Just a couple of guys and a truck. For most people, this is all it takes for a successful move – and, for many years, this might have been actually the case. After all, despite the logistics involved, moving homes is basically moving your belongings from one location to another. Though the concept is simple, it is harder than it sounds. Like everything else in our lives, technology has improved the moving industry and added new dimensions, more convenience, and new ways of doing things. Some of these changes include: (more…)
So, you’re ready to move across Ontario or to Quebec? You’ve started your planning and now you start to wonder – exactly how much is it going to cost to move long-distance in Canada? Well, that depends on a couple of factors. How far are you moving? Is it a few hours away, or an overnight trip? Do you have a bachelor apartment or a four-bedroom house? Are you a sole minimalist or a family with lots of treasures and years of accumulated possessions? With so many variables in place, it is hard to get an idea of what it will cost to move without an honest moving estimate for your particular situation. One thing is for sure: a long distance move is going to cost you more. Consider this when planning your move: (more…)
Sometimes, it feels like the possessions that we value most are the most fragile. Antique plates, fine china, old photographs, artwork, family heirlooms; these types of items are usually so important to us, but also exasperatingly breakable and will, undoubtedly, cause you more than a few grey hairs when moving. Your fragile items can be protected during the move, but you need to pack smart and have the right material on-hand for packing.
The first thing to do is to set aside one particular day when you will take care of all the fragile and precious items. Consider doing it a few weeks before the move; doing it on moving day will mean that you may rush through it and potentially break things. Take your time – slow and steady. Next, gather all of your packing materials. You will need the standards: reinforced boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, newspapers (for padding), packing peanuts, and markers to write clearly on boxes. Other unconventional packing items could include old clothes, blankets, quilts, and pillows. Anything soft that can offer a cushion will work fine. Remember: people aren’t mind readers and your movers won’t know things are fragile unless you make it clear. Communication is very important. Write “FRAGILE-BREAKABLES” in big, bold letters with black permanent marker on all sides of the box. For extra protection, consider a colour-scheme that shows items market with a bright red sticker, for example, are fragile. Also, verbally inform your movers as to which boxes contain fragile items. The more people know, the more careful they will be. (more…)
Moving homes involves a lot of care, and can be emotional and exhausting – especially when leaving a home that you have been in for a long period of time, and have great memories in. Sure, you might be able to adjust to a new neighborhood and bedroom, but overcoming the art of moving and the process of packing and unpacking your entire home on moving day is not an easy feat.
You may choose to DIY your move, or you may decide to hire a professional moving company to help. When it comes to moving, and packing and unpacking, there are many reasons to consider both options: DIY and pro. Both options can be implemented depending upon which suits you better on moving day. Let us take a brief look at the pros and cons of hiring professional movers versus packing yourself, to help you consider all the factors need to make the best choice for your move. (more…)
Moving into a new home can be a stressful event in everyone’s life – especially if you have kids (or are one!) Keep in mind that, to children, moving is a huge undertaking and can mean the end (or start) of their world as they know it. Children make friends in their neighbourhoods and have memories there – sometimes all of the important memories they have made are all in the same house, especially if they have never moved before. For kids, moving can become an emotional time; according to psychologists, as kids do not have any input in the decision to move house, they usually think negatively about the changes that are going to happen. One great way to try and curb this attitude is for the parents to involve their kids as much as possible during the move. Try and involve kids as much as possible with tasks like packing and unpacking and researching the local moving company. Keep them engaged to keep them both interested and invested in their new home. (more…)