Moving Tips & Guides

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Here are some thoughtful guides to help you prepare for your moving day. Applying these guides will Help the Movers on their labour and as a result, it will contribute to reducing your final bill.

Moving Electronics

Electronics are one of the most important and dedicated items that you own. Always make sure that they are well protected if possible in their original box and if you are using a different moving box make sure that the item is safely boxed (take extra precautions when the electronic has a screen) Try making a backup of the information store in any hard dick that you would like the movers to relocate.

Pets on Moving Day

Pets can get very stressed during the moving day, and it can be dangerous for them and the movers if they are running around the house while Movers are working. If you have a pet that could be traumatized by a move arrange to have them stay somewhere during your moving day. If you’re hiring movers for a long-distance move, be sure to arrange your pet’s safe transportation to your new home.

Let your Movers know What to Expect

When you have several boxes its is one thing, but when you get to the big, heavy items it is important to let your movers know what to expect. Communicate with your moving company and explain all of your expectations prior to booking. Your movers have to be aware of all the minor details in order to estimate your total moving time and cost, and also to have the proper equipment available. That includes informing the company about any overweight items (i.e. a piano or fridge), access restrictions (small elevator, narrow driveway) and whether you’ll need help with disassembly or assembly of furniture.

Moving With Children

A moving day is an exciting moment for children, they will want to see the trucks the tools and the movers work as cool as it sounds it is not quite like this as it can easily become a Hazzard for them and the workers, make sure that your kids stay in a safe place while the movers are doing their job.

Moving Tips

Moving Checklists

Go through this checklist to maximize the efficiency of your move, preparation is the key for a stressfree move and it will help you to end the moving process much faster

Avoid leaving everything to the last minute unless you have to pack up and leave in a hurry. Chances are you have between 30 and 60 days to make a plan and to ensure that moving day runs smoothly. Creating a countdown list and itemizing everything you need to accomplish week by week can be very helpful.

1 Month Before Moving

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Sort. Walk through every room and open every drawer; decide what to take to your new home and what to get rid of. Make a list of “keep” items that will require special packing or extra insurance coverage..

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Purge. Donate items you no longer want or host a yard sale.

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Hire movers. Research moving companies. Always ask for the mover’s Transportation license number WCB coverage and other accreditations like BBB or Homestar; whether the company is bonded; and whether the company is licensed for interprovince moves if you’re moving out of province. Request in-home estimates to receive the most accurate pricing.

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Order packing supplies. Purchase standard boxes in various sizes; bubble wrap; packing paper; packing tape; and specialty containers, such as wardrobe and dish-pack boxes. Personal Movers is a Full Service Moving company so we can assist you with packing your belongings in a safe way, ask for our packing service.Click Here

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Start packing. Begin with items you use only rarely or seasonally (e.g., fondue pot; pool toys); save items you use frequently (e.g., TV remote; your toothbrush) until just before moving day. Snap photos and valuables and pack them separately; if you’ll carry those items with you.

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Contact utility companies. Instruct existing utilities to disconnect services the day after your move; direct new utilities to install services at least a day before you arrive.

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Change your address. Notify your employer, banks, credit card companies, subscription services, friends and family of your move. Leave your forwarding address with a neighbour, just in case.

2 Weeks Before Moving

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Confirm the movers. Contact the moving company and double-check your plans. Make sure the insurance in place is enough to cover your valuables.

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Clear out. Empty out storage units, safe deposit boxes and any other off-site storage spots. And don’t forget to pick up your dry cleaning.

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Take time off. Evaluate how many workdays you’ll need to make the move, and then request time off from your employer.

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Clean the rugs. Have area rugs cleaned; they’ll arrive rolled and wrapped from the cleaner, ready to unroll at the new house.

1 Week Before Moving

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Finish packing. Aim to complete the general household packing a couple of days before moving day.

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Visit the pharmacy. Refill any prescriptions you’ll need for the next month, and arrange to transfer prescriptions to a pharmacy in your new community.

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Unplug. Disconnect and clean any large appliances (e.g., washing machine, fitness equipment) you’re moving; contact a professional to disconnect gas lines. If you’re moving your fridge, defrost the freezer and clean it at least a day before you move.

