mowers, outboard motors etc.
- Remove all batteries from appliances and toys.
- Mark contents of all boxes very clearly specifying which room they are to be placed in (this will save you moving them again and again...)
- Set aside things you will carry in the car in a carton marked "Do Not Load". Indicate which cartons you wish to be unloaded first and unloaded last.
- Make sure you keep a telephone book with you.
- Tie or tape brooms and mops together and bundle your curtain rods.
- Make sure all fragile and delicate items are indicated.
- Carry all jewelry, valuable papers and currency with you.
- Ensure that tops are secured for all liquids in bottles.
- All phonograph records should be packed upright on their edges, not flat.
- Crate glass table tops, large mirrors & any valuable pictures.
- Pack all books on edge in small boxes. Limit carton weight to 60 pounds.
- Tie or tape all boxes securely.
- Lamp shades should be packed in boxes by themselves. Small appliances should be packed and wrapped in the bottom of boxes.
- Table lamps should also be packed.
- Make sure heavy china items are- placed at the bottom of the box with extra padding.
- Flat pieces should be placed on edge.
- Small items should be packed in a smaller box inside a larger box.
- Dismantle large power tools before moving.
- Remove fixtures that are fastened to the wall.
- Move clothes and drapes in a wardrobe supplied by the movers
- Avoid overloading drawers when packing items in dressers.
- Try not to use newspapers to pack as the ink may rub off.
- Do not leave shelves loose in stoves or refrigerators.
- Do not pack cleaning products in the same boxes as food.
- Try not to roll mattresses or rugs. Leave for the movers to put into special cartons.
- Do not wrap articles of furniture or tie with ropes.