How to get the moving process started
Choosing a moving company that will take good care of your belongings professionally, and at a good price can be difficult and sometimes impossible. when you need to move your belongings from one place to another whether you are moving locally, or Long distance (between provinces), there are several things you want to make sure when you choose your mover and start with the moving process.
Tip #1: Find Reputable Moving Companies
Cargo Cabbie suggests Toronto-area residents on-the-move research moving companies prior to contacting one directly. Try getting direct referrals from your realtor, mortgage broker, co-workers, or neighbors. You can look online for help in vetting movers and access sites like Better Business Bureau at BBB.org, Houzz, and Homestars can be good resources, but you should avoid sites that allow companies to contact you or offer to provide quotes from multiple moving companies.
Tip #2: Plan Ahead
A must. Planning ahead with a moving coordinator and contacting a mover 6-8 weeks prior to your move date. This will allow time to schedule an in-home estimate with multiple moving companies, receive and review quotes, and then schedule the mover of choice. This should also give enough time for those moving into or from Toronto who require parking permits and or elevator reservations to arrange for these as well.
Tip #3: Declutter
Don’t try to pack as you declutter. Go through your entire home — storage areas included — and identify the items you won’t need in your new home. This will allow you to start early so there’s plenty of time to set up pick-ups or drop-offs to charities, friends, family, consignment stores, or the dump. You may find great joy in finding a second home for all your things! Plus, it can reduce your tax bill and moving costs.
Tip #4: Be Prepared and ready
If you’re packing your home by yourself, give yourself enough time. Start in the storage areas or least used rooms in your home. Use professional packing supplies and watch tutorial videos online to learn tips from the pros. If you’ve hired your mover to pack as well, you should go through the areas they will be packing to remove personal papers, currency, and valuables. It is important to know, these items generally aren’t covered by moving insurance so it’s best if they can be moved by you.
Tip #5: Be There, always on-site
It’s always preferable for you to be there on moving day. Having your attorney represent you at closing, having a sitter for the kids, or someone to watch your pets are great ways to reduce stress and keep you focused during the move. Being onsite and being available to answer questions from your moving crew will help make for a smoother process.
It’s your move now, Toronto: Contact Cargo Cabbie today for more expert tips and advice. Start preparing for your next move without all the hassle and get moving headache-free, you can!