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Make your last donation. Arrange for a final pickup of all remaining items in your “donate” pile.

A Few days Before your Moving Day

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Confirm the movers … again. Triple-check arrangements with the moving company. Ask for a cellphone number for the day-of contact, and confirm the crew’s arrival time. Prepare written directions to your new home and hand them to the movers on moving day if necessary.

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Donate food. If you’d rather move fewer boxes, donate nonperishables to a local food pantry.

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Get the keys. Arrange to receive the keys to your new home, or schedule the realtor or landlord to meet you on moving day.

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Disassemble furniture. Personal Movers offers to disassemble and assemble most items at no extra cost, but if you decide it to do yourself – Place screws, brackets and fasteners in a small plastic storage bag, and label it. Even better: Tape the bag to the furniture’s underside.

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Pack your Bag Keep one box of essentials aside that you will need on a moving day, such as cleaning supplies, light bulbs, toilet paper, garbage bags, a change of clothes, your toiletry bag, etc.

Moving Day!

Say goodbye. Take time to say a proper “so long” to your old house before things get hectic. Children, in particular, benefit from some closure: Walk through the house recalling fond memories you have, and talk about what fun you’ll create in your new home.

Current Home

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Meet the movers. Greet the moving crew and do a walkthrough with them to show them any important items you might need ASAP (eg: food boxes) and let them know about any concerns.

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Supervise the load-in. Assign a helper to watch the truck as the movers load it.

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Clean the old house. Tidy up rooms as the moving crew empties them, or consider hiring a cleaning service.

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Keep valuables with you. Be sure the movers don’t mistakenly load boxes containing your laptop, jewelry, passports and other irreplaceable you should keep near you at all times.

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Make a final walk-through. Lock your old home’s windows and doors, turn off lights and ceiling fans and make sure nothing’s left before you leave for good.

New Home

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Show the moving crew around. Point out specific rooms so boxes end up where they belong.

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Big Furniture. Specify to the movers where would you like to set up your big furniture like sofas and beds.

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Check the Movers truck.  Look inside the moving truck to make sure all your belongings are in your house once the truck is empty.

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Check the Movers truck.  Look inside the moving truck to make sure all your belongings are in your house once the truck is empty.

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Start unpacking. Start with the essential boxes the ones you use regularly, as the unpacking process can take long you can leave some boxes that are not used frequently for later.

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Label Label Label!!!

Label all sides of the box but avoid labelling the top. Whoever is carrying your boxes might not make sure all labels are facing one way for your easy retrieval. Try labelling each side in a marker, so you can easily find what you need in a stack. Also, it is a good idea to label the room where the box belongs to.

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Know your Condo Rules

Moving into a condo isn’t as easy as pulling up to the front door and loading your boxes onto an elevator. Make sure to check the moving policy in your condo building before scheduling your moving day. For example, some condos don’t allow move-ins on Sunday. You may need to book a service elevator and a time frame for moving in a day in advance.

 

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Clean Up

Moving is a great chance to organize your belongings and get rid of items you no longer use. If the time of year permits, hold a yard sale. Or, take the time to sort and donate gently worn clothing to some foundations or put furniture up for sale on a site like kijiji.ca or Facebook Market.

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Green your Move

Moving day can generate a great deal of waste like cardboard, bubble wrap and newspaper. One of our moving tips for you would be: for items you’ll be storing even once you’ve moved in, opt for the reusable plastic bins you can purchase at stores like Home Depot. These can be labelled to go directly into closets until you’re ready to deal with the contents. You can avoid cardboard for the rest of your belongings, too, by renting plastic bins. You might also consider using older linens to wrap breakables

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Reuse moving boxes!!

You may still need a few cardboard boxes to round out your moving kit, which you can obtain from us. But after the move do not throw boxes out, because you can still use them to keep things such as seasonal shoes in a garage or basement. When purchasing boxes do keep in mind that smaller ones are easier to carry when facing stairs and narrow pathways if you are moving into a house that is not so big and spacious.

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Keep Inventory

Keeping inventory is especially necessary if you’re hiring a moving company. Having a record of your household items is useful if something goes missing. Consider keeping a spreadsheet of the contents of each box. Then assign each box a number and write that number on each side.

